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Amazon Has Its First Original Movie

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq stars Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson

(Newser) - Amazon Studios says it has acquired Spike Lee's new film as its first Amazon Original Movie . The film, with the working title Chi-Raq, stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, DB Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson. Chi-Raq, which focuses... More »

5 Stars Who Won Oscars in Their First-Ever Films

Who says you need practice to be perfect?

(Newser) - Actors who've been in the biz for years without ever snagging an Academy Award probably shake their heads and sigh when they think about these six celebrities rounded up by —all of whom won Oscars for their film debuts. A sampling:
  • Lupita Nyong'o: Best Supporting
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10 Celeb Couples Who Had Babies Before Getting Hitched

And 6 more who just might do the same

(Newser) - Word on the street is that Mila Kunis is pregnant and engaged , and it remains to be seen whether she and Ashton Kutcher will tie the knot before they welcome their child. Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler are in a similar situation , as are Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac , Olivia... More »

Bullock Sweeps People's Choice Awards

She was the evening's top winner with 4 trophies

(Newser) - Sandra Bullock reigned supreme at the 40th annual People's Choice Awards last night, taking home four trophies as the evening's top winner. The actress was named favorite movie actress, comedic actress, dramatic actress, and shared the favorite movie duo award with Gravity co-star George Clooney. Bullock's buddy... More »

10 Stars Who Don't Drink

Some got sober, others just don't like alcohol

(Newser) - Not all celebrities spend their weekends drunkenly partying. The Huffington Post rounds up 19 celebrities who don't drink alcohol. A sampling:
  • Kim Kardashian: Despite plugging Midori in a commercial, she has said, "I do not drink alcohol at all. My sisters drink, so when they get a little
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Obamas, Bidens Hit Inaugural Balls

Michelle Obama glows in Jason Wu gown

(Newser) - There were just two inaugural balls this time instead of 2009's 10, but the Obamas and Bidens made them count. The president thanked troops in Afghanistan via videolink from the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball and he and Michelle danced with several members of the military before heading to the Inaugural... More »

25 Casting Close Calls

Hollywood roles that could have gone another way

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie won an Oscar for her role in Girl, Interrupted—so, chances are, Parker Posey regrets not auditioning for the role when invited. Posey has said she "just didn't care enough about it." The Frisky rounds up 24 more casting close calls in Hollywood:
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
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3 Life Sentences for Killer in Jennifer Hudson Case

William Balfour shot her mom, sister, and nephew

(Newser) - "You have the heart of an arctic night. Your soul is as barren as dark space." And with that, the judge in the murder case involving three members of Jennifer Hudson's family sentenced killer William Balfour to three life sentences, reports AP . Balfour shot to death the... More »

Guilty Verdicts in Slayings of Jennifer Hudson's Family

William Balfour convicted of three murders

(Newser) - The man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and young nephew has been found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder, reports AP . William Balfour shot to death Darnell Donerson, 57, Jason Hudson, 29, and Julian King, 7, in what prosecutors say was a jealous rage in 2008.... More »

Judge Releases Frantic 911 Call in Hudson Murder Trial

And Balfour mistress says he confessed

(Newser) - “Somebody killed my mother. Please help me,” said Jennifer Hudson's sister, Julia, in a chilling phone call to emergency services. “My momma. My momma.” Jurors in the triple-murder trial of Hudson's mother, sister, and nephew have already heard the 911 recording, but today the... More »

Jennifer Hudson Weeps on Witness Stand

William Balfour murder trial starts with emotional testimony

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson broke down and wept on the witness stand today as she testified in the trial of William Balfour , the man accused of murdering Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Hudson said she told her sister Julia "over and over again not to marry... More »

Jennifer Hudson's Fame Hangs Over Murder Trial

Jury selection doesn't look easy in trial of William Balfour

(Newser) - Is anyone here not a fan of Jennifer Hudson? Defense attorneys may be wondering that tomorrow as they begin questioning prospective jurors for the trial of William Balfour , the man who allegedly shot and killed Hudson's family , the AP reports. Some in the jury pool gasped last week when... More »

Jennifer Hudson Didn't Want Sister to Marry Alleged Killer

New details surface in murders of singer's family

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson didn't approve of the relationship between her sister Julia and William Balfour, the man accused of killing Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew in 2008, according to newly filed court documents. Hudson grew up near Balfour and the two attended the same elementary school. She told detectives... More »

Jennifer Hudson Performs Whitney Grammys Tribute

Grammy Awards remember Whitney Houston

(Newser) - Grammy Awards host LL Cool J brought up Whitney Houston 's death almost as soon as he took the stage tonight, and started the ceremony with a prayer for her before formally welcoming the audience. Then it was more Whitney, with LL Cool J presenting a video of... More »

Hudson to Lead Grammy Tribute to Whitney

Singer's death 'too fresh to do more'

(Newser) - Whitney Houston's death barely 24 hours before the Grammy Awards left the show scrambling to honor the singer who once dominated it, but People reports that Jennifer Hudson has been selected to pay a "respectful musical tribute" during tonight's telecast. "It's too fresh in... More »

Hudson: Dead Brother's Voice Pushed Me to Sing Again

She heard voices of mom, brother in her head

(Newser) - How was Jennifer Hudson able to make a comeback, singing the national anthem at the 2009 Super Bowl just months after her mother, brother, and nephew were murdered? Those family members played a part, she explains to Dateline in an interview airing Jan. 8. "I felt as though I... More »

Hudson on Family Murders: Fiancé 'Saved My Life'

She could easily have been in Chicago that day, she reveals

(Newser) - In a rare moment, Jennifer Hudson addressed the horrific murders of her mother, brother, and nephew , telling Ebony that she credits fiancé David Otunga with saving her life, People reports. “I could have been home with my mom then,” she says, but Otunga had begged her to visit... More »

Jennifer Hudson: Family Murders 'a Blur, Surreal'

She talks about deaths for the first time

(Newser) - On her Behind the Music special last night, Jennifer Hudson spoke out for the first time about the 2008 murders of her mother, brother, and nephew. "It's all a blur, it was surreal," she says, adding that she stayed in one room for two weeks “with just... More »

Jennifer Hudson Tarnishes One Shining Moment

Tournament-ending video montage disappoints

(Newser) - CBS dropped the ball on the most eagerly awaited part of its NCAA basketball tournament coverage, critics agree. Hiring Jennifer Hudson—who isn't even a CBS recording artist—to sing "One Shining Moment" was one thing, but turning the wildly popular annual highlight montage into a Jennifer Hudson video... More »

Hudson Is New Weight Watchers Spokesperson

Singer got in shape after pregnancy

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson is the newest celebrity spokesperson for Weight Watchers, the company announced today. The Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer/actress, 28, lost weight after giving birth to son David Jr. in August, and is now thinner than she was pre-pregnancy, Us reports. The ads will begin airing Sunday; Hudson calls Weight... More »

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