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Jennifer Hudson Turned Down The Lead Role In 'Precious'

12/27/2011 6:59pm EST
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson has revealed she turned down the title role in Precious because she didn't want to pack on weight to play the abused single mom.

Fresh off her Oscars victory in Dreamgirls, director Lee Daniels approached the singer/actress and asked her to consider playing Precious - but she wasn't interested.

In her new memoir "I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down," Hudson writes, "As much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight."

Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe eventually won the role as Precious, while Hu...

'In The Land Of Blood And Honey' Wins Producer's Guild Award

12/14/2011 8:33am EST
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Angelina Jolie has won her first award as a director with her filmmaking debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey.

The Hollywood actress has stepped behind the camera to write, co-produce and direct the movie about a romance between a Serb soldier and a Bosnian Muslim woman during the Bosnian Civil War in the 1990s.

The film has now won its first accolade, being named as the recipient of the Producers Guild of America's 2012 Stanley Kramer prize.

The award is given to films which successfully highlight "provocative social issues" and has previously been given to movies including I Am Sam,...

Gabourey Sidibe May Have Died On 9/11 If She Hadn't Overslept

9/11/2011 9:19am EDT
Gabourey Sidibe
"Precious" star Gabourey Sidibe's life was spared on 9/11 because she woke up too late to make it to school.

Sidibe, who was born and raised in New York City, was due to attend class in lower Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001, but, after falling behind schedule, the actress was forced to stay home - and things could have turned out quite differently for her had the morning gone as planned.

Speaking to the New York Daily News, she says, "September 11, 2001, was the beginning of my first week at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). The school is located in Tribe...

Tyler Perry Lands Lionsgate Deal

8/12/2011 11:19am EDT
Tyler Perry
Actor/director Tyler Perry is one step closer to landing his own TV channel after signing a deal with bosses at leading movie studio Lionsgate.

The Madea Goes to Jail star has previously voiced his desire to follow in Oprah Winfrey's footsteps and launch his own network, and now he's landed the perfect opportunity to develop the idea with film executives.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer says, "Tyler is one of those rare resources that one could launch a channel with. We have a lot of options if we choose to go down that path. He is a rare piece of talent that can bring an audience anywhere...

Lenny Kravitz Joins 'The Hunger Games'

5/24/2011 11:35am EDT
Lenny Kravitz
The star-studded cast of upcoming movie The Hunger Games has received a boost after rocker Lenny Kravitz was added to the line-up.

The musician, who was last seen onscreen in Oscar-winning movie Precious, will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks in the highly-anticipated new movie.

Kravitz will play fashion stylist Cinna in the big screen adaptation of the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins.

The movie is scheduled for a March, 2012 release.

Latest Lenny Kravitz headlines:

• Celebrities Who Have B...

Gabourey Sidibe's Run-In With Weed Lollipops

10/14/2010 11:37pm EDT
Gabourey Sidibe
"Precious" star Gabourey Sidibe freaked out on a recent trip to Amsterdam when she found herself accidentally sucking a pot lollipop.

The actress insists she went to the Dutch city to check out its famous red-light district and visit museums - and not to hang-out in cafes where marijuana use is legal, but discovered hash is everywhere in Amsterdam.

She says, "I'm a nerd and I don't smoke pot... I went to a souvenir shop and I wanted to buy a regular lollipop and I accidentally bought a weed lollipop. I stick one in my mouth and I'm looking at the packaging and it says, 'Weed lollipop.'


Pink To Receive Human Rights Award

10/6/2010 12:12pm EDT
Pop star Pink is set to be honored for her work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community at a glitzy gala in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

The So What hit-maker will be the toast of the Human Rights Campaign's 14th annual National Dinner this weekend and will be presented with the special Ally for Equality Award by veteran star Bette Midler.

The civil rights organization will also bestow prizes on others who have taken a stand for equality - Precious filmmaker Lee Daniels will be handed the Visibility Award by the film's Oscar-winning star Mo'Nique, while the Na...

Mo'nique And Kim Kardashian Offer Support To Lindsay Lohan

9/28/2010 8:27am EDT
Actress Mo'nique and reality TV star Kim Kardashian have offered their support to Lindsay Lohan, calling for the star's critics to "stop judging her."

The Mean Girls star has endured a turbulent summer which has seen her jailed twice and sent to court-ordered rehab. And now Precious star Mo'Nique has spoken out to defend the troubled actress, insisting Lohan needs to left alone so she has space to overcome her troubles.

She says, "Stop judging her! That baby simply needs some help and if it was your baby, would you want to turn on the TV every night and hear people's horrible opinions a...

