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Thursday
Mar152012

"The Bodyguard" Returns to Theaters March 28

Fotos International/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday, March 28, select movie theaters across the country will host a special one-night-only screening of the 1992 film The Bodyguard, starring Kevin Costner and the late Whitney Houston.

The screening is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the movie, which featured Houston's signature hit, "I Will Always Love You."

The day before the screening -- March 27 -- a 20th anniversary Blu-ray edition of The Bodyguard will hit stores.  It will include special features such as interviews with Houston and other cast and crew members, as well as the "I Will Always Love You" music video.

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Saturday
Feb182012

Kevin Costner Remembers His Friend Whitney Houston

RDA/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Kevin Costner’s tribute to Whitney Houston at her funeral played out like a Hollywood blockbuster: It made them laugh, cry, stand up, and cheer. He shared many anecdotes about Houston in his nearly 20-minute long speech, the most touching of which was probably recounting how he fought for her to be in their movie, The Bodyguard.

“I thought she was the perfect choice but the red flags came out immediately,” he said. “I was reminded that this would be her first acting role. You could also think about another singer, was the suggestion — maybe somebody white. Nobody ever said it out loud, but it was a fair question, it was. There would be a lot riding on this. Maybe a more experienced actor was the way to go.”

“I told everyone that I had taken notice that Whitney was black,” Costner said. “The only problem was that I thought she was perfect for what we were trying to do.”

He ended up postponing the movie for a year so that Houston could wrap up her tour and star in it. But once filming started, Costner said, her insecurities took over.

“Arguably the biggest pop star in the world didn’t think she was good enough,” he said, recounting tears on the set as Houston questioned her makeup and voice.

“Whitney, if you could hear me now, I would tell you, you weren’t just good enough, you were great,” he said. “You sang the whole damn song without a band. You made the picture what it was. A lot of leading men could’ve played my part … but you, Whitney, I truly believe you were the only one who could’ve played Rachel Marron at that time. You weren’t just pretty; you were as beautiful as a woman could be. And people didn’t just like you Whitney, they loved you.”

He offered advice on behalf of Houston to her daughter and millions of other aspiring singers.

“To you, Bobbi Kristina, and to all those young girls who are dreaming that dream, thinking that maybe they aren’t good enough, I think Whitney would tell you, guard your bodies,” he said. “And guard the precious miracle of your own life. Then sing your hearts out. ”

He choked up towards the end. “Off you go Whitney, off you go,” he said. “Escorted by an army of angels to your heavenly father. When you sing before him, don’t you worry. You’ll be good enough.”

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Saturday
Feb182012

Whitney Houston Broke Racial Barriers

Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Family and friends will say their final goodbyes to Whitney Houston on Saturday.

In 1981, Houston became one of the first black models to grace the cover of Seventeen magazine.

Music producer Clive Davis molded her into a cross-over music sensation, and Houston still holds the Billboard record for the most consecutive No. 1 hit singles — seven in a row from 1985 to 1988.

Along with Michael Jackson, she helped open the door for a generation of black artists with landing music videos on MTV.

“Whitney really transcended race,” said Jess Cagle of Entertainment Weekly. “She was Whitney. You really didn’t think of her as a black singer. You really didn’t think of her as a black actress. You really just thought of her as Whitney.”

Houston was catapulted into mega stardom on the silver screen in 1992 after landing a leading role in the blockbuster film, The Bodyguard, starring opposite actor Kevin Costner.

The film was originally slated to star Diana Ross and Ryan O’Neal, but after Costner was tapped for the roll, he insisted he needed Houston as his co-star.

In a 2002 interview with World News’ Diane Sawyer, the singer described how terrified she was to do The Bodyguard.

“Scared to death, terribly frightened,” she said. “I mean, Kevin Costner, I said, ‘why me?’ He said, ‘because you’re the only one that can sing.’”

Houston’s film debut was an enormous hit, and The Bodyguard, which grossed over $400 million after its release, became famous for the star’s signature ballad, I Will Always Love You and the dizzying shot of the long, unforgettable kiss shared between Houston and Costner.

At the time, a black woman and a white man sharing such a tender moment together on the big screen sparked widespread discussion about interracial issues.

