[Thanks Lopez & Dzemil]
Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott debuted her new video on MTV yesterday and also announced that she is about to do some more work with Whitney. She also spoke on Direct Effects about more collaborations with Whitney.
Missy wrote and produced two tracks on Whitney's 1998 masterpeice, 'My Love Is Your Love'.
[Thanks Dave W.]
NEWSFILE: 27 MARCH 2001
Bobby Brown and his wife Whitney Houston arrive at Vanity Fair's Oscar party at Morton's in Hollywood on Sunday, March 25, 2001. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown attended the Elton John party first followed by the Vanity Fair party. They did not have an entourage of any kind with them, just their agent and their ever-present state of the art Security Team that blends in so well that most people thought they were there without security.
Whitney and Bobby are cutting edge. They do realise that the old 350 pound, no neck, knuckle draggers are out, drawing too much attention and causing lawsuits.
Whitney's "Secret Service" type security are intelligent, well mannered, well dressed and extremely well versed in their craft. They are no joke and they do protect her like she is a head of state.
Whitney and Bobby spent the evening chatting with Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones as well as Donatella Versace and of course Elton himself.
At the Vanity Fair party they chatted to Harvey Weinstein (owner of Miramax Films), Ben Stiller, Paul Sorvino and Courtney Love to name but a few.
The hot question directed at Whitney all evening by the media was about the new Bond movie. Whitney's response? "Wait and see - we're going to meet and talk."
Whitney was featured on the Oscar night Highlights on Sky (UK).
The last ten minutes showed the after show party and they caught her three times for quick comments. Whitney had a two tone purple wrap round her (pictured above).
Whitney commented on how they were there to enjoy themselves, thanked the reporter for complementing her dress and praised the show, Steve Martin for presenting it and commented how great it was that people they actually like won.
[Thanks Craig S.]
Tonight's TRL (MTV USA) shows a clip of Whitney at one of the two parties that she attended. Whitney says "we're in it to win it!" on her way in.
[Thanks Dave W.]
Singles Re-Release Update...
Following on from yesterday's report regarding Arista's decision to re-release some of their most in-demand maxi-singles, the title of the re-issues is confirmed as MAXIMUM Hits.
The plans are to release Whitney's 'It's Not Right But It's Okay' on April 3 along with Notorious BIG's 'Big Poppa' and Santana's 'Maria Maria'.
On April 17, Whitney's 'My Love Is Your Love' maxi along with Toni Braxton's 'Un-Break My Heart', 'Too Close' by Next & TLC's 'Creep' will be released.
On May 8th Whitney releases 'I'm Every Woman' & Lisa Stansfield releases 'All Around The World'.
[Thanks Alan M.]
NEWSFILE: 26 MARCH 2001
UK Chart For Week Ending 31 March 2001
Entertainment Tonight reports that Whitney Houston will attend the Vanity Fair post-Oscars party later tonight at Morton's restaurant in L.A.
[Thanks Margaret G.]
[This Is London - Friday March 23, 05:07 PM]
Bond eyes up Whitney Houston
By Richard Simpson
The makers of 007 confirmed for the first time today that Whitney Houston is being lined up to play the next Bond girl. The soul diva - who starred with Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard from which she had a number one hit I Will Always Love You - and film group MGM have both said that she is being considered for the part.
Houston, 37, is set to be the love interest of James Bond, played by Pierce Brosnan, 47, when shooting begins later this year. The only confirmed castings so far are John Cleese who is to play "R" and Dame Judi Dench who will again play "M".
If Houston lands the role in the film - provisionally titled Bond 20 - she will join the ranks of the Bond girls such as Ursula Andress, Diana Rigg and Honor Blackman.
Arista is planning on re-releasing some of their old maxi-singles. The first to be released is Whitney Houston's maxi-single for 'It's Not Right But It's Okay; as well as a few from other artist such as TLC, Usher & The Real McCoy. They feel that there is still a market for these single.
Retail store are being told to put these singles in with the artist full length projects and not with the new singles.
[Thanks Alan M.]
The Prince Of Egypt... Whitney Collectors - 'The Prince of Egypt' soundtracks are going out of print so if any one has not purchased them they should grab them before they are gone.
The soundtrack version of the duet with Mariah Carey titled 'The Prince Of Egypt (When You Believe)' has a longer intro and is not available on any other release.
[Thanks Alan M.]
