NEWSMAKERS: Lopez Is Top Dog

Jennifer Lopez is money.

According to the January issue of Allure magazine, the singer-actress’s $9 million paycheck for the upcoming film “The Wedding Planner” has made her the highest paid Hispanic woman in film history.

The figure would make Lopez just a mere $11 million behind Julia Roberts, the highest paid actress in film industry.

SPIELBERG PUT ON HOLD: Steven Spielberg would like the residents of Brentwood, Calif., to know that he really does care.

The gazillionaire director of “Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List” and “Jaws” has temporarily halted plans to construct a $7 million horse-riding range in the aforementioned city due to heated criticisms from the neighbors of the proposed site, Reuters says.

However, the filmmaker’s spokesman, Marvin Levy, insisted that Spielberg will not scrap the construction plans and would refile his application with the Los Angeles Zoning Administration after fielding the irked residents’ woes.

“There will be another submission,” Levy said. “They are listening to the neighbors, and the only way to really continue that process is to withdraw the application.”

MAC ATTACK: Erstwhile “Home Alone” kid Macaulay Culkin‘s parents are being sued by Travelers Property Casualty — an insurance company — for a fire that started in the Culkin family’s high rise in 1998.

The insurance company is seeking more than $113,000 that it paid to tenants who suffered losses in the fire. Also named in the lawsuit are the owners and managers of the apartment building.