Whitney Houston was an absolute legend, and one who died long before her time. It was really a shame, and given her diva status, it’s no surprise that people still want to make money off her and also memorialize her… in TV movie form?
Apparently the Houston family is not too happy that Lifetime want to do a Whitney TV movie, because they think she’s bigger than that and deserves the big screen treatment, which I guess I kinda understand. However, if Liz Taylor only gets the Lifetime treatment, then Whitney ain’t getting anything bigger.
Lifetime made the announcement earlier this week … they’re planning on a biopic for 2015, with Angela Bassett making her directorial debut.
According to our sources, the Houston estate is so upset they’re considering a lawsuit to block production. We’re told the family has already expressed displeasure to Lifetime and made it clear they weren’t on board with a TV movie.
Sources close to the Houston family tell us the estate is planning its own movie for the big screen — ala the “This is It’” Michael Jackson flick.
Pat Houston, wouldn’t get specific with us but did say, “Whitney is certainly worthy of more than a television movie. If Whitney were here today, this would not be happening.”
I mean, wait a minute – isn’t Pat the one who put out a book trying to make money off her daughter just months after her death? That kinda discredits any genuine concern she has about Whitney’s legacy, to me.
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Jennifer Aniston will be forever linked to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, so I hope she and the soon-to-be Mr. Aniston are okay with that. Even Debbie Reynolds brought up the legendary love triangle in an interview she did with The Sun. She likes the Anison/Pitt/Jolie mess to her own legendary love triangle. From The Sun:
I wish I could have been more enlightened at 18 and learned more about men because I could have avoided all the traps.
My first husband ran off with Elizabeth Taylor. A light suddenly dawned. He was away working in New York and staying at the same hotel as Elizabeth. So I phoned her room — not his.
He picked up the phone so I said: “Eddie, do you mind rolling over and telling Elizabeth I want to talk?”
He started denying it, saying: “Don’t be silly.” Then I heard her say in the background: “Who is it, Eddie, darling?”
I stood no chance against her. I was just like Jennifer Aniston with Brad Pitt when he fell in love with Angelina Jolie. If Angelina wants someone, then that is that. Certain women have that power. What chance did I have against Elizabeth, a woman of great womanly experience, when I had no experience at all?
… Men cheat in all sorts of ways that I could never have imagined.
Ouch. I get what she’s saying though. But ouch to her and ouch to bringing Jennifer Aniston into it, even though it’s totally the modern day retelling of the Reynolds/Fisher/Taylor mess. Jolie is sooooooo Taylor in so many ways. Just total movie star glam. Oh and Debbie Reynolds also talks about f-cking:
I wish I had enjoyed more sex. I have only ever slept with my three husbands and one friend — and he was my one and only good lover. I was a virgin when I married my first husband, Eddie Fisher, and I was stupid and innocent. You did not get pregnant, you did not screw anyone, you did not have affairs. I was raised to think that if you behaved badly with men, you went to hell. I realize now it is puritanical and not very adult.
What a bummer to live like that.
(L to R: Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds.)
Take Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson up there, then throw in Marlon Brando, and you have the main characters in the best story I’ve ever heard.
Picture it: September 10th, 2001. Michael Jackson has a concert at Madison Square Garden, and, of course, he invites his besties, Liz and Marlon. The three have a grand night, but the next morning, 9/11 happens. They try to get a private jet to take them out of New York, and when that couldn’t happen, they settled for the next best thing: road trip!!!
Liz did the smart road trip move, the move I always pull, and hung out in the backseat while the boys drove. Do you think she waved at other cars and recklessly tried to reach the radio because she was over listening to whatever bullshit Michael wanted to jam? That’s what I do. Anyway, Marlon was the bitch of the road trip, the one who kept wanting to stop at KFC. I’m not even speculating there, Marlon Brando really did love his KFC that much. Vanity Fair said so.
They made it to Ohio before they decided it was all right to stop the grand adventure, and what an adventure it must have been.
This whole magical tale came to light after Vanity Fair interviewed some of Liz’s pals for a little retrospective in next month’s issue. And just in case you have any doubts to the legitimacy of this story, let me just tell you that Corey Feldman backed it up. And, like many other great men, Corey Feldman cannot tell a lie.
Do you guys have any fun road trip stories?
Can’t you just imagine the two of them out on the town together, hitting up gay bars and getting into fights? Adorable.
Ok, maybe they didn’t get into fights – Colin’s not like that anymore, ok? – but they were friends:
“How did we become friends? You know, the old story of boy meets girl, the boy pesters girl with too many phone calls at inappropriate hours of the night,” Farrell, 34, tells Access Hollywood.
“I was just lucky enough to become her friend in the last year and a half,” the actor added. “I adore her…still.”
Taylor, who passed away of congestive heart failure at the age of 79, spoke of her fondness for Farrell in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
“I love Johnny Depp, and I love Colin Farrell,” she told Kim Kardashian, who conducted the interview. “They’re both brilliant, nuanced actors with great range.”
As a result of their unlikely friendship, the Horrible Bosses actor was asked to recite Gerard Manley Hopkin’s poem, “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo,” at Taylor’s funeral.
“Elizabeth chose it. It was a tricky poem as well,” Farrell laughed. “Even in passing she had me under the thumb, sweating bricks.”
Farrell admits he’s still having a hard time coping with the loss of his friend. “I just miss her,” he said.
Is that a heartbreaking little tale or what? Ten minutes ago I didn’t even care about Colin Farrell, not even a little bit, and now all I want in this world is to hug him and hold his hand while we watch Cleopatra and cry. Who’s with me?
Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who you’ve probably already heard by now, passed away at the age of 79 early this morning from congestive heart failure. Liz was surrounded by her family at her time of death.
Elizabeth Taylor was not only a beautiful woman, but had the heart for humanitarian work and often saw the best in others, even when others didn’t think they had it in them.
The passing of Elizabeth is a large one – Hollywood loses yet another one of its original superstars.
Check out the gallery of Liz Taylor through the years – I’m often staggered at what a physically beautiful woman she truly was, even in her older age.
Elizabeth Taylor, who has been in the hospital since early February for congestive heart failure, passed away this morning. Though recently her condition had improved enough that doctors thought she may be able to go home soon, she took a turn for the worse, and her publicist reported that she “peacefully died” at the hospital, surrounded by her children.
Here’s the statement from Elizabeth’s son:
“My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love,” he said. “Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.”
Elizabeth’s family requested that instead of flowers, any contributions should be made to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
This is so sad. The world definitely lost one of its classiest ladies today.
“My heart … my mind … are broken. I loved Michael with all my soul and I can’t imagine life without him. We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together. I was packing up my clothes to go to London for his opening when I heard the news. I still can’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it. It can’t be so. He will live in my heart forever but it’s not enough. My life feels so empty. I don’t think anyone knew how much we loved each other. The purest most giving love I’ve ever known. Oh God! I’m going to miss him. I can’t yet imagine life without him. But I guess with God’s help … I’ll learn. I keep looking at the photo he gave me of himself, which says, ‘To my true love Elizabeth, I love you forever.’ And, I will love HIM forever.”
A quote from Elizabeth Taylor, best friend of Michael Jackson.