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February 26, 2007 | Greg Braxton
SINCE the first industry screening of "Dreamgirls," Jennifer Hudson seemed a sure thing in terms of being in the running for an Oscar. The former "American Idol" also-ran became the real thing Sunday in nabbing the Academy Award for best supporting actress. In her role as the rejected, overweight singer Effie White, Hudson, in her screen debut, overshadowed her more experienced costars Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Beyonce Knowles, who had made no secret of her desire to win an Oscar.
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HEALTH
March 21, 2014 | By James S. Fell
In regard to weight, Jennifer Hudson's biggest concern these days might be finding a shelf sturdy enough to bear the weight of her numerous awards. Her Oscar and Grammy wins represent but a small portion of the recognition she has received. But body weight has been a concern for her in the past. And it was Weight Watchers, for which she appears in ads, and developing a sense of play about physical activity that helped her lose 80 pounds and keep it off. Were you heavy as a child, or did the weight come on later?
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NEWS
November 9, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Weight issues just don't stop and certainly not over the holidays: Jennifer Lawrence is on the cover of Elle's December issue, and she tells the magazine that in Hollywood, she's considered fat. [Elle] Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson is on Redbook's November cover, and she talks about how she lost weight. They both look pretty svelte and chic to me in their white holiday dresses. [Redbook] The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which was taped on Wednesday and is to air on CBS on Dec. 4, was divided into themes, including "The Circus," "Dangerous Liaisons," "Silver Screen Angels," "Angels in Bloom," "PINK Is Us," and "Calendar Girls.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“American Idol” has done the unthinkable: It's gone back to basics. After years of trying to find its mojo with high profile judges and format switches, the aging singing franchise has dialed it down for its latest season, which premieres Wednesday and Thursday. Last season proved to be a disaster for the one-time ratings and talent juggernaut. Ratings hit a record low and the talent -- as fierce as some contestants were -- took a backseat to the petulant behavior between superstar judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
When Whitney Houston died barely 24 hours before the Grammy telecast in February, the Recording Academy and show producers were faced with the delicate challenge of paying homage as she was mourned. With the one-year anniversary of her death approaching, the Grammys gave the late pop titan a final sendoff on Thursday as they taped the upcoming tribute show, the "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston" at Nokia Theatre. Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich, who found it fitting that the show was being taped as a downpour of rain pounded the city, told the audience the show he didn't want to focus on what happened in February.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Jennifer Hudson is headed to"Smash. " The academy award-winning actress has booked a multi-episode arc on NBC's sophomore musical drama, the network announced, a move that may prove beneficial for both the show and its newest star. This will mark Hudson's first professional endeavor, aside from her Weight Watchers spokesmansnip, since her former brother-in-law was convicted of murdering her mother, brother and nephew in 2008. As for "Smash," massive hype around its debut led to big premiere numbers, but critical panning and waning interest helped for a sharp decline week to week.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
William Balfour was convicted Friday of killing the mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew of pop star and award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson. The verdict was returned by a Chicago jury of six men and six women who began deliberations Wednesday. Balfour, Hudson's former brother-in-law, had pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the 2008 slayings. The charges carry a mandatory penalty of life in prison. Prosecutors alleged that Balfour, 30, was upset that his estranged wife -- Hudson's sister, Julia --  had begun seeing another man and wanted a divorce.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Jury selection in the Chicago murder trial involving the family of movie star and singer Jennifer Hudson began in earnest on Monday, again raising the question of just how much celebrity influences justice. Perhaps no city is more aware than Los Angeles of how celebrity ramps up the visibility of even routine cases, let alone major judicial proceedings such as murder charges. From O.J. Simpson to Phil Spector to Michael Jackson (and, separately, his doctor); from Lindsay Lohan to Paris Hilton to Mel Gibson, the list seems endless, with new stars seemingly added almost every day. Now it's the turn of Chicago, no stranger to colorful characters and their trials, including Al Capone and the Chicago Seven.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
When Jennifer Hudson took the stand Monday in the trial of the man charged with killing her mother, brother and nephew, she was in a well-accustomed arena: center stage. And, as the first witness for the prosecution, the Academy Award-winning actress delivered a teary, riveting performance. But Hudson was in the audience on Tuesday, and the evidentiary phase of the trial began in earnest, with Chicago police Sgt. David Dowling describing the gruesome scene when he found the bodies.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
When I sat down with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Fogerty recently to discuss his new all-star album revisiting his Creedence Clearwater Revival songbook , we spoke about many of those collaborations for the feature story that will appear in the Sunday Arts & Books section. With more than a dozen artists participating on “Wrote a Song for Everyone,” including the Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert , Tom Morello and Jennifer Hudson, there were far more stories to tell than we could cover in one article.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jennifer Hudson stopped by "Chelsea Lately" on Thursday and made quite an entrance. Just as the singer was sitting down to chat, the zipper on her black leather skirt gave way, nearly exposing way more than Hudson intended. Luckily, Handler was right there to save her, launching out of her seat and screaming, "Oh my God!" "We have to turn around!" she yelled as she rushed to Hudson's aid. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments But in her haste to prevent the image of too much Hudson leg from searing itself into the eyes of the audience, Handler almost made a bad situation worse.
