Hudson to stay in
Gap ad campaign
The Gap considered removing smiling portraits of Jennifer Hudson from its new holiday ads after her recent tragedy, but decided to keep the images after the grieving star said she wanted to go ahead with the campaign, a representative for the clothing chain said Friday.
The company's new print, store and billboard ads were unveiled Thursday. Several celebrities are featured, including Mary-Louise Parker, Jason Bateman, Rainn Wilson, Ashanti and Seth Myers.
Hudson's photos were taken in July in advance of what was expected to be a busy winter season for Hudson, who released her self-titled debut CD in October.
However, on Oct. 24, the bodies of her 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, 29-year-old Jason Hudson, were found in the family's Chicago home. The body of her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was discovered three days later in a car on Chicago's West Side.
William Balfour, the estranged husband of her sister, has been questioned in connection with the killings. He has been held on a parole violation but has not been charged.
Meanwhile, Hudson, in her first statement since burying her mother, brother and nephew last week, thanked her fans for their encouragement.
“I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the 27-year-old Oscar-winning actress and singer said in a posting on her MySpace page Thursday. “My sister and I take great comfort and strength from your love and concern.” Associated Press
West arrested outside British bar
Rapper Kanye West was arrested after a fracas outside a nightclub but was released without charge, British media reported Friday.
News agencies reported that that the 31-year-old rapper was detained early Friday after an incident involving a photographer outside the Tup Tup Palace bar in Newcastle, England.
A spokeswoman for West did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Associated Press
NBC and Duff agree to contract
Hilary Duff will soon become a fixture on NBC.
The former Lizzie McGuire has signed a talent and development deal with the network. NBC said it will come up with a new series for Duff to star in, although it offered no details on what that might be.
In addition, the network said Friday that Duff will appear as a guest in several other NBC series over the next year, but there were no details.
Duff recently co-starred in the John Cusack movie “War, Inc.” and has three feature films coming out next year. Associated Press
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This day in history Nov. 15
1969: A quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration in Washington against the Vietnam War.