PASSAGES: Wax Dummy Makes J.Lo Blush

updated 05/21/2003 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/21/2003 3:58PM

DISPLAYED: After recently unveiling a Brad Pitt dummy with a squeeze-easy butt, London's Madame Tussaud's wax museum on Wednesday unveiled its latest action figure: a blushable Jennifer Lopez, reports PEOPLE's Courtney Rubin. The new $80,000 replica of the diva contains a tiny microphone in its right ear and light-emitting diodes in its cheeks. Whisper something and J.Lo blushes. So, why didn't they give her famous following the same soft touch-aspect that visitors can find at the Pitt stop? "We'd already done it with Brad, and squeezing a woman's bum is different -- a bit perverted," says Tussaud's spokeswoman Diane Moon. "Besides, we didn't want her dress to get ruined."

CHARGED: Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland, 35, has been charged with cocaine and heroin possession, two years after completing a jail term for violating his probation on the same charges, prosecutors tell Reuters. Weiland, 35, and a companion, Jennifer Lynn Sires, 29, were stopped by Burbank, Calif., police shortly before midnight on Saturday after officers spotted them driving without lights in a shuttered retail district. Weiland was released from jail Sunday after posting $25,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned June 2.


QUOTED: "I just couldn't stop laughing" -- Fired New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, 27, on his reaction to reading his former paper's 14,000-word account of the deceptions he practiced (plagiarizing, lying) while on the job, to the New York Observer. The paper also reports that he might be selling his story in a book and film deal that could yield him seven figures.


SETTLED: Sotheby's announced Tuesday that it had amicably settled a lawsuit accusing Michael Jackson, 44, of failing to pay nearly $1.4 million for two 19th century paintings he bought from the auction house last year but no longer wanted. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, said Reuters.

NAMED: Celebrated monologist Lily Tomlin, 64, has won the Mark Twain Prize for 2003, to be presented by Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 26. "Lily Tomlin, like Mark Twain, offers her genius wholeheartedly, as she levels the playing field all across society and evokes the most healing of all responses: laughter," said Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser, according to the Associated Press. Previous Twain winners include Whoopi Goldberg and Richard Pryor.

ANNOUNCED: This fall, "Complicated" Canadian teen-pop sensation Avril Lavigne will release an as-yet untitled album consisting of live material, reports Launch.com. The CD was recorded during Lavigne's recent North American tour. In addition to the album, plans are afoot for Lavigne to release a DVD featuring live performance and backstage footage from the tour.

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