Actor Hill Harper arrives at the TIFF HFPA / InStyle Party during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 9, 2013 in Toronto
*The thriller “The Boy Next Door” has added “CSI: NY” actor Hill Harper in a supporting role, according to “The Hollywood Reporter.”
The film stars Jennifer Lopez as a newly separated mother who finds herself attracted to the teenage boy who moves in next door and befriends her son. But when she wants to stop their illicit romance, he’s not ready to let her go.
Ryan Guzman will play the boy next door. Kristin Chenoweth will play Lopez’s best friend, and John Corbett will play her ex-husband.
Harper will play a principal at Guzman’s character’s school, sources tell THR.
Rob Cohen will direct the microbudget thriller, and Benny Medina is serving as one of the producers. The film is currently in production.
Harper is best known for his role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on CSI: NY. He currently stars on USA’s “Covert Affairs” as CIA station chief Calder Michaels. He’s also written several books, including four New York Times best-sellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, The Conversation and The Wealth Cure.
Harper’s latest book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother, was released in November.
Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Casper Smart leaving their hotel as they head out to celebrate her birthday in New York City, New York on July 24, 2012
*Jennifer Lopez has filed a lawsuit against her former driver, claiming he demanded $2.8 million to keep quiet about secrets he overheard while driving her around.
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J.Lo’s case is a countersuit to a claim filed by Hakob Manoukian, who alleged he was forced to resign after being publicly berated by her manager, Benny Medina.
In her countersuit, obtained by TMZ, Jennifer alleges Hakob became drunk with power and wanted to control her entire security team and get more money for doing it. When he was turned down, Jennifer claimed he retaliated by threatening to spill confidential information that would be highly embarrassing.
Jennifer says the driver threatened that if he wasn’t paid $2.8 million he would take his information to authorities and have her criminally prosecuted.
She is suing for damages in excess of $20 million.
*Celebrity manager Benny Medina is making headlines again with some more drama.
According to a lawsuit filed by Hakob Manoukian, he and his client, Jennifer Lopez, conspired against him.
Manoukian, a now former driver for J. Lo and Marc Anthony, fell in love with the couple and as a result shut down his business to work exclusively for them.
He became the head of security and transportation.
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The driver claims that the couple agreed to pay him more than $200,000 a year, but that plan didn’t follow through after the bootylicious beauty began filming “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” last year.
As far as Medina’s involvement, allegedly, he hated the driver so much, he convinced J. Lo to demote him, eventually forcing him to resign.
Now Manoukian suing for unspecified damages.
Medina says Manoukian is just a “disgruntled employee who chose to quit.”
*Jennifer Lopez is set to star in the film adaptation of “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?”
The “American Idol” judge will produce and reportedly take on the lead role of ACME detective agency worker Carmen Sandiego, who becomes the world’s greatest thief and is tracked down by her former partner who must try to discover if she is really a hero or a villain.
Lopez’s Nuyorican Production partners’ Benny Medina and Simon Fields are producers, along with Underground Films’ Nick Osbourne, Trevor Engelson and Devin Andre.
Lopez, who took a three year break from films before making “The Back-Up Plan” last year, has recently been shooting “Parker” with Jason Statham, in which she also plays a criminal.
Describing Jennifer’s role, director Taylor Hackford said: “She plays a real estate agent who finds that a little larceny may in fact be in the cards for her.”
The film sees Jason play a thief who lives by his own code of honor – including never taking money from those who need it – but will kill when necessary.
Patti LuPone, Emma Booth, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce and Clifton Collins Jr will also star in the movie.
*Apparently online reports of Diddy being fired by Nicki Minaj are false. According to a posting by Ms. Info, Minaj confirmed that earlier reports of Diddy being fired as manager are false.
It was also reported that replaced the Bad Boy mogul with Benny Medina. Nicki took to Twitter to clear things up.
“lmao. i’ve never met benny medina a day in my life. we good on this side. #itspinkfridayhoeless”
Earlier we reported ….
*Obviously things didn’t work out between Diddy and Nicki Minaj. They have officially split. To be more accurate, Miss Minaj has fired Mr. Sean Combs as her manager.
The high profile raptress says she had to leave Diddy because she was feeling like she was being managed “by mother.”
“By now, everyone should now that I am really strict when it comes to my representation,” Minaj said in a statement obtained by HipHopDX. “I had sympathy for [Diddy], however I feel as if I haven’t gotten the guidance the manager is supposed to give his client. Personally, I feel like I’m being managed by mother. Even if you play the smallest role on my team, I wish to see progress. I’d like to thank him for everything he has done for me; for taking me under his wing. I wish him the best with repping Rick [Ross]. But now that my album is about to drop, its time to get serious and stop playing games.”
Who’s Minaj’s new manager? Non other than Benny Medina, who was formerly Diddy’s manager, is now taking on the new role. He has also represented Usher, Jennifer Lopez, and Brandy. This will be Minaj’s third manager in seven months.
Good luck, Benny.
*It’s the end of the road for Jennifer Lopez at Sony.
Nikke Finke of DeadlineHollywood.com is reporting that the singer is no longer recording for Sony Music’s Epic Records. However, there are conflicting stories as to how it all went down.
Version 1: Lopez’s contract was up and since she fulfilled her obligation with her last two singles, it wasn’t renewed. A mutual decision was made not to go ahead with an album.
Version 2: Lopez was dropped by Sony because of low record sales.
Either way, JLo’s forthcoming studio album, “Love?” is now in limbo. Some Internet reports say that “Love?” — which featured a pre-release dance hit “Fresh Out the Oven” and a pre-release dance dud “Louboutins” — was nearly finished and set to come out in April. But Lopez’s camp told Finke that “Love?” was still a work in progress and “by no means done” and that record release dates tend to be flexible.
Lopez’s manager, Benny Medina, confirmed the split between his client and Sony.
“Jennifer had a wonderful relationship with the Sony Music group,” he noted, “and they have shared many successes together, but the time was right to make a change that best serves the direction her career as an actress and recording artist.”
In the meantime, JLo’s new romantic comedy “The Back-Up Plan” is set to come out on April 23, when it will go up against “Wall Street 2″ and “MacGruber.” The entertainer is also slated to host the show next weekend.