9 August 2012 11:25 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Just one week after what would have been Whitney Houston's 49th birthday, the late pop icon will make her final big-screen appearance in Sparkle, the film that was expected to usher in a career comeback for the singer before her untimely death in February. The premiere marks a bittersweet moment for American Idol alum Jordin Sparks, who will make her big-screen debut with the film. Sparks told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year that the process has been "bittersweet." Photos: Whitney Houston 1963-2012: The Iconic Singer's Life and Career in Pictures "I got to have that

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