Gabourey Sidibe Says Elle Magazine Didn't Lighten Her Skin On Cover

9/17/2010 8:35am EDT
Gabourey Sidibhe
"Precious" star Gabourey Sidibe has leaped to the defense of magazine bosses at Elle, insisting they didn't lighten her features so she looked less dark on the cover of the glossy.

Publication heads were accused of photoshopping the image of the actress for their upcoming 25th anniversary issue, but they insist the reports aren't true - and the Oscar-nominated actress is backing them up.

A representative for Sidibe tells news show Access Hollywood, "Gabourey is absolutely thrilled to be on the cover of Elle magazine's 25th anniversary issue."

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the publication ...

ELLE Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary With Some Of Hollywood's Hottest 25-Year-Olds

9/9/2010 2:31pm EDT
ELLE October 2010
The October 2010 issue of ELLE magazine is the publication's 25th Anniversary, and to share the celebration they've featured 25 different women under 25, including Megan Fox, Lauren Conrad, Gabourey Sidibe and Amanda Seyfried - all four of whom have their own cover for the issue.

Sound bites:

Lauren Conrad:
Best part of being in her twenties: "It's your time to be selfish; you still have freedom."
Where she thought she'd be now: "I was never that girl who just wanted babies. I wanted a career before all of that."

Amanda Seyfried:
What are the best and worst things about turning 25? "The ...

Gabourey Sidibe Loves Hitting On Hollywood Stars

5/30/2010 2:00pm EDT
Gabourey Sidibe is enjoying her time in the spotlight - because it's given her a chance to flirt with a string of Hollywood hunks.

The actress shot to fame with her leading role in hard-hitting 2009 drama Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, a part which earned her a Best Actress Academy Award nomination.

The 27 year old admits one of the perks of her job is the access to leading men - and she can't resist making advances towards them all.

She tells U.K. talk show host Jonathan Ross, "I use any event to hit on a young man! (I'll do it) at the gas station! I just like hitt...

Jamie Foxx Fuming Over Howard Stern's Gay Taunt

4/6/2010 12:05pm EDT
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx has been forced to deny he is gay after shock jock Howard Stern escalated their war of words with a jibe about the actor/singer's sexuality.

The pair fell out last month when the Oscar-winner took offense following Stern's criticism of portly Precious star Gabourey Sidibe on his radio show. Foxx slammed his Sirius radio network colleague on his Foxxhole show last week, prompting a furious response from Stern, who poked fun at Foxx and dropped hints that he is homosexual.

Stern said, "My guess is we're probably not on the same team. I think he's playing for a way different tea...

Mo'Nique Offers To Help Sandra Bullock

3/22/2010 10:21pm EDT
"Precious" star Mo'Nique has offered fellow Oscar winner Sandra Bullock her support as the actress battles to save her marriage following an alleged cheating scandal.

"The Blind Side" star has walked out on husband Jesse James following a tabloid expose about his reported relationship with tattoo model and porn star Michelle McGee - aka "Michelle Bombshell" - and Mo'Nique insists she's there for Bullock if she ever needs to talk to someone who has no links to her marriage.

In an appeal to Bullock, who befriended Mo'Nique on the recent awards season circuit, via news show "Entertainment To...

Stars Who Are Not The 'Hollywood Ideal' But Are Beautiful Anyway

3/16/2010 9:40am EDT
Queen Latifah
Jessica Simpson sets out to find beauty in all ages, sizes and colors on her new reality show, "The Price of Beauty," which premiered on VH1 last night. We agree with Jessica that beauty is found everywhere and in everyone, but in Hollywood it is tough to stand out if you aren't tall, thin, young and gorgeous.

We think curvy women are hot, funny women are fabulous and women over 40 are still marvelous. Here are some women who may not be the "Hollywood ideal" but are beautiful to us.

Gabourey Sidibe - This Oscar-nominated actress may be new to Hollywood but she possesses a certain stayin...

Jessica Simpson: Howard Stern Is 'Disrespectful' For Calling Gabourey Sidibe Fat

3/15/2010 2:02pm EDT
Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson has become the latest star to wade into the debate over Gabourey Sidibe's weight after Howard Stern urged the portly "Precious" star to seek help - the singer has called the DJ's comments "disrespectful".

Stern sparked an outcry after he labeled the Oscar-nominee "the most enormous, fat black chick I've ever seen" and claimed she will struggle to secure any more roles in Hollywood because of her size. The shock jock also urged Sidibe to seek help because "obesity" is a life-threatening condition.

Sidibe's mom, Alice Tan Ridley, subsequently slammed the DJ for his unkind ...

