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Jennifer Hudson Forgives Family Killer

September 10th, 2012 11:25am EDT
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Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson has forgiven her estranged brother-in law William Balfour for murdering her mother, brother, and nephew in 2008 because his tough upbringing left him emotionally damaged.

Balfour was ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars in July after he was convicted of breaking into the family's Chicago, Illinois home and slaying Hudson's mom Darnell Donerson, her brother Jason Hudson, and seven-year-old nephew Julian King, who was found shot dead in the back of an abandoned SUV three days later.

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Man Who Murdered Jennifer Hudson's Mother, Brother And Nephew Sentenced To Life In Prison

July 24th, 2012 11:32pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Convicted murderer William Balfour has been handed three life sentences for brutally slaying Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew in Chicago, Illinois in 2008.

The 31 year old, Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, was found guilty of first degree murder charges in May, and on Tuesday, Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns denied Balfour a new trial and ordered him to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Handing down the punishment as the Dreamgirls star looked on, Judge Burns told the defendant, "Your soul is as barren as dark space."

Balfour, who maintained his innocence thro...
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Jennifer Hudson Performs In Leopard-Print Hot Pants In Chicago

July 12th, 2012 11:00am EDT
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Jessica Hudson returned to her hometown and performed at the Taste of Chicago in Illinois yesterday, braving the heat in an interesting stage costume. The singer/actress wore leopard-print hot pants with sheer black tights, a leather blouse, and short black boots.

We think she should wear whatever she wants considering she's worked so hard on losing weight and getting healthy.

Hudson, who shot to fame on season three of "American Idol," has landed a guest spot on NBC's "Smash" opposite fellow "Idol" alum Katherine McPhee. She recently starred in "The Three Stooges."

She stars in the upco...
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Jennifer Hudson's Fiance Lands Movie Debut

July 5th, 2012 11:47pm EDT
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Jennifer Hudson's wrestler fiance David Otunga has landed his first movie role alongside Halle Berry.

The Harvard Law School graduate has been cast in upcoming thriller The Hive, and his proud wife-to-be couldn't be happier.

Celebrating the news on her Twitter.com page, Hudson writes, "Big congratulations to my fiance @DavidOtunga in his 1st movie role with Halle berry in 'The Hive'."

The Hive also stars Abigail Breslin and is due for release in 2013.
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Jennifer Hudson Lands Guest Spot On 'Smash'

June 25th, 2012 8:56am EDT
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The multi-talented Jennifer Hudson is returning to her TV roots with a guest appearance on NBC musical series "Smash." Hudson will join another "American Idol" alumni on the show - Katherine McPhee.

Hudson began her entertainment career in 2004 as a contestant on "Idol." She followed this up with a starring role in the 2006 film "Dreamgirls," for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.

She's returning to the small screen to play a Tony-Award winning Broadway star in "Smash," which focuses on the world of New York's theatre district.

According to the series' executive produ...
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Jennifer Hudson To Launch 'Comfortable' Fashion Line On QVC

June 19th, 2012 4:19pm EDT
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Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson is set to launch her own fashion line.

The Dreamgirls star and WeightWatchers spokesperson is teaming up with bosses at TV shopping channel QVC to release an affordable clothing collection for women with curves.

The Oscar winner's range will be designed for females between the sizes of six and 16, and pieces will include everything from skirts to outerwear.

She tells Women's Wear Daily, "I feel like I represent every woman. I've been on both sides of the fence. I've been a big girl and now whatever this is, the average size, whatever you want to call it....
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Jennifer Hudson 'Relieved' Family's Killer Has Been Brought To Justice

May 13th, 2012 12:15pm EDT
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Jennifer Hudson is "relieved" and "pleased" after the man accused of murdering her mother, brother and nephew was found guilty.

William Balfour, 31, was convicted of fatally shooting Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her seven-year-old nephew Julian King in 2008 by an Illinois jury on Friday after two days of deliberation.

As the verdict was read out in court, Oscar winner Hudson broke down in tears and had to be comforted by her fiance, David Otunga. Her sister Julia was also present for the verdict.

Now the pair has released a statement through att...
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Jennifer Hudson Thanks God, Attorneys & Police For Brother-In-Law's Conviction

May 12th, 2012 8:28am EDT
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After two days of deliberations, a jury has found the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew guilty of first degree murder. Hudson, her fiance David Otunga, and her sister Julia were all in court to hear the verdict.

Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, William Balfour, pleaded not guilty to allegations he shot the star's family members in Chicago, Illinois, in October, 2008. Balfour's trial began on April 23. Jurors heard testimony from witnesses including Hudson and her sister Julia, who split from Balfour in February, 2008.

