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Happy Birthday Whitney Houston


 

Today (August 9), Whitney Houston would have celebrated her 49th birthday.  Despite her untimely passing in February, WATM pays tribute to one of the best, if not the best, to ever pick up a mic. Even at her lowest points, nothing or no one can take away what she brought to the table, musically, in the ’80s and ’90s. Speaking of the ’80s, watch Whit crush the stage — with nothing more than big hair, a fringe-y dress and a mic — on MTV in 1986.

Thanks for the music. Happy Birthday, Whitney!

 

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Whitney Houston talks all things ‘Sparkle’ in ‘new’ in-depth interview taped in October 2011


In a newly released interview, the late Whitney Houston and director Debra Martin Chase talk about Sparkle.  The 20-minute interview was taped in last October on the set of the film. The film marks Whitney Houston’s final feature film role; she died on February 11, 2012, three months after filming ended.

Set in 1960s Detroit, Sparkle follows the title character; Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), a music prodigy struggling to rise through the ranks of the music business. On the verge of stardom in a singing group with her two sisters, dramatic family issues threaten to tear them apart. Whitney plays the musical trio’s mother, while Mike Epps plays a wealthy comedian who woos Sparkle’s sister into a drug-filled and abusive relationship on their way to the top.

Directed by Salim Akil, the film also stars Derek LukeCee-Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick.  Sparkle arrives in theaters August 17.

Listen to the interview below.

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First Look: Whitney Houston in ‘Sparkle’ (Trailer)


Here’s our first look at Whitney Houston in Sparkle, a remake of a 1976 film of the same name that originally starred Irene Cara.

“Part of the fun of making this movie is definitely the costumes and the hairstyles,” the legendary star, who did died in February, told PEOPLE in January. “The movie is set in 1963, and we had a great wardrobe, hair and makeup person and I loved wearing the outfits.”

Set in 1960s Detroit, Sparkle follows the title character; Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), a music prodigy struggling to rise through the ranks of the music business. On the verge of stardom in a singing group with her two sisters, dramatic family issues threaten to tear them apart. Whitney plays the musical trio’s mother, while Mike Epps plays a wealthy comedian who woos Sparkle’s sister into a drug-filled and abusive relationship on their way to the top.

Directed by Salim Akil, the film also stars Derek LukeCee-Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick.  Sparkle arrives in theaters August 17.

Watch the trailer below.

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First Look: Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks in Sparkle


Whitney Houston makes her long-awaited return to the big screen in Sparkle, a remake of a 1976 film of the same name that originally starred Irene Cara.  In the first official still from the film, Houston plays the mother of her co-star, Jordin Sparks.

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Whitney Houston Talks ‘Sparkle’ & Working with Jordin Sparks


Whitney Houston returns to the big screen for the first time since 1996’s The Preacher’s Wife in Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 Motown-era musical drama. Houston and American Idol’s Jordin Sparks, who plays the title character, recently talked with Entertainment Tonight about the film.

Set in 1960s Detroit, Sparkle follows the title character; Sparkle (Jordin), a music prodigy struggling to rise through the ranks of the music business. On the verge of stardom in a singing group with her two sisters, dramatic family issues threaten to tear them apart. Whitney plays the musical trio’s mother, while Mike Epps plays a wealthy comedian who woos Sparkle’s sister into a drug-filled and abusive relationship on their way to the top.

Directed by Salim Akil, Sparkle also stars Derek Luke, Cee-Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick, and is scheduled to be released in 2012.

Watch the interview below.

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