Jennifer Lopez has given a huge boost to up-and-coming rapper Becky G by filming a cameo appearance for the teenager's new music video. The 16 year old, real name Rebbeca Marie Gomez, wrote her debut single in tribute to Lopez's 2002 hit song Jenny from the Block, and was thrilled when the superstar gave her seal of approval.
Lopez brought her boyfriend Casper Smart to the Los Angeles shoot last month (Mar13), and Becky G insists it was a "dream come true" to work with her idol.
She tells Just Jared, "It was such a dope (good) and fun experience to work with an idol of mine. Jen has always been an inspiration to me so to have her blessing on my remake of Jenny from the Block was part of my dream coming true. Becky from the Block is my life story and for her to have listened to it and be in the music video means the world to me. Hanging out with her and sharing a lot of laughs will be something I will never forget."
In the video, Lopez and Smart are seen cruising along in a luxury convertible, and Becky G hops in the backseat.
Everywhere you look, everywhere you go--there's a Full House reunion! OK, so maybe not everywhere you look or go, but there was a 25th anniversary get-together with the San Francisco family this weekend and nearly everyone was there!
Candace Cameron-Bure (D.J. Tanner), Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), John Stamos (Uncle Jesse Katsopolis), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner), Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone), Lori Loughlin (Becky Katsopolis), Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler), and Scott Weinger (Steve Hale). The Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, who took turns playing Michelle Tanner, were not in attendance.
Feel old yet? Well, here's something that will definitely do that: the reunion was in honor of the 25th anniversary of the series, and People, the party included cake and a dance party featuring the music of the oh-so-appropriate New Kids on the Block.
Several of the cast members tweeted from the day--including a video of said singalong as well as pictures of TV BFFs Gibbler and DJ.
Love me some cake and love me some @candacecbure! #TVBFFs #Full twitter.com/andreabarber/s…— Andrea Barber (@andreabarber) September 22, 2012
my contribution to #FullHouse25Years a drunk gibbler, me and deej singing step by step.yfrog.com/7e1rzlzpwkorxn…— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) September 23, 2012
Love my Full House family. Full heart. @candacecbure @bobsaget @davecoulier @johnstamos @jodietweetin @scottweinger twitter.com/andreabarber/s…— Andrea Barber (@andreabarber) September 23, 2012
Do you miss Full House? Surprised that the Olsens weren't there? Let us know in the comments!
[Photo Credit: Andrea Barber's Twitter]
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Maid in Manhattan is yet another take on the Cinderella story. There are very few surprises but the film is still somewhat enjoyable despite its predictable setup. Cinderella aka Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a hardworking no-nonsense single mom who loves her son Ty (Tyler Posey) and dreams of breaking out of her job as a maid at a five-star hotel in Manhattan. Her Fairy Godmother aka co-worker Stephanie (Marissa Matrone) unwittingly gives her that chance when she convinces Marisa to try on some expensive clothes left in a suite by the Evil Stepsister aka spoiled socialite Caroline Lane (Natasha Richardson) while they're cleaning. In walks Prince Charming aka Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) an incredibly handsome U.S. senator candidate and the city's most eligible bachelor and Boom! sparks fly. Chris thinks Marisa is the expensive suite's occupant--and she's too overwhelmed by the domino effect that happens to tell him different. Ah what a tangled web love at first sight can weave. Marisa spends the rest of the movie trying to cover up her error in judgment while also becoming increasingly drawn to her prince. Will he find out who she really is? Of course. Will it matter in the end? Of course not.
This may have been created as another vehicle to help further propel the career of actress/singer/designer/fiancee to Ben Affleck J. Lo but unexpectedly someone else comes out of the film looking better--Fiennes. It's little hard even for Jenny on the Block to outshine an Oscar-nominated actor. He elevates the formulaic subject matter and portrays a pretty down-to-earth Prince Charming without us ever seeing a forced move. I'm curious as to why such a high-caliber actor would choose such a run-of-the-mill project like this but whatever the reason he makes it work--at least for his part. Lopez doesn't do anything out of the ordinary. In fact it looks like she may have simply cloned the same expressions she put on in her other successful romantic comedy The Wedding Planner. And unfortunately Lopez and Fiennes don't share the same kind of heat she shared in that film with Matthew McConaughey or even George Clooney in Out of Sight (still her best performance to date). Yet they manage to convey a fair amount of good feelings to make the movie palatable. Richardson has a blast playing the rich bitch Caroline while Matrone making her film debut just comes off as annoying and pushy even if she thinks she's doing the right thing. Thank goodness she is because if things had turned out badly it would be in Marisa's best interest to go out and shoot her. Stanley Tucci as Christopher's watchdog campaign manager and Bob Hoskins as a senior-level butler at the hotel both do the best they can with silly parts.
Maid in Manhattan relies so heavily on the been-there-done-that Cinderella formula it becomes one of those romantic comedies you'll end up waiting to watch on cable one Saturday night rather than paying to see in a movie theater. It's really a shame because director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) had some interesting elements to play with and lots of acting talent to back it up. Perhaps Lopez could have played Marisa more wacky than so serious maybe try to show some comic ability. It would be a nice change of pace to think out of the box for once--what if the lovestruck pair didn't get together in the end? (I know the film would have fallen flat on its face.) But instead Maid wallows in predictability and implausibility. Christopher falls a little too hard and a little too fast for reality. Also it's hard to believe a maid would have access to all the hotel's amenities as Marisa does--borrowing a Harry Winston diamond necklace from the hotel jewelry store for the gala event? Unlikely to say the least. The only aspect of the film that stands out is the sneak peek you get into the inner workings of a top-notch hotel. It's definitely a world you don't get to see very often.