The Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star was said to be expecting again, just four months after giving birth to son David Jr. with her fiance, David Otunga.
A source told America's Star magazine, "Jennifer was in total shock when she found out she was having another baby. She had wanted some space between the kids' ages. (But) she and David love kids. It's another thing for them to celebrate during the holidays."
But Hudson's representative Lisa Kasteler insists there is not truth to the claims and instead of preparing for a new arrival, the singer/actress is preparing for a busy working year ahead.
She tells People.com, "Contrary to what has been falsely reported, Jennifer Hudson is not pregnant.
"Jennifer leaves in April for South Africa where she will portray Winnie Mandela in the feature film Winnie. It is a commitment she is excited about and takes very seriously.
"Jennifer is currently in the studio recording her second album and this is the only delivery she is looking forward to in 2010."
The Dreamgirls singer/actress and her fiance David Otunga welcomed little David Daniel Otunga, Jr. on Monday night (10Aug09), according to the Hollywood Reporter's Roger Friedman.
The tot weighed in a seven pounds and 14 ounces and is the couple's first.
Confirming the news to People.com, Hudson's representative Lisa Kasteler says, "The baby is beautiful and perfect. His parents are ecstatic.
Hudson never confirmed her pregnancy news, but reportedly staged a baby shower at a relative's Chicago, Illinois home in May (09) and then appeared at Michael Jackson's Los Angeles memorial concert sporting a big baby bump in July (09).
The baby's birth will mark a fresh start for Hudson following the brutal murders of her mother, brother and nephew in her native Chicago last October (08).
William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder and home invasion.
Representatives for Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum have dismissed Internet reports that the actor has died in New Zealand.
Local police reportedly told Web site MoviesOnline.com that the star had fallen to his death on the set of his new movie.
Officials claimed the actor had fallen from the Kauri Cliffs on New Zealand's North Island while shooting a scene for an unnamed project, but the actor's publicist has denied the story.
Lisa Kasteler states, "Reports that Jeff Goldblum has passed away are completely untrue. He is fine and in Los Angeles."
The death news sent shockwaves through the media, and came hours after the death of actress Farrah Fawcett and minutes after a Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Michael Jackson had passed away.
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Matthew Perry is back home from his brief hospital stay after suffering a series of severe drug-induced seizures.
The Friends star, who played Chandler Bing in the defunct TV comedy, stayed overnight for doctor-ordered observation at Los Angeles' UCLA hospital after being admitted last Wednesday following an adverse reaction to prescription medicine.
Perry's publicist Lisa Kasteler says, "He's home. He's fine."
While Perry has been in-and-out of rehabilitation since 1997 for prescription drug addiction, Kasteler says last week's hospitalization is unrelated to those incidents.
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Is Britney Spears not a girl, and finally a woman?
The 20-year-old pop sensation who's so successfully mixed squeaky-clean teen virtue with saucy sex appeal dropped some serious hints in the latest issue of People magazine, confessing that she no longer finds drinking, smoking or sex to be "such a big deal."
Perhaps in the interest of leaving her days as a role model for her teen fans behind her, Spears told the magazine that she has grown into a more mature, less innocent image recently--and can anyone who saw her sexy, wet-down live HBO performance in Las Vegas disagree?
"Smoking, drinking, sex--why is it such a big deal for me?" asked the pop princess. "As you get to 20, you grow up, you experiment. You feel more comfortable in your own skin."
"Who cares if I've had sex?" she added, despite the fact that's the question everyone seems to ask her these days after her 1999 pledge to remain a virgin until her wedding day. "It's nobody's business. Trust me, I'm not going to have a press conference to announce it."
Spears called her the breakup of her high-profile romance with N'Sync singer Justin Timberlake amid rumors of cheating by both parties "horrible." According to Spears, Timberlake broke up with her first, they tried to get back together, then she broke up with him, but she denied that either side had cheated on the other. She described Timberlake as "my first real love...I doubt I'll ever be able to love anyone like that ever again."
The Crossroads star also denied that her current six-month hiatus from performing was the result of a Mariah Carey-esque emotional meltdown following several turbulent months that included the breakup and the marital split between her mother Lynn and father Jamie. Instead, she insisted it's just a routine vacation after a long and exhausting stint in the spotlight.
"The first week, I was so excited I was off that I partied every night. I drink," she told People, despite the fact she's not yet of legal age to imbibe alcohol. "Everything in moderation," she added. Spears was also recently snapped by paparazzi while she was apparently smoking a cigarette on the balcony of a hotel suite during her world tour.
Spears said she needed some time off to "rejuvenate spiritually and to just play" after working virtually nonstop since bursting on the scene with the 1998 hit "...Baby One More Time." The hiatus followed a controversial end to her tour in which she was booed by fans after cutting short her final show in Mexico City and made an obscene gesture to paparazzi photographers besieging her car. Spears also took flack when she didn't stop for fans waiting for her arrival outside her new Manhattan restaurant NYLA during the grand opening.
