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Jennifer Hudson makes her debut as The Voice's newest coach this week, and if you're not already excited, let us give you a few reasons to get excited. Hudson made her debut on American Idol in 2004, and ever since then she's been delivering seriously unforgettable musical performances, whether in movies that won her an Oscar, on the stage at Award shows, at the Kennedy Center paying tribute to Oprah, in a car with James Corden, or even on the Voice stage across the pond. She particularly seems like the go-to for tributes that will blow you away, as she's paid some seriously incredible tributes to Prince, Whitney Houston, and Oprah, among others. In celebration of her newest gig, »
Much has been made about the dearth of strong female roles in contemporary cinema, and the problematic depictions of women in many recent movies, but the past two decades have provided plenty of counterexamples. While the onus is on writers and directors to craft strong female characters, the actresses themselves bring these figures to life, and they’re often the main reason we keep being drawn back to these works.
In no particular order, our favorite — and we’d like to think the best — female performances of the 21st century.
Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” begins with a laugh that catches in your throat: A wide-eyed cat looks off-screen to the screams of a man and woman in apparent orgiastic bliss. Then comes the cutaway, which reveals a far more nefarious incident: Middle-aged Michéle (Isabelle Huppert), in the process of getting raped by a masked assailant on the floor of her home. »
- Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland, Michael Nordine, Jude Dry, Jamie Righetti and Zack Sharf
“We just always did our best,” he said about living with Hadid’s illness, while talking to Et at the Grammy Museum’s third annual gala at The Novo in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday. “We had some other issues as well, but everybody’s in a good place now. The main thing is that she’s healthy and in remission. She worked really hard at it and now she’s reaping the rewards of that.”
Exclusive: Yolanda Hadid Opens Up About Health and Finding Love Again -- With Her Kids' Help!
In her new book, Believe Me: My Battle With the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star claims the debilitating illness, which is spread by ticks, created cracks in her marriage, which ended in »
The documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, will debut exclusively on Apple Music on Oct. 3, with a limited theatrical release in select cities starting on Sept. 27.
The film, which was directed by Chris Perkel, examines Davis’ life and career in great detail. Davis, now 85, began his career as an attorney and was hired by Columbia Records, a client of the firm for which he worked, in 1960. He rose through the ranks and was appointed president of the label in 1967, and shortly afterward experienced an epiphany at the Monterey Pop Festival (the 50th anniversary of which is coming up in June), coming away with not just a vision of the burgeoning rock revolution, but also a contract for Janis Joplin.
In the half century since then — at Columbia, the two labels he founded, Arista and J, and his current role as chief creative officer for Sony »
- Variety Staff
The documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, will debut exclusively on Apple Music on October 3, with a limited theatrical release in select cities starting on September 27.
The film, which was directed by Chris Perkel, examines Davis’ life and career in great detail. Davis, now 85, began his career as an attorney and was hired by Columbia Records, a client of the firm for which he worked, in 1960. He rose through the ranks and was appointed president of the label in 1967, and shortly afterward experienced an epiphany at the Monterey Pop Festival (the 50th anniversary of which is coming up in June), coming away with not just a vision of the burgeoning rock revolution, but also a contract for Janis Joplin. »
- Variety Staff
Nine-year-old singer Celine Tam performed Tuesday night during the Semifinals 2 episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. Back in the Quarterfinals round Tam impressed the judges by singing “When You Believe” from Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Did she continue earning praises this week with her performance of the “Moana” song “How Far I’ll Go” by Alessia Cara? […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
Bobbi Kristina's estate has now joined forces with Bobby Brown to stop TV One from doing a biopic on Bobbi Kristina's life ... TMZ has learned. Bobby has already filed suit, claiming the portrayal as a bad dad is defamatory. Bobbi Kristina's estate has now joined the lawsuit, claiming the biopic violates Bobbi Kristina's right to privacy, which they claim survived her death. Bobby Brown has already claimed in his lawsuit the movie falsely shows him »
- TMZ Staff
Bobby Brown does not want the upcoming biopic of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown to air. Bobbi Kristina is set to premiere on Sunday, Oct. 8 on TV One, but Bobby has just filed a lawsuit to stop it from being released. In court documents obtained by E! News, Bobby claims that the TV One defendants "knowingly and maliciously" used his persona and life in the movie and promotion of the film. Bobby also claims in the court documents that the movie "contains defamatory and untrue depictions" of him "being violate" towards the late Whitney Houston. One line in the documents states that the biopic "contains defamatory untrue depictions" of Bobby and Bobbi »
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Legendary music producer Clive Davis says his documentary Soundtrack of Our Lives presents a more accurate and balanced picture of late singer Whitney Houston than the unauthorized Nick Broomfield film Can I Be Me.
On hand for a screening of Soundtrack at the Deauville Film Festival, Davis said he has found the reception to his Chris Perkel-directed film “very powerful,” with emotional screenings at Ischia and in Deauville as he does the European festival circuit before the U.K. premiere at London’s Curzon theater on Sept. 12.
