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SPARKLE : The Movie

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Yesterday, the world got the opportunity to see the great adaptation of the 1976 film SPARKLE…

Moral of the story: ” I can’t fly with One Wing!”

“We need our total being; everything within us in order to be confident in our God-Given Talents…” Cutty

On Friday, August 17, 2012 our Queen of the Night got one more chance to shine as she took her final curtain call as Emma: the overprotective; single-mother of Sparkle (Jordin Sparks). SPARKLE the movie is a remake of the 1976 film starring: Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee and Mary Alice. “Inspired by The Supremes, Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, which centered on three singing teenage sisters from Harlem who form a girl group in the late 1950s. The remake takes place in Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s during the Motown era.”

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Sparkle 2012 was directed by Salim Akil and produced by Stage 6 Films, It was released by TriStar Pictures. BrownHouse Productions, run by Whitney Houston and Debra Martin Chase (One of the producers of the film) bought the rights to a Sparkle remake from Warner Bros. “Houston had intended to cast R&B singer Aaliyah in the lead role as Sparkle, but due to Aaliyah’s untimely death in August 2001, before the film went into production plans to remake the film was put on hold. Following the 2011 release of their first feature, Jumping the Broom, Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, the creative team behind the TV series The Game and Girlfriends, took on Sparkle as their next project, with Houston executive producing and starring as the mother of the three girls.”

The entire cast were great in the movie. Whitney Houston shined! Jordin Sparks sparkled! Carmen Ejogo sparked! Tika Sumpter was so aggressive when it came to her role. Emma and Dee were my favorite characters in the film. Other standout roles were played by: Mike Epps, Derek Luke, Omari Hardwick, Ceelo Green as Black and Terrence J.

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With music from the original soundtrack plus extras by Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston and R.Kelly, Sparkle the Movie is a must-see. Great Film adaptation… Great job on character choice to Casting Director Twinkie Byrd for excellent casting of the film.

JUMPING THE BROOM: Private Screening 04/07/11

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Not often; in these present times, do we see an African-American movie with a message that’s also entertaining. Well, on May 6, 2011 the world will witness a great African-American movie with thought-provoking messages: “Jumping The Broom”. Elizabeth Hunter and Arlene Gibbs really did something great when they wrote the screenplay. The movie deals with a supreme case of Classism, and it’s funny; it’s serious and you might even cry.

“Jumping The Broom” is a story about two families: one from Downtown New York and one from Uptown New York; two different sides of the tracks. The film focuses on a wedding in Martha’s Vineyard where two families are meeting for the very first time. They are from two different socioeconomic statuses and it causes major drama & friction for the entire weekend. In the movie, Paula Patton is a bride-to-be from a wealthy family, marrying Laz Alonso who is from the other side of the tracks. Let the drama begin!!!

“Jumping The Broom” boasts an all-star cast: Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Mike Epps, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, DeRay Davis, Romeo Miller, Gary Dourdan, Pooch Hall, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Valarie Pettiford.

*Sidebar* – This was Mike Epps’ most serious role to date. Although he was still funny, he did a great job at being serious!!! And why is Lil Romeo now “Grown Romeo”?!

Great job to the entire cast and crew of “Jumping The Broom”. Finally, an African-American movie with class & character.

The movie is produced by: T.D. Jakes, Tracey E. Edmonds, Curtis Wallace, Elizabeth Hunter and Glendon Palmer.

Stay tuned for up-close and personal interviews with Meagan Good and Pooch Hall from EntertainmentReporters.com