Howard Stern: 'Gabourey Sidibe Needs Help'

3/11/2010 11:42am EST
Howard Stern
Howard Stern has refused to apologize for his unflattering comments about Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe - insisting the portly "Precious" star "needs help".

The radio host came under fire after he blasted Sidibe on his Sirius radio show on Monday, calling her "the most enormous, fat black chick I've ever seen." He also claimed she will find it difficult to land any more roles in Hollywood because of her size.

Stern's comments stirred up a swathe of controversy in the U.S., but he's standing by his opinion - insisting Sidibe should not be held up as a role model for overweight ...

Mo'Nique's Flower Was A Gift From McDaniels' Friend

3/8/2010 9:02pm EST
The gardenia Mo'Nique wore in her hair at the Oscars on Sunday was a very special gift from a close friend of "Gone With The Wind" star Hattie McDaniels' family.

The actress/comedienne started thinking her Academy Awards win was destined when the flower arrived in the post as she was getting ready for her big night in Hollywood.

She says, "Something really strange happened - as I'm going through hair and make-up, someone knocked on our door... There's a letter and there's the gardenia flower. The letter is from a woman I've never met before, who is friends with Hattie McDaniels' family me...

Mo'nique Takes Aim At Her Bitter Critics

3/8/2010 12:18pm EST
Mo'nique took aim at stuck-up movie reporters who urged Oscar voters to "teach Mo'Nique a lesson" and snub her backstage at the Oscars in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Minutes after winning gold for her role in Precious, the pre-show Best Supporting Actress award favorite came face to face with some of her harshest critics, who bashed her for not attending certain minor awards shows and festivals last year.

Her decision not to show at select events became a major talking point during awards season in America, and she briefly addressed the controversy in her acceptance speech, thanking me...

They Said It - Oscar Quotes

3/7/2010 9:23pm EST
James Cameron
"We made three times what we thought the movie could make. Three seems to be the number because everybody keeps coming up to me and saying, 'I saw the movie three times'." Three is lucky for "Avatar" director James Cameron.

"It is a life-changing film and it changed my life. So this is appreciated but the win is when someone says, 'My life is different because of the film.' That's priceless." Oscar contender Mo'Nique on being nominated for her role in "Precious".

"I'd like a nice juicy burger and some deep, deeply fried fries... and maybe a milkshake." Sandra Bullock has fast food plans...

'And The Winner Is...'

3/7/2010 7:29pm EST
Oscars 2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a throwback to more competitive days, Academy Award presenters rehearsed the line "and the winner is ..." instead of the blander "and the Oscar goes to ..." for Sunday's show.

The last time the language was used officially was for the 60th Academy Awards in 1988, when "The Last Emperor" won for best picture. The following year, show producer Allan Carr changed the wording, although some presenters ignored the new guidelines.

"His goal was to make it not seem as competitive," said Lucia Schultz, the motion picture academy's librarian. Other awards shows also followed ...

Gabourey Sidibe Snubs Oprah's Oscar Offer

3/6/2010 5:00pm EST
Gabourey Sidibe
Precious star Gabourey Sidibe turned down the chance to be Oprah Winfrey's date at Sunday's Academy Awards - because she is so in awe of the TV titan.

The Hollywood newcomer is up for the Best Actress Oscar at the upcoming ceremony, and has asked her mom to accompany her on the red carpet. Sidibe had another woman vying to take her to the bash - America's biggest talk show host.

However, the actress insists she had to snub Winfrey's offer, because she gets too starstruck when she meets her.

She tells, "Oprah called me and was like, 'Hey girl, do you want to ride together?' I...

Wolfgang Puck Gets Ready For Oscar's Big Night (Photos)

3/6/2010 1:00pm EST
2010 Academy Awards
Wolfgang Puck and a whole lot of other folks are busting their humps getting ready for Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. The following images will give you a bit of a look into what goes on behind the scenes and the amount of planning that goes into Tinseltown's biggest event of the year.

Here, Chef Puck is readying some of his world-famous cuisine at the Oscar Food and Beverage Preview while the red carpet is rolled out along Hollywood Boulevard in anticipation for the bevy of A-listers (and not A-listers) to rub elbows and answer countless "what...

'Precious' Night For Gabourey Sidibe At Independent Spirits Awards

3/6/2010 8:35am EST
Gabourey Sidibe
Academy Award nominees Jeff Bridges, Mo'Nique, Gabourey Sidibe and Woody Harrelson got their Oscars weekend off to a great start in Los Angeles on Friday night by picking up top acting prizes at the 25th annual Independent Spirit Awards.

