News

Angela Bassett shrugs off controversy over Whitney Houston biopic

Angela Bassett shrugs off controversy over Whitney Houston biopic

Photo: Associated Press

Actress-turned-director Angela Bassett is adamant the controversy over her upcoming Whitney Houston biopic will give the project a boost by piquing the public’s interest.

The star is taking charge of a new TV movie based on the life of the superstar singer with former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Yaya DaCosta in the lead role.

The project, titled “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story,” has been criticized by Houston’s mother Cissy, who claims producers have gone ahead with the film despite objections from the family, saying, “No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with (ex-husband) Bobby (Brown)… I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her.”

However, Bassett is adamant the controversy could be good for business, telling Billboard.com, “Controversy can be good. It can pique your interest.”

She added of her work on the project, “It felt like it was flowing from the beginning. Except me with the learning curve, you know. Coming from one side of the camera to the other.”

Recent Headlines

in Music

Christina Aguilera to hit the stage at ACM Awards

Fresh
christina

The "Genie in a Bottle" hitmaker will join a surprise artist for "a special duet."

in Music

Mariah Carey working on movie based on her hits

Fresh
mariah

Filmmaker Brett Ratner denied rumors that he's dating the newly single singer, insisting they're working together on a movie based on one of her hit songs.

in Music

Zayn Malik solo song emerges online

Fresh
zaynmalik

A song touted as Zayn Malik's first solo since his exit from One Direction has surfaced.

in Music, Entertainment

The best moments from the Roast of Justin Bieber

Fresh
bieber

The newly-legal "Baby" hitmaker got roasted with brutal insults, but in the end, he got the last laugh.

in Entertainment

Disney developing live-action ‘Mulan’

Fresh
mulan

Another animated classic is coming back to the big screen.