Smart Starring in ABC’s “Dirty Dancing Remake

Beau “Casper” Smart is dancing his way onto the small screen…

The 28-year-old Latino actor-dancer-choreographer has been cast as Billy Kotsecki in Dirty Dancing, ABC’s three-hour remake of the hit Patrick SwayzeJennifer Grey film.

Beau “Casper” Smart

The role was played by Neal Jones in the original film.

Like the 1987 feature, ABC’s Dirty Dancing movie centers on Baby (Abigail Breslin), an innocent young woman in the early 1960s who vacations with her affluent parents and siblings in the Catskills and falls for Johnny (Cole Prattes), the resort’s charismatic, skilled dance instructor and leader of the working-class entertainment staff.

Smart’s Billy is Johnny’s close friend from the old neighborhood. They grew up together and Johnny got him his job at Kellerman’s, for which he is grateful. Billy mostly works as a bellhop and does maintenance jobs for the staff. He likes to let loose and dance with Johnny and Penny after hours in the Staff Quarters – a world he inadvertently introduces Baby to, setting her on a journey of self-discovery.

Sarah Hyland, Nicole Scherzinger and Debra Messing also star.

Smart co-stars in Perfect Match from Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Production.

Lopez Returning to American Idol, According to Her Boyfriend

Jennifer Lopez is returning to the American Idol judges’ table…

At least that’s the word from the 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress’ boyfriend Casper Smart.

Jennifer Lopez

He confirmed to E! News that La Lopez will be returning as a judge next season.

Asked whether J.Lo is planning to join the Fox singing competition’s 13th season, Smart replied: “Yes.”

There’s just one problem… Fox hasn’t made any announcement yet about Lopez’s return.

It’s no surprise that Lopez was high on the producers’ wish list. As previously reported, the “Live It Up” singer’s deal was expected to close imminently. Fox declined comment on Smart’s remark.

The only confirmed “Idol” judge so far is returnee Keith Urban, who sat alongside departed season 12 judges Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey.

Lopez served as judge for two previous seasons, in 2011 and 2012.

The American Idol season 13 hopefuls are expected to face the judges for the first time next month, with the season premiere set for January.

Lopez Receives Star on the Hollywood Rock of Fame

Jennifer Lopez is walking tall…

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican actress-singer and former American Idol judge was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, receiving the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s 2,500th star.

Jennifer Lopez Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

“I cried like almost 15 thousand times,” she said afterward. “It was so crazy. But I kept promising everybody I wasn’t going to cry and they were like, ‘Cry!’ ‘You’re not helping!’ But it was an amazing moment.”

With boyfriend, Casper Smart, and her twins Max and Emme by her side, Lopez was serenaded with praise from actor Keenen Ivory Wayans, rapper Pitbull, her Selena director Gregory Nava and actress Jane Fonda, with whom she co-starred in Monster-in-Law.

“She should have an entire block of stars,” said Fonda. “In my opinion, she’s only scratched the surface in what she’s capable of.”

Lopez relished the chance to “kind of walk down memory lane” with Wayans — “he’s the reason I moved to Los Angeles because I got that job as a fly girl” — and Nava, who put her in her first movie.
“You realize you’ve been at this for a long time and you’ve been fighting and getting it,” she said. “It’s a real kind of landmark day for me and I am just glad my family was here to share it with me.”

Jennifer Lopez's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Lopez, dressed brightly in a white top and a flowing peach skirt, became the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million for a role with the film Out of Sight.

With the simultaneous release of her second studio album J.Lo and her film The Wedding Planner in 2001, she became the first person to have a number one album and film in the same week.

With records sales of 75 million and a cumulative film gross of over $2 billion worldwide, Lopez is considered the most influential Hispanic performer in the United States.

Lopez: The Best-Dressed Artist at the Billboard Music Awards

The music industry’s biggest stars were out in full force at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, but none shone brighter that Jennifer Lopez on the blue carpet…

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress, one of the night’s performers, was a golden goddess as she walked the blue carpet with boyfriend Casper Smart, making her best-dressed artist on the blue carpet.

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez wore a shimmering gold Zuhair Murad dress with a plunging neckline and sheer embroidered skirt., Christian Louboutin shoes and bag, and Le Vian jewelry at the event, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Meanwhile, fellow performer Selena Gomez proved to be white-hot  at the Billboard Music Awards.

