Category: George Lopez

Katy Perry, Neil Patrick Harris work blue at 'The Smurfs' premiere

Katy Perry at "The Smurfs" premiere

Tim Gunn and George Lopez at "The Smurfs" premiere Big Hollywood names found it quite easy being blue on Sunday for the New York City premiere of "The Smurfs."

 Katy Perry flirted in a custom mini invoking Smurfette, the character she voices in the CGI/live-action hybrid flick that opens Friday. The dress came via the Blonds, prolific costumers for the likes of Rihanna, Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga. 

Snuggling up with a life-sized Smurfette on the indigo carpet, Perry was joined by her film costars Neil Patrick Harris with fiance David Burtka, Sofia Vergara, George Lopez, Hank Azaria,  Jayma Mays of "Glee," and "Project Runway" guru Tim Gunn (yes, he's a costar).

George Lopez, Brooke Shields, Oliver Platt, Joey Fatone, Melissa Joan Hart and singer Kimberly Locke caught the Ziegfeld Theatre screening as well.

Click the pics for more photos from "The Smurfs" premiere.


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Top photo: Katy Perry hangs with her alter ego, Smurfette, at the world premiere of "The Smurfs" in New York City on Sunday. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Left photo: Tim Gunn, left, and George Lopez. Credit: Jason Szenes / European Pressphoto Agency

Kirstie Alley, George Lopez declare cease-fire; calm down teams Kirstie and George? [Poll]

Kirstie Alley and George Lopez spar

It seems Kirstie Alley and George Lopez have declared a cease-fire after a week's worth of barbs, fat jokes and Twitter apologies.

Alley hoofed it Monday on the premiere of the 12th cycle of "Dancing With the Stars," prompting Lopez to call her a pig on his TBS show the following evening.

"She did a nice job, her little hooves tapping away. Before the show she went to the market, and then she had roast beef, and this is her going all the way home," he said just before showing a clip of a pig squealing.

That began the public feud between the once-chubby comedian and the former "Fat Actress," who has publicly struggled with weight issues for years. Lopez's monologue sparked outrage among various women's groups, and the 60-year-old actress finally acknowledged the jokes via Twitter on Thursday.

"Don't worry about George's comments...just remember what happens to the big bad, drunk woolf...falls in a boiling pot of vodka.Piggy laughs," she wrote.

In response, and instead of bringing it up on his Thursday night telecast, Lopez took to the micro-blogging site to say he was sorry. "I misjudged the joke. No malice was intended and I apologize to Kirstie," he tweeted.

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Cameron Diaz 'had to have' bought weed from Snoop Dogg in high school


Cameron Diaz is proud of her Long Beach roots and not afraid to discuss any rites of passage that come with her upbringing — like, say, buying pot from Snoop Dogg.

The actress stopped by George Lopez's show, and the comedian was quick to point out that the "Charlie's Angels" blond hails from the LBC.

"Did you know Snoop D-O-Double-G?" Lopez asked.

"We went to high school together; he was a year older than me. I remember him there ... he was very tall and skinny, wore lots of ponytails in his head," she recalled.

"And I'm pretty sure I bought weed from him. I had to have."

We can't argue with you there, Cameron. Check out the clip above, then give us your thoughts on the pair's high school transaction in the comments section below.


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Comedian George Lopez's wife files divorce papers

George Lopez and Ann Lopez Ann Lopez, wife of comedian and "Lopez Tonight" host George Lopez, officially filed for divorce Tuesday in Los Angeles, making good on the couple's Sept. 27 announcement of a mutual decision to split up.

The filing, first reported by TMZ, indicates she is seeking spousal support, as well as primary physical custody of their 14-year-old daughter Mayan. The Lopezes married in 1993.

No indication of whether there will  be a custody battle over the kidney that Ann donated to George back in 2005.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: George Lopez and Ann at the 10th annual Lupus L.A. Orange Ball in Beverly Hills on May 6, 2010. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Museum of Tolerance award makes Clint Eastwood's day


Clint Eastwood was surrounded by old friends Sunday evening as he accepted the Tolerance Award at the first Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival.

"I'm 80," Eastwood said. "I wouldn't normally admit that, except that Eli [Wallach]'s here, and it's all relative."

As Wallach, 94, told the crowd at the museum, their friendship goes back almost 45 years to "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," the 1966 spaghetti Western that made Eastwood a star. Since then, Eastwood has been "a delicious, good, wonderful friend," Wallach said.

Bryce Dallas Howard at the Museum of Tolerance awards How good?

"I don't know how to word it, but I'll tell you, I spent a night once in bed with Clint Eastwood." Well, Eastwood did win the Tolerance Award.

