Tattle: Look for J.Lo to be an 'Idol' judge

Penelope Cruz and hubby Javier Bardem (above) are expecting.
Penelope Cruz and hubby Javier Bardem (above) are expecting.
Posted: September 15, 2010

REMEMBER WHEN Jennifer Lopez was cool? When her Versace dress at the Grammys rocked the fashion world? When she could hold her own on-screen with stars like George Clooney? When she had a street name?

"American Idol" remembers.

To the tune of $12 million, the Fox talent show has nabbed Lopez to fill a seat at the judges' table for the 10th season, sources told People.com.

Kara DioGuardi was forced out after one limp season, and the mighty Simon Cowell has moved on. Lopez, like the also-departed Ellen DeGeneres, signed on just for a year, so if things don't work out, there's a graceful exit clause.

Steven Tyler, of Aerosmith, will tip the "Idol" bench as well, it's been widely reported. And Randy Jackson's returning.

Lopez and "Idol" reportedly bargained hard, and the deal almost didn't happen. Differences over money ($15 million? $20 million?), Lopez wanting a Fox film deal - take your pick, there was lots of land-mine potential.

Fox, Lopez and others who might be in a position to confirm things weren't talking yesterday. But Lopez and Tyler are expected to be sitting at the judges' table when auditions begin next week, sources say.

It's a joint joint

Spike Lee will direct a live webcast of a New York City concert featuring Philly's own John Legend and the Roots Sept. 23.

The concert is the second in the "Unstaged" series presented by American Express. The first, in August, featured Arcade Fire at Madison Square Garden, directed by Terry Gilliam.

The live stream will be webcast on YouTube, via the music video website Vevo. The obligatory interactive banquet will also be offered, including an option for viewers to select their camera view.

"It's not necessarily a Spike Lee joint," Lee said. "It's a John Legend and the Roots joint."

Three more "Unstaged" are planned but the acts haven't been announced. Legend and the Roots will perform two days after the release of their album "Wake Up!"

"I'll tell you this: I'm not shooting for people to look at on their iPhones," Lee warned. "At least a 15-inch computer screen. For me, it's criminal to watch a movie on your phone."

It's just a joint

George Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in jail and lost his license for five years Tuesday for driving under the influence of drugs when he crashed his car into a London photo shop.

A British judge told the wayward former Wham! singer that his addiction to marijuana put him and the public at risk. He's had numerous traffic incidents in recent times, and pleaded guilty to the most recent July 4 mishap.

The judge ordered Michael to serve four weeks of the sentence in prison and the rest on parole. He'll also pay a 1,250-pound ($1,930) fine.

Michael arrived at court in a chauffeur-driven car. Surrounded by four security guards, he was greeted by a large crowd of fans.

Michael sighed as sentence was passed. His long-term partner, Kenny Goss, buried his head in his hands. An unnamed person in the public gallery sobbed as Michael left the courtroom.

Tattle court docket II

Kid Rock and his entourage were trying to defend themselves from another customer at a suburban Atlanta Waffle House when a fight broke out, a lawyer for the musician said yesterday in court.

Kid - real name Robert James Ritchie - and five people who were with him are being sued over the 2007 fight. Harlen Akins claims that the group behaved "like a pack of wild animals," beating him for no reason, according to his lawyer. Akins is seeking unspecified punitive damages and $6,000 in medical fees.

The entertainer and his party pursued Akins into the parking lot for more punishment before leaving in their tour bus, Akins' lawyer, Eric Hertz, said in his opening statement in a DeKalb County court.

Akins demonstrated "a pattern of provocation and escalation," while Kid Rock and his party tried to defuse the situation, countered William Horton, arguing for the defense.

Kid Rock pleaded guilty in March 2008 to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery in the fight. The civil trial is expected to wrap up tomorrow or Thursday, Judge Johnny Panos said.

Penelope's preggers

A Spanish agency that represents Penelope Cruz says that the Spanish actress is 4 1/2 months pregnant. She married Spanish actor Javier Bardem in the Bahamas in July.

They appeared together in the Woody Allen film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," for which Cruz won the Oscar for best supporting actress in 2009. In 2008 Bardem won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in "No Country for Old Men."

She's now filming "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." From Oscar winners to a lowbrow Disney franchise? Hey, she needs to work; there's a baby coming.

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

Howard Gensler is on assignment.

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