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Latino Daily News

Sunday February 19, 2012

Rio Carnival Brings Out Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone and Others

Rio Carnival Brings Out Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone and Others

Photo: Jennifer Lopez in Rio for Carnival

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U.S. actresses Jennifer Lopez and Sharon Stone arrived in Brazil as specially invited guests of the Carnival celebrations in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, respectively.

Lopez, who is currently starring in a Brazilian beer commercial, arrived at midday on Sunday at Rio’s international airport along with her boyfriend, dancer Casper Smart, with whom she later emerged on the balcony of their hotel to greet her fans.

“I just arrived in Rio. Hi to everyone. My first time here during Carnival. I love Brazil,” wrote the actress and singer on her Twitter account.

Lopez will be present at the samba school parades in Rio, viewing the event from a guest box for the beer company for which she filmed the commercial that has been showing for the past several months on Brazilian television.

Meanwhile, actress Sharon Stone arrived on Saturday evening in Salvador, the capital of the northeastern state of Bahia, which - along with Rio - has one of the most heavily attended Carnival events in the country.

The actress later went to the Terra viewing box to watch the parade of bands passing through the streets of Salvador day and night during the Carnival festivities.

Meanwhile, local media reported that the founder of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner, canceled the trip he had scheduled to Rio as an invited guest of another beer company due to health problems.

Hefner will be replaced by his younger son Cooper, who will be in the Marques de Sapucai sambodrome along with six Playboy bunnies who will participate in the election of the girl who will become the representative for Devassa, one of the country’s largest beer brands.