We laughed (at how bad the movie was), we cried (because we didn't see a different movie), we kissed eight bucks (or ten or twelve or sixteen, depending upon the format) good-bye!
Stale jokes, missing plots, phone-in performances...too often this summer movie season, we found ourselves scratching our heads in wonder at how actors and directors we have come to respect could have strayed so far off course. We probably should have gone back to the box office and demanded a refund for some of the stinkers we endured this summer. If you feel the same way, vent your frustration by helping us rate the Top 10 Worst Movies of the 2012 summer movie season.
Rate the Top 10 Worst Movies >> Posted 09.27.12 by BrentJS
Today’s Hot Trailer: The first ladies of Australian soul.
In Hollywood, a good idea is often deserving of not one, but two movies. Sometimes, the plots are basically the same, but with different actors, such as with last year's two romantic comedies Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached. Other times, as with this year's two Snow White adaptations, Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, the source material is the same, but the movies end up being quite different.
The latest pair of movies proving this trend are Sparkle and The Sapphires. Both movies are set in the '60s and feature musical groups comprised of female soul singers who use their talents to overcome adversity. Sparkle is in theaters now and features Whitney Houston's last theatrical performance. The Sapphires made its debut in May at Cannes, but the first trailer for the movie was just released in advance of its upcoming screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. Check out the new trailer and then compare it with the trailer for Sparkle. WATCH THE TRAILER >> Posted 09.04.12 by BrentJS
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|The Expendables 2 ||$28.8M ||28.8M ||Despite bigger marquee names like Schwarzenegger and Willis, failed to match the opening numbers of the original |
|The Bourne Legacy ||$17M ||$69.6M ||Dropped 55% in its second weekend; slightly ahead of The Bourne Identity's numbers after two weeks |
|Paranorman ||$14M ||$14M ||Opened lower than Coraline despite an impressive theater count |
|The Campaign ||$13.4M ||$51.7M ||Modestly budgeted comedy on its way to becoming a hit for Warner Bros. |
|Sparkle ||$12M ||$12M ||Whitney Houston fans didn't necessarily rush out to see her final movie but given its relatively small budget ($14M), still a hit |
Posted 08.20.12 by reelz
It's no surprise that Whitney Houston's name was on everyone's lips at the premiere of the legend's final movie, Sparkle. The cast talked about their interactions with Houston on the set, the bittersweet tone of the premiere without Whitney present, and the legacy that she built. Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, attended the premiere in her mother's honor. Before leaving for the event Bobbi Kristina tweeted: "Time to walk this carpet&rep mommy like she would want me to." As you can see from our photo, it's clear that she did her mother proud. See Bobbi Kristina With the Ladies of Sparkle >> Posted 08.18.12 by Mandy
The world was shocked when Whitney Houston unexpectedly passed away in February, but the world gets one last performance from the legendary singer thanks to her final movie role in Sparkle, which also stars American Idol-winner Jordin Sparks.
In his review of Sparkle, ReelzChannel movie expert Richard Roeper says it was hard to put real-life on holding when watching Houston's final performance. Find out what else he had to say and what grade he gave the movie in his review. Posted 08.17.12 by reelz
This weekend sees the release of the musical remake of Sparkle, based on the 1976 movie of the same name (which, in turn, was inspired by story of The Supremes), and will mark the final performance of Whitney Houston who passed in February. Houston had been trying to get Sparkle made since 2001, and was a producer on the project as well. The men of the cast recently discussed working with "a legend" like Houston, and the women of the cast — Jordin Sparks, Tika Sumpter, Carmen Ejogo — expressed similar feelings when they spoke to Hollywood Dailies.
"Whitney's a given," said Sumpter when asked what she will remember most about the movie. "We've looked up to her our whole lives." Houston, meanwhile, clearly enjoyed working with the three young actresses, who all play sisters trying to make a name for themselves in the music business. During a Sparkle set visit, Houston revealed that she had very motherly feelings about her castmates.
I have really come to be like their mother in a sense. I give mom hugs on the set, you know. They were just perfect for this project. Just absolutely perfect.
