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Jennifer Hudson Covers ESSENCE [Jan. ’14]

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Jennifer Hudson is glammed up for the January 2014 issue of Essence magazine.

The Black Nativity star chatted with the magazine about her upcoming album, her new outlook on life and more.

On her new view on life since turning the big 3-0:
“I spent my twenties figuring out what I wanted to do, and trying everything. But by 30, my foundation was set. I became confident and clear about the path I wanted to take… Now I’ve really settled into myself. And I’m stronger than I’ve ever been.”

On her singing career:
“I learned that I am a musician and I am an artist, and they are two different things completely. It’s one thing to be a musician, where as before I was just a vocalist. Now I’m tapping into myself being a musician and an artist. So I feel like you will find that on this next album.”
On her upcoming album:
“The Jennifer sound is still very soulful and very musician and driven I must say. The music feels like live band, full of tracks. And as far as personality, I feel like it’s more of me coming through since I’ve been writing more. So you’re hearing more from my perspective more so than from someone writing for me and telling me to sing. It’s more like my expression as a person and as a musician as well. And this time around it’s more about lifting people up more so than ‘I’m going to sing you this song and sing it to perfection’ but again it’s more about lifting everyone up.”

 

 

Jennifer Hudson Net-A-Porter’s The Edit

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Jennifer Hudson fronts Net-A-Porter’s The Edit.

In this new interview, the actress dishes on her new movie, Black Nativity and how life has been since her time on American Idol.

On her Oscar win:
“I didn’t know what the Oscars was. Where we come from, we don’t know anything about that world. If you see it on TV, it’s like, ‘Oh, people in fancy suits and ties.’ Jamie Foxx [her co-star] was like, ‘You know you’re going to win an Oscar?’ I didn’t pay him any attention. I was hired to do a job. That’s all I knew. ”

On her life post American Idol:
“It is so bizarre to me to say, ‘OK, let me go email Alicia [Keys], let me go email Beyonce, let me go talk to Oprah…’ For so long I sat and admire them; now I’m among them. What I feel about people you never heard from again is that they get too caught up in the hype. They think that just getting here is making it. No, it’s not making it. It’s like a losing-weight situation: it’s one thing to lose it, it’s another to keep it off. Well, it’s one thing to make it, but it’s another thing to stay. [That is] why you have to constantly do stuff to keep people’s attention. It’s a hustle, it really is.”

On her upcoming new movie Black Nativity:
“I turned down I don’t know how many [musicals]. What drew me to this is that it’s a holiday film: I’m a holiday fanatic. It’s uplifting – we don’t have enough of that in the world.”

 

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Artist Line-up

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Some of the musicians set to perform for the 2014 Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest  have been unveiled.

So far, Robin Thicke, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, and Enrique Iglesias are set to perform, with more acts to be announced at a later date.

Jenny McCarthy will be serving as Seacrest’s co-host again, while Fergie will host things over on the West Coast party.

“As the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve legacy continues, it is an honor to be a part of the largest celebration of the year,” Fergie said in a statement. “I am excited to share the stage with so many global stars.”

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve airs Tuesday, Dec. 31 @ 10PM on ABC!

iHeartRadio Poll Names Elle DeGeneres the ‘Most Likeable Woman in Hollywood’

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Ellen DeGeneres has been named the Most Likeable Woman in Hollywood; this according to  poll done over at iHeartRadio.

The talk show host earned 35.1% of the vote, with actress Jennifer Lawrence coming in at No.2  at 17.7% and Emma Stone at No. 3  with 13.4%.

Also making the list is Jennifer Hudson, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel and Anna Kendrick.

iHeartRadio also determined through fans voted that Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the “Song of the Summer,”  with 30.4% of the vote.

Jennifer Hudson for Angeleno Modern Luxury Magazine

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Jennifer Hudson rocks the September cover of Angeleno Modern Luxury magazine.

Hudson is ready for September, in this special Fall Fashion Issue.

Hudson shares how it felt to play Winnie Mandela and what she has in store for fans with her new album.

On playing Winnie Mandela:

“It was intimidating to play Winnie after seeing how much she means to the people there,” says Hudson. “To some she’s an angel and to some she’s Satan, but either way, woo! The strength that woman possesses is amazing. We put so much into the story, and it took a lot out of us.”

On her role in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete:

“It terrified me to play that part because I had no reference point.” “I’m 31 and I’ve never, ever, ever had a drink or done a drug in my entire life. I stick with Diet Coke and Crystal Light and water.” Instead, two recovering addicts who shared their stories and taught her the mannerisms of users coached the actress. “That was extremely brave of them,” Hudson says. “They’re sitting there, telling me all these things about being incarcerated and losing their children—and who am I? I’m still a stranger to them.”

On still not being used to being in the spotlight:

“It’s strange when you’re, like, grown, and you can’t go places by yourself,”  says Hudson. “I’ll literally be sitting in a quiet room waiting for the next thing to happen, thinking, ‘Are they coming to get me yet?’ My baby doesn’t understand why I can’t go here or there with him, because I don’t want to put him in a bad position.”  She continues, “I always look at everyday people and think: They have no idea how blessed they are; how good they have it that they can do whatever they choose.”

On her upcoming album:

“This record is not about me playing a part or me as a spokesperson. Should I give away the title?” She adds, “Let’s just say you’re gonna get Jennifer-ized.”

For more with Jennifer Hudson, visit Angeleno Modern Luxury’s official website.

 

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Movie Trailer: “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” Starring Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks

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An extended movie trailer for the upcoming film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete has been unveiled.

The movie has been favored by critics for its raw storyline. The movie stars Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright and Anthony Mackie! Hudson has been praised for her performance in the film, with the word ‘Oscar’ being thrown around.

Movie Synopsis:

Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.

 

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete opens in theaters on October 11, 2013.

 

Rumor Mill: Jennifer Hudson Tapped to be ‘American Idol’ Judge

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