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Whitney Houston's mum Cissy Houston has slammed an upcoming TV biopic about the late singer, calling on filmmakers to "let her rest".
Actress Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in 1995's Waiting to Exhale, is planning to make her directorial debut with I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story for America's Lifetime network.
However, she does not have support from Houston's mum, who has now spoken out against the made-for-TV movie. A statement to Entertainment Tonight reads, "Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family's objections."
"No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with (ex-husband) Bobby (Brown). In the two years since Whitney's death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn't know her."
"We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please please let her rest."
While the release date for the movie has yet to be revealed, the main cast has already been made public - former America's Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta is set to play Houston, R&B singer Deborah Cox will provide the vocal tracks, and Final Destination 5 star Arlen Escarpeta will play Brown.
"I did not (know who he was). When I read the script, I was like, 'Is this a fictitious character?' (But) I did the research and I fell in love with this man... He was such a wonderful individual." Actor Nelsan Ellis had to study soul singer/producer Bobby Byrd's background before signing up to star as James Brown's best friend and confidante in new biopic Get On Up.
Actor Dan Aykroyd made quite an entrance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in America on Friday night (18Jul14) by performing one of his favourite James Brown tunes with rock 'n' roll veteran Bobby Rush. The Blues Brothers star portrays Brown's manager Ben Bart in new biopic Get On Up and decided to promote the film with a musical tribute to his late hero.
Aykroyd and Rush performed Brown's I'll Go Crazy and the actor then explained to host Fallon that the number was special to him as he used it to persuade his late friend not to retire.
Aykroyd explained he performed the track when Brown was part of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003.
The actor explained, "He was thinking about retiring and I sang it to kind of dissuade him from retiring - if you leave me, I'll go crazy... He was so much fun. He was a great guy, a wonderful man."
Brown died on Christmas Day (25Dec), 2006.
R&B star Deborah Cox has reportedly been tapped to provide the singing voice for Whitney Houston in the late star's biopic.
Former America's Next Top Model star Yaya DaCosta will be playing Houston in the TV movie, but Cox is in talks to recreate the music legend's songs for the film, according to E! News.
Reports suggest a deal for the music rights is still being ironed out, but the Nobody's Supposed To Be Here singer is on track to provide the vocals for Houston's iconic discography.
I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story also features Final Destination 5 star Arlen Escarpeta as Houston's former husband Bobby Brown, and Angela Bassett is stepping behind the camera for her directorial debut.
Houston died in 2012 aged 48.
Final Destination 5 star Arlen Escarpata has been cast as Bobby Brown in Angela Bassett's upcoming Whitney Houston biopic. Bassett, who is making her directorial debut with the TV movie, has cast America's Next Top Model star Yaya DaCosta as Houston and now she has her Bobby Brown.
News of the 33-year-old actor's casting was announced on Monday (14Jul14) when bosses at Lifetime - the channel behind the film - released a photo of the leading lady with Escarpata.
New Edition star Bobby Brown has bowed out of the R&B band's ongoing U.S. tour due to medical reasons. The veteran Cool It Now hitmakers kicked off their latest trek in Connecticut on 26 June (14) and have been performing for fans in cities like Boston, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York in the past two weeks.
However, audience members have noticed Brown failing to keep up with his bandmates during a number of synchronised dance routines, with the singer appearing to struggle to catch his breath as his fellow New Edition members continue with the show.
He was even filmed briefly walking off stage during their gig in Southaven, Mississippi last week (02Jul14), and now the singer's representative has revealed the reason for his lack of stamina.
The spokesperson tells TMZ.com Brown recently underwent "an intrusive medical procedure", which has left him exhausted and fatigued, prompting him to quit the tour.
Brown, 45, has since been placed under doctors' care as he continues to recover from the mystery ailment and he has reached out to fans to say sorry.
The note reads: "I apologize to the fans of New Edition. I really wanted to be with my brothers, but presently I am unable to give the fans what they typically expect from New Edition."
The tour is due to continue in Oklahoma on Friday night (11Jul14) and wraps up in Los Angeles on 3 August (14).
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.
Former R&B bad boy Bobby Brown is reinventing himself as a barbecue connoisseur with the launch of his own collection of sauces, seasonings and mixes. The New Edition star reveals cooking has always been a passion of his and he is now turning his hobby into a business.
He says, "I learned to cook a long time ago. When I was younger and on punishment, that was my punishment, where I had to stay in the kitchen with my mother and actually learn how to cook.
"This is not something that is new to me; it's been a part of my life for a long time."
The Bobby Brown Foods product line, created from the singer's personal recipes, includes flavours such as Bobby's Original BBQ Sauce, Boston Blend Seasoning and Sweet and Spice Sauce. The items will go on sale this autumn (14).
Brown isn't the only celebrity to enter the saucy industry - R&B legend Patti LaBelle owns her own Good Life range of hot sauces and relishes, while singer Kelis, who became a certified saucier in 2010, launched her Feast collection of sauces in November (13).