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Jennifer Hudson Set For New Line Xmas Comedy Pitch; ‘Respect’ Star Will Belt Out Holiday Standards – New Line has made a preemptive deal for a music-driven holiday comedy pitch that will be fashioned as a potential star vehicle for Jennifer Hudson, the Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star who’ll next star as Aretha Franklin in the upcoming Respect. The film will be scripted by Ira Madison III, and Hudson will make her debut as producer, alongside Glickmania’s Jonathan Glickman, who’s produced the MGM drama Respect, the drama in which, Aretha Franklin, before she died, handpicked Hudson to star in the story of her life. The hope is for Hudson to play a down-and-out singer whose life is turned upside down when she is mistaken for writing the next Christmas hit. New Line President/Chief Creative Officer Richard Brener moved quickly to acquire the film. – Read more at Deadline.com
David Archuleta reflects on ‘big’ mission decision, online concerts and 5 meaningful Christmas songs – Nine years years later, Archuleta is once again performing with American Heritage. He’ll be the special guest for the school’s livestream Christmas concert in Utah on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. This is not an in-person concert. The cost to view the event is $5 per household. For more on the concert and streaming information, visit American-heritage.org. – Read more at Deseret News
Iowa’s ‘Idol’ Maddie Poppe bringing holidays home – She said she occasionally gets recognized out in the public, and “definitely” when she’s back at her home base in Clarksville, northwest of Waterloo. “But now that I’ve changed (to) my dark hair, not as much,” she said by phone Monday. “I just needed a change,” she added with a shrug in her voice. Fast forward, and this week she was in Arizona to launch her “Acoustic Christmas” tour, which will be swinging through Iowa this month, from Cedar Falls to Sioux City, Davenport and various towns in between. She’s been at home in Clarksville during the pandemic, where her earliest musical memories revolve around sitting on the steps while her dad rehearsed with his band in the basement. And even though she knows she should be writing and recording new music, she said it’s hard to get motivated with no clear ending in sight. So she’s been painting and doing little projects around the house, instead. But when she does start writing in earnest, don’t expect any COVID-19 or quarantine musings. – Read more at The Gazette
Bachelorette Tayshia Adams’ Ex-Husband Breaks His Silence on Their Divorce and Cheating – “While she was on The Bachelor, she did bring up the fact that the reason why our relationship failed, in her opinion, was that I had cheated,” Bourelle recalled. “When that first happened, I said, Well, ok, I guess it’s fine for her to say it one time, but now it just continues to happen.” “Really, the only perception of me from the audience,” he continued, “is that I am the guy who cheated on Tayshia. So, I mean, I feel like that’s a slight injustice to me because there was a lot more to it than that.” While Josh did not participate in the show and kept his comments to press cordial, he has taken issue with the fact that he is now publicly entwined with the show and what Tayshia has said about him, including when clients Google him. “It’s been a slight mar to my reputation,” he told Reality Steve, “because honestly I don’t think there needs to be a negative connotation about our relationship in the past.” – Read more at EOnline