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Love That Dress

The Grammy Awards might be over, but Jennifer Lopez’s barely there dress is still being, um, revealed as a big winner.

Grammy organizers report that a photo of Lopez and David Duchovny, who presented the first award of the night, was downloaded 642,917 times from the time it hit the Web during the show on Feb. 23 until the end of the following day.

In fact, the photo gallery has been the most-visited section of the site, and the shot of Lopez and Duchovny still available online was by far the most requested shot.

During the broadcast itself, peak traffic to the official Grammy Web site, at www.grammy.com, reached 117,213 hits per minute nearly triple the peak traffic during last year’s Webcast.

The site was highly publicized and officials were anticipating huge numbers of visitors, but there’s no doubt Lopez’s green Versace wisp of a dress helped boost the final tally.

“She did the red carpet with Puffy (her boyfriend, Sean “Puffy” Combs), and I got sunburned from the flashbulbs. It was incredible,” said Adam Sandler, spokesman for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which presents the Grammys.

Disastrous Decision

The airlines don’t show plane-crash films on their flights. So it might seem a little strange that the 1973 blockbuster “The Poseidon Adventure” will be screened aboard the Queen Mary on March 11.

The epic sea disaster unnerved audiences everywhere with its gut-wrenching tale of 10 passengers trying to survive after a giant wave turns an ocean liner upside down.

But the screening is intended for a good cause to raise money for Queen Mary restoration and historic preservation. Some cast members, including Shelley Winters, are even expected to board the boat for the occasion.

The luxury liner was actually used as a set for many of the film’s key sequences but hasn’t left port in decades. So everyone should be safe. “It doesn’t move around that much,” said Queen Mary spokeswoman Lovetta Kramer.

Flying Away?

Now that Walt Disney Co. has sold the rights to operate Web sites for the Anaheim Angels and Mighty Ducks, could the sale of the teams be next?

It wouldn’t be the first time such reports have surfaced about the lackluster baseball team and hockey club.

Disney made the Internet deal with ACSsports.com, a New York-based online network that manages Web sites for teams such as the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Denver Broncos.

Financial terms weren’t disclosed but sources said the online rights for three years were sold for at least $2 million.

“This is just upgrading something that is becoming more important in this day and age,” said Tim Mead, vice president of communications for the baseball team. “The Angels are not actively being shopped, nor (are) the Mighty Ducks.”

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