- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 8, 2007

D.C. stop for busy Jen

If we haven’t heard much from Jennifer Hudson since her big Oscar win, there’s a reason why. The “Dreamgirls” star has been B-U-S-Y, she told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Two weeks ago, she filmed her part in “Winged Creatures,” a drama starring fellow Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, and she’s getting ready to write and record with Grammy-winning producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

“Every day is like: studio, studio, studio,” says Miss Hudson, the one-time “American Idol” castoff who vaulted to stardom as Effie White in “Dreamgirls,” a role that won her a supporting-actress Oscar two months ago.

Although her priority is recording her debut album — due in October on Clive Davis’ J Records — she’s squeezing in a handful of concerts, like tonight’s benefit at the fourth annual Lupus Foundation of America Awards Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Southwest. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Theo Huxtable from “The Cosby Show”) will serve as master of ceremonies for the star-studded event.

Miss Hudson is also planning a concert tour in the fall. “I can’t wait for that,” she told the Star-Tribune.

‘Lost’ and found?

Former “Lost” star Harold Perrineau is either a better actor than we thought, or he needs to hang out with more journalists.

He was in London recently to do a press junket for “28 Weeks Later” (the horror sequel to the sleeper 2002 film “28 Days Later,” which opens Friday), and he told reporters he wasn’t sure if his character would be coming back to the hit ABC series (seen Wednesday evenings at 10). Fans will recall: His character sailed off the island last year and hasn’t been heard from since.

“I don’t know. I actually find out in a few weeks,” said the affable Mr. Perrineau, who plays a helicopter pilot overseeing London’s repopulation in the new film.

One of the journalists present quickly chimed in, saying she heard from friends connected to the series that he would, indeed, be back soon.

Mr. Perrineau looked … well, lost. “So there you have it,” he said, seemingly taken aback by the news flash.

Another royal visit

Prince yesterday announced that he would play 21 shows in London in August — his only European shows this year, Agence France-Presse reports. According to Associated Press, the pop superstar said he’s prepared about 150 songs and will play a different selection at each show — including a version of the Beatles’ “The Long and Winding Road.” He also declared himself “a big fan” of English chanteuse Amy Winehouse and said he hoped she would show up at one of his shows.

Compiled by Christian Toto and Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff and wire reports

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