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Cardi B Had To Help Jennifer Lopez Learn To Pole Dance In 6 Weeks And People Are Shook

Director Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers is the unexpected critical darling of the Toronto International Film Festival. And it’s generating Oscar buzz for Jennifer Lopez who produced and stars in the film. It also marks the first time in a long time, if ever, there has been a film written, directed, starring, produced, and edited by women and women of color with this much fanfare from audiences and critics alike.

To play the lead of Ramona, Lopez had to learn how to pole dance in just 6 weeks. While she is an incredible dancer, Lopez admitted she underestimated how difficult learning the new form of dance would be when she appeared on Good Morning America this week.

J Lo dishes on what Cardi B told her about pole dancing.

Jennifer Lopez appeared on Good Morning America to talk about her Oscar buzz and her new stint as a pole dancer. 

“When I spoke to Cardi B about being in the movie, I told her, ‘I’m learning how to pole dance and it’s really hard,” J. Lo said. “She was like ‘I know, I’m really good at… It took me years to master it.'” 

A crash course in pole dancing. 

Lopez shared a video of behind the scenes footage of her at practice. The 50-year-old singer, dancer, and actress said it was one of the hardest things she had ever done physically. 

“My core was on fire and I literally had bruises all over my legs — just trying to learn this in a short amount of time,” J. Lo she explained on GMA. “You never know until you walk into somebody else’s shoes what it’s really like. It was very acrobatic, it’s like Cirque du Soleil.”

Hustlers is getting rave reviews.

The film has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with dozens of reviews praising the film and particularly Lopez’s performance. Hustlers is based on New York Magazine’s 2015 article “The Hustlers at Scores.” The movie is about a group of strippers who embezzle money from stock traders and entrepreneurs who patronize their strip club. The film takes place during the late-2000s financial crisis. 

Lopez says while the film is a fun, heist movie there is more to it than that. Critics are saying it is a commentary on capitalism, money, and is a subversion of female stereotypes.

“It’s a movie that makes you think, it goes deeper than maybe you think it does,” she said on GMA.

The film which costars Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Cardi B, Usher, Lizzo and Madeline Brewer, had women at the helm of all aspects. 

“This movie was produced by women, written and directed by women, edited by women and has a cast of all women,” J. Lo said to the audience’s applause. 

Critics want Jennifer Lopez to win an Oscar. 

“With all the Oscars buzz for @JLO in #hustlers here’s an unbelievable statistic. No Latina actress has won the Oscar for best actress. Only four have been nominated (Fernanda Montenegro — at the 71st Oscars — followed by Salma Hayek, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yalitza Aparicio),” pointed out Ramin Setoodeh of Variety. 

The Daily Beast wrote an article called “J. Lo Should Be an Oscar Contender for Hustlers,” writing, “From Lopez, it’s the kind of dynamo movie star performance that gets rarer and rarer, where a character so perfectly fits how we view a performer but still upends every expectation.” 

“If there’s any justice, Jennifer Lopez will receive her first Oscar nomination for channeling the ringleader Ramona as Erin Brockovich by way of Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike,” Variety said

Many feel an Academy Award for Lopez is long overdue, but she still feels like an underdog in the race. As Setoodeh pointed out a Latinx has never won an Oscar for best actress and only four have even been nominated. 

Jennifer Lopez would love an Oscar too. 

After hearing about the potential Oscar buzz while attending TIFF, Lopez admitted she didn’t want anyone to jinx her. 

“Please! Don’t jinx it! Do me a favor…” Lopez told Variety.  “We’re so proud to be in that conversation. I’m so proud of what Lorene has done. I think she deserves to be in that conversation too. It’s nice. It’s nice. You work hard for so many years. It’s nice when they say, we think you did good.” 

In 2013, E! asked whether Lopez even wanted an Oscar. The singer and actress responded, “I think everybody that has ever taken acting seriously would love to be recognized in that way.” We love an honest queen. Hustlers opens nationwide in theaters on September 13, 2019.

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Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez Are Partnering With Global Citizen For ‘Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World’

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Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez Are Partnering With Global Citizen For ‘Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World’

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While the United States is as of publication, has vaccinated over 75 million people against COVID-19 since mid-December, the rest of the world is still catching up. Poorer countries, for example, are struggling to procure enough vaccines for essential workers–let alone their entire population.

