Monica & Whitney Keeping It Reel...
Monica, Whitney keep it reel
MARILYN BECK & STACY JENEL SMITH
The Star-Ledger Newark, NJ
R&B THRUSH Monica steps back into the spotlight with MTV's "Love Song" movie
tonight - and intends to stay front and center for awhile. She plans to have her next
out by March. And she reports that she and Whitney Houston are aiming at spring for the
start of production on "Angel of Mine."
''Whitney keeps reminding me of it," notes Monica of the fanciful "Angel"
would have her playing a gal with an unusual guardian angel -a deceased '70s rock star.
Houston's company is producing the picture for Wonderful World of Disney, a la
Brandy's "Cinderella" of 1997.
''Whitney's not acting in it, but because of our relationship, she wants to be on the
set when we shoot it," says Monica.
The young singer, who deliberately slowed down the frantic pace of her professional
life a while back - "I didn't want to become a machine" - is now rarin' to
attention anew. She tells us she and record producer Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs
have recorded the theme song for Chris Rock's 2001-release big-screen comedy, "Down
to Earth." "The song is 'Never Let Go.' It comes out next month, and we're going
to do a video and stuff."
Tonight will see "Love Song" ushered onto the air with a pre-movie red carpet
party special. Monica lets us know that "Love Song" was originally written for
make with N'Sync's Jus tin Timberlake - which she would have loved, she says. "But
due to his scheduling difficulties, he couldn't do it. Christian Kane from 'Angel' handled
instead, and he really brought it out."
NEWSFILE: 1 DECEMBER 2000