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You Read That Right: 'Moonrise Kingdom' Sets Box Office Record

May 29th, 2012 10:33am EDT
Moonrise Kingdom
Moonrise Kingdom now has something common with The Avengers - they both set box office records. Wes Anderson's latest film has broken Dreamgirls' record of making the most money per theater.

The comedy-drama averaged over $130,000 for each of the four theaters it was in, making $669,000 total over its first four days. In 2006, Dreamgirls set the mark at $126,000 a theater.

Focus CEO James Schamus said, "Moonrise is a story of love's improbable triumph, and for Wes Anderson and his team a labor of love from start to finish. How wonderful it is to congratulate him, on behalf of everyone at ...
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Dania Ramirez Is Engaged

January 24th, 2012 11:27am EST
Dania Ramirez
Heroes actress Dania Ramirez is engaged to marry her actor/director boyfriend Bev Land.

The filmmaker, who was previously married to Dreamgirls actress Sharon Leal, has proposed to the X-Men: The Last Stand star after designing a special ring made out of rose gold and white diamonds.

Ramirez tells InStyle magazine, "He wanted to go for a vintage, old love theme."

And she's convinced Land is 'The One', telling Latina.com, "The love of my life found me! That's how he would say it anyway since he claims he was attracted to my energy before I even turned around."
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Jennifer Hudson: Size 0!

August 11th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Is Jennifer Hudson really a size 0? That's the rumor Joy Behar has spread after meeting the singer in a clothing store. The View host says she overheard a clerk telling Hudson she was a size 0. Hudson has gone through a dramatic transformation since her Dreamgirls days - but is it really possible she is a size 0?

We definitely think she looks great, no matter the size. She has dropped a reported 80 pounds since the birth of her son David in 2009, and has become a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers.
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Jennifer Hudson Eager For 'X Factor' Cameo

April 27th, 2011 12:56pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson is enthusiastic to return to her reality TV roots with a role on Simon Cowell's upcoming U.S. show The X Factor.

The Spotlight hit-maker found fame after appearing on the music mogul's series American Idol in 2004. Despite finishing in seventh place in the singing contest, Hudson has gone on to release two hit albums and has won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her film debut in Dreamgirls.

And Hudson is eager to share her advice for making it big with hopefuls on the upcoming U.S. version of Cowell's hit British TV program The X Factor.

She tells Digital Spy, "I ...
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Jennifer Hudson Gets A New Hairdo; Gets Her BAFTA Award Back

April 24th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson sported a new hairdo outside her London hotel on Thursday. The former American Idol contestant wore a new seventies-inspired layered haircut and was in town to promote her new studio album, "I Remember Me."

While in the city Jennifer was reunited with her long lost BAFTA award, five years after the trophy went missing in the mail.

The singer/actress won the Best Supporting Actress prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards in 2006 for her role in Dreamgirls, which subsequently won her an Oscar.

She was unable to attend the London ceremony to p...
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Jennifer Hudson's Fiance Is Having Trouble Adjusting To Her Drastic Weight Loss (Video)

March 28th, 2011 9:15pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson's recent weight loss has her fiance, David Otunga, struggling to deal with her sexier figure.

Friday night Hudson told Jay Leno on the Tonight Show that Otunga is a little uncomfortable with her drastic new shape - especially because of her new fashion sense.

She adds, "He fusses at me like, 'Why do you have to have to get all dressed up to go out, and why can't you just go out like you used to?' And I'm like, 'I'm a walking billboard now, honey!'"

Hudson revealed that her 80-pound weight loss was sparked by the pregnancy and birth of her son, David Jr.

The first "red fl...
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Jennifer Hudson's Weight Loss is Inspiring

March 8th, 2011 11:25pm EST
Jennifer Hudson in Essence
Grammy and Academy award-winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson spoke with Essence magazine in their April isue about what's new in her personal life, including her recent 80 pound weight loss - dropping an amazing 10 dress sizes.

"I didn't realize that so many people were watching me or that so many people were interested. Now people come up to me saying, 'You've inspired me,' and I'm like, Wow," she says.

Just one look at her pics from last month's Academy Awards red carpet and you'll be like, 'wow' too!

Jennifer also dished about her home life, including being a mom to 19-month-old so...
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Celebrities Who Slimmed Down In 2010

December 30th, 2010 12:07pm EST
Drew Carey Weight Loss
If you are thinking about making a New Year's Resolution, you ought to be able to get some inspiration from these Hollywood stars that slimmed down this year - one of them lost more than 100 pounds!

