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Sparkle Review


Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name. The film is set in the 1960’s about three sisters that form a girl group and on their rise to fame, things become challenging  as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. Sparks plays Sparkle, the quiet, good girl who writes the songs for the group, Tiki Sumpter(Gossip Girl, The Game) plays the sister who has other plans and only joins the group to help her sisters and make some money to go to medical school and the beautiful Carmen Ejogo (Sally Hemings: An American Scandal; Lackawanna Blues) plays Sister, the Diana Ross like lead singer of the group. Whitney Houston, in her last role, plays the overbearing single mother who is a recovering addict and doesn’t want will do everything in her power for her girls to not to end up down the path she went.

Many people will say this is a Dreamgirls rip-off. Not quite. The original Sparkle was released before the original Dreamgirls and kind of served as a blueprint on what to do and not do when they made another movie loosely based on the Supremes. It’s not a Dreamgirls copy but since that was the last girl group biopic that came out, it’s going to get the comparisons. It’s not as good as Dreamgirls, but it is a solid movie. Jordin Sparks, in her first acting role, is perfectly fit as Sparkle. Sparks natural innocence and good girl nature are pretty much perfect for this part. I don’t know why she isn’t bigger than she is because her voice is soooo great. Houston is not in the film as much as they made you believe but her parts were pretty well acted. Whitney has always been a better than ok actress so it was kind of nice to see that even after all the years of craziness that she had been through, she still had it in her to give a good slightly melodramatic performance. Carmen Ejogo is so stunning and a great actress. She plays Sister so well.

Sparkle is not perfect but its pretty good and worth seeing at least to watch Whitney tear up a rendition of “His Eyes on A Sparrow.” It just gets to you. So powerful.

Sparkle is in theaters today.

BET Awards 2012


The BET Awards aired their annual show last night and they should have just called the show “The Carters and Kimye” because that is all the camera cut to for most of the show. The show ran 3 1/2 hours and that is minus the pre-show. Lets’s start with the pre-show. It ran for 2 hours and was just a hot bed of ignorance and

Machine Gun Kelly performing. He’s …. enthusiastic and sadly he’s was one of the better performances on the pre-show.

Rocsi and Terrence. Ughh Why? She looks like a bedazzled hot mess. They said they are leaving 106 & Park. I need that show to end now. Terrence quitting I understand, Rocsi no. Just because you upgraded to Eddie Murphy as a boyfriend doesn’t mean you need to quit your day job because lets be real you really have no job prospects. It seems like the male former hosts of 106 &Park always end up doing bigger and better things than the show but the women always falter. I mean who has seen Julissa or Free in anything since they left the show.

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BET Awards To Air Sunday July 1


BET will be airing it’s annual awards show tomorrow at 8/7c. The show is being hosted by Samuel L. Jackson. Many performances are in store for the night from Nicki Minaj, Usher, Chris Brown, Cissy Houston, Yolanda Adams, D’Angelo, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Wale, the entire G.O.O.D. Music crew, Y’Anna Crawley, Amber Bullock, Jessica Reedy, Melanie Fiona and 2 Chainz. There is also a Whitney Houston tribute instore for the night that BET’s Stephen Hill believes will bring “closure that people will feel, and … haven’t had elsewhere.”

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Oh I CAN’T WAIT FOR TOMORROW. It’s going to be pure comedy. This is the only thing that I look forward to on BET because it is always a HOT MESS and this year will be no different. I just don’t understand how you have a year to put on a production and it always turns out terrible. I mean the sound is always bad, people never know where their markers are or what they are supposed to be saying. All a mess.

Trailers Galore


A ton of trailers for different movies and shows came out in the past few days. Here are some of the big ones.

Tom Cruise in the musical Rock of Ages

The movie has a whole hell of a lot of people in it from Mary J Blige, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin to Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti and Malin Akerman. Its just looks like a huge disaster and I’m not sure how this is going to pan out especially with Julianne Hough in the mix. She’s just such a bad actress. See for yourself.

Rock of Ages opens June 15, 2012.

True Blood Teaser Clip

The residents of Bon Temps will be returning this summer and in order to whet your appetites before the premiere, HBO sent out this teaser clip. It looks even crazier than last season’s and last season was nuts. Hopefully it be a great one since it’ll be Alan Ball’s last one as showrunner.

Season 5 of True Blood premieres June 2012 on HBO Continue reading Trailers Galore

Oprah To Do First Interview With Houston Family


I haven’t really taken to the OWN network. The only thing I watch on the channel is Lisa Ling’s Our America. Love that show. But I will be watching Oprah’s Next Chapter, Sunday, March 11 at 9/8c for the first interview with Whitney Houston’s family; mostly for her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, to see what she has to say. Of course Oprah would get the first interview.  Who else would they have gone to? Here is a preview of the interview.

Best Moments From The 2012 Grammy Awards


The 2012 Grammy Awards were a spectacle of some the best (Adele) and worst (Nicki Minaj) of the music industry. The show clocked in at 3 hrs and 20 minutes and was one long drawn out mess with some bright spots in between. Here are the moments that stood out in the telecast. Continue reading Best Moments From The 2012 Grammy Awards