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

August 14th, 2012 1:07pm EDT
Sparkle
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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Bobbi Kristina Brown Gets Tattoo In Her Mom's Honor

August 9th, 2012 11:28am EDT
Bobbi Kristina Brown
Whitney Houston's teenage daughter commemorated her mother's birthday on Thursday by getting a tattoo in the late singer's memory.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the superstar's daughter with Bobby Brown, visited a body art parlor in Atlanta, Georgia late on Wednesday - ahead of what would have been her mother's 49th birthday - to have the initials WH and four doves inked on her wrist.

She took to her Twitter.com page to tell followers about her plans for the poignant day, writing, "Mommy it's your birthday & I am going 2 (to) celebrate it 2 the fullest! Bc (because) YOU deserve it damn it, YOU ...
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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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Whitney Houston's 'Bodyguard' Gown To Go Under The Hammer

July 21st, 2012 8:17am EDT
The Bodyguard
Costumes Whitney Houston wore in The Bodyguard and outfits Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears showed off in films, on the red carpet and in videos are to be auctioned off in Los Angeles next week.

The stylish items have been added to the upcoming Dreier Collection sale for auction house Profiles in History.

Highlights include Houston's screen-used Rachel Marron Queen of the Night costume, which was inspired by 1927 Fritz Lang classic Metropolis, and Profiles spokeswoman Nancy Seltzer insists the Art Deco costume is sure to fetch thousands.

She says, "One cannot find a better costume wo...
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Friend Claims Whitney Houston Knew She Was Dying

June 28th, 2012 10:09am EDT
Whitney Houston
A longtime confidant says Whitney Houston knew her life was coming to an end in the weeks leading up to her death in February.

Raffles van Exel says Whitney's drug-related death shocked him, but in retrospect he believes there were signals.

"She kept talking about leaving America. I thought she meant Switzerland, where she'd talked about living. Now I realize she meant she was leaving this world," he told The Globe.

Van Exel has revealed personal information about the day Houston's body was found. She was was discovered in the bathroom of her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and parame...
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Whitney Houston Could Have Been In 'Rock Of Ages'

June 12th, 2012 9:30am EDT
Whitney Houston at a 2011 pre-Grammy gala
The late Whitney Houston’s final film role will be in this summer’s Sparkle, but the director of Rock of Ages revealed she was considered for a role in his film. Adam Shankman cast singer Mary J. Blige as Justice Charlier, the proprietor of a gentleman’s club in which Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) works when she falls upon hard times.

“Do you know who they initially asked me to cast?” Shankman revealed at the film’s press junket this weekend.

“The studio came to me with Whitney. I said I know Whitney, I made music videos back 100 years ago when I choreographed with her. I just said I...
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Tyler Perry: 'Bobbi Kristina Brown Definitely Has Star Potential'

June 7th, 2012 6:05pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Actor/director Tyler Perry was so afraid Whitney Houston's daughter couldn't act he only gave he a handful of lines for her appearance on his upcoming TV sitcom For Better or Worse.

The filmmaker believed Bobbi Kristina Brown, 20, had the potential to be a star and wrote a part specifically for her - hoping that her work on set would take her mind off the tragedy surrounding her mother's death in February.

Perry was hesitant about her abilities, but he admits he was blown away with her performance after her first day on set.

He tells ETonline.com, "I'm so proud of her because she said sh...
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Bobbi Kristina Brown Won't Be Charged For Underage Gambling

June 7th, 2012 10:39am EDT
Bobbi Kristina Brown
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, won't be prosecuted for allegedly gambling in a Las Vegas casino.

Last month, security camera footage showed the teenager appearing to help her boyfriend Nick Gordon pick winners at slot machines just hours after she accepted her late mother's Millennium Award at the Billboard Music Awards.

However, Las Vegas police have closed the underage gambling case due to insufficient evidence. Nevada Gambling Control Board Deputy Chief David Salas tells TMZ.com, "We have completed our investigation and there is not enough evidence to support cri...
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Whitney Houston's Mother To Provide 'Deeper Understanding' In New Book

June 5th, 2012 10:29am EDT
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's mother has signed on and promised to give deserving fans a "behind the headlines" glimpse into the late superstar's "brightest and darkest moments" in a sincere new book about her daughter's life.

Cissy Houston has agreed a deal with publishing house HarperCollins to release a memoir about the singing superstar, who died in February at the age of 48, and she insists the book will tell her daughter's "true story".

