Lifetime has released several clips from their upcoming Whitney Houston biopic “Whitney.” However, none of them have given us as much meat to sink our teeth into as the clip below, which is being listed online as a “leak.”
Fans finally get to see Yaya DaCosta bring Whitney to life in an intense clip that features Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown, Whitney’s husband and the man who for years has shouldered the blame for the singer’s drug use and eventual death.
We all wondered if Lifetime and Angela Bassett could do the singer’s life justice, and well, you’ll just have to check out the clip below to decide for yourself. read more » » » »
As previously reported, the former “America’s Next Top Model” beauty landed the role of a lifetime when she auditioned for Angela Bassett and reportedly blew the Academy Award nominated actress away. read more » » » »
Former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant, Yaya DaCosta, has just landed the acting gig of a lifetime.
According to published reports, DaCosta will take on the role of Whitney Houston in the upcoming Angela Bassett directed film about the singer’s life and untimely death in 2012 at the tender age of only 48.
DaCosta may have come to the public’s attention as an aspiring model, but it has been her many acting roles in films like “TRON: Legacy,” “The Butler,” and “The Kids are All Right,” that have helped keep the beautiful brown skin beauty’s name on Hollywood’s radar. read more » » » »
I can honestly tell you I was so happy to see this in my inbox this morning. I was hoping Janet would publicly speak up and she has.
Being a fan of both singers, I know they counted each other as friends back in the day. I vividly remember an interview in which Janet said Whitney was one of her biggest supporters, always sitting in the front row screaming for her the loudest.
Likewise, Whitney often spoke of her love for the entire Jackson family.
Long before Whitney became WHITNEY, she worked on several amazing songs with Jermaine Jackson, who at the urging of Clive Davis invited her to sing lead on several of his singles, including “Take Good Care of My Heart,” “If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful” and “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do.”
Expect many more celebrities to share their love of Whitney as well.
If you didn’t see BET’s 3 hour tribute to Whitney last night you missed a doozy. Everyone from Jill Scott to Pastor Shirley Ceaser gave testimony of Whitney’s greatness.
Talk show host Wendy Williams, whose 2003 interview with Whitney Houston is now legendary, shared her feelings on the singer’s death today via her talk show. Breaking down and barely able to speak, Wendy spoke of her connection to Whitney and how she hoped the two would one day meet and become friends.
As many of you probably know, Twitter was a virtual shrine to singer Whitney Houston last night. Shortly after news of the pop icon’s death was announced, fans, many of them celebrities in their right, quickly took to their pages to share their thoughts, condolences and memories of the artist who for years was simply known as “The Voice.”
Here is what just a handful of them had to say…
Oprah: To me Whitney was THE VOICE. We got to hear a part of God every time she sang. Heart is heavy, spirit grateful for the GIFT of her.
Vivica A. Fox: To the most incredible woman I’ve ever known! I will miss EVERYTHING about you! I know that u are w god! RIP my sistah.
Smokey Robinson: I’ve know Whitney since she was a little girl and I loved her. She was like family to me. I will miss her.
Dolly Parton: Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.
Diana Ross: “Im Being Honored Tomorrow @ Grammy’s And it Just Don’t Feel Right.
Alicia Keys: I feel sick…. Life is precious, we are fragile souls. Let’s love each other! I miss you beautiful Whitney, the whole world misses you!!
Aretha Franklin: I just can’t talk about it now. It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby.
Lionel Ritchie: I’m absolutely devastated … she had that voice that could just turn a story, a melody into magical, magical notes.
Mariah Carey: She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.
Nia Long: Just finished a cover shoot. The theme was I’m Every Woman…I love you Whitney.
Bette Midler: Little by little these deaths kill the best part of each of us, the awe and joy we feel when we hear a gift that can only come from God.
Nicki Minaj: Jesus Christ, not Whitney Houston. Greatest of all time.
Toni Braxton: My heart is weeping…RIP to the Legendary Diva & Icon Whitney Houston!!!!! Such an incredible influence over music as a whole!
Anika Noni Rose: Oh, Whitney. You were part of the reason I do what I do. My heart cries for you. RIP
Rihanna: No words, just tears.
Stacey Dash: I feel so sad, may she rest in peace.
Wendy Williams: My family & I are saddened by the loss of a true icon & legend – Whitney Houston. Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the entire Houston family.
Kelly Rowland: I am beyond heartbroken. Whitney Houston was undoubtedly one of the greatest singers & performers of all time & such a huge influence on me.
Wyclef Jean: This is the saddest thing I’ve ever had to write in my life, R I P to one of the greatest humans that I have ever known Whitney Houston
Queen Latifah: Oh Dear Lord! Huritng so Bad!!! MY Sister Whitney!!!!!!! Newark please Pray!!! World Please Pray!
Paula Abdul: I am devastated. I am absolutely devastated at the news about Whitney Houston. Such a tragic, tragic loss.