Selena Gomez

The 20-year-old half-Mexican American singer-actress wore an ’80s-inspired white, neon-accented and zipper-embellished Atelier Versace dress.

Gomez capped off her look with silver Jimmy Choo shoes, and Neil Lane jewels.

Lopez Partnering with nuvoTV to Develop Latino-Themed Content

It’s a nuvo day for Jennifer Lopez…

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican multi-hyphenate is partnering with nuvoTV to develop new programming behind the scenes and on camera with the English-language cable channel targeting Latinos.

Jennifer Lopez

The former American Idol judge will also be involved in marketing strategies at nuvoTV, where she’s a part owner.

The channel was launched in 2004, and last year changed its name from Si TV to nuvoTV.

“I teamed up with them because I felt that there’s a real, great opportunity to do something that has not yet been done,” Lopez told The Hollywood Reporter. “Thinking about myself growing up as a Puerto Rican girl in the Bronx, speaking English as my first language, and knowing that there was really nothing on TV for me! I remember very clearly, like on Sesame Street, Luis and Maria, the Spanish couple, or going to movies and loving West Side Story and that being a huge influence on my life to become an artist because there were Puerto Ricans in it.”

As part of the deal, Lopez—one of the world’s most powerful women—aims to introduce high-level, HBO-style films to the channel as well as scripted and unscripted series. In the works: a backstage docu-series on her upcoming European concert tour with co-headliner Enrique Iglesias, slated to air in early 2013. A reality show about Lopez’s backup dancers (including her beau, Casper Smart) is being considered.

Lopez’s goal: to create content similar to that found on BET, where the quality of the programming goes well-beyond the core audience.

“It’s not an easy sell to go sell a Latino story to a network about a whole Latino family … even in the movies,” she said. “And at the end of the day, that’s content that we’re going to be looking for. There is a place now to go for that. … We’re dedicated to improving the content that’s there, making it even better and, at the same time, creating new content that’s gonna be entertaining.”

Lopez’s work with nuvoTV isn’t expected to affect her deals with other channels; earlier this year, she sold an English-language version of her Univision competition series Q’Viva!, The Chosen to Fox, where it aired earlier this year.

Last month ABC Family ordered a pilot for a potential new series Lopez is executive producing currently called The Fosters, a one-hour drama revolving around a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms.

“I still have a lot of other shows that I’m developing with other networks, ABC, Fox … that’s not gonna stop,” she noted. “I’m gonna continue to be producing. I just might put them all on nuvo now.”

Lopez Performs a Sizzling Rendition of “Dance Again” on Idol

It like Jennifer Lopez is ready to dance again on her upcoming summer tour with Enrique Iglesias

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress stepped away from the American Idol judges’ table and heated up the stage on Thursday night’s results show.

Jennifer Lopez on Idol

Dressed in an oh-so-sexy gem-encrusted leotard, bedazzled black tights and sky-high heels, Lopez performed her latest hit single “Dance Again,” complete with shirtless back-up dancers and a wind machine.

Lopez’s performance even featured one of her signature “breakdown” dance sequence; this time with her dancer boyfriend Casper Smart, much like their sizzling dance sequence in her steamy video for “Dance Again.”

Following her high-octane performance, Lopez even flirted with Smart and cooed “He’s so cute.”

Looks like Lopez is more than ready to wow audiences on what’s being called “one of the most talked about tours of the summer.”

Lopez Rocks Dramatic Tattoos in “Follow the Leader” Video

Now tat’s one way to make an impression…

Wisin & Yandel have just released the music video for the duo’s latest single “Follow the Leader,” a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez.

But while the dancetastic Spanglish song will get you moving las caderas, it’s the 42-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer’s body art that’s causing quite a stir.

Jennifer Lopez's Follow the Leader Video

In the clip, la Lopez appears shirtless with the word “lideres” tattooed across her collarbone, as well as what appears to be a dragon emblazoned on her back. Tattoos like these for real are painful to get and TKTX Numbing Cream helps numb that.

Shot in Acapulco, Mexico, the video showcases the American Idol judge dancing on a rooftop with the reggaeton superstars, moviendo las caderas and writhing seductively.

