THE WEEK AHEAD: J.Lo Goes Global
03/26/2004 AT 01:00 PM EST
J.LO NATION-HOPS: Do svedanya, J.Lo. "Thank you" is what Russian fashion fans will be saying to the dancer-turned-actress-turned-singer-turned-fashion designer when her debut J.Lo store opens up in a mall outside of Moscow, Russia on Thursday, April 1. As for why she chose the former Eastern Bloc to open her first store (which will feature lingerie, clothes and handbags), "A luxury mall developer approached us," Denise Seegal, CEO of Lopez's Sweetface Fashion company, told New York's Daily News. "It's a good way to start our format design." There are also plans in the works for J.Lo boutiques in malls across America and in Europe and Latin America.
THE PRETRIAL BEGINS: The clock is ticking for the start of Michael Jackson's trial on child-molestation charges, and a pretrial hearing is set for Friday, April 2 in Santa Maria, Calif. Though Jackson won't be there ("He doesn't have to attend it, he won't attend it," spokesman Kevin McClin confirmed), his lawyers will show up to set a preliminary hearing date. Jackson, who's free on $3 million bail, is charged with seven counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 and two counts of giving a child an intoxicating agent. (Jackson has pleaded innocent.) And next week is just the beginning: There are expected to be an estimated 17 preliminary hearings in the case before the trial starts.
READY FOR LATE NIGHT? The words Donald Trump is hoping to hear when he hosts Saturday Night Live on Saturday, April 3 are "You're funny" not "You're fired." The real-estate mogul and "Apprentice" superstar will see if he has what it takes to make people laugh (more than just about his hairdo) when he makes his "SNL" debut. It's a perfect tie-in for the top-rated "Apprentice," whose live finale will take place on Thursday, April 15. No word on whether there will be a Donald-off between him and "SNL"'s Trump impersonator, Darrell Hammond.
AND FINALLY... It may not be the Oscars or the Grammys, but there's always plenty of star wattage at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, this year hosted by Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers on Saturday, April 3, live from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. OutKast and Avril Lavigne will perform, and Adam Sandler will receive the annual Wannabe Award, given to a celebrity role model who kids most "want to be."