The Insider

updated 04/13/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/13/1998 01:00AM

Jennifer Lopez's career is on the fast track—she costarred with Jack Nicholson in last year's thriller Blood and Wine, then played the title role in Selena, the biopic about the slain Tejano singer—but her one-year-old marriage to Cuban immigrant Ojani Noa, a sometime model, may have stalled. Although her publicist denies reports that Lopez's home life is less than harmonious, we're hearing from confidants close to the couple that they're spending more and more time separated. Lopez has been traveling solo to social functions lately, including the Oscars, where she was a presenter, and Noa has filled their time apart by finding a new line: He took a job as manager of the Conga Room, a Los Angeles Latin club....

Following months of speculation comes word that yes, Chasing Amy's Joey Lauren Adams and Swingers' Vince Vaughn are an item. And perhaps a serious one. Our spies caught up with them at the Miramax party in L.A. on Oscar night. Shortly after 3 a.m., paparazzi started shooting as the couple exited down the red carpet. When a photographer asked them to pose, Adams took the lenswoman aside and said: "You can shoot us when we get married."...

After Nicole Contos's fiancé, Tasos Michael, left her, famously, stranded at the altar on the day of their $100,000 Manhattan wedding last November, the kindergarten teacher made hay by sharing her tale with everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Katie Couric. Michael, meanwhile, flew or to Tahiti, where the couple had planned to honeymoon. Now the British lawyer is shopping around a tell-all book about his wedding day disappearance, Honeymoon for One. Contos, his spurned bride, isn't worried about its content. "I don't think he'll come off looking better," she says. "I mean, how can he? He handles himself in the worst possible way." Contos and her agent, however, are taking the high road. Her planned project? A television movie....

The 5'7" Billy Crystal may be diminutive in stature, but he sure knows how to get what he wants from big, muscly action heroes like Steven Seagal: He appeals to their even bigger egos. When trying to persuade Seagal to do a cameo in his latest comedy, My Giant, says Crystal, "I told him that if he didn't want the role, Jean-Claude Van Damme had already said yes." Sure enough, Seagal signed on.

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