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Inside Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's Rocky Marriage: 'It Was More of a Codependency'

Inside Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's Rocky Marriage: 'It Was More of a Codependency'
Both in life and in the new documentary Whitney, Bobby Brown plays a key role in the story of superstar Whitney Houston.

The R&B star, who was married to Houston from 1992 to 2007, was one of more than 60 people interviewed by the film’s director Kevin Macdonald. Though he opened up about their romance, Brown refused to discuss on camera the darker periods in his and Whitney’s relationship, including their long history of drug abuse during their marriage.

In this week’s issue, Houston’s family and friends open up about the ups and downs of the rocky marriage.
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My Love Is Not Your Love: Two Documentaries Misunderstand Whitney Houston's Magic

“It’s about more than the music.” This is what one of the talking heads in Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney insists—that the story of legendary pop vocalist Whitney Houston is about more than her music. Houston’s grisly descent into drugs and addiction certainly has a steeper dramatic arc than the rise-rise, slow fade-and-fall trajectory of her celebrated voice, which was severely damaged by the time she was found face down in a hotel bathtub at the age of 48 in February of 2012.Except, the music is a big part of Houston’s story. Daughter of soul singer Cissy Houston, cousin of Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, goddaughter to Darlene Love and unofficial niece to Aretha ‘Auntie Ree’ Franklin, she was born into family of singers. An instantly recognisable mezzo-soprano with a powerful, clean, goosebump-inducing belt, her emotional range could reach celestial highs, buoyed by her trademark melismas and stemming
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45 Genre Screenplays to Download For Free, From ‘A Clockwork Orange’ to ‘Goodfellas’

The best way to learn the tricks of movie screenwriting is to read as many movie scripts as possible. Script Reader Pro made headlines last year for debuting 50 screenplays online for free, and now the team over at Shore Scripts has done the same by making 45 genre screenplays available for free online. Shore Scripts picked five scripts in nine different film genres to feature, which means you now have free access to films written by Stanley Kubrick, Tony Kushner, Rian Johnson, Nora Ephron, and Tina Fey.

Shore Scripts is an organization made up filmmakers in the United Kingdom and the United States that seeks to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. The team is offering free downloadable scripts for films as classic as “The Iron Giant,” “Goodfellas,” “A Clockwork Orange,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

The full list of free screenplays by genre is below. Click here to
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‘Whitney’ Film Review: Whitney Houston’s Rise and Fall Captured in Somber, Exhaustive Portrait

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‘Whitney’ Film Review: Whitney Houston’s Rise and Fall Captured in Somber, Exhaustive Portrait
There was something uniquely American about Whitney Houston’s career. Through her non-threatening music and pristine persona, she occupied a place in the country’s consciousness few other black figures had reached before her.

The white mainstream was eager to embrace her, while African Americans concurrently doubted her understanding of their struggles. Yet she often acted as a bridge between the two, as was beautifully exemplified in her emblematic rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1991 Super Bowl.

Such is one of many conflicting notions that plagued her unparalleled rise to stardom, her troubled private life, and ultimately her untimely death on Feb. 11, 2012. Serving as both a tribute to her privileged voice — for which she’s been dubbed the “best American singer in the last 50 years” — and a thorough examination of the many intimate battles she fought as a result of overwhelming fame and substance abuse, Kevin Macdonald’s documentary
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Whitney – Review

In a Summer of superheroes and rampaging dinosaurs, a documentary has somehow broken through the noise. The Fall and Winter is the usual release time for serious, somber fare like “docs”, but this quiet film, about a man known for being quiet, has gotten critical raves and has been embraced by film goers. I’m talking about the film about Fred Rogers, Won’T You Be My Neighbor?. It’s part of a “sub-genre” of feature docs, one we’ll call the “show biz personality” film profile. There have been several entries in that category exploring the lives of musical performers. And when a career is cut short by tragedy, it gives the film makers a “dramatic hook” to reel in audiences. That was the case three years ago with the compelling feature documentary about jazz/soul songstress Amy Winehouse titled simply Amy. Now comes a look at a life perhaps even more tragic,
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Will ‘Black Panther’ be the first movie soundtrack up for Album of the Year Grammy since ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’

Will ‘Black Panther’ be the first movie soundtrack up for Album of the Year Grammy since ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’
No movie soundtrack has been nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys since “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” won in 2002. And only two other soundtracks have ever won the top prize: “Saturday Night Fever” (1979) and “The Bodyguard” (1994). But with the announcement that the top four general field categories are expanding from five nominees to eight, things might be looking up for “Black Panther” to end the soundtrack drought.