“It was interesting that The Bodyguard also came out the year of the Rodney King riots, when tension between the races was very much in the news and very much a concern of everyone,” Cagle said. “Then there was The Bodyguard, it was an interracial romance. There was no discussion about it. It was a monster hit. People loved it. People loved those two stars. For anyone to say that there was a problem with the interracial romance made you look stupid. It made you look completely out of step with the rest of the culture.”

Of course, there had been other films that bridged this racial divide, including the groundbreaking and first ever interracial kiss in a movie in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and many subsequent kisses with actors Wesley Snipes and Laurence Fishburne, to name a few. But those movies made interracial love their pivotal plot points, whereas The Bodyguard seemed to blur race.

“I don’t think it’s a milestone that a black person and a white person made a movie together,” Houston said of the film in the 2002 interview. “I think for people to look at this color-blind is a milestone.”

 

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Sunday
Feb122012

Under Clive Davis' Guidance, Whitney Houston Became a Superstar

Clive Davis and Whitney Houston (Larry Busacca/WireImage)(LOS ANGELES) -- Family, friends, fans and music heavyweights mourned the sudden death of music icon Whitney Houston Saturday, and her lifelong mentor Clive Davis was no exception.

Davis and Houston had a relationship that surpassed that of the typical singer and music executive. The legendary producer discovered Houston as a teen, nurtured her and shaped her into a superstar and one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He maintained a strong hand in her career and life, attempting to keep his music prodigy with the megawatt voice and incredible range on track during her notorious bouts with drugs and alcohol, and tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown, and later maneuvered her many comebacks.

Houston was found dead only hours before she was set to attend Davis' annual pre-Grammy's party at the Beverly Hilton hotel, the same event where she was introduced to the music world in 1983, nearly three decades ago.

Davis dedicated the night to the renowned singer, tearfully toasting Houston in front of a star-studded audience of her peers, who memorialized the singer's extraordinary career.

"I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years. Whitney was so full of life," Davis said Saturday night. "Whitney was a beautiful person and she had a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal presence so many times, giving so many performances here over the years. So, simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on."

Davis, a mogul who shaped the careers of music legends including Houston, Alicia Keys, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, Jennifer Hudson and more, first discovered a 19-year-old Whitney Houston in her gospel-singer mother's cabaret act and introduced her soulful sound to the world.

"The time that I first saw her singing in her mother's act in a club called Sweet Waters right here in Manhattan ... it was such a stunning impact," Davis told Good Morning America anchor Diane Sawyer in a July 2009 interview. "To hear this young girl breathe such fire into this song, I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine."

Davis, known for his eye for talent, signed Houston to Arista Records. He introduced the world to her sound on The Merv Griffin Show in 1985, but it took nearly took two years to release her self-titled debut album.

Houston's first single You Give Good Love went to number one on the Billboard charts. Davis enlisted the best of the best producers and songwriters in the business to craft ballads that showcased Houston's powerful range and vocal emotion. Under Davis' watchful eye came a string of seven number one hits, breaking a record set by the Beatles.

"When you are breaking records like that, you really have to pinch yourself," Davis told Sawyer in 2009.

Davis was intimately involved in Houston's career and foray into film. While Houston was making the 1992 film, The Bodyguard, with Kevin Costner, Davis saw a screener that he felt didn't showcase Houston's powerful pipes. He told Diane Sawyer in 2009 how he brought up the issue with the director.

The director was fired and the film was changed in line with Davis' vision.

WATCH: Kevin Costner talks about Whitney Houston in a 2009 interview

 

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Though Houston reigned for more than a decade in film and song, with eight platinum albums and 55 million records sold in America, much of her enormous success fell away as her marriage to Bobby Brown descended into jealousy, rage and substance abuse. She endured multiple stints in rehab and divorced Brown in 2007 after 15 years of marriage.

But the years of drug abuse had taken their toll. The star's voice diminished, album sales declined and she was rumored to be near death because she looked so thin.

Davis orchestrated Houston's 2009 comeback after seven years of silence with the album, "I Look to You," which he called a labor of love. It sold 304,000 copies in its first seven days on the market, sending Houston back to the top of the charts and giving her the best debut week of her career.

Houston "still stands for the best of songwriting, the best of singing -- and we know the public wants it," he said in 2009. "There is a song on this album which is called 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength,' and it really speaks for Whitney. She tumbled but she didn't crumble."

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