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J.Lo Ends Up on Cutting Room Floor The failure of Gigli has enabled director Kevin Smith to rejigger his upcoming Jersey Girl into the kind of movie he had originally conceived — one that features Ben Affleck as a single father raising a young daughter, the New York Times reported today (Monday). Until unfavorable reviews of Gigli began to roll in, Smith had been prevailed upon to expand the role of the girl’s mother, played by Jennifer Lopez, in order to take advantage of the publicity surrounding the Affleck-Lopez romance. Smith told the Times that he began trimming Lopez’s scenes after Jersey Girl tested poorly with preview audiences. But, he said, Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein “was always ‘Let’s leave as much of Jennifer in because we paid her $4 million for the movie.’” Her character now dies in the movie’s first 15 minutes, the Times said.
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Mike Newell To Direct Fourth Harry Potter Film British director Mike Newell, whose films include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, and the upcoming Mona Lisa Smile, starring Julia Roberts, has been selected to helm the fourth Harry Potter movie, The Goblet of Fire, Warner Bros. announced on Sunday. The first two Potter films were directed by American director Chris Columbus, while the third film, The Prisoner of Azkaban, is currently being filmed by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. In a statement, Producer David Heyman said that Newell was “the perfect choice.” He added: “He is great with actors and imbues all his characters, all his films, with great humanity.”