*Snip, snip, snip is being heard all around Hollywood!
“I wanted something different. A change,” Jennifer Hudson told EURweb associate Fahnia Thomas. “I was like, if I’m going to go short, I’m going to go all the way. And so I did. I’m so happy to see the response its getting.”
Hudson debuted her pixie cut at the BET Black Girls Rock event at the end of October. More recently, Pamela Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth chopped their manes. And now Jennifer Lawrence has joined the posse!
Starlets have been lining up to drop off their locks; as shorter-do’s have been seen on Anne Hathaway, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Queen Bey.
Holding the scissors is Cesar Ramirez - J Hud’s hairstylist – who tells InStyle.com, “A fierce, short pixie is the perfect way for her to show the world how fierce she really is. We both agreed that going short is like a reward well-deserved when losing a lot of weight, and the long hair didn’t seem to showcase her personality.” The Weight Watchers spokesperson, by the way, has lost more than 80 pounds.
“For Jennifer, we kept a bit of length and volume on top to elongate her face, and it gives us room to create multiple looks. In wearing your cut, give it life, but don’t let it wear you,” says Ramirez who also works with LaLa Anthony, Ciara and Adrienne Bailon.
“Black Girls Rock!” The songstress posted on her Instagram. She added, “Yep , catch it! You’ve been jenniferized…catch it!!”
J Hud can be seen on the big screen alongside Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige and Jacob Latimore in the new movie Black Nativity out November 27th.
Watch Jennifer’s full interview here. What do you think of her shorter locks? Who wears the pixie look the best? Who is next to join the pixie posse?
*Phil Lewis has landed a lead role opposite Matthew Broderick in CBS‘ untitled multi-camera comedy pilot directed by James Burrows.
The project, from CBS TV Studios, centers on Jack (Broderick), a recently widowed father jumping back into the dating pool. Lewis will play Jack’s best friend and co-worker. Kristin Chenoweth plays Jack’s sister.
Lewis, who has a long sitcom resume that includes stints on “Friends,” “Yes, Dear,” “Scrubs” and “The Suite Life of Zack And Cody,” has also made a successful transition to multi-camera comedy directing, recently helming multiple episodes for CBS’ “Mike & Molly” and “2 Broke Girls” and ABC’s “Malibu Country.”
*As previously reported, Gloria Gaynor, Gladys Knight, Thelma Houston and Sheila E. were due to honor the late Donna Summer during Wednesday’s “American Idol” finale, but the all-star moment never happened – with zero explanation from producers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the salute, which also included Jennifer Holliday and Nelly Furtado, was scheduled for the first half of the two-hour show, but was pulled last-minute by the network.
Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe tells THR that the reason the medley was cut was “purely and simply time [constraints].”
However, some in the audience had seen a portion of the tribute taped at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater on Tuesday, when Kristin Chenoweth and “Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez teamed for “Enough is Enough,” Summer’s chart-topping single with Barbra Streisand. The performance was described by one observer as “weak,” notes THR.
Some of the tribute participants were also heard rehearsing a medley on Tuesday night. In fact, according to a THR source, “Idol” had already paid for several of the artists’ travel and accommodations. Still, another insider tells THR that at least one of the women — Furtado — was never confirmed for the finale in the first place.
In related news, ratings for this year’s “American Idol” finale were the lowest in its 11-year history – and down 32% compared to season 10′s last show.
*A number of outlets live-blogged Oprah Winfrey’s first of two star-studded surprise shows at Chicago’s United Center – an extravaganza that included Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah, Madonna, Halle Berry, Beyonce and much more – including a Steve Carell/Tina Fey taped piece on Oprah’s infamous “ugly cry.”
Oprah nearly went into it herself after guest Aretha Franklin brought the house down with a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
Here’s how it all went down:
7:19pm: Oprah has taken the stage! The guest of honor greets her adoring public as “I Gotta Feeling” blasts in the background. She looks great in a sparkly purple gown. “What’s happening Chicago?!” she says.