Cissy Houston says in a statement, "When I lost my daughter... the world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable w...
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Whitney Houston Grammys Drama Caught On Film

June 3rd, 2012 5:51pm EDT
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A 26-minute film about this year's Grammy Awards and the death of Whitney Houston is to premiere later this month in Los Angeles.

"A Death in the Family: The Show Must Go On" chronicles what went on behind the scenes as organizers of music's big night attempted to re-organize the show after learning of Houston's death 24 hours before the event was set to start.

The documentary is the first behind-the-scenes film on the Grammy Awards ever created by the Recording Academy.

Grammy organizer Ken Ehrlich tells Billboard.com, "There was greater interest than normal because of the circumstances...
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Whitney Houston's Daughter Bobbi Kristina Investigated Over Alleged Underage Gambling

May 22nd, 2012 7:58pm EDT
Bobbi Kristina Brown
State gaming officials in Nevada are investigating Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown over allegations that the 19-year-old was playing the slot machines at a Las Vegas resort while in town for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.

Mark Lipparelli, chairman of the Gaming Control Board, says that they're looking into the matter and into whether or not employees of the MGM Grand casino had allowed Bobbi Kristina to gamble.

Nevada state law says that one must be over the age of 21 to gamble, and those who violate the law may be subject to a six-month jail term or $1,000 fine for the ...
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Bobby Brown Debuts Song About Whitney Houston

May 17th, 2012 11:55pm EDT
Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown has debuted an emotional new song dedicated to his ex-wife Whitney Houston, in which he admits he "messed up pretty bad" during their marriage.

The New Edition star performed the track "Don't Let Me Die" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday.

In the lyrics, the R&B singer opens up about the painful loss of Houston and his regrets about their tumultuous 15-year marriage, which ended in divorce in 2007.

He sang, "I guess I messed up pretty bad... I didn't know who you were... I didn't know what we had. Now I'm stuck living in the past... trying to get the pieces back.....
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Bobby Brown Performs 'Don't Let Me Die' For Whitney On Jay Leno

May 17th, 2012 1:42pm EDT
Bobby Brown -- Don't Let Me Die
Bobby Brown debuted a new song entitled “Don’t Let Me Die,” in memory of his late wife Whitney Houston on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. During his performance the singer expressed what seemed to be sincere emotions in lyrics about regrets and living in the past.

“I don’t know how to live without you. I need you here. I guess I messed up pretty bad. I didn’t know who you were. I didn’t know what we had. Now I’m stuck living in the past, trying to get the pieces back. But I guess now you’re gone,” sung the R&B singer.

The song will be on his forthcoming album The Masterpiece,...
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Whitney Houston's Daughter & Mother To Star In New Reality Show

May 12th, 2012 9:45am EDT
Whitney Houston & Bobby Kristina
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and her mother Cissy Houston will star in new reality show on the Lifetime network.

"The Houston Family Chronicles" was confirmed on Friday by Houston family representative Kristen Foster.

The series will focus on Whitney's former manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston. It will also feature appearances by 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina, gospel star Cissy, Whitney's cousin Dionne Warwick and Grammy winner CeCe Winans.

Whitney died in February, and she famously starred in Bravo TV's 2005 reality series "Being Bobby Brown" with her then-husband Bob...
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Bobby Brown Is 'Clean & Sober' But Has A Cocktail 'Occasionally'

May 4th, 2012 9:27am EDT
Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown is refusing to let his recent arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) turn him off booze, insisting he will "have a cocktail" once his latest legal issue is resolved.

The New Edition singer, a father of five, was taken into custody in California in March after he was caught talking on his cell phone while behind the wheel.

He was booked for the phone violation, the DUI and the additional misdemeanour of driving on a suspended licence, but he reached a plea deal with prosecutors last week which saw him plead no contest to the DUI charge.

Brown was ordered to complete a 90...
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Bodyguard Claims Michael Jackson Was In Love With Whitney Houston

April 30th, 2012 8:57am EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's one-time bodyguard has revealed the singer and Whitney Houston had a brief fling - and the King of Pop dreamed of making the R&B icon his wife.

Matt Fiddes, who is about to embark on a legal challenge for visitation rights to Jackson's youngest son Blanket - claiming he's the boy's biological dad, insists his late pal was in love with Houston and never recovered after the famous pair split following a secret tryst at Neverland.