On Friday the jury convicted Balfou...
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Police Officer Describes Murder Scene At Jennifer Hudson's Mother's House

April 25th, 2012 8:38am EDT
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Jennifer Hudson was forced to sit through painful testimony from the police officer who found her slain family members in court on Tuesday.

The singer/actress took the stand on the first day of suspected killer William Balfour's trial in her native Chicago, Illinois on Monday and she returned on Tuesday as the case continued.

Hudson closed her eyes as Sgt. David Dowling described what he saw when he was called to the home the star's mother and brother shared in October, 2008.

Dowling recalled Hudson's brother, who was in bed, had been killed by a gunshot wound to the head. Her mother had...
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Jennifer Hudson's Brother-In-Law 'Threatened To Kill Her Family 25 Times'

April 24th, 2012 7:16pm EDT
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Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law threatened to murder the star's sister and her family 25 times after they separated in early 2008, a court has heard.

William Balfour, who is married to the singer/actress' older sibling Julia, stands accused of murdering Hudson's mother, brother and nephew in October, 2008. His trial began in Chicago, Illinois on Monday and the Oscar winner was the first witness called to testify against the suspect.

During her emotional evidence, a tearful Hudson recalled how she had warned Julia against exchanging vows with Balfour, telling the court, "I to...
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Jennifer Hudson Shows Off Her Svelte Figure In Spandex

April 16th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
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Jennifer Hudson looked great while walking around the set of a Weight Watcher's commercial in Los Angeles over the weekend. The singer/actress was slim in trim in spandex pants, a gray pullover and sneakers. She is fit and fabulous!

The singer/actress must have a lot on her mind these days. Jury selection was recently completed for the murder trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew in 2008. The trial is scheduled to begin on April 23 in Chicago. Hudson is expected to attend.

She currently stars in "The Three Stooges," which debuted in second place at the box off...
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Farrelly Brothers Breathe New Life Into 'The Three Stooges' (Video)

April 13th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
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First I must say that I have never been a fan of 'The Three Stooges.' Never watched them on TV way back when or understood their appeal. Slapstick, over the top comedy has never been my thing.

So you can imagine how much I was dreading seeing the Farrelly Brothers new film 'The Three Stooges.' Well guess what? To my surprise, I absolutely loved it and I LMAO.

This has a lot to do with the three actors portraying these guys. Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos) Larry (Sean Hayes) and Curly (Will Sasso) are absolutely spot on in bringing these iconic characters to life.

Yes, the humor is campy, s...
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Jury Selection Complete In Trial Over Murdered Family Of Jennifer Hudson

April 10th, 2012 11:31pm EDT
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Jury selection has been completed for the murder trial of the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew in 2008.

Twelve people have been chosen to sit on the panel which will determine whether William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, was responsible for the brutal slayings, which took place in the singer/actress' native Chicago, Illinois.

Court officials were forced to question potential jurors about their knowledge of the Oscar winner in a bid to rule out any bias in the case, and they had to dismiss a number of people who admitted they w...
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Chicago Jurors Asked Questions About Jennifer Hudson

April 7th, 2012 6:00pm EDT
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Potential jurors in the trial of the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew in 2008 have been asked to fill out a questionnaire all about the Oscar-winning singer and actress.

Court officials are keen to rule out any bias in the case, which is set to start in Hudson's native Chicago, Illinois - and they're trying to make sure they have no fans among the jury members.

The questions, obtained by media outlets on Friday, include references to her TV and movie appearances.

Those considered for jury duty have also been asked if they have ever watched American Idol...
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Tom Hanks' Voicemail Message Raises $26,000 For Sting's Rainforest Charity

April 5th, 2012 8:40am EDT
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Tom Hanks raised $26,000 for Sting's rainforest charity by personally selling off a voicemail message at a star-studded auction in New York on Tuesday night.

Elton John, Bruno Mars and Jennifer Hudson were among the famous faces who performed at a benefit concert at Manhattan's Carnegie Hall to raise money for Sting's Rainforest Fund, and after the show, a charity auction took place at The Pierre hotel.

Sting took to the auctioneer's podium himself to sell off tickets to one of his upcoming gigs for $23,000, but his total was trumped by Hanks, who personally sold off a voicemail message...
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Elton John Gryrates With Channing Tatum On Stage At Rainforest Fund Concert

April 4th, 2012 11:44am EDT
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Channing Tatum showed off the moves he picked up as a male stripper by gyrating against Elton John at a star-studded benefit concert on Tuesday.

