NEWS BRIEFS: J.Lo to Fight with Fonda

CAST: “Coming Home” and “Klute” Oscar winner Jane Fonda, 66, absent from the silver screen for the past 14 years (since 1990’s “Stanley & Iris,” with Robert De Niro), will make her comeback in a movie comedy with Jennifer Lopez, 34, to be called “Monster-in-Law,” reports Variety, which calls the actresses J.Fo and J.Lo. The latter will play the fiancee of a man she finds perfect, until she meets his awful mother (Fonda). The film is slated for release in 2005.

Rapper Mystikal Faces Rape Charge

Rapper Mystikal and two friends were arrested Thursday on charges of rape and extortion, the Associated Press reports. Mystikal (real name: Michael Tyler), 26, and friends Leland Ellis, 36, and Vercy Carter, 34, turned themselves in to authorities in connection with an incident at the rapper’s Baton Rouge, La., home in which the three allegedly threatened a female acquaintance by telling her they would accuse her of getting checks from Mystikal’s bank account without his permission, the news service reports.