Round-up: Goodbye, Whitney

Posted by · 7:07 am · February 13th, 2012

We couldn’t rightly lead off a round-up without noting the biggest entertainment news of the weekend: the sad death of singer Whitney Houston just prior to yesterday’s Grammy Awards. Houston crossed paths with the movie industry for the first time in 1992’s “The Bodyguard” opposite Kevin Costner (which was announced by Warner Bros. to be rebooted almost a exactly a year ago). She circled back a couple more times in the 1990s, in Forest Whitaker’s “Waiting to Exhale” and Penny Marshall’s “The Preacher’s Wife.” She will once again be seen on the big screen when Salim Akil’s “Sparkle” releases in August, while her big screen debut will hit Blu-ray on April 10. It seems there’s going to be a lot of Whitney this year, but she will nevertheless be missed. [HitFix]

Meanwhile, this is probably the only celebrity Tweet worth forwarding. [@pattonoswalt]

VFX trailblazer Douglas Trumbull describes his radical 3D experiment to save movies. [Movieline]

Steve Pond reports from the annual AMPAS Sci-Tech Awards. [The Odds]

Clara Sturak talks to “Kung Fu Panda 2” helmer Jennifer Yuh Nelson, “the most successful female director in Hollywood history.” [Awards Daily]

Dustin Hucks sits down with “West of Memphis” (and “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”) subject John Mark Byers. [Film School Rejects]

Fifteen-time nominee Greg P. Russell gives his thoughts on the sonic progression of a franchise through “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” [Hollywood Reporter]

Bill Desowitz talks “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” with director William Joyce. [Thompson on Hollywood]

In case the Oscar season wasn’t boring enough, let’s throw in a pundit squabble (and coverage of same). [Hollywood Elsewhere]

“The Deadline Team” corners “My Week with Marilyn” star Michelle Williams. [Deadline]

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