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Too Soon? Rihanna Already Tapped to Play Whitney Houston in Biopic

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Thrift, thrift, film producers! The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the ideas for your next bio-pic! (Or so the Daily Mail alleges.)

Furthermore, Rihanna is already the frontrunner in the race to play the not-long-dead Whitney Houston. The Daily Mail:

Whitney’s record label boss and close friend Clive Davis is at the helm of the project and he reportedly wants to get a script finalized as soon as possible so filming can begin.

Rihanna, 24, is in the running for the lead role as is Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson, 30.

Actress Vivica Fox, 47, and American Idol singer Jordin Sparks, 22, are also being considered for the movie and Will Smith’s 11-year-old daughter Willow is thought to be portraying the actress as a child.

Although movie executives are hoping Riri will sign up for the film, the “Talk That Talk” singer already turned down the chance to remake Houston’s The Bodyguard last year.

Ahem. Well, I can kind of see the resemblance: Rihanna, a talented pop star (with nothing like Houston’s range or acuity) can’t seem to tear herself away from somebody who is rapidly shaping up to be the next generation’s Bobby Brown. Who is basically another generation’s Ike Turner. Oh, my God, how many times do we need to make this movie? Ugh.

I ask again: Too soon? Or, alternatively, not soon enough? Because it was supposedly Houston’s own dream to see this movie made:

A source told People: “Whitney knew about the project and was excited to see where it would lead.

“It’s hoped the biopic will be as successful as Tina Turner movie What’s Love Got To Do With It, which landed two Oscar nominations for Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne who played Tina and Ike Turner.”

Uh, sure. All I’m saying is, this seems to me a pretty nasty business.

Jennifer Hudson Said What to Adele?

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Do you see that picture of Adele up there? She has to be trying to look demure, tired of smiling, or in the process of giving someone one withering of a “go to hell” look. I’m going to go ahead and say it’s that last one, and I’m also going to go ahead and say that that’s the look she gave Jennifer Hudson when she chatted her up backstage at the Grammys.

From The National Enquirer via Celebitchy:

The first thing Jennifer Hudson did when she ran into Adele backstage at the Grammys was congratulate her on her impressive haul. The second thing she did was offer weight-loss tips, which annoyed Adele. Hudson, a Weight Watchers spokesperson, pulled Adele aside at the Grammys and offered to be her fat-fighting mentor!

A source told the Enquirer, “Jennifer congratulated Adele on her six trophies but then added, ‘I used to be heavy just like you and gosh, Weight Watchers saved my life! I can hook you up.’”

Although Adele was outwardly gracious, friends say she was seething on the inside. She huffed about Jennifer, “The nerve of that woman!” Adele has made it known she’s happy just the way she is – at 165 pounds – and doesn’t intend to diet.

This isn’t the first time Jennifer’s zeal for losing weight has backfired.

“Her heart is in the right place, but her preaching is starting to get on people’s nerves,” said the friend, who added that Jennifer may have been motivated by jealousy. “I’m sure seeing Adele become the belle of the ball at the Grammys got under her skin. Meanwhile, Adele has made it pretty clear she doesn’t care what Jennifer or anyone else thinks about her or her weight.”

Someone’s recommended Weight Watchers to me before: I’m in the process of losing weight, and so is my best friend, and she started Weight Watchers and told me it was awesome, and that if I had a little extra money, I should try it. I appreciated it. Probably because she’s my BFF, and because she told me through a text while I was watching Buffy and not during one of the biggest nights of my career. What I’m saying is “Jennifer Hudson, you’re doing this all wrong.”

Would you be offended if Jennifer Hudson Weight Watcher-ed you?

And Here’s Jennifer Hudson Singing “I Will Always Love You”

Understandably, the death of Whitney Houston was a big deal at last night’s Grammy Awards. The host of the ceremony, LL Cool J, opened things up with a prayer for Whitney, and later, Jennifer Hudson sang one of the songs most frequently associated with Whitney, “I Will Always Love You” as a tribute.

Also understandably, Jennifer Hudson was kind of a wreck. As Whitney only died on Saturday afternoon, Jennifer had very little time to prepare, and then, you know, there was that whole grief thing. People who were observing the rehearsal said that she was “having a hard time” with things:

Jennifer Hudson deserves all the praise the music industry can muster today as she prepares to pay tribute to Whitney Houston, the R&B superstar who was found dead in her hotel room on Saturday afternoon, hours before she was due to make an appearance at the annual Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala.

Not surprisingly, Hudson is said to be “having a hard time” at rehearsal for the tribute number, which will air three-quarters of the way through the broadcast, as part of a broader “In Memoriam” segment. She is singing Houston’s monster hit “I Will Always Love You.”

A Grammy crew member tells The Hollywood Reporter that Hudson was “crying and had to keep pausing” to collect herself during the Sunday afternoon rehearsal (the show kicks off at 5 p.m. PST). “She was having a hard time getting through the song, especially on the second run-through.”

Man, can you even imagine how hard this must have been for Jennifer Hudson? Whitney was, to put it mildly, a legend, and “I Will Always Love You,” to me at least, was her trademark song (sorry, Dolly!). She had less then 24 hours to find out that Whitney Houston died, that she was going to be the one doing a tribute, and then prepare for that tribute. That’s almost too much to deal with, but Jennifer pulled it off, and she pulled it off admirably.

Also, before the awards, LL Cool J said that Jennifer is “the closest thing we have now to what Whitney was.” Talk about pressure, right? But do you agree with LL here? I’ve been trying to think of someone else on Whitney’s level, but I really can’t. Her voice was just so insane and powerful, I can’t think of anyone else who comes close to that besides Jennifer Hudson. Can you?

5 Best Transformations of 2011

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Yesterday we did the Top 5 Douchebags of 2011, so I thought it only fair to give credit where credit is due (even if the aforementioned “credit” is only on temporary loan, like most credit is and then the person in slot #2 shoots back to complete grossness, and not just partial) and acknowledge those celebrities who have done some good for themselves, yes?

#5 – Evan Rachel Wood
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Amazing what not sleeping next to Marilyn Manson can do for a girl, huh? She’s almost attractive these days, if you can forget that she posed naked and bloodied while eating cake. And participating in sodomy.

#4 – Mariah Carey
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A lot of people thought that Mariah’s figure, at almost forty-two years old, was all but gone, and after having twins, most said that was the nail in the coffin. She sure showed them, mmhmm girl.

#3 – Jennifer Hudson
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Unbelievable, right? Now if she can stop losing weight for five minutes, things might continue to be OK. Girlfriend doesn’t have another ounce to lose.

Jump in to see the top 2 transformations of 2011!

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Quotables: Jennifer Hudson Refused to Pack the Pounds Back On for ‘Precious’

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“I had done that with Effie [in Dreamgirls]… and as much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight.”

—In her upcoming weight-loss memoir, Jennifer Hudson reveals she turned down the lead role in Precious.

Man, I so get this. By the time Precious was in pre-production, Hudson had already lost a mighty eff-ton of weight. I cannot even imagine being asked to pile all that weight right back on. It’s like, you can keep your “art,” mister! I’ll be keeping my sexy cheekbones, thanks.

Hudson’s book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, hits bookshelves on January 10.

Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Mary J. Blige Sang for an Amy Winehouse Tribute on VH1

Damn, can these ladies sing or what? However, I personally prefer Florence Welch‘s tribute to Amy, which you can check out right here, despite it’s craptastic quality:

Really, now, no comparison, right? We’re all in agreement here that Florence was definitely way more spot-on in channeling and shooting off a tribute to Amy Winehouse than, say, Kelly Clarkson with her snippet of “Since You’ve Been Gone,” yes?

The Ever-Shrinking Jennifer Hudson

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So this is probably the most recent photo of Jennifer Hudson, and it’s hot, right? Totally hot. She looks completely amazing, and if it weren’t for the fact that she probably weighed three times what she does now at one point, I’d not be concerned. But she did. And she keeps losing weight. Jennifer Hudson has lost so much weight over the past year that it’s *almost* concerning.

And before it stars, I realize that a lot of people are going to say, “Jeez, Sarah, damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t, right?” and I feel you – I really do. I just hope that Jennifer doesn’t lose any more weight, because honestly, I already thought she looked great four months ago when she was probably fifteen pounds heavier, you know?