NY Mirror

At least last year New York magazine said that Anderson was spotted in Chelsea scooping up after a cute dog. Honey, that's as strong a signifier as being a KYLIE MINOGUE fan.

But one of BRITNEY SPEARS's backup dancers, BRANDON HENSCHEL, is not gay, OK? Henschel went on his website to address the persistent rumors and say, "How can I be gay if that is not in accordance with the Scriptures? Secondly, if my family had a dollar for every time the question was asked, we'd all be driving a Lexus." Anyway, let me now go back to blowing my priest in his Lexus.


LITTER BOX

Bennifer convertible

Jersey Girl definitely has gossip value, seeing as BEN AFFLECK's character learns to live again after his relationship with JENNIFER LOPEZ ends sadly. And trendwise, it's of interest because it's the second recent flick (Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen being the other) about a move from NYC to New Jersey, though in this one, the Garden State provides revivification, not spiritual death. Otherwise, it's pretty synthetic stuff, with lots of characters walking in at just the wrong moment and people rejecting life in the fast lane the way no one within a mile of this project would ever imagine doing. Still, anything that climaxes with a six-year-old doing a musical number from Sweeney Todd deserves some respect.

At the premiere, director KEVIN SMITH said he's desperate to change the film's title to The Passion of the Jersey Christ. When he also cracked that they would hold the screening until J.Lo got there, Affleck squirmed, then laughed and said, "Thanks. Friends like these, folks!" Most fascinatingly of all, Affleck groveled before HARVEY WEINSTEIN, who in turn compared the Smith-Affleck team to SCORSESE and DE NIRO. But the mogul also helpfully described his boys' complex relationship. ("Say the lines the way I wrote them." "Of course, Iwon the Oscar for Good Will Hunting.") And then I grabbed the gift bag and headed back home to Rahway. Kidding. M.M.


Web exclusive

My friends at Broadway.com are reporting that Melanie Brown (a/k/a Mel B, a/k/a Scary Spice) from the Spice Girls will be going into the role of Mimi in Rent starting in April. She must have gotten the idea when Mel G (Melanie Griffith) did Chicago.


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