Panther” is the highest grossing film at the Us box office this year with $699 million taken in. But what really makes the soundtrack a force to be reckoned with is Kendrick Lamar. The rapper is overdue for Album of the Year after recent controversial losses, and he co-wrote every single song on the soundtrack. He also produced six of them and performs on five. Even though soundtracks have fallen out of favor with the Grammys in general, it might be
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Kevin Costner movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dances with Wolves,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘JFK’

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Kevin Costner movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dances with Wolves,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘JFK’
Kevin Costner has returned to the western genre which has so often brought him success. It’s not feature films this time but with the new television series “Yellowstone,” currently bringing excellent ratings to the Paramount Network. Westerns have been good to Costner at the movies, with his most successful winning him two Oscars as producer and director of “Dances with Wolves” in 1990.

Costner almost had a career that ended before it really started. After very small roles in a number of big films such as Ron Howard’s “Night Shift” and the Jessica Lange vehicle “Frances” Costner then got what could have been a star-making role. However, his role as a suicide victim in flashback scenes for “The Big Chill” was cut by director Lawrence Kasdan. The same director wou would later make it up to Costner by casting him in a showy role in the film “Silverado.”

That
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39-year-old mom Glennis Grace wins over ‘America’s Got Talent’ judges with Whitney Houston cover ‘Run to You’

39-year-old mom Glennis Grace wins over ‘America’s Got Talent’ judges with Whitney Houston cover ‘Run to You’
Glennis Grace won over “America’s Got Talent” head judge Simon Cowell with her soaring cover of “Run to You” by the late Whitney Houston. Before surprising the judges and audience with her powerful singing voice, the soft-spoken single mother admitted her 11-year-old Anthony had inspired her to face her fears and audition. At 39, she was not sure if she was too old to try and fulfill her dreams. Watch her “Agt” audition above and judge for yourself.

Watch Mel B presses ‘America’s Got Talent’ Golden Buzzer for 15-year-old singer Amanda Mena

Cowell opened the lovefest with the observation, “I feel like I’m looking at a star already.” While Mel B and Heidi Klum were also enthusiastic, they counselled Grace to bring some of herself into her next performance. It did not to be all Whitney all the time. “Run to You” was a cut from Houston’s Grammy-winning soundtrack to “The Bodyguard.
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Film News Roundup: Haley Lu Richardson-Cole Sprouse’s ‘Five Feet Apart’ Set for March Release

Film News Roundup: Haley Lu Richardson-Cole Sprouse’s ‘Five Feet Apart’ Set for March Release
In today’s film news roundup, the teen hospital romance “Five Five Apart” gets a release date, Lawrence Kasdan will direct an Anita Bryant movie, and James Ivory joins an Italian film.

Release Date

CBS Films and Lionsgate have set a March 22 release for romance-drama “Five Feet Apart,” starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse.

The duo is portraying cystic fibrosis patients in the same hospital, where strict rules dictate that they must stay five feet apart at all times. As the connection intensifies, so does their willingness to defy the rules that govern every moment of their lives. Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Parminder Nagra, Emily Baldoni, Gary Weeks, and Moises Arias also star.

Justin Baldoni is directing from a script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Producers are Cathy Schulman, whose credits include best picture winner “Crash” and “The Foreigner,” and Baldoni.

Five Feet Apart” is the first title to
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Film News Roundup: Haley Lu Richardson-Cole Sprouse’s ‘Five Feet Apart’ Set for March Release

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Film News Roundup: Haley Lu Richardson-Cole Sprouse’s ‘Five Feet Apart’ Set for March Release
In today’s film news roundup, the teen hospital romance “Five Five Apart” gets a release date, Lawrence Kasdan will direct an Anita Bryant movie, and James Ivory joins an Italian film.

Release Date

CBS Films and Lionsgate have set a March 22 release for romance-drama “Five Feet Apart,” starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse.

The duo is portraying cystic fibrosis patients in the same hospital, where strict rules dictate that they must stay five feet apart at all times. As the connection intensifies, so does their willingness to defy the rules that govern every moment of their lives. Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Parminder Nagra, Emily Baldoni, Gary Weeks, and Moises Arias also star.

