- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 6, 2004

It’s No. 3 for J. Lo

Associated Press

Perpetual bride Jennifer Lopez reportedly married Marc Anthony in a small ceremony at her Beverly Hills home, less than six months after she ended her high-profile engagement to Ben Affleck.

Both Us Weekly and People magazines reported Saturday’s nuptials. Miss Lopez’s spokesman, Rob Shuter, yesterday told Associated Press that he had no immediate comment.

For Miss Lopez, 34, the marriage would mark her third. The first was to waiter Ojani Noa in 1997, the second to dancer Cris Judd in 2001. Mr. Noa lasted a little more than a year; Mr. Judd for nine months. Miss Lopez also famously dated Sean “P. Diddy” Combs for two years before the couple broke up in February 2001.

Mr. Anthony, the Latin singing sensation, just divorced former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres last week in the Dominican Republic. The pair, wed in 2000, have two young sons, and he has a daughter from a previous relationship.

Trouble in ‘Stepford’

New York Post

Bette Midler was so obnoxious on the set of “The Stepford Wives” that even Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman tried to get away from her — at least at first, an unnamed source told the New York Post.

“Nicole was telling people, ‘Bette is making me crazy,’” one insider says. “She was terrified of Bette in the beginning.”

Miss Kidman and Miss Midler soon bonded, however, and then it became Miss Kidman’s turn to drive crew members nuts, the production insider said. “Between the two of them, they became demanding divas, and everyone avoided them and their demands,” the source added.

Representatives for both Miss Midler and Miss Kidman dismissed the story.

“The Stepford Wives” opens Friday.

Benet questions deal

Reuters News Agency

R&B; singer Eric Benet, the estranged husband of actress Halle Berry, is challenging their prenuptial agreement in court as he seeks spousal support from his Oscar-winning wife.

According to documents posted on the Web site thesmokinggun.com, Mr. Benet is asking Miss Berry to pay his legal bills and spousal support but does not know the “nature and extent” of their joint assets and debts.

Miss Berry, 37, filed for divorce from Mr. Benet, 33, her second husband, in April, six months after the couple separated.

The divorce petition cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. In a recent appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show, Miss Berry said Mr. Benet had been unfaithful to her and was being treated for sexual addiction.

The two married in January 2001 and have no children. Miss Berry’s previous marriage to major league outfielder David Justice ended in divorce in 1996.

Strike up the band

Associated Press

A music festival that celebrates the heyday of the brass band is focusing on the life and works of John Philip Sousa, known for “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The Great American Brass Band Festival takes place Saturday through June 14 in Danville, Ky.

Mr. Sousa’s great-grandson, John Philip Sousa IV, will be the grand marshal of the festival’s New Orleans-style parade.

John Philip Sousa died in 1932.

Creed no more

BBC News

Grammy-winning group Creed have announced their split, with three members already forming another band, minus singer Scott Stapp.

The group, known for their Christian-inspired songs, called it a day after eight years.

Drummer Scott Phillips said that while no one was to blame for the split “it just stopped being fun.”

Creed’s three albums sold a combined 24 million copies in the United States.

Mr. Phillips, guitarist Mark Tremonti and former Creed bassist Brian Marshall have already formed a band called Alter Bridge, with an album due out in August.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff and wire reports.

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