'Heartbreak Hotel' has sold 2,400 copies in it's two weeks on the German Singles Chart and appears to have peaked at it's debut position of No.61 to become Whitney's smallest hit in Germany.
NEWSFILE: 25 MARCH 2001
Although unlikely at this early stage, Whitney may get a mention during Pierce Brosnan's appearance on the Jay Leno show tonight in the US. Check local listings for times.
Slinks Into Bond Girl Role
Tabloid favorite Whitney Houston is set to become the successor to sexy chicks Honey Rider, Mary Goodnight, Lupe Lamora, and yes, Pussy Galore, reportedly inking a deal to become the next Bond girl.
The pop singer has agreed to star opposite Pierce Brosnan in the next installment of the James Bond series, according to a report in Britain's Sun tabloid. However, final approval of Houston rests with Dana Broccoli, widow of famous Bond film producer Albert Broccoli, who has the last word on everything to do with the 007 franchise, the Sun notes.
Houston also starred in the 1992 blockbuster The Bodyguard, as well as 1995's Waiting to Exhale.
"The movie bosses think Whitney would make a fantastic Bond girl and are desperately working out a deal which will be acceptable," the Sun quoted an unidentified source as saying.
There is no word on whether Houston would be cast as a "good" Bond girl, along the lines of Daniela Bianchi (Tatyana Romanova in From Russia With Love) and Mie Hama (Kissy Suzuki in You Only Live Twice), or a "bad" Bond girl, as played by Grace Jones (May Day in 1985's A View to a Kill) and Famke Janssen (Xenia Onatopp in 1995's GoldenEye).
The paper reported that the still-untitled movie would begin shooting later this year, after the looming writers' and actors' strikes end.
NEWSFILE: 23 MARCH 2001
tipped as Brosnan's Bond girl
Wednesday March 21, 2001
Singer Whitney Houston could be in line to play Pierce Brosnan's love interest in the new James Bond production due to start filming later this year. The Grammy winner is rumoured to be keen on taking the role, though the final decision is down to Dana Broccoli, widow of longtime Bond producer Albert Broccoli.
Today's Sun newspaper quotes an unnamed studio source as saying that: "The movie bosses think Whitney would make a fantastic Bond girl and are desperately working out a deal which will be acceptable."
Houston, 37, scored a major box-office hit nine years ago with her role opposite Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, and later starred in Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife. But in recent years the diva has been dogged by bad publicity, including reports of a drug bust, rumours of marital strife and backstage gossip that suggested she was thrown off the set during last year's Oscar night rehearsals.
Another possible concern for the Bond backers is that 007 does not have an illustrious track record when it comes to mixed race liaisons. Back in 1973, Roger Moore received death threats after Bond hopped into bed with a black temptress played by Gloria Hendry in Live and Let Die. Brosnan will no doubt be hoping that times have changed since then.
USA Today: Whitney's Publicist Confirms "Meetings"...Houston, Whitney Houston to be Bond girl?
By Maria Montoya and Josh Chetwynd, USA TODAY
Diva Whitney Houston a Bond girl? Could be. Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael
Wilson are kicking around the idea. The movie would be filmed later this year with Bond boy Pierce Brosnan, but as of now, there is no set title or any signed contracts.
MGM spokeswoman Amanda Lundberg confirmed Wednesday that Bond producers "are planning to meet" with the singer, but says the meeting is expected to be general in nature
and not necessarily for the next Bond film. Nancy Seltzer, Houston's publicist, would only confirm that meetings are in the works.
Houston, who appeared with Kevin Costner in the box office hit The Bodyguard, would follow in Denise Richards' and Grace Jones' footsteps if chosen to be the next Bond arm candy.
BOND BABE? Whitney Houston may be the next Bond girl, Reuters reports from Britain's Sun tabloid. Houston has reportedly agreed to star opposite Pierce Brosnan in the latest 007 installment, ''Bond 20,'' for MGM.
The pop diva is supposedly waiting for confirmation from Dana Broccoli, widow of legendary Bond producer Albert Broccoli. ''The movie bosses think Whitney would make a fantastic Bond girl and are desperately working out a deal which is acceptable,'' an ''anonymous source'' told the Sun.
So far, neither MGM, the Broccoli estate, nor Houston's reps have commented on the tabloid's story. Maybe Whitney and her people are negotiating to change the role to Bond WOMAN.