The 21 Jump Street star, who had a brief stint as an exotic dancer at the age of 19, thrilled the audience by grinding with the Rocket Man at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

The crowd was also treated to a musical performance from Hollywood actress Meryl Streep, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson and Sting, who organized the show in aid of his Rainforest Fund.

Elton was thrilled to join the star-studded line-up, telling reporters, "It's probably one ...
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Neither Rihanna Nor Jennifer Hudson Tapped To Play Whitney Houston

February 29th, 2012 8:41am EST
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A representative for music mogul Clive Davis has shot down reports he has shortlisted Jennifer Hudson and Rihanna to portray late superstar Whitney Houston in a rumored biopic.

Davis, who discovered the soul singer and mentored her throughout her career, was allegedly planning to make Houston's life the subject of a new big screen film following her tragic death earlier this month.

A Daily Mail report on Monday stated Davis "wants to get a script finalised as soon as possible so filming can begin", with Rihanna and Hudson - who paid tribute to Houston at the Grammy Awards - were "in the r...
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'The Help' Dominated NAACP Awards While Stars Honored Whitney Houston

February 18th, 2012 9:55am EST
The Help
Critically-acclaimed drama "The Help" was the toast of the 2012 NAACP Image Awards on Friday after landing three top honors.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name was crowned Outstanding Motion Picture, seeing off competition from "Pariah," "Tower Heist," "Jumping the Broom" and "The First Grader."

Viola Davis scooped the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture prize, while her co-star Octavia Spencer was presented with the Outstanding Supporting Actress award at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ceremony in Los A...
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Jennifer Hudson's Tribute To Whitney Houston Left Dolly Parton In Tears

February 13th, 2012 11:30pm EST
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Jennifer Hudson's emotional Grammy Awards tribute to Whitney Houston floored Dolly Parton, who wrote the signature tune the Dreamgirls star performed.

The country star was among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Houston after learning of her death on Saturday and she has offered a new statement after tuning into the Grammys on Sunday night and watching Hudson belt out a pitch-perfect rendition of I Will Always Love You.

Parton says, "I was brought to tears again last night, as I'm sure many were, when Jennifer Hudson sang "I Will Always Love You" on the Grammys in memory of Whitney....
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Video: Jennifer Hudson's Tribute To Whitney Houston At The Grammys

February 13th, 2012 2:00pm EST
Jennifer Hudson
The day after Whitney Houston died, Grammy event planners worked around the clock to set up a heartfelt tribute to the late singer by Jennifer Hudson. The beautiful result can be seen below!

Jennifer Hudson, who was said to be emotional during rehearsal, performed I Will Always Love You last night during the Grammys. In our opinion, she knocked it out of the park.

While the Grammys had to deal with the somber news of Houston's passing, it also celebrated the year in music. Adele, Foo Fighters, and Kanye West dominated the awards show - you can read more about who won here.
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Adele Sweeps; Foo Fighters & Kanye West Dominate The Grammys (Full List Of Winners)

February 12th, 2012 11:21pm EST
Adele, Dave Grohl and Kanye West
Just as predicted, British songstress Adele dominated the 2012 Grammys, from a rousing performance of her hit "Rolling In The Deep" to sweeping all six categories in which she was nominated.

She picked up the pre-ceremony awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling in the Deep", along with the awards for Record Of The Year ("Rolling in the Deep"), Album Of The Year ("21"), Song Of The Year ("Rolling in the Deep") and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Someone Like You"; but Adele wasn't the only big winner at this year's awards ceremony.

Foo Fighters, Skrillex...
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Jennifer Hudson To Pay Tribute To Whitney Houston At The Grammys

February 12th, 2012 2:45pm EST
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Grammy Awards bosses are working around the clock to add a Whitney Houston tribute to music's big night on Sunday.

Jennifer Hudson, who paid tribute to her heroine during an interview on CNN show Piers Morgan Tonight on Friday - the eve of the singer's death, is expected to front the tribute.

The Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star has been a lifelong fan of Houston's and has often stated that receiving a Grammy Award from her idol in 2009 was a career highlight.

Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich tells CNN, "I've asked Jennifer Hudson to come and we're really, at this moment, talking about what she...
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Celebrities Raise $1.4 Million For AIDS Research

February 10th, 2012 10:45am EST
Lindsay Lohan
Stars including Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker and Julianne Moore turned out to help raise more than $1.4 million for Elizabeth Taylor's AIDS charity at a gala in New York on Wednesday.

