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‘Today’ Takes a Peek At Houston’s Last Film, ‘Sparkle’

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This morning, the TODAY show had an exclusive peek at the trailer for Whitney Houston’s final film, a remake of 1976′s Sparkle.

In the days following Houston’s unexpected death in February, we were told that plans for the remake’s release would be on schedule, with the premiere set for August 17. The movie also stars American Idol‘s Jordin Sparks.

Renewed interest in Houston and her work is expected to drive ticket sales for the movie. The coroner’s report shows that Houston died of accidental drowning with heart disease and cocaine use as possible contributing factors.

Recent blockbusters and flops — The Hunger Games and John Carter respectively, for example — have demonstrated the importance of effective marketing in the months leading up to a film premiere.

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Media Says Mistakes Were Made in the Coverage of Whitney Houston’s Death

When news broke of Whitney Houston’s death, many people probably jumped to one conclusion: substance abuse was to blame.

This doesn’t in the least diminish what Houston accomplished: numerous awards, well-received turns in a number of movies, a spot in our Rolodex of memories of that time we did that thing and that Whitney Houston song was playing.

The media was charged with, somehow, capturing all of this. Vulture.com criticizes how broadcast media, specifically, handled the story. From irrelevant celebrity interviews to reading tweets, the site casts its verdict in matters such as this where social media takes the lead in spreading the word and the remembrances: “the news networks’ last shred of incidental usefulness in these types of stories has been rendered moot.” (Jon Stewart also does a good job of illustrating some of the absurdity, above.)

TheWrap tackles the issue of how to deal with the death of Whitney Houston in a way that respects her accomplishments while honestly discussing her troubled past.

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Whitney Houston’s Final Film, ‘Sparkle,’ Slated for Summer Release

Before her shocking death this weekend at the age of 48, Whitney Houston had completed what was expected to be her comeback to the big screen: a remake of the 1976 film Sparkle. Co-starring American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Cee Lo Green, the movie was to be the first for Houston since The Preacher’s Wife in 1996. Houston was an executive producer on the film and contributed to its soundtrack.

Sparkle is set to be released August 17. While the movie would have drawn fans even without the weekend’s tragic news, Houston’s passing will likely draw even more attention as the premiere approaches. The movie’s distributor, Sony, also worked on This Is It, Michael Jackson’s posthumous concert film.

After news broke on Saturday, sales of Houston’s music spiked, taking the top three spots on iTunes and a number of top spots on Amazon.

An autopsy is complete, but details aren’t being released. Mashable reports that the news first broke on Twitter before the news media began its reports.

[via WSJ; photo, Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in Sparkle via IMDB]

Whitney Houston’s Death Confirmed by Publicist

Publicist Kristen Foster has confirmed that Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48. Houston’s publicist delivered the sad and shocking news with few details.

Just moments ago, Mark Rosen, a lieutenant with the Beverly Hills Police Department, gave a press conference, stating that the police and fire department responded to an emergency call at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where she had been staying.

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Longtime PR Maven Lois Smith On Real Time Web: ‘I’m So Glad I’m Not Doing Publicity Now’

Boston University newspaper BU Today profiled retired celebrity publicist Lois Smith in an interview published today. Smith’s career includes work with A-listers Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Whitney Houston and Martin Scorsese.

She also launched legendary Hollywood firm PMK/HBH with Pat Kingsley. PMK recently experienced a shake-out in conjunction with its merger with agency BNC.

Smith tells the paper that she’s happy to be out of the PR game:

With Web sites like Perez Hilton, and Twitter and more gossip magazines than ever, how do you think things have changed for a publicist?

Oh please – I’m so glad I’m not doing publicity now. Between celebrity magazines and Web sites, there’s so much out there to be filled up, so much information that has to be put out there simply because those publications exist. First of all, whatever you’re pushing, it becomes a story 30 seconds after you put it out there. I don’t care about hearing so much information minute by minute. People are desperate to fill the space they’ve got; they’ll print anything, go with anything, pursue rumors, and even create them. It’s not what I call publicity.

Read the full interview here.

[Via: Romenesko]