The ReelzChannel Special Sparkle: A Tribute premieres Friday, August 17 at 11PM ET/ 8PM PT. Encores will air Friday through Wednesday; see schedule for details. Watch the Sparkle Trailer >> Posted 08.15.12 by Ryan
The world lost a truly legendary entertainer when recording artist, actress and producer Whitney Houston passed away at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2012, only two days after taking the stage in Hollywood to sing "Jesus Loves Me" with soul singer Kelly Price. Houston appeared poised for a comeback when she met her untimely demise, having recently been wrapped on director Salim Akil's musical drama, Sparkle, in which she played the role of a single mother living in Detroit, Michigan, during the '60s, whose daughter, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), is a musical prodigy and rising star. The movie opens this Friday and it will be dedicated to Houston.
In anticipation of the movie's release, Reelz is airing a special titled Sparkle: The Tribute that profiles the life and death of "The Voice" and offers an exclusive behind the scenes look at the movie through interviews with Jordin Sparks and several of the other cast members, including the men of Sparkle (watch the sneak peek above). We also walk the red carpet with the stars as they premiere Sparkle in New York and even manage to get some dance moves from choreographer Fatima Robinson. more about Sparkle >> Posted 08.15.12 by BrentJS
Less than two months after Whitney Houston's untimely death, we have the first trailer for what was going to be her big movie comeback. A remake of the 1976 movie of the same name, Sparkle is inspired by the story of The Supremes.
Here's the movie's synopis:
Musical prodigy Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Derek Luke), while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters Sister (Carmen Ejogo) and Dolores (Tika Sumpter) strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.
In a grim coincidence, in the late 1990s, Houston secured the rights to the movie and intended to cast Aaliyah for the role of Sparkle before the R&B artist died in a plane crash. watch the trailer >> Posted 04.02.12 by Chris
ReelzChannel Celebrity Rundown
The lineup for Whitney Houston's Saturday funeral, which will be broadcast as well as stream on the web, is set and will include a performance by Aretha Franklin, as well as appearances by Chaka Khan, Bebe & CeCe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, pop singer Darlene Love, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Antonio "L.A." Reid, and Ray J. Ray J had dated Houston on and off after her divorce from Bobby Brown.
Brown is being told by Houston's family to back off from any attempted money grab by glomming onto daughter Bobbi Kristina.She is in line to make $10 million over the next two years from sales of Houston's music and any box office receipts from Sparkle, which opens in August. It's believed Brown is broke.
Sports Illustrated cover girl Kate Upton again played it coy when asked by Ellen DeGeneres whether she was dating New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez, and claimed she was alone on Valentine's Day. A source for Sanchez told Us, "Mark and Kate Upton are friends and he thinks its great that she is having so much success."
Jennifer Lopez did not spend Valentine's Day alone as she tweeted a picture of herself in boytoy Casper Smart's arms (which she has since deleted).
Charlie Sheen has been sent a cease and desist order from Warner Brothers, demanding the actor stop using pics from Two and a Half Men to promote his new TV series Anger Management. Sheen replied, "'I'm thrilled. It insulates me from having to redundantly see myself in the idiotic bowling shirt. Perhaps if Warner Bros. spent as much time and energy focusing on their show, it wouldn't be such a steaming pile of a**."
One-time presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has turned down an offer to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, despite winning a polka-dancing competition in 10th grade. Posted 02.16.12 by reelz
On the eve of the Grammys, Whitney Houston's death was confirmed by publicist Kristen Foster. The cause of the legendary singer's death, if yet known, has not been released.
Dubbed "The Voice" by Oprah Winfrey, Houston was one of the world's top artists from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. Her more than 400 awards include one Emmy, six Grammys, 22 AMAs, and 30 Billboard Music Awards. Houston also starred in a number of blockbuster movies, including 1992's The Bodyguard and 1995's Waiting to Exhale. In addition, Houston stars in the upcoming Sparkle.
Her early stardom was later overshadowed by battles with drugs and alcohol, as well as a tumultuous marriage from 1992 to 2007 to singer Bobby Brown.
Watch Hollywood Dailies Monday for a look back at Houston's life, as well as the remembrances of her at Sunday's Grammy Awards. Posted 02.11.12 by reelz