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Must See: Behind The Scenes Of Lifetime’s Whitney Houston Biopic

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As widely reported, much ado has been made about Lifetime‘s upcoming biopic on the late, great Whitney Houston.

However, hoping to silence the naysayers, director Angela Bassett invited Entertainment Tonight onto the Los Angeles set of the movie this week to provide a behind the scenes look at filming.

Is lead Yaya DaCosta doing due diligence to Houston? How does Deborah Cox, who’s voicing Whitney’s songs, sound? And what does Bassett feel about the backlash? All the answers and more await in the video below…

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Whitney Houston’s Mother Cissy Slams Lifetime Biopic

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Lifetime‘s Whitney Houston biopic has been hit by yet another jab. This time courtesy of the late diva’s mother, Cissy Houston.

Controversy has engulfed the Angela Bassett helmed project since its announcement, with opinion split on almost every facet. Indeed, everything from the featured stars to it being a TV telepic instead of a cinematic release have come under fire. And let’s just say say, Ms. Cissy has poured fuel on the flames.

The 80-year-old offered Entertainment Tonight a statement about her views on the film — and it definitely wasn’t endorsing.

Her words below…

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Whitney Biopic: Snippet Of ‘I Will Always Love You’ (Performed By Deborah Cox) Surfaces

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Much ado has been made about Lifetime‘s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic.

From song clearances, to starring actors, to its very existence; the Angela Bassett production hasn’t been short on controversy.

The latest round of debate ignited this week when it was announced that Deborah Cox will be voicing ‘The Voice’ in the made-for-TV movie. Legalities surrounding copyright means it won’t be possible to use Houston’s hits in their original form. Hence, Cox – a powerhouse in her own right – is providing “vocal tracks” for lead Yaya DaCosta to “perform” to.

Naturally, the news has many eager to hear whether Cox can do justice to Whitney’s iconic catalogue. And it seems folk won’t have to wait too long to find out.

TMZ have premiered a clip of the re-sung rendition of the late diva’s signature hit ‘I Will Always Love You’ – which was recorded on set in Los Angeles this week.

Listen below and, as ever, let us know what you think!

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Deborah Cox To Voice Whitney Houston Songs In Lifetime Biopic

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Lifetime‘s biopic on the late, great Whitney Houston hasn’t even hit screens yet and is already causing quite the scene.

Indeed, debate has greeted almost every morsel of news revealed about the movie; from it being a cable production instead of a big screen offering, to its lead stars, public response has been potently polarized.

The latest facet of the Angela Bassett directed telepic to come into question is the licensing of Houston’s music.

According to E!, with legalities surrounding the use of Whitney’s iconic song catalogue still being hashed out, original versions of the tracks will not feature. Instead, Yaya DaCosta - who has been cast as Houston – will “lip-synch” to re-recorded takes on the songs performed by none other than Deborah Cox.

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First Look: Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown In Lifetime Biopic

Yaya DaCosta & Arlen Escarpeta Depict Controversial Couple In Angela Bassett Directed Telepic

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Last week saw the masses given the first look at actress Yaya DaCosta in her role as Whitney Houston in Lifetime‘s hotly anticipated biopic on the late diva.

Today, though, brings with it a sneak peek at DaCosta and co-star Arlen Escarpeta – who plays Houston’s controversial ex-husband Bobby Brown

Interestingly, the movie – which is being directed by Whitney’s Waiting To Exhale co-star Angela Bassett - won’t chronicle the entirety of the singer’s life or death. Instead, the telepic will play out the headline-grabbing relationship between Houston and Brown – from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and roller-coaster marriage.

Tentatively titled ‘Whitney’, the film is currently shooting and is slated for a 2015 debut.

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First Look: Yaya DaCosta As Whitney Houston In New Lifetime Biopic

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We are getting closer and closer to Lifetime’s controversial biopic of late pop icon Whitney Houston.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated actress and longtime friend of Houston’s Angela Bassett, the film is moving full speed ahead despite a very public slamming from the Grammy winner’s troubled daughter Bobbi Kristina (read more on that here).

From a viewer perspective, on the other hand, the film seems to have the green light from fans.  This feat was all the more confirmed when news surfaced that ‘America’s Next Top Model’ contestant Yaya DaCosta was cast to portray the powerhouse songstress in the forthcoming flick.

If ever there was doubt as to why, one look at the pic above should remove it.  Tuck in below for your first HQ look at Yaya as Whitney:

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The 12 Best National Anthem Performances of All Time

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Just about every major singer gets the opportunity to perform the United States National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” at some point in their career. Some take a traditional approach while others risk it all by putting their own spin on the American classic.

In honor to Independence Day, we’ve compiled the 12 best renditions of all time.

Make no mistake about it, these performances are both notable and awe-inspiring. From Beyonce‘s flawless performance in 2004 and Alicia Keys‘ lengthy impressive piano version in 2013 to the best who ever did it, Whitney Houston, each of these renditions captures the spirit of America.

After the jump, see who else landed a spot on the coveted list.

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Drama: Bobbi Kristina Slams Angela Bassett Over Whitney Biopic

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In life, Whitney Houston was renown for not holding back her thoughts on any and everything. And it appears it’s a trait that has passed on to daughter Bobbi Kristina.

The 21-year-old has lashed out at acclaimed actress Angela Bassett – following comments the latter made about not casting Bobbi in the upcoming Lifetime biopic on Whitney that she’s directing.

Find out what Bassett said  and what Houston’s only child charged back with below…

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