No Pat Houston, Angela Bassett-Directed Whitney Movie Wasn’t Terrible

No Pat Houston, Angela Bassett-Directed Whitney Movie Wasn't Terrible

No Pat Houston, Angela Bassett-Directed Whitney Movie Wasn’t Terrible (Photo Credit: Lifetime)


No Pat Houston, the Angela Bassett-directed Whitney Houston biopic wasn’t one of Lifetime’s bad movies. My expectations were pretty low, since Lifetime has a history of movie bombs. In fact “Whitney” was quite tastefully done, but glossed over a lot about Whitney. We learned nothing new about Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s toxic marriage. It mostly focused on four years of her life, from 1989-1993.
Still, the response on social media was a far cry from the firestorm that erupted over Lifetime’s Aaliyah movie. Still, I would have liked to see more about Whitney Houston, played by Yaya DaCosta, and not so much about Bobby Brown, played by Arlen Escarpeta.

Pat Houston wrote, “If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst.””But misrepresenting the term friendship to advance an agenda is not only disrespectful and dishonest but a slap in the face to her true and loyal friends. You should expect people will always rise to the occasion for prominence and profit – not love, respect or honor. I question the morality of the making of this because of the lack of experience knowing Whitney’s life. Never would Whitney allow her story to be told by an inexperienced team and how naive of anyone to think otherwise, unless you’re caught up in illusions of grandeur that you can just do anything and people will accept it. This made for TV movie is certainly not a trailer to Whitney’s life story.”

I am not sure what the Houston family was trying to cover up when Pat Houston told fans to brace themselves. It was documented that Whitney Houston was introduced to cocaine by her brother and not by Bobby Brown. Maybe that’s the image of Whitney Houston they didn’t want to relive. Angela Bassett stayed away from the “crack is whack” drama, and the last days of her life. The family may have wanted Bassett to gloss over the singer’s flaws and paint her as an angel, as we saw with the “Selena” biopic.

It is clear that Whitney Houston had many demons, but she seemed to have been a person who was full of life and loved hard. I wish Angela Bassett had focused a little more about Whitney’s strong points. Not mostly her weaknesses. I don’t think she corrupted Bobby Brown. He was already corrupted in so many ways. The end result was “Whitney” was really Bobby Brown’s redemption. Some folks may want to judge Whitney Houston for falling in love with a “bad boy,” but I think many, many women love as hard as Whitney Houston did and also had Bobby Browns in their lives.

All in all, Angela Bassett did a good job and I hope more film directing is in the future for her. Next time around, I hope she aims higher.

Here are some of the tweets about Whitney movie:

1st Black Academy Prez Cheryl Boone Isaacs Denies Oscar Awards Racial Bias

1st Black Academy Prez Cheryl Boone Isaacs Denies Oscar Awards Racial Bias

1st Black Academy Prez Cheryl Boone Isaacs Denies Oscar Awards Racial Bias (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, denied there is a racial bias in Hollywood as a firestrom erupted over the all-white nominees in the major categories for this year’s Oscar Awards.

Boone Isaacs was asked by Vulture if the Academy has a diversity issue. She responded, “Not at all.” She said, “The good news is that the wealth of talent is there, and it’s being discussed, and it’s helpful so much for talent, whether in front of the camera or behind the camera, to have this recognition, to have this period of time where there is a lot of publicity, a lot of chitter-chatter.”

Boone Isaacs said “Selma” was a great movie and acknowledged that the awards can get “very competitive.” Um, I doubt that will assauge Rev. Al Sharpton, who called an emergency meeting to address the mostly all-white nominees. The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition also weighed in on the lack of diversity saying, “the nominations balloting “obviously reflects a lack of diversity in Oscar voters as well as in films generally,”” the Daily Mail reports.

“What is important not to lose sight of is that ‘Selma,’ which is a fantastic motion picture, was nominated for best picture this year, and the best picture category is voted on by the entire membership of around 7,000 people,” Boone Isaacs said.

Besides best picture, the film received just one additional nod — for original song — in what was widely viewed as a significant snub. But fans shouldn’t feel that way, she said: “It’s nominated for the Oscar for best picture. It’s an award that showcases the talent of everyone involved in the production of the movie ‘Selma.'”

