- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Judge: J. Lo, ex to talk

Jennifer Lopez’s first husband, Ojani Noa, was ordered Monday to enter arbitration with the pop star over his plans for a tell-all book about their short marriage, Associated Press reports.

Miss Lopez, 36, filed a Superior Court breach of contract suit nine months ago and got a restraining order barring Mr. Noa, 31, from publishing intimate details of their sex life. She also asked for arbitration.

Mr. Noa’s ghostwritten book claims Miss Lopez had multiple affairs during their brief marriage (1997-98), including one with her third and current husband, Marc Anthony, court documents reveal.

Harry’s bare facts

Divested of his clothes, not to mention the lightning scar on his forehead, 17-year-old Daniel Radcliffe — known to millions of moviegoers as Harry Potter — is a million miles from Hogwarts.

Between filming the fifth and sixth Potter movies, he’s appearing on London’s West End stage in a revival of Peter Shaffer’s controversial play “Equus.” He plays troubled stable hand Alan Strang and is involved in a lengthy nude sex scene with actress Joanna Christie of the BBC medical drama “Holby City.”

Mr. Radcliffe clearly was keen to impress with his physique, pumping up his slender frame in the gym for seven hours a week, Britain’s Evening Standard reports. However, whether his young fans will be impressed by his transition from boy wizard to hunky sex symbol remains to be seen.

Web sites were receiving e-mails from parents worried about Mr. Radcliffe’s role in the play, which will be open to children despite its explicit adult content. One e-mail read: “We as parents feel Daniel should not appear nude. Our nine-year-old son looks up to him as a role model. We are very disappointed and will avoid the future movies he makes.”

The play opens Feb. 27 at the Gielgud Theatre and already has attracted advance bookings worth $1.9 million.

“Equus” opened in the West End in 1973 to huge controversy. It was followed in 1977 by a movie version in which Peter Firth played Alan and Jenny Agutter played his girlfriend, Jill. Both appeared in scenes showing full frontal nudity.

End of an era

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. yesterday said it had ended an exclusive production arrangement with Aardman Animations, the British maker of the award-winning claymation series “Wallace & Gromit,” which won critical acclaim but failed at the box office, AP reports.

The decision came after DreamWorks said last year it would take a writedown in the fourth quarter to account for losses from the latest Aardman film, the computer-animated “Flushed Away.” “While I will always be a fan and an admirer of Aardman’s work, our different business goals no longer support each other,” DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said.

Paris cries foul

For once, Paris Hilton wants some things kept private.

The hotel heiress has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to shut down a Web site displaying personal photos, videos, diaries and other belongings once kept at a storage facility.

According to AP, the Web site, ParisExposed.com, says the items were auctioned off after Miss Hilton, 25, failed to pay the Los Angeles-area storage facility.

Miss Hilton’s lawsuit claims defendants Nabil and Nabila Haniss paid $2,775 for the contents of the storage unit and later sold the items for $10 million to entrepreneur Bardia Persa, who created the site.

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

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