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Jennifer Hudson to make Broadway debut as Shug Avery in 'The Color Purple' revival

Jennifer Hudson is set to make her Broadway debut in a revival of The Color Purple, producers Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, and Oprah Winfrey announced today. The Oscar winner will play the role of Shug Avery, played by Margaret Avery in the film and Elisabeth Withers-Mendes in the original Broadway production.  READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Hudson's assistant loses his mind over his Christmas gift: A house -- VIDEO

I can’t imagine it’s easy being a celebrity’s assistant: the crazy hours, inflated egos, six Venti/soy/non-fat/iced frappés a day, etc. But if you see an opening in the classifieds, might I recommend employment with Jennifer Hudson? After all, she got her assistant Walter Williams a house for Christmas.

The Oscar-winning actress (and former American Idol contestant — never forget!) has been friends with Williams since their childhood spent together in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Hudson posted a video Tuesday on her Instagram of Williams reacting to her generous gift. Turn your smile on, your speakers down, and watch the love-fest below (it’s that last whispered “wow” that really gets me):

'O Holy Night': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL

The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow!” and “The Little Drummer Boy.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.

UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here.

The music for “O Holy Night” was composed in 1847 and set to the French poem “Minuit, chrétiens” (opera singer Enrico Caruso recorded the French version in 1916). The lyrics we know today were written by a Unitarian minister based on the French text.

Producer David Foster ushered the song into pop music with his 1993 rendition for Michael Crawford, which might explain why our six favorites are from 1994 until now. Listen to all six (plus a bonus!) and make your pick. Yonder breaks a new and glorious vote!

Jennifer Hudson channels Olivia Pope in 'Scandalous' PSA -- VIDEO

In a new Funny or Die PSA, Jennifer Hudson is a fashionable fixer, solving D.C.’s most salacious issues all while looking fantastic in a white trench coat. Sound familiar?

While Hudson’s Scandalous problem-solver is vying to join the ranks of Scandal superwoman Olivia Pope, people keep coming to her with easily fixable health care issues. The PSA aims to raise awareness about how the Affordable Care Act works. The Obama White House has tapped other A-list stars, such as Oprah Winfrey and Alicia Keys, to help spread the word about the ACA.

Check out Hudson’s PSA below:

Requiem for a musical: How 'Smash' went wrong

Smash should have been a singular sensation. When the show launched last February, it seemed to have everything going for it — an innovative concept, a killer cast of established screen stars (Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston) and beloved Broadway actors (Christian Borle, Megan Hilty), fabulous original songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, high production values, and the stewardship of producer Steven Spielberg. And early on, ratings indicated that this potent mixture had indeed resulted in a hit — the show’s heavily-hyped premiere drew 11.44 million pairs of eyeballs and healthy demographic numbers.

Then, of course, came Smash‘s crash. As the series’s onscreen antics got increasingly absurd — Ivy’s hooked on pills! Terrible Ellis has poisoned Uma Thurman’s smoothie! Julia’s mumbly son Leo is a “straight-A student”! — viewers began tuning out in droves. By the end of season 1, Smash had been demoted from promising newcomer to a singing, dancing mascot of the hate-watching movement.

Even then, there was a light at the end of the tunnel. It came in the form of Josh Safran — a new showrunner who promised to reinvigorate Smash by ditching unpopular characters, broadening the show’s scope, and severely cutting down on its number of scarves per capita. Those who saw a diamond in the rough that was Smash’s first season were hopeful — maybe, just maybe, the show could become the hit it was always meant to be in season 2.

Or… maybe not.  READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Hudson and Sandy Hook Elementary chorus perform 'America the Beautiful' -- VIDEO

Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson joined the children’s choir from Sandy Hook Elementary School in a performance of “America, the Beautiful” before the Super Bowl.

The kids sang by themselves first, and provided backup for Hudson’s powerhouse vocals when she came out on stage. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Great moments in lip-synching, from The Beatles to Jennifer Hudson -- VIDEO

There’s a silver lining to yesterday’s whole Beyoncé lip-synching debacle: If Bey did, in fact, mouth the words to the national anthem at Monday’s inauguration, at least she’s in good company.

As Jennifer Lopez noted on The Daily Show last night, basically every major musician has relied on pre-recorded tracks at some point — even giants like The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston. (Not to mention lesser beings like Ashlee Simpson and Milli Vanilli.) So in honor of the earpiece-removal that scandalized a nation, let’s look back at some of music history’s most memorable lip-synching moments — both famous and infamous.


Obamas share first dance as Jennifer Hudson sings 'Let's Stay Together': VIDEO

Jennifer Hudson had the honor of serenading President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as they shared their first dance at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball following Monday’s inauguration. The First Lady makes her entrance in a Jason Wu gown at 2:45 in the video below. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Simpson team up in new Weight Watchers ad -- VIDEO

Toss the tryptophan and hang up the ham hocks – 2013 is the year to take control of your body.

In a new ad for Weight Watchers’ “Expect Amazing” campaign, Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Simpson talk up the program’s healthy impact on their figures.

“It lets me be me,” Simpson says. Hudson follows, “And I naturally became a healthier me.”

Both women currently serve as official spokespeople for the company. Hudson signed on in 2010, losing 80 pounds with the regimen; Simpson joined in May 2012 and shed 60 pounds after the birth of her daughter, Maxwell. Her involvement has been temporarily suspended, though, during her second pregnancy, which she confirmed over the holidays. She will resume her contract — which is reportedly worth $4 million — after she gives birth.

The commercial begins airing tomorrow. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

The 'Project Runway' season finale judge will be...

Image credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

It’s official: Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson will judge this season’s Project Runway finale, InStyle reports.

The news was announced at this morning’s Project Runway runway show. “Fashion is such a means of expressing yourself and letting your personality shine through your clothes,” she told InStyle.

The actress has multiple projects on her plate. She just finished filming a multi-episode guest appearance on Smash, launched her first QVC collection yesterday at Fashion Night Out, and will star in the upcoming indie drama The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. How does she find the time?

Read more:
Life sentence in Jennifer Hudson family slayings
Casting Net: Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks sign on for ‘Inevitable Defeat.’ Plus: Kellan Lutz, Camilla Belle to play straight lovers in a gay world
‘Smash’ season 2: Megan Hilty teases new rivals!

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