All Articles Tagged "Dreamgirls"

Keith Robinson Wants To Play Donny Hathaway In A Biopic

August 1st, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Keith Robinson may already have a part in the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” which hits theaters today, but he’s got his eye on a dream lead biographical role of his own. When the singer and actor came by our studio, he told us if he could play anyone in a movie it would be the late great Donny Hathaway and we actually think that might be a good idea. Check out what Robinson had to say about how Hathaway’s life inspired him as well as whether his part in “Dreamgirls” helped prepare him for “Get On Up” and what’s coming next for his musical career.

Do you think Keith Robinson can pull off Donny Hathaway?

Was There Beef With Beyoncé On The Set Of ‘Dreamgirls?’ J-Hud Sets The Record Straight Once And For All

November 22nd, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Secret beef between Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson has been like an urban legend in the entertainment world since the two dynamic singers starred side-by-side in Paramount Pictures’ 2006 remake of Dreamgirls. Now it’s hard to say where the rumors began, but it could’ve just been the stellar job that the ladies did in that scene where their characters Effie White and Deena Jones go toe-to-toe. Or it could’ve been that little perceived jab Bey threw during a 2006 interview with People.

“I knew that the character that I played wasn’t the star. She wasn’t the underdog. She didn’t have the struggle and the pain and the dramatic scenes that Effie had, and I was fine with that,” Bey said. “It’s really unfortunate that everyone is saying I’m jealous of Jennifer. It hurts my heart because it’s so clichéd. They’re saying that I’m mad when I knew going into this that I was playing Deena because I’m a star they just automatically assume that I’m not humble enough to sit down and take a back seat, which I am,” she continued. “I mean, I wish I could’ve gained 20 pounds and played Effie,” she concluded, admitting that she would’ve liked to have sang the film’s most famous ballad, “And I’m Telling You.”

Whether or not Bey’s response was shade or not is up for interpretation, but during a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live Jennifer Hudson also denied having any problems with her former co-star.

“There was never any rifts at all. That is still my girl to this day. I love her and we’ve always been good. Always,” J-Hud told Andy Cohen.

And there you have it. Watch Jennifer’s interview on the next page.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Dreamgirls”

October 15th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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You know when it comes to seeing black faces in the [mainstream] arts, particularly on Broadway and on the big screen, opportunities are few and far between. And when we have a piece of work that is impeccably done, like the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, you don’t want to ruin the classic by making a terrible remake. Which is why it took a very long time to get Dreamgirls into the theaters. But it finally happened. See how it went down.

Puckered Up: Jennifer Hudson Reveals She Got Lip Injections

September 7th, 2012 - By Alissa Henry
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Source: (American Idol) and (Dreamgirls)

What does it mean to have a dent in your lip?

I’m not sure, but apparently that’s what Jennifer Hudson had to fix while shooting her breakout role in Dreamgirls. According to E! News, in an interview airing this Sunday on OWN, the singer told Oprah that she had to get lip injections as a result of the dent.

“When I did Dreamgirls I actually had to get my dent right here injected because it was affecting the lighting,” she said, referring to her top lip. “And when I got it done the doctor was like ‘I do not want to do this do you realize people come in here and pay to have the lips you have naturally.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t want to but I have to for the movie!'”

Complaining that her lips affect the lighting sounds really petty, but Jennifer did what she had to do for the role (and ended up becoming a household name as a result). Beyond the lip thing, she opened up to Oprah about how surprised she was that Hollywood described her as a “big girl”.

“Already I had lost like 60 pounds then, I was exercising everyday I got down to a size 12 and I got to Hollywood and they were like, ‘How do you feel being the big girl?'” Hudson shares with Oprah Winfrey. “And I was like, ‘Who are they talking to?’ I literally looked around like this is normal, this is fine, this is average, where I come from it’s totally fine, so I couldn’t understand.”

“Another one they would say is ‘Do you feel insecure being a big girl?’ And I thought, ‘Why should I feel insecure?’ I remember saying ‘I have the height of a model, lips people pay for, you know, things like that,'”.

The 60 pounds she is talking about is the weight she’s she lost during American Idol because of stress. For Dreamgirls she gained 20-pounds (and two sizes) for her role as power singer Effie White. Since then the 5-foot-9 singer has reportedly lost 80 pounds, slimming down from a size 16 to a size 6 and is now a popular spokeswoman for Weight Watchers.

As for her lips, it’s not clear if her injections were permanent or temporary. According to the Beverly Hills Institute of Aethestic and Reconstructive Surgery temporary lip injections like Juvederm can last a few months, but it is not uncommon for lip augmentation patients to seek a more permanent solution.

Honestly, I’m surprised that she even admitted to the injections. It’s definitely not a big deal especially considering how popular plastic surgery is among celebrities, but it seems that mums the word in Hollywood and we’re left to play the “who got what done” guessing game. Jennifer being honest about something that small definitely makes her come across as genuine. But then again, people tell Oprah everything.

What do you think? Are you surprised that she got lip injections?

