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Red Carpet Review: Academy Awards 2011

Academy Awards 2011 red carpet

The 83rd Academy Awards were held next to Grauman’s famous Chinese theater, in the heart of Hollywood. Where better to honor the elite Oscar crowd? Everyone donned the most expensive of frocks and jewelry for the event, strutting their stuff in the world's most well-known labels. But, not everyone managed to put together an award-winning look. Who failed so utterly, they managed to snag the Worst Dressed title? And which star shined so superbly, they stood out as Best Dressed? We've done the long red carpet walk to bring you the answers...

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Trial Delayed for Jennifer Hudson’s Murdered Family

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Where Are They Now?,

Jennifer Hudson‘s brother-in-law has been granted another continuance in his trial for allegedly murdering her family.

William Balfour - who has been charged with three counts of first degree murder and one of home invasion - has been told the case against him has been put back, meaning he will still not face court over the killings of the singer’s mother Darnell Donerson, 57, brother Jason Hudson, 29, and seven-year-old nephew Julian King.

Jennifer’s mother and brother were found in Jennifer’s childhood home in Chicago’s South Side on October 24, 2008. Julian’s body was found in a vehicle in Chicago a few days later. All three had multiple gunshot wounds.

Balfour - who has been jailed without bond since his arrest on December 1, 2008- denies all involvement in the killings. It has previously been alleged that Balfour - who is the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister Julia - killed Darnell, Jason and Julian after becoming overcome with envy when he saw Julia receive a birthday present from a new boyfriend.

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Quote of the Day: Jennifer Hudson on Ditching the Hair

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Movies, Music, Hair Styles,

Jennifer Hudson on the cover of InStyle

“I’m actually thinking about shaving my head. I am! Because I feel I’ve got a good structure now. My cousin’s a beautician, and she always tells me, ‘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.”

-Oscar winner telling InStyle that her hair might just disappear like her weight.

(Make sure to check out our other notable quotes.)

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Jennifer Hudson’s Talking Newborn

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Music, Celebrity Babies,

Jennifer Hudson is convinced her seven-week-old baby talks to her.

The singer, who has a son, David, with fiance David Otunga, is adamant her offspring is a genius and is already trying to converse with her.

“He’s a very rare newborn. He tries a lot - he’s turning over, he’s lifting up his own head, he tries to hold his own bottle, sometimes I swear he’s talking to me, or at least trying to,” the 28-year-old said. “The other day he said, ‘Hi!’ - I swear, I’m not crazy. David was there too, and he was like, ‘He just said, Hi!’ He’s very aware.”

Jennifer is inspired to be a good parent by her own mother - who, along with the singer’s brother Jason, was killed last year by , the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister Julia.

She is determined to give David the best start in life, and is already investing in special outfits for him to wear on his first Halloween. “It’s going to be ridiculous. I can’t wait. His dad went and bought him some Halloween stuff the other night. I wish he was older so he could remember it, but this is the first one, so I have to go all out. It’s going to be great,” Jennifer explained to People magazine.

The “Spotlight” singer thinks David might even follow in her footsteps by becoming a musician. “The other night he was having a fit screaming, and someone turns on the music and he just stops and calms down. Sometimes when he cries, I try to harmonize!” she said.

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Hollywood Baby Roundup: August 15, 2009

Sarah Chalke

It’s time once again to congratulate those celebrities entering into parenthood:

Sarah Chalke: She may or may not be the mother in How I Met Your Mother, but Sarah Chalke is still going to be a mom. The Scrubs actress is expecting a child with fiance Jamie Afifi this winter. The future parents have been engaged since December 2006.

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Hollywood Baby Roundup: May 31, 2009

Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga

It’s time once again to congratulate those celebrities entering into parenthood:

Jennifer Hudson: Good news will soon be coming the Oscar winner’s way. A friend of the singer/actress has just confirmed that Hudson is pregnant. The announcement comes approximately 8 months after several of her family members were murdered. This would be the first child for the 27-year-old and David Otunga, her fiance.

