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The “Whitney” Trailer Is Here And It Looks Good

December 4th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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The "Whitney" Trailer Is Here And It Looks Good

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We heard the rumors, heard about the controversy and even saw some promising pictures. Now, an extended trailer of Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic, Whitney has arrived. And it looks pretty awesome. And judging from the images, it seems like the network is going to go there, talking about infidelity, addiction and the love in between.

As you know her relationship with Bobby is the focal point. So you’ll see quit a bit of their dynamic in the trailer as well as YaYa’s acting chops.

And the Clive Davis look-a-like is uncanny.

After you watch the trailer, tell us what you think about the upcoming biopic, coming to Lifetime on Saturday, January 17.

Motivation: 10 Women Over 50 And 60 Whose Bodies Put Women Half Their Age To Shame

December 3rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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When Jada Pinkett-Smith shared the photo of her 61-year-old mother coming out of the water at a beach and I saw her abs glisten in the sunlight, I almost choked on my layered chocolate cake. I told myself after being inspired by her incredible body that after I finished said delectable cake (can’t be wasteful!) that I was going to get back on my workout grind this week so that when I turn 60 (God willing), I can look at least decent if I can’t look like Ms. Adrienne Banfield-Jones.

But with her in mind, here are 10 other women over 50 and 60 who inspire us to want to keep our bodies right and tight because they look oh so amazing.

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Angela Bassett

Ladies and gents, take cover, because Angela Bassett is putting on a gun show! The 56-year-old actress has been flexing on folks since she showcased her toned form in What’s Love Got To Do With It? and she hasn’t missed a beat more than 20 years later.

Lifetime Releases Official Air Date For The Whitney Houston Biopic + More Pics

December 2nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Official Air Date For The Whitney Houston Biopic

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Let’s be honest, after the Aaliyah biopic, Lifetime is not exactly in our good graces right now. So sad to say, the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic will be under even more scrutiny. And we love Angela Bassett around these parts, so we’re sincerely hoping she gets it right.

Today, Lifetime released the official air date for the biopic, simply titled: Whitney. It will air on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT. As you know the biopic is set to focus on the relationship between Whitney and her husband Bobby Brown.

There are certainly similarities between the two Lifetime movies. Like Aaliyah’s family, Whitney’s family is not necessarily behind it. While Bobbi Kristina wanted the lead role, Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother, believes Whitney should just be allowed to rest right now. And the estate didn’t grant Lifetime permission to use Whitney’s songs for the film.

But despite these hurdles, I’m still holding out hope. Because instead of having YaYa attempt to sing those iconic songs we all know and love, Lifetime enlisted the help of Deborah Cox to do the vocal work.

So it could very well work. And these pictures seem to suggest that it won’t be an all out debacle.

Immediately after the movie, Lifetime will air an hour-long documentary called Beyond the Headlines: Whitney Houston

Check out some more pictures from the set below and on the following pages.

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Angela Bassett On Whether Or Not She Knew Whitney Houston Well Enough To Do The Biopic: “Who Does But The Person And The Lord They Serve?”

October 30th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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While chatting with HuffPost Live this week about all her new projects, including “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” Angela Bassett spoke in-depth about her connection to Whitney Houston and what people can expect from the biopic she directed for Lifetime about the music legend’s life–which is specifically about her relationship with Bobby Brown.

Bassett has received a lot of criticism for going forward with the film against the wishes of the family (and we know Bobbi Kristina felt some kind of way about not being cast to play her mom), specifically from Cissy Houston:

“Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby.”

But in her HuffPost Live chat, Bassett said that no one really knows a person intimately like that, aside from God, but that she and Whitney made quite the connection after doing Waiting To Exhale. For that reason, while she might not be the perfect person to tell such a story, she only has good intentions when it comes to her late friend:

“We worked together, Waiting To Exhale. There was hope that we would be able to do the sequel, but unfortunately there was her untimely passing…that made it really, really difficult to try figure out how to tell that story.  But we had a wonderful time together. We were all so young, she was very young and at the top of the game and had a young daughter at the time. Bobbi Kristina could not have been 4 years old or maybe around that age around then. It was a delightful time and it was amazing to be around her. She had done “Bodyguard” and had broke through this glass ceiling of what a sista was paid, and what a woman was paid. I was mesmerized by her talent…we had a mutual admiration for each other. We were there for each other.”

So how does she feel about the criticism from Whitney Houston’s family?

