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Aretha Franklin Chooses Jennifer Hudson To Star In MGM Queen Of Soul Film Biopic

Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party is always the hottest ticket before the Grammy Awards. Tonight he dropped an exceptional surprise. Davis tonight introduced Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson to sing a couple songs, and then told the audience that Hudson will be playing Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic about the life of the Queen of Soul. Hudson was in fact hand picked by Franklin to play the role. It was appropriate that Davis introduce all this, since he has such a long professional relationship with Franklin. The party began with performances by Barry Manilow, Luis Fonsi, Ben Platt, Alicia Keys, Khalid and Logic. Hudson was the last singer to perform. Hudson sang Franklin classics Think, and Respect as part of her performance.

James Franco Snubbed by Oscars in Wake of Sexual Harassment Allegations

Despite being an awards season frontrunner, James Franco failed to net a best actor Oscar nomination for The Disaster Artist, after winning a Golden Globe and Critics Choice award for his performance. Tuesday’s snub arrives after multiple women came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment.

Infinity War Directors Share Their Thoughts on The Black Widow Movie

Marvel Studio is in full on script development mode for Scarlett Johansson’s long-awaited Black Widow movie! To catch up on all that news, click here. One thing is for sure, and that is that fans are excited about what is going to come of this. Now the directors of Avengers: Infinity War have commented on the news, and if you’re curious about what they are thinking, Anthony Russo told the Happy Sad Confused podcast that it’s “crazy exciting”…

That Time Willem Dafoe Found Out About His Oscar Nomination From the Babysitter

Willem Dafoe, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “The Florida Project” on Tuesday, has been down this road before. He was nominated in the same category for “Platoon” in 1986, and then in the Best Actor category for “Shadow of the Vampire” in 2000. But awards season in those days was dramatically different, Dafoe told TheWrap on Tuesday. “It’s changed so much,” he said. “There are more expectations, more events – it’s more refined, more developed.”

Tracee Ellis Ross Speaks Out On ‘Black-ish’ Salary Negotiation After Reports Of Pay Disparity

The 45-year-old actress took to Twitter on Saturday to comment on her “Black-ish” salary negotiation, which made headlines after a recent story reported that she was making considerably less than her co-star, Anthony Anderson.

Juliette Binoche Receives UniFrance’s French Cinema Award

Following the footsteps of Isabelle Huppert, critically-acclaimed French actress Juliette Binoche received UniFrance’s French Cinema Award during a ceremony hosted at

Ben Stiller to Direct Jonah Hill in Adaptation of Sundance-Winning Documentary ‘We Live in Public’

Ondi Timoner announced the project at a panel discussing her career – including “Mapplethorpe,” her scripted debut that Sundance accepted but she couldn’t screen. 

Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform

Disney-owned cable network Freeform has handed out a sizable put-pilot order for a reboot of the Fox drama from original series creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. The news, poised to be announced Thursday afternoon at the first-ever Freeform Summit event in L.A., comes two months

Why Disney’s ‘Last Jedi’ Mind Trick Isn’t Working in China

Star Wars: The Last Jedi suffered one of the worst second-weekend declines the Chinese box office has ever seen. The film’s debut of $28.7 million was already viewed as disappointing, but its 92 percent plummet

‘Toy Story 4’ Finds Its Writer

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a “Story by” credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise,