- The Washington Times - Monday, June 7, 2004

Fessin’ up

Internet Movie Database

Grammy-winner Justin Timberlake has hinted that reports of his fling with Janet Jackson — long before last winter’s Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction” — are true, and he has described the superstar entertainer as “absolutely beautiful.”

Mr. Timberlake was rumored to have had a brief relationship with Miss Jackson in 2002, after his shocking split from long-term love Britney Spears. In an interview with an Australian newspaper, Mr. Timberlake, 23, refuses to deny the claims of a liaison with Miss Jackson, 38. After being asked whether Miss Jackson “used him” for his body, Mr. Timberlake replied, “You should ask her. I don’t know. Did you ever consider that it was vice versa? I don’t know, I wouldn’t be a gentleman, would I?”

Dixie hen

Rickie Lee Jones isn’t usually given to protest music, but on her latest album, “The Evening Of My Best Day,” she says she couldn’t resist.

“To address George Bush and his presidency is a departure from my usual point of view,” Miss Jones told a BBC TV program.

“I usually reflect things totally internally. But I think what is happening in America is so disturbing to me, it becomes internal. You can’t not address it.”

Cruise control

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Tom Cruise’s lawyers forced a Web site to pull an alleged memo from Paramount studios detailing the actor’s demands on the set of “Mission: Impossible 3.”

The site, called AFlyOntheWall.com, claimed to have received a copy of an eight-page, single-spaced memo from the studio detailing how Mr. Cruise wanted his room prepared, how he was to be spoken to and who could use his cell phone, MSNBC reported Friday.

The report was completely fabricated, and the person who faxed this fake memo would be tracked down and fired, a spokesman for Mr. Cruise said.

Hellacious highway

The Australian rock band that belted out “Highway to Hell” might soon have a real street named after it.

The Melbourne City Council is considering renaming Corporation Lane, a narrow downtown alley, AC/DC Lane as a tribute to the band.

“They are probably the most successful Australian band ever, and they really do have a connection to Melbourne,” council city services committee chairwoman Kimberly Kitching said, according to Associated Press.

She said the council would make a decision on the name change within the next month, but it had already received broad community support.

Incidentally, AC/DC already has a street named after it in Madrid.

Sure bet

Boston Globe

British bookmakers yesterday offered odds of 3-1 that singer/actress Jennifer Lopez and her new husband Marc Anthony would divorce by the end of the year, Reuters News Agency reports.

Miss Lopez, 33, has already been through two marriages that each lasted little more than a year. She broke off an A-list celebrity engagement to actor Ben Affleck in January after the couple called off their wedding last September. Mr. Anthony was granted a quickie divorce in the Dominican Republic a week ago from his wife of four years, a former Miss Universe.

Ladbrokes is also offering 10-1 odds that “J-Lo marries more than eight times in her life, beating Elizabeth Taylor,” a spokesman for the international betting service said.

Those who never quite accepted that Miss Lopez and Mr. Affleck had split for good after one of Hollywood’s most tumultuous romances also have a chance to bet.

The bookmakers are offering 14-1 odds that Mr. Affleck and Miss Lopez will be married by the end of 2004.

Road-watch

Will they still love him in Germany?

David Hasselhoff was arrested over the weekend in Encino, Calif. on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The former “Baywatch” star was released the next morning, according to AP.

In 2002, the Baltimore native, 51, checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for treatment of alcoholism.

Compiled by Scott Galupo and Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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