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Jennifer Hudson is giving credit to a special someone who helped her cope with an unspeakable loss.
In 2008, the "Dreamgirls" star lost her mother, brother and nephew in a horrifying triple murder, for which her sister's estranged husband was later convicted. Jennifer has kept largely private about the ordeal, but said in an interview for Glamour's November cover that the birth of her son, David, just one year after the tragedy gave her reason to keep moving forward.
"I went from being an aunt, having a mom, and being a child to not having a mom, becoming ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
Sarah Silverman, primarily known for her work in comedy, is one of the latest actors to branch out from lighter fare into the world of drama. This year’s I Smile Back, director Adam Salky‘s story of a troubled woman’s aim at redemption, was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and showcases star Silverman in a much different light than audiences are used to seeing her.
Silverman has ventured into dramatic territory before, with 2011’s Take This Waltz from director Sarah Polley, but was relegated to a supporting role beside stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. With I Smile Back, Silverman takes on the heavy lifting of a serious starring role.
The history of comedic talent spreading their dramatic wings is full of big names and, in certain cases, has led to major Oscar recognition.
At last year’s Academy Awards, »
- Patrick Shanley
After two weeks of a dramatic Country House boot camp, it's a goodbye to nice patio heaters and a hello to Wembley Arena - as the contestants take on the famously, completely and utterly brutal Six Chair Challenge. First up, it's the girls, and with such an exceptionally strong category we expect Rita will need to make some tough decisions.
Join us from 7pm as we bring you all the action live as it happens. In the meantime, why not read about the strop Simon threw after finding out his category was the Overs?
We're excited to see the judges being assigned their categories this evening, but we doubt it can possibly beat 2009, when Dannii Minogue revealed she had the girls category and Rachel Adedeji fell over.
20:59And that's it! We're all done with the girls and Six Chair Challenge for tonight. As always, thank you for joining us. »
YouTube and Awesomeness Films have announced “Dance Camp,” a music-and-dance teen drama, as the first feature-length film under their co-production deal.
The movie, produced by Jon M. Chu (“Step Up Revolution,” “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” “Jem and the Holograms”), stars popular YouTuber Meg DeAngelis and Vine celeb Jake Paul, alongside Nadji Jeter (“Grown Ups”).
“Dance Camp” is the latest movie to feature digital stars, which are fueled by the idea that their large social followings will spur a big turnout for their longer-form projects. Awesomeness Films, formed earlier this year by DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV, this summer released “Smosh: The Movie” with Defy Media following last year’s high-school comedy “Expelled,” with Vine star Cameron Dallas.
The film will be directed by British female duo Bert & Bertie, with Fatima Robinson (“The Voice,” “Dreamgirls,” “Save the Last Dance”) slated to choreograph the feature. The cast of “Dance Camp” also includes Josh Leyva, »
- Todd Spangler
From her Broadway turn in Dreamgirls and starring roles in films like Waiting to Exhale and Jumping the Broom to TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, Loretta Devine has the thespian trifecta when it comes to a diversified resumé. The delightfully humble Devine returns to TV in comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s new multicam sitcom The Carmichael Show (beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 9pm on NBC). The laugh-out-loud series is a modern-day All in the Family of sorts that follows the Carmichael family’s zany dynamics. Carmichael plays Jerrod, who’s hiding from his contrarian father (David Alan Grier) and Bible-obsessed mother (Devine) that his girlfriend Maxine … Continue reading →
- Barb Oates
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is in discussions to play Aretha Franklin in a biopic that “Straight Outta Compton” producer Scott Bernstein developing under his Smb Films banner, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Hudson has not been officially cast as there is no deal in place, but a representative for the “Dreamgirls” star has acknowledged that conversations have taken place. The Untitled Aretha Franklin Project, which has been in the works for several years, will chronicle the “Respect” singer’s rise to fame in the ’60s and ’70s and delve into her relationship with her abusive ex-husband Ted White. »
- Jeff Sneider
First, we got a glimpse of Broad City's Abbi Jacobson tearing down the mountains with her lip-sync of Jennifer Hudson's cover of the Dreamgirls classic "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," and now it's her comrade-in-comedy Ilana Glazer's moment of glory. Vulture has the exclusive clip of Glazer knocking it out with Outkast's dance-floor staple, "Hey Ya."Lip Sync Battle airs this Thursday on Spike TV at 10 p.m., and, as always, we'll have the full play-by-play analysis the next morning. »
- E. Alex Jung
(Clockwise from top left) DJ Yella, Ice Cube, Mc Ren, Dr. Dre, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Aldis Hodge as Mc Ren, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-e, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Neil Brown, Jr. as DJ Yella on the set of Straight Outta Compton.
Taking us back to where it all began, the film tells the true story of how these cultural rebels – armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent – stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A.
- Melissa Thompson
If “Dreamgirls” gets a remake, Abbi Jacobson is ready for the auditions. In an upcoming “Lip Sync Battle” episode, the “Broad City” actress (sort of) sings her heart out, silently belting out “I Am Telling I’m Not Going,” the song that helped Jennifer Hudson win an Oscar for the musical “Dreamgirls.” From the sneak peek above, Jacobson puts up a strong fight. Tune in Thursday, Aug. 6 to see how her opponent and “Broad City” costar Ilana Glazer responded to this incredible performance. Also Read: Nickelodeon Star Victoria Justice Takes on Gregg Sulkin in Sticky 'Lip Sync Battle' »
- Kathy Zerbib
The "Broad City" gals Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are going head to head in the next episode of "Lip Sync Battle" on Spike TV this week, and we already know at least one performance will blow your hair back. Jacobson steps to the mic in this sneak-peek to perform "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from "Dreamgirls," which was sung by Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 version of the film. No word yet what Ilana may tackle on the LL Cool J-hosted show, but she looks pretty wowed here. »
- Katie Hasty
An Instagram post from Josh Gad (Frozen) has confirmed that he has finished filming his scenes in 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast film. The picture shows him embracing co-star Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) on a snowy set for the film. The caption reads, “That’s a wrap! Will miss the cast of #beautyandthebeast especially my brilliant Gaston #LukeEvans.” See it here…
In the film, Gad plays Lefou, the bumbling sidekick to the arrogant and egotistical Gaston, who is played by Evans.