As for working with Apple, which snapped up global rights to the film »
- Rhonda Richford
The life of a musical legend is incisively and sensitively explored by renowned documentarian Nick Broomfield in the essential Whitney ‘Can I Be Me’ arriving on digital platforms and on Blu-ray and DVD from September 4th courtesy of Dogwoof. To celebrate this week’s release, we have an exclusive clip from the DVD extras showing director Nick Broomfield discussing the challenges of interviewing people about Whitney, and how her family and friends reacted to the film during his interview at the film’s Sheffield Doc Fest premiere.
An unparalleled icon, Whitney Houston was, for many, the original diva, her legendary voice providing a soundtrack to her myriad fans’ lives. But behind the music was a complex, isolated woman haunted by insecurities and demons. Whitney ‘Can I Be Me’examines Houston’s New Jersey gospel roots, her rise to global fame in the 1980s and the key relationships in her life, »
- Paul Heath
Chris Perkel and Clive Davis (right) at the Hotel Royal in Deauville for the Festival of American Cinema: 'This was a dream chance to get to know Clive and to work with someone who had so much influence spanning such a long period of time' Photo: Richard Mowe For someone who admits he knew nothing about music or the music business Clive Davis, now 85, has had a remarkable career and life, intertwined with the successes of such artists as Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Simon and Garfunkel, Rod Stewart and hundreds of others.
It was even more remarkable for a boy born into a middle-class Jewish family in New York to parents who expected him to be either a doctor - or a lawyer.
He revealed all in his autobiography The Soundtrack of My Life which now has been made in to a documentary by filmmaker Chris Perkel »
- Richard Mowe
An artist from a gospel background who became a mainstream sensation, Whitney Houston struggled with compromise. Here, great archive footage (singing in church aged 12, say) and strong interviews (the band from her 1999 tour serve up insights about her performance and background) turn this into a superior documentary from Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal. Drugs are a thing, for sure, but never underestimate the effects of family weirdness. John Robinson
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- John Robinson, Luke Holland, Andrew Mueller, Jack Seale, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, Sharon O'Connell and Paul Howlett
Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****Spoilers Ahead**** What do you get when you combine 1980's Wall Street, cocaine, Huey Lewis, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, and a honey almond body scrub? Why, a complete psychopath, of course! Mary... Read More »
- Brian Bitner
The inner life of pop diva Whitney Houston, the murder of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious Big, America’s first female serial killer … film-maker Nick Broomfield talks closeups, close calls and what drives him to find the truth
Nick Broomfield’s original film about Aileen Wuornos, always described as America’s first female serial killer, was released in 1992. In great detail and with remarkable access he covers successive trials, across different states, in which she was handed the death penalty several times over for the shooting of six men on various highways.
What is striking about the first film, The Selling of a Serial Killer, is how isolated and undefended Wuornos was. With her girlfriend giving evidence against her, Wuornos’s only emotional support came from one coquettish Christian woman who had decided to adopt her during the trial. Her legal counsel was Dr Legal, a solipsistic stoner she had seen on a TV advert, »
- Zoe Williams
Caudwell Children is a British non-profit which focuses on donations to special children for medical treatment, therapy, specialized equipment, and dying wish holidays. The charity has been working towards its goals since 1999 and has made over 2,000 donations to families with disabled children.
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Taking place immediately after Houston's death in 2012, the biopic will follow Brown's struggle to come to terms with the sudden loss of her
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- Keisha Hatchett
We know the story of Whitney Houston, but what about her daughter? The new TV biopic will take a look at Bobbi Kristina's life, and what it was like growing up in the shadow of her superstar parents. »
- Emily Longeretta
The TV movie, simply titled Bobbi Kristina, will air on TV One in October, and will star Stuck in the Middle actress Joy Rovaris as Brown, Nadji Jeter as her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, and Vivica A. Fox as her aunt Pat Houston.
In a trailer that dropped Monday, Rovaris-as-Brown looks at times distraught as she cries on a bed, »
TV One has released the first trailer for its Bobbi Kristina Brown biopic on Tuesday, giving a first look at how the network will tackle the tragic death of the 22-year-old daughter of music legend Whitney Houston. The minute-long clip touches on Brown’s attempts to make a name for herself as a singer in the shadow of her mother and the contentious relationship with boyfriend Nick Gordon that led to her death in 2015. Brown was found unconscious in the bathtub of her Georgia home on Jan. 31, 2014, almost exactly three years after the death of her mother. She died »
- Reid Nakamura
The sad story played out in countless headlines in 2015, and now a TV biopic will chronicle the short life and tragic death of Bobbi Kristina Brown. Airing on U.S. cable channel TV One, “Bobbi Kristina” focuses on the daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, who passed away in August 2015 at age 22 […] »
- Brent Furdyk
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