“Well, I can understand. I consider it a gift that was given to me, the opportunity to tell the story and try to tell it with love, compassion and dignity and be concerned about it. Staying up all night just fretting and just caring for it and standing up for it. Taking whatever licks for it, because I, like everyone, adored her. At its core, it’s a love story. It’s a love between two individuals, a man and a woman.  I did spend a little time [with] her, but to know her intimately, intimately — I mean, who does but the person and the Lord they serve? Who knows a person? But I know a little about being in the spotlight, a little about celebrity and its demands, a little about trying to find a mate and the support that’s needed in your industry — mine being acting, hers music industry. I think I know about being a woman, about being a black woman that came up in a little hometown … and yet you are able to become a success because of this God-given gift or talent. So I know a little bit about what it might have been like.”

But Bassett recently told Cosmo that she would like the family, both the Houstons and Bobby Brown and co., to see the film before it airs on Lifetime.

“But I do – I, personally – hope to present it to [them], allow them to see it before the world has an opportunity to see it. That’s my desire. Because this is not theater – this was a life. So, because it is going to be done, it is going to be seen, it’s done now. To me, that just shows respect.”

Are you here for the biopic? It’s finished, and will be coming to a TV screen near you sometime next year. Check out Bassett’s thoughts in full on her critics and on Whitney below. She talks about it around the 7:00 mark:

 

55 And Killing It! Angela Bassett For Violet Grey

August 8th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Violet Grey  Photo by: Robin Black

Source: Violet Grey
Photo by: Robin Black

It’s no secret that Angela Bassett has been the killing the game, in more ways than one, for years now. Whether it’s the roles she plays or the seemingly effortless way she seems to glow on the red carpet, Ms. Bassett has been doing her thing for decades now, even though you might not be able to tell looking at her physical appearance.

The Emmy nominated actress recently spoke with digital magazine Violet Grey to explain her red carpet routine, share a few beauty and life gems she’s learned along the way and even pose for the camera.

Check out a few excerpts from the interview below:

V.G.: Getting ready for the red carpet is a ritual for many actresses. What is it like for you? 

A.B.: My first question is always ‘Is my team available?’ I wish I could do all of this, but everyone has their gifts. Then I just sit there with my eyes closed. If I open them it’s only because I’m trying to get a few tips for myself!

V.G.: What kind of tips have you learned from your team? 

A.B.: One thing that I’ve learned is don’t bring your false lashes all the way to the end of your eyes because it will bring your eyes down.

V.G.: How do you prepare for the red carpet in the days leading up to an award show?

A.B.: I try to watch my diet so I can fit into whatever I am wearing. Cut the sugar, the alcohol and the bread, and eat a lot of protein and veggies.

V.G.:Who makes a good date to an event? 

A.B.: A friend or a sister. I mean, the husband is always great, but there is something about a girlfriend…

V.G.: Who does the red carpet well today?

A.B.: Cate Blanchett, Penélope Cruz, and, of course, Lupita [Nyong’o].

“Looking Like Bobby Is Not My Goal, Being Bobby Is My Goal” Arlen Escarpeta Talks Role In The Whitney Houston Biopic

July 25th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When pictures of Yaya DaCosta and Arlen Escarpeta as Whitney and Bobby surfaced, people had all types of things to say. There were comments that Arlen looked too nice and decent to play Bad Boy Bobby, or too attractive. There were even people who said he looked gay. But more than anything people wondered, where is the gap?

Well, honey we’ve got answers for you. We had the chance to speak to Mr. Escarpeta about his experience working on the upcoming Lifetime movie, the Houston family’s objections, including Bobbi Kristina’s rant, his response to the backlash and why he was missing Bobby’s signature gap.

See what he had to say below.

 

What initially influenced you to go after this role?

The initial audition was clearly something that everyone went out for. Clearly, Angela as a director is something that immediately pulls you in. She’s going to draw a lot of actors being such a tremendous actress herself. And then you know Bobby and Whitney’s story. I grew up listening to Bobby Brown. And being able to play him from the inside out, versus from the media standpoint, from the outside in, I think that’s what pulled me in initially.

Were you a Bobby Brown fan?

Definitely. I entered a dance contest when I was younger. “Every Little Step I Take,” Tenderoni,” you can go down the list. Bobby Brown, he was the man when I was growing up. So, absolutely.

How did you prepare? Did you get insight on what Bobby was like off stage

There wasn’t much support from the family in regards to that. So what I did was try to watch as many interviews as I could with Bobby and Whitney together or just Whitney talking about Bobby, Bobby talking about himself, picked up a couple of books and tried to get as much insight as I could from that standpoint. And then the other thing that I did was really get behind Bobby and Whitney’s love for one another. I think that was really the mainstay for Bobby’s character. You know, hone in on that passion, that love that they have for one another.