The event at Manhattan's Cipriani Wall Street was hosted by Sex and the City star Parker to benefit Taylor's American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and included performances by rapper Theophilius London, R&B star Janelle Monae and opera singer Michelle Johnson.

The bash also featured an auction in which a portrait of Richard Gere, taken by late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, sold for $20,000...
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Gabrielle Union & Meagan Good Stun In Black & White At 'Think Like A Man' Premiere

February 10th, 2012 8:35am EST
Gabrielle Union & Meagan Good
A bevy of beautiful women attended the "Think Like a Man" premiere in Los Angeles yesterday. Gabrielle Union looked lovely in a short black dress with a sweetheart neckline, while Meagan Good rocked the red carpet in a white gown with a plunging neckline.

The romantic comedy centers on two couples who use a real-life novel to work on their relationship woes.

Stars such as Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, La La Vasquez, Serena Williams, Regina Hall and Taraji P. Henson also attended the premiere. Check out photos from the red carpet...
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Jennifer Hudson's Wrestler Fiance Returns To Lawyer Roots

January 28th, 2012 2:00pm EST
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Jennifer Hudson's fiance David Otunga returned to his roots as a lawyer on Thursday to represent a man who felt he had been wrongly terminated from his job.

The wrestler, who obtained his degree from Harvard Law School, has largely distanced himself from his former life as an attorney since entering the entertainment business and becoming a celebrated fighter.

But Otunga returned to the courtroom this week and appeared before a judge on behalf of a man who was fired from his place of work and denied unemployment benefits.

Otunga's legal skills have remained sharp - his client won the cas...
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Celebrity Fashion Standoff: Who Wore It Better?

January 25th, 2012 8:00am EST
Jenna Dewan, Selena Gomez & Ashley Tisdale
There are many trends in the fashion industry, and celebrities follow them obsessively. Often they take a similar look and add their own personal twists.

Check out the ladies above. Lace may be traditional and old fashioned, but these gals are anything but! Jenna Dewan, Selena Gomez & Ashley Tisdale all stepped out in the the same material with different interpretations. Jenna paired her white lace dress with a black belt and pumps. Selena went for a more antique, off-white look. Ashley chose funky leopard-print booties to pair with her dress. Who is your favorite?

Check out other celebs ...
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Jennifer Hudson Looks Adorable In Polka Dot Panty Hose

January 18th, 2012 11:00am EST
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We spotted Jennifer Hudson signing her new book "Jennifer Hudson I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down" at Barnes and Noble in Chicago yesterday.

The singer/actress stars in the upcoming film "Winnie," playing Winnie Mandela in a biopic adapted from the Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob-penned biography "Winnie Mandela: A Life."

She also stars in "The Three Stooges," a sampling of new slapstick adventures set in the present day.
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Jennifer Hudson Shows Off Her Slimmer, Sexier Side In Yellow Cocktail Dress

January 11th, 2012 10:11am EST
Jennifer Hudson
We spotted Jennifer Hudson at a cocktail party celebrating her "Good Housekeeping" February cover and the publication of her new book "I Got This: How I Changed my Ways and Lost What Weighted me Down" at the Hearst Tower in New York City yesterday.

The singer/actress looked sensational in a mustard yellow dress and platform heels.

Hudson recently slammed record executives for slimming down her figure on the cover of her first album. She told Dateline, "We all know I was nowhere near that. Why would you photoshop that? And to me it did not send out a good message."

In a recent poll by Fit...
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Jennifer Hudson Angry Music Bosses Made Her Look Skinnier On Album Cover

January 9th, 2012 9:10am EST
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Jennifer Hudson is still fuming record executives slimmed down her figure on the cover of her first album - because it didn't send a "good message" to her fans.

The "American Idol" star, who has shed a whopping 80 pounds in recent years, released her self-titled debut record back in 2008 when she was sporting a much fuller physique.

Hudson was mortified to see the final product when it finally hit stores, because music bosses had digitally altered the cover art in a bid to make the singer look more visually appealing - without her permission.

During an interview on news show "Dateline" s...
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Jennifer Hudson Sang Again After Hearing Dead Brother's Voice In Her Head

January 3rd, 2012 8:27am EST
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Jennifer Hudson is spurred on to tackle the most daunting of tasks by listening to the encouraging voices of her late brother and mother in her head.

The star was left devastated in October, 2008, when her mom Darnell and brother Jason were shot to death in their Chicago, Illinois home, while the body of her seven-year-old nephew Julian King was found in a car nearby three days later.

Hudson withdrew from the spotlight as she mourned the loss of her loved ones, but she decided to return to the stage by performing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the 2009 Superbowl just three months later.

H...
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