Jennifer Hudson had to learn to be “a bitch” for her role in Dreamgirls

This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly has a look at the upcoming film Dreamgirls, which stars American Idol 3 contestant Jennifer Hudson as Effie. She beat season three winner Fantasia Barrino (and 800 others) for the role.

However, she didn’t immediately fit into the role. The film’s director, Condon, “agonized” over Jennifer’s part in the film, according to the magazine. He says, “I was deeply aware that we could get everything else right in this movie. But unless Jennifer came through, the whole thing would collapse.”

Because “she was kind of still learning it all,” he says, he worked with her for a few days. Entertainment Weekly calls it “an emergency weeklong Diva 101 class, just director and actress.”

Jennifer says, “Everybody else had like a week or two off. I had 48 hours. … He ordered me to come into the studio just being a bitch. I consider myself very professional. But Effie is unprofessional. He told me, ‘Jennifer, you’re too sweet. Stop saying thank you. Stop coming in on time. Get an attitude. Be a diva, it’s okay. Be angry. Be rude. Be evil.”

Chasing Down the ‘Dreamgirls’ [Entertainment Weekly]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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