Jennifer Hudson & David Otunga Tell Oprah About EXPANDING Their Family + Paris Jackson Graces GLAMOUR + Lee Daniels DISHES On Why Some Blacks May Have Issues With "Paperboy"
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson will appear on the next episode of "Oprah''s Next Chapter" where she and David Otunga discuss expanding their family. Get the deets inside and find out why Lee Daniels thinks Blacks will like "The Butler" and how he deals with those who criticize his movies' tone.
From the comfort of her posh Chicago apartment, Jennifer Hudson (with appearances from sister Julia and fiance David Otunga) opens up to Oprah Winfrey about the tragedies and triumphs that we've watched her experience over the years.
The interview covers the murder of her family members, her weight loss success and her Oscar-winning role in Dreamgirls.
Also, a blushing Jen is joined by fiancé David Otunga as they talk about their future and reveal they would love to have a baby girl.
Watch Jennifer and David talk about wanting a little girl here:
And in movie news........
Famed director Lee Daniels chatted with AOL HuffPost recently about working with big stars like Oprah Winfrey and Cuba Gooding Jr. on "The Butler" (movie about a black Butler in the White House throughout many administrations)...and why some people think the undertones of his films are too dark. And as he prepares his next film, the erotic thriller The Paperboy, he says the film will make some black people just as uncomfortable as Precious did.
But for Blacks who think he portrays the race in a negative way, he says that "The Butler" will please a lot of people....but it will still have a dash of Lee Daniels thrown in. And if you want bright and cheery--watch a Tyler Perry film. Here are the highlights:
On The Butler:
It’s a very complex study into the minds of African-Americans, it’s my version of The Help, sort of.
What are your thoughts on those who refer to your films as being shot with a dark undertone?
I don’t know what to say about that. I guess it’s a style I’m learning about now that is therapeutic to me, and I’m learning about myself. I’m addressing many of my demons in all of my films. Though I’m criticized often times for portraying African-Americans in a certain way, I love my people. But I also love telling the truth. I don’t hide behind the truth. I take a lot of heat for being honest with my cinema. Even with Monster’s Ball I didn’t know I was going to be attacked the way that I was attacked. A lot of African-Americans are disturbed by Halle Berry having sex with a white man, but I have to tell experiences that I know [from people that I know], otherwise what’s the point? And I think, oftentimes they’re not pretty. Often times, life isn’t pretty. But if you want to see pretty, go see a Tyler Perry movie or go see The Help, or something. And that’s fine.
I think The Butler isn’t dark. [Laughs] I’m pleasing everybody with The Butler. I’m giving you PG-13 with just a splash of Lee Daniels.
Since Cuba Gooding Jr. made headlines in July, have you cracked down on the after hour schedule for the cast?
Yes, yes of course. [Laughs] What can we do? This is my second time working with Cuba. But here’s the thing, I’m like their father and so I have to start screaming and acting like a crazy man for them to pull it in. When you’re making a film you become a family and you have each other’s back. And plus, them people was just f**king with Cuba anyway. But it caused a negative buzz, and we really want to keep it positive for “The Butler.”
How has Oprah’s starring role as the Butler’s wife taken shape thus far?
She’s a monster, man! She’s bringing it and I’m really proud of her. It’s crazy when you’re working with her because people are obsessed. I got to make sure there are no phones around. But we’re having a good time and I think that she’s able to escape the pressures of being Oprah while on my set, because she’s able to sort of be the character. Which is really nice to witness. I wrote this film for her.
And speaking of Hollywood folks, Paris Jackson is popping up in the upcoming October issue of GLAMOUR magazine. Michael Jackson's gorgeous daughter is coming into her own...and she's ready to embark on an acting career (she's already shot a movie!). Check out her stunning pic above, and highlights from her interview below:
Some members of her family wish she’d wait to become an actress.
“A lot of people don’t want me to do it [her aunt Janet Jackson has said, “She has the rest of her adult life to be that actress that she wants to be.… Your childhood—you completely lose”], but Aunt La Toya believes in me. She heard me play a little guitar and sing, and she started clapping, ‘Oh my God, oh my God.’ She really does encourage me; it’s just awesome of her.”
She’s determined to prove herself.
“I love my dad, and I’m proud to be his daughter. I just don’t think the title ‘M.J.’s daughter’ fits me. A lot of people think he’s the only reason I’m making it, but I want to show that I do have talent and that I can make it if I try. I want to be my own person.”
She refuses to follow the crowd.
"The clique in my class, they don't like me or my friend because we're outside of the box. We're not copycats. Prince calls me goth, but I'm more rock 'n' roll. (I listen to older music like AC/DC; Phil Collins is the ish.) A ton of kids at school have made fun of me; if I had to give advice to other girls, I would say, 'Hang loose and ignore them. They shouldn't faze you no matter how popular they think they are.'"
This issue hits newsstands nationwide on September 11th. Check out more about the story HERE.