Jennifer Hudson went from a size 16 to a size 6 after she lost the weight from her Dreamgirls role and kept going. Hudson became a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers and still looks great today!

Kelly Osbourne transformed just about everything in her life this year. After Dancing With the Stars, she has shown a penchant for fashion, dropped the pounds, and got herself one of the best bikini...
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Hot Legs: Laura Bell Bundy At The American Country Awards

December 7th, 2010 7:00pm EST
Laura Bell Bundy
Laura Bell Bundy attended the music event last night in Las Vegas wearing a sparkling silver dress.

Laura has a substantial theater resume as well as roles in "Jumanji" and "Dreamgirls." She also appeared in the daytime soap "Guiding Light."

She embarked on a recording career beginning with the release of the country and western album "Longing for a Place Already Gone."

See more photos of Laura here!
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'Glee' Recap: The Good, The Bad, And The Beiste

September 22nd, 2010 11:51am EDT
Glee
Welcome back! The season premiere of "Glee" mimicked the experience of going back to school in September. All that potential and fresh hope for a wonderful new beginning quickly gives way to the realization that you’re right back where you left off. For better or worse, things are pretty much the same as they always were, and overall, "gleeks" are okay with that. Bring on more cheery renditions of the latest pop songs!

Of course, each new September comes with new faces in the hallways and new teachers in the classrooms. Both are approached with caution. Similarly, as fans, we’re a little w...
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Jennifer Hudson: Slim & Sexy!

September 17th, 2010 6:20pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Singer Jennifer Hudson looked slim, trim and sexy in a red dress as she headed back to her hotel in New York City on Wednesday.

In May, Jennifer showed off her new skinny self on the cover of People magazine, going all the way from a size 16 to a size 6! Her transformation started with a new approach to food. She once said, "I don't believe in short-cuts or drugs. If I can't lose weight naturally, then no need for me to try at all."

Jennifer is contemplating a drastic style makeover by shaving off her hair.

The star has sported long locks for the past few months, but she admits she's loo...
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Jennifer Hudson Wants To Shave Her Head

August 3rd, 2010 10:25pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson is contemplating a drastic style makeover - by shaving off her hair.

The "Dreamgirls" star has sported long locks for the past few months but she admits she's looking to revamp her look and she's keen on a much shorter hairdo.

She tells InStyle Makeover magazine, "I am actually thinking about shaving my head. Because I feel I've got a good (bone) structure.

"...My cousin's a beautician and she's always saying, 'You could wear any hairdo.' So I'm thinking, 'What if I shave my hair?' Not completely off, but low. I think that would be so hot. With my diamond (...
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Jennifer Hudson's New Body: From Size 16 To 6!

May 20th, 2010 12:35pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Inspired to lose weight after signing up to play the title role of Winnie Mandela in a biopic back in November, the former size 16 Jennifer Hudson tells PEOPLE that she is "so happy" to show off her newly toned size 6 body at the Cannes International Film Festival this month. "I'm in the best shape of my life!" says the one-time American Idol contestant turned actress. Winnie director Darrell James Roodt, who asked Hudson three times to lose weight before filming began, says she "is feeling really good about herself, and that's what matters."

Hudson, 28, who famously gained more than 20 ...
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Bill Condon To Direct 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn'

April 28th, 2010 1:48pm EDT
Bill Condon
Summit Entertainment has confirmed that Academy Award winner Bill Condon will direct "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn," based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s "Twilight" series.

Meyer said, "I'm so thrilled that Bill wants to work with us. I think he's going to be a great fit, and I'm excited to see what he does with the material."

“I'm very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life on-screen. As fans of the series know, this is a one-of-a-kind book - and we're hoping to create an equally unique cinematic experience," said Bill Condon.

"The Twil...
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Slim Jennifer Hudson Unrecognizable To Friends

April 7th, 2010 2:58pm EDT
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Jennifer Hudson's new slimline figure has made her unrecognizable to her old schoolmates - because they can't believe she's lost so much weight.

The Dreamgirls star recently revealed her new slimmer look, months after giving birth to her son David Jr. last August.

Hudson had previously limited her diet to lean meats and egg whites, cutting out all calorie-packed foods, but admits the results were never long lasting.

She tells People magazine, "I was avoiding all of these foods. I haven't had ice cream in 10 years! (But the weight loss was) only temporary. Then you go right back to where ...
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Kristen Stewart Confirms Top Directors Contending For 'Breaking Dawn'

March 17th, 2010 8:40am EDT
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart has confirmed top moviemakers Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola and Bill Condon have all been approached to direct the fourth "Twilight" installment.

