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October 27, 2008

Update in Jennifer Hudson case


More tragic news out of Chicago today, on the heels of the murders of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother late last week. Her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, had been missing from his home since the attack, with the family offering a $100,000 reward for his safe return amid a massive police search.

Though the ID hasn't yet been made, a young boy's body has been found in an SUV linked to the crimes. More details here.

Hudson's estranged brother-in-law is being questioned by police but hasn't been charged.

Friends, meanwhile, set up a memorial for Darnell Hudson Donerson, the singer/actress' mother, and her brother Jason, outside the murder scene (pictured). And Hudson has been reaching out to fans and supporters through her MySpace page.

Sincere condolences to Hudson and her loved ones.



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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

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