That memorable night took place when they were making the film and traveling from Italy to a town in Spain. The hotels were filled, so they had to stay in a small apartment. "Clint said to me, 'What side do you want to sleep on?' I, being an old radical, said, 'I'll take the left side.'"

Though this was a junior event for Hollywood's burgeoning awards season, security at the museum dedicated to battling anti-Semitism was as strict as it is for the Oscars, with car trunks inspected and metal detectors used to screen guests. On the other side of the gantlet was a spread of corned beef, pastrami, pickles and sushi.

Snacking and milling about were Mary Hart, soon to retire from "Entertainment Tonight"; Olivia Williams ("The Ghostwriter"), Tia Carrere, Taylor Hicks, who later sang the theme song Eastwood wrote for his 2008 film, "Gran Torino"; and Bryce Dallas Howard, a star of "The Hereafter," the latest film Eastwood has directed.

Skipping the red carpet and arriving later were emcee George Lopez and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who presented the award.

Arnold Schwarzenegger presents Tolerance Award to Clint Eastwood "I love this guy," said Schwarzenegger, clearly in high spirits. "Ever since I was in Austria as a kid, watching his movies ... he was an inspiration for me to come over here to America and to also become an actor and to become a leading man. I don't think I would have done 'The Terminator' if he hadn't paved the way for great action movies, if he wouldn't have said 'Make my day' and all those kinds of lines, that made me follow with 'I'll be back' and those kinds of lines."

OK, so action stars are simpatico, we get that. But when Rabbi Marvin Hier said to Eastwood, "As a filmmaker, you have quite a fan club among the clergy," who knew?

In line with the museum's mission, its founding rabbi said, Eastwood's later films such as "Gran Torino" and "Letters From Iwo Jima" promote tolerance and inclusion -- both of which seemed pretty distant for the honoree a little earlier in the evening.

"On my way down here, somebody cut us off and he aimed a finger at us," Eastwood said. "So I rolled down the window and I started to yell, and my wife said, 'You're getting a tolerance award. I mean, his cat might have died in the morning.' I said, 'I don't give a damn about his cat.' Then I started realizing that's true. The next time you're arguing in traffic, you don't know all the facts."

Are you listening, Santa Monica Freeway?


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Upper photo: Clint Eastwood, with wife Dina Ruiz Eastwood, enjoys the Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival gala hosted by George Lopez in Los Angeles on Sunday. Credit: Bart Bartholomew / Museum of Tolerance

Middle photo: Bryce Dallas Howard, who stars in Eastwood's latest film "The Hereafter." Credit: Bart Bartholomew / Museum of Tolerance

Lower photo: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger presents the inaugural Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival Tolerance Award to Eastwood. Credit: Bart Bartholomew / Museum of Tolerance

George Lopez divorcing wife Ann after 17 years [Updated]

George-lopez-divorce-annGeorge Lopez and his wife, Ann, have mutually agreed to divorce, The Ministry has confirmed.

"George and Ann Lopez have made the decision to end their 17-year marriage. The decision is amicable and by mutual agreement. They remain dedicated parents, and committed partners in business and their philanthropic organization, the Lopez Foundation,” said a rep for Lopez in a statement.

The late-night host and comedian has been negotiating the terms of his split from the 17-year marriage "for a long time," according to TMZ.

The pair tied the knot in 1993 and have a 15-year-old daughter.

The couple stepped out together just last week, to attend the yearly gala for Padres Contra el Cancer -- the Eva Longoria Parker-fronted charity that Lopez has long supported. 

HuffPo notes that in 2005, Lopez underwent a kidney transplant. His wife was the donor. 

[Corrected at 3:20 p.m.: A previous version of this post said the Lopezes got married in 2003; they in fact wed in 1993.]

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: George Lopez attends a basketball game in 2010. Credit: Andrew Gombert / EPA

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Like a virgin with Nick Cannon

Nick_cannon We weren’t too surprised to hear Nick Cannon share on “Lopez Tonight” that Mariah Carey is “the funniest person ever” and has “a great sense of humor.” Hello, how else could she have made a movie like “Glitter”?

But we at the Ministry of Gossip could have done without knowing how the "Drumline" star lost his virginity.

"I was always a little attracted to women that were a little older than me,” Cannon said on the show that aired Wednesday. “I even lost my virginity to an older lady.... I actually ended up crying at the end of the whole ordeal.  She was in high school and I was in junior high ... we were in a sleeping bag. ... I said we should change positions, she was like 'just get off me!'  She ran into the bathroom with all of her friends, and they were in there laughing.”

And then things got awkward:

“I vowed from that day forward no woman would ever laugh at me in the sack again, and that's when the 'Cannon' was born!"

