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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, April 2, 2010

Svelte Hudson credits Weight Watchers

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Jennifer Hudson

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John Malkovich

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Michael Jackson

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Jennifer Hudson didn't gain a huge amount of weight when she was pregnant with her son, but it was enough to make her do a double-take when she saw a picture of herself.

"I didn't realize it was me," the singer and actress said yesterday. "I was like, 'Who? ... Oh, my God, this is me.' And now when I look back, wow, look at the difference from then to now."

Hudson, a former "American Idol" finalist who won a best supporting actress Oscar for "Dreamgirls," has lost the baby weight and more, and she says it's because of Weight Watchers for which she is the new spokeswoman.


Actor John Malkovich's lawyers have complained to a judge in New York overseeing the bankruptcy of jailed financier Bernie Madoff that he'll only get $670,000 of his $2.2 million claim.

The lawyers filed papers yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court saying the actor should be entitled to $2.2 million. They say the trustee handling the estate determined that the actor was entitled to the smaller number and that's wrong.

The 56-year-old star of such films as "Being John Malkovich" and "Burn After Reading" is among thousands of investors who lost tens of billions of dollars in the multi-decade fraud that Madoff revealed in December 2008 when he ran out of money.

Madoff is serving a 150-year jail term after pleading guilty to fraud charges.


Los Angeles school officials told Michael Jackson to beat it seven years ago. Now, fans of the late pop star want him back.

Supporters have started a Facebook petition to have Jackson's name restored to the auditorium of Gardner Street Elementary School. They want fans to download and sign a letter to the school district superintendent.

Jackson donated money to the Hollywood school and attended the naming ceremony in 1989. But school officials, acting on parental requests, covered up his name in 2003 after Jackson was arrested for investigation of child molestation.

The Facebook campaigners note that Jackson was acquitted of the charges and they want his name restored.


Tina Fey, Ryan Phillippe and Gabourey Sidibe will be taking turns as "Saturday Night Live" hosts this month.

NBC said yesterday that Fey, a former "SNL" cast member and head writer, is hosting the April 10 show and will be joined by pop star Justin Bieber.

Phillippe is set to host the April 17 show with Ke$ha as the musical guest.

On April 24, "Precious" star and Oscar nominee Sidibe will take on hosting duties and the band MGMT is to perform.