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.
When Whitney Houston died in February, many said her death was especially tragic because the legendary singer had just finished 'Sparkle,' a film that was meant to be her big comeback after years of personal troubles.
Now we have our first taste of a song from the soundtrack.
It's been hidden from the eyes of the public, but today Sony Pictures presents to us the first official trailer for the musical drama 'Sparkle' which includes lingerie-looking dresses, smooth music and, of course, Whitney Houston.
On Thursday, the Los Angeles County Coroner released the results of the autopsy performed on Whitney Houston -- and the findings will come as a surprise to few. As suspected, the actress and pop icon accidentally drowned, and she had illegal drugs in her system at the time of her death.
Believe it or not, this is something that was bound to happen. Six time Grammy award winning singer Whitney Houston passed away on February 11th but her memory lives on not only through her music but from her films, the most notable one obviously being 'The Bodyguard.' And now you'll be able to experience her acting debut on the big screen once again.
Never exactly a show to be known for it's subtlety, it was inevitable that 'Glee' would find some way to tackle Whitney Houston's death, and not in the previous coincidental usage of "I Will Always Love You". Now, only a few weeks shy of the singer's passing 'Glee' has decided to give Whitney Houston a full-on tribute episode! And there's nothing exploitative about that, at all!
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