VH1's Video Timeline uses archival footage and music videos to tell the life stories of musical artists featured. Whitney videos chronicled on this episode include: "Saving All My Love," " How Will I Know," "Greatest Love Of All," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "I'm Your Baby Tonight," "All The Man I Need," "Star Spangled Banner," "I Will Always Love You," "I'm Every Woman," "Shoop" (from Waiting to Exhale) and "I Believe In You And Me," among others.
Also catch Whitney on a rebroadcast of Saturday Night Live when she was the featured musical guest during a 1990-91 season episode. This show featuring Whitney will rebroadcast on Comedy Central Friday, March 23rd at 3:00 a.m. (ET).
NEWSFILE: 22 MARCH 2001
AND SPY WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
By VICTORIA NEWTON
POP diva Whitney Houston is being lined up to star as a Bond girl alongside Pierce Brosnan in the next 007 film. Whitney, 37, has already agreed to the project in principle, and is now waiting to enter final negotiations with movie bosses.
Multi-millionaire beauty Whitney - whose No1 hits include I Will Always Love You - is due to meet the widow of famous Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli this week. Dana Broccoli is chairman of her late husband's company, Danjak, and has the last word on everything to do with the James Bond movie franchise. It was her who decided heart-throb Sean Connery was sexy enough to play Bond. Dana was also instrumental in signing up actor Timothy Dalton to appear as the British secret agent. Now she is said to be "extremely keen" to get Whitney involved in the new Bond movie, being filmed later this year.
A source said: "The movie bosses think Whitney would make a fantastic Bond girl and are desperately working out a deal which will be acceptable. She has all the glamour, talent and star power to make a huge impact. Whitney would also be a perfect choice to sing the big song from the soundtrack because of her amazing voice. Preliminary talks have taken place and both sides expect a deal to be struck soon."
If talks are successful, Whitney will join a long line of famous Bond girls including Ursula Andress, Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley, Denise Richards, Sophie Marceau, Barbara Bach and Grace Jones.
The Bond movie will not be the first time Whitney has appeared on the big screen. She made her major film breakthrough in The Bodyguard, starring alongside Hollywood heart-throb Kevin Costner and singing on the hugely successful soundtrack - which included the smash I Will Always Love You. The film was a massive box office hit, and there is now talk of a Bodyguard 2 movie.
Whitney, who is married to singer Bobby Brown, is currently in Los Angeles filming a pop video with The Backstreet Boys.
WHITNEY MAY "BOND"
There is a possibility that WHITNEY HOUSTON may star in the
next James Bond film. MGM Studios has confirmed that producers plan to meet with the pop
diva. The movie
Whitney & Backstreet Boys...
In addition to the Sun report, the German newspaper Faz reports that Whitney is currently filming a video with Backstreet Boys in Los Angeles.
No further confirmed information is available as yet.
Queen Wish For Whitney...
British rock band Queen celebrate being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame today. In an interview with Capital Radio, Brian May from the band stated that the band would love to re-work a classic Queen song with Whitney Houston.
Award...According to Billboard Magazine, Whitney won an international award at the Recording Industry Association of Japan's (RIAJ) 15th Annual Gold Disc Awards ceremony on March 14th.
Winners for international pop album were Black & Blue by Backstreet Boys (licensed to Avex), Whitney: The Greatest Hits by Whitney Houston (BMG Funhouse), 1 by the Beatles (Toshiba-EMI), and A Day Without Rain by Enya (Warner Japan).
The RIAJ's Gold Disc Awards are based on sales for the period between Feb. 1, 2000, and Jan. 31, 2001. The ceremony - broadcast live nationwide on NHK satellite TV - serves as Japan's de facto equivalent of the Grammys. The country, which is the world's second-biggest music market after the U.S., has no organization like the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the body responsible for the Grammys.
'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' is down to No.67 (from No.57) on the French Singles Chart in it's 25th week.
UK Chart For Week Ending 24 March 2001
NEWSFILE: 18 MARCH 2001
Diana 'Excited' About Film Role -Costner
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's late Princess Diana was ''genuinely excited'' about a role in the sequel to the 1992 hit movie ``The Bodyguard'' Hollywood actor Kevin Costner said in a television interview.
``I had talked with Princess Di a couple of times. I explained to her that I was going to try to make this movie for her and she was genuinely interested,'' Costner told British chat show host Michael Parkinson in an interview to be broadcast on Saturday.