She'll likely spend much of her hiatus hiding out at her 7.5-acre estate called "Serenity" in Kentwood, Lousiana, where she'll read scripts and consider her next big-screen role while sipping Pepsi from her personal vending machine, according to her publicist Lisa Kasteler. "She is going to travel, write music and hang out with family and friends, whom she hasn't been able to spend any real time with for a long time," Kasteler told Reuters.
As for her parents' recent divorce, the pop princess called it "the best thing that's ever happened to my family...My mom and dad, bottom line, do not get along."
Pop princess Britney Spears, who enraged thousands of fans in Mexico City last month when she abruptly walked off the stage after singing only four songs, will be taking a six-month break. Her publicist Lisa Kasteler told Reuters on Thursday that contrary to published reports, Spears is not running home to mama because she is suffering from exhaustion or nursing a broken heart. Rumors that the 20-year-old star was suffering a Mariah Carey-type meltdown first surfaced after Spears flipped the media the bird upon her arrival in Mexico. But Kasteler says that Spears is happy and her time off has nothing to do with the things that have been reported. "She is going to read scripts during the six months. She is going to travel, write music and hang out with her family and friends, who she hasn't been able to spend any real time with for a long time. It is that simple. There is no drama here," she said. "The girl works harder than anyone in the business, and she is taking a break." Spears, whose first film, Crossroads, was released in February, burst onto the teen scene in 1998 with the hit "Baby One More Time."
The Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane was unanimously voted the greatest film ever made in an international poll of film critics and directors. The film was chosen by 144 film critics and directors polled separately by the British Film Institute. According to Reuters, the critics put Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo in second, followed by Jean Renoir's La Regle du Jeu, while the directors' second pick was The Godfather, followed byThe Godfather, Part II. The BFI polls have been carried out every 10 years since 1952.
The Oscars are not moving to New York, say Academy officials. Rumors of a possible move surfaced Thursday after Drudgereport.com reported that the New York showbiz industry and political leaders were on the verge of making a serious pitch to bring the Academy Awards to New York. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Executive Director Bruce Davis told Reuters there was no question the show would be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, but he added that the show could feature a segment from Gotham.
Veteran actor Mel Gibson is scouting Italy as a possible location for his next project, Passion, a film that would explore the life of Christ, Variety reports. Don't look for Gibson to play the holy role, however. He is looking to produce the project--and possibly direct--and is reportedly in talks with James Caviezel to star in the pic.
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry is in negotiations to star as Jane Whitfield in the action/thriller The Guide for Paramount Pictures. The film focuses on a Seneca Indian (Berry) who has the gift of erasing people's negative pasts and providing them with brand-new identities. The project originated from a series of novels by author Thomas Perry, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Why be coy about product placement in a film when you can be shameless? Miramax Films has signed a three-year marketing alliance with Coors Brewing Co. that will see Coors brands placed in at least five films by the studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Coors will also co-host Miramax premieres and events. Look for a Coors product--Keystone, Zima, Coors or Coors Light--in the upcoming Miramax films Duplex and View from the Top.
The producers behind the hit U.K. reality show Pop Idol and its American counterpart, American Idol, are finalizing plans to create a special series that would pit global winners against one another, Variety reports. A global Pop Idol would feature an international face-off with winners from the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Poland, Germany, France and the Netherlands. The series is being targeted for late 2003.
Carlos Santana's follow-up to his hugely successful 1999 album Supernatural is slated for release this fall. Shaman is due in stores Oct. 15 and will feature numerous guest artists, but you'll have to wait to find out who. The 55-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is keeping mum on the subject. He told Reuters, "It's not even letting a little kitty out of the bag. It's a big ol' cat."
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are once again in the midst of a media frenzy.
Despite repeated denials by Spears that the former Mouseketeers have not changed their boyfriend/girlfriend status, the latest issue of US weekly magazine boasts the headline: "Britney & Justin: Headed for Splitsville?"
In fact, a four-page story follows that quotes an unidentified source close to the couple as saying, "They're done."
Lisa Kasteler, publicist for 20-year-old Spears and 21-year-old Timberlake, hopes to dispel break-up rumors, Reuters reports.
In a statement made Thursday, Kasteler said, "To set it straight, both of them are very busy and focusing on their careers. They love each other very much and have not broken up. The demands on their time have naturally created a significant time apart, which could be misconstrued as a more permanent situation. As for sightings in clubs, they are both young and love to dance."
Whether the statement is believable only time will tell; however, Ms. Kasteler certainly had one thing right on: "significant time apart."
With 'N Sync on tour through April 28 and Spears beginning a two-month tour in May, it seems unlikely the two will have any time at all to see each other in the near future.
Teen pop idol Britney Spears is hotter than a fur coat in Miami after media reports surfaced that she would appear nude in an anti-fur poster campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Spears' publicist Lisa Kasteler denied the media reports on Thursday and said that the singer was not planning to pose at all-even with her clothes on.
Kasteler said that Spears had offered to provide a photograph of herself for a PETA poster to be used at the New York nightclub Centro Fly in order to promote its new policy refusing entry to patrons wearing fur.
But the singer has apparently suspended all negotiations with PETA following the reports that she planned to pose naked, Reuters reports.
