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Whitney Houston Movie To Be Directed By Angela Bassett On Lifetime

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Whitney Houston

My goodness. Whitney Houston left us only two years ago and we’re already talking about some sort of a biopic? Seems a bit early to me, but as usual, I wasn’t consulted.

Whitney and Angela in Waiting to Exhale
Whitney and Angela in Waiting to Exhale

Angela Bassett, who starred in Waiting to Exhale with Whitney back in 1995, plans on directing a movie about the diva, who died tragically at the age of 48.

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 “Whitney Houston chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model, and singer, songwriter Bobby Brown — from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage.  Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.”

Added Bassett: “I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story. Their humanity and bond fascinates us all.  I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”

So the film will focus primarily on the Bobbaaaay & Whitney Years? Yikes. I’m sure in 10-20 years’ time, we’ll

Whitney Supporting Bobby in one of his many court appearances.
Whitney Supporting Bobby in one of his many court appearances.

see a proper biopic that gives us the full story…from Whitney’s early years to the sad night before the Grammy Awards in 2012. For now, we’ll have to settle with a sugar-coated Lifetime movie.

Do you think it’s too early for a Whitney biopic? And on Lifetime?

The Reviews Are In, ‘Liz & Dick’ Is Bad In A Good Way

Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor and Grant Bowler as Richard Burton

 

Lifetime‘s new movie ‘Liz & Dick’ premieres this weekend on the channel, and while Lindsey Lohan has been trying her best to promote it, the biopic is getting torn apart like a turkey wishbone by critics. The movie details the relationship between screen legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, played by Lohan and Grant Bowler. His portrayal of Burton has been getting decent reviews, but Lindsay’s performance as Taylor, who it seems she might think she is in real life, is getting panned.

Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter calls Lohan’s performance woeful from start to finish,” and says that her late 80’s appearance of Taylor looks like a “lost ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit.” Maybe they should have gotten Mike Meyers for these scenes. He adds,

For a short film on two long lives, Liz & Dick truly drags. Luckily, you can’t take your eyes off of Lohan playing Taylor, which the producers clearly thought would work because they share similar backstories. Except for the part about Taylor being a gigantic movie star and Lohan not being one. Not even a star bright enough to transport you at least halfway to believing she’s Elizabeth Taylor.”

Linda Stasi of The New York Post was a bit more kind, Lohan, in character as Taylor, is often so believable you might think you’re seeing the real thing, but then every once in a while she’ll backslide and deliver lines that sound DOA.”

Brian Lowry of Variety suggested a Drinking Game while watching the movie,like taking a swig every time a doctor or associate delivers bad news.”  He says the movie is “wobbly at times, but the movie ultimately stands on its own.”

So will you be watching ‘Liz & Dick‘ when it premieres Sunday night at 9 p.m.? It sounds like it could be a lot of fun…or just really bad. 

Former Disney Star Watch: Demi Lovato & Miley Cyrus

“I’m not THIS!” – Demi Lovato

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Much Music reports that after a Barbie doll was thrown on stage during a recent concert, Demi Lovato told the audience:

“I’ve been through so much in my 20 years of life. It’s very important that I share this story with you guys. I know how you guys feel and I want to show you guys that you can get through it because I’m living proof right here.

And guess what?  I’m not this. (referring to the doll) And it means the world to me that you guys still love me no matter what.

Was this an organic, off the cuff moment or something carefully constructed by her PR/management team? *COUGH totallyplanned COUGH**

Don’t Know & Don’t Care.  I’m rooting for this particular side of  Demi (depending on who you ask, the more famous one might need some good vibes, too) so much so I would even watch the Katie Couric show again.

Bonnie? Is that you?

Sticking with Much Music but on to another of DivaJulia’s favorite people, Miley Cyrus is negotiating to star in  a Lifetime miniseries about the infamous crime duo, Bonnie and Clyde.

Lindsay as Liz

With Lindsay Lohan as Liz Taylor coming at to us in November, Lifetime is apparently positioning itself as a place for teen actresses to reinvent themselves.