Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has apologised for lashing out at Angela Bassett after the veteran actress refused to consider casting the 21 year old in a planned biopic about her superstar mum.
Bassett is due to make her directorial debut with the TV project for America's Lifetime network and she recently insisted the idea of casting aspiring actress Brown never crossed her mind because "acting is a craft".
Her comments infuriated Houston's only child and she slammed Bassett in a series of posts on Twitter.com, in which she questioned whether the star is really a woman. She wrote, "Ha MsAng 'bassketcase' (sic) has such a damn nerve my lord, at least the world doesn't mistake me for the wrong sex... "When I win my first Grammy or Oscar, *Shrugs* hmm whichever comes 1st, I'll be sure 2shout URname (your name) out b**ch! Hah (sic)..."
The online attack sparked a backlash among some of Brown's Twitter followers for her disrespectful remarks, prompting the youngster to make amends for her harsh words.
Returning to Twitter.com, Brown writes, "I'm a young woman who can admit her wrongs. 4who (sic) was offended I apologize BUT understand me before your (sic) quick to judge though."
Bassett has yet to comment on the fall-out. All My Children soap star Yaya DaCosta has been cast to portray the late singer in I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story, which is expected to air next year (15).
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has lashed out at Angela Bassett after the actress revealed she never once considered the 21 year old as her potential leading lady in a planned TV biopic. Bassett, who worked with Houston on 1995 movie Waiting to Exhale, is set to make her filmmaking debut with the movie based on the superstar's turbulent life for America's Lifetime network, and she has cast All My Children actress Yaya DaCosta in the lead role.
She recently gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly about the project, tentatively titled I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story, and appeared to take a swipe at aspiring actress Brown by claiming she wanted real talent for the job.
Bassett told the publication, "I did not think about casting her. And probably for a number of reasons, you know. One being that she's not an actress. I know she's acted here and there. I know she's been on their family's reality show, but she's not an actress and acting is a craft."
Her remarks did not sit well with Houston's daughter and Brown subsequently took to her Twitter.com blog to blast Bassett for her cutting comments and question whether the star is really a woman.
In a series of posts on Saturday (28Jun14), she wrote, "Ha MsAng 'bassketcase' (sic) has such a damn nerve my lord, at least the world doesn't mistake me for the wrong sex...
"When I win my first Grammy or Oscar, *Shrugs* hmm whichever comes 1st, I'll be sure 2shout URname (your name) out b**ch! Hah (sic)..."
Brown, whose father is R&B singer Bobby Brown, has only one acting credit to her name, in a 2012 episode of U.S. TV series For Better or Worse.
Bassett has also been criticised by Houston's manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston, who blasted the plans to turn the icon's life story into a TV project, insisting she is "certainly worthy of more than a television movie".
I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story is expected to air next year (15).
Bobby Brown marked Father's Day on Sunday (15Jun14) by reuniting with his daughter Bobbi Kristina. The New Edition star is believed to have been estranged from the 21 year old since the death of her mother, superstar singer Whitney Houston, in 2012, and even missed her wedding to Nick Gordon in January (14).
However, father and daughter were reunited this weekend (14-15Jun14) to mark Father's Day and Bobbi Kristina documented the meeting by posting a series of pictures on her Twitter.com page.
One of the shots shows Bobbi Kristina jumping into her dad's arms. She writes in a series of posts, "Out to dinner with daddy... #HappyHappyFathersDay! (sic)... #Happy Father's Day! (sic)."
Model-turned-actress Yaya Dacosta is preparing to bring Whitney Houston back to life on the small screen after landing the lead role in a planned TV biopic. Angela Bassett is stepping behind the camera to make her directorial debut with the project for America's Lifetime network, and she has cast The Butler star as the tragic R&B icon, according to TVLine.com.
The film, tentatively-titled I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story, will focus on the singer's rise to fame, her turbulent marriage to Bobby Brown and her drug issues. It is expected to air next year (15). DaCosta rose to prominence as a competitor on reality TV show America's Next Top Model and has since established herself as an actress with roles on U.S. soap opera All My Children, medical drama House and comedy Ugly Betty.
Last year (13), she also landed a small part in Lee Daniels' The Butler. Houston's manager and sister-in-law, Pat Houston, recently blasted plans to turn the late superstar's life story into a TV project, insisting she is "certainly worthy of more than a television movie".
The Houston family is reportedly in the process of developing its own Whitney film, similar to Michael Jackson's This Is It concert documentary, which was released following his death in 2009.
The new owner of Whitney Houston's New Jersey mansion plans to preserve the property as a memorial to the late superstar. Physician and real estate investor Matthew Krauthamer recently purchased the house in Mendham Township for $1.5 million (£937,500) after spending three years trying to secure a deal for the estate.
Krauthamer, who labels himself a "big fan" of the I Will Always Love You hitmaker, plans to restore the house to its former glory and keep it as a tribute to the singer.
He tells the New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper, "I'm very conscious of preserving what she created there. She had a lot of love and treated people very well. Her house was her family. Some of them lived there and some of them stayed there. She was generous to so many people and she spent a fortune renovating the house. The grounds are beautiful."
Houston married her husband Bobby Brown at the property in 1992 after buying it for $2.7 million (£1.7 million) at the height of her fame in 1987, but she hadn't lived there for at least five years before her death aged 48 in 2012.
In May (14), Houston's relatives took legal action against bosses at CPMG Mendham, LLC, who bought the property following the singer's death, claiming they had been blocked from retrieving personal items belonging to Houston from the house.
The dispute has since been settled amicably and the family members collected the items in question.
