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]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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