Speculation over who would helm the final movie in the hit franchise reached fever pitch after "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" director Chris Weitz revealed he would not return. Actor Robert Pattinson hinted he would love "Milk" filmmaker Van Sant to shoot the movie, as filming would take place in Portland, Oregon - where the director has lived and worked for several years.

Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly claimed "Lost in Translati...
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Jennifer Hudson Has A Wedding Date In Mind

March 5th, 2010 8:20am EST
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson is busy planning her wedding day and already has her dress and ring picked out.

The singer's wrestler fiance, David Otunga, has revealed he and the Oscar winner have picked a date for their big date and his bride-to-be has chosen her gown.

He tells Life & Style magazine, "She won’t tell me much about that, obviously."

And Otunga has revealed that jeweler Neil Lane is working on the pair's wedding rings, adding, "He made our engagement rings, and he’s a personal friend as well."

The wrestler has no big plans for the wedding, but he'd like his new wife to serenade him: "It...
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The Golden Age Of Black Talent In Hollywood

March 2nd, 2010 10:05am EST
Are Black Men The Dominant Leading Actors Of This Era
Hollywood has always had its share of big-name black talent, from Sidney Poitier to Hattie McDaniel to Louis Gossett, Jr. But looking back, none of those big names owned Hollywood like Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, or Audrey Hepburn did. Poitier, McDaniel, and Gossett, Jr. were immensely talented pioneers, but they were vastly outnumbered by their peers in the industry. Unfortunate as it was, they were the exception in Hollywood, not the rule.

This was probably due in part to the social fabric of America at the time. It can’t have been easy for Sidney Poitier, even with his incredible tal...
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Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade

December 18th, 2009 9:39am EST
Greatest Entertainers of the Decade
This week, we've brought you the Ten Greatest TV Shows, Songs, Albums and Movies of the Decade. Now it's time to roll it all into one with the Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade.

This was a decade where entertainment became increasingly fractured. With 500 channels 500 bazillion websites and every medium on-demand, bringing together any significant chunk of people to one thing was a true sign of greatness. In an era when nobody had to agree - making them agree took something beyond the level of entertainer we saw in the past.

With that in mind, here are the Ten Greatest Entert...
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Beyonce's New Movie Role, Chris Brown To Perform, More

September 29th, 2009 10:53am EDT
Beyonce
Weekly Music News: Jive Records is having a pretty big week with big news and comebacks from artists like Chris Brown, Ciara, and Britney Spears. The Britney fans will be thrilled to know that her new single "3" will officially make its radio premiere today, September 29. DJ AM's reality show gets the green light, Chris Brown returns to the stage, Ciara readies new album and Diddy leaving Atlantic Records round's out this week's music news.

Beyonce tapped for new movie role

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Beyonce is being eyed to star in a new movie. The film is said to be a rema...
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A Look At Beyonce Knowles' Latest Film 'Obsessed' And Her Film Career

April 23rd, 2009 11:27am EDT
Obsessed
Obsessive Beyonce fans can get a fix of their favorite diva this weekend with her new movie, 'Obsessed.' After her powerful, but little seen performance as legendary blues musician in last year's 'Cadillac Records' Miss B is putting down the microphone for her latest film, playing a wife forced to defend herself and her husband against a well…obsessed…co-worker. So unless she bursts into sung warnings of "The Boy is Mine" or "Your Cheatin' Heart," 'Obsessed' will join her non-musical roles in 'The Pink Panther' and 'Austin Powers in Goldmember' (and even those have their musical moments and...
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Mega Oscar Diary

February 23rd, 2009 9:22am EST
Sean Penn
Before we get started on the Mega Oscar Diary, let's go to a few random ramblings from the cadre of pre-shows around the dial:

-Philip Seymour Hoffman's hat probably came with a matching set of fingerless gloves.

-Those who were unable to see the Los Angeles CW affiliate's pre-show missed this exchange.

-The CW's Female Host: What is the role you'd love to do next. If you could do anything following 'The Wrestler' what would it be?

-Mickey Rourke: (Slowly eyes her up from head to toe with a knowing smile and walks off.)

-I know a lot of people care about fashion, ...
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Are The Academy Awards Out of Touch With Modern Audiences?

February 20th, 2009 9:18am EST
Academy Awards
Sunday, February 22, 2009, will mark the 81st Annual Academy Awards, but does anyone really care? Last year's telecast was one of the lowest rated in history, pulling in only 31.76 million viewers despite it being the 80th celebration of Oscar. This year producers are trying to reverse the trend. Yet it seems the more they try to fix the ratings slump, the more critics worry that the Oscars are simply out of touch with modern audiences.

