Deborah Cox To Sing in Whitney Houston Biopic, Tupac Musical Bombs on Broadway & More

by | July 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching

Singer-actress Deborah Cox (Photo: Mike Coppola / Getty Images)

We’re one day away from the start of the weekend and I’ve got a couple of things for you to chew on: My thoughts on Whitney Houston’s vocals not being included in her Lifetime TV biopic, why I think Bobby Brown was the ‘ish back in the day and the failed Tupac Shakur musical. Plus, there’s my watchlist and what’s hot (The Falcon as the new Captain America) and not (The KKK’s latest recruiting efforts). Enjoy!

•What’s a Whitney Houston biopic without Whitney’s voice singing her music?  

Nothing.

Seriously. How are you going to have a film about a woman known as “The Voice” without her own voice? It was revealed recently that singer Deborah Cox would provide the vocals for Lifetime’s TV film “I Will Always Love  You: The Whitney Houston Story” starring YaYa DaCosta as Whitney (And is a movie focusing primarily on Whitney and ex-hubby Bobby Brown’s love life fit to have “The Whitney Houston Story” in its title?). And I disagree with Marc Malkin, who said it would be “creepy” to have “Whitney’s voice coming out of YaYa’s mouth.” Huh? If you want to really honor Whitney, then use her voice when it was at its best because nothing else compares to it. Nothing. Sorry, Deborah (I still think you can sing, girl!).  It could be that her estate won’t release the rights, sort of like the issue the Jimi Hendrix biopic “All is By My Side” ran into. *sigh*

This Deborah Cox news is the latest rumbling-starter for the Angela Bassett-directed project, slated for 2015. Earlier this week, some people complained that a photo of Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby was unrealistic. They said Arlen’s Bobby, who was booed up with YaYa’s Whitney in the photo, lacked the edge that the R&B bad boy had. Oh, and let’s not forget that Bobbi Kristina Brown, the pair’s only child, attacked Angela for not casting her as her mother in the film. As backing, Bobbi Kris tweeted: “Any1 would or should EVER play my mother & tell OUR story, we’ve talked MANY times & 1 & ONLY person she approved of is ME.” That may be true. But your mother also professed your father to be the “the original R&B king”  at the 2000 Grammy Awards. So, well, you know… But, on a somewhat related note, I do hope this film captures the awesomeness–yes, AWESOMENESS–that was Bobby Brown. Say what you want but you can’t deny that he was a great performer in his a prime–a talented singer and dancer. Google some of his performances from the late ’80s and early ’90s. Yep, the original R&B king was pretty cool.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH BOBBY BROWN’S AWESOMENESS AT THE 1990 MTV MOVIE VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS  

Want to learn more about Deborah Cox providing vocals for this Nippy biopic, watch the “E News Now” video below. Also, be sure to check XFINITY’s  CelebrateBlackTV.com for more updates.

•Since we’re on biopics, the Tupac Shakur musical, “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” is closing its Broadway run after six weeks. Reports are that the show has bombed, with the New York  Times calling it “one of the worst-selling musicals in recent years.” Too bad. A few weeks ago, I was walking through Times Square and looked up to see the theater where it’s featured.  I thought, “Oh, that would be nice to see” and kept it moving. I didn’t go back. Now, I disagree with some assertions that people aren’t interested in a Broadway version of Pac’s life or hip-hop  themes. Maybe this production, which wasn’t based on Tupac’s life but rather his music, was too abstract and would’ve done better if it was  an actual biopic. I am pretty sure that would sell out. Especially if they finger the actual person or people involved in his death. Now that’s a thought–a Tupac play set up like a whodunnit. Or a murder mystery theater based on his and Biggie’s deaths (because you know they’ll be forever linked). OK, I shouldn’t joke as I love their music and think the game would be different if they were still on this side. Don’t you? Watch the video below to learn  more about the musical’s failure.

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“The Good Wife”: Yep, I’m edging closer to the season two finale. Haven’t seen it? Watch all five seasons of this CBS  hit here.

“Extant”: My “addiction” to “The Good Wife” prevented me from watching this last night but I will check it out online here. It airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: The Falcon cast as Captain America (Technically, Obama already is Captain America (any U.S. president would be) though this is cool, too!).
NOT: The KKK handing out candy to recruit new members in South Carolina (Aren’t y’all hot under those robes?)

HOT: Vanessa L. Williams (Always liked her!).
NOT:  Shannon Guess Richardson sending a ricin letter to President Obama (girl, really???)

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