Justin Baldoni is directing from a script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Producers are Cathy Schulman, whose credits include best picture winner “Crash” and “The Foreigner,” and Baldoni.

Five Feet Apart” is the first title to
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Whitney Houston Doc Serves Up Bombshells, Paula Abdul Shade in First Trailer (Video)

Whitney Houston Doc Serves Up Bombshells, Paula Abdul Shade in First Trailer (Video)
A new documentary about legendary vocalist Whitney Houston, which billed itself as an “unflinching” look at the singer’s rise and fall, released its first trailer on Wednesday and is walking its talk.

From director Kevin Macdonald (“Marley”), the doc was executive produced by Houston’s family and does not shy from the tragic carnival of drug abuse, emotional woe and the dizzying highs of Houston’s journey.

“There were always a lot of secrets,” one Houston pal says in the new trailer. “If you don’t resolve and deal with things, they never go away.”

Also Read: 5 Memorable Whitney Houston Performances (Video)

Footage teases revelations about Houston’s longtime friend and assistant Robyn Crawford and the nature of their relationship, as well as the depths Houston traveled to “lift up” her longtime partner, singer Bobby Brown.

Interviews with her champion and A&R rep Clive Davis and former Epic Records
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Trailer Watch: Cannes Film “Whitney” Presents Both Sides of an Incredible Talent

“Whitney”: Cannes

Whitney Houston’s family and friends describe her two sides in a new trailer for “Whitney.” The late singer was an iconic, amazingly gifted artist and performer, but she was also, as one of the doc’s interviewees puts it, “simple”: “She became Whitney Houston when it was time for her to get on stage,” she explains.

The divide between Houston the persona and Houston the person apparently weighed heavily on the six-time Grammy winner. “People think it’s so damn easy, and it’s not,” the “How Will I Know” songstress admits in archival footage.

Despite her personal turmoil, Houston’s beautiful voice and hard work cemented her a spot in music history. “You have three places to sing from: heart, mind, guts,” the singer’s mother, Cissy Houston, says in the trailer. “She learned them all.”

From Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (“One Day in September
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Whitney Houston documentary trailer: ‘Whitney’ will be in theaters on July 6 [Watch]

Whitney Houston documentary trailer: ‘Whitney’ will be in theaters on July 6 [Watch]
Six years after the untimely death of Whitney Houston at age 48, her family is ready to commemorate her life with a new documentary. They granted Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald access to a treasure trove including “previously unreleased recordings, rare never-before-seen footage and live performances recorded by Houston at various stages her life, as well as original studio recordings and a capellas of some of the late singer’s greatest hits.”

Macdonald has crafted all of this raw material into a new film, “Whitney,” which will hit theaters on July 6. In anticipation of that release, a teaser trailer has just hit the airwaves. (Watch the video above) Among those featured in the film are Houston’s husband Bobby Brown, her mentor and record label boss Clive Davis and her co-star in “The BodyguardKevin Costner.

Macdonald won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2000 for “One Day in September,” a
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New Whitney Trailer Reminds Us Why We'll Always Love Whitney Houston

Roadside Attractions reminded fans just how much they miss Whitney Houston on Friday when it debuted its new trailer for the documentary Whitney. The clip opens with the late singer's hit "I Have Nothing" playing in the background. As the trailer progresses, viewers see clips of Whitney's family members, including her mother, Cissy Houston, and her brothers, Gary and Michael. They also see her co-star from The Bodyguard Kevin Costner and music mogul Clive Davis. Her husband Bobby Brown makes an appearance, as well. "You have three places to sing from—heart, minds, guts," Cissy says at one point. "She learned them all." The trailer also showcases home videos...
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Teaser Trailer for New Whitney Houston Doc Shows Singer's Different Sides

Teaser Trailer for New Whitney Houston Doc Shows Singer's Different Sides
A new teaser trailer for the upcoming Whitney Houston doc, <i>Whitney,</i><i> </i>wants to introduce viewers to the woman behind the celebrated singer. <i>Whitney </i>is set to provide an in-depth look at the life and career of the late superstar.

