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updated 05/03/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/03/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

DRAMA QUEEN
It's not easy to upstage a star like Denzel Washington at his own premiere, but Jennifer Lopez instantly became the focus of fans and photographers when she hit the red carpet at the April 18 opening of the Oscar winner's thriller Man on Fire. As Washington observed the mania surrounding Lopez, who does not appear in the film but came to support beau Marc Anthony, he quipped, "She's real good in this picture. Phenomenal. She was much skinnier in the picture." Then he quickly backtracked. "I'm sorry, that was mean."

FOREVER YOUR GIRL?
Finding Mr. Right is never easy, even if you're rich and famous. So Paula Abdul has enlisted some help. After her relationship with Smith & Wesson CEO Colton Melby ended this year, I hear the 41-year-old American Idol judge recruited Kelleher & Associates, the L.A.-based matchmaking service that charges clients up to $10,000 and introduced her to Melby in the first place. (By the way, the reason for Abdul's sling on the April 20 Idol? A painful manicure mishap.)

A CRADLE THAT ROCKS
So far Monica hasn't had a baby shower on Friends, but Jennifer Aniston threw one for Courteney Cox Arquette April 17 at her Beverly Hills home. Designer Michael Stars sent over a basket of T-shirts for the actress, who's due in July, while all 50 guests, including Lisa Kudrow and Megan Mullally, received sheer tank tops. From poshtots.com, an online baby boutique, Cox received an Egyptian-cotton baby blanket, a sterling silver rattle and the Dynasty cradle, an ornate iron-gold bed with custom Dupioni silk linens that retails for $1,600. "Courteney absolutely loved it," says a source. "Although when it was brought in, she thought it was a decoration for the shower!"

FAST TAKES

Is Alias star Michael Vartan about to be out of a job? "I may not be back for season four," says the actor. "Some of the characters are not going to make it. I hope I'm not one of them." I'll bet Jennifer Garner hopes so too....

Speaking of Vartan's Alias costar, in her comedy 13 Going on 30, Jennifer Garner's character works at a fashion magazine called Poise. "It was originally called Sizzle," director Gary Winick told me. "Until we found out it's the name of a porn magazine."...

Reality-show king Mark Burnett has been touched by an angel: A rep for Roma Downey confirms that the Irish actress is dating the creator of Survivor and The Apprentice. Both are divorced....

Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhaal brought their dog Atticus, a German shepherd mix, to the Silver Spoon Dog and Baby Buffet, an event held for fun at the Fairbanks estate in Beverly Hills on April 17 so Atticus could avail himself of a doggie massage and a new bed.

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