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Actresses Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Kerry Washington and Jennifer Hudson, along with Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal, were honored for their devotion to philanthropic causes at  Variety's Power of Women luncheon in L.A. on Friday. [Society News LA] Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez welcomed a baby boy on Saturday. [People] Kate Moss is collaborating with Top Shop again, with a new collection set to launch in April, WWD reports. [WWD]
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Revolution Rachel and her father (Elizabeth Mitchell, Stephen Collins) try to revive Aaron (Zak Orth) in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC Arrow This special episode recaps the events that led billionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) to become a vigilante.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Hollywood is gearing to help with ensure the success of President Obama's healthcare law. The Times' Maeve Reston reported Saturday on the effort. Mike Farah and his team at Funny or Die studios are developing as many as 20 projects involving the healthcare law. The first will go live Sept. 30, the day before Americans are supposed to be able to enroll in the new health insurance marketplaces. Such efforts are just one small piece of a broad-reaching campaign by the Obama administration and the consortium of industry and nonprofit groups working to get at least 7 million Americans enrolled in the next six months.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Jennifer Aniston will appear in ads for Saks Fifth Avenue's 2013 Key to the Cure Campaign, which raises funds for the Women's Cancer Research Fund of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Her predecessors as campaign ambassador include Uma Thurman, Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Hudson. [WWD] Matt Lauer thinks his former "Today" cohost Katie Couric is a 14 on a scale of 10. He gives her a 9 or 10 on looks and the other points for her personality, he told Howard Stern.  [New York Daily News]
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
When I sat down with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Fogerty recently to discuss his new all-star album revisiting his Creedence Clearwater Revival songbook , we spoke about many of those collaborations for the feature story that will appear in the Sunday Arts & Books section. With more than a dozen artists participating on “Wrote a Song for Everyone,” including the Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert , Tom Morello and Jennifer Hudson, there were far more stories to tell than we could cover in one article.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jennifer Hudson stopped by "Chelsea Lately" on Thursday and made quite an entrance. Just as the singer was sitting down to chat, the zipper on her black leather skirt gave way, nearly exposing way more than Hudson intended. Luckily, Handler was right there to save her, launching out of her seat and screaming, "Oh my God!" "We have to turn around!" she yelled as she rushed to Hudson's aid. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments But in her haste to prevent the image of too much Hudson leg from searing itself into the eyes of the audience, Handler almost made a bad situation worse.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Jennifer Hudson has two Oscars at home. One is the Academy Award she won for her supporting role as Effie in "Dreamgirls. " The other is a dog. During her appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Hudson said she names her dogs after awards she has won. In addition to the male Pomeranian named Oscar, she has a female Pomeranian named Grammy, which she named right before she received her first Grammy Award. Oscar and Grammy's baby is named "Dreamgirl. " She told Kimmel she wants two other dogs: "I want to name them Emmy and Tony.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Jennifer Hudson has two Oscars at home. One is the Academy Award she won for her supporting role as Effie in "Dreamgirls. " The other is a dog. During her appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Hudson said she names her dogs after awards she has won. In addition to the male Pomeranian named Oscar, she has a female Pomeranian named Grammy, which she named right before she received her first Grammy Award. Oscar and Grammy's baby is named "Dreamgirl. " She told Kimmel she wants two other dogs: "I want to name them Emmy and Tony.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The most riveting moment of "The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family," the revealing - if self-serving - CBS documentary about Whitney Houston's death less than 24 hours before the 2012 Grammys telecast, arrives midway through. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it involves the song "I Will Always Love You. " The moment stars singer Jennifer Hudson, who during the telecast performed a heartbreaking rendition of Houston's signature song. It's the rehearsed version, however, within this behind-the-scenes documentary airing Saturday night that chronicles how Grammy producers and musicians scrambled and adapted to the tragic news, that packs the most wallop.
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