PASSAGES: J.Lo Denies Valentine Union
DENIED: Jennifer Lopez, 32, in an interview with the Rio de Janeiro newspaper Jornal do Brasil, put to rest rumors that she is going to marry Ben Affleck, 30, on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. "We don't know when the wedding will be. We need to sit down together and choose a date," Lopez said in the article, published Sunday. The paper said the interview was conducted in a New York hotel but didn't say when, noted the Associated Press. "I've already been in relationships with other famous people, but I confess that it (the media attention) didn't even come close to the madness it is this time," she says. Affleck also denied the Valentine's wedding during an appearance on the "Today" show last year, pointing out that he will be promoting his new movie, "Daredevil," that weekend.
DIED: Veteran Hollywood cinematographer Conrad L. Hall, 76, whose bold work enhanced such memorable-looking movies as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "American Beauty" (for which he took home Oscars) died Saturday at a Santa Monica, Calif., hospital of complications from bladder cancer. He is expected to be a frontrunner for the Oscars this year, too, for 2002's "Road to Perdition." His father, James Norman Hall, was the co-author of the classic book "Mutiny on the Bounty." ... Sydney Omarr, 76, an astrologer whose divinations were available in more than 200 newspapers, in 13 books a year and on a pay-per-call phone line, died Thursday, also at a hospital in Santa Monica.
ENGAGED: Leah Remini, 32, who stars on the popular CBS sitcom "The King of Queens," is engaged to marry her longtime boyfriend, singer-actor Angelo Pagan, reports Reuters. Pagan surprised Remini on Christmas Eve by proposing in a candle-lit Los Angeles restaurant, according to publicist Samantha Hill. An unspecified summer wedding date has been set.
QUIT: Prince Charles's publicist, Mark Bolland (who reputedly helped the public take to Camilla Parker Bowles) announced this weekend that he was stepping down as a freelance adviser to the prince to concentrate on other clients, reports the AP. The prince's St. James's Palace office said Charles was sad to see him go. Toronto-born Bolland, 36, was Charles's deputy private secretary from 1997 until last year, when he set up a public relations business with Charles and his sons Prince Harry and Prince William as clients.