December 4, 2014 at 8:28 pm #318395
Lifetime’s ‘Whitney’ biopic gets a trailer: 5 reasons it might actually be good
America may not be hate-tweeting the network’s latest music biopic.
By Chris Eggertsen | Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 8:23 PM
Hey, guess what? Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic actually doesn’t look terrible! Admittedly, this is judging from a brief trailer released by the network Thursday (via Buzzfeed), which shows Yaya DaCosta in action as the music legend for the first time. Watch it:
Can we all agree this will at least be better than that cut-rate Aaliyah movie everybody hate-tweeted? Here are five reasons why I suspect it may surprise us all.
1. Yaya DaCosta is actually talented.
Credit where credit is due: DaCosta rose from the career ash heap known as “ex-‘America’s Next Top Model contestant” to forge a legitimate acting career. In fact, she was one HitFix’s picks for “13 actors who should be bigger movie stars” back in June. Truly, I thought she was one of the best parts of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” and she even made an impression in “The Kids Are All Right” despite being onscreen for only a few minutes. Could this be her J. Lo breakthrough moment? Rooting for her.
2. Angela Bassett directed this!
Yes, THE Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Whitney in 1995’s “Waiting to Exhale.” She hasn’t directed a movie before, but I have faith in her abilities regardless – I simply can’t bring myself to believe that such a brilliant actress could possibly suck as a filmmaker. Also, she seems like a tasteful lady.
3. Yaya seems to have the Whitney stage moves down pat.
I mean, look at this.
4. Whitney’s story actually merits the biopic treatment.
While I loved Aaliyah (“Rock the Boat” is still my jam), I’m not sure her life story merited a feature-length biopic (though she certainly deserved better than Lifetime’s shoddy attempt). Whitney, on the other hand, lived a truly tragic life while she was alive. There’s a lot more material to mine from her story, and from the looks of it all the tragedy-and-triumph bases have been covered here.
5. The non-Whitney vocals sound pretty great.
I would be remiss not to mention that Whitney’s family is vehemently against this movie, which is why the songs you hear in the trailer were all Whitney re-records of previous hits – i.e. “I Will Always Love You” (Dolly Parton) and “I’m Every Woman” (Chaka Khan) – and not Whitney originals. That said, Deborah Cox’s stand-in vocal work sounds pretty spot-on in the snippets we hear in the trailer. I doubt the family will come around on this, but for their sake (and for Whitney’s) I’m hoping this actually does turn out alright. Either way, her legacy is secure.
“Whitney” premieres Saturday, July 17 on Lifetime. Will you be watching?December 4, 2014 at 8:55 pm #318396
Good to see he’s got his My Prerogative/Ev’ry Little Step hair going for him.
And for the poster above, I looked her up and she’s done several projects including The Kids Are All Right.
Also, I can’t remember where I saw it, but is the movie just focusing on the Bobby/Whitney time together, around the time of the reality show only? Or a broader range?
From what I have heard, the movie is mostly supposed to focus on the time Whitney married Bobby Brown to the time the finally separated. Or the most tumultous, turbulent, and controversial parts of her life often seen in tabloids and gossip fare.
Sadly I do not know how they can make a movie focusing on those parts of her life without making her look bad. Or without desrespecting and disparaging her memory. I know she was not perfect by any means, but I wish they would focus on more than just that aspect of her life.
I know I am not the only one, but I always adored and loved Whitney Houston’s God given talent, spirit, and grace. She truly was a once in a lifetime talent and something special. I really feel like there was no one like her and will never be again. I wish/hope the movie would focus more on that instead of the less than shining parts of her life.
I am happy Yaya Decosta is getting a chance to make it big. And I love Angela Bassett a lot and have always thought she was criminally underrated. I know she actually knew Whitney Houston and worked with her, but I’m still highly worried about this project.
With all that said, I am 100% against this project and have been since day 1. Not only is it too soon, it deserves to be better than a Lifetime movie. And I absolutely hate the fact this movie will be focusing on the bad parts of her life. What a shame.December 5, 2014 at 9:34 am #318398
Yassss YaYa! Okay, I’m in now.December 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm #318399
So a teaser and a trailer like two days apart? Whatever….
