June 28th, 2010
01:49 PM ET

Jennifer Hudson to speak on family tragedy

A year and a half after the shocking murders of three of her family members, Jennifer Hudson is finally speaking out about the killings in tonight’s episode of VH1’s "Behind the Music."

The show marks the first time the “American Idol” alum has talked at length about the 2008 tragedy, in which Hudson’s brother-in-law, William Balfour, gunned down her mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, 57, her older brother Jason, 29, and 7-year-old nephew Julian King.

The Oscar-winning Chicago native initially acknowledged the life-changing event one month after the slayings, writing on her MySpace page in November 2008, “I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. My sister and I take great comfort and strength from your love and concern.”

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June 28th, 2010
01:48 PM ET

BET Awards viewers split on Brown's performance

Chris Brown’s tribute to Michael Jackson performance at the BET Awards Sunday night has left viewers emotional to say the least. But everyone’s also fairly divided as to which emotion that is.

While most people believe Brown’s vulnerable breakdown onstage in front of millions was sincere, others are appalled by the public’s willingness to forgive and even feel sorry for a man who received a felonious charge for beating his ex-girlfriend Rihanna a year ago.

And then there are the people who are outraged at the people who were appalled — and on and on it goes.

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June 28th, 2010
01:15 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': The C. Brown debate

No one had a "case of the Mondays" at the "Showbiz Tonight" morning meeting today because EVERYONE was taking sides on Chris Brown’s performance and breakdown at the BET Awards.

Brown, as you remember, attacked Rihanna last February before the Grammy Awards. He hasn’t really attended or performed at an awards show since, but last night’s tribute to Michael Jackson has everyone talking and taking sides today.

The "Showbiz" team was solidly split this morning, with some saying Brown was genuine while others believe it was a publicity stunt. What do you think? Leave us a message on our the "Showbiz Tonight" Facebook wall today and you could see your comments on the show - the debate is going to be as hot as today’s high temperature in New York City!

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June 28th, 2010
12:08 PM ET

BEP breakup? Will.I.Am says don't believe the lies

The title of the Black Eyed Peas' album "The E.N.D." just might apply to Fergie's career with the supergroup, if you believe rumors that surfaced over the weekend.

According to RadarOnline.com, female lead Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson has been repeatedly clashing with band member Will.I.Am over his inflated ego and will leave the group when it finishes its summer tour.

"She's got everything planned out and she says she can't be convinced to change her mind," a source reportedly told RadarOnline.com, adding that the singer also hopes to start a family with hubby Josh Duhamel.

But Will.I.Am insists that he and Fergie, both 35, are closer than peas in a pod. On Saturday he tweeted, "Don't belive [sic] gossip about fergie leaving the group (we are never breaking up) its all lies!!!"

June 28th, 2010
11:56 AM ET

Angelina Jolie on Brad Pitt and more babies in Vanity Fair

What haven't you heard about Angelina Jolie? Well, in the August issue of Vanity Fair, Angelina Jolie puts to rest all those rumors about her life and family with partner Brad Pitt.

“No, I’m not pregnant,” Jolie, 35, told the magazine, though she does admit that she and Pitt, 46, plan to add to their brood of six – eventually. “We want to make sure we don’t build a family so big that we don’t have absolutely enough time to raise them each really well.”

That’s why the "Salt" star will eventually scale back her work schedule. “I don’t think I’ll do it much longer,” she said of acting. “Because I have a happy home….I got back from work last night, and everybody was playing music and dancing, and I suddenly found myself dancing around with a bunch of little fun crazy people.”

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June 28th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Night of the comeback on the BET Awards

Between Prince's Lifetime achievement award and Queen Latifah running the show, there was plenty of royalty at last night's 10th anniversary of the BET Awards. But in the midst of the performances of accolades, the stage was also set for a few big names to make their comebacks.

Jermaine Jackson announced the first return of the evening when he introduced the tribute to his late brother, thanking everyone for their love and support over the past year. He added, “There is one tribute performance we have yet to see…here he is.”

Chris Brown was poised behind the curtain, looking like the silhouette of Michael Jackson himself. Once he came out, there was a palpable moment of tension so strong, it could almost be felt through the TV.

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