Did you have any reservations about doing the film without the support of Whitney’s family?

Not many reservations, if any at all because I trust Angela as a director. And I know that if it wasn’t something that was going to be done with class and with respect, she wouldn’t have her name on it. If it wasn’t someone that I knew and that I trusted in that way, then I would have probably felt some type of way about it. But Angela being the upstanding and classy person and actress that she is–with Angela at the captain’s table I didn’t have any reservations as far as that was concerned.

How was Angela Bassett as director?

There were no days off. Everyday, she asked and she pulled and she wanted something from me. She wanted to feel and know that you understood who you were playing and to give it every single day. And that was a treat. Every single day, I learned something different. I learned something different about myself as an actor, something different about Bobby, something different about Whitney. There were so many days of discovery, just different pieces of the puzzle that all came together. And I attribute that to Angela because she was really, really, really one of the catalysts that pulled and pushed this whole thing forward. And I feel that any of the actors that worked with her would give her her credit in that regard.

What did you think about Bobbi Kristina’s comments against Angela Bassett?

Oh yeah I read what she said. I didn’t pay to much attention to it at all because honestly, she’s coming from a place of passion, she’s coming from a place of love. She loves, loves loves her mother, like any child would. It’s completely understandable. I’m certain if there was a place for her to be a part of the film, in front of the camera, I’m certain Angela would have found it for her. But given our schedule, the shooting schedule and exactly what Angela wanted…unfortunately it didn’t work out. If she brought something to the table that Angela thought she could have really, really utilized I’m certain she would have been there.

But then at the same time, you also have to ask yourself, certain times when it comes to films or tv shows, whatever, sometimes someone can be too close to the project or too close to the person and that can create an issue as well. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out but much respect to Bobbi Kristina, I more than understand where she was coming from, absolutely.

Have you received any backlash for this part? 

I didn’t receive any personal backlash. There were a couple of tweets here and there. Some people didn’t think I looked like Bobby, which is fine I’m an actor. It’s not my job to look like Bobby, it’s not a look-a-like contest. Looking like Bobby is not my goal, being Bobby is my goal. A little bit of backlash here and there. A lot of people saying I look gay in the picture…You know, it’s fine. I take it all in stride. For me, it’s par with the course. When you’re playing someone as iconic as Bobby Brown, you have to expect that there’s going to be some type of backlash or something specific that people are looking for. All I can say is, when the film comes out, take a look and then we can talk then.

Do you have someone singing for you, like Deborah Cox is singing, as Whitney, for Yaya DaCosta?

I’m not doing the singing myself. There’s a gentlemen by the name of Carlos Battey. He’s from a writing group called The Jackie Boyz. He covered “Every Little Step I Take.” I had a good time with it. I got to dance, I got to sing. I got to wear some of the loudest suits I’ve ever worn in my life. It was a good time. I got to go to dance rehearsal. I got to work with Fatima Robinson and her team of choreographers it was an amazing experience.

Please tell me that you sang “Something In Common” 

We alluded to it. In regards to some of the music clearances, we couldn’t do as much as we wanted to. We got to where we needed to be and I think that people who know the song will get it, but we didn’t get to go through the whole song, no.

So tell us why didn’t you have the gap?

The gap is definitely Bobby. Everybody knows Bobby for his gap. Unfortunately, with our shooting schedule, there’s a time constraint. And you know for a dental mold that would actually fit in my mouth properly, allow me to still act, allow me to still be able to lip synch and do all these different things, it just didn’t come into play. They played with a couple of different pieces and neither of those pieces really stood out and looked real enough. And at some point, the producers and myself and Angela as well, we agreed that it’d be best to go without the gap for the simple fact that if it’s going to look that bad and that not real, that would be even more of a disservice than not having the gap at all. And the acting has to come first. So if I can look like Bobby, like we were talking about before, but can’t play the part, that just wouldn’t work.

I look forward to hearing what people have to say and what they think. It was an amazing time, it was an amazing opportunity and you know, onwards and upwards.

The biopic won’t air until next year, so in the meantime, be sure to look out for Arlen in the new film “Into The Storm” in theaters August 8. 

First Look: Watch Yaya In Action As Whitney Houston + Angela Bassett Responds To Bobbi Kristina

July 23rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Despite the dissension from Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kristina, the Whitney Houston biopic is a go. And if you don’t believe me, you need look no further than the recent behind the scenes interview Entertainment Tonight conducted with director Angela Bassett, star Yaya DeCosta and vocalist Deborah Cox.

