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Jennifer Hudson has 'praise party'

CHICAGO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Academy Award nominee Jennifer Hudson skipped the pre-Oscar hoopla in Los Angeles to sing at her hometown church in Chicago.

Houston teen sings with Timberlake, T.I.

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Houston native Robyn Troup was the "My Grammy Moment" winner who performed with Justin Timberlake during the 49th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday.

Jennifer Hudson disses 'Idol' experience

LOS ANGLES, Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Jennifer Hudson, an Oscar nominee and a Golden Globe award winner for "Dreamgirls," says she was "abused" on the U.S. TV show "American Idol."

'Miss Sunshine' takes top SAG film award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- "Little Miss Sunshine" continued its improbable march through the Hollywood awards season Sunday, taking the Screen Actors Guild's top motion picture award.

'Dreamgirls' leads nominees

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The musical "Dreamgirls," amassed eight nominations for the 79th Academy Awards Tuesday but wasn't given the nod for Best Picture.

Scorsese wins big at Critics Choice Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Martin Scorsese won both best director and best picture for "The Departed" at the Critics Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif.

'Dreamgirls' gets 8 Image Award nominatons

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The critically acclaimed movie "Dreamgirls" is in position to win big at the 38th NAACP Image Awards to be held in Los Angeles in March. E! Online reports that the film is "sitting pretty" with eight nominations, including one for Outstanding Motion Pictu

Jennifer Hudson sends off 2006 with songs

NEW YORK, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The up and coming "Dreamgirls" star, Jennifer Hudson, has finished off 2006 with a sold out concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.

'Dreamgirls' star drama just a rumor

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Reports that pit "Dreamgirls" stars Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson against each other are false, a report said. Knowles and her father supposedly had issues with the film when "Dreamgirls" debuted at the Cannes film festival in May, but these reports

Winfrey given leeway regarding Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- In spite of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences regulations, the group is allowing U.S. TV host Oprah Winfrey to make film recommendations. While the cinematic group typically forbids its voting members to publicly support certain nominees, Daily Va

'American Idol' midseason event planned

NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The executive producer of Fox's "American Idol" said that the upcoming season of the singing contest will feature a big event midway through.

Hudson sings way from church to stardom

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls" Golden Globe nominee, says she got her singing start in a Baptist church in the roughest area of Chicago's South Side.

'United 93' tops N.Y. Film Critics' list

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The New York Film Critics' Circle Monday picked the Sept. 11 drama "United 93" as the best film of the year.

NY Online Critics crown 'Queen' best pic

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The New York Film Critics Online Sunday named Stephen Frears' drama, "The Queen," best picture of 2006.

Hudson thought Winfrey call was joke

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Jennifer Hudson says she refused to take a call from popular U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey because she thought it was a joke.

Hudson of 'Idol' signs with Arista Records

NEW YORK, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Singer Jennifer Hudson, who gained popularity on the U.S. TV series "American Idol," has signed with Arista Records to record her debut album.

'American Idols' make their mark on B'way

NEW YORK, May 16 (UPI) -- Castoff contestants from Fox TV's "American Idol" talent competition are becoming golden cast members for Broadway's musicals.

Jennifer Hudson to be honored at ShoWest

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The ShoWest convention has chosen "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson as its Female Star of Tomorrow.

Robinson joins 'Dreamgirls' cast

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The big screen version of Broadway's "Dreamgirls" has snagged Keith Robinson for the role of composer C.C., it was reported Wednesday.

Jennifer Hudson cast in 'Dream Girls'

, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Chicago's Jennifer Hudson has reportedly landed the role of Effie White in the big screen version of the Broadway hit "Dreamgirls."

A bitter sweet end to American Idol tour

SINGAPORE, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The last official concert of the American Idol 3 tour will be a bitter-sweet affair for the young pop stars.
SONIA KOLESNIKOV-JESSOP, UPI Business Correspondent

'Idol' finalists to tour this summer

SALT LAKE CITY, May 10 (UPI) -- Ten finalists from Fox's hit reality series "American Idol" have signed for a North American summer concert tour, Pollstar reported Monday.

Simon Cowell says 'Idol' not racist

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (UPI) -- "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has dismissed Elton John's claim the show is racist, citing apathy as the cause of a popular black contestant's exit.

Elton John calls 'Idol' vote 'racist'

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (UPI) -- Elton John says last week's voting on U.S. TV's "American Idol" was "incredibly racist" because a talented black woman was ousted from the show.

'Idol' fans outraged at voting results

LOS ANGELES, April 23 (UPI) -- Some "American Idol" fans are outraged, calling the U.S. reality show's voting unfair because a popular contestant was booted from the show.
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