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Aretha Franklin fans reacted with excitement to the first images of singer Jennifer Hudson portraying the Queen of Soul in the upcoming biopic titled RESPECT, filmed on location in Manhattan's Harlem Neighborhood.

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Jennifer, pictured at a July 4th concert in Philadelphia, was transformed into Aretha for a scene with costar Marlon Wayans, 47, who plays her onscreen husband Ted While. In the scene, which takes place in 1966, Marlon collects money from prostitutes while Jennifer looks on from a car.

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Later Jennifer and Marlon share a passionate kiss in the car. The images were shot on November 2 by BACKGRID celebrity photo agency.

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Aretha, who passed away on Aug. 16, 2018 at age 76, personally handpicked Jennifer to play her in the biopic.

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The 38-year-old American Idol finalist is no stranger to big budget musicals. She played Effie Melody White in the 2006 movie, Dreamgirls, with Beyonce, left, and Anika Noni Rose, center. Jennifer notably sang "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" in the film Dreamgirls.

Pregnant media mogul Tyra Banks attended the NBC Universal Summer TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday in Beverly Hills. Banks, 43, and her life partner Erik Asla welcomed a baby boy named York Banks Asla earlier this year.

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Jaden Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and Willow Smith went out to dinner to celebrate Mother's Day at Nobu seafood restaurant. Adrienne tied the knot last year at 63. Her granddaughter Willow, 16, added a touch of color on her wrist to reflect her LGBT lifestyle.

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Instagram model Blac Chyna, left, "rapper" Hazel-E, rumored transgender star of Love & Hip Hip: Hollywood, hosted 'Welcome To Vegas Kickoff Party' to launch the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao prize fight weekend in Las Vegas on Thursday.
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Canadian rapper Drake hosted a star-studded Halloween bash at STORY Nightclub on Miami Beach last night. Celebrity photographer Thad of Exclusiveaccess.net was there to capture all the excitement. Drake, center, is pictured above with E Class, left, and music producer Timbaland.

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Celebrities such as Marlon Wayans, Mr Marcus, Drake & YMCMB execs CJ & Cortez, Manny Halley (Nicki Minaj manager), Chaka Zulu, Too Short, and more helped Terrence J celebrate his birthday last night at Greystone manor in Los Angles.

Actor Malik Yoba attended the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge last week with his longtime companion Terry Barbosa, right, and his kids (?) Pria and Dena. I put a question mark there because I heard an interesting rumor about Mr. Yoba that I won't repeat. Let's just say I'm surprised that he has children considering what I heard...

Former champion boxer Mike Tyson attended the Teen Choice Awards in Universal City yesterday with his family (L to R) son Amir, 12, daughter Rayna, 13, and daughter Mikey, 19. Amir and Rayna's mom is pediatrician Monica Turner, who divorced Tyson in 2003. Tyson has a total of 7 kids (Exodus, 4, died in June).

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