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It would normally be considered rude to ask a woman about her rear end, but we gave ourselves a pass Wednesday morning when talking to Jennifer Lopez. After all, the name of her new hit single is “Booty.”
“When they presented that song to me I said there was no way I was going to sing a song called ‘Big Booty,’ but they convinced me to do a demo,” said Lopez, who was in town for “American Idol” duties. “I was listening to it with the kids in the car and they just went crazy. They loved it. Then I saw it in a different way. This is not serious. This is fun music.”
And then there’s the song's pair of twerking videos, which we think are the most sexually provocative of her career.
“Thanks, I think,” said the 45-year-old performer. “We’re just as vital and alive and beautiful as anybody could be in their 20s. In fact, I think women get more and more beautiful as they get older. They try to put you to bed at a certain point and say you’re not worth anything anymore and I think, ‘No.’ That’s all changed now and I think that’s awesome.”
Lea Thompson/photo by Los Angeles Times
Part-time Minnesota resident Kristi Yamaguchi represented our state well in 2008 when she crushed the competition on "Dancing With the Stars."
Now it's Lea Thompson's turn.
The Rochester native will be among the cast members when the show returns Sept. 15. Others in the mix include soap star Antonio Sabato Jr., Janel Parrish ("Pretty Little Liars"), "Duck Dynasty" diva Sadie Robertson and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip. ABC on Thursday announced the 13 contestants for its fall round of the dancing competition. They also include talk-show host Tavis Smiley, Olympic athlete Lolo Jones and fashion designer Betsey Johnson. Other amateur hoofers include comedy veteran Tommy Chong, YouTube star Bethany Mota, Ultimate Fighting champ Randy Couture, "Mean Girls" star Jonathan Bennett and actor-dancer Alfonso Ribeiro.
The new lineup was unveiled on "Good Morning America."
At 53, Thompson may be among the oldest participants, but don't count her out. She started dancing professionally at the age of 14 and clocked in 45 performances with the American Ballet Theatre. She later focused on acting, landing high-profile roles in "Back to the Future" and "All the Right Moves."
As much as we'll be rooting for Thompson, our early money is on Ribeiro, who danced in Michael Jackson videos as a kid and starred as Carlton Banks on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Remember his "Carlton Dance" everytime Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" was played? If he can incorporate those moves into his routines, he's got our vote.
As reported earlier, Thompson may soon be revisiting her Minnesota roots. Her husband, Howard Deutch, is developing a possible series for HBO set in Stillwater.
Includes material from the Associated Press.
Reed Kelly/photo courtesy of CBS
"Survivor" doesn't usually recruit players with Minnesota ties, but the show is making an exception for this upcoming season.
Reed Kelly, 31, may be best known for appearing in Broadway productions of "Wicked" and "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." But around these parts, he's simply the son of former St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly.
Kelly will compete against his boyfriend, composer Josh Canfield, in a season in which loved ones will be pitted against each other.
Kelly isn't the highest profile contestant. That honor goes to former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker.
"Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" premieres Sept. 24 on WCCO, Ch. 4.
Steve Zahn/ photo courtesy of ABC
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Earlier this year, Minnesota native Steve Zahn had a major bomb on his hands in the guise of ABC's "Mind Games," his first network series that was quickly canceled.
But the network hasn't given up on him.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Zahn will have a recurring guest-star role on "Modern Family," playing the husband of an annoying family that moves in next door to the Dunphys.
It's unclear just how many episodes will feature Zahn, who still spends a considerable amount of time in Minnesota.
"Modern Family" returns Sept. 24.
Jeremy Messersmith/photo by Tony Nelson
Local pop artist Jeremy Messersmith is scheduled to perform Wednesday night on "The Late Show With David Letterman." We emphasized "scheduled" because of the evening's other two guests: Kathy Griffin and Ken Burns, both of whom have a tendency to talk and talk and talk -- to the point where Messersmith could get bumped.
Unlikely, though. Letterman seems to be enjoying his Minnesota music these days. Trampled By Turtles made a triumphant appearance last month.
While Messersmith's gig has nothing to do with Robin Williams, we can't help but mention how touching it was Monday to watch Letterman pay tribute to the late comic. If you haven't seen it, check it out:
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