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Sparkle to Open in Theaters Friday, Whitney Houston’s Last Performance

Submitted by on August 15, 2012 – 8:33 am Comments

Sparkle movie posterThe Salim Akil directed film “Sparkle” hits theaters this Friday. The film stars Jordin sparks, Tika Sumpter, and Carmen Ejogo who play three sisters who dream of becoming Motown stars. Their mother, Emma,  is played by the late Whitney Houston.

The film also stars Derek Luke, Mike Epps, and Omari Hardwick. “Sparkle” is a remake of the 1976 film by the same name. “Sparkle” is set in the 1960′s and focus’ on Sparkle, who is the youngest of the three sisters and a prodigy when it comes to song writing. The film shows how dangerous the road to stardom can be, with all its temptations. The original “Sparkle” was inspired by none other than the Supremes.

The remake features many of the same songs as the original which were written by Curtis Mayfield, a soul musician. It also includes some new songs that were written by the R&B star R. Kelley. This is the first time Jordin Sparks will be seen as an actress.

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This film was Whitney Houston’s fifth and last. She died on February 11th, only three months after filming ended. The movie is said to be dedicated to her memory.

In the 1990′s, Whitney Houston’s BrownHouse Productions secured the rights to remake “Sparkle.” Aaliyah was being considered as the lead role in the film, but her untimely death in August of 2001 halted all preproduction plans. The film was put on hold until 2011, when Salim Akil took on the project after wrapping up “Jumping the Broom.” The film took only a month to shoot. Though many were excited about the film, it was also difficult for some to see Whitney’s very last performance.

There are many films that premiered after their stars had passed away. “The Deer Hunter” was one of these films. John Cazale was dying from lung cancer while filming “The Deer Hunter.” His girlfriend, Meryl Streep, and the director of the film threatened to leave the project if the studio tried to fire Cazale.

“Enter the Dragon” was Bruce Lee’s last film, as he died only six days prior to the film’s theatrical release. Some say “Enter the Dragon” was Lee’s best film, by far. The star of “The Crow”, Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee’s son died in a freak accident on the set of the film. A gun that was only meant to fire blanks was accidentally loaded with a live round. Lee died from a gunshot wound he received when the weapon was fired at him.

Whitney Houston

One of James Dean’s most notable roles was that of a teenage delinquent in “Rebel without a Cause.” The film was released less than a month after Dean’s fatal car crash. He was also in the film “Giant” which was released the year after his death. He earned a nomination for an Academy Award for that role.

Heath Ledger won an Academy Award posthumously for his role as the Joker in Christohper Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” He died from a drug overdose only seven months prior to the film’s release. Another more recent example of posthumous films was none other than Michael Jackson’s “This is It.” The film was supposed to be a documentary about Jackson’s last concert, but he passed away prior to the actual show. It is now the highest grossing concert movie ever.

Keaven Neely

Keaven is a stay at home mother of two little girls. She writes her blog This Mama Is Crazy and also sells her arts and crafts on her Etsy site. Writer of “The No BS Zone”

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