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Action Packed 'The Expendables 2' Debuts At Number One

August 20th, 2012 8:46am EDT
THe Expendables 2
Action star-filled "The Expendables 2" dominated the weekend box office, grossing $28.8 million during its opening weekend. It was a respectable dbut; however, the original film opened with $34.8 million in 2010.

Sylvester Stallone heads up the starring cast, which includes returning members Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Terry Crews, along with fellow '80s action icons Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris. Liam Hemsworth also stars.

Jeremy Renner's "The Bourne Legacy" dropped to number two, taking in $17 million. Animated film "ParaNorman" bowed in at number three with ...
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Review: 'Sparkle' Shines Bright Thanks To A Great Cast & That 60's Soul

August 17th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
No matter how hard you try not to, 'Sparkle' directed by Salim Akil, based on the 1970's film of the same name, will always remind you of Miss Whitney Houston's premature and very sad death. Whitney died just three months after filming this picture.

"Sparkle" takes place in Detroit, Michigan. The year is 1967 and Motown is King.

Houston plays Emma, a strict, church-going, single mother, who lives with her three daughters...Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) an aspiring singer/songwriter...Dee (Tika Sumpter) who dreams of becoming a doctor and...Sister, the beautiful, super sexy, divorced, wild chi...
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'Sparkle': Ruth Carter on Designing Costumes for Cee Lo Green and More

August 17th, 2012 10:30am EDT
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Sparkle arrives in theaters today, and two-time Academy Award-nominated costume designer Ruth Carter is the woman responsible for the styles you'll see on the likes of Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston. She recently spoke with me about what goes into costume design, her next big project, and what it's like to design for someone as unique as Cee Lo Green.

"The actual career description for costume design could possibly be worded as a person who is hired by a director, production company or studio to create/design or recreate/redesign wardrobe for theater, a feature film, television show or ...
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Bobbi Kristina Brown, Jordin Sparks & More Stars Sizzle At 'Sparkle' Premiere

August 17th, 2012 10:00am EDT
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Whitney Houston would have been proud of her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, who looked lovely on the red carpet for the singer's posthumous film "Sparkle."

Houston's daughter wore a black sequined bandage dress and cute feathered high heels. She was accompanied by her "adopted brother" Nick Gordon.

Before leaving for the event, Bobbi tweeted, "Off to the premiere ! Glammed and all! Time to walk this carpet&rep mommy like she would want me too (: god bless u all ! nickdgordon enjoy!"

She later added, "Wardrobe.. Whatcha think!?2nite was incredible..!#SPARKLE!@JordinSparks &all the cast, I...
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Jordin Sparks Talks 'Sparkle' & Getting The Chills Watching Whitney Houston On Screen

August 15th, 2012 9:03am EDT
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"Sparkle," starring the late Whitney Houston, hits theaters this weekend, and co-star Jordin Sparks has opened up about working with the famous songstress.

The former "American Idol" star told the Washington Post, "I read the script and fell in love with it. I related a lot to Sparkle. She's a girl with a dream, and she's gonna do whatever it takes to get to the top."

Sparks won the sixth season of the FOX singing competition and made the change to acting when her music career faltered.

"Sparkle," a remake of a 1976 musical, centers on a gifted Motown who vocalist (Sparks) who finds her ...
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In Honor Of 'Sparkle,' The 6 Best Posthumous Film Releases

August 14th, 2012 1:07pm EDT
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This weekend's release of Sparkle will mark the final film for the recently deceased Whitney Houston. Posthumous film releases aren't too common, but there have been some fantastic films that hit theaters after a star's tragic death. Here are the Top 6:

The Deer Hunter (John Cazale) Cazale was in six films and all of them were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture. He was dying from terminal lung cancer during The Deer Hunter, but his girlfriend Meryl Streep and director Michael Cimino threatened to walk away from the film if the studio fired Cazale. Robert De Niro used his own m...
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Mike Epps Brought His 'Sparkle' Pimp Role Home

August 11th, 2012 1:07pm EDT
Mike Epps
Funnyman Mike Epps' wife couldn't wait for filming on his new film Sparkle to wrap - because she didn't like the pimp character he brought home, and the old friends he reconnected with.

The Hangover star's sordid past came back to haunt him as he filmed what has become Whitney Houston's final film - he was once a hoodlum in Indiana.

He tells WENN, "It was so poetic about me being in Detroit playing this role because the devil was working. I was running into old friends that I got high with. I had a perm on my head, I had an apartment on the water away from the rest of the cast like I wa...
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Jordin Sparks Opens Up About Filming 'Sparkle' With Whitney Houston

August 6th, 2012 3:54pm EDT
Jordin Sparks
Singer/actress Jordin Sparks cut herself off from friends for two months after the death of her Sparkle co-star Whitney Houston as she struggled to come to terms with the devastating news.

The No Air hit-maker grew close to Houston while shooting the new rags-to-riches story last year and Sparks was preparing to hit the red carpet with the soul superstar at Clive Davis' pre-Grammys party in Hollywood in February when the icon was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room.

Recalling the horror of the night Houston died, she says, "I was about to go change into my dress and there was a k...
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