17 August 2012 3:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Salim Akil's remake of the 1976 film Sparkle features the final screen appearance from the late and beloved Whitney Houston, who died suddenly on Feb. 11 just one day before the Grammy Awards. Photos: Second Time's the Charm: 15 of Hollywood's Notable Remakes In the film, written by Akil's wife, screenwriter Mara Brock Akil, Houston portrays the matriarch of a late '60s-era girl group featuring Jordin Sparks as an aspiring soul diva. Sparkle currently holds a score of 60 percent among top critics on Rotten Tomatoes -- a vast improvement from its predecessor, which earned a dismal 13 percent. Read

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