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In Honor Of 'Sparkle,' The 6 Best Posthumous Film Releases

8/14/2012 1:07pm EDT
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...

Michael Jackson Lawyers Win Bid To Show Unseen 'This Is It' Clips In Court

6/25/2011 4:00pm EDT
Lawyers in the upcoming Michael Jackson manslaughter trial have won permission to show raw, unseen footage of the King of Pop's 'This is It' concert rehearsal film in court on the eve of the second anniversary of the superstar's death.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors in the case against Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray were told they would be able to show clips in a bid to determine the singer's physical condition in the days before he died during a hearing in Los Angeles on Friday.

Outtakes that were not used in the film, capturing the last week of Jackson's life - as he prepared for dat...

Justin Bieber's 'Never Say Never' Surpasses Michael Jackson's 'This Is It'

3/21/2011 8:13am EDT
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Justin Bieber's Never Say Never has been crowned the most successful concert movie ever at the U.S. box office after overtaking earnings for Michael Jackson's This Is It - but he insists the King of Pop is "still the greatest."

The teen idol's film has grossed $72.2 million in tickets sales in America since it was released last month, taking it just above the $72.1 million Jackson's movie made. And Bieber admits he is stunned by the record.

In a series of posts on his page, he writes, "Proud of 3D and grateful 2 the fans 4 making it the #1 grossing concert doc of ALL TIME!!...

Michael Jackson Is Top-Earning Dead Celebrity

10/26/2010 8:14am EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson has topped a list of the highest-earning deceased celebrities, making more money in the past year than Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

The Thriller icon, who died in June last year, posthumously pulled in $275 million over the past 12 months with his back catalogue and merchandising deals.

His concert film This Is It, which documented preparations for his ill-fated London stage residency, also made $250 million at the box office.

Jackson's earnings were greater than the total combined earnings of the 12 other dead stars on Forbes magazine's list, including Presley, Lord...

Rihanna To Give Her Story, 50 Cent's Album Leaked, Jay-Z Has A New Beef, More

11/3/2009 1:34pm EST
Rihanna her story
Weekly Music News: Rihanna will discuss the Chris Brown incident on Good Morning America & 20/20. Since Chris Brown gave us a Larry King interview full of "wows" and "that's crazy", Rihanna is ready to give her take on the incident that took place between she and Chris Brown during the morning hours of February 8th; or is she? The net went bonkers after news of Rihanna's impending appearance on Good Morning America was released. According to a promotional video that was released late last week, the singer will finally open up about what took place between she and Chris the night before the ...

Behind The Scenes With 'This Is It' Director Kenny Ortega

10/29/2009 10:26am EDT
Kenny Ortega - This Is It
Kenny Ortega gives us some insight on what it took to put together the 'This Is It' documentary. What is was like working with Michael Jackson through the years and how Michael wanted to bring the best artist in the world to go with him his journey and inspire them to new levels.

Did your Hocus Pocus background help reinvent Thriller?

It didn't hurt. It didn't hurt but it also came from my background of loving Michael Jackson's Thriller and being a huge fan of all of his short film work. But it was one of the first ideas that Michael and I talked about was let's create a 3-D experienc...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'This Is It,' 'Boondock Saints II' & More

10/27/2009 9:37am EDT
The House of the Devil
As a Bostonian I'm quite excited about the release of the Boston based sequel "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day." As a huge fan of the original, I've waited years to see a sequel come to fruition.

For nearly 10 years, director Troy Duffy struggled to make the follow up to his 1999 cult hit "Boondock Saints." A Hollywood outsider, Duffy suffered from bad press characterizing him as incredibly difficult to work with. This created a major roadblock for him as he sought funding to make a second movie about the MacManus brothers, but eventually he was able to raise the money to make it h...

'This Is It' Is For The Fans But Is It Too Much Too Soon?

10/27/2009 9:30am EDT
This Is It
Michael Jackson has been called the "greatest performer of his generation" by many and even the "greatest performer of all time" by some, albeit perhaps overzealous, music fans. Naturally, everyone ate up his words when he announced his final concert during a press conference only a few months before his untimely death. Now the footage is being released in theaters and being billed as not only just a feature film but instead a full-on fan experience. The most jaded observers of the entertainment industry have not been surprised by the mad rush to capitalize on Jackson's extraordinary perfor...

Listen To Rihanna's New Single 'Russian Roulette,' Chris Brown Tour Dates, More

10/20/2009 12:09pm EDT
Weekly Music News: The week of November 23 is shaping out to be a week fit for the battle of the divas as Rihanna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Mary J. Blige are all scheduled to release albums. Rihanna's new single, Beyonce and Lady Gaga's video premiere date, Wyclef Jean's memoir, and Alicia Keys' new video round's out this week's music news.

Rihanna's new single "Russian Roulette" scheduled to premiere today

This has got to be a first. Music fans are going bonkers over her new album, then again Rihanna could release a line of socks and fans would go just as crazy. The official ann...

Madonna & Janet Jackson Duet, Diddy Pushes Back Album, More

9/22/2009 12:11pm EDT
This is It preview
Weekly Music News: As predicted, Kanye West's umpteenth rambunctious outburst ended up being not only at the forefront of everyone's conversations, but he also scored the top spot on Google Trends. Here's hoping that this week won't be a case of déjà vu. Madonna and Janet Jackson prepare to duet, Mariah Carey performs on Oprah, and Diddy's delayed Last Train to Paris round's out this week's music news.

Madonna to duet with Janet Jackson?

The rumor of the moment is that Madonna and Janet Jackson are teaming up to record a duet with one another. Apparently, the two dancing Queens bonded...