Christina Aguilera: We have lost another legend.
Nick Cannon: To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.. RIP to Whitney Houston a true queen.
Tony Bennett: It’s a tragedy. Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I’ve ever heard and she will be truly missed.
Forest Whitaker: May gods breath surround you, Whitney. And may you be held in the arms of the angels. Please, pray to comfort all those who hold her dear
will.i.am: I’m so sad…whitney houston was so kind, sweet, wonderful, amazing, talented, and a true gift to the world
Marlee Matlin: So sad. I recall seeing Whitney chat with Michael Jackson at Sammy Davis Jr.’s house for his 60th anniversary party. All talented, all gone.
Sherri Shephard: Goodnight Everybody. I’m going to tuck my son into bed and sing “Yes Jesus Loves Me”… I’m no Whitney Houston, but love is on my mind.
Ellen DeGeneres: Very sad news about Whitney. My heart and prayers go out to her daughter and family.
Jessica Simpson: I found my voice singing Whitney Houston’s music. Today I lost my idol.
Simon Cowell: I am so sad to hear about Whitney. We have lost one of the greatest singers of all time.
Bret Michaels: My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Whitney Houston. A legend with the voice of an angel, she will be missed.
Adam Shankman: I choreographed I’m your baby tonight miss you angel.
Kelly Osbourne: Not going to any pre grammy parties as i dont feel it is appropriate!
David Boreanaz: R.I.P. Whitney Houston. Sing among the Angels forever and ever.
Sebastian Back: This is hitting me hard. I used to sing ALL of Whitney Houstons songs all the time. I absolutely loved her voice. I practiced along to her songs countless times & her music affects me deeply.
Shawna Jacobs (Me): Love you Whitney. I will keep your memory alive forever on Brown Sista.
Not twenty four hours after getting into a physical altercation with season one X Factor finalist Stacy Francis, do we hear that singer Whitney Houston is rumored to have been approached by show creator Simon Cowell to join the cast.
As has been well reported, Cowell cleaned house last week, firing host Steve Jones and judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. Since then names like Beyonce and Mariah Carey have been floating around, Cowell however shot down both options in an interview earlier this week.
The Hollywood Reporter reached out to Fox, Cowell and Houston’s reps but got no response.
Should Whitney take the gig (if it has actually even been offered), she would be an instant hit. Not only would viewers tune in, but it could be just the vehicle the singer needs to launch her own comeback.
I guess now we know why singer Whitney Houston left the “Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For the Love of R & B” Grammy party looking a bit rough.
According to those who were at the event, Whitney and Stacy Francis, a finalist on the first season of American X Factor, got into a minor spat over… wait for it… Ray J.
Yep, according to tweets from Francis herself, Whitney got outta pocket because she thought Ray J was coming on to her. However according to Francis, she has known Ray for over 20 years and the two are simply friends.
So what does Whitney have to say about the altercation? Well according to Reuters, the singer is not returning phone calls about matter.
Guess they’ll just have to wait to ask her in person when she is expected to put in an appearance at Clive Davis’ annual Grammy afterparty.
Though actresses Meagan Good and Vivica A. Fox have both expressed an interest in playing singer Whitney Houston should a biopic ever be made about her life, fellow singer Brandy says none of them can do Whitney the way she can do Whitney.
According to Brandy, who cites the 80’s icon as a huge influence of hers, she has studied Whitney’s mannerisms over the years and feels as though she can bring something to the table that no other singer/actress can.
“I would love to play Miss Whitney,” said Brandy during an interview with http://trueexclusives.com. “I have her entire personality down pat… her isms down pat. Like no offense ladies… it’s a lot of talented ladies out there… but nobody can play Whitney Houston like me.”
As previously reported, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, creators of ‘Girlfriends’ and ‘The Game,’ will be writing, directing and producing the movie themselves. Distribution will be through Sony Pictures, with production to start in the summer of 2012.
Editors Note: I checked out the Akil’s Facebook pages and no casting decisions are listed there. However, the Hollywood Reporter is a trade publication and thus, I doubt they would publish inaccurate information.
That said, I cannot understand in what capacity Whitney, who lost her voices ages ago, would fit into this film. What role could she possibly play? Sista? I think not.
The first half of the film totally hinges on that character, which I can no longer picture the once mighty Houston playing. I love her dearly, but her voice is gone and this movie is all about the voices.
I am just as disappointed in the decision to cast Jordin Sparks, who clearly would be playing the title role of Sparkle. Yes, Jordin has a voice- but she lacks any type of discernable charisma. I don’t see her being able to carry a film on her name or talents alone.
The decision to cast Mike Epps however is by far the biggest mistake of them all. Mike dumbs down every movie he is in. When I think of Epps, I think buffoon.
I really don’t mean to be a negative Nelly, but if you are going to remake a classic you should think long and hard about the names you bring in to take on such iconic roles. Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps have no place in a Sparkle remake unless they are playing supporting roles.