8 items from 2015
“Where Children Play,” a drama starring Grammy Award-winning singer Macy Gray, has been acquired by the Urban Movie Channel. Robert L. Johnson, chairman and founder of Umc’s parent company Rlj Entertainment, made the announcement Sunday. “Where Children Play” tells the story of a young woman who is estranged from her parents for a decade and, after returning to Compton for her mother’s funeral, is forced to stay and care for her sick father. Also Read: Mo’Nique Says Hollywood Treated Her Like She ‘Just Got Off the Greyhound Bus’ After Oscar Win Leila Djansi directs the film, which »
- Todd Cunningham
The 1990′s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the Nc-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the year after one of the greatest years in the history of film, 1995 came plodding along, trying to keep up. So, for the first definitive list of 2015, we are going to look back 20 years at a year that, at first glance, doesn’t look so hot. It’s ripe with flops, but it’s also full of debuts, trailblazing beginnings, and better films than it gets credit for. But, the caveat still stands: this is not a “best of” list. In fact, there are a lot of bad movies on this list. But, they are movies that made a cultural impact, »
- Joshua Gaul
The family of the late singer has come out slamming the network and Bassett for the unauthorized biopic, “Whitney,” releasing a long statement, written by Houston’s sister-in-law Pat Houston, on her official website.
“If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst,” Pat Houston wrote, referring to recent biopics based on Brittany Murphy and the controversial Aaliyah movie. “You should not be surprised that someone decided to do a made for TV biopic. And, I might add, without the family’s blessing and despite her mother’s request to not do this movie. It happens every day.”
Lifetime had no comment on the statement.
- Alex Stedman
While Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic was packed with many hell-to-the-yes moments, not everyone was happy to see a skewed version of the singer's life story on the small screen. Perhaps no one was more upset about Whitney than Houston's own family, who shared a long statement criticizing the unauthorized biopic on the singer's official site.
The statement, penned by Houston's sister-in-law Pat Houston, slams Lifetime and director Angela Bassett for airing a subpar quality movie based on Houston's life from the perspective of ex-husband Bobby Brown. "If you watch this movie, »
With the Lifetime biopic Whitney set to air Saturday, Cissy Houston, the mother of the iconic singer, who died in 2012, is speaking out about the TV movie that was made without the family's cooperation. "I'm glad the Lifetime project is finished," Cissy Houston tells People. "I hope from now on her fans will keep her child, [Bobbi Kristina Brown], in their prayers, and I hope people will let my child rest." Adds a Houston family friend: "The family is not happy about this project. Bobby [Brown] and Whitney had a complicated relationship. I don't even think their loved ones understood it. So, for people »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
"I'm not gonna tear her down," Bassett insists, getting candid with ETonline in a new interview to promote her directorial debut focusing on the life of the late pop-music legend.
In Whitney, premiering Jan. 17 on Lifetime, the actress-turned-director gives the public a peek into the singer's trials and tribulations behind the mic -- but don't go misreading her intentions, she says. Bassett went as far as cutting scenes from the film to avoid tarnishing Houston's legacy.
"There were certain things in the script, and it was like, 'No, we're not gonna show that!'" the director says. "With the song with Babyface ("I'm Your Baby Tonight"), the way it was written (in the script was) she picks up a cigarette and can't concentrate on finishing the song because she's thinking about what's not going right with Bobby »
Admittedly, I was skeptical when I heard that Angela Bassett would be directing a film about Whitney Houston’s life for Lifetime. Ms. Bassett knew Whitney personally, having worked with her in "Waiting to Exhale" (1995), and her husband Courtney B. Vance, also worked with Whitney on the film "The Preacher’s Wife" (1996). Perhaps it was because of this friendship and reverence for the star that allowed Ms. Bassett to make the, surprisingly, honest, passionate, and well-done "Whitney." Instead of a biography of Ms. Houston’s entire career and life, Ms. Bassett chose to focus on her passionate, obsessive and often tumultuous relationship with her then »
- Aramide A Tinubu
“The conversation will cover the couple’s powerfully intense relationship while divulging Brown’s first-hand account of their marriage, from their greatest accomplishments and happiest moments to what really drove their romance together … and apart,” Lifetime said of the special, which is produced by Peacock Productions.
- Tim Kenneally
8 items from 2015
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