Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson contemplated dropping out of her new Winnie Mandela biopic, because she feared the role was too much to handle. The Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star plays the wife of iconic South African civil rights activist Nelson Mandela in the upcoming film Winnie Mandela, and she was hesitant about signing on at first because Mandela is so beloved all over the world.
She says, "I was very intimidated because she's such an iconic figure."
And her fears multiplied as soon as she arrived on set: "Once I got to Africa, I was like, 'Wow, she's a (national) treasure... I have to take this seriously.'
"And (I thought), 'If I'm not going to hop in at 100 per cent, maybe I should go home'. I actually had that moment where I was contemplating, 'Can I handle this?' and if I'm going to do it: 'Jennifer you have to be all in'."
"He would always come to my trailer with his guitar and play and sing songs in Nelson's (Mandela) accent. Every day. It would never end! He's a good singer and guitar player. He's no Luther (Vandross), but he's good." Jennifer Hudson on how she bonded with co-star Terrence Howard on the set of their new movie Winnie Mandela.
Justin Timberlake ruled the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Sunday (25Aug13) by picking up four honours and delivering the night's performance highlight. The pop superstar took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Video of the Year for Mirrors, which also claimed Best Editing honours, and his Suit & Tie promo earned the Best Direction prize.
He also wowed with a show-stopping performance featuring a medley of his solo hits and a brief 'N SYNC reunion.
Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were also big winners - they scored Best Hip Hop Video and Best Cinematography trophies for their Can't Hold Us promo and also landed the night's Best Video with a Social Message award for their gay anthem Same Love, which they performed with Mary Lambert and special guest Jennifer Hudson.
Lady Gaga kicked off the ceremony at the Barclays Center in typical bizarre fashion, dressed as a futuristic Mother Superior. The Paparazzi singer began her performance of new single Applause wearing a weird white nun's habit but the get-up was quickly ripped off her by dancers to reveal a glittery black leotard with matching skull cap.
That outfit became a shimmering blue two-piece, topped by a peroxide white wig. The pop superstar also donned a canary yellow wig and face paint during the opening performance, and wrapped it up following a quick change, dashing out in a two-piece bikini and long blonde shaggy hairpiece.
Other performance highlights included Miley Cyrus, who performed We Can't Stop surrounded by dancing teddy bears, while wearing a fluffy grey bodice. She also sported a new hairstyle - tight cat-ear-like bunches on top and a short ponytail.
The former child star then proved she's all grown up by ripping off her top to reveal orange rubber bra and panties as she took part in a performance of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. The hitmaker strutted out on stage wearing the thick-striped black and white suit.
During the pair's suggestive routine, Cyrus donned a large foam hand to feel Thicke up with and then bent over and wiggled her backside into the singer's crotch while smiling with her tongue hanging out.
After watching Cyrus dancing with Thicke, comedian Kevin Hart joked, "Miley better go and get a damn pregnancy test after doing all that grinding."
Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Drake also hit the Barclays Center stage, while Katy Perry closed the 2013 ceremony by performing her new song Roar from underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.
The full list of 2013 MTV VMAs winners is:
Video of the Year - Mirrors by Justin Timberlake
Best Hip-Hop Video - Can't Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
Best Male Video - Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars
Best Female Video - I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift
Best Pop Video - Come & Get It by Selena Gomez
Artist to Watch - Austin Mahone
Best Collaboration - Just Give Me a Reason by Pink featuring Nate Ruess
Best Video with a Social Message - Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
Best Rock Video - Up in the Air by 30 Seconds to Mars
Best Art Direction - Q.U.E.E.N by Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu
Best Choreography - Treasure by Bruno Mars
Best Cinematography - Can't Hold Us bu Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
Best Direction - Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
Best Editing - Mirrors by Justin Timberlake
Best Visual Effects - Safe & Sound by Capital Cities
Best Song of the Summer - Best Song Ever by One Direction
In the wake of the tragic passing of castmember Corey Monteith, Glee is moving forward into its fifth season and has just started production on the special tribute episode to the young actor. The third epsiode of the new season will revolve around the death of Monteith's character Finn Hudson, a staple of show since its first season. In an intimate gesture, no cause of death will be revealed and the episode will instead focus on each character dealing with the aftermath and celebrating the character's life.
