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9 Rom-Coms That’ll Help You Rememb er JLo is The Queen

In case you have been living under a rock, Jennifer Lopez has made it her mission to bring the rom-com back to life and she’s doing it ASAP. In fact, her latest movie “Second Act”  is all about the romance and the jajas and it’s one that you will definitely want to catch. She stars as a woman in a dead-end-job who gets mistaken for a high-powered consultant and lands her dream job. It’s especially refreshing to see a rom-com in which the woman sets her sights on a better career instead of a man.

If you’re getting ready to head to the movies, don’t forget that the queen of rom-coms had plenty of other movies that you can watch, too. You’ll probably be inspired to rewatch some of her classics and we don’t blame you. From her adorable turn in The Wedding Planner to being a badass in Enough to our forever favorite role in Selena, here are JLo’s 20 best movies that you need to watch and re-watch before this year ends.

1. The Wedding Planner

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This 2001 romantic comedy stars our love JLo along with Matthew McConaughey. She plays, of course, a wedding planner who is in charge of planning the wedding of the man of her dreams and someone else. And the truth is, he might like her a bit, too.

2. Maid in Manhattan

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The lovely JLo plays a maid in Manhattan (get it?) who accidentally meets the politician running for office, played by Ralph Fiennes in this 2002 film. Unfortunately, he mistakes her for one of the hotel’s fellow wealthy patrons and hijinks ensue in this case of mistaken identity and the Cinderella fairytale.

3. The Back-Up Plan

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In 2010, JLo came back to rom-coms in a movie co-starring with Alex O’Loughlin. She plays a woman who, frustrated with dating, decides to become a single mother and gets artificial insemination. But, wouldn’t you know it, she finally ends up meeting the man of her dreams on the same day. Oops…

4. Monster-in-Law

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This 2005 romantic comedy stars JLo alongside Michael Vartan (as her fianceé in the film) and Jane Fonda (as the title character, the monster-in-law). It’s hysterical what happens when these two women vie for the affections of Vartan, who can’t help but get caught in the middle between his feuding bride and mother.

5. Shall We Dance?

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In this 2004 film, JLo plays Paulina, a lonely dance teacher who catches the eye of happily-married-yet-missing-something Richard Gere. He signs up for ballroom dance lessons only to discover a new interest and a renewed thirst for life, rekindling his relationship with his wife and thankfully not being too much of a creep to JLo.

6. Jersey Girl

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You might have blinked and forgotten that JLo was actually in the 2004 film Jersey Girl, which is primarily focused on single dad Ben Affleck, his adorable daughter played by Raquel Castro and his new love interest, played by Liv Tyler. However, the REASON he’s a single dad in the first place is because JLo tragically dies in childbirth earlier in the film.

7. What to Expect When You’re Expecting

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This 2012 romantic comedy is partially based on the famous pregnancy book but mostly an ensemble comedy that, yes, co-starred JLo as a photographer who can’t conceive. Ultimately, she and her husband (played by Rodrigo Santoro) decide to adopt a child from Ethiopia and the film culminates in the touching scene where they go there to adopt their boy.

8. Gigli

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This 2003 comedy is what originally brought JLo and Ben Affleck together in a romantic venture that ultimately failed and, well, so did the film. However, this rom-com still deserves a spot on the list for showing us what happens when a mobster (Affleck) and a girl named Ricki fall in love.

9. Second Act

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After the release of Second Act on December 21, 2018, you’ll be able to watch and rewatch this movie over and over. And we’re betting you’ll definitely want to see JLo starring as a woman who gets a second chance in life after accidentally receiving a fake resume and mistaking her for a high-powered consultant.

10. Enough

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In 2002, JLo proved once again that she can do more than rom-coms by starring as an abused wife who learns how to fight back. It’s a pretty badass role for her and one that inspires many of us to, you know, learn to fight… especially if we can look as good as she did.

11. The Boy Next Door

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In yet another tale of how women need to be careful of their men sometimes, this 2015 film stars JLo as a high school teacher who has a one-night-stand with a hot young neighbor (Ryan Guzman). Unfortunately, he develops a dangerous obsession with her until she has to fight for her life.

12. Bordertown

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This 2006 film stars JLo, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, and others. JLo plays a reporter from a Chicago paper whose editor sends her to investigate the murders of young women on a border town in Mexico. Once she makes it to Ciudad Juaréz, she meets Banderas, who is an editor at a rival newspaper, and the two attempt to find out who is killing these women. 

13. Anaconda

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If you’ve never seen this 1997 adventure horror film, then you are seriously missing out. JLo plays the director of a documentary film crew who comes across a snake hunter (played by Jon Voight) and follows him into the Amazon rainforest because they believe he can lead them to a tribe they’re searching for. Unfortunately, they come across a deadly, giant anaconda… and things don’t end well for most of them, to say the least.

14. Lila & Eve

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This 2015 crime drama co-stars JLo and Viola Davis as two grieving mothers who get entangled in the world of crime as they try to figure out why Lila’s son died in a drive-by. There are tons of moments that made us gasp out loud and, if you’re looking for a movie about female partnerships, then this one’s definitely it.

