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J.Lo says yes to triathlon, no to ‘Runway’

Jennifer Lopez recovered quickly from the foot injury that kept her from guest-judging duties at the Project Runway finale Sept 12.

The actress/designer/reality show star/new mom completed her much-hyped, first-ever triathlon on Sept. 14. With husband Marc Anthony as well as fellow racer Matthew McConaughey cheering her on, Lopez completed the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 28 seconds.

While the physical feat (and the fact that Lopez raised $127,000 for the Children's Hospital of L.A. in the process) is newsworthy, New Yorkers are still buzzing about Lopez suddenly bailing on her judging duties.

A source close to "Runway" host Heidi Klum says that Klum was furious that Lopez pulled out.

"Heidi went from one big-name judge for the finale to none," the source says. “It was embarrassing, especially the excuse that (Lopez) was hurt."

Lopez is rumored to be throwing a birthday party for husband Anthony back in New York, and, according to the source, "She can forget about Heidi and (husband) Seal attending after this."

One of the rumors swirling around Lopez's sudden injury is that she had no beef with "Project Runway," but instead was angry with The Weinstein Company, which produces the reality show.

"Jennifer was hoping for a part in an upcoming Weinstein film, and she was told the day before (the 'Project Runway' show) that she wasn't getting it," the source says. “She was angry, so she pulled out."

Lopez's rep, Leslie Sloane, denied the rumors, saying "(Lopez) pulled out (of "Runway") because she had an injury and had to have it rehabbed so she could compete (in the triathlon)." She went on to say "(Lopez) has no issues with Harvey (Weinstein)."

Lohan still blogging about Palin
Politics watchers are still buzzing about Tina Fey's spot-on portrayal of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," but let us not overlook Lindsay Lohan's latest musings about the vice-presidential candidate.

Lohan took to her MySpace page the morning of Sept. 14 and called Palin out for being a "narrow minded, media obsessed homophobe." Media obsession is probably something Lohan can speak to.

She went on to say, "Oh and ... Hint Hint Pali Pal — Don't pose for any more tabloid covers, you're not a celebrity, you're running for office to represent our, your, my COUNTRY. And in the words of Pamela Anderson, 'She can suck it'..." 

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that The Nation probably won't be calling Lohan for a guest editorial anytime soon.

Sean Avery heading to reality show?
Former New York Ranger Sean Avery took a pay cut this summer when he signed on for an internship at Vogue, and it looks as if the hockey tough guy isn't done swaddling himself in the fabric of the fashion world.

The New York Post reports that Avery stopped by the Marie Claire offices to speak with editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, and immediately wanted to get in on the taping of the magazine's new reality show, "Running in Heels."

The Post sources a snitch who says, "Filming just started this week and Sean was quick to get in on it. His whole meeting with Joanna was filmed for a scene, and he was really psyched about it."

Griping about the Creative Arts Emmys
The Creative Arts Emmys won't air until Sept. 20, but the awards were doled out in LA Sept. 13. Among the winners: "The Simpsons," which won its tenth Emmy for best cartoon, and Kathy Griffin, who took home her second statuette for "Life on the D List." (I'm scratching my head over this one.)

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The biggest winners of the night, however, were "John Adams" and "Mad Men." Any reader of this column knows my love for both series runs true and deep, so you'll forgive me if I focus on what I feel is a miscarriage of justice.

"Mad Men" took home awards for "outstanding hairstyling for a single-camera series," "outstanding art direction for a single-camera series," "outstanding main title design" and outstanding cinematography for a one-hour series."

At the risk of sounding greedy and ungrateful, I'd like to point out that the AMC drama should have won "outstanding casting in a drama series", as well. That award went to "Damages" (the category's other nominees: "Friday Night Lights," "Brothers and Sisters," and "The Tudors"). 

Excuse me? How is casting Glenn Close and Ted Danson more impressive than casting relative unknowns Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser and Elisabeth Moss? I just don't get this one.

Later this week: my Emmy predictions. If you feel strongly about someone winning (or losing) email me at scoop@msnbc.com.

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on msnbc.com.

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