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Gap Proceeds with Jennifer Hudson Ad Spots

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Movies, Music, Photos,

Jennifer Hudson for The Gap

The day after Halloween, the Christmas season began. It will not end until January (decorations and store returns linger for days after the actual event). And since retailers are constantly trying to skip Halloween altogether and start the buy-friendly holiday as early as September, the Gap has moved ahead with their ad campaign. In the ads, potential customers will see a smiling, red-swathed spreading her holiday spirit. For some viewers, it feels at odds with Hudson’s tragic .

Could the Gap really be this tacky?

Never worry, holiday shoppers, this mega retailer would never step into a potential PR landmine without covering all the bases. A rep for the chain has confirmed that Jennifer Hudson herself approved the use of her image, even at this upsetting time.

“She said she wanted to be a part of it and that we should move forward,” said Gap spokesperson Olive Doyne, who added that Hudson was given the option of backing out of the campaign completely. The Oscar-winning actress was photographed for the spots last July.

You can see her, part of the “Shine Your Own Star” campaign, smiling from magazines, newspapers and billboards throughout this shopping season. Several other stars are also part of the campaign.

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Entertainment Industry Reacts to Hudson Tragedy

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Movies, Music, Breaking News,

Jennifer Hudson“I’m planning on touring,” smiled and spoke enthusiastically only weeks ago. “There’s more films and more music and stuff like that [in the future],” she said. “I want to start a fashion line as well, start writing music.” After her breakout performance in Dreamgirls, appearing as Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant in the runaway hit chick flick Sex and the City and with a new album and movie already making waves, Jennifer Hudson’s life seemed charmed. Today, the effervescent star is at the center of a grisly tragedy.

Engaged to David Otunga and on the brink of what appears to be an extremely successful career, Hudson talked of her many future plans. “It’s gonna be a production,” she said of her wedding. “I have so many visions for it right now - I get to put that together.”

Hudson, 27, had the world at her feet only last week. Now, she probably feels the weight of the world crashing down on her shoulders. Over the weekend, Hudson’s mother and brother were victims of domestic violence, events which proved fatal for both. On Monday, the star was in Chicago identifying the Julian, 7, who had gone missing after the killings took place.

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Body of Jennifer Hudson’s Nephew Found

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Movies, Music,

Julian KingUPDATE: The FBI has since confirmed that the deceased boy found inside the car was Julian King.

The sad discovery of a young boy’s body may have put an end to an Illinois-area Amber Alert.

Earlier this morning, the Chicago Police Department were asked to check on a possible suspicious car. The white Chevy Surburban, which was parked on the city’s west side, matched the description included in Friday’s missing person report. Although a definitive ID has not yet been released, a body found inside is believed to be that of Julian King, Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old relative.

Just this past weekend, the Oscar-winner posted a plea on her MySpace page and offered up a $100,000 reward for the safe return of her nephew. Officers began looking for the boy shortly after the bodies of his grandmother and uncle were located late last week. Although he has not yet been charged with any crimes, Julian’s stepfather, William Balfour, has been in police custody since Friday night.

Relatives fearing the worse about King had reportedly scheduled a church vigil for noon today.

(You can follow updates to this story here.)

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Possible Suspect Arrested for Deaths of Jennifer Hudson’s Relatives

A day after ‘s mother and brother were found murdered, a young boy remains missing while a possible suspect sits in custody.

Late Friday night, William Balfour - the singer’s estranged brother-in-law - was located by the Chicago Police Department hours after the bodies of 57-year-old Darnell Donerson (Jennifer’s mother) and 29-year-old Jason Hudson were found. Although no charges have yet been filed, officers identified Balfour as a person of interest in the murders and in the disappearance of Julian King, his 7-year-old stepson.

The crime scene was discovered yesterday afternoon when Jennifer’s sister, Julia Hudson, returned to the house after work. When police arrived to the South Side home, they found a woman with a gunshot wound to her head in the living room and a man with a gunshot wound to his chest in a bedroom. An Amber Alert was issued shortly thereafter for King. Based on earlier reports of gunshots fired, officers believe the incident may have actually occurred around 9:00 in the morning.

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