"Notwithstanding the meaningful work that PETA does, we cannot be involved with an organization that would distort the truth, " Kasteler said.
PETA campaign director Dan Matthews denied ever saying Spears would pose naked.
"We've never distorted anything, " he told Reuters. "We simply confirmed that we planned on doing a poster with her. We never said anything about nudity.
"If the downside is that the whole world knows Britney Spears is anti-fur, that's a good thing," he added.
Kasteler said the singer still feels strongly about animal rights and would find another organization to be involved with.
Other celebrities have posed naked for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" poster campaign, including Pamela Anderson, Kim Basinger, Christy Turlington and Melissa Etheridge.
The latest was Dominique Swain, star of the 1997 remake of Lolita, photographed writing the slogan "I'd Rather Go Naked…" on a chalkboard. As with the others Swain's poster was shot from the side in a discreet manner.
Spears dropped the idea of using a caged tiger in her stage show the MTV Video Music Awards in New York in September after being criticized by PETA.
Oscar-nominated actress Cate Blanchett, one of the hardest working girls in Hollywood, may be getting a much needed break from making movies.
The 32-year-old Australian actress and her husband, writer Andrew Upton, welcomed their first child, a boy they named Dashiell John, earlier this week in London, Blanchett's publicist, Lisa Kasteler said. The baby and mother are doing fine, although no other details have been released.
Blanchett has had a very busy year, appearing in The Man Who Cried, Bandits and the upcoming The Shipping News, Lord of the Rings and Charlotte Gray. She just won the National Board of Review award for best supporting actress, boosting her chances for another Oscar nomination in February. Blanchett was nominated once before in 1998 for her performance as the Virgin Queen in Elizabeth.
With such a jammed schedule, how did Blanchett manage to squeeze in having a baby?
"It's a happy byproduct of a happy marriage. We had a lot of very romantic reunions," Blanchett said after she announced her pregnancy. "I guess it was those romantic liaisons in hotel rooms that got me where I am today."
Rolling Stone's frontman Mick Jagger is set to release "God Gave Me Everything," a song he co-wrote and produced with funky rocker Lenny Kravitz. The song is the first single from Jagger's fourth solo album Goddess in the Doorway, scheduled for a Nov. 20 release. Jagger is currently filming the video for the single with director Mark Romanek, who's worked with the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson).
"These are all very personal songs...true to my original vision," Jagger told Sonicnet.com. "This is an intimate collection of songs that I could sing to you across the kitchen table." Jagger's new album will also feature appearances by Bono, Wyclef Jean, Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, The Who's Pete Townshend and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.
Bob Dylan writes autobiography
Storyteller extraordinaire Bob Dylan is writing his own story these days. Chronicles, a multi-volume autobiography, will be printed by Simon & Schuster next year. The singer has previously released a book of lyrics as well as Tarantula, a collection of poems he wrote while touring in the '60s. Although it is not known how many volumes Chronicles will ultimately consist of, Adam Rothberg, a spokesperson for the publishing company, said that it would cover Dylan's life and career. "You'll have to read the rest of it to find out," he said.
Robbie Williams moons Singapore
British pop star Robbie Williams told 17,000 fans in Bankok on Wednesday that he was fined $5,700 for flashing the audience during his concert last weekend. But Singapore police told Reuters they have no record that it ever happened. In his new book Someday Someday, Williams talks about his self-destructive battle with sex, drugs and his struggle with fame.
Bon Jovi, Carey make "McBeal" appearance
Singer and part-time actor Bon Jovi has postponed his scheduled guest appearance on Ally McBeal to play some benefit shows to raise money for the Sept. 11 attacks on America. According to a statement by FOX, he will begin shooting nine episodes of the series in November, which should air January 2002. Although not much has been revealed about his role, some insiders are speculating that his character may be a possible love interest for the nettlesome secretary Elaine Vassal, played by Jane Krakowski.
Mariah Carey has also booked a guest appearance on the show, where she will play a key figure in a lawsuit brought by Jami Gertz's character Kimmy Bishop after she is deemed unmatchable by a matchmaking service and given a refund. Carey also will sing "Lead the Way" from her new album, Glitter.
Timberlake not promoting novel
Justin Timberlake published his first novel, Inside Drive: A Novel of Basketball, Life and Love this fall, but the 'N Sync heartthrob has reportedly canceled the promotional tour because he was too busy with 'N Sync projects. "He had too much going on to be able to give it the kind of time that he wanted to," his publicist Lisa Kasteler told AP on Thursday.
Britney invades your living room
The boys who lose their breath every time Britney Spears shows her midriff will be able to watch her whenever they please when Britney: The Videos is released on DVD and VHS on Nov. 20. The home video will include entire videography, behind-the-scenes footage and her latest performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. A Jive Records spokesperson has confirmed with Sonicnet.com that the video will include her Pepsi commercials as well as a sneak peek at her upcoming motion picture debut, Crossroads, scheduled to hit theatres on Feb.15.
R.E.M. makes surprise show
R.E.M. played a surprise show on Oct. 23 at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife Stephanie Dorgan, Billboard.com reported. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joined in for several songs during the show, which benefited the Washington Wilderness Coalition.