Watch: Trailer for Whitney Houston's 'Sparkle'
April 2nd, 2012
04:45 PM ET

Watch: Trailer for Whitney Houston's 'Sparkle'

Producer T.D. Jakes was amazed by Whitney Houston's performance in this year's remake of the 1976 film "Sparkle," but unfortunately, the actress and singer herself won't be around to see it arrive in theaters.

Houston had just finished work on the movie, about a trio of sisters who have to face the difficulties that come along with fame as their singing careers take off in the Motown-era, when she passed away in February at the age of 48.

The film, loosely based on the story of The Supremes, centers on the musically gifted Sparkle, portrayed by "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks in the 2012 version. Sparkle is raised along with her two sisters (portrayed by Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) by their single mother (Houston) in Detroit when the three begin to form a girl group.


Houston's Emma Williams, as depicted in the trailer, had sought her own fame for her voice before showcasing her talent in the church choir, and lived something of a "cautionary tale."

Derek Luke's character Stix, who manages the girl group, tells Sparkle in the clip, "Maybe you'll be like your mom and never reach your goals, but don't fall short because you can't admit that you want it."

Cee Lo Green and Mike Epps also star in the feature, which arrives in theaters August 17.

Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Whitney Houston

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  1. Rita

    This is a movie I'll go see. I usually fall asleep to movies but this has what I love, beautiful singing voices.

    May 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Matanmi Ajibola

    Very unfortunate!!!

    April 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Candace Kane

    Whitney gave the world her beautiful voice. What did most of the rude people on this message board give the world? Big time Ignorance.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joy

    This movie is going to have me in tears; just seeing Whitney. I hate that she died, but I really hate that she died that way. Love ya and Rest in Heavenly Peace Whitney.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PhilG

    Does'nt look like a bad movie at all.

    Wild seeing Whitney as a supporting actress.

    Looks like she did o.k. in it.

    Rest In Peace Whits.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scott Cagle

    Tyrone Biggums in a womans body

    April 4, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Robin

    After reading some these comments, I do not know how the parent raised such low-lifes in this world. There should not be message boards because it just shows that some people are a waste of life.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. irene


    April 4, 2012 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. The SoundOff Comment Boards

    Where the worst of the worst come to comment.

    April 4, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. grouchomx

    Her dying is the best thing that ever happened to this movie since no one would have cared if she didn't. Think "Glitter" by Mariah Carey...

    April 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |

      wow nobody cares what you have to say You probally listen to whitney's music you hyprocrite!!!!

      April 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Carla MacInnis Rockwell

    I find it appalling that 'some' people (I use the term loosely based on what I've seen here) find it so easy to be mean-spirited, without apparently giving thought or pause to the fact that Whitney Houston was first and foremost a thinking, feeling human being with flaws - just like the rest of us. On the one hand, I'm sure the very people who are trashing her in death, enjoyed her music during her lifetime. Pot! Kettle! Pot Kettle. Engage the brain before the mouth, or in this case, before the fingers. Similarly, if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all – invariably, what you say says far more about you than the trash you spew about others – others, you did not and do not know.

    April 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    The only reason people have any interest in this movie or that the press is paying any attention to it is becuase of Whitney's passing. If she were still alive, nobody would even give a damn about this movie...

    April 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madge

      your incorrect whitney is a good actress and i feel it would have still been a hit with her alive. in fact it looks like a very good movie.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobbi

      you are wrong about that! the old sparkle movie was a classic! even if whitney was not in it people would be interested, the fact that she is in it, makes it special

      April 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 2ofthemsaytheyre1ofthemmustbewrong

    To those who are fans so beit,but the fact that we admire and pity someone who basically was a POP star whose light went out long ago. The only reason she is so well known today is that so many enjoy watching slow motion train wrecks played out in front of "live" cameras. Less than one week after she died a TRUE innovator in music died, yet nothing was mentioned but a small note. on some websites and even less live media outlets. His name was Ronnie Montrose,search that name,and you will find someone who helped shape music in many ways. Far more deserving that an average pop star..................

    April 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Latwanda

    I can't wait to not see this movee.