Whitney Houston's manager and sister-in-law has expressed her disapproval over Angela Bassett's plans to make a new TV movie based on the superstar's turbulent life and troubled marriage to Bobby Brown. Actress Bassett announced plans to make her directorial debut with America's Lifetime network last week (ends23May14), revealing the film, simply titled Whitney Houston, would focus on the couple's marriage and the tragic singer's drug issues.
The movie is expected to air next year (15), but the late star's relative Pat Houston has made it clear the family does not support the project.
She tells TMZ.com, "Whitney is certainly worthy of more than a television movie. If Whitney were here today, this would not be happening."
Sources tell the website the Houston family is in the process of developing its own Whitney film, similar to Michael Jackson's This Is It concert documentary, which was released following his death in 2009.
Houston died in her hotel bathtub in February, 2012. Her passing was ruled an accidental drowning, linked to heart disease and cocaine use.
Actress Angela Bassett is to make her directorial debut with a new movie about tragic superstar Whitney Houston. The star, who portrayed Tina Turner in 1993 biopic What's Love Got To Do With It, has been researching the singer's turbulent life and marriage to Bobby Brown for the TV movie Whitney Houston, which is expected to air in 2015.
The film will largely take place during the couple's marriage, when Houston became addicted to cocaine. Bassett says, "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."
The script for the biopic has been written by Shem Bitterman, who created the screenplay for Bassett's acclaimed 2013 TV movie Betty & Coretta, in which the actress portrayed Coretta Scott King, the wife of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.
Houston died in her hotel bathtub in February, 2012. Her passing was ruled an accidental drowning, combined with the effects of heart disease and cocaine use.
Singer Lionel Richie is set to receive the 2014 BET Lifetime Achievement Award next month (Jun14). The Hello hitmaker will be feted at the Nokia Theatre ceremony in Los Angeles on 29 June (14).
He will also perform at the event, which will be hosted by actor/comedian Chris Rock.
Past recipients of the award include soul icons Whitney Houston, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight and Diana Ross.
Stepping out of Neighbors into the cold, calm, dick-joke-free real world, you might find yourself hit with a barrage of "But wait..." moments: "Why did they move into a new frat house just a month or two before the end of college?" "When was it established that she wanted to sleep with him?" "Where did that pledge come from?" "Who was that other guy?" "If he, then why?" "When did?" "How?" "What?" "Huh?!" Yeah, there are enough logical holes in Nicholas Stoller's comedy to warrant an "Everything Wrong with Neighbors" gag trailer and a dozen or two angry message threads. But the tenability of a movie's realism isn't exactly on trial when it sells itself as the Seth Rogen comedy in which a baby eats a condom.
Neighbors eagerly liberates itself not only from the laws of basic reality or tight storytelling, but also from the rigid shackles of any one comic tone. We jump from a slice of life about new parents Mac and Kelly (Rogen and Rose Byrne) who aren't quite ready to say goodbye to their youth instantly to a wild and wacky college farce about the fraternity one house over (led by Zac Efron and second banana Dave Franco), borrowing a lexicon from latter day National Lampoon. As the war picks up between these congenial neighbors-turned-close-quarters enemies, we're invited into a back and forth of vicious, albeit loony, aggression, each maneuver to "get those fogeys/punks next door" escalating in hostility, danger, and independence from earthbound possibility. As we're treated to this ceaseless exercise in human malignance, Neighbors peppers in episodes of cartoon-grade zaniness, macabre pathos, and absolute surrealism. And although it might not seem like all of these comic identities can exist in the same film, Neighbors has a special trick up its sleeve to make it all work: it's funny. Never brilliant, and rarely all that fresh, but always funny.
The frat stuff plays broad, often saddling Efron's sadomasochistic pseudo-villain, Franco's vulnerable prick, and the pair's gang of goons — a wily Christopher Mintz-Plasse and an effortlessly charming Jerrod Carmichael at the top of the heap — with the usual party flick shenanigans like dance-offs and flaming barrels of marijuana. The team of youngsters is at its best, though, when the standard routine is shirked for more peculiar fare, like an abstract non sequitur that has Franco demonstrating a bizarre biological skill, or a fractured history of drinking games as narrated through flashbacks by a passionate Efron.
A good deal of fun can be pinned on the usual assortment of physical gags, pop culture references (one extended bit plays on the film histories of Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, and Al Pacino to endearing results), and the goofball antics of supporting players like Ike Barinholtz (as Mac's zealous, dimwitted pal). But Neighbors' secret weapon is Byrne, outshining the established comedic reputations of her co-stars with her performance as Kelly. Catapulted miles from the doldrums of straight-man-hood, Byrne tops even Rogen in awkward panache (watching her struggling to interact with the younger breed early on in the movie is delightful) and diabolical villainy alike — the very biggest laughs come from Byrne unleashing her furies or executing evil schemes. If Neighbors inspires any lasting impression, it should be a new appreciation for Byrne's chops in the humor department.
Somehow, this farcical grab bag never feels lethally convoluted or overstuffed. While the film's pacing does no great favors — we jump right into the principal conflict, which is a tough beat to sustain for so long — and a few abject narrative leaps keep the story from feeling tidy, these problems feel like a second priority. Even if some of the jokes feel strained or rehashed, if the characters are malleable, if the conceit is overcooked, or if there are too many plot holes to count... we're laughing. So it's working.
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Whitney Houston's sister-in-law has been granted an extension to a restraining order she obtained against the husband of the late singer's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. Pat Houston requested a protection order against Nick Gordon last month (Mar14) following an alleged bust-up at a family party.
A judge ordered Gordon to stay away from the I Will Always Love You star's former manager and executor of her estate through a temporary restraining order, which has now been extended for 12 months.
He is banned from contacting Houston or anyone in her immediate family and faces jail if he comes within 200 yards (182.8 metres/600 feet) of them.