Dept. of Foregone Conclusions: Aretha Franklin confirmed that Dreamgirls star (and Burger Queen) Jennifer Hudson was being considered for the lead role in a biopic about the soul legend. Franklin told Access Hollywood that she actually sees three different people playing the role, but didn’t reveal any names. Auditions for the stage musical, which will precede the filmed version of the story, begin May 1st, and as yet there’s no word on whether Hudson’s been asked to show up. Odds are she’s too famous for that now — after all, she’s even been awarded Jennifer Hudson Day in Chicago. We bet she’ll be in the film, though. What do you make of her chances?
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Thanks to 300‘s ballistic opening-weekend box office, star Gerard Butler suddenly is hot property and so is the upcoming remake of John Carpenter‘s 1981 cult flick Escape From New York that the actor’s attached to. A bidding war has launched for the remake, which is to be written by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down). Gerard will be filling Kurt Russell‘s decidedly big shoes in this decidedly risky venture, considering how beloved Carpenter’s flick is to many. "A man should remember his past," says Kurt’s character Snake in the original movie. If he’s smart, Gerard will live by those words. [Variety.com]
An onslaught of new Rick James related material is on its way, including an autobiography (Memoirs of a Superfreak, due April 15) and possibly a biopic. Not the least of it all is the inevitable posthumously released music, which the world just got its first taste of via the new single "Deeper Still." That cut is due off an as-yet-untitled album due this spring, which collaborator Danny LeMelle says will show off Rick’s rock and roll and Americana tendencies. There are at least three other Rick records in the can, which means that if you miss him now, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be sick of him. [USA Today]
– Whitney Houston reportedly gets to cracking on her comeback album. Good luck, Whit! Keep your nose clean! [A Socialite's Life]
- The monikers of Fat Joe (aka Joey Crack) hold true. [Rhymes With Snitch]
- Donald Trump speaks out on Rosie O’Donnell‘s depression. He thinks it isn’t debilitating enough. [Dlisted]
- Sandra Oh looks insane in Marie Claire. Why, Oh? Why? [Just Jared]
- Britney Spears leaves rehab to attend an AA meeting. Drop what you’re doing right now and stare. [IDontLikeYouInThatWay]
Like a true diva, Jennifer Hudson can have it her way any time she damn well pleases. The Dreamgirl has been offered a lifetime’s supply of Burger King grub after her snide, offhanded comment regarding her snub of American Idol in her Oscar acceptance speech ("If I’d been any better at my job when I was at Burger King in my middle teens, I wouldn’t be here, either, so maybe I should thank them, too."). Says BK: "Burger King Corp. is proud of Jennifer’s success…Our loss is the entertainment industry’s gain." Awww! How selfless of that huge corporation.
In another J-Hud diva moment, she reportedly wanted to pull out of the Soul Train Awards taping Saturday in Los Angeles, but a call from her label head Clive Davis nipped that in the bud. If the Oscar has gone to her head, the Burger King is definitely headed to her thighs. [New York Post]
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"They’re all these gross older men, like disgusting — scum of the earth. They follow you around with clipboards and these glossy pictures of you and a blue Sharpie. They shove it in your face when you walk out of a club, then sell it on eBay, so I went ‘F*** you, f*** you, f*** you’ on mine. Then I spit on them. And they love it. They’re all laughing — ‘Avril spit on me!’ But I’d been spitting on them for two years — and that one time it became a story." Avril Lavigne, simultaneously taking back her apology regarding an incident last fall and proving how punk rock she is. Spitting? Oi! [The Showbuzz/CBS]
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"Rocky" has been charged with trying to bring vials of a muscle-building hormone into Australia, where it is restricted. [Yahoo!]
Lohan’s Dad Gets Out Of Jail
Her father, Michael is set to walk free today and into a reality TV show. [Tabloid Baby]
Lohan Hangs With Jude Law
Lindsay was spotted with Sienna’s old beau very late on Friday and Saturday night. [New York Post]
Angelina Jolie To Soon Bring Home Adopted Son
Her new 3 1/2-year-old son could be home within a few weeks. [MSN]
Busted Romances: 2006
This year’s breakups have been some of the messiest, saddest and most shocking splits to hit La La Land. [TMZ]
Smack-talking Britpop princess Lily Allen has lambasted this week’s Britpop princess, Amy Winehouse (much the way Lady Sovereign lambasted Lily a few weeks ago). In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, Allen discusses Winehouse’s hard-partying habits: “She goes to all those parties . . . and hangs out with Kelly Osbourne and Kate Moss. I don’t understand that need to become famous.” This after Allen says, “Nobody’s ever had a picture of me rolling out of a nightclub at five in the morning completely out of my head on Ecstasy, and coked out of my brains.” Allen vs. Winehouse? Who’s going to win that one?
[Via Entertainment Weekly]
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Mario Vasquez, who left the fourth season of American Idol for "family reasons" only to later sign to Arista Records, has been accused of masturbating on the set in an attempt to seduce former assistant accountant Magdaleno Olmos. Magdaleno’s lawsuit tells the salacious tale of a February 2005 incident, in which Mario came onto Magdaleno in a bathroom on the set of Idol, first groping himself, then Magdaleno and then offering the underling oral sex. Magdaleno claims that he was eventually fired after bringing the incident to the attention of a supervisor.
Two years go by and Magdaleno now decides to sue? Does Mario suffer from the O.J. Simpson syndrome of slow-moving sperm? At least this is scaring up some attention for Mario, which his self-titled album failed to do. Suddenly, the title of his most recent single, "One Shot," makes a lot more sense. [TMZ.com]
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A few flashes of the bulb and Rob’s flipping out. Just another day on Surreal Life Fame Games! And, in other news…
…she’s outta here!
Stephen Stills told us that black culture defined American culture, Grandmaster Flash told us that hip-hop was rock ‘n’ roll, and Patti Smith told us that her late mom liked to vacuum the house to "Rock ‘n’ Roll N*gger." It was a beautiful one-world fest at the Hall of Fame ceremonies last night. The Ronettes, R.E.M, Van Halen, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, and Patti Smith were all inducted. Most poignant performance: R.E.M.’s "Gardening at Night" or Smith’s spin on the Stones’ "Gimme Shelter." Idolator sniped at it in real time. The Times reported on it this morning. Catch the show hightlights this Saturday on VH1.
Photos: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2007