Actress-singer Lopez plans for new movies
The ever-driven Jennifer Lopez says she's set to make two new films next year, reports ABCNEWS.com.
"I'm doing a couple of movies next year -- one romantic comedy and a drama with Ben Affleck," the star told a news conference.
In the film "Gigli," Lopez will play a female gunslinger who teams up with a hit man, played by Affleck, to kidnap a policeman's brother.
Lopez didn't give any details about the second film.
Lopez added that she hopes to go on tour with her new album "J.Lo," which has sold more than seven million copies. She said she could not choose between acting or singing as a career, but dreamt of more live performances. Lopez has performed live only once, in her family's native Puerto Rico in September, a show that was broadcast Tuesday night on NBC.
"I've been wanting to go on a tour for a while now, but it hasn't worked out yet," said Lopez. "But I really love performing onstage -- it's so fulfilling."
The 31-year-old Brooklyn-born star, in Stockholm to kick off a European promotional tour to push her album, said she wasn't frightened to travel after the Sept. 11 attacks and that normal life must go on.
"These are terrible times, but I think that as an artist I have a responsibility now to bring some lightness into people's lives with my music."
Prince Charles praises wise, older generations
LONDON -- Prince Charles offered praise to the "wisdom" and "experience" of older generations and said he learned a lot from his grandmother, the Queen Mother Elizabeth.
"I certainly know all my life I've benefited enormously from the wisdom and experience of older people," the prince said this week at an award ceremony organized by the charity Age Concern.
"I've benefited enormously from the wisdom from my grandmother and her humor," he added.
The prince paid tribute to 200 people, all aged over 50, who were honored by the charity Thursday for organizing projects across Britain that benefited young people. Initiatives included a sewing group, an art workshop, an Antarctic expedition and a summer sailing school.
"I do hope and believe the lasting benefit of these skills will rebuild some of the trust and understanding and remind young people their elders, and many ways their betters, do have experience and wisdom to pass on," Charles said.
Peck's dinner events raise funds for literacy
LOS ANGELES -- Actor Gregory Peck has helped raise $350,000 to teach adults to read.
Peck is the honorary chairman of The Literary Odyssey Dinners, fund-raising events that are held at celebrities' homes and feature a well-known author. The dinners, which cost $300 to $2,500 per plate, took place Nov. 3 in Santa Barbara and Nov. 5 in Los Angeles County.
Philanthropist Eli Broad donated $200,000 of the money for adult literacy programs through the Los Angeles Public Library and its 67 branches.
In 1997 and 1999, the literacy fund-raising dinners raised more than $750,000, publicist Judi Davidson said Thursday.
The program is sponsored by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, a nonprofit fund-raising group run by 250 women.
'Baby Spice' says Girls consider tour next year
LONDON -- From the mouth of "Baby Spice," the Spice Girls could go on tour next year.
Emma Bunton countered suggestions that because the Spice Girls have recently been concentrating on solo careers, they will not perform as a group again.
In an interview with the British pop magazine Smash Hits, Bunton said the four had discussed going on the road together next year.
"We've talked about touring again and it's something we'd really like to do, but we have to give each other space to do our solo stuff," she told the magazine.
"It'll probably be at least another year before it happens. It'll be an amazing show, with solo stuff, Spice stuff, a really good show."
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