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Jennifer Lopez wants to move on from her ``J Lo'' image, whatever that was.


How Lo can you go?

Just don't call her J Lo anymore. That's the word from singing and acting star Jennifer Lopez, who has become so sick of her ubiquitous nickname that she almost named her upcoming album Call Me Jennifer, according to news reports.

"I'm not J Lo; she's not a real person," Lopez was quoted as saying. "She was just a bit of fun that got really crazy. I've never been anyone but Jennifer.

"I was going to call the album Call Me Jennifer because that would be my way of saying goodbye to the whole J Lo thing. But Rebirth is perfect because it means so much more."

Witness fingers Blake

Actor Robert Blake's behavior seemed unnatural on the night his wife was shot to death, a witness testified at the Baretta star's murder trial on Tuesday. Taking the witness stand to begin the second week of Blake's trial, hospital administrator Mary Beth Rennie said Blake pleaded loudly for help after the May 4, 2001, shooting outside a Los Angeles restaurant but would not go near his dying wife.

Jude Law breaks hearts

British actor and womens' favorite Jude Law has become engaged to actress Sienna Miller after proposing to her on Christmas Day, The Sun newspaper reported yesterday. "It's true they are engaged," a spokeswoman for the couple told The Sun.'Jude has bought Sienna a big cluster diamond ring.

Shock-jock Stern off the air

Citadel Broadcasting Corp yanked Howard Stern from four stations this week and may never resume the show due to tensions over the controversial radio host's tendency to tout his upcoming move to satellite radio. Stern plans to leave terrestrial radio in 2006 when he moves his ribald show to Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.

Bad taste reality show shelved

Amid a chorus of protests from child-adoption advocates and sneers from critics, the general reaction of viewers to the controversial Fox special Who's Your Daddy? seemed to be "Who Cares?" The tear-soaked 90-minute special, featuring an attractive young woman picking her biological father from a lineup filled out with impostors, proved to be a ratings flop, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen Media Research.

Christo loves New York

Love it or hate it, you won't be able to miss the 7,500 saffron-colored "gates" being installed in New York's Central Park by the artist Christo in one of the biggest art projects ever attempted in the city. And if you want meaning, the artist's wife says there is none to the 'good for nothing' art.

Comic master Eisner dies

Will Eisner, a master of American comics and a pioneer of the graphic novel who gave his name to the comic industry's equivalent of the Oscars, has died at age 87, his publisher said on Tuesday. Eisner died in Florida on Monday from complications following quadruple-bypass surgery.

`Pimp' daddy unrepentant

Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel cannot sue a Web site that published a photo of him with two women above a caption reading: "You're never too old to be a pimp," a US appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The term pimp was probably intended as a compliment, the court said. But Knievel said, "What good is law in the United States of America if five or six goddamn bimbos are going to rule against it?"

India's Rai skirts screen sex

Aishwarya Rai, one of the top stars of India's prim film industry, says in a television interview to be aired this Sunday she won't rule out kissing in films when she moves from Bollywood to Hollywood -- although she says it is certain to create a minor scandal among her fans. In an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes, Rai, recently named by a British magazine as the world's most beautiful woman, danced around the subject of screen sex, which is banned in India and many other countries where her films play.

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