Over the past few years, Jennifer Lopez has seen her star begin to wane. Actually, that’s probably not accurate: over the past few years, J.Lo has stopped being an A-list movie star and is now attempting to finagle future film deals while negotiating her salary as a reality-TV show judge. That’s what happened recently when J.Lo attempted to milk FOX for all they’re worth during American Idol negotiations. Read on for the details, my fellow film geeks…
You may have noticed that Jennifer Lopez’ career has been on the skids a bit recently. Her most recent romantic-comedy failed to make bank at the box office, and her biggest career move lately has been an offer to appear on American Idol as a judge (presumably filling Simon Cowell’s role as “The Cranky One”). But J.Lo’s a savvy businesswoman, and she knows that you can’t just take the first offer that gets thrown down. This is why she tried to negotiate a TV and film development deal while negotiating her American Idol salary. It didn’t work.
According to Deadline Hollywood: “I’ve learned that Jennifer Lopez had been negotiating for a guaranteed “go” motion picture and TV pilots at Fox to accompany an asked-for $15 million American Idol judging paycheck. But the powers-that-be who produce Idol…balked.” So, the $15m that FOX was willing to throw her way wasn’t enough: J.Lo wanted more: “she was angling for an overall deal at Fox, including a put picture, to keep the movie career going. But Fox said no,” one insider tells me. “In the old days, these were called a ‘vanity deal’ for good reason. They simply don’t exist today.” Yes, “vanity deals” officially died when John Travolta made Battlefield Earth.
So, if you’ve found yourself concerned that we’d be seeing a slew of new J.Lo-starring movies as a result of this American Idol deal, you can rest assured that FOX wasn’t that stupid. Of course, this also means that J.Lo’s going to be in a bad mood when the next season of American Idol gets off the ground, so if you’re considering auditioning for this year’s show, I’d suggest carrying a can of pepper spray (and, perhaps, a bat; J.Lo’s from the streets, yo): Deadline says that the $15m salary was the only demand that FOX met, and that must have left J.Lo in a combative mood.
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