During the interview, Entertainment Tonight asked Bassett how she felt about Bobbi Kristina’s Twitter rant against her for not casting her in the film. Bassett, always a class act, said she understood where Bobbi Kristina was coming from.

“I respect anyone’s feelings and truths. So I mean, I can understand it. I can understand it. She adores her mother. And in this process, I lost my mother so I get it. And I love Bobbi Kristina.” 

About all the controversy, Bassett said while she was prepared for it, she hasn’t allowed it to get to her.

“With great opportunity there will be criticism, so you learn to expect that but you what you don’t need is to be going out looking for naysayers. You know, you have a job to do.”

And Yaya, who I thought was Whitney on first glance, shared a similar sentiment when she learned she had earned the role.

“I kind of shut off  all social media because I didn’t want to be distracted by the, you know, the expectations, you know the naysayers.”

Good thing, because there’s been quite a bit.

Check out the video of Yaya in action below.

From what you saw, what do you think about Yaya as Whitney? And then just go ahead and confirm how classy Angela Bassett is for handling Bobbi Kristina’s comments with such grace. She is a better woman than I.

“Let Her Rest” Cissy Speaks Out On The Whitney Houston Biopic

July 23rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Cissy Speaks Out On the Whitney Houston Biopic

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We could only assume that the Houston family didn’t support Lifetime making a Whitney Houston biopic. The family was not a part of the process and had not signed over any rights allowing the production to use her recordings. And then there was that very unbecoming outburst from Bobbi Kristina (for which she later apologized) in reference to Angela Bassett not considering her for the role of her mother.

Well now, Cissy Houston is stepping forward with a statement of her own regarding the biopic. And to put it simply, she’s not happy.

“Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby.

In the two years since Whitney’s death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her. 

We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please, please let her rest.”

Wow. It’s hard to read this and not take it as a direct jab to Angela Bassett, who is serving as director for this movie. We all know that she and Whitney famously worked on Waiting to Exhale together but it seems Cissy doesn’t feel that was enough to make a movie about her daughter.

Without the family’s approval, do you think that Lifetime should proceed with the film?

Look! The First Picture Of Lifetime’s Whitney And Bobby Together

July 14th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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The first image of Whitney and Bobby together for the Lifetime biopic has been released. As we reported earlier, Belizean actor Arlen Escarpeta earned the role of Brown, starring alongside Yaya DaCosta who will play Whitney Houston.

Personally, I think the casting is pretty spot on. It would be impossible to find someone who looks exactly like Brown but this is pretty close. The hair is everything.

One of my coworkers argued that he looks too clean cut but back in the ’90’s Bobby Brown was a bit more clean cut than he is now. Some you all recall the days when he was the ultimate bad boy sex symbol.

But let us know what you think about this casting. Does it work for you?

And in other Whitney biopic news, Angela Bassett posted an open casting call on her Twitter account, inviting anyone in LA who would like to come and be an extra in the biopic to show up for food and fun.

We imagine they’ll probably be in a concert scene.

The biopic, which Bassett mentioned will be shot in 21 days, will be released early next year.

Are you still feeling good about it?

Bobbi Kristina Apologizes For Calling Angela Bassett A Manly B-Word, But Says Bassett Was Disrespectful Too

July 2nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Bobbi Kristina goes after Angela Bassett over Whitney biopic casting decision.

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We told you earlier this week that after Angela Bassett explained why she didn’t pick Bobbi Kristina to play Whitney Houston in the biopic Bassett is working on for Lifetime (because BK is not a trained actress…made sense to me), Bobbi Kristina tried to take a shot at the Academy Award nominee and acting legend.

“Ha! Ms. Ang “basket case” has such a damn nerve. My Lord, at the least the world doesn’t mistake me for the wrong sex. She has #XTRAequipment.”

“When I win my first Grammy or Oscar, *Shrugs* hmm whichever comes 1st, I’ll be sure 2 shout UR name out b**ch ! hah Ur Test Results= MALE. Lmao”

Yes, it was quite the immature response. And Bobbi Kristina must have realized that she was way too into her feelings, because she decided to take to Twitter yesterday to apologize for talking crazy about Bassett, and to also vow to make her late mother proud.

But Bobbi Kristina also took some time to chat with followers about feeling that the way Bassett spoke about not picking her to play Whitney for the movie was kind of disrespectful. BK says she’s the bigger person because she publicly apologized for her words:

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What do you think of Bobbi Kristina’s apology? And was Bassett a little hard on her by speaking about Bobbi’s acting abilities in public instead of addressing her first? Talk about it below.