Episodes dealing with the death of a series' actor can work to bring closure for viewers both in terms of the loss of the actor and the character he or she portrayed. That loss permeates and layers the show: at once, we are watching characters dealing with death, as well as watching castmates losing a comrade. Keeping the heavy performativity of Glee in mind, the episode is said to be "gut wrenching," with reports that "you will cry from beginning to end." Performances from Naya Rivera, as well as Monteith's girlfriend on and off the screen, Lea Michele, are reported to be particularly memborable, with both actresses having close bonds with the performer. Costar Jane Lynch tweeted Wednesday that the episode is "the most memorable thing," inspiring hope that it will provide the send off fans are looking for.
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Jennifer Hudson has been transformed into a Disney princess by top photographer Annie Leibovitz. The singer/actress has posed as Tiana from 2009 movie The Princess & the Frog for a new Disney Parks ad campaign. Ironically, the role was voiced by Hudson's Dreamgirls co-star Anika Noni Rose.
Actress Kate Hudson has found herself at the centre of a photo scandal after her image was used to advertise a controversial abortion clinic in Florida. The Almost Famous star's smiling face flashes just seconds into a YouTube.com video for the Orlando Women's Center, moments before images of a doctor and a $100 (£67) coupon offer are displayed.
Hudson's publicist has told Orlando news station Local 6 the star did not give permission for her picture to be included in the commercial.
In an email, Brad Cafarelli writes, "I can confirm that this use is unauthorized and we had no knowledge of it."
Dr. James Pendergraft, the owner of the abortion clinic, has agreed to remove Hudson's image.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy considered killing off Cory Monteith's character on the hit TV show in the same way the actor died - by an accidental drugs overdose. Monteith was found dead in his Canada hotel room last month (Jul13) after ingesting a fatal cocktail of alcohol and heroin, and Murphy has been struggling to decide on how to end the storyline of his character, jock Finn Hudson.
Murphy toyed with the idea of modelling Hudson's departure on the shocking real-life tragedy for the planned memorial episode, but ultimately decided against it and has instead chosen to leave fans in suspense.
He tells Deadline.com, "The hard part for all of us is that the past week we've been holed up writing the memorial episode. There were a lot of things that we had to decide - how are we going to deal with his death? At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose - that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we're not going to have him pass from that.
"Basically, what we're doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died. The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, 'This episode is about a celebration of that character's life.' That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way."
The cast and crew of Glee returned to work earlier this month (Aug13) after supporting one another through the mourning period, but Murphy insists the toughest part is yet to come as they begin shooting the memorial episode.
He adds, "There's been tears on set. It's been hard for a lot of people. But the really difficult thing is coming. We start shooting the memorial episode this week."
Actress Kate Hudson has been brushing up on her fancy footwork by taking secret lessons with professional dancer Derek Hough. The Almost Famous beauty showed off her skills during her recent stint as a dance teacher on hit TV musical Glee, but she has been using her free time this summer (13) to perfect her moves with Dancing With the Stars regular Hough.
The choreographer tells E! News, "I've been working with Kate Hudson a little bit lately for fun - just dancing for fun, giving her some lessons. She's become a good friend and she's great."
However, Hough insists the 34 year old has no intention of ever testing out her skills on the popular U.S. ballroom dancing competition.
He says, "I would love for her to do the show, but she would never. She's fantastic. But I want her to maybe do a guest spot."
Glee star Lea Michele made her first TV appearance August 11 since the death of her co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith in July. Accepting the award for Choice TV Actress, she dedicated the award to Monteith and said to legions of Gleeks that "we're going to get through this together."
“He was very special to me, and also to the world, and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile, and his beautiful, beautiful heart,” she continued. “So whether you knew him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out, and he became a part of all of our hearts — and that’s where he’ll stay forever, so thank you guys so much.”
Last week, Michele released her first on-set photo from Glee since Monteith's death. The Fox series will return Sept. 26 and feature a tribute to Monteith in the third episode of the season.
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Glee star Lea Michele choked back tears as she paid tribute to her tragic boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (11Aug13). The entire cast was on hand to accept the award for Choice TV Series: Comedy at the Gibson Amphitheatre, and Michele dedicated the trophy to Monteith, who passed away in Canada last month (Jul13) after ingesting a fatal cocktail of alcohol and heroin.
Michele thanked her fans for helping her through the last few weeks and went on to heap praise on her on and off-screen boyfriend, remembering his talent and winning smile.
Speaking onstage, she said, "Thank you, I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you and tell everyone out there how much all of your love and support has meant to me over these past, very difficult few weeks... I wanted to dedicate this award to Cory, for all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I promise that with your love, we're going to get through this together.
"He was very special to me, and also to the world and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart. So whether you knew him personally or just as (character) Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of our hearts and that is where he'll stay forever."