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Jennifer Hudson Rejected Precious Lead Due To Weight Gain Requirement

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Had things worked out differently, the lead in Precious might have gone to Jennifer Hudson, and we would have never become acquainted with Gabourey Sidibe and her delightful teenybopper ways. However, Hudson says she would have had to gain weight to play the part, and she didn't want to be defined by her size. You can read all about it in her new weight-loss themed tome! Hudson explains in I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down that she was asked to audition for Precious but decided not to because, "I had done that with Effie ... 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." [Hollywood Reporter]


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Perhaps you've seen this photo of next week's People cover, featuring Taylor Lautner coming out of the closet? Well, be advised that it's totally fake. [Gossip Cop]

Illustration for article titled Jennifer Hudson Rejected emPrecious/em Lead Due To Weight Gain Requirement

Kim Kardashian refrained from wearing something sexy while opening Christmas gifts with her family, and this is news. [Radar]

Illustration for article titled Jennifer Hudson Rejected emPrecious/em Lead Due To Weight Gain Requirement

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris are still squabbling over a puppy they obtained during their probably fake engagement. "We both love the puppy," said Hef. "I told her if she wants to keep the ring and the Bentley, then maybe I can keep the puppy. I [hope] we will work it out." [People]

  • Proving he may be as kindhearted as his young fans would like to believe, Justin Bieber surprised his childhood friend with a Mustang convertible for Christmas. [E!]
  • Rumor has it that Lady Gaga is planning to buy $1.7 million mansion in glamourous Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. [Radar]
  • I haven't been keeping tabs on Vienna Girardi's love life, so all I can tell you is that she stormed off a show that isn't The Bachelor when confronted by a boyfriend who isn't Jake Pavelka. [TMZ]
  • Katy Perry had a "bikini-filled Christmas in Hawaii with friends." I'm officially jealous, yet thankful that no paparazzi were around to photograph me adjusting my swimsuit over the holidays. [PopSugar]

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A Small Turnip

Re: Adorable Gay Poster Boy Taylor Lautner: I've noticed that there is a group of pop-culture-watchers that is intensely, intensely invested in outing people. And at first glance, that kind of gossipy one-upmanship doesn't seem actively harmful or homophobic given that a lot of the participants are gay themselves, so there's a fair amount of plausible deniability. But after a while, it becomes increasingly clear that there's something pretty creepy about that particular game, I think. Do you know what I mean? Some internet commenters seem to actively relish calling people they don't know contemptible liars and fakes with a ringing braggadocio that would make even Donald Trump blush. And it's no-fail! There is absolutely no risk in claiming you have hush-hush insider knowledge that Tom Hanks is a raving gaybo with a felching fetish and that Rita Wilson is a pathetic, desiccated beard who's in it solely for the payola. Either Tom comes out, and everyone smirks knowingly and indulges in a ritual smug-a-thon, or he denies it, and everyone continues to gleefully scoff that he's a sad old queen who's too pitiful to come out of the closet. It's win-win, no matter which way you slice it.

I mean, I'm sure there are whole flocks of closeted people in Hollywood. Everything we know about sexuality and societal pressure virtually guarantees it. Taylor Lautner may be as gay as Liberace for all I know. But there is, at the cold foundation of human ugliness, something unspeakably foul about assuming that people are liars and prevaricators simply because we seem to want them to be. We get to pat ourselves on the back for our clever insightfulness, and never have to negotiate the frankly terrifying prospect of having your private sexual life sneered at and speculated about by millions of unkind strangers. That triumphalist blind-item crowing is fucking putrid. And I know that saying this won't make an atom of difference in the world, for nothing will stop the gossiping impulse save global nuclear winter, and even then I suspect the cockroaches and morlock people will be bitching and whispering about something. But still. We should really quit that shit and let folks be.