Angela Bassett Set To DIRECT Whitney Houston Biopic Coming To ‘LIFETIME’ + Kendrick Lamar, Rita Ora & More Performing At ‘Made In America’ Festival In L.A.
A new biopic is in the works for one of our favorite singers of all time, Whitney Houston. And Angela Bassett will be directing it. Also, the L.A. line-up for the Made In America festival has just been revealed. Get the deets on the new Whitney film and the roster of who will be performing in L.A. inside...
Just two years after her untimely death, iconic singer Whitney Houston’s life will be chronicled in a new Lifetime original movie with the working title, Whitney Houston.
Directed by Golden Globe Award winning actress Angela Bassett (who co-starred in “Waiting To Exhale” with Whitney), the film is scheduled to premiere in 2015.
The Lifetime movie will follow the turbulent relationship between the legendary singer/actress with her singer/songwriter ex-husband Bobby Brown. The film will highlight their relationship from the time they met up and how they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of fame and fortune.
Now...who's playing Bobby? And who's on YOUR short list to play Whitney?
We all saw how their tumultuous relationship play out in the media, so we're interested to see how the movie will shed light on their relationship behind closed doors. We KNOW y'all remember that sit-down interview Whitney did with Oprah back in 2009, going into detail about how crazy Bobby was.
This movie will be Angela’s directorial debut. She said about the feat:
“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,” said Bassett. “Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”
Although this will be Angela’s first time behind the camera, she starred in a Lifetime film last year in an original movie titled Betty & Coretta, which also starred singer Mary J. Blige.
We are definitely going to catch this when it premieres.
And in concert news….
West Coast fans get hyphy! Or whatever goes down in Cali. We told you earlier that Kanye West would be headlining the Made In America festival in Philly (with performances from Pharrell and J. Cole), and now, the L.A. line-up has just been released as well.
Kendrick Lamar, Rita Ora, YG, Chance the Rapper and Nipsey Hussle will be bringing their talents to the west coast Fest this Labor Day weekend.
This will be a history-making weekend with the first American festival to take place simultaneously on two coasts. If you are feelin’ this line-up (or the Philly roster), tickets are on sale now for both cities at MadeInAmericaFest.com.
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