*Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez have been frosty toward each other for more than two decades, Perez reveals in her upcoming memoir, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life.
It all started on the set of “In Living Color,” where Perez was the choreographer for the Fly Girl dancers and J.Lo was auditioning to join the group.
Perez says she immediately noticed Lopez, who she recalled as a beautiful girl with “a big ass,” reports the New York Post. Show creator and host, Keenan Ivory Wayans, wasn’t a fan though. She had to convince him to hire Lopez, who he thought was “chubby and corny.”
*Actor Jay Leggett, a cast member in Keenan Ivory Wayans’ sketch comedy series “In Living Color,” died Saturday after collapsing on a deer hunt, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. He was 50.
Leggett’s death is believed to be heart-related, but the coroner says the official cause of death is still pending.
The actor died at a family cabin in Tomahawk, Wis., where he grew up. Though Leggett lived in Los Angeles, he frequently returned to Tomahawk and even made a 2010 documentary, “To the Hunt: Deer Season in Tomahawk, Wisconsin,” about the region’s deer hunting culture.
In addition to “In Living Color,” Leggett appeared in “Ally McBeal” and “NYPD Blue.” He also wrote and produced “Employee of the Month” and “Without a Paddle.”
*In a new interview with W Magazine, Jennifer Lopez says that a disagreement with her mother left her briefly homeless at 18.
The Bronx-born actress said she wanted to pursue a career in show business despite her family’s disapproval.
“My mom and I butted heads,” Lopez tells W’s August issue. “I didn’t want to go to college — I wanted to try dance full-time. So she and I had a break. I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I told her, ‘This is what I have to do.’ A few months later, I landed a job dancing in Europe. When I got back, I booked ‘In Living Color.’ I became a Fly Girl and moved to L.A. It all happened in a year.”
J.Lo said it took a while for her to get used to the West Coast.
“I hated L.A.,” the 43-year-old admits. “I was asking, ‘Where’s the store for milk? Don’t you guys walk on the street?’ Now I love Los Angeles, but it doesn’t give me strength the way the Bronx did. All the strength that I needed for life, I got from that neighborhood.”
Now a mom herself, Lopez knows that she is setting an example for her 5-year-old twins Max and Emme, whom she had with ex-husband Marc Anthony.
“I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard,” Lopez says. “I’ve learned something about kids — they don’t do what you say; they do what you do. I watched my parents. My dad worked nights, and I was aware of how much he was doing for us. My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked at the school. I always felt that I couldn’t let them down,” she adds. “And I had a natural discipline from early on. I was always training for something.”
Lopez visited her childhood home in the Bronx for the cover story. She admitted to being a bit nervous about her return, citing that the last time she was there was when her “mom and dad called us home to tell us that they were separating after 33 years of marriage.”
Actress Kim Wayans arrives at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards presented by Ketel One and Wells Fargo held at Westin Bonaventure Hotel on April 21, 2012 in Los Angeles
*“In Living Color” alumna Kim Wayans has been added to CBS‘ drama pilot “Reckless,” described as a “sultry legal show” set in Charleston, South Carolina, reports Deadline.
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke from a script by Dana Stevens, the story centers on Jamie (Georgina Haig), a gorgeous Yankee litigator, and Roy, a Southern City Attorney (Cam Gigandet), who struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal.
Wayans will play Vi, Jamie’s paralegal.
The comedic actress took a dramatic turn in last year’s feature film “Pariah.”
EURweb associate Cherise Nicole (CNikky) also spoke to members of the Wayans family about their iconic sketch comedy show and why it will not be making a comeback.
According to Comcast:
Oprah sat down with some of the Wayans family including: Siblings Keenen Ivory Wayans, 54, Kim Wayans, 51, Shawn Wayans, 42, and Marlon Wayans, 40; and “second generation” Wayanses Damien Dante Wayans, 32, Damon Wayans Jr., 30, and Craig Wayans (age unavailable).
Missing from the group (for reasons unknown): Damon Wayans, 52, who starred with sibs Keenen, Kim, Shawn and Marlon from “In Living Color” on Fox in the early ’90s (along with Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier and others).
Among the subjects the group covered were family, the art of comedy and naturally, “In Living Color.”
As the eldest in the group interviewed by Oprah, and the one credited most with creating “In Living Color,” Keenen seemed to do the lion’s share of the talking when Oprah visited with the family.
When asked how “In Living Color” came to be, Keenen answered that it was really about artistic freedom — which Fox granted him when they agreed to take on the show — and some very talented people who happened to be available, including Carrey, Grier and Damon.
Keenen spoke about comedy coming from pain:
“I think what people don’t understand is that comedy is a mask for pain,” Keenen said. “People who are innately funny are innately disturbed.” He wasn’t kidding when he said that.
We spoke with Keenen during the red carpet premiere of Second Generation Wayans about why “In Living Color” will not be coming back to television.
“After a lot of thought and discussion, I realize that the bar is set really high and if you’re not gonna beat that or pass that than it’s better to … let it alone,” Keenen told us.
Watch the interview below:
Oh yeah, in case you missed it, watch our interview with Damien Dante Wayans about Second Generation Wayans:
*It’s a done deal for the resurrection of “In Living Color.”
After Fox ordered a special more than a year ago, today Fox chairman Kevin Reilly made the decision official. “It’s not gonna happen,” he told reporters at the TCA Press Tour in Pasadena. “(The original) was a seminal show for Fox, and the bar was set at that level.”
Reilly left the door open to potentially doing an “In Living Color” reboot “but not the one we shot.”
“In Living Color,” the brainchild of Keenen Ivory Wayans, ran from 1990 to 1994 on FOX.