15. Angel Eyes

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Although this 2001 movie has all of the makings of a rom-com, it’s actually more of a romantic drama starring JLo and Jim Caviezel. He is a mysterious man who finds himself drawn to JLo’s police officer and, through their connection, the two begin to heal wounds from their pasts.

16. El Cantante

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If you thought that JLo’s been in only one biopic, then you’ve likely forgotten about 2006’s El Cantante. Starring her then-husband Marc Anthony as Héctor Lavoe and JLo as Puchi, Lavoe’s wife, this film is about the life of the legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer.

17. The Cell

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She may not have done it much but, in 2000, JLo starred in this sci-fi horror film with co-stars Vince Vaughn and Vincent D’Onofrio. Although it wasn’t a critical success, the movie is still one of the best visuals and make-up jobs that she has been in and… well, if you like sci-fi, it’s the best kind of weird that there is.

18. Out Of Sight

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Before she really became the queen of rom-coms, JLo was in this 1998 crime drama co-starring with George Clooney. Although it is definitely more his movie than hers, she gives a stellar performance as a U.S. Marshall who is after the career bank robber played by Clooney.

19. U Turn

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This 1997 western crime thriller movie came out the same year as Selena (below!), so you probably don’t remember it much. It starred JLo along with a large cast of Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight, Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and more. But don’t worry, she still got plenty of screen time and was able to wow us in this neo-noir film. 

20. Selena

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Without a doubt, her most beloved role, 1997’s “Selena” is a biopic about the Tejano singer of the same name. The tragic story of Selena Quintanilla really made a superstar of JLo and, thanks to her, millions of people can relive the music of the Mexican-American singer. And yes, it’s impossible to watch this without crying… But maybe let’s rewatch it anyway, yes?


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Cardi B To Make Feature Film Debut In Stripper Scam Movie ‘Hustlers’ Alongside J. Lo

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Cardi B To Make Feature Film Debut In Stripper Scam Movie ‘Hustlers’ Alongside J. Lo

Cardi B has dominated the music charts with bangers that allude to her past life as a New York City stripper, and now the hip-hip star is ready to take over the big screen as a scammin’ dancer in the film “Hustlers.”

Deadline reports that the movie, set in New York during the 2008 financial crisis, is a tale of strippers who join together to swindle their Wall Street clients. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (The Meddler), “Hustlers” is based on a 2015 article by Jessica Pressler for New York Magazine titled “The Hustlers at Scores.”

The film will also star Jennifer Lopez, who Cardi worked with in 2018 on the hit “Dinero,” as well as Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Lili Reinhart (Riverdale), Keke Palmer (Scream Queens), Julia Stiles (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Oscar-winner Mercedes Ruehl (“The Fisher King”).

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Lopez is also producing the movie alongside STXfilms, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina, who collaborated previously on the 2018 rom-com “Second Act.”

While “Hustlers” will mark Cardi’s first major acting role, she isn’t new to the screen. The Bronx rapper appeared as herself on Love and Hip Hop: New York for two seasons, before her explosive music career, and made a guest appearance on Gabrielle Union’s BET series Being Mary Jane in 2017.

Shooting for the film will begin on March 22, 2019, and we’re all excited to see our fave Dominican-Trinidadian on the big screen.

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Salty MLB Star Accused Arod of Cheating On JLo Days After Their Engagement, TBD If Anyone Cares

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Salty MLB Star Accused Arod of Cheating On JLo Days After Their Engagement, TBD If Anyone Cares

Latina queen Jennifer Lopez and retired baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez recently became engaged--meaning that Latinidad has an official King and Queen to worship until the end of days. Needless to say, fans and followers alike have been flooding their respective Instagram pages with messages of congratulations and well-wishes.

For the two years that they’ve been dating, J-Lo and A-Rod have shared their lives with the public through their social media accounts, giving us a glimpse into the loving relationship that Lopez has called her “first ever good relationship”. Their Instagram profiles are sprinkled with pictures of them jet-setting, attending premieres and galas, and taking mixed-family vacations in exotic locales together. In other words, they’re very publicly living their best lives together.

However, a wrench was thrown into their happily-ever-after Sunday night when former MLB player Jose Canseco publicly accused A-Rod of cheating on Jennifer Lopez with his ex-wife, Jessica Canseco. In light of all this drama, we’ve compiled the definitive timeline of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s relationship, all they way from friends to fiances. Take a look!

May 2005

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Before the Puerto-Rican triple threat and the Dominican All-Star were Hollywood’s reigning It Couple, they were mere acquaintances. The pair first met in 2005 at a Yankees vs. Mets Baseball game. At the time, Rodriguez was married to his first wife, Cynthia Scurtis, while Lopez was still married to Marc Anthony.

February 2017

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Lopez and Rodriguez reconnected twelve years later when they ran into each other at a restaurant. According to Lopez, they briefly said hello, but it was her who couldn’t resist continuing the conversations. “After [lunch] I went outside,” she said. “And for some reason I felt like tapping him on the shoulder”. He then asked her out to dinner via text.