Boone Isaacs says the five best actor nominees — Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) and Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) — “are all at the top of their game.”

“There are quite a few actors this year at the top of their game,” she said. “There are five nominees and this year, these were the five.”

Diversity outreach is spread among the academy’s 17 branches, she said, since existing members recruit new ones.

“This is a membership organization, so we are all involved in this discussion and moving the subject of diversity forward,” she said. “It’s very important for us to continue to make strides to increase our membership and the recognition of talent.” Source: Daily Mail

It’s ridiculous for Boone Isaacs to suggest that David Oyelowo wasn’t on his game to the level of Bradley Cooper, Steve Carell and the others. It is also very disingenuous for Rev. Al Sharpton to pounce on this latest incident solely in the context of the Selma movie snub, but it should be viewed in the broader context of why the Academy is made up of 93 percent whites and mostly males?

‘Selma’ Oscar Snub for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director is Shameful

"Selma" Snubbed in Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director Categories

‘Selma’ Oscar snub for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director is shameful (Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures)

‘SELMA’ OSCAR SNUB:  Civil rights film “Selma” was snubbed by the Oscars. The film got a nomination for Best Film, but nothing for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director. How can that be? Did the squabble over President Lyndon B. Johnson portrayal play a role in the snub? Um, we have had many that have won Oscar awards despite historical inaccuracies — Gone with the Wind, JFK, Titanic and Lawrence of Arabia, to name a few.

It’s shameful to me that Selma director Ava DuVernay was snubbed and that her good work will also be marred by an Oscar controversy. It is worth noting that the mostly white Oscar voters dissed DuVernay, the LA Times reports.

A Los Angeles Times study found that academy voters are markedly less diverse than the moviegoing public, and even more monolithic than many in the film industry may suspect. Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, The Times found. Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%.

Oscar voters have a median age of 62, the study showed. People younger than 50 constitute just 14% of the membership.

Forbes film critic Scott Mendelson blasted the ‘Selma’ Oscar snub:

I am angry both because she deserved a nomination. I am angry because if the legacy of DuVernay’s Selma becomes shaped by its Oscar-season controversy, I fear that it will affect the artistic opportunities afforded to its African-American female director in a manner different than if Selma would have come under fire under the directorial lens of a white male filmmaker.

One person who happy about the ‘Selma’ Oscar snub was carnival barker Rush Limbaugh. He took the air on Thursday and celebrated Selma not getting nominated in the major categories. He was HAPPY this all went down on MLK’s birthday.

It is not a good day for the left out there, folks. The Drive-By Media and several elements of the pop culture left are not happy out there today. The movie Selma took it on the chin in the Oscar nominations, and they’re livid. How dare this happen so close to Martin Luther King’s birthday. Oprah got snubbed, totally snubbed.

Um, whatever…

By the way, rapper Common and John Legend’s song “Glory,” for ‘Selma’ was nominated. They won a Golden Globe award on Sunday.

Civil Rights Drama “Selma” Gets “Best Picture” Oscar Nomination

Civil Rights Drama "Selma" Gets "Best Picture" Oscar Nomination

Civil Rights Drama “Selma” Gets “Best Picture” Oscar Nomination

Civil rights drama “Selma” gets Oscar Award nomination for Best Picture. The other films up for that award are “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.”

Best Actor nominees are Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne and Bradley Cooper.  David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma” was shut out of this category.

Best Actress nominees are Marion Cotillard; Felicity Jones; Julianne Moore; Rosamund Pike and Reese Witherspoon. Jennifer Aniston was shut out for her role in “Cake.”

Supporting Actress nominess are Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, Keira Knightley, Meryl Streep and Emma Stone.

Supporting Actor: Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo and J.K. Simmons.

Talk show diva Oprah Winfrey was snubbed, as was the “Lego” movie.

Mike Huckabee Blasts Obamas for Allowing Daughters to Listen to Beyonce

Mike Huckabee Blasts Obamas for Allowing Daughters to Listen to Beyonce

Mike Huckabee Blasts Obamas for Allowing Daughters to Listen to Beyonce (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is up to his self-righteous ranting against. He blasted President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for allowing their daughters, Sasha and Malia, to listen to Beyonce.

