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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Whitney Houston Back on the Big Screen Playing Jordin Sparks Mother in the Remake of Sparkle



Like mother and daughter: Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston star in the 2012 remake of SparkleThe original 1976 movie starred Philip Michael ThomasIrene Cara and Lonette McKee but Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks are bringing a modern hint of glamour to Sparkle.

The pair can be seen all glammed up in the first shot released from the film, a remake of the blockbuster about how a girl group experiences turmoil after one of their members turns to drugs and another achieves their desired fame alone.

Houston, 48, – who has struggled with addiction herself in the past - plays the role of parent Emma.


It’s been over 15 years since she starred in a Hollywood picture, the last silver screen appearance being in 1996 for The Preacher’s Wife.

Houston said: ‘Part of the fun of making this movie is definitely the costumes and the hairstyles. The movie is set in 1963, and we had a great wardrobe, hair and makeup person and I loved wearing the outfits.’

Co-star Jordin spoke highly of the Houston to People magazine.

‘She was so cool and very motherly toward me. If I ever looked like I needed something, here she came saying 'Are you okay?'


‘I sang her songs into a hairbrush when I was little. Now she's acting as my mom and scolding me. It was a dream come true.’

Sparkle: The original cast in the 1976 film
Sparkle: The original cast in the 1976 film
Meanwhile season six American Idol winner, Sparks, aptly plays portrays Sparkle – Cara’s character from decades ago.

The singer revealed her brand new bikini body in last year after dropping a considerable about of weight since she first found fame.

Other famous faces in the flick due out August 10, include Cee Lo Green who is the girls’ opening act and Derek Luke playing Thomas’ character, Stix.




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