The martial arts master from Devon, England tells The Sun newspaper, "This affair will end all the myths that Michael was some kind of child mole...
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Whitney Houston's Mother Cissy To Write Tell-All Book

April 27th, 2012 9:12am EDT
Cissy Houston
Whitney Houston's mother is writing a tell-all book about her late daughter's life, according to a report.

Cissy Houston, who published her own memoir, How Sweet the Sound, in 1998, met with publishers at the St. Regis Hotel in New York this week to negotiate the release of the tome, according to the New York Times.

Houston, 78, is reportedly aiming to set the record straight about the superstar's troubled life and her death at the age of 48 in February, while one publishing executive told the newspaper, "She (Houston) said, 'There are so many lies out there and I want to dispel all of ...
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Rosie O'Donnell Explains Her Lindsay Lohan Tirade

April 26th, 2012 8:29am EDT
Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell has defended her comments about Lindsay Lohan landing the part of Elizabeth Taylor, insisting she wants the star to be at her best before returning to work.

The outspoken TV host slammed Lifestyle network producers' decision to cast the Mean Girls actress as the late Hollywood icon, saying, "The last thing she did good (was when) she was 16. I don't think she's right for the role and I don't think she's capable at this point to portray that character."

Lohan responded to the criticism, insisting she was shocked to be on the receiving end of O'Donnell's rant, because she ...
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6 Celebrities Winning The Battle Against Drugs & Alcohol

April 16th, 2012 10:30am EDT
Angelina Joile
Overcoming drug and alcohol addiction is never easy, and can be extremely difficult to deal with when you’re in the public eye. Despite the fame and fortune many celebrities' lives have fallen apart right in front of our eyes, due to their battles. And most recently we sadly said goodbye to one of the best voices of all-time, Whitney Houston, because of her struggles with addiction.

Although the battle continues to be an ongoing one for many in Hollywood, there are some who seem to have made it to the otherside. And in lieu of alcohol awareness month, I decided to put together a list of si...
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Q&A: 'The Client List' Star Naturi Naughton: 'There Are So Many Things I Want To Do'

April 8th, 2012 10:00am EDT
Naturi Naughton
Lifetime's The Client List premieres tonight (10 PM ET/PT). You've seen the saucy ads of Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley Parks, who works at a day spa that has a little something extra going on. But she's not the only one who's a part of the story.

I recently caught up with singer/actress Naturi Naughton, who co-stars with Hewitt in the Lifetime original series, to ask her about her role in the new show, her experience coming off the similarly sexy The Playboy Club, and her other aspirations.

What was the moment when you decided on an entertainment career?

I was pretty young when I decid...
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Autopsy Reveals Whitney Houston Was Found Face Down In Bathtub

April 5th, 2012 9:00am EDT
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Whitney Houston's assistant found the tragic soul star "lying face down" in a bathtub in her suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel, according to the newly-released full autopsy report linked to the singer's death.

Released on Wednesday, the official findings also offer up details of the drugs found in the Los Angeles hotel room at the time of Houston's death on February 11.

The L.A. County coroner has already ruled that Houston's passing was an accidental drowning with the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" as contributing factors as part of a preliminary report releas...
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Whitney Houston Auction Raises $80,000

April 1st, 2012 9:42am EDT
Whitney Houston
A collection of Whitney Houston memorabilia has raised more than $80,000, nearly two months after the singer's tragic death.

The lots on offer included a bustier worn onstage by the superstar, who died in February, which fetched $18,750 at the auction held in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday.

A pair of pearl earrings worn by Houston in her hit movie The Bodyguard went for $2,812, while a vest she sported in the film made $3,437.

Other items sold in the Julien's Auctions sale included dresses and other clothing. More Houston collectibles, including 30 of her gowns, will be auctioned ...
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Cissy Houston Opens Up About Daughter Whitney

March 31st, 2012 4:00pm EDT
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's grieving mother has broken her silence about her daughter's death in a taped TV chat with a New Jersey news crew.

Cissy Houston's first public interview since the February 11 tragedy will air on My9's 10 O'Clock News on Monday.

Conducted at the Newark church where Houston's funeral was held, the 78-year-old gospel singer admits she has a long way to go before she can get on with her life after losing her daughter, explaining, "I have my moments. I'm not there yet... If I could bring her back I would, but that's not possible.

