December 10 is a big day for Erykah Badu, as "The Cider House Rules," which features the R&B singer in her latest acting role, will be released in Los Angeles and New York City.Badu made her big screen debut as Queen Mousette in the 1998 film "Blues Brothers 2000," and she recently told the MTV Radio Network that she felt quite comfortable in her second feature film appearance. "I feel like my role is justified," Badu said. "'Cause I'm an actress and not just a singer. I'm an artist, so anything that has to do with art, I have to do with it because that's just how I live." "But I do [realize] it's a trend," she continued, "or it's easy for a film company to use a musician in lieu of an actor because of [the musician's] popularity. And not to take anything away from the musicians [who also act], but it does take a little bit away from the actors." Badu plays a character named Rose Rose in "The Cider House Rules," which also stars Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire,
Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, and Heavy D. Based on the John Irving novel of the same name, the film is scheduled to open nationwide on Christmas Day.The singer-actress is also continuing to work on her long-awaited follow-up to 1997's "Baduizm" and tentatively hopes to have the album out next March.