First Peek At ‘The Secret Life Of Bees’ With Jennifer Hudson
While she may have had a small but pivotal role in this summer’s blockbuster hit ‘Sex and the City: The Movie’, Jennifer Hudson will have a bigger role in her next film, ‘The Secret Life Of Bees’, which will pair her with Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, and Sophie Okonedo.
Set in South Carolina in 1964, story centers on Lily Owens (Fanning), who escapes her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father by running away with her caregiver and only friend (Hudson) to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother’s past.Latifah, Okonedo and Keys play the three sisters.
Cook’s average day now lasts from about 7 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. with a packed schedule of interviews, rehearsals, song writing and studio work, and performances. As he’s describing this, he lets out a giant, audible yawn over the phone. He is beyond tired.
“I had to schedule that, so ” Cook jokes. “I would almost be willing to pay an exorbitant amount of money for a nap.”
The work, he sees as fun. The celebrity stuff is weirding him out a bit.
“It’s weird, because it sounds so cliche, but it’s really the truth ‘ I got into music to play music, so the whole celebrity aspect of it ‘ I can see the absurdity, ” he says. “If it’s what I’ve got to do to allow me to play music, then so be it.”
Underwood Concert a Huge Success for Ford Park
The near record sold out crowd for the Carrie Underwood concert Saturday night is a huge success for operators of Ford Park.
Carrie underwood took the stage just before nine tonight. Some country music fans traveled a pretty good distance to see the American Idol winner . The concert was not only good for Ford Arena, it also turned out good for southeast Texas hotels, restaurants, and other businesses.
Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson: Career Focus or Tabloid Battle?
Many believed that when Jessica Simpson wore her “Real Girls Eat Meat” red t-shirt it was a direct slap at country music superstar Carrie Underwood. Would Jessica dare challenge country darling and American idol winner Carrie and if so, why? Is Jessica worried about her beau and dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo?
Many might argue it is a smart marketing move by the wannabe country star Jessica. She certainly could use the buzz, is she using the old “pop music” trick of a catfight battle to get attention and help aid her career?
Underwood overwhelms crowd at Ford Park
BEAUMONT – With video screens behind her flashing images of a desert sunrise, Carrie Underwood rose from below-stage and burst into her opening number, “Flat on the Floor, ” amid the wildly cheering crowd in the nearly packed Ford Arena.
Dressed all in black with thigh-high boots and a rhinestone-studded belt, she owned the stage.
Southeast Texas gave her its warmest welcome.
Underwood appeared to notice.
“You guys are a lively bunch, ” she observed between songs, adding she thought she had the best seat in the house.
Underneath the big voice of Jordin lies spark of a real teen, growing up
Sometimes, it’s easy to forget Jordin Sparks is only 18 years old.
She has the big, powerful voice and poise under pressure of singers twice ‘ maybe three times ‘ her age. She has a natural ease at being onstage, at being in the spotlight.
Like backstage at Nassau Coliseum last summer, when she was bouncing around with Sanjaya Malakar, giggling like, well, the schoolgirl she was. Talk to her about real life ‘ like wanting to go to her prom or struggling to keep her room clean ‘ and the teenager comes out.
It’s a mix that even fits her current tour of arenas, her first without her “American Idol” pals, opening for Alicia Keys ‘ an idea that couldn’t have even been a dream 18 months ago.
“When they told me that I was going with her, my jaw just dropped to the floor, ” Sparks says. “I was like, seriously? Really?
Jordin Sparks – Next at Atlantis LIVE Concert Series
The 2008 Atlantis LIVE Concert Series launched with spectacular performances by Fergie and Duran Duran.
Next up: American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks who just released her new hit single “No Air”.
Atlantis LIVE performances are for Atlantis guests in an intimate setting of about 1000 people.
Jordin Sparks will perform July 25th.
Fly Summer Jam sizzles with fun
Curiously enough, Sum 41 snotty punk rock was wedged between two American Idol alums, Blake Lewis and Ace Young. Lewis was the real surprise here, beat-boxing and singing with real skill.
Unfortunately, he was cut off after just three songs, …1, 000 Miles being the strongest of the batch.