March 2017

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By March 2017, neither J-Lo nor A-Rod were trying to hide the fact that they were dating. During the month, they were spotted vacationing together in The Bahamas. ARod’s sister also posted a selfie of herself with JLo, captioning it #miscuñis, which means things were moving along pretty nicely.

March 31st, 2017

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When co-hosting “The View” at the end of March, Rodriguez had only great things to say about his new lady love: “She’s an amazing girl. We’re having a great time”. He also went on to say that J-Lo was “one of the smartest human beings I’ve ever met”. And he didn’t stop there! He showered on the compliments by calling her “an incredible mother” who “loves family”.

April 2017

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By April, it was J-Lo’s turn to gush about her boo-thing on the talk-show circuit. While being grilled about her new boyfriend by Ellen (naturally), Lopez called Rodriguez “a great guy,” this 100% confirming their relationship.

May 2017

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Never one to do things half-heartedly, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez made their public debut as a couple at arguably the most prestigious event in the world: the Met Gala, of course. This occasion also marked J-Lo’s debut on A-Rod’s Instagram–and the first of many.

June 2017

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By June 2017, it was obvious to the world that this couple was the real deal. Not only was Rodriguez gushing to the press that Jennifer was the ideal role model for his daughters, the pair was also taking glamorous European trips together and posting their adventures to their millions of followers on Instagram.

September 2017

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We all know that one of the most crucial steps of a relationship is when your signficant other accompanies you to a work event. Lopez and Rodriguez crossed this milestone when A-Rod accompanied her to the premiere of “World of Dance”–a show she stars in and produces. It’s for reasons like this that A-Rod calls her “one of the most brilliant business minds that [he’s] ever met”!

November 2017

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J-Lo and A-Rod took their relationship a step further when they spent Thanksgiving together in Rodriguez’s home. On Instagram, they shared with their followers that this was one of the many times they combined families for the holiday–further proof that they were very confident with where their relationship was.

December 2017

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Along with the power couple’s magazine cover debut on the December issue of “Vanity Fair”, the duo also debuted their new (and catchy) portmanteau: J-Rod (we’re pretty sure they had it trademarked before they went public).

January 2018

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Lopez and Rodriguez showed their Latinx pride by visiting Puerto Rico in January after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

February 2018

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In the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, JLo got candid about her relationship with A-Rod and addressed the possibility of a wedding on the horizon. “I do believe in marriage,” she said. “And I would love to grow old with somebody in a committed relationship. But I’m not forcing anything right now. It’s good, it’s healthy; we communicate well…We have a similar makeup.” All signs point to yes!

May 7, 2018

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JLo and A-Rod attended their second Met Gala as a couple in matching couture Balmain outfits, cementing their status as style icons.

July 2018

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Lopez and Rodriguez spent her 49th birthday in one of their go-to vacation spots: The Bahamas. A-Rod took to Instagram to share a cute pic of their blended family on vacation along with a heartfelt tribute to his lady love. ” For someone who has been about giving everything she has 365 days a year—to our children, our families, the world,” he said. “I hope today, we can give you all the happiness you deserve. I love you mucho”.

August 2018

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A-Rod’s reaction to JLo’s epic VMA’s performance last August became a viral sensation, as his pride over his girlfriend’s triple-threat skills were all too apparent. Twitter was full of women wanting a man who looks at them like ARod looks at JLo.

October 2018

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A-Rod continued to support his girlfriend by attending events that were obviously important to her. In October, Rodriguez accompanied Lopez to Elle’s famous “Women in Hollywood” event. That night, he posted a supportive message to JLo on his Instagram: “With two young daughters and a woman I admire by my side, I know how important it is that we raise women up and teach our girls that there is no limit to what they can do.”

December 2018

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According to their Instagram accounts, J-Rod spent New Years eve in Malibu, again with their blended family. Rodriguez’s caption read: “As the sun sets on 2018, from our family to yours … #HappyNewYear everyone!”.

February 2019

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Lopez took her athlete-beau to the ultimate glamour event: The Oscars. The two shined in evening wear and Rodriguez was solidly by her side while she strutted the red carpet and presented awards.

March 2019

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On March 9th, J-Rod announced that they were engaged with mutual Instagram posts sharing the news. The Instagram posts showed off the 15-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring, which is reported to be worth up to a cool $5 million.

March 10th, 2019

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On Sunday night, former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco accused A-Rod of cheating on J.Lo with his ex-wife, Jennifer Canseco. Before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s important to realize that Canseco has a history of making some pretty out-there statements (i.e. asking his Twitter followers to “spend the day with me and my alien Buddies”and insisting that he’s acquainted with “Bigfoot and a real alien”). In other words: there’s reason to doubt his word.

As of now, both JLo and ARod have remained silent in response to these explosive allegations, so there’s no way of knowing the veracity of the claims. Until then, all we can do is speculate and hope for the best!


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