For those wanting a wet and wild Memorial Day weekend, Jena Malone has a refreshing suggestion. "My older sister and I came up with 'Hardcore Slip 'N Slide,'" says the 19-year-old actress, currently starring as a high school student who gets pregnant in the satire Saved! "Basically, you get three to five (Wham-o) Slip 'N Slides, line them all up on a hill, inflate each pool and put water on it. Then you start at the top and go down. It's like 50 feet of fun."
If you've had trouble filling the hours since the last season of The Anna Nicole Show, (and really, who hasn't?), fear not: The newly re-slimmed Ms. Smith has been on the tiny half-Dutch, half-French island of St. Maarten since May 22, filming an upcoming episode. Scenes were shot at the Maho Reef Beach Resort on the Dutch side and at the clothing-optional Orient Bay Beach on the French side. Anna Nicole reportedly sustained a minor injury to one of her feet in a jet-skiing mishap last Sunday, but she was well enough to try her luck at the Casino Royale by Tuesday evening. That same night she also requested that popular nightspot Q Club open early to accommodate her, but the club declined, citing short notice.
Tears of a Clown
George Lopez may play a funnyman on his eponymous hit TV show, but that's a far cry from his situation growing up. "It's almost like it didn't matter whether I existed or not," he told us of his troubled childhood at a party this week in New York to celebrate his new book, Why You Crying. To this day, he doesn't see his family, though they live nearby in Los Angeles. "I'm not close to my family at all," he told us. "We never really had a relationship. I'm an only child so there's really no family. We're not speaking. It's the way it is. "They're not apologetic so I don't want to go back and revisit them." It doesn't sound like a natural subject for a comedy routine, but Lopez turned it into just that – he'll tell his story as part of his first live stand-up performance on Saturday on Showtime, in a special also called Why You Crying. "The special is almost the book come to life," he said. "I talk about my childhood – but it's funny."
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By STEVE HELLING, ANNEMARIE CRUZ, ALITA SINGH, KC BAKER and MARISA LAUDADIO