Along with those two, Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) will star as Belle and the Beast respectively, with Ian McKellen (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline (Last Vegas) as Belle’s father Maurice, Audra McDonald (Private Practice) as Garderobe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) as Plumette, Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) as Cadenza and »
- Justin Cook
Chicago – Jennifer Hudson has won an Academy Award and a Grammy. Not bad for the 33-year-old singer and actress who was discovered as a runner-up on “American Idol.” She will perform in Downers Grove, Ill. this Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Art Van Furniture’s grand-opening event “The Art of Wow!”
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Hudson was born in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago in 1981, and started her career in the city with Righteous Records. She was released from the label to participate on “American Idol” in 2004, and placed seventh in the third season of the popular singing competition. One year later, Hudson was cast as Effie White in the film version of “Dreamgirls,” and won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for that role in February of 2007. Her appropriately titled »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
“I fell in love with it instantly,” declares Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls") about watching the pilot of Fox's mega-hit “Empire” after series co-creator Lee Daniels asked her to considering doing a guest role. As she reveals during our recent webcam chat (watch below), “It was before the show had even started airing and I was like, I have to be a part of the show!” -Break- 'Empire' cast woo Emmy voters with performances and panel discussion Hudson plays gospel-singing music therapist Michelle White, who was introduced late in the first season and appeared in three episodes. Although it seems likely we’ll see much more of her next season, the specifics of her storyline remain very much up in the air. “I can’t wait to find out!” admits the actress. “I wonder what will happen with Michelle and Andre (Trai Byers) and in a way I feel as though. »
We caught up with director Bill Condon recently to chat about his new film Mr Holmes, a fictional biopic of the famous Baker Street sleuth played by Sir Ian McKellen. Condon has a vast and wide-ranging career in the movies with titles like the outstanding Gods & Monsters and Kinsey sitting beside showstoppers like Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga.
Despite suffering from a bout of hay fever (your author was suffering too, dear reader), Bill was warm and friendly, and we bonded over our mutual love for the Disney animated film Beauty And The Beast (which he is currently directing a live action remake of).
How did Mr Holmes come about? Was this a project that you were keen to do?
Actually, Anne Carey, the producer, came to me with the script, based on »
The third in a series of Sea Breeze books, While It Lasts is set in in the steamy coastal Alabama town of Sea Breeze, where an interconnected group of older teens hook up and break up. The protagonist is Cage York, who looked set for a free ride to college for baseball until a DUI. His coach orders him to spend the summer baling hay, where he meets uptight, snarky brunette Eva Brooks. Eva's long-time beau Josh has just been killed along with four other soldiers near Baghdad.
Red Rock Pictures' Gary O.Toole will produce and write the screenplay, Glines has agreed to serve as associate producer and Aussie actor Addam Bramich will co-produce. Bramich, whose credits include Blinder, The Slap and several short films, »
- Don Groves
Turns out, even in a tale as old as time, there’s still room for improvement. For Disney’s upcoming live-action retelling of its animated classic Beauty and the Beast, which will find Emma Watson taking on the role of Belle opposite Dan Stevens’ Beast and Luke Evans’ Gaston, eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (who won two of those statuettes for his work on the original) found himself enlisted to write three new tunes for the project, alongside Sir Tim Rice.
Speaking at the Lincoln Center recently (via Stitch Kingdom), Menken revealed that the Disney pic will feature the music from the animated classic, not the Broadway adaptation, and he also spoke at length about two of the three new songs:
“It’s the songs from the movie, we did not fit in any songs [from the Broadway show]. The song I would have fit in from the Broadway show is ‘If I Can’t Love Her, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Hadley Freeman's latest book has harnessed her love of 80s movies, and gone into detail about just why they work so well. Entitled Life Moves Pretty Fast, you won't be surprised to hear that Ferris Bueller's Day Off features in there. But then so does Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Ghostbusters, Back To The Future and Eddie Murphy.
So what makes 80s movies so special? That seemed a logical place to start, as we caught up with Hadley for a chat...
Can I start by throwing a paraphrased movie quote at you? That line in The Truman Show about accepting the reality with which we're presented? At what point did you come to accept and realise that the movies of the 80s were so special to you? As you grew up with them, »
Three-time Academy Award-winning sound mixer Michael Minkler has been named Chief Creative Officer of Moving Pictures Media Group. Minkler’s resume counts over 250 films across five decades. He’s received Oscars for “Blackhawk Down,” “Chicago” and “Dreamgirls.” He also assumes the title of Managing Director at Mpmg, which offers services in development, production and post-production, distribution and marketing for independent films. Minkler has previously collaborated with directors Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. Also Read: Major Hollywood Studios Sued by Musicians' Federation Over Soundtrack Recycling “Making films is the ultimate collaborative art form. »
- Matt Donnelly
NBC has rounded out its creative team for The Wiz Live!, which airs December 3. Fatima Robinson has signed on as choreographer, Grammy winner Harvey Mason Jr is set as music producer, and Tony and Grammy winner Stephen Oremus will serve as music director, orchestrator and music co-producer. Robinson choreographed the features Dreamgirls, Ali, Collateral, Miami Vice and Public Enemies. She also is one of the top performance producers for NBC's The Voice. Her TV work has… »
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