Catfight brewing!

Rosie disses J.Lo as all booty and no talent; Russell Crowe to surrender bachelorhood in a tsunami of bubbly.

By Amy Reiter
Published December 17, 2002 5:51PM (EST)

I hope Rosie Perez doesn't meet Ben Affleck in a dark alley any day soon.

The actress recently let fly with her not too flattering opinion about former fellow Flygirl -- and future Mrs. Affleck -- Jennifer Lopez.

Lopez, Perez admitted last week during an interview on the AOL Hot Gossip Show, was not chosen to dance on "In Living Color" because she was particularly talented. Rather, Perez, Keenan Ivory Wayans and the others picked her because the shaking of her booty would appeal to a certain segment of the show's captive audience: convicted criminals.

During auditions, "I said, What is the core audience for the Flygirls?'" Perez recalls. "He goes, 'Prison inmates.' I go, 'All right, pick that girl,'" meaning Lopez.

"She wasn't the greatest dancer. The other Flygirls had more talent and experience, but she had a look that I knew the audience would tune in to," Perez says.

But don't worry, J.Lo, Perez, who is getting ready to step into Edie Falco's role in the Broadway production of "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune," in which she must doff her duds, doesn't have the highest opinion of herself, either.

"People, don't get too excited, because it's been a couple of years since 'Do the Right Thing.' Gravity has taken its toll. You know?" Perez cautions. "I want to forewarn all the ticket buyers. I'll give you a show, you know what I mean, but hey -- you know. These are real."

Inmates, take heed.

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Home, decent home

"It's a decent home. There's nothing wrong with it."

-- Roland Fraschetti, one of the owners of the Warren, Mich., house that Eminem grew up in, which was up for sale on eBay, sounding rather defensive after whopping bids like $12 million turned out to be -- gasp! -- false, and the top bid weighed in at a paltry $75,000, in the Detroit News.

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Partying like a rock star

Russell Crowe throws parties the way he fights, apparently: He goes all out, no holds barred.

According to the U.K. Sun, the pugilistically inclined actor is planning to celebrate his engagement to longtime girlfriend Danielle Spencer by flinging himself and his bride a $1.5. million fete on New Year's eve.

The tabloid reports that Crowe is planning to transport some 300 friends and family members -- flying many in from overseas -- to his New Zealand ranch for the festivities.

"Crowe is a very generous bloke and is pulling out all the stops," a party organizer told the paper. "He has told us to spare no expense."

The party planner also claims Crowe has ordered 500 bottles of champagne and 300 fresh crayfish for the occasion.

Nearly two bottles of bubbly per guest, but only one itty-bitty crayfish apiece? Nice to see Crowe's priorities haven't changed that much.

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That Jackass look

"After 'Jackass,' I believe that the slightly beaten-up scurvy pirate look is quite fashionable. So in some ways I should thank the courageous thugs in Boston (three guys with mace against me, a little in-bred muppet, very courageous) for helping me to achieve that tough-guy look that's hitherto been so hard for me to accomplish."

-- Moby on why he's grateful to his persecutors, the men who recently attacked him outside a Boston club, on his official Web site.

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Juicy bits

If you're in the market for a house with rather creepy history, you could do worse than to check out Tommy Lee's Malibu home, on the market for a mere $3 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The house comes complete with a lavish backyard pool, but it happens to be the same pool in which a 4-year-old friend of one of Lee's sons drowned at a birthday party last year. Aside from that, I'm sure it's a very decent home.

Guy Ritchie has had an idea for a film the world is sure to love almost as much as it loved "Swept Away": a flick about the Kabbalah, the study of Jewish mysticism, called "The 49th Gate." "In Kabbalah, there are 50 levels of holiness and this film will be about Moses' attempt to get from the 49th to the 50th," a source explained to PeopleNews, "something he never manages." I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, as long as he doesn't let Madonna play God.

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