We knew that the Whitney biopic that was directed by Angela Bassett and aired last weekend on LifeTime would be centered around a certain part of Whitney Houston’s life and more specifically, her relationship with Bobby Brown, but sheesh. The film followed the lives of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown EQUALLY and probably should have been titled “Whitney and Bobby” instead.
Yes, Lifetime has been the talk of the town due to it’s biopics on Aaliyah and Whitney (like it or not), but it looks like they haven’t scrapped their original fictional films just yet. Later this month, the network will air the original film “With This Ring”. The romantic comedy based on the best seller “The Vow” by Denene Millner, Angela Burt-Murray and Mitzi Miller has Regina Hall, Jill Scott and Eve Jeffers Cooper starring as three single friends who vow to get married within a year after attending their best friend’s wedding.
With the Whitney biopic being less than three weeks away, Lifetime is releasing sneak peeks from the film probably in the hopes of reassuring viewers that they won’t be disappointed with the finished product. The network may be feeling the pressure to make sure that this film is received better than November’s debut of the Aaliyah biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. Fans of Aaliyah complained that her biopic was poorly cast and produced.
Oprah has decided that producing Selma and portraying Annie Lee Cooper, a 54-year-old woman who tried to register to vote, in the film was just not enough. She is also using her platform to promote the movie and honor those who were apart of the historic marches from Selma to Montgomery 50 years ago. For one month beginning on January 1, 2015, OWN will feature exclusive programs, specials and movies in commemoration of the 50th anniversary.
In the wake of protests across the country and marches for justice this past weekend in both Washington, DC and New York, Americans as well as supporters abroad are hoping for a change in the current racial climate in the United States. During the New York screening of Selma, a film about the events surrounding the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches, Oprah shared her thoughts on the controversial subject with The Grio.
When I first heard the rumors of an Aaliyah biopic being in the works I was ecstatic. As a huge fan of the super cool singer/actress whose untimely death shocked the world, I thought hers was a story that needed to be told. Then it was confirmed that it would not be in theaters, but a Lifetime TV movie. That was when my first reservation about the film set in. I thought Aaliyah’s story deserved to be in theaters but okay. Then Zendaya Coleman was casted as Aaliyah and it was made known that Aaliyah’s family was not in support of the film. Further doubt crept in. Then Zendaya backed out amidst the public’s disapproval and the role was re-cast. Finally Alexandria Shipp was cast as Aaliyah and radio/TV personality Wendy Williams publicly announced her role as executive producer of the film. That’s when my hope for a film that would honor the memory of Aaliyah went out window. The film aired on Lifetime last weekend and as anticipated, it was an epic fail. Here’s why I think the film never had a chance.
Dozens of films about the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s have made it to the cinema. Movies centered around the stories of key figures like Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Nelson Mandela, and The Black Panther Party have been viewed in theaters nationwide. However, a film centered on the man who many consider to be the patriarch of the movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has never made it to the big screen…until now. Selma, directed by Ava DuVerney and written by DuVerney and Paul Webb, is the story of
One of the greatest actors of the last 40 years has died. Robin Williams was found dead in his California home yesterday from an alleged suicide. However, the manner in which he died is contradictory to the impact he had on millions of people during his life. His wit and ability to bring laughter and joy was a gift that was enjoyed by people across the globe. With over 100 film and TV credits and a career spanning decades, there was no generational gap. From early supporters who watched him on “Mork & Mindy” in the late 70’s and in “Good Morning Vietnam” in the late 80’s to twenty somethings who grew up on 90’s films like “Hook”, “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Jumaji”, we all enjoyed Robin’s charismatic performances that
Keke Palmer’s star has been bright for a while, but now it’s almost blinding! The 20-year old mini mogul became the youngest talk show host in TV history when her show “Just Keke” aired on BET on June 30, 2014. Now she has been cast to play Cinderella in the new Broadway adaption of the story, making her the first African-American to play the role on Broadway. When chatting with Vanity Fair, Keke shared that the reality of her new role hasn’t really sunken
As excited as I was about the Whitney biopic a few days ago is how disappointed I am right now after hearing that Whitney’s voice will not be featured in the Angela Bassett directed Lifetime biopic about her life. According to reports, critically acclaimed singer Deborah Cox will be lending her vocals to the film with Yaya DaCosta, the actress cast to play Whitney, lip syncing over them. A representative for
It looks likes things are moving pretty quickly for the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic. The film that is being directed by Angela Bassett and will focus on the Whitney’s career and personal life during the 90’s has cast the leading roles. We found out a few weeks ago that Whitney will be played by Yaya DaCosta. New pics have surfaced with Yaya as Whitney with actor Arlen Escarpata who has been cast as Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown.
Rumors of an Aaliyah movie have been swirling around for years. According to NecoleBitchie, it looks like it may come to fruition in the form of a VH1 produced biopic rumored to air on the anniversary of Aaliyah’s death, August 25th. When thinking about the production of a movie based on the life of the late singer, there are so many questions that come to mind. Will they talk about the R. Kelly situation? Will they include the Jay Z/Dame Dash saga? Will Timbaland and Missy be involved in the music aspect? Will they tell the FULL story? But the biggest and most important question for me is who can actually pull off playing the role of smooth but sassy, beautiful and ever so cool Aaliyah. None of the other stuff matters if they don’t get