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Tragic celebrity news this morning: Jennifer Hudson's mom and brother were the two victims of a fatal shooting in Chicago, the actress's publicist says.

"We can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation concerning the deaths of Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson," rep Lisa Kasteler said. "No further comment will be made at this difficult time."

The victims were found dead Friday in the South Side home of Donerson. Police say the shooting appeared to be related to a domestic disturbance.

Equally frightening is the fact that Jennifer Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, is missing. An Amber Alert has been issued for him.

A suspect has been apprehended in connection with the murders, but the boy was apparently not with him, as authorities had hoped.

Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, was killed yesterday.

"We are searching for a young boy from that address who is missing," confirmed Chicago police spokesman Officer John Mirabelli.

A man officers were searching for in connection with the shootings, who has been identified as William Balfour, 27, has been taken into custody and is being questioned by authorities. No charges have been filed at this time.

According to the AP, police spokeswoman Monique Bond says police are talking to "a number of people in custody" but she declined to further elaborate.

Hudson, 27, the Oscar-winning actress from Dreamgirls and an American Idol finalist, recently got engaged to boyfriend / reality TV star David Otunga.

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Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are big fans of John McCain and Sarah Palin, but The Hills stars aren't completely in lock step with the GOP ticket.

For one, the gruesome reality TV twosome supports gay marriage.

"I think it's your own choice," Montag said last night at the opening of an art show at the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery in Hollywood. "I think, you know, whoever you decide to marry - boys, girls, whatever you like - it's up to you!"

Never thought we'd say this, but... Amen, Heidi!

Spencer Pratt credited some of Heidi's colleagues with their newfound open-mindedness: "Heidi's hair and makeup people are my favorite people in the world and they happen to be gay. So if they wanna go marry each other, good for them."

For more on Spencer and Heidi's political views - as well as what's going on with Holly Montag (an Obama supporter), Heidi's reconciliation with Lauren Conrad, and the future of her "Heidiwood" fashion line - check out the video below ...

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Dancing With the Stars' Cheryl Burke is a fine-looking woman.

She's also an athletic woman - making her living as a dancer. So you can imagine her reaction to recent critics who claim she's gotten fat.

"I was like, maybe I should just starve myself for four weeks just so people would shut up," she said on Friday's Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"But at the end of the day ... I'm an athlete. I like to eat, I like to work out, and I like to feel healthy, and I feel healthy."

Cheryl Burke is hot. But Earlier this week, Dancing with the Stars Season Six contestant Louis Van Amstel - and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy - both spoke out, negatively, about her weight gain as well as that of newcomer Lacey Schwimmer.

"Criticizing a woman's weight ... is just a wrong statement to make ... for women, and it's dangerous," Cheryl Burke said.

"You don't have to be a size zero to be beautiful," she added. "In the world that I live in right now, you don't have to be skin and bones. You can be healthy and beautiful, and you need to accept that about yourself and feel secure about it."

When Burke admitted that she is a "size four in a dress," DeGeneres praised her: "That is a normal body and that's what most people - if they're lucky - look like. I think most people would probably trade you for that body."

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Welcome, celebrity news fans around the world, to The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest, our Friday tradition. Who won the Caption Contest this week?

Our winner is Leah. Congratulations! Scroll down for the full list of captions we received this week, and best of luck again in this week's Caption Contest.

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That's sweet... Tom and Suri on a walk.

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The View's resident conservative pundit, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and the Republican V.P. nominee, Sarah Palin, will be campaigning together in Florida this weekend.

Not only are these two bonded in their conservative views, they're both cuties! In honor of this momentous occasion, we thought we would put it to a survey ...

  • S 2 the P
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck at Fashion Week

Who would you rather ...


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Amid rumors of bad behavior on the set and having her number of appearances cut from six to four, Lindsay Lohan shined on last night's episode of Ugly Betty.

Reprising her role as Kimmie Keegan - who used to torment Betty Suarez (America Ferrera) in high school and now works with her at Mode - Lindsay found herself in familiar territory: acting like a diva in the celebrity gossip spotlight.

LiLo actually contributed some funny Ugly Betty quotes last night. Too bad she can't hold down a job in real life. Follow the jump for two additional photos ...

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That about sums it up right there. What more can we really add?

In the clip below, a French reporter showed up at Amy Winehouse’s London abode and preceeded to interview her via Amy’s intercom for some reason.

The Back to Black singer's voice was surprisingly clear, articulate and kind - making us wonder if it was really Amy Winehouse, at least for a second.

In summation:

  • Amy misses Blake Fielder-Civil
  • Amy's parents "don't know him" very well
  • Amy is a big fan of France, despite bailing on a show there
  • Amy is putting an album together (supposedly) - and two new EPs

Here's the clip if you're dying to hear it for yourself ...

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Supposed celebrity fashion icon Ashley Olsen (wearing Calvin Klein) attends the 25th annual Night of Stars hosted by Fashion Group International, held at New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday. Amazingly, she looked pretty healthy!

Just kidding. What we're focused on here is her fashion sense. Do you like her look below? Tell The Hollywood Gossip how you feel in our survey ...

Rihanna in Vogue

What do you think of Ashley Olsen's fashion?


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Feud or no feud, Selena Gomez thinks Miley Cyrus has found a good man.

When asked about her fellow Disney star and Justin Gaston, Gomez said the couple were a solid match.

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"I honestly think that she's adorable," Gomez said to Us Weekly. "I think she's really sweet, and I think that he's really cute, too. I wish them all the luck."

As for her own rumored boyfriend, Nick Jonas? Selena would only talk about him as a person, not a soulmate.

"[He] is passionate about what he wants and he's very sweet. He has a great heart," she said.

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Vanessa Hudgens has opened up about Zac Efron.

On today's Ellen DeGeneres Show, the host puts the High School Musical actress on the spot, grilling her with important questions related to meals and making out.

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For example, what does her man like for breakfast?

"[He's] an eggs kind of guy," Hudgens said. "If he's feeling lazy he just drinks them. Not most of the time, but every now and then."

Rocky Balboa would be proud.

Now, for the big question; Is Efron a good kisser?

"Yes, fine - we kiss in the movie," the actress replied, referring to High School Musical 3 (which opens today), trying to avoid questions about their real-life relationship.

Come on, Vanessa. How would you know what Zac ate for breakfast if you didn't wake up with him every morning?

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