Huckabee told People magazine, “I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything — how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things — and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyonce.”

 

With all the atrocities taking place in the world, it speaks volumes that Mike Huckabee could go after the First Family for something so ridiculous. I guess former president George W. Bush’s daughters’ barhopping ways were A-OK for Mike Huckabee. It’s just the uppity black family that’s the problem

As much as one can’t stand Beyonce and others, like Justin Bieber, they are afforded the right to freedom of expression. Huckabee is promoting his book “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” in which he blasted Jay Z for going from a husband to a pimp in making his wife a sex object.

 

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Mock Bill Cosby at Golden Globes Awards

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Mock Bill Cosby at Golden Globes Awards

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Mock Bill Cosby at Golden Globes Awards (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab from YouTube)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler went in on embattled actor/comedian at the Golden Globes Awards show. It was expected and kinda funny too.

While Fey and Poehler delivered their annual introductions, including Meryl Streep, who starred in fairy tale flick Into the Woods, Fey dropped this line:

“Cinderella ran away from her prince, Rapunzel was thrown from a tower… and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby.”

She added, mocking Cosby’s signature voice, “I put the pills in the people.” “The people did not want the pills in them.”

Poehler responded:  “That’s not right.” “Its more like, ‘I got the pills in the bathrobe and I put em in the people.”

Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler mock Bill Cosby:

Civil Rights Drama “Selma” Takes 2nd Place at Weekend Box Office with $11.2M

Civil Rights Drama "Selma" Takes 2nd Place at Weekend Box Office with $11.2M

Civil Rights Drama “Selma” Takes 2nd Place at Weekend Box Office with $11.2M

Civil rights drama “Selma” settled for second place at the weekend box office with $11.2 million, with Liam Neeson’sTaken 3” trouncing the competition.

Oscar hopeful, “Selma,” expanded from 22 to 2,179 theaters this weekend. The film, distributed by Paramount Pictures, has earned $13.5 million since its limited opening on Christmas Day. The film has recently sparked controversy after President Lyndon B. Johnson historians decried his portrayal in the movie.

Selma” is expected to nab Oscar buzz when the nominations are announced on Thursday.

Liam Neeson didn’t disappoint in his return to the silver screen. “Taken 3” grossed $40.4 million, ending “The Hobbit’s” three-week run in the No. 1 spot.

 

Report: Viola Davis Nears Deal to Play Amanda Waller in “Suicide Squad”

Report: Viola Davis Nears Deal to Play Amanda Waller in "Suicide Squad"

Report: Viola Davis Nears Deal to Play Amanda Waller in “Suicide Squad” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Viola Davis, star of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” is near a multi-picture deal to play Amanda Waller in Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” The Wrap reports.

More from The Wrap:

Suicide Squad” stars Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.

First reported by Latino Review, Davis’ casting has been rumored for weeks, and she recently addressed the speculation while doing press for her turn in Michael Mann

’s “Blackhat.”

Bill Cosby Heckler: “You’re a Piece of Shit. You Rapist”

Bill Cosby Heckler:  "You're a Piece of Shit. You Rapist"

Bill Cosby Heckler: “You’re a Piece of Shit. You Rapist” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Bill Cosby was heckled during the final performance of his three-city Canadian tour. About 30 protesters marched out of the Hamilton Place theater chanting, “We believe the women” and another reportedly yelling, “You’re a piece of shit. You rapist.”

The Hollywood Reporter reports supporters of the embattled actor/comedian, responding by shouting, “We believe the men” and “We love you Cosby.”

Bill Cosby may or may not be guilty of the allegations leveled against him, but that’s exactly what they are — allegations. A person is innocent until proven guilty. All I am saying is that until Bill Cosby is tried and convicted in a court of law, no-one should be taking sides.

Gospel Great Andraé Crouch Dead at Age 72

Gospel Great Andrae Crouch Dead at Age 72

Gospel Great Andrae Crouch Dead at Age 72 (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Gospel great Andraé Crouch is dead at age 72.  He died Thursday afternoon. Crouch has been hospitalized since Saturday at the Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles after he suffered a heart attack.

Andraé Crouch bridged the worlds of church and mainstream music for more than 50 years, with his gospel music.