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Whitney Houston’s Family Blasts Lifetime for Unauthorized Biopic

18 January 2015 1:58 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Whitney Houston’s estate is telling fans they should “brace for the worst” if they choose to watch Lifetime’s Angela Bassett-directed biopic, which premiered on Saturday.

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.

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- Alex Stedman

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Whitney Houston's Family Slams Lifetime, Angela Bassett Over Unauthorized Biopic

18 January 2015 8:42 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

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, »

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Whitney Houston's Mother Speaks Out: 'I'm Glad the Lifetime Project Is Finished'

17 January 2015 6:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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

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Exclusive! Angela Bassett Reveals Which 'Whitney' Scenes She Absolutely Wouldn't Include in Biopic

13 January 2015 6:08 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Angela Bassett will always love Whitney Houston.

"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.

Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of Lifetime's 'Whitney' With Star Yaya DaCosta

"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 »

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Review: Lifetime's Angela Bassett-Directed 'Whitney' is Surprisingly Fresh

13 January 2015 3:35 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

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

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Bobby Brown Special ‘Remembering Whitney’ to Air After Lifetime’s Houston Biopic

13 January 2015 11:52 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bobby Brown will discuss his ex-wife Whitney Houston on Lifetime this Saturday, after the network airs its biopic on the deceased singer.

The one-hour special, “Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney,” will seat Brown across from “Access Hollywood’s” Shaun Robinson for a no-holds-barred interview.

“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.

Also Read: Angela Bassett Privately Screened ‘Whitney’ for Houston’s »

- Tim Kenneally

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