Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have once again demonstrated that they are the poster parents for making a ‘blended familia not only work, but look easy (at least on Instagram).
A video surfaced of Jennifer Lopez hanging out with both her ex-husband, Marc Anthony, and her current fiance, Alex Rodriguez.
But why were the trio together?
They were all at a recital for JLo and Marc’s son, Max. Turns out they’re the #coparentinggoals that we didn’t know we all wanted.
So this is the video that has everyone talking about this ‘modern family.’
A-Rod shared a video of his bride-to-be lip-syncing along to “I Will Always Love You” at her 11-year-old son, Max’s recital.
Mouthing the ballad along with her? Max’s papi, Marc Anthony, who she split from in 2014 after seven years, and her fiancé, who admitted in his post that he was leaving the singing to the pros.
A-Rod captured his Instagram post: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, sit between two people that can and stay quiet! #imnotasinger”
People on Twitter were beyond positive – so happy to see parents doing right by their hijos.
Lopez has said the “kids are so beautiful and open to love and new friends,” which is evident not just in this proud recital footage but also in all of the delightful snaps J.Lo and A-Rod post of their growing familia.
Like it really is refreshing to see families working it out and remaining on good terms.
These three have got co-parenting down pact.
Because, let’s be real, it doesn’t always work out that way.
All too often there are too many stories out there of exes having messy, bitter breakups and often it’s the children who suffer the most.
And it wasn’t the only time the couple has proved themselves as #coparentinggoals.
The duo recently attended his 14-year-old daughter Natasha’s middle school graduation alongside his ex-wife Cynthia. They even brought JLo’s twins, Emma and Max, along.
Jennifer Lopez cannot believe the incredibly positive reviews she’s getting over her lead role in the film “Hustlers.” She was so moved that she cried on national TV. Last week while being interviewed by Hoda Kotb, Lopez expressed her emotional reaction over the surprising reviews for her role, which some critics say could get her an Acadamy Award nomination. Here’s just a snippet of what film critics are saying about the film that made a big debut this weekend. “Hustlers asks what a movie like Goodfellas looks like with women at the center of the story,” one film critic said. “If nothing else, we get to see Jennifer Lopez command the screen as easily as Ramona does the stage, offering up a seductive awards-worthy performance that makes us remember why she became a movie star in the first place,” another said.
There is at least one person who isn’t raving about Lopez’s role, and that’s the one who inspired the film.
Samantha Barbash, the woman who inspired “Hustlers,” said she would have liked to have seen Cardi B in the lead role instead of Jennifer Lopez.
The 45-year-old said in an interview with Hollywood Life that rapper Cardi B should have portrayed her instead of the veteran actress, even though this is Cardi’s first film. “I said it from day one, even to the producer. Cardi doesn’t have the acting skills that Jennifer does, but Cardi could relate more to who I was because even though she wasn’t in the same club, we were in the same industry,” she told the lifestyle website. “If Cardi took some acting lessons and shadowed me, I’m sure that she would have played a better role for my character.”
Barbash goes on to say that she is flattered that Lopez wanted to play her in a movie but stresses that the film got several things wrong about her.
For starters, Barbash wasn’t a stripper at all. The film, based on a 2015 New York magazine article, shows Lopez as a stripper who ends up drugging wealthy bankers and robs them of their money. However, Barbash said she was never a stripper. Barbash actually worked at a strip club in New York City as a hostess. Yes, the other stuff about the drugs and taking their money is correct, but seeing Lopez play her a stripper didn’t sit well with her. Barbash also said that Lopez never reached out to her in order to learn about her mannerisms, which is what actors do when they’re portraying real-life characters. Even when the real-life character is deceased, actors still study old footage to learn more about the role they are playing. You may recall the extensive research Lopez said she did to portray Selena Quintanilla. She even slept in her bed to get into deep character.
Earlier this year, Barbash said she would release her own memoir about the ordeal (which she did) that got her 5 years probation and said she planned to sue the filmmakers.
“This is a living nightmare,” Barbash said in April in the New York Post after videos leaked of Lopez on a stripper pole. “So now I’m going to have to do a lawsuit. I’m getting a gag order.” Bruno Gioffre, also said back then, that Barbash was “considering all legal avenues with the possibility injunctive relief, including a lawsuit.” The movie was made despite her legal threats. Today, Barbash is an entrepreneur and owns her own spa business.
We can see why she would have preferred to see Cardi B in the title role.
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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