Although they differ in style and tone in every way imaginable, 'The Expendables 2' and 'The Bourne Legacy' are both action movies and they share the same audience (people who like watching people beat up other people). The slick, modern 'The Bourne Legacy' was last week's box office champion, so everyone was wondering if its success would cut into the opening of the brawny, '80s throwback that is 'The Expendables 2.' Or vice versa. Well, the numbers are in...
Whatever else its legacy, the new remake of 'Sparkle' will be remembered first and foremost as Whitney Houston's last creative endeavor before her accidental death last February at the age of 48. Houston executive produced the film and stars as Emma, the devoutly religious and overly protective mother of three talented young musicians in 1968 Detroit.
Her daughters want to be pop stars, which puts Houston, whose character was chewed up and spit out by the music business years before, in the position to warn them about the perils of the industry. Dreams aren't enough, she warns; look at what it did to me. It's a riveting and slightly unsettling moment.
When Salim Akil’s ‘Sparkle’ opens on Aug. 17, the musical drama will have its work cut out for itself as it tries to distance the fictional film from an unfortunate dose of tragic reality that hangs over the production like a cloud. As you know, Whitney Houston died shortly after filming ‘Sparkle,’ making this her final on-screen performance. Morbid curiosity will attract some ticket buyers, but if the movie wants to stand on its own two legs as a form of entertainment, it’s going to have to sell us on the talent in the cast, and this new clip reminds us what’s in store.