7:21 pm: “Oprah Winfrey, today you are surrounded by nothing but love,” the night’s first celeb guest Tom Hanks says.
7:25 pm: Hanks introduces Oprah’s first surprise. “Pulling off this surprise has been mission impossible,” Hanks says as Tom Cruise walks out. “We got ya!” Cruise says.
Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise
7:29 pm: America’s Got Talent’s Jackie Evancho offers the first live performance. After a few bars, Josh Groban and Patti LaBelle take the mic to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” What power!
7:37 pm: Madonna is here looking positively radiant. “This is so exciting. You look surprised,” she tells Oprah, launching into a heartfelt speech to her idol. “It’s no secret that millions of people are inspired by Oprah. I am one of those people. Whenever I’m asking who my role models are, I always say ‘dead’ or ‘alive.’ The dead list is long, but the alive list has one name on it: Oprah.”
7:48pm: Tina Fey and Steve Carell appear in a taped package using cardboard cutouts of Oprah’s face to interview each other. They’re trading “ugly cry” faces and Fey is teaching Carell the meaning of the word “va-jay-jay.”
7:53 pm: Dakota Fanning takes the stage with young fans who explain what The Oprah Show means to them. “We call ourselves Oprah Show babies,” Fanning says. “We’ve learned from The Oprah Show that we matter, that we’re enough. Because of The Oprah Winfrey Show, we believe that girls can run the world.”
Beyonce, Dakota Fanning and Oprah Winfrey
7:55 pm: Clad in a tuxedo-style bodysuit, Beyonce belts out her female empowerment anthem “Run the World (Girls).” Here’s hoping the audience likes the song, because she ended up singing it twice after producers requested a re-do.
8:21 pm: “I don’t know what Beyonce was recruiting for, but I’m signing up. If she runs for president, I think she’s going to win,” Hanks says. Adds Oprah: “Those are some good quadriceps.”
Next, Hanks announced that the audience had brought some of their “favorite things” — books that they planned to donate to a school library in New Orleans. John Legend appeared live via satellite to accept them.
Diane Sawyer then walked out as a giant lit-up tree rose to the ceiling of the United Center. Sawyer announced that 25,000 oak trees would be planted in Oprah’s honor. Joked Oprah: “I just gave everybody a tree! you get a tree and you get a tree and you get a tree. Everybody gets a tree!”
8:40 pm: “I loved you the first moment I met you. The true beauty of your show is that viewers of your show….have risen up to literally change the world,” says Halle Berry, who joins Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah to introduce viewers who have made a difference in their community.
8:54 pm: Cruise and Holmes introduce Rascal Flatts‘ performance of “I Won’t Let Go.” As the crowd sings along, the night’s star-studded cast joins Oprah on stage. “I feel the love! And I thank you for it,” Oprah tells the crowd. “Your being here tonight…. honors me in the deepest way possible.”
The first hour wrapped up with all the stars returning to stage and Oprah hugging them one by one.
Before the second show started, a producer joked that John Travolta was locked in the bathroom. (Travolta famously appeared on the 25th season premiere to give away the trip to Australia.)
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith hosted the second hour.
9:26 pm: “Oprah, I want to thank you for the 25 years you’ve given us of you. You have enlightened and empowered us, you have taught us how to be. I know you don’t have children of your own, but you have mothered millions,” Pinkett-Smith says. “That puts you in the status of a goddess.”
The first guest was Michael Jordan, who revealed that he came to Chicago the same year as Oprah: 1984. “MJ in the house!” said Oprah.
9:33 pm: Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder serenade Oprah with a duet of “Isn’t She Lovely” before Wonder performs a new song he penned with Oprah in mind. Sample lyrics: “Oprah thank you for using your gift to lift up so many more.”
Next, Jerry Seinfeld came to the stage and delivered a comedy routine: “We are trying to figure out. How much can one person take? We are going to keep going until you say we can’t take it anymore!”