Jennifer Lopez's Follow the Leader Video

Lopez—who will be embarking on a tour with Enrique Iglesias and Wisin Y Yandel this summer—is also spotted traipsing through the city while being chased by her friends (crashing through windows and making massive jumps all the while), as well as topless to showcase her temporary body art.

Lopez is hoping to have her sexy new “Follow the Leader” video break a viewing record. She tweeted  Friday, “Let’s break the record Vevo, 5M views in 24 hours!”

Lopez to Launch Massive World Tour

In the last year, Jennifer Lopez has traveled throughout Latin America to search out undiscovered talent for her Latin talent show Q’Viva! The Chosen… And, now it looks like she’ll be globe-trotting again in the near future.

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress—who has recently released two singles: Dance Again” with Pitbull and Follow the Leader” with Wisin y Yandel—will launch an intense, over-the-top world tour later this year, according to entertainment website Celebuzz.

Jennifer Lopez

“This will be a huge tour, complete with a lavish set, full band and team of dancers,” said an unidentified source close to the singer.

Lopez—who will reportedly debut the massive traveling production in South America starting in June with stops in Venezuela, Chile, Argentina and Brazil—is scheduled to announce complete details of the tour at a press conference on  Monday, according to the source.

“J.Lo and her team have blocked out more than a month of their schedules, beginning May 4, to start intense rehearsals, each day, at a sound stage in the Los Angeles area,” the source told CeleBuzz.

Lopez’s boyfriend, 24-year-old Casper Smart will also reportedly play a large role in the tour as the head choreographer, the source added.

Lopez’s tour will reportedly hits some 60-plus stops in South America, the United States, Europe and Asia. But no dates have been confirmed.

Lopez Releases Her Steamy “Dance Again” Video

Talk about some serious sparkle! Jennifer Lopez isn’t afraid to dance again all covered in body paint and glitter…

During Thursday’s American Idol results show, the 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer, actress and dancer released the music video for her latest single “Dance Again.”

Jennifer Lopez's Dance Again Video

“It’s a good video,” Lopez announced, blushing and giggling, after some . “I can’t wait for you all to see it! Enjoy it, enjoy the song, it’s very close to my heart. It has a great message, and I hope everybody likes it.”

Directed by Paul Hunter, the oh-so-steamy clip features la Lopez looking as hot as ever in everything from a form-fitting black leotard and flowy black wrap-skirt to nothing but her birthday suit, some paint and a whole lot of glitter!

But that’s not all… The gravity-defying video features an appearance by Lopez’s dancer boyfriend Casper Smart, including a sexy dance number between the couple.

“Dance Again” is produced by RedOne and features Pitbull, marking the trio’s second collaboration since “On the Floor.”

“I love being able to collaborate with the producer RedOne again, and working with Pitbull again. We had a great chemistry the last time, and it was like ‘We’re going to have to do something again.’ And this was the perfect song,” Lopez said. “I love the message of the song. That when something bad happens, your life is not over. You have to get up. You’re gonna live. You’re gonna be okay. You’re gonna dance again.”

Lopez Attends Rio de Janiero’s Carnival Festivities…

La vida es un carnaval for Jennifer Lopez

The 42-year-old American Idol judge spent part of her weekend in Brazil for Rio de Janiero’s iconic Carnival festivities.

“Hello everyone! My first time here during carnival! #ILoveBrazil,” wrote Lopez on her Twitter account about her visit to the South American country.

Jennifer Lopez at Carnival

The singer/actress—joined by her boyfriend Casper Smart and manager Benny Medina—was spotted wearing a bright red shirt and jeans at the night’s festivities. She flashed a bright smile as she waved to the Carnival crowd from her private VIP seats, courtesy of Brazilian beer company Brahma at the Sambadrome, the central dance competition of the parade.

Rio de Janeiro's Carnival Festivities 2012

Lopez has been appearing in a Carnival-themed commercial in Brazil for the beer company the past few months. It features the Puerto Rican pop star effortlessly dancing the fast-paced Samba.

But Lopez wasn’t the only Latina singer in Brazil to enjoy Carnival…

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie also turned up for the festivities wearing a yellow T-shirt and tiny denim shorts.

Fergie at Rio de Janeiro's Carnival Festivities 2012

The 36-year-old part-Mexican singer was hosted by Head and Shoulders and viewed the festivities from the same VIP location as Lopez.