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Reality Personalities Who’ve Extended Their 15 Minutes With Successful Crossover Careers

September 7th, 2012 - By Nicole Akoukou Thompson
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Some…most reality television stars are a dime a dozen. Producers find these people on the streets, on the Internet or audition rooms, and no matter if they have talent or not, they are suddenly on your television screen, intruding into your home, and forcing you to ride along on their journeys to be models, singers or millionaires.

But for those few who are talented, and manage to extend that 15-minute window wide, they achieve true celebrity, earn real money and garner awards for their talent. Notorious celebrities from “The Apprentice,” “Flavor of Love,” “America’s Next Top Model” and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” have been taking strides to remove the word ‘reality’ from the title ‘Reality Stars.’

Nene Leakes

The Queens, New York native initially gained fame in 2008, cumulatively earning more than 3 million as a lead player on the show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” –and was further popularized on “Celebrity Apprentice.” Nowadays, Leakes is busier than ever, achieving a reoccurring role as Coach Roz on the hit television show “Glee” and pushing shoes and wine. She recently turned down a featured spot on “Celebrity Apprentice All Stars,” but will be appearing on a new sitcom this fall on NBC called, “The New Normal.” Recently featured in The Wall Street Journal, Leakes has also just had a grandchild and is looking for a possible spin-off reality show under the patented name, “I Dream of Nene.”

Jennifer Hudson To Pay Tribute To Whitney At Grammy’s

February 12th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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In honor of Whitney Houston, who passed away suddenly on the eve of the Grammy Awards Saturday February 11th at the age of 48, Jennifer Hudson is scheduled to perform a special tribute for her during the awards show.

Though some of the Grammy plans had to be altered to pay tribute to Whitney, there was some that went on as planned in remembrance of her. Her longtime mentor Clive Davis went ahead with his annual concert at the same hotel where her body was found. He dedicated the evening to her and asked for a moment of silence as a photo of the singer, hands wide open, looking to the sky, appeared on the screen.

Houston had been at rehearsals for the show Thursday, coaching singers Brandy and Monica, according to a person who was at the event but was not authorized to speak publicly about it. Two days ago, she performed at a pre-Grammy party with singer Kelly Price.

In a statement, Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said Houston “was one of the world’s greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades.”

“Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs,” Portnow said. “A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice.”

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Jennifer Hudson Was Almost ‘Precious’

December 21st, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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It’s hard to picture anyone but Gabourey Sidibe playing the acclaimed role of “Precious” in Lee Daniels’ film, but in her new book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, Jennifer Hudson reveals that she was offered the lead role but turned it down.

J Hud says the opportunity came along right after her role in “Dreamgirls,” when she had first lost weight and she knew she’d have to gain it all back to play the part. She also didn’t want to be type-cast.

She writes, “I had done that with Effie, and as much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight.”

That obviously won’t be an issue anymore with Jennifer’s new slim figure, but even at her previous size, it’s hard to imagine her as Precious.

Can you picture Jennifer Hudson in the role of Precious? Do you think turning down the part was a good career move?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Detroit sees some sunshine with ‘Sparkle’

July 16th, 2011 - By Rashana A. Hooks
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Despite their current economic woes, Detroit may begin to see some light at the end of their financial trouble tunnel.

“Sparkle,” the original 1976 cult movie starring Irena Cara, Philip Michael Thomas and Detroit native Lonette Mckee about a musical sister act in 1960’s Detroit, has been approved for $3.1 million in Michigan film incentives for its remake.

The Sony Pictures movie, which has not yet been casted, is in pre-production and will likely start shooting this fall in Detroit. Directed by Salim Akil, who helmed this spring’s romantic comedy “Jumping the Broom” will join forces with producers Debra Martin Chase; megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes and wife, Mara Brock Akil, who were creative partners on the popular BET series “The Game.” Producers expect to spend about $7.4 million in the state, according to the Michigan Film Office.

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Are you excited about this remake? Who would you cast in it?

Jennifer Hudson Looks Amazing (As Usual)

March 19th, 2011 - By Demetria Irwin
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Jennifer Hudson just can not take a bad picture these days! She has been on a campaign of fierceness lately and she kept it going recently at the V103 Soul Session sponsored by Hennessy Black.  She sang familiar favorites as well as tracks from her upcoming album “I Remember Me.” J-Hud belted out her hits (while looking fabulous of course) in a Hot black dress and sky-high stilettos. Get it Jen!

Check out the pics!

Photos credit: Thaddaeus McAdams,

At Least One Black Person Will Be at the Oscars

February 18th, 2011 - By Demetria Irwin
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Sheryl Lee Ralph has been tapped to co-host pre and post Oscar coverage for CNN and HLN alongside AJ Hammer. The 55-year-old beauty has been acting for decades and is perhaps best known for the Broadway hit “Dreamgirls” and playing a mom on the ’90s sitcom “Moesha.”

Check out AOL Black Voices to find out what she plans on wearing and her current projects!

No black actors were nominated for Oscars this year! Were there any performances from black actors in 2010 that  you thought were Oscar worthy?