Engaged couple Jennifer Lopez and BEN AFFLECK sparked a media frenzy this weekend (5/6JUL03) - with hordes of reporters descending on the American town of Manchester, Vermont ready to capture the pair's marriage.

Photographers and camera crews had staked out hotels in the picture-perfect town as well as at the nearby Hildene estate, only to discover they'd been led astray.

Ken Sunshine, a spokesman for the Daredevil hunk, says, "It's all fabricated. Ben is filming Paycheck in Vancouver with Uma Thurman. God knows where these rumours come from."

Meanwhile, Lopez's Britain-based rep, BARBARA CHARONE, insists her client was in Canada shooting a movie with Robert Redford.

A spokesman for the local EQUINOX HOTEL + RESORT laughs, "We've had camera crews and reporters posing as guests here for days trying to get information."

06/07/2003 10:36