Whitney Houston was poised to make a comeback with her role as a single mother in Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and Derek Luke. But, sadly, Houston passed away in February at age 49, just days after wrapping her final movie. Whitney's passing was difficult on her fans who poured their hearts out in emotional tributes on social networking websites.

Screenings of Sparkle is evoking emotional responses from audience members who fight to hold back tears during Whitney's scenes.

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Thanks to Saptosa Foster, of 135th Street Agency, who sent these pics from Tuesday's SPARKLE premiere in New York City.

She writes: "Busy night in NYC last night! First, Tri Star Pictures hosted a red carpet screening of the upcoming 'SPARKLE' film at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in Soho. The cast was on hand: Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Derek Luke, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick and executive producer Debra Martin Chase. A slew of celebrities hit the carpet as well: Russell Simmons, Gabby Sidibe, Olympic medalist Cullen Jones, Steven Baldwin, Valerie Simpson, June Ambrose, Rutina Wesley, S. Epatha Merkerson, Q Parker, Adrienne Bailon, and pop/R&B newcomer Austin Brown."

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Today would have been Whitney Houston's 49th birthday. To celebrate the passing of an icon, the cast of her last movie, SPARKLE -- Omari Hardwick, Derek Luke, and Mike Epps -- sang Happy Birthday to Whitney, at the request of former Atlanta madam, CJ, of Bossip.

SPARKLE opens nationwide on August 17.

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There will be a pop quiz on the Body Language of Evelyn Lozada and Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson. So study the above photo and tell me what you see.

From VH1 Press:

VH1 has followed Evelyn's story through four seasons of "Basketball Wives." Now "Ev & Ocho" presents a behind-the-scenes look at Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson and Evelyn Lozada's journey to "I Do." Viewers will watch Evelyn and Chad work together through the tough times to reach the goal of their dream wedding with celebrity wedding planner Diann Valentine. From deciding on the perfect cake and designer dress, to Evelyn dealing with Ocho's unconventional wedding demands, this ceremony will definitely go down in the history books. Preparation isn't easy, and the couple's timing is tight as Evelyn rushes to make sure her ill brother-in-law can be a part of her very special day. With two overflowing social calendars and two different personalities to match, these two realize planning "happily ever after" won't be a smooth course.

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  • Photo still: Piotr Sikora/VH1
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    Episodic Photo: John Parra/Getty

    Josh Peck, Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, and bad boy Chris Brown star in the high energy dance film Battle of The Year: The Dream Team. The film, which is due out in January, lights up the screen with athletic dance moves that will leave you breathless for more.

    Chris Brown and his ensemble of b-boy dance stars take on the Korean champs in an energetic, rumbling, tumbling battle on the dance floor for the world B-boy of dance bragging rights.

    Watch the Battle of the Year: The Dream Team trailer after the break!

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    OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant is not pleased that he's playing with Miami Heat superstar LeBron James on the Men's USA Olympic basketball team this Summer in London. Durant and OKC guards Russell Westbrook and James Harden were selected to play for team USA.

    Durant suffered a humiliating loss to LeBron and the Heat in the 2012 NBA finals in Miami. OKC was favored to defeat Miami by nearly every basketball analyst.

    Speaking to the Associated Press on Tuesday, the sore loser said he's annoyed that he has to see James everyday as he prepares to practice with team USA in London:

    “It does. It does, but what can I do?” Durant said Tuesday. “He’s my teammate now. I’m a team player. I can’t let that affect this. This is bigger than that. It’s tough to lose in the Finals and play the guy you’ve been going up against for five games who beat you.”

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    Tyler Perry returns as America’s favorite brash, no-holds-barred grandma in Lionsgate’s TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION, an outrageous culture clash comedy that also stars Eugene Levy, Denise Richards and Doris Roberts.

    In the latest installment of his Madea franchise, Tyler tests his comedy skills by playing 3 characters.

    For years, George Needleman (Levy), the gentle CFO of a Wall Street investment bank, if forced to flee town when he learns that his firm, Lockwise Industries, has been operating a mob-backed Ponzi scheme – and that he’s been set up as the fall guy.

    Facing criminal charges and death threats from the mob, George and his entire family are put under witness protection in the safest place that Brian (Perry), a federal prosecutor from Atlanta, can think of…

    His Aunt Madea’s house down South.

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    The new Jimi Hendrix biopic starring rapper Andre 3000 Benjamin has been in the works for the last 8 years. Problems involving licensing of the music and Jimi's likeness has delayed shooting. Dre finally managed to pull together financing for the film on the late guitarist's life. The movie began shooting in Ireland. Photos from the set surfaced over the weekend showing Dre wearing a curly afro wig and bell bottom pants that were popular in the 1960s and '70s.

    In an interview with the New York Daily News in 2004, Dre discussed Jimi's drug and alcohol-fueled life: "Jimi was wild onstage. Offstage, he was really calm."

    Jimi died the same way British superstars Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse did: he was found dead in his bed after a night of binge drinking at the age of 27.

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    New music, "Celebrate," from the upcoming film remake of Sparkle, featuring the late Whitney Houston and Jordin Spark singing a midtempo duet. "Celebrate" is being promoted as Whitney's "final" song. But we already know that Whitney's estate (managed by PAt Houston) will somehow "find" other "final" songs recorded by Whitney in the days before she died.

    Sparkle, the remake of the 1976 film starring Irene Cara, opens in theaters on Aug. 17.

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