Mo'Nique and Sidibe's Precious was the night's big winner, claiming five honors - including Best Feature. Bridges' Crazy Heart and the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man were double winners and other major awards were shared by The Messenger, (500) Days of Summer and Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Highlights of the night included Bridges' performance of Falling &...

2010 Oscars Predictions: Who Will Win & Who Should Win

3/5/2010 10:27am EST
2010 Oscars Predictions: Who Will Win & Who Should Win
This has the chance to become the most exciting Oscar night ever.

Why? Because nobody seems to have any real clue as to which movie will win Best Picture. “Avatar” seems like a good choice – it made $700 Million, changed movies, James Cameron directs, yada yada yada – but so does “The Hurt Locker” with its crazy critical raves and industry buzz. Compounding the problem is the Weinstein-backed “Inglorious Basterds” which has been gaining momentum all month. It’s a logjam at the top.

This is created not only by the fact that we have ten Best Picture nominees this year, but because the n...

Mariah Carey Squeezes Into A Tight Blue Dress - Hot Or Not

3/2/2010 11:01am EST
Mariah Carey's obviously closing her eyes and wearing sunglasses to hide the pain from squeezing into this tight little number that she wore while hosting her official end of tour party at Haze Nightclub in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Although Mimi looks quite curvy in this snug navy blue dress, we can't help thinking back to when we pointed out how her legs look a little bigger - and it seems that her hips are getting into the action too. Is our favorite diva starting to really put on the pounds?

Anyhow, Mariah's recent film "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" has been cleaning u...

March DVD Releases: 'Wild Things,' 'Blind Side' & More

3/1/2010 10:10am EST
Where the Wild Things Are
After the Oscars, catch up on all the best movies of 2009 that you missed.

March 2

Where the Wild Things Are - Buy it

Spike Jonze's masterpiece feels like a Jonze movie (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) in that it blurs the line between reality and fiction. The beasts - created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop - have to be seen to be believed. Max Records stars as the rebellious young Max, backed by a phenomenal supporting cast including the voice talents of James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O supplies one of the best soundtracks of the year, freshly snubbed...

NAACP Award Winners

2/27/2010 1:35pm EST
Keri Hilson
Oscar contender "Precious" was the big winner at the 41st NAACP Image Awards on Friday, with the film's star Gabourey Sidibe landing an Outstanding Actress accolade.

The spotlight was on "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" as Mo'Nique picked up the Outstanding Supporting Actress honor, moviemaker Lee Daniels was named Outstanding Director and Geoffrey Fletcher took home the Outstanding Writing trophy.

The film was also named Outstanding Motion Picture of the year at the Los Angeles ceremony.

Newcomer Sidibe thanked her co-stars as she stepped onstage to collect her prize, cal...

Mary J. Blige Walked Out Of 'Precious' Screening

2/24/2010 12:58pm EST
Mary J. Blige Pictures
Mary J. Blige was so overcome with emotion during a screening of Precious she had to walk out - because the Oscar-nominated movie reminded the singer of her own troubled past.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire tells the gritty story of a troubled teenager who is raped by her father and abused by her mother. And the R&B star, who recorded a song for the soundtrack, admits she was unable to sit through a showing of the picture at the New York Film Festival last year, because it brought back so many recollections of her own troubled childhood.

She tells Rolling Stone magazine, "...

'Twilight' Co-Star Dress Battle: Anna Kendrick Vs. Kristen Stewart

2/23/2010 2:30pm EST
Anna Kendrick and Kristen Stewart, Twilight, Twilight Saga New M
These girls like it short and sweet - with dresses, that is. "Twilight" co-stars Kristen Stewart and Anna Kendrick showed up at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) on Sunday looking quite cute in their strapless yellow and white ensembles. See more photos after the jump, and tell us who looks better!

Fun Facts:

The two stars recently appeared in Vanity Fair magazine's coveted Young Hollywood edition, which overtly omitted stars like Precious actress Gabourey Sidibe.

Anna has been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress for her work in Up in the Air.


82nd Oscar Nomination Reaction: The Snubs, Surprises & Who Shouldn't Have Been Nominated

2/2/2010 3:34pm EST
82nd Oscar Surprises, Snubs & Who Shouldn
And there were ten.

It seems kind of strange to say that, right? Ten Best Picture nominees? We knew it was coming for nearly a year, but now it's actually there. In Black and white. Ten nominees. Strange.

After seeing the list, it's easy to see that the Academy might be on to something. Sure, it would have gotten the biggest blockbuster of all time with "Avatar" earning a Best Picture nomination if there were only five nominees, but it would have missed out on other massive hits like "The Blind Side", "Up", and "District 9".

Now, the telecast is going to get a lot more casual...