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Phelps, schmelps! J.Lo’s also in training

Poor Jennifer Lopez. The new mom is training for a triathlon, but everyone is too busy watching the Olympics to notice.

Lopez, who appeared on "Good Morning America" Aug. 18 to discuss her preparations for the Malibu Triathlon, was overheard saying after the segment that she “couldn’t understand why everyone is talking about that swimmer,” according to a GMA source. “She couldn’t come up with (eight-time gold-medal winner Michael) Phelps’ name, and then she yammered on about how she was the one training for a triathlon just six months after giving birth, and how that was the big story right now, not ‘the swimmer.’ ”

Lopez is planning on donating money raised for her race to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. To help drum up attention, she started a blog to share tips on training. “Touch up makeup prior to your run” hasn’t made its way into any posts, despite Lopez being spotted arriving in Central Park with her makeup artist later in the day.

“Apparently, Jenny from the Block requires a lot of powder,” says the source.

Avril's too sexy for Malaysia
Malaysia’s Islamic opposition party has urged the government to cancel Avril Lavigne’s Aug. 29 concert in Kuala Lumpur because Lavigne’s on-stage moves are “too sexy”.

"It is considered too sexy for us. ... It's not good for viewers in Malaysia," said Kamaruzaman Mohamed, a party official. "We don't want our people, our teenagers, influenced by their performance. We want clean artists, artists that are good role models."

Lavigne isn’t the first singer to be targeted: Gwen Stefani last summer announced that she made a “major sacrifice” by adapting her act and attire for her appearance in Malaysia. No word yet on Lavigne's plans on cleaning up her act.

Joel Madden’s tepid spinning stint
Joel Madden took a turn as DJ at the MGM Club at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, and the Good Charlotte frontman didn’t do much to dazzle the crowds.

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“The line was minimal before 11 p.m. and nonexistent afterward," said one attendee. "The cover was $20 and the warm-up DJ was received better (than Madden).”

Madden was certainly all business. “He didn’t speak to the crowd,” says the source, and the appearance certainly wasn’t a family affair.

“(Madden's girlfriend) Nicole Richie was nowhere in sight. Joel seemed like an odd choice. It just made people think, ‘Why aren't you with (Nicole) and (your) kid?’ especially since the back of the house, including several table-service areas, was empty.”

Jonas Brothers descend on D.C.
While the president is away, the Jonas Brothers will play.

The band descended upon the White House on Sunday while they were in town to film a PSA for the National Park Service.

“It was like the Beatles were here or something,” says a White House source who witnessed the frenzy.

The band, who stopped in the White House briefing room for a photo op, is said to have been accompanied by bodyguards (natch) and their own travelling press pool.

“Clearly, these are the most popular people to step foot in the White House in some time,” remarked the source.

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