- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 10, 2001

No fantasy

"This has been the hardest year of my life, as well as the best year of my life. The period after the wedding was extremely intense, for a lot of reasons … .

Marriage brings up all the things I pushed to the back burner the fears, the mistrust, the doubts, the insecurities. It's like opening Pandora's box. Every question comes out it's like, Here's the key, have at it… .

"I didn't have a fantasy of what marriage would be like. I had no idea. I didn't grow up surrounded by any form of marriage… .

"I just knew I wanted it to be based in love not money, not security. Just finding somebody who was your best friend, who you could grow with and enjoy the passage of time and that's what I found… .

"The only reason people should be together is to grow and to learn and to keep discovering and become better humans. And then God forbid you fall short of those dreams, and you're a failure."

Jennifer Aniston, talking about her marriage to Brad Pitt, interviewed by Leslie Bennetts in the May issue of Vanity Fair

Star proletariat

"Everywhere you turn in Hollywood, from the grubbiest soundstage to the most posh executive suite, there's a pervading sense of gloom… .

"In anticipation of a possible work stoppage by writers and actors, major talent agency UTA recently asked senior agents to defer 20 percent of their salaries into a fund that would help with overhead… .

"The Writers Guild of America (WGA), whose contract expires May 1, hasn't been at the table with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) since March 1… .

"Meanwhile, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), whose contracts expire June 30, haven't even formulated their demands, strengthening the Sunset Boulevard consensus that SAG lacks direction… .

"For Hollywood, a strike would be as financially devastating as a war. In Los Angeles County alone, approximately 467,000 people including limo drivers, stylists, florists, waiters, caterers, and bartenders base their livelihood on the entertainment industry… . That's roughly the population of the state of Wyoming."

Daniel Fierman, writing on "Striking Distance," in the April 13 issue of Entertainment Weekly

Big star, no talent

"When Jennifer Lopez was recently asked what she got on her SATs, she replied, 'Nail polish.' Now that's a star. A strange case, this J-Lo: She can't sing, she can't rap, she can't write songs, but she's smeared her nail polish all over the American psyche, and we love her for it, even if inhaling the fumes has gotten us loopy enough to actually spend money on her records… .

"She's an icon, a Gorgon, the supermodel dominatrix beauty queen of a nation's liquid dreams… . How can such a fabulous movie star moonlight as such a useless disco singer? It's just one of those mysteries the radio never runs out of. The beautiful ones, they hurt you every time.

"There's certainly nothing wrong with Hollywood starlets who can't sing they can make as worthy pop trash as anybody else… . But the really weird thing about Jennifer's hits is that no matter how much talent and money get flushed er, invested in them, they always sound like her: You can identify that voice inside a couple of notes.

"She not-sings in her own way, positively painful when she's pronouncing vowels, especially the long e and the long o. You don't hear voices this raw and unpolishable on the radio anymore, not with all the new studio fix-it technology, but Jennifer's movie-star allure is potent enough to turn even her most awful records into hits."

Rob Sheffield, writing on "Hurts So Good: J-Lo Arrives," in the April 26 issue of Rolling Stone

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