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YOUR FEATURE PRESENTATION
Leaving for the theater to see SPARKLE, the boyfriend wrinkled up his nose. "Is that that Dreamgirls remake?" he asked rhetorically. He doesn't care about movies (...I know!) so I just said "yes" rather than getting into it. Sparkle, like Dreamgirls before it, does pair an "American Idol" alum in her big screen debut (Jordin Sparks / Jennifer Hudson) with a genuine legend (Whitney / Beyoncé) to tell the story of a troubled female pop trio in 1960s Detroit attempting to make it big as Motown explodes. But the similarities are cosmetic. (Which is not, unfortunately, to Sparkle's benefit. If you're going to load up your screenplay with familiar clichés, rob from superior work!)
The immediate jarring difference between the two films is first noticeable in the Jennifer/Jordin throughline. In both stories the biggest talent of the trio has to play second fiddle to "the hot one" but only in the earlier property does the Major Talent bristle mesmerizingly against her runner-up status; Jordin's "Sparkle" is a willing wallflower, happy to let her sister (the crazy gorgeous Carmen Ejogo) sing all of her songs whilst shimmering in the warmth of the spotlight. Sparkle's sister's name is "Sister" and their group is called "Sister and Her Sisters" and the men competing dramatically for their hands (that's a euphemism for vaginas) are named "Stix" (Derek Luke) and "Satin" (Mike Epps). So any moviegoer with a sybilant "S" should avoid all discussions of the movie.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP...
Next week's Glee revolves around the unmistakable songs of the late singer Whitney Houston, and in anticipation Fox has released a clip of the stars singing Houston's iconic "How Will I Know."
Called "Dance With Somebody," the episode will reportedly feature eight Houston songs, including power anthem "It's Not Right, But It's Okay," as well as the titular track.
Until then, take a listen to Glee's rendition of "How Will I Know" AFTER THE JUMP.
The trailer for Whitney Houston's final film, Sparkle, was released today. Houston plays the mother of three daughters in a girl group in the Motown era. Jordin Sparks stars, with Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter. Cee-Lo Green co-stars.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
Oprah interviewed Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina for the first time since the singer's death.
Bobbi Kristina told Oprah she has experienced a "visitation" by Whitney's spirit: "Her spirit is strong, it’s a strong spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time."
She also talked about her last days with her mother.
Watch (with two portions of the Pat Houston interview in which she talks about the night Whitney died), AFTER THE JUMP...
The Westboro Baptist Church didn't picket Whitney Houston's funeral, but they did post a 'shopped photo trying to prove that they did:
Star-Ledger reporters on the scene said access to that area had been restricted all day, and confirmed no active protests were occurring in the place depicted in the photograph.