Costner, in London to promote his latest film ``Thirteen Days,'' said the princess had not committed to doing the movie but was ``genuinely excited'' by the prospect.
He received the final draft of the script on the day Diana was killed in a Paris car crash in August 1997.
``I was devastated by it. She was a very graceful woman and it is a great loss to all of us,'' Costner told Parkinson.
``The Bodyguard'' was an instant box office hit in 1992. The film tells the story of the relationship between a famous singer, played by real-life pop diva Whitney Houston, and bodyguard Costner.
Costner told Parkinson the sequel would have broken new ground if Diana had consented to appear.
NEWSFILE: 17 MARCH 2001
Congratulations to Whitney Houston who has taken a storming lead in the TV Guide Poll to find out who people think should be honoured in the 2002 MTV Icon show.
You can still register your vote on the TV Guide Website.
'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' is down to No.56 (from No.51) on the French Singles Chart. The song has been charted for 24 weeks.
Whitney The Greatest Hits' is up to No.15 (from No.16) on the French Compilation Album Chart in it's 43rd week on the chart.
NEWSFILE: 14 MARCH 2001
UK Chart For Week Ending 17 March 2001
NEWSFILE: 11 MARCH 2001
Wednesday March 07 09:55 PM EST Reuters
Whitney's Record Wiped Clean
Whitney Houston can now feel free to travel to Hawaii for vacation, not court hearings.
The pop diva has met all of her court-ordered requirements after pleading no contest last November to marijuana possession charges, and prosecutors said Wednesday her much-publicized case is dismissed.
Houston, 37, copped a plea in Kona District Court following her run-in last January with Hawaiian airport security, who allegedly found half an ounce of pot in her carry-on bag. To remove the petty misdemeanor from her record, Houston was ordered to pay several fines, donate money to an antidrug group and submit to a substance-abuse assessment.
The deal hit a snag last month, when the court's deadline passed and Houston failed to submit proof of her substance-abuse evaluation. But Deputy Prosecutor Mel Fujino says Houston received the assessment last month, and prosecutors decided to clear her record.
"The probation office received the assessment and recommended the case be dismissed," Fujino says. "We are satisfied Ms. Houston is in compliance. She did everything the court asked her to do."
Houston's lawyer, Bryan Blaney, says he takes the blame for the early mix-up. He said Houston initially took a drug test, thinking that was all the court asked for. But the court actually required a "substance-abuse assessment,"
which involves sitting down for a full evaluation with a substance-abuse counselor. Blaney says Houston eventually sat down with Michael V. Burke, a substance-abuse counselor from Rutgers University.
"I'm very happy, as is my client," Blaney says of the dismissal. "This is something that should have not extended this far. There was a misunderstanding about what was requested... She never failed to do a drug assessment, it's just that because of the time frame, it took us a little longer to get it in place."
Houston was stopped January 11, 2000, at Keahole-Kona International Airport after security guards searched her bag and allegedly found marijuana in two plastic baggies and three partially smoked joints. But instead of hanging around, Houston and hubby Bobby Brown hopped on their flight to San Francisco before police arrived.
The Hawaii incident sparked what would become a tabloid-fueled frenzy over Houston's state of health last year. The pot bust--followed by a series of strange incidents and a no-show at the Oscars--led some to speculate that Houston was battling a drug problem.
Whitney Houston Drug Case Dropped
A judge has dismissed a marijuana possession charge against singer Whitney Houston, leaving her with a clean record in Hawaii, prosecutors said.
District Judge Joseph Florendo Jr. dismissed the petty misdemeanor marijuana possession charge earlier this week after a substance abuse assessment was filed on her behalf, said Deputy Prosecutor Melvin Fujino. The assessment, submitted on Feb. 22 by Michael Burke, a certified substance abuse counselor in Highland Park, N.J., stated Houston doesn't require treatment for substance abuse.
As previously reported, Houston's bag was seized at the Keahole-Kona Airport on Jan. 11, 2000. Fujino and Houston's attorneys stipulated in court last November that the bag contained less than half an ounce of marijuana in two plastic baggies and three partially smoked marijuana cigarettes.
The 37-year-old singer, who was not arrested, allegedly abandoned the bag and boarded a United Airlines flight for San Francisco with her husband, singer Bobby Brown, before police arrived.
