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February 25, 2005

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ennifer Lopez confirms marriage


NEW YORK (AP) - Jennifer Lopez has confirmed that she and Marc Anthony are, indeed, husband and wife.

"Yes, we're married," Lopez tells People magazine, on newsstands today. "I mean, come on, everyone knows. It's not a secret."

It was the first public acknowledgment of her union with the salsa singer - an unusually long delay considering the ceremony was last June at her Beverly Hills, Calif., home.

The couple performed a duet, though, at the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards show. Lopez says she was ailing from swollen glands and a sore throat during the performance, which caused her to cancel a London trip to promote the British release of her film "Shall We Dance?"

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That prompted some speculation of pregnancy, but Lopez says she's "not on a timetable" to have a baby - though she hopes to become a mother someday.




David Schwimmer making stage debut


LONDON (AP) - "Friends" star David Schwimmer is to make his debut on the London stage with the lead role in "Some Girls," a new play set to run in the West End.

Unlike unlucky-in-love Ross Geller, Schwimmer's character on the hit NBC sitcom, the 38-year-old actor plays a womanizer with a string of conquests.

Schwimmer will arrive in London in April to prepare for May's opening of Neil LaBute's play at the Gielgud Theatre. The play will open May 12 and is scheduled to run for 13 weeks.

In an interview published in London's Evening Standard newspaper Thursday, Schwimmer said: "I've always dreamed of doing a play in London."

The play, he said, is "about relationships and the choices people make, learning to live with those choices, and recovering from the damage done when those choices go wrong."

Other Hollywood stars to have embraced the London stage recently include Kevin Spacey, Holly Hunter, Christian Slater and Kim Cattrall of HBO's "Sex and the City."

Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kathleen Turner, Matt Damon, "Friends" star Matthew Perry and Madonna also have appeared in West End productions in recent years.




Jury selected for Michael Jackson trial


SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - Jury selection in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial wrapped up Thursday after eight alternate jurors were chosen.

Judge Rodney S. Melville scheduled opening statements for Monday.

The alternates will be called on to serve if there is a problem with one of the 12 main jurors, who were selected Wednesday.

The main jury includes several fans of Jackson's music, four parents of young children, one woman whose grandson was convicted of a sexual offense, and a man who visited Jackson's Neverland ranch as a child.

The jurors, drawn from the region where Jackson lives and ranging in age from 20 to 79, will decide whether the pop star molested a 13-year-old former cancer patient at the ranch and plied him with alcohol.

The court has not disclosed the races of jurors, and lawyers and jurors are under a gag order not to discuss the case. Race could be a factor because public opinion polls show blacks are less inclined to believe the charges against Jackson.

The jury is mostly white and Hispanic; the alternate panel included one black man.

Four men and four women were chosen as alternates.




'P. Diddy,' Prince to present Oscars


NEW YORK (AP) - Hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Oscar and Grammy winner Prince will be among the presenters Sunday at the 77th Academy Awards, to air live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.

Prince, who won two Grammy Awards earlier this month, won an Oscar for original song score in 1985 for "Purple Rain." Combs will be seen in the upcoming "Carlito's Way: The Beginning."

It will be Combs' first time as a presenter on the telecast, Oscar ceremony producer Gil Cates said Thursday. It also will be Prince's first time presenting on the show.




Korn guitarist departs to pursue Christianity


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A founding member of Korn is leaving the band to focus on his religious beliefs.

"Korn has parted ways with guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch, who has chosen Jesus Christ as his savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end," said a statement posted Tuesday on Korn's Web site. Welch told The Bakersfield Californian that his decision might be surprising to some. "A lot of people think I'm crazy. I don't care."

Welch said he'd become increasingly disenchanted with producing heavy metal music that invokes dark and morbid images.

"Those guys in the band, they're not bad guys. They're just a bunch of kids getting marketed how these guys in the big corporate firms want to do," Welch said. "It makes us look like bad people, but we're really just a bunch of kids who never had a chance to grow up."

Korn is working on its eighth album, set for release later this year. The band's self-titled 1994 debut album sold more than 2 million copies.

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