Angela Bassett To Direct Whitney Houston Biopic for Lifetime
Whitney Houston's tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown will be the subject of a Lifetime Network biopic, which will follow the couple through their first meeting and unstable marriage, and Houston's rise to fame.
Set to make her directorial debut, Angela Bassett, who starred with Houston in “Waiting to Exhale,” will direct the movie, which is tentatively titled “Whitney Houston.”
"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," Bassett said in a statement. "Their humanity and bond fascinates us all.
"I'm beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world."
A cast has not been announced for the biopic, which is due out in 2015, though Bassett may take an on-screen role, Entertainment Weekly reported.
As predicted, not all are on board with the small screen movie. TMZ said some of Houston’s family are reportedly furious with Lifetime’s plans to show Houston’s life in a television movie, which would be doing her a disservice.
The seven-time Grammy winning singer and Brown were divorced at the time of her 2012 drowning death in a hotel bathtub at age 48. The couple's daughter is 21-year-old Bobbi Kristina Brown.
Quvenzhané Wallis Named New Face of Armani Junior
The youngest Academy Award nominee, Quvenzhane Wallis, now has another first to add to her list: her campaign with Armani Junior marks the first time a child star was chosen as the face of the line.
Ten-year-old Wallis’ working relationship with the Italian fashion house began when she wore a custom-made navy blue gown to the 2013 Oscars.
"I was honored to wear his custom gown to the Oscars. It made me feel like a princess," said Wallis, who will next star in the “Annie” remake. "When I saw Mr. Armani's Privé show in New York, the dresses were so pretty... I had too many favorites. Afterwards when I met him, I realised Mr. Armani is such a nice man."
Clueless No More: Stacy Dash Joins FOX News
Following weeks of talks, Fox News Channel has hired actress Stacey Dash as a contributor of cultural analysis and commentary across daytime and primetime. Best known for starring alongside Alicia Silverstone in the cult hit “Clueless,” the 47-year-old sparked controversy after she announced her support for Mitt Romney in 2012. Since then, she's become a regular conservative commentator on television.
“Stacey is an engaging conversationalist whose distinctive viewpoints amongst her Hollywood peers have spawned national debates – we’re pleased to have her join Fox News,” Bill Shine, Executive Vice President of Programming for the network, said in a statement.
Briefly, at the height of the NBA playoffs, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop topped the chart with 3.4 million viewers.