Substance abuse assessment filed with Hawaii court says
singer doesn't need to undergo drug treatment. The marijuana charge against Whitney
Houston in Hawaii was dropped Monday (5 March 2001) after the singer cleared a substance
Whitney is performing really well in the TV Guide Poll to find out who people believe the next MTV Icon should be. You may know that Janet Jackson will be the very first MTV Icon on Tuesday.
In a German interview, Natalie Cole states that she feels Whitney Houston doesn't have what it takes to make a Jazz album and that the results would not be what people would want to hear. She also cites Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer as artists that could not make a strong enough Jazz album.
This is just the latest in a string of book promotion related comments from Natalie Cole that do not paint Whitney in a positive frame.
CNN recently compiled a list of the top 365 songs of the last century according to the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' ranked at No.108 on the list.
Gospel singer Yolanda Adams performed Whitney Houston's 'Step By Step' at the NAACP Awards.
BMG Germany have officially announced that the 'Heartbreak Hotel' single is now available in stores (5 March 2001). The specially enhanced-version will include remixes of 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'I Will Always Love You', the brand new Love To Infinity Megamix and the 'Heartbreak Hotel' video.
'I Will Always Love You' was selected by German fans in a vote last year in a competition headed up "What's your Favourite Whitney Hit?" which has been supported by German radio stations Bayern3, SWR3, NDR2 and MDR Jump.
As a special bonus all of the winners will be mentioned in the enhanced-part of the CD single.
'Whitney The Greatest Hits' is down to No.16 (from No.9) on the French Compilation Album Chart. 'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' is down to No.51 (from No.45).
[Thanks Jeffrey B.]
UK Chart For Week Ending 10 March 2001
The German Top Of The Pops asked the following
question in a poll:
Bobbi Kristina, Whitney Houston & Bobby
Brown's daughter, will celebrate her eighth birthday tomorrow, 4 March 2001.
NEWSFILE: 3 MARCH 2001
The Platinum Club can officially confirm that Whitney is in talks to possibly star in a movie opposite Will Smith titled, Anything For You. The script for the movie is still in the works and no filming or production has yet begun, but it can be confirmed that Whitney and Will are in the midst of talks to possibly co-star together in this major motion picture. Stay tuned to The Platinum Club for further updates and information regarding Anything For You and Whitney's plans in the works with Mr. Willennium himself, Will Smith!
There will be plenty of Whitney to witness on TV in the coming weeks! More notably Whitney fans should check out the show Silver Spoons on Nick At Nite that will show a young Whitney when she made a guest appearance on the popular eighties sit-com during the show's prime. The rebroadcast will air on Nick At Nite Monday, March 5th at 11:30 pm (ET).
Other upcoming Whitney TV appearances will include a rebroadcast of VH1's Before They Were Rock Stars featuring Whitney that will re-air on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 pm (ET).
Also look for the rebroadcast of Waiting To Exhale. The blockbuster movie starring Whitney, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon will air on the Fox Movie Channel on Sunday, March 11th from 12:01am - 2:01am (ET).
Also check out Whitney's performance from a 1990-91 season episode of Saturday Night Live that will air on Comedy Central from 3:00 - 4:00 am (ET) on Friday, March 23rd. Whitney is the featured musical guest and Alec Baldwin hosts. Tune in and witness Whitney on TV!
Back From Holiday...
[From New York Daily News]
A Restrained 'Relation'-ship
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, who have been chilling out on the Indian Ocean isle of Mauritius, are due back here at the end of the week for a roller-rink birthday party for their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who is turning 8.
The family should be relieved to hear that a New Jersey judge has reinstated an order shielding Houston from an obsessed fan who believes Whitney is her "supernatural reincarnated mother."
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Kenneth MacKenzie yesterday issued a temporary order against Desiree Weeks, 33, who has been admitted to a New York psychiatric hospital. Houston is seeking a permanent restraining order against Weeks who, according to court records, has bombarded the star with letters, greeting cards and gifts, including Valentine's Day chocolates and a four-tiered cake.
In December 1999, Weeks mailed Houston, whom she calls "Mommy," a bra and panties, pajamas for hubby Bobby, and pillows for "sister" Bobbi.
Houston's lawyer said Weeks hasn't harmed the star or her family, but the order bars Weeks from trying to make any kind of contact with them.
Houston let a previous restraining order lapse in June, believing Weeks was locked up. The singer filed to renew the order because Weeks escaped from the hospital Jan. 26 for 11 hours.
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