Whitney Houston movie 'Sparkle' still headed to theaters in August

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While we all wait for Whitney Houston's toxicology tests to come back from the lab, Sony has announced it will still release her movie Sparkle on Aug. 17, as planned. You know, so you can feel that much worse about her death by seeing her on the big screen.

"Like all those who knew and loved her, we are shocked and saddened and the world has lost an incomparable talent. Right now our thoughts are with her daughter, her family and her friends," Sony spokesman Steve Elzer told the Hollywood Reporter. The movie is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name about three singers based loosely on the Supremes. Houston was playing the mother of the singing sisters, and by many accounts, did a very good job of it.

"This would have been a big, big comeback, she is so brilliant in it," executive producer Howard Rosenman said after seeing a cut of the film the day before Houston died. "I was just raving about her performance, she was so great in it. I'm just in shock." Rosenman produced the original film, so he understands the material.

The movie is Whitney's first big-screen role since 1996's The Preacher's Wife; she was in Waiting to Exhale and, of course, The Bodyguard. Sparkle also stars Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps, and a vague feeling of depression and loss.

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