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updated 03/01/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/01/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

STORMY WEATHER
The fallout from Janet Jackson's Super Bowl stunt continues, this time affecting her acting career. Last fall Daily Variety announced that Jackson had signed to star as Lena Horne in ABC's musical biopic Lena, but I hear that the deal could now be on shaky ground. Insiders say that Horne and her camp were so offended by the breast-baring incident that they don't want Jackson portraying the legendary chanteuse. Jackson learned of the news just after the March issue of Vanity Fair hit the stands featuring the pop star in a photo spread dressed as Horne. Calls to Jackson's reps and ABC were not returned, while Horne's daughter Gail Buckley had no comment. A spokesperson for the telepic's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron would not address Jackson's status but did say that "nothing has changed."

IT'S GOOD TO BE KING
It's okay for now if you still see Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins—just don't make it a hobbit. "People see me as being 18 or 19 years old," says the Lord of the Rings star, who's now all of 23. But the actor's trying to change that perception. He recently signed to star in The Yank, a film set in the world of British soccer. His character, an expelled Harvard student who drifts to London, "becomes quite violent and loves it." Wood, who tells me he's now in "fight training" for the film, is also excited by another upcoming role. "They asked me to be the King of Bacchus at Mardi Gras," he says. "That's something I just can't pass up."

STAR-CROSSED?
On her next movie set, Jennifer Lopez won't be getting the same kind of TLC she enjoyed on, say, Gigli and the upcoming Jersey Girl, both of which costarred a certain Ben Affleck. In May Lopez begins shooting Monster-in-Law opposite Jane Fonda. While the two have yet to meet, the Oscar winner has already warned Lopez not to expect any female bonding. In the film, to be directed by Legally Blonde's Robert Luketic, Lopez meets a man who's perfect—except for his mother, who will do anything to ruin the couple's relationship. In a phone meeting between the two stars, a witness says Fonda told Lopez, "Don't get upset if I'm mean to you on the set; I'm just in character." I'm told there was a silence on Lopez's end. Maybe she's met her match?

FAST TAKES

Before leaving for Europe to promote Along Came Polly, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt whiled away a Saturday afternoon at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Though the museum offers celebs private walk-throughs, the couple stood in line to buy general-admission tickets....

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are prepping for their ABC variety show to air in March by watching the complete DVD set of Sonny and Cher episodes from the '70s....

Brittany Murphy spent three consecutive Friday nights at the bowling center Pinz with her own initialed neon-orange ball....

Spotted in Beverly Hills: Harrison Ford having trouble starting his Mercedes-Benz before an AAA truck arrived to tow it away. The next day he visited a Santa Monica dealership and test-drove a silver Benz SL500 (base price $89,500)....

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher recently kept Jessica's Nail Clinic in West Hollywood open after hours on a Saturday night for side-by-side manicures and pedicures before heading out on the town.

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