SHORT CUTS: Latifah Gets Top-Secret Vegas Gig

Published October 10, 2007

Posted Oct. 9, 2007 -- Queen Latifah is set to make a cameo appearance in "What Happens in Vegas...," a romantic comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz. However, her role in the film is being kept quiet, according to Hollywood Reporter.

The story follows two people (Kutcher, Diaz) who discover after a night of debauchery in Vegas that they've gotten married, with one of them hitting a jackpot after playing the other's quarter.

In January, the actress-rapper-singer stars opposite Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes in Overture Films' "Mad Money" about three cleaning women at the Treasury who skim old money from the incinerator and use it for charity. Latifah, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Chicago, is on tour to promote her latest album, Trav'lin' Light.

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Whitaker Heads Back to FX

Forest Whitaker has signed on to direct and executive produce a drama series project for FX, the network he shined on in the hit drama "The Shield." Also executive producing the untitled project, described as Sopranos set in the world of arms dealers, are Emmy-winning longform producer Cary Brokaw and veteran drama writer-producer Eric Overmyer.

The FX project marks Whitaker's first major TV commitment since his recurring role on "The Shield" as ambitious internal affairs Detective Jon Kavanaugh. Whitaker won a best actor Oscar this year for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. His upcoming features include Vintage Point, Winged Creatures and The Night Watchman.

Janet Jackson Plans Weight-Loss Book

Janet Jackson, who's newly svelte figure has graced numerous magazine covers, plans to share her weight-loss journey with the public through an upcoming book.

"I’m writing a book on my journey of weight loss and weight gain," the 41-year-old co-star of "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?"  "[I'm] really coming from the soul with it, and what I was going through at different times in my life and what possibly brought it about for myself," she told the press.     

The book is expected to include how she shed the pounds when she needed to, she says. "But it's different for everyone."

The actress/singer also continues to tackle rumors about her possible marriage to music producer Jermaine Dupri. "I don't need a piece of paper to validate what we have," Jackson reportedly told TV show Extra. "That's just me though."

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J.Lo Pregnancy Rumors Continue On

Is Jennifer Lopez pregnant or what? TMZ.com says it has confirmed with sources that she definitely is, and with twins!

A new photo of the Latina diva performing on stage reveals what appears to be a prominent baby bump, causing the rumor mill to churn again. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the singer and her husband, Marc Anthony, were due to officially reveal the baby news during their tour stop at New York's Madison Square Garden yesterday (Oct. 7). But a photo taken of J.Lo during the tour's launch in Connecticut betrayed the announcement when her loose fitting top blew up to expose a protruding belly.       

Lopez and her husband have denied reports of a pregnancy for weeks. But if twins are on the way for the couple, they would make Anthony the father of five, including three children from previous relationship.

Ray J Sex Book A Rumor

Reports about a juicy tell-all book from Ray J is reportedly not true. The singer, who has gained recent attention from his notorious relationships with Lil' K, Kim Kardashian, Karrine Steffans and Whitney Houston, says the gossip is just that.

No Trial Postponement for Snipes

Wesley Snipes' tax evasion trial will go on as scheduled, despite the actor's attempts to postpone the proceedings. A judge denied  Snipes' request, accusing the star of trying to avoid facing the charges, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Snipes is charged with claiming refunds totaling nearly $12 million for income taxes already paid between 1996 and 1997, and failure to file returns from 1999 through 2004.      

Robert G. Bernhoft, the actor's new lawyer, filed a motion to postpone the trial's scheduled Oct. 22 start date because they feared his former attorney Daniel Meachum would not be physically fit to carry out his responsibilities in the trial. Also, Snipes felt that trial attorney William R. Martin was ill-prepared for the case, according to court documents.      

But Senior Judge Terrell Hodges dismissed the claim on Wednesday, saying: "This series of events would lead any reasonable person to suspect that the defendant's dismissal of able counsel is nothing more than a ploy designed to force a continuance of the trial. In any event, it will not have that effect."

Written by BET-Staff

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