"My children are my whole life. She was very ...
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Elton John: 'I'm Sure I Did As Much Cocaine As Whitney Houston'

March 29th, 2012 10:17pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John is convinced he would have died a premature and tragic death like superstar Whitney Houston if he didn't quit his drug habit when he did.

Houston, who had a long history of drug abuse, was found in her Los Angeles hotel room bathtub on February 11. Her death was recently ruled an accidental drowning, combined with the effects of heart disease and cocaine use.

The Rocket Man admits the tragedy really hit home for him because had been heading down a similar path of self-destruction when he finally managed to face up to his problems and turn his back on illegal substances in 1990....
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Bobby Brown Busted For DUI

March 26th, 2012 7:22pm EDT
Bobby Brown
Troubled singer Bobby Brown has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).

Whitney Houston's ex-husband was pulled over by police in Reseda, California on Monday after he was allegedly caught driving while chatting on his cell phone.

He was taken into custody and is being held in Van Nuys jail, reports TMZ.com.

Cops have yet to reveal what substance Brown was believed to be under the influence of when he was arrested.

Brown, who has a history of drug abuse, was previously convicted for a DUI in 1996, for which he served eight days in jail.

The New Edition star has...
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Family 'Saddened' By Whitney Houston's Toxicology Results

March 23rd, 2012 9:24am EDT
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's family has expressed its sadness after learning the soul superstar died from accidental drowning.

The hitmaker, who had a long history with drug abuse, was found submerged in the bathtub of her Los Angeles hotel suite on February 11.

An autopsy proved inconclusive and a cause of death was deferred pending toxicology results, which were released by the Los Angeles County Coroner on Thursday.

The official ruled Houston's death accidental, but noted that she also suffered from the affects of heart disease and cocaine use, while traces of prescription drugs including Xanax ...
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Own Whitney Houston's 'The Bodyguard' On Blu-ray March 27

March 23rd, 2012 7:17am EDT
The Bodyguard
Less than two months after Whitney Houston's death, Warner Bros. is releasing "The Bodyguard" on Blu-ray. The film celebrates its 20th anniversary on its Blu-ray release on March 27.

When musical superstar Rachel Marron (Houston) begins receiving death threats, she is compelled to hire protection. Enter Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner), who immediately incurs the wrath of Houston and her entourage by imposing prison-like security measures. An ex-Secret Service agent, Farmer still hasn't purged himself of his guilt feelings over his inability to protect President Reagan from would-be assassin J...
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Whitney Houston Died From Accidental Drowning; Report Says Heart Disease & Cocaine Were Contributing Factors

March 22nd, 2012 6:30pm EDT
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston died as a result of accidental drowning, in addition to the affects of heart disease and cocaine use, a coroner has ruled.

The soul superstar's body was found underwater in the bathtub of her Los Angeles hotel suite on February 11, hours before she was scheduled to attend mentor and friend Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammys party.

A number of prescription pills were found in Houston's room but an autopsy conducted the day after her passing proved inconclusive.

Houston's cause of death was deferred pending toxicology results, and the Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner...
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Ray J's Rep: 'There Is No Whitney Houston Sex Tape'

March 21st, 2012 4:06pm EDT
Ray J
A representative for singer Ray J has slammed reports suggesting the R&B star is in possession of an explicit sex tape featuring his on/off girlfriend Whitney Houston, insisting the footage does not exist.

Sources have told editors at Star magazine the One Wish singer, who notoriously filmed a lovemaking session with his ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian, documented his trysts with Houston on camera and now has a stash of X-rated photos and videos of the late soul legend in the bedroom.

The tabloid suggests a member of the Houston family has since reached out to Ray J, begging him to keep th...
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Bobbi Kristina Brown Is Not Engaged To Her Adopted Brother

March 19th, 2012 9:12pm EDT
Bobbi Kristina
A representative for Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has dismissed reports suggesting the teenager is engaged to her 'adopted brother'.

Family sources have been releasing statements to the media about the teen's alleged romance with Nick Gordon, who Houston informally adopted when he was 12, with some insiders suggesting the two are planning to wed.

But, despite recent photos and video footage that show Gordon and Bobbi Kristina holding hands and kissing, a rep for the teenager insists there are no marriage plans.

The spokesperson tells UsMagazine.com, "Bobbi Kristina is ...
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