Lifetime is producing a Whitney Houston biopic later this year, with Yaya DaCosta in the title role and Angela Bassett in the director’s chair. That’s all fine and well – no one’s expecting it to be genius, but it’s a nice tribute to the late singer. The only person unhappy about this (instead of just apathetic) is Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who is a bit put out that she wasn’t cast to portray her mother… despite the fact that she’s not even an actress.
Here’s what Angela said recently in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“I did not think about casting her. And probably for a number of reasons, you know. One being that she’s not an actress. I know she’s acted here and there. I know she’s been on their family’s reality show, but she’s not an actress and acting is a craft. It’s an attempt to illuminate the complexities of human behavior and life. And this is a very fast-paced schedule; we have just 21 days to tell this story. It’s more than just saying lines and turning the light on. You have to drive the story—there’s a technical aspect.”
Could that be seen as a diss? Eh, maybe, but she’s just speaking the truth. However, Bobbi got all up in arms and retaliated on Twitter, as you do, by claiming that she’s going to be an award-winning actress and calling Angela a man.
Oh God, grow the hell up, Bobbi. First of all, Angela Bassett has more talent in her pinky finger than Bobbi Kristina has in her entire body. And any talent she may have is completely overshadowed by the fact that she’s an insufferable brat. Between this and the antics of her brother/husband, the Houston family is really not doing Whitney’s memory and legacy any favours.
June 30, 2014 at 9:00 am by Jennifer
If you haven’t heard of Sam Smith yet, well, you’re in for a treat. I’ve been following this guy since he featured on Disclosure’s album a couple of years ago with ‘Latch’, and now he’s doing so well not only in his native UK, but over in the States, as well – and for good reason.
He stopped by Sirius XM on Monday to be interviewed and do some songs, one of which was a cover of Whitney Houston‘s ‘How Will I Know’. It’s an interesting song choice – thankfully not the usual ‘I Will Always Love You’ (though I think he’d smash that, as well) – and he turns it into something really new, and really gorgeous. Enjoy!
June 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Jennifer
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.
May 27, 2014 at 9:00 am by Jennifer
Rihanna‘s not really what you would call an actress, despite that awful appearance in Battleship – and I say that as a Rihanna fan. Singer? Of course. Fashion plate? I’ll buy it. However, she’s still hot shit in the celebrity world, so of course Mr. Madea himself, Tyler Perry, wants to book her in for a new movie role. The problem is, that’s never going to happen because Whitney Houston told RiRi before she died that Tyler Perry movies are for “fading black stars”. Ouch!
“Whitney put her off Tyler by warning her bluntly that ‘Tyler’s films are for fading black stars, not rising ones,’” the source said.
“Rihanna so respected Whitney because in addition to being one of the biggest pop stars ever, she starred in hit movies such as The Bodyguard.”
And Rihanna, also a multi-talented star, feels it will be better for her career to do something similar to the 2012 science fiction war film Battleship, for which she received glowing reviews, the source said.
“She’s ruling out doing a Tyler Perry-style romantic comedy because she thinks she works better in action roles, playing the tough girl.”
HAHAHA, okay. First of all, please tell me they’re going to continue making movies based on board games so Rihanna can star. Maybe she can play the role of The Car in the Monopoly movie? What about Lord Licorice in Candyland? I’m into it.
Second of all, I feel like I need to watch the Madea movies now. Are they on Netflix?
April 2, 2014 at 8:00 am by Jennifer
Okay, this story is a bit convoluted and 100% a hot mess. Apparently two cops attended the scene of Whitney Houston‘s death. One of them, Sgt. Terry Nutall, apparently knelt beside the singer’s dead body, lifted up the sheet covering it and remarked, “Damn, she’s still looking good, huh?”
The other cop who was there, Sgt. Brian Weir, thought that was pretty fucked up and reported it, which didn’t work all that well for him, according to a new lawsuit he’s filed.
Weir claims he came forward with the complaint soon after Whitney’s death … and was subsequently canned from his positions with the coveted SWAT and K-9 teams in retaliation. Weir claims he was also denied promotions and other benefits.
He’s suing for unspecified damages.
This is such a mess on so many levels. But actually, I have to believe Weir – after all, it goes right along with what Ray J said about cops making “disrespectful comments” towards Whitney’s body. This needs to be handled, but it’s California, so you know it won’t.
March 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm by Jennifer
It’s always been clear that Whitney Houston‘s family was none too pleased about Bobbi Kristina marrying her “adopted brother”, Nick Gordon. While you would think they would have gotten over it by now, apparently a long-simmering feud came to the forefront during a Houston formal family event last week, where Whitney’s nephew, Gary Michael, beat the shit out of Nick.
We’re told Whitney’s nephew, Gary Michael Houston, went nuclear on Bobbi Kristina’s husband, Nick Gordon … SLAMMING him to the floor and pummeling his face — accusing him of talking crap about the family.
Family sources tell us … it all went down at a Sweet 16 party for Whitney’s niece, Rayah. We’re told it was a formal affair — everyone in tuxes and long gowns — but Nick showed up in a hoodie and knit cap and “lookin’ like a thug.”
Gary felt Gordon had insulted the family one too many times … as soon as the party was over, he delivered the beat down. We’re told it was a lopsided fight — Nick didn’t even get in a single punch.
Here are some nice tweets for you to enjoy between the two, as well. So much drama – Whitney’s probably rolling in her grave.
He still kinda sore from that last trip I sent him on smh….. I tried to tell him to buckle up lol
— GARY MICHAEL HOUSTON (@garymhouston) March 3, 2014
@garymhouston bitch ass nigga you had a clear shot on my face. You didn't do shit. Sloppy ass nigga. You got held back by one girl.
— Nick Gordon (@nickdgordon) March 3, 2014
#GaryMichaelHouston you're a bitch. Point blank. I've never seen such a little short/fake person. First time for everything.
— Nick Gordon (@nickdgordon) March 3, 2014