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July 29, 2002

Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston, Lizzie Grubman, Carol Alt, and more . . .

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J.Lo Just Wants to Be Alone
Jennifer Lopez wasn't too happy with all the attention she was getting recently at Saks Fifth Avenue. During a late-night shoot there for Chambermaid, a spy tells us, Lopez was having problems with some of her lines in a scene in which she's shopping on the main floor. "She kept flubbing her lines," our source reports. "And then she started complaining about all of the people standing around and watching her." After several takes, a very frustrated Wayne Wang, the director, cleared the set. Despite all this, Lopez managed to pull herself together for some shopping after the shoot, picking up a few hats for $1,500. Meanwhile, we hear Harry Winston got a frantic call one night from the set asking if the tony boutique could deliver jewels to Lopez for a midnight fitting for baubles she has to wear in the movie. Unfortunately, the safes had already been locked and couldn't be opened until the morning. No problem. The following day, three guards delivered $6 million worth of jewelry to the set for Lopez's perusal.

Whitney Gets Ready to "Light Up"
Whitney Houston appears to be setting herself up for some really nasty jokes. Despite dodging that marijuana-possession charge two years ago in Hawaii and fighting rumors of drug problems ever since, Houston, we hear, has recorded her own version of the 1977 Debby Boone classic "You Light Up My Life" for her new album. All jokes aside, Houston and her producers have high hopes for the single. "It's supposed to be really beautiful," our source reports. "She thinks it could be a hit like she had with 'I Will Always Love You,' " Houston's 1992 remake of Dolly Parton's 1974 song. A rep for the singer declined to comment, saying no final decisions have been made about what will be included on her upcoming CD, which is scheduled to hit stores sometime in September.

One Party Lizzie Won't Be Crashing
Lizzie Grubman isn't quite ready for her close-up. Despite buzz that the P.R. princess had agreed to do a cameo in Death of a Dynasty, an independent film spoofing the hip-hop world, she's decided this isn't the time to be making her big-screen debut. The movie, directed by Roc-a-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash, is about a music journalist (played by Never Again's Ebon Moss-Bachrach) who suddenly finds himself part of the world he's been assigned to cover. A rep for Grubman says, "She was offered the part, but she turned him down." Dash has other big names lined up, including Lorraine Bracco, Jay-Z, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Mariah Carey, Michael Rapaport, Russell Simmons, Michael Douglas's ex Diandra Douglas, and socialite Sale Johnson.

Sporn, Again
Last week we reported that Kalman Sporn, a Republican candidate for New York State Assembly representative from the Upper West Side, owes a restaurant $3,000 for a dinner he threw there more than a year ago. Now comes word he owes $4,000 to the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. Sporn promised the group $5,000 during a fund-raiser in March 2001. He sentin $1,000, but the group has yet to receive the balance. Sporn acknowledges he made the pledge, but unfortunately it was made in the name of Global Supply Net, the online janitorial supply company he co-founded that has since closed. "I feel really bad," he said. "There's nothing more that I'd like to do than to fulfill those pledges."

Height of Fashion
Onetime supermodel Carol Alt says she was recently mistaken for Brazilian bombshell Gisele Bündchen. "It was such a compliment that I didn't even care that they didn't know who I really was," she told one of our tipsters at the ESPY Awards. "I get confused for other supermodels all the time. I think it's the height."

Loose threads: Glamour is looking to jump into television. We hear that the magazine's executives are shopping around a syndicated TV show based on its popular "Dos and Don'ts" column. . . . Photographer Peter Lindbergh is completing work on TV commercials he directed for the Gap, starring Shalom Harlow, Alek Wek, Sissy Spacek, Willie Nelson, Marianne Faithfull, Jakob Dylan, Tweet, and Ryan Adams. . . . Benjamin Bratt's pregnant model-actress wife, Talisa Soto, is getting in shape at the New York Health and Racquet Club flagship in Chelsea, where she was spotted buying a year's membership and picking up brochures for her hubby. . . . The Daily News has put the kibosh on Doug Dechert's Lizzie Grubman T-shirts, which he's been peddling on Scandalmonger.net. After the News sent Dechert a cease-and-desist order because he didn't have permission to use the News' front-page image on the T-shirt, Dechert tells us, they came to an "amicable resolution" and he has pulled the shirt from his site.

With Catherine Townsend.


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