December 12, 2006 |
JENNIFER HOLLIDAY stood on a small stage, pouring out a song of hope and battling the odds. Her gut-wrenching voice tore from her throat with volcanic force, and her expression, all closed eyes and open mouth, was of a performer possessed, exorcising the anguish deep inside her.
December 4, 2006 |
AS a child, Jennifer Hudson dreamed of becoming a famous singer. She grew up singing in churches around her Chicago home. Then, "American Idol" came along, and it seemed the show might be her ticket to stardom. It wasn't -- she was kicked off long before the final rounds. But now, two years later, Hudson is living the dream.
February 8, 2007 |
EDDIE Murphy's on the verge of an awards season trifecta -- his charismatic portrayal of a tragic R&B singer in "Dreamgirls" has already nabbed him a Screen Actors Guild award and a Golden Globe, and he's considered a front-runner for a best supporting Oscar. But the most high-profile image of Murphy these days -- while Oscar ballots are still out -- is on billboards and in movie trailers wearing a fat suit, garish eye shadow and little else.
January 28, 2007 |
JENNIFER HUDSON, Golden Globe winner, Oscar nominee and wailing embodiment of the American dream, is today's hottest new star. Arguing against that is like arguing against the weather -- literally. Various writers have described Ms. Hudson's turn as Effie in the film version of "Dreamgirls" as more than a mere performance: It's an act of God.
November 22, 2006 |
Historically, when films adapted from another work, such as "The Departed," "Little Children," "Flags of Our Fathers" and "The Last King of Scotland," win for best picture, they often take home the screenplay award. "Dreamgirls" is also an adapted work, but if it wins for best picture, it'll throw a wild card into the writing race.
February 25, 2007 |
DOES Eddie Murphy know how good he is as the soulful R&B singer James "Thunder" Early in "Dreamgirls"? Playing a shimmying satyr on the skids, he seems almost aghast at his prowess. It's the performance of his career -- a great performance. He has stunned even his most ardent fans, many of whom believed he didn't have it in him to be a "real" actor, let alone an Oscar nominee.