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'Whitney' scores big ratings for Lifetime

Lifetime’s decision to pair its original film Whitney with the specials Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney and Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances turned out to be a masterful plan as 11.8 million viewers tuned in throughout the night’s events.


Yaya DaCosta 'belts' her heart out as Whitney Houston in Lifetime clip

Entertainment Tonight has shared a new clip of Yaya DaCosta “singing” Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight” from the upcoming Angela Bassett-directed Lifetime biopic, Whitney. READ FULL STORY

Lifetime releases first trailer for Whitney Houston biopic

After months of speculation about Lifetime’s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, the first trailer is here — and shows both the singer’s professional highs and personal lows: One moment she’s singing “I Will Always Love You” in a sparkly dress onstage; the next she’s engaging in a screaming match with Bobby Brown.

Yaya DaCosta, a one-time America’s Next Top Model Contestant, plays Houston in the Angela Bassett-directed film. Bassett, who’s making her directorial debut with Whitney, wanted to focus on Houston’s relationship with Brown, one that was often perceived as tumultuous. “I really just want to tell a story about a boy and a girl who fell in love,” Bassett told EW in JuneREAD FULL STORY

Whitney Houston's mom speaks out against upcoming biopic

Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston’s mother, is speaking out against Lifetime’s upcoming biopic about her late daughter. In a statement to Entertainment Tonightshe said her family is “exhausted by the continuing misinformation” and pleaded to “let [Whitney] rest.”


First look: Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston in Lifetime's biopic

Lifetime’s early-2015 biopic Whitney Houston (working title)—directed by the singer’s Waiting to Exhale costar Angela Bassett and starring ­former America’s Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta—just began shooting. But DaCosta has already re-created the iconic cover of the pop diva’s 1987 Whitney album. And her ­modeling background came in handy for the quick shoot. Laughs the star, “I just looked at the picture and did the pose!” Somewhere Tyra is smizing proudly.

Whitney Houston biopic director Angela Bassett talks casting, drugs, family, and Bobby Brown

Ever since Angela Bassett announced she would direct a Lifetime film on beloved singer Whitney Houston, diehard fans—and most of the Internet—have speculated on nearly every aspect of the film. Who would play Houston, with her prodigious voice and winning smile? Would her daughter Bobbi Kristina appear in the movie? Would her family be involved? How would her ex-husband, singer-songwriter Bobby Brown, be depicted? And what of Houston’s death in 2012—would that make it to the small screen? READ FULL STORY

Yaya DaCosta cast as Whitney Houston in Lifetime's biopic

Tyra taught her to smize, but will Yaya sing too?

EW has confirmed that Yaya DaCosta, who made her television debut in Cycle 3 of America’s Top Model, has been cast to play Whitney Houston in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic. The Brown graduate (as she frequently reminded us on the show) has made a name for herself since taking second place in the modeling competition, nabbing acting roles in All My ChildrenUgly BettyHouse, and even Lee Daniel’s The Butler.


The week in 'American Idol': Nigel's favorite singer this season, Idols on the charts, and more

Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips will battle it out for the American Idol crown next Tuesday, and the new American Idol will be revealed the following night during the big two-hour-plus finale. Make sure to set your DVR’s correctly; the episode will run over with an extra seven minutes. Current American Idol champ Scotty McCreery and pop superstar Rihanna, plus a slew of surprise guests, are set to appear.

The final performance themes, according to producer Nigel Lythgoe will be: 1. The finalist’s favorite song of the series. 2. A song chosen by Simon Fuller. 3. The finalist’s new single.

Nigel Lythgoe took to Twitter hours after the top 3 results show last night to reveal his favorite Idol contestant. He tweeted, “I promised I would reveal my favorite when they were voted off the show so….. it was Joshua. However, I am thrilled for Jessica & Phillip.” No wonder Joshua got so many standing ovations from the judges! Nigel also claims that Phillip and Jessica did not dominate the voting week to week. Joshua Ledet, Skylar Laine, Colton Dixon, and Elise Testone all topped the voting at various times. READ FULL STORY

Tyler Perry casts Bobbi Christina Brown on TV series 'For Better or Worse' -- report

Whitney Houston’s 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has been cast on Tyler Perry’s TBS series For Better or Worse, according to a People report. The show shoots at Perry’s Atlanta studios, where Brown lives. There are no details as of yet about the role.

In her first interview after the sudden death of her mother, Brown told Oprah Winfrey, “I have to carry on the legacy” of Whitney Houston, and said she would be focusing on professional singing, acting, and dancing.

The second season of For Better or Worse debuts on TBS in July.

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Whitney Houston: Her Highs and Lows
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Bobbi Kristina interview with Oprah: 'I feel her pass through me all the time'

In her first interview since Whitney Houston‘s death, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she’s “doing as good as I possibly can” and recalled the tender last moments she shared with her superstar mother before her sudden death last month.

“She’s always with me,” said the 19-year-old, Houston’s only child and sole heir. “Her spirit is strong, it’s a strong spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time.”

Brown made the comments in a Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey on Winfrey’s network, OWN, that also featured Pat Houston, the singer’s manager and sister-in-law, and Gary Houston, the brother of Whitney Houston. READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston tributes viewing guide

The Whitney Houston tribute/ratings capitalization game is in full swing, with multiple networks readying programs honoring the late artist. With last night’s Grammy Awards spiking to its biggest audience since 1984, and 7 of the top 10 albums on Amazon featuring songs by Houston this morning, it seems likely that more shows will be announced. Here’s your rundown so far: READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston tribute boosts Grammy ratings

UPDATED: The 54th annual Grammy Awards surged in the ratings Sunday night as the music industry paid tribute to Whitney Houston.

The three-and-a-half hour telecast delivered a stunning 39.9 million viewers. That’s the Grammys’ largest audience since 1984 — when Michael Jackson swept the awards — and the telecast’s second-biggest viewership tally ever.

The Grammys delivered a 14.1 adults 18-49 rating in primetime, showing a 41 increase from last year and matching its best since 1990.

During the ceremony, Jennifer Hudson sang “I Will Always Love You” as a tribute to Houston, who died Saturday afternoon in a Beverly Hills hotel room. The singer’s official cause of death has not been publicly released. READ FULL STORY

BET schedules programming remembering Whitney Houston

The Grammys won’t be the only television program remembering Whitney Houston following news of death Saturday. BET announced a revised schedule today that will remember the late legendary singer of such hits as “I Will Always Love You.” Along with offering live coverage in Houston’s hometown of Newark, N.J. throughout the day, BET will twice air an encore of its BET Honors 2010 (1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.), which recognized Houston’s influence in the music industry. The network will also re-air Houston’s performance at the Celebration of Gospel 2011 (3:30 p.m.).

Read more:
EW Special Coverage: Whitney Houston dies
Whitney Houston, superstar of records, films, dies
Grammys: Jennifer Hudson will pay tribute to Whitney Houston
Celebs react to Whitney Houston death: ‘Please tell me it’s not true’
Photo Gallery: Whitney Houston’s Highs and Lows


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