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Jennifer Hudson's 'Respect' Delayed by Seven Months Amid Pandemic

Jennifer Hudson‘s Respect is getting pushed back once again.

The upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, which was already moved to January 15, 2021, will now be released on August 11, 2021, MGM announced on Tuesday (October 27).

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The move comes as many studios scramble to figure out the best launch date for their projects amid the pandemic and theater restrictions due to social distancing regulations.

Here’s a plot summary: “following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.”

A trailer for the film was released back in June.

Jennifer Hudson might be part of another exciting musical project launching very soon, according to fan speculation.

Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin Two Years After Her Death

Jennifer Hudson is honoring Aretha Franklin.

The 38-year-old Oscar-winning entertainer took to Instagram on Sunday (August 16) to remember the late R&B legend on the two-year anniversary of her death.

“Something tells me that you are walking around heaven singing all day !” Jennifer wrote along with a black and white photo of Aretha. “I know u got your mansion, far more than just standing room ! Singing in the heavenly choir ! Still Can’t believe we lost you 2 years ago today . I truly miss hearing from you !”

Aretha passed away in 2018 at age 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jennifer will be playing Aretha in the upcoming biopic titled Respect, which is scheduled to hit theaters in January 2021. You can check out the trailer here.

Find out how Jennifer Hudson is helping out students returning to school in Chicago amid the pandemic.

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Jennifer Hudson & Sister Julia Donate 2,000 Backpacks Full of School Supplies To Chicago Children

Jennifer Hudson gave back in a major way this weekend, alongside her older sister Julia.

The 38-year-old actress and singer teamed up with Julia for the 10th annual Hatch Day event, where along with more volunteers, delivered over 2,000 backpacks full of school supplies to kids in need through the Julian D. King Gift Foundation.

“We’re still out there this Hatch Day, just in a different way. We’re going to hit these streets and sneak up on y’all. And we’re going to drive by with backpacks, because we don’t need crowds this year, but we will want to make sure we service the children,” Jennifer explained on her Instagram.

She added, “We’re getting out there. Everybody is out here working, making it happen. Drop your location, and we’re going to drop you a backpack and school supplies for what you need during this pandemic, because our kids still gotta go and grow to school. And we support that.”

The Julian D. King Gift Foundation is named after Jennifer‘s late nephew and provides stability, support and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds to help enable them to grow to be productive, confident and happy adults.

In addition to the school supplies, volunteers also handed on hand sanitizers, face masks and tablets.

If you missed it, find out where you can see Jennifer perform next!

Democratic National Convention 2020 - Performers List Revealed!

John Legend and Billie Eilish will be hitting the stage.

The Chicks and Common will also be among the performers scheduled to appear next week at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Deadline reported Friday (August 14).

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Leon Bridges, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Porter, Maggie Rogers, Prince Royce and Stephen Stills will also be performing during the convention’s four nights.

“These artists are committed to engaging with, registering and mobilizing voters to get us over the finish line in November,” Stephanie Cutter, program executive for the convention, said in a statement.

They will perform new songs and American classics. Almost all of the convention will take virtually amid the pandemic.

Youth choir members across the country will perform the National Anthem, with Commonwealth Youthchoirs arranging 57 members representing the 50 states and territories.

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Jennifer Hudson Transforms Into Aretha Franklin in 'Respect' Trailer - Watch!

The trailer for the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic Respect has been released!

Jennifer Hudson transforms into the Queen of Soul for the upcoming movie.

Here’s a plot summary: following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Tate Donovan, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, and Mary J. Blige all star in the film.

Respect was originally supposed to be released in theaters on October 9, but because of the pandemic, the film will now have a limited release on Christmas day, before a wide release on January 15.

Jennifer recently opened up about the “massive” pressure of playing Aretha in the biopic.

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Jennifer Hudson Enjoys 'Me Time' & Shopping Out in LA

Jennifer Hudson wears an oversized coat while out shopping in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon (February 24).

The 38-year-old singer and actress showed off her new long hair while stopping by XIV Carats for some jewelry and diamond shopping.

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“A new day has begun !!! I’m so damn happy to have some me time !!!!!” Jennifer captioned on Instagram with a series of pics from her day out.

If you missed it, Jennifer recently paid tribute to Kobe Bryant during the NBA All-Star Game.

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Jennifer Hudson Remembers Kobe Bryant with NBA All-Star Game 2020 Performance (Video)

Jennifer Hudson is opening the 2020 NBA All-Star Game with a tribute to Kobe Beyant.

The 38-year-old entertainer performed “For All We Know (We May Meet Again)” ahead of the game on Sunday (February 16) in Chicago, Ill. to honor the late Lakers player, his daughter Gianna, and the seven other people who died in last month’s tragic helicopter crash.

“We will never see another basketball player quite like Kobe,” Magic Johnson said before the game, when fans chanted Kobe’s name and held an eight-second moment of silence. “He was passionate about being a great father, husband, filmmaker.”

If you missed it, the NBA has renamed the All-Star Game MVP Award to honor Kobe.

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