Simon Cowell was up next and began to talk about The Oprah Winfrey Show’s impact on music before stumbling over his words, saying “blah blah blah” and starting again. Oprah blew him a kiss from the audience. “I can also say firsthand that you are a very good kisser,” joked Cowell.
9:59 pm: Rosie O’Donnell came out singing “Fever” but changed the lyrics about how much she’ll miss Oprah. “You saved me from depression when you gave us Dr. Phil!” was one verse, before Dr. Phil showed up on stage. Also joining him: Oprah proteges Nate Berkus and Dr. Oz.
Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver
10:08 pm: Oprah’s “best girlfriends” are introduced…Gayle King and Maria Shriver! Hours after Shriver’s estranged husband Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stunning public confession — he secretly fathered a child with a household staffer 10 years ago — Shriver put on a brave face to fete her friend.
“Well Oprah, for more than 30 years, you bestowed the most amazing friendship on me, given me love, support, wisdom and most of all truth,” said Shriver, who worked with Winfrey and King at the same TV station in Baltimore in the beginning of their television careers. Tyler Perry also appeared and urged the audience, “I know it’s getting late but wake up in here, wake up, show the love!”
10:17 pm: Kristin Chenoweth dazzles with “For Good” from Broadway’s “Wicked” as the lights were dimmed and Morehouse College students filled the stage holding single lights.
“You’re trying to break me down. That did it. You’re looking for a breakdown. That was it right there,” said Oprah. “All right, carry me on out of here! Oh my God, there’s still more! This is newsworthy.” hit the stage after the performance, each holding a single flickering candle.
10:34 pm: Oprah’s mentor, Maya Angelou, is now honoring the talk show legend with an original poem as Alicia Keys played the piano. Oprah appeared emotional as she sat directly across from Maya. Keys then sang “Super Woman.”
Oprah left the stage next, and was overheard complaining about how much her shoes hurt as the audience laughed.
Her longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham then took the stage, and Oprah grabbed King’s arm in surprise. “Honey, you are so special, and I am so happy… I’m so proud of you,” he said as the audience made a collective “aww” at the rare public appearance by Graham.
“I cannot believe a colored girl from the back woods of Mississippi has done all you have done with your show, your magazine, your film company, radio, and your also hands on with your school in South Africa,” he said to applause, “while launching a network!”
Graham — who also announced he loved her and called her “sweetheart” — then introduced Aretha Franklin, who appeared in good health as she performed a bluesy version of “Amazing Grace.” Oprah raised her arms up from the audience, as Graham made a rare public display of affection by putting his arm around Oprah’s waist.
Oprah finally broke into her infamous “ugly cry” after the music sped up and Franklin began dancing around. “Enough! Aretha Franklin and Michael Jordan in the same night? What is that? I can’t take it anymore,” she said on stage after, half laughing and half crying as she danced with Franklin.
Hanks appeared again after. “There’s been a lot of highlights tonight,” he said. “Morehouse college, Maya Angelou, Stedman!”
“Holy Jesus from God, what is happening? Stedman is on stage!” joked Oprah.
Then a producer came out and asked Oprah to speak louder, and Will Smith quipped, “Don’t tell Oprah what to do! That’s Oprah! You’re fired.”
Oprah then took a minute to thank her fans: “I’ve never experienced anything like this and I say once again thank you for taking me to a place that’s beyond joyous. I’m going to have to process it and look at it on tape to see what actually happened here. It feels like the rapture, so thank you all for that!”
Smith announced there’s one last surprise, as a full symphony began to back Usher, who sang “O.M.G.” mashed with “Oh Happy Day” as Hanks awkwardly danced.
Confetti shot up from the audience, and the stars rejoined Oprah on stage as she thanked everyone.
Four hours later, the show was over. And within 30 minutes, the chairs had been broken down and the confetti was being swept up.
The shows will air in the two-part series “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” on May 23 and May 24. Her final show airs May 25.