Whitney Houston biopic directed by actress Angela Bassett has been criticized by the late singer’s family.
The singer’s sister-in-law, Pat Houston, wrote on Whitney’s website that fans who plan to watch the made-for-TV movie should “brace for the worst”.
Pat Houston said the film, which premiered on Lifetime on January 17 in the US, was made without the family’s blessing.
She also accused Angela Bassett, who starred alongside Whitney Houston in Waiting to Exhale, of “misrepresenting” their friendship.
“If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst,” wrote Pat Houston.
She added fans should not be surprised about the film – titled Whitney – happening “without the family’s blessing and despite her mother’s request to not do this movie”.
Referring to the channel’s recent controversial films about singer Aaliyah, actress Brittany Murphy and the stars of Saved by the Bell, Pat Houston added: “It happens every day.”
Pat Houston’s statement was also highly critical of Angela Bassett’s involvement in the film, which focuses on a few years at the height of the singer’s career and marks the actress’s directorial debut.
“Misrepresenting the term friendship to advance an agenda is not only disrespectful and dishonest but a slap in the face to her true and loyal friends,” wrote Pat Houston.
“You should expect people will always rise to the occasion for prominence and profit – not love, respect or honor.”
Lifetime, whose film is told from the perspective of Whitney Huston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, has so far made no comment on the statement.
A review from The Hollywood Reporter‘s Allison Keene praised Yaya DaCosta’s portrayal of Whitney Houston, but said “a more accurate title for the film would be Whitney and Bobby,” as the pair share equal screen time.
“The decision to focus just on Houston’s most meteorically successful years – where, for a little while, she probably was happy – makes Whitney a fairly flattering portrait that is only lightly a cautionary tale.
“The signs are there, but they are left to viewers to interpret.”
Writing for the Los Angeles Times, critic Robert Lloyd called it “a better-than-average Lifetime film” but said it “falls flat”.
Whitney Houston died in February 2012 at the age of 48 after accidentally drowning in a hotel bathtub in Los Angeles.
The executors of Whitney Houston’s estate have reached an agreement with her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown over payments.
While members of the trust – including Whitney’s mother Cissy and sister-in-law Pat Houston – launched a legal bid to stop the original payment schedule over fears those close to her could take advantage, all parties have now come to an agreement which is similar to the original plan, according to TMZ.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is set to receive her money in three segments, 10% when she turns 21, almost 20% at age 25 and the remainder when she turns 30.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, is the sole beneficiary of Whitney Houston’s estate.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is set to receive her money from Whitney Houston in three segments
Footage taken from Bobbi Kristina Brown’s reality show, entitled The Houstons: On Our Own, has allegedly confirmed that she is in fact engaged to Nick Gordon.
According to reports on E!Online in the exclusive clip Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late singer Whitney Houston, shocks her family when she tells them of her plans to wed Nick Gordon.
The website claim that Bobbi Kristina Brown announces the news as she laughs, saying: “We’re engaged!”
In another trailer for the Lifetime show, family members of the Houston clan are seen worrying over Bobbi Kristina Brown’s relationship with Nick Gordon.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has allegedly confirmed that she is in fact engaged to Nick Gordon
During the clip Gary Houston, Whitney’ brother, appears to disapprove of their bond, as he has a heated discussion with Nick Gordon, 22.
Gary Houston says: “No one knew that from a godson you would turn into a boyfriend. No one knew that.”
With Nick Gordon stating: “The family has me out to be a bad person.”
And determined to make her family accept her blossoming romance, Bobbi Kristina Brown firmly asserts: “They want to see us fail. We won’t.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon lived together as siblings for more than a decade before Whitney Houston’s death in February, with Nick considered to be the superstar’s unofficial adopted son.
Whitney Houston took Nick Gordon into her home when he was just 12 after his father went to prison and his mother was unable to take care of him.
However, following Whitney Houston’s passing – having died at the age of 48 due to an accidental drowning complicated by heart disease and cocaine use – the controversial pair grew closer.
Set to premiere on October 24, the show follows the Houston clan including Pat, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, Pat’s daughter Rayah, Whitney’s brother Gary, Bobbi Kristina and Grammy Award-winning singer Cissy Houston in the aftermath of the pop superstar’s tragic death.
“Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law, manager and most trusted confidant, manages the business and estate of the beloved singer and her most prized possession, her daughter Bobbi Kristina,” said a Lifetime press release.
“The series will follow Pat and her husband, Gary, Whitney Houston’s brother, as they take on their greatest challenge, supporting and guiding Bobbi Kristina as she faces the world alone, without the one person she relied on the most, her Mother.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown last night delivered a touching tribute to Whitney Houston at the Billboard Music Awards 2012.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, accepted the special Millennium Award on behalf of her late mother, after she was escorted onto the stage by her adopted brother Nick Gordon and received a quick kiss from him.
Whitney Houston’s daughter had been reduced to tears while watching an emotional video dedicated to the singer.
But Bobbi Kristina was well-spoken and composed when it came to delivering her poignant speech, with Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law and manager Pat Houston by her side, who also gave an introduction.
Bobbi Kristina was well-spoken and composed when it came to delivering her poignant speech, with Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law and manager Pat Houston by her side, who also gave an introduction
Bobbi Kristina Brown said: “I just really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all. Not just from when it was good, but when it was bad too.
“Thank you so much for showing that much love, because she deserved it. She did. I’m just blessed to have been in such an incredible woman’s life.”
The teenager added: “There will never be another one ever, and I thank you, all of you – the fans, everyone. Thank you so much.”
During the speech, the camera cut to Brandy, the sister of Whitney Houston’s former partner Ray J.
Brandy could be seen mouthing the words “never ever” while Bobbi Kristina spoke about her mother’s uniqueness.
There were also tributes to Whitney Houston, who died aged 48 on February 11, in the form of performances.
After an introduction by Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend sang Greatest Love of All while Jordin Sparks delivered an emotional rendition of I Will Always Love You.
During Jordin Sparks’ performance, cameras followed Bobbi Kristina Brown who was seen sobbing at the tribute.
The Houston Family Chronicles, a reality show about the late Whitney Houston’s family, has just been picked up by the Lifetime Network.
The show will follow several members of Whitney Houston’s family and will debut sometime later this year.
The Washington Post reports that Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law, Pat, will be the main focus of the show.
Whitney Houston’s niece, Rayah, her brother, Gary, her mother, Cissy and her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown will also be involved with the show.
The Houston Family Chronicles, a reality show about the late Whitney Houston’s family, has just been picked up by the Lifetime Network
Pat Houston said that a show surrounding the Houston family has been in the works for years.
She said: “I have been working with Simmons Shelley over the past few years developing a project suitable for myself and our family. The unexpected passing of Whitney certainly affects the direction of the show. However, it is my hope that others will be enlightened as they watch our family heal and move forward.”
Lifetime writes in a press release: “Lifetime has picked up <<The Houston Family Chronicles>> (working title), an all-new docu-series that will follow the lives of the late Whitney Houston’s family… Whitney Houston’s sudden passing left behind a major void felt not only by the world, but also by those who loved her most, her beloved family. <<The Houston Family Chronicles>> follows those closest to the pop music icon as they try to pick up the pieces after her untimely death.”
The Houston Family Chronicles will premier this year. Lifetime has ordered ten hour-long episodes.