It's not just young viewers who have moved on to more enjoyable awards shows like MTV and People's Choice. Academy members over the age of 60, who make...
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'Soul Men' Sings Its Way To DVD February 10

January 25th, 2009 12:00pm EST
Soul Men
Twenty years after an argument that destroyed their friendship and soul band, lead singers Louis and Floyd must re-connect in order to honor their late bandleader at his funeral. In a trip that takes them on a cross-country road trip, the old friends are forced to find a way to bring their lives, and their music, back in sync.

This smart, witty comedy stars two-time Golden Globe® nominee Bernie Mac (Transformers, Ocean's Thirteen), in his last feature film role, and Academy Award® nominee Samuel L. Jackson (The Spirit, Pulp Fiction) as the soul singing legends Louis and Floyd. They ...
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Final Oscar Nominee Predictions

January 21st, 2009 10:46am EST
Slumdog Millionaire
The time has come, after several months of campaigning and voting, we're finally set for the big day. No, not the inauguration. Please. We're talking about Oscar morning.

Those fifteen minutes at the crack of dawn where overly-caffeinated celebs awkwardly read the names of the top five in each category. Always gripping. Also, this is prime time for predictions. All the returns are in, the precursor season is over, so there's not excuses left. Without delay, here are my final Oscar Predictions.

Okay, one delay. I should note that I hate being right. I hate getting predictio...
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The Magic Of 'The Secret Life Of Bees' Arrives On DVD And Blu-ray Disc Feb. 3

January 13th, 2009 5:08pm EST
The Secret Life Of Bees
A heartwarming and empowering story based on the celebrated best-selling novel by the same name, The Secret Life Of Bees arrives on DVD and Blu-ray disc February 3 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The Secret Life of Bees stars Dakota Fanning (Charlotte's Web, War Of The Worlds) as Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with her caregiver to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace...
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Beyonce And Solange 'Bring Hope To The Holidays' On Fuse

December 3rd, 2008 6:30pm EST
Beyonce Knowles
Fuse celebrates the holidays with a Knowles sisters' intimate hometown performance – "Beyoncé and Solange: Hope for the Holidays." The concert will benefit the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund to aid Texas victims of Hurricane Ike through the Survivor Foundation, a Knowles family charity helping people in need. This historic concert will take place at Houston's House of Blues on Tuesday, December 9th. The one hour concert special will premiere exclusively on Fuse on Sunday, December 21st, at 10PM ET.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with Beyoncé, Solange and the entire Knowles Family to a...
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Paula Abdul Prays For Jennifer Hudson

October 28th, 2008 8:44am EDT
Paula Abdul
American Idol judge Paula Abdul has sent thoughts and prayers to the reality show's former contestant Jennifer Hudson, who is mourning the death of her mother, brother and nephew.

Abdul helped Hudson reach the "American Idol" final 12 back in 2004. It proved a launchpad for the star and she went on to win an Oscar for her role in movie musical Dreamgirls just three years later.

Speaking to TV show "Extra" on Monday, Abdul spoke of the shocking murder of Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson and Julian King in their hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

She said, "This is a horrific tragedy...
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Filling TV's Black Hole: David Alan Grier's 'Chocolate News' Premieres Oct. 15

October 7th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
David Alan Grier
David Alan Grier adds a new flavor to Comedy Central with "Chocolate News," an outrageous, character-driven sketch magazine series debuting Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30 p.m.

In Living Color alum and Tony® Award-nominee David Alan Grier is the creator, executive producer and host of "Chocolate News," a hilarious take on pop culture events that makes no apologies for its biased approach.

An encore presentation of the debut episode of "Chocolate News" will air October 15 at 11:00 p.m. The ten-episode series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. (all times ET/PT)

"Ch...
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Spotlight on John Krasinski

September 3rd, 2008 9:07am EDT
John Krasinski
The one hour season premiere of The Office is just weeks away (Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 9:00 PM on NBC) and that means our weekly dose of cutie Jim Halpert aka John Krasinski will soon be back! Who doesn't love this charming and funny guy? John is like your best friend's older brother who you had the biggest crush on in middle school; adorable and silly in a geeky kind of way. You'd find yourself going over to your friend's house more and more and wondering if he was home…just like you find yourself tuning into The Office more and more just to see Jim Halpert's smiling face.

A n...
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