It looks pretty respectable, although DaCosta looks more like Bassett than Whitney, but she looks good…January 16, 2015 at 10:48 pm #318400
Some info from Lifetime:
Golden Globe® Award winner and Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett makes her directorial debut with the Lifetime Original Movie “Whitney,” featuring Yaya DaCosta (Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”) in the lead role with Arlen Escarpeta (“Final Destination 5”) alongside her as Bobby Brown.
“Whitney” chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model Whitney Houston and singer and 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 Houston’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.
Houston’s vocal performances in the film are sung by Grammy®-nominated and multiplatinum-selling entertainer Deborah Cox. The music featured in the film includes Houston’s hits “The Greatest Love of All,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “I’m Every Woman” and “I Will Always Love You” as well as Brown’s “Every Little Step.”
Produced by The Sanitsky Company, “Whitney” is executive produced by Larry Sanitsky (“Betty & Coretta”). Shem Bitterman (“Betty & Coretta”) wrote the script.
Lifetime premieres Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances hosted by Clive Davis
By Lori Acken | Friday, January 16, 2015 10:28 pm
Saturday night is all about Whitney Houston on Lifetime.
Immediately following the world premiere of the all-new biopic Whitney — directed by Angela Bassett and starring Yaya DaCosta in the title role — the network will air a pair of specials delving into the life, loves and career highlights of the late pop superstar.
Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney will feature an exclusive, no-holds-barred interview with Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown by Access Hollywood‘s Shaun Robinson that covers his and Houston’s marriage, their highs and lows, and the ultimate downfall of their romance.
Yaya DaCosta (“Whitney Houston”) and Arlen Escarpeta (“Bobby Brown”) star in the Lifetime Original Movie, Whitney, premiering Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime. Photo by Jack Zeman Copyright 2015
Then, fans of Houston’s powerhouse voice and extensive catalog of pop hits will welcome the premiere of Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, an hourlong retrospective hosted by legendary music producer Clive Davis, Houston’s longtime mentor and creative collaborator. Blending Davis’ own memories of the multi-talented superstar with her most electrifying performances, the special includes the 19-year-old Houston’s first national television appearance, performing “Home” on The Merv Griffin Show in 1983.
Other performance footage features Houston signing “Greatest Love of All” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” at Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert at Radio City Music Hall in 1990 and “I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the 1994 American Music Awards.
Whitney premieres Saturday, Jan. 17 at 8/7CT on Lifetime followed by Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney and Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances at 11/10CT.
Images/video: LifetimeJanuary 26, 2015 at 5:17 am #318401
Did anyone watch? I saw it this weekend and it was awful. The whole movie focused on Whitney and Bobby’s marriage without really going “there”. For all the press this marriage had and how Bobby was the worst part, the bad influence, the one who got Whitney on drugs or at least made her keep doing drugs, the movie went the other way around and made Whitney the junkie with Bobby actually saying NO! a few times. At times the film even felt very pro-Bobby which is something that I don’t think any fan wants to see.
The way they treated the songs was a bit uncomfortable to watch. They only had about four songs in the whole movie and they played them all from begining to end. Knowing that Yaya was lipsynchin, that it was Deborah Cox singing and not Whitney’s voice, there was no need to have them be this long, they should’ve cut every song by half and move on to the next scene, they just went on and on just to see if Yaya could capture Whitney’s performance or not. It wasn’t necessary. It wasn’t as exciting as seeing songs in Ray or Walk the Line, it was too cheap.
As for Yaya, she did a good job, this is the most she’s been stretched in temrs of acting, she always gets these little parts even if they’re in big movies like The Butler or The Kids Are All Right. She really did capture Whitney a lot. Like I said before she looked to much like Angela Bassett in certain scenes, so I don’t understand why they needed to put her in that short hair wig during I’m Every Woman that made her look like even more.
I don’t recall reading that Whitney was a struggling artist, trying to make it in the business and having hard times, probably because she was in a musical family already, but a little background would’ve been nice even if we know way too much about Whitney and her beginings and even if this topic is treated/mentioned in every single musical biopic and it’s always the same. They started with Bobby and ended it that way. It was all very weak and very cheap at times, her stuggle and controversy as being too pop and not black enough was barely mentioned with the introduction of LA Reid and Baby Face and I’m Your Baby Tonight, but the family was right in saying that this story needed a better, bigger treatment, Bassett went full on TV Movie.
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