Now that’s the funniest thing ever. And we know. We — like Mimi — have a good sense of humor.

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PREACH IT! Sandra Bullock calls checkmate in a tough public relations game

Bullock people Sandra Bullock: We salute you. Your People magazine cover this week has to be one of the most ninja public relations moves we’ve seen out of an A-list celebrity since Angelina Jolie hooked up with the United Nations.

Not that we’re saying you announced your baby, Louis, as some sort of calculated image rehab; we don’t mean that at all. Sister, you don’t need image rehab. No, we here at Preach It! congratulate you on keeping such a tight lid on your private affairs until just the right moment, and then springing forth like an amazon on horseback. Too, too magnificent.

Your new triumph represents the pinnacle of how the wronged-woman game should be played in this town. You have set a new bar. At first we thought that maybe Tiger Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, was neck and neck with you in that department, but no. Sandra, you just knocked that formidable Swede right out of the running. Let’s examine why.

For weeks, Elin has epitomized the estranged classy broad. As Tiger’s myriad skanks paraded before the gossip blogs, Elin also let herself be photographed -- but only doing things like getting on a plane. To, you know, fly away from Tiger.

Elin-son Elin also bailed on Tiger’s much publicized “press conference” at Sawgrass in February, and skipped his return to golf when he appeared during the Masters, distancing herself both physically and psychologically from a poisonous situation. Now we hear that Elin is definitely, definitely, definitely divorcing Tiger -- but we're not getting the news from her. No. That would be beneath her. Instead, word is coming from high-class minions such as Donald Trump.

Sandra, meanwhile, holed up completely following the Michelle “Bombshell” McGee revelation; photographs of Bullock outside of her home were virtually nonexistent for weeks. She stepped out briefly to visit friends, but the only really solid shot of her before now was during a hike earlier this month -- without her wedding ring. Like Elin, Sandra used fancy friends to do the talking for her, namely, her good buddy George Lopez. Also like Elin, Sandra has said zip about her problems with her husband -- until Wednesday. When asked about Jesse James’ seeming preoccupation with Nazis, she said, "The photo shocked me and made me sad. This is not the man I married. This was stupid, this was ignorant. Racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, anything Nazi and a boatload of other things have no place in my life."

Thank you both, ladies, for showing how to play through pain with style.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Top photo: The latest People magazine features Sandra Bullock and her newly adopted son, Louis Bardo Bullock. Credit: Jeff Christensen / Associated Press

Bottom photo: Elin Nordegren sits with her son Charlie during a semifinal match at the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., on April 2. Credit: Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

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George Lopez on late night with Conan, golf and, yes, 'The Smurfs'

Lopez-lakers Two of the biggest celeb sagas to play out over recent months share common threads: betrayal, heroes and villains, major crisis management to preserve brands and legacies, and, finally, George Lopez.

Indeed, the long-working Latino comic seems caught between the anointing of Conan O'Brien as his late-night TBS lead-in and the marital meltdown of his close pal and creative collaborator Sandra Bullock.

There's the cliche that no bad press exists as long as they spell your name right, but in Lopez's case, the secondary spotlight should call attention to what makes him worthy on his own.

"When you're a fighter, you want to win," Lopez said Wednesday, calling in as part of a long to-do list consisting of prep for his daily program "Lopez Tonight," his varied charitable efforts and lending his voice for any number of animated box-office giants.

"With Conan coming in November, we get along and we want to win. I think it's going to be a compelling block of television. He's going to help me."

Not that he needed much -- Lopez's audience hovers around the 1-million mark, consisting largely ...

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George Lopez puts out the welcome mat for Conan O'Brien

George Lopez welcomed Conan O'Brien to the neighborhood on Monday night, saying he is "completely, 100% on board" with his new 11 p.m. lead-in on TBS and putting his own spin on the news. 

Chris-rock "I talked to Conan on Wednesday and I talked to him last night, and I said, 'I welcome you into my deep loving embrace.' Then I said, 'Let's take the party and make it bigger and take it into the next generation of late-night TV.' ... Everybody's heard of 'I'm with Coco,' but now everybody can 'Go LoCo.'"

Guest Chris Rock, who was promoting his new film "Death at a Funeral," noticed that in the process Lopez would be bumped to midnight.

"So you're gonna move for the white man, huh? I hope he appreciates this," Rock said.

"I think the white man does appreciate it very much," Lopez replied.

"You don't gotta clean a park or nothing, right?"

"No," Lopez said, "and I get to go to work an hour later. That's a Latino dream come true."

TBS allows George a lot of late-night leeway. Let's see what Conan can do with that freedom, shall we?

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Chris Rock arrives at the premiere of "Death at a Funeral" in Los Angeles on Monday. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

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