The trailer features Houston’s hit “I Have Nothing,” which was written for the film <i>The Bodyguard</i> and nominated for an Oscar. Footage from concerts, music videos, interviews and Houston’s childhood flash by, painting a portrait of the singer’s impact and talent.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>

“You have three places to sing from: heart, mind, guts,” her mother,...
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Lorde Apologizes for ''Poorly Chosen'' Whitney Houston Reference on Instagram

Lorde has a message for those offended by her recent Instagram post.  The 21-year-old pop singer sparked backlash on Thursday after referencing the late Whitney Houston in the caption for a photo of a bathtub. "And iiii will always love you," Lorde wrote, alluding to the 1992 song made famous by Houston and featured in The Bodyguard.  In 2012, Houston accidentally drowned in a hotel bathtub, the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use contributing to her tragic passing. Three years later, the legendary singer's daughter, Bobby Kristina Brown, died in a similar manner.  Lorde deleted the photo and ultimately issued the following...
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Broadway Stars to Stage Benefit Concert for Parkland

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Broadway Stars to Stage Benefit Concert for Parkland
Big Broadway and TV names will come together later this month for “Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Parkland, USA,” produced to raise funds in the aftermath of the Parkland shootings.

Matthew Morrison (“Glee,” “South Pacific”), Noah Galvin (“The Real O’Neals,” “Dear Evan Hansen”), Wayne Brady (“Kinky Boots,” “Hamilton”), Telly Leung (“Aladdin”), Deborah Cox (“The Bodyguard”), Laura Bell Bundy (“Anger Management,” “Legally Blonde”) and a number of the stars of CW musical series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” — Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin, Vincent Rodriguez III and Gabrielle Ruiz — are among the performers lined up to appear on April 16 with the South Florida Symphony at the Bb&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Some of the tunes on the night’s songlist were written by Stoneman Douglas students with theater composers including Joe Iconic and Drew Gasparini.

Several Stoneman Douglas students will speak at the event, which will also feature a performance
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March 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The ’Burbs Collector’s Edition, The Church, Rockula

March 20th’s horror and sci-fi home media releases are an eclectic bunch, Shout Select’s Collector’s Edition of The ’Burbs and the new Blu-ray of Michele Soavi's The Church leading the pack. Arrow Video has put together a stunning release of Robert Altman’s Images that fans will definitely want to pick up, and for those of you who enjoy the work of Takashi Miike, Well Go USA has put together a remastered edition of Ichi the Killer that you’ll want to nab as well.

Kino Lorber has resurrected Offerings on Blu-ray, and Scream Factory has a pair of cult classics—Rockula and Nightmare at Noon—that are also enjoying a brand new HD overhaul as well. Other notable releases for March 20th include Delirium, Caged, Still/Born and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (which I’d call something of a family fantasy/adventure hybrid, so
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Whitney Houston documentary is early frontrunner for Oscars 2019

Whitney Houston documentary is early frontrunner for Oscars 2019
The estate of Whitney Houston has officially announced that “Whitney,” an “intimate, definitive account of the superstar’s life and career,” will be released July 6. A powerhouse team of Oscar winners is at the helm of this documentary. Leading the charge is director, Kevin Macdonald, who won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2000 (“One Day in September”). He earned further acclaim for his 2006 biopic on Ugandan President Idi Amin, “The Last King of Scotland,” for which Forest Whitaker took home the Oscar for Best Actor and his 2012 feature about reggae legend Bob Marley (“Marley”).

For “Whitney,” Macdonald was granted exclusive rights to a vault of unheard music and never-before-seen video footage spanning the entirety of the late singer’s legendary career. Co-producing the film is Simon Chinn, a creative force who has won Best Documentary at the Academy Awards twice. In 2008 he took home the golden statue for “Man on Wire,
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March 13th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Shape Of Water, Suspiria 4K Restoration, The Ambulance (1990)

March’s genre-related home entertainment releases just keep getting better with each passing week, as we have more than 20 different Blu-ray and DVD offerings coming our way this Tuesday. Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-nominated masterpiece The Shape of Water arrives on various formats, and for those who didn’t get a chance to nab the Steelbook Edition, Synapse is putting out a standard Blu-ray release of Dario Argento’s Suspiria that is absolutely worth every single penny.

As far as other more recent titles, look for Are We Not Cats, Justice League, Children of the Corn: Runaway and Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies this week, and all you cult film fans out there should be sure to check out Scream Factory’s new Blu for The Ambulance, The Church from Scorpion Releasing, as well as a trio of under-appreciated gems from George A. Romero—There’s Always Vanilla, The Crazies,
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