    April 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bECCA

    SHE IS _N_O_T_ DEAD ITS ALLLLL _F_A_K_E_ fakeidy fake fake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • um sure

      yes and so is Elvis and MCA.....oh and Michael too. Yeesh. Get it together people

      May 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. TD Jakes

    I am a money-grubbing fraud

    April 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mariah Carey

    Pfft....whateva......Glitter has much more "sparkle"...I should have got an Academy Award for it...I mean..look at Halle berry...she got one for bangin Billy Bob Thorton.....Oh well..Time for Nick to get me some water with a slice of lemon and to run my bath water...

    April 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  18. WAKAN

    Before seeing this movie everyone should buy/rent/find the ORIGINAL SPARKLE movie. It was pure poetry and was used as a wonderful teaching lesson by my mom when I was a pre-teen. Our only complaint was that the original soundtrack was NOT used when the "album" came out. It was recorded by Aretha Franklin who was not in the movie. this devastated the youth who felt the spirit of the movie. Yes the movie Dreamgirls WAS loosely based upon the SUPREMES story. However, the CNN writer of this article is totally wrong. The ORIGINAL MOVIE, SPARKLE, WAS NOT loosely based upon the Supremes rise to fame. Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Mary Alice (whose Oscar is LONG overdue), Dorian Harewood, Tony King, Philip Thomas and ALL of the cast members were SUPERB and never received their just accolades or awards. The ORIGINAL SPARKLE should be viewed by all teens interested in entering the movie/music/video business. History or HERSTORY does repeat itself if one does not listen and learn. Therein lies the tragedy. What's old, is new, yet again.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Norman

      Please keep comments to two sentences or less-no one reads after that

      April 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agreed

      I totally agree. The original Sparkle is nothing like the remake. Wish they would have went more into what happened to the sister who left home. Don't think I can support this even if this is the last time I can see Whitney Houston. Some things are worth preserving and totally redoing a moving is not my idea of fun. Especially when it changes the entire premise of the movie.

      April 4, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • btouch

      Sparkle was inspired (though you're right, not based) on the story of the Supremes, as a recent article by "Sparkle" co-creator Howard Rosenmann in The Daily Beast confirms.

      I really wouldn't call the cast superb (McKee and Alice aside), however.

      April 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Nicholas Robinson

    Flash ahead to year 2097: CNN Headline: "Whitney Houston Occasionally Walked Around Own House in Bra and Panties"

    April 3, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  20. JC

    Love you Whitney R.I.P.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  21. pitt04

    Can't wait to see this movie!

    April 3, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  22. Observer

    It's only funny because she dead!

    April 3, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  23. Andy

    Another story about Whitney just in time for all the losers to take pot shots at a dead celebrity.

    April 3, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  24. Ibaji

    Sad! May her soul rest in peace. Amen!

    April 3, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  25. Mammy

    They sure do like to wear white people hair and clothes.

    April 3, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Hilda

      You sound naive,what is white people hair and clothes. You are just envious of their good looks which is not pale sick like us whites.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*sara

      But we love being black.....say it lould were black and proud.

      April 3, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  26. Evel Knievel

    Poor Whitney, she hasn't had a bath in over a month.

    April 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • andy

      I bet in the real world you portray yourself as a nice person. Maybe it's time you admit to yourself you're nothing but a fraud.

      April 3, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • JellyBean@Evel Knievel


      April 3, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • f whitney houston

      omg whitney houston is a talentless DEAD hack.

      April 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ andy

      I bet he's as much of a coward in real life as he is online. Most people who troll online have issues. Otherwise they'd have nicer things to say or hold back from commenting altogether.

      April 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • kerri

      You are pretty hard up for attention, wow little show off trying to get a second of fame off of Whitney Grow uo

      April 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • s sal

      WoW thats funny....

      April 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Delene

    Sad that whitney is not here...but her voice will always be with us. I am definitely going to see if it does justice or even surpasses the original. R.I.P. WHITNEY

    April 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |

    well spoken guys, tanx alot

    April 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  29. SoSoulful

    I'll be going to see "Sparkle" when its released. It looks like its going to be a really good movie. R.I.P. Whitney Houston

    April 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Snap CRACKle Pop

    Crack is wack.

    April 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |

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