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Watch Jennifer Hudson Play a Sassy, No-Nonsense Nurse in a New Clip from 'Lullaby' (Opens Friday)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 9, 2014 7:21 PM
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Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson are 2 members of an ensemble cast dramedy titled "Lullaby," joined by Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, and Jessica Brown Findlay in a project from Radiant Films, directed by acclaimed fine artist Andrew Levitas - his feature film directorial debut with Lullaby, directing from his own script.

What's "Lullaby" about?

Lullaby explores the power of life and the reconnections between loved ones. Estranged from his family, Hedlund's character receives word that his father has chosen to take himself off of life support. What follows is an unexpected journey of love, laughter and forgiveness.

Hudson plays a no-nonsense nurse while Howard is a caring doctor who is handling the father’s case.

Principal photography too place in New York City in 2012.

Director Levitas' paintings have been exhibited worldwide, including in the prestigious Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts 2008 exhibition in the Louvre. He's also an acclaimed photographer.

The movie will be in theaters and available on video on demand, this Friday.

In the new clip below, featuring Hudson's sassy character, she threatens to "smack the handsome off your damn face" when the family's friends won't leave the hospital and Jonathan (Garrett Hedlund) tells the nurse to "take it down" with her attitude, 

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  • Marie | June 11, 2014 10:14 AMReply

    That scene was atrocious. Why did she walk out of the room then back in and then start the sassiness? It looked and felt as though it was directed by an amateur who's never watched a movie in their life. And let's be honest, Hudson's Oscar, like so many others', was a fluke. She never was nor never will be a genuine actor with craft and talent like Denzel and Viola. But I'd rather she have an Oscar than Bey or Oprah. If that sh$t ever happened, we'd never hear the end of it.

  • Ol'Skool | June 11, 2014 12:32 PM

    Of course I've seen them all. To that point, I enjoyed my movie watching experience while viewing Jennifer's performance more than all the others. So it's highly possible the academy voters shared my experience.

    Reference Mo'Nique's performance, there you go again, marginalizing her outstanding performance by saying she played an exaggerated version of herself (which I believe is another case of pure poppycock). And, even if what you say is true, every actor has a method or technique they use to bring out their best performance. If Mo 'Nique used experiences from her past to reach that level of excellence, that should not be held against her.

    Anyway, so, she hasn't been flooded with offers... and? I mean, so what, has Lupita Nyong'o been flooded with offers? Listen, you and I both know the black actor's road to "success" and meaty roles is not the same as their white counterparts.

  • sergio | June 11, 2014 11:52 AM

    You're seriously going to tell me that Hudson was better than all those other actresses in that category? Did you see those other films I have more than once As for Mo'Nique she got an Oscar for playing an only slightly exaggerated version of herself in real life but it was showstopper performance that overwhelmed every else in that category. And I still stand behind my Compensation Oscar theory. Mo'Nique hasn't been exactly flooded with offers since her Oscar win

  • Ol'Skool | June 11, 2014 11:45 AM

    Compensation Oscar? Poppycock!

    Why is it so hard to simply give the woman credit for an outstanding performance? And, is it fair to assume why the voters gave her the award? I say she gave the best performance in that year. Take a look at her competition. Who else should have received the win?

    79th Academy Awards
    Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls
    Adriana Barraza Babel
    Cate Blanchett Notes on a Scandal
    Abigail Breslin Little Miss Sunshine
    Rinko Kikuchi Babel

    Now, lets take a look at Mo nique's competition. Again, Mo 'Nique, by far, was the best of the lot.

    82nd Academy Awards
    Mo 'Nique Precious
    Penelope Cruz Nine
    Vera Farmiga Up in the Air
    Maggie Gyllenhaal Crazy Heart
    Anna Kendrick Up in the Air

    Granted, it goes without question that to win an Oscar requires a well-written part, but that true for all actors (white & black). Damn, I don't know what compels some folks to marginalize the victories of our outstanding actors. Stop the nonsense, Sergio.

  • sergio | June 11, 2014 11:05 AM

    I've always believed that Hudson won what i cal a "Compensation Oscar" By that I mean voters love to give awards to nominees who they know will have a few limited career in movies because their looks or other reasons. For example Mo'Nique, F. Murray Abraham, Geoffrey Rush, Roberto Benigni, Forest Whitaker, Hillary Swank, etc. Some like Rush and Whitaker have great careers as supporting actors, but they're not leading men except in rare instances. And when was the last time you saw Benigni in anything? Hudson is hard to cast in leading roles so the occasional supporting role is about as good as it's going to get unless some filmmakers write a knock out leading parts for her

  • Passing By | June 10, 2014 9:45 PMReply

    Jhud needs new management.

  • Smithee | June 10, 2014 7:24 PMReply

    PSSSST-- yo, T-Howard. C'mere, man. SSSSHHHHH-- yeah, you, mac. Just c'mere a sec.

    SHH! Yeah, uhhhhh... say, look here, my man. Just between you an me:

    What's up with the konk??

  • jess | June 10, 2014 1:31 PMReply

    Can't believe that this is seriously the clip they decided to share with the S&A audience. Did she not have any meatier scenes?

  • 2X2 | June 10, 2014 12:01 PMReply

    BREAKING NEWS: a black woman has been cast to play a "black woman with an attitude" role.

    Hollywood, CA - According to the latest reports, Hollywood is thoroughly unable to create nuanced depictions of women with noticeable traces of melanin in their skin.

    Social scientists from the WTF Institute of Helpmelawd, have found that an actor's melanin is often too potent a presence for dim-witted, cookie-cutter "writers" to flee from their shelters of laziness and write a movie that isn't either about black people as slaves or black people as attitude-havers and gangsta killers. These scientists have termed this phenomenon "institutional racism."

    Our resident journalists just refer to it as "f-----king stupid."

    "We are over the bull," said Dr. Gabby Fray, founder of Other Great Black Actresses Exist, So Please Cast Them (OGBAESPCT).

    More on the tired, lame, repetitive concepts in film, as we receive updated reports (on no doubt the same sh---t).

  • Ojie | June 10, 2014 10:00 AMReply

    Well.. She is more of a singer...

  • Shanae | June 10, 2014 7:58 AMReply

    I have not seen Jennifer Hudson in a decent role in years. I don't even know what this is...she continues to play these typecast angry Black woman roles. Why?

  • Shanae | June 12, 2014 3:01 PM

    That is not entirely true. But thanks for your limited input.

  • guest | June 10, 2014 6:39 PM

    Because those are the only roles white writers create for black women.

  • Gunther | June 10, 2014 7:25 AMReply

    So this is what an Oscar gets you huh? Way to go J-hud! Slaying them all on the screen! Does she even really need the money? That's what I don't get. She has other things going on that like advertising contracts and a music career, that she should be making enough money, and this is a role that she probably didn't really need to take, especially since it's not even a high profile high budget movie that would've paid her a big check. If it was some big budget blockbuster and she got a large check from it I would understand. But this is puzzling to me. If she really wants to act, has she thought about creating projects for herself?

  • guest | June 9, 2014 8:53 PMReply

    Is this what Lupita has to look forward to?

  • stp | June 9, 2014 9:10 PM

    Ooooooooh I hopes so! I hope she sings in it too!

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