Luckily, certain charitable business are making it their mission to get vaccines to the most needy. For example, anti-poverty organization Global Citizen has organized a charity concert with the aim of getting COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries.

Selena Gomez will be hosting the concert, called “VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World”. And none other than Jennifer Lopez will be headlining.

Selena Gomez took to Twitter to announce her involvement in the exciting project. “I’m honored to be hosting ‘VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World,’ ” she wrote.

“This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Jennifer Lopez also took to Twitter to announce her involvement with VAX Live, saying that she is “calling for equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution for all”. That’s a statement we can get behind!

Jennifer Lopez isn’t the only superstar performing. Other acts will include J Balvin, H.E.R., and the Foo Fighters.

Global Citizen has one goal: to raise $22 billion for global vaccinations via corporate and philanthropic donors. They’re hoping VAX Live will bring awareness to their efforts.

“There are 27 million healthcare workers globally who don’t have access to the vaccine,” said Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans to the Associated Press. “I’m 38 years old, and it’s not ethical for me to have access to the vaccine before these heroic first responders and community health workers. So we need governments to start urgently donating those doses.”

Tom Hart, the executive director for another anti-poverty organization, The ONE Campaign, also reiterated the importance of getting vaccine doses into the hands of developing countries.

“Low-income countries not only need this welcome fundraising effort; they need access to COVID-19 vaccine doses,” Tom Hart said.

“The United States has secured over 550 million excess doses that could be used to help end the global pandemic faster.”

You can catch VAX LIVE on ABC, CBS, and iHeartMedia stations on 8:00 p.m. ET on May 8th. It will also be airing on Fox starting at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT the same day. You’ll also be able to catch an extended version on Global Citizen’s YouTube channel on May 8th as well.

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Ben Affleck & Marc Anthony Spoke Frankly About J.LO And My Nostalgic Aughts-Self Is Giving A Toast

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Ben Affleck & Marc Anthony Spoke Frankly About J.LO And My Nostalgic Aughts-Self Is Giving A Toast

No doubt, as the Latina Queen of Hollywood, Jennifer Lopez has played the better half of quite a few relationships and not just on-screen. From Diddy, formerly known as Puff Daddy and P Diddy, to Casper Smart Lopez has been The Strong Woman behind some pretty well-known men.

Her exes Marc Anthony (whom J.L o shares twins Emme and Max, 13 with) and Ben Affleck know it, and in a recent interview, they opened up about what they really think of her.

For her recent May cover of InStyle magazine, Lopez’s feature story included insights from her former loves Anthony and Affleck on everything from her drive to her ageless beauty.

In honor of the singer and actor’s 30-year run in the entertainment industry, the magazine featured her and her most prolific exes. For the interview, both Anthony and Affleck commented on Lopez’s character, heart, and business savvy. “The thing about Jennifer is her ability to see and understand things before they happen,” Anthony, explained in his interview.

Anthony, a singer and actor who starred in the 2001 film In the Time of the Butterflies was married to Lopez from 2004 to 2014.

“Before she even brings an idea up, she has visualized it a thousand times. And if anyone says it might not be the greatest idea, she’ll say, ‘You just don’t see it yet.’ Nine times out of 10, she’ll nail it. She’s the first one in the room and the last to leave. The hardest worker I’ve ever met,” Anthony went onto share. “When we were together, it was quite the opposite for me. That has changed since. I learned so much from her. She’s the original!”

Affleck who dated J.LO in 2002 and starred alongside her in the films “Gigli” and “Jersey Girl” also spoke openly about Lopez.

“I thought I had a good work ethic, but I was completely humbled and blown away by what she was committed to doing day in and day out, the seriousness in which she took her work, the quiet and dedicated way she went about accomplishing her goals, and then how she would go back and redouble her efforts,” Affleck, whose romance with Lopez earned him the other part of the nickname “Bennifer” by the media, explained.

“She remains, to this day, the hardest-working person I’ve come across in this business,” he revealed, “She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”

At one point Affleck commented, relatably, that he felt J.Lo appeared as if she hadn’t aged since they dated.

“Where are you keeping the fountain of youth? Why do you look the same as you did in 2003 and it kind of looks like I’m in my 40s…at best?” he joked.

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