Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Jennifer Hudson’s Big Movie Making Summer


Once Jennifer Hudson gets over her food poisoning–she really got hit with a bad bout of it yesterday–she’s got a busy summer making movies. While her Winnie Mandela movie, “Winnie,” is being readied for film festivals, Hudson has two big summer projects. First she plays a nun in “The Three Stooges,” which should be a hoot despite the strange casting of the main guys. (Sean Hayes? Really?) Then in August Hudson will star in “Mister and Pete,” directed by George Tillman, Jr. and produced by Alicia Keys (among others). This indie film will show Hudson in a gritty role, as a mother who goes to jail and leaves her two young sons to care for themselves. And then, of course, there should be a Grammy push for her latest album and hit single, “Where You At?” She deserves to be not just in best R&B vocal, but Best Female Vocal period. Hopefully, J Records will release one of the there Alicia Keys-penned songs from the album as the next single–considering how much trouble those songs caused in the first place. (That’s another story.) Hudson, I think, is the best singer of her generation, and needs to be treated by the Grammys like a new generation Aretha Franklin. (PS–Get Aretha’s new album on the Walmart website. It’s great.)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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