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Whitney Houston in 'Sparkle': How will she rank among these posthumous performers?

Nobody wants to join the list of actors whose last movies were released after they died — but you’ve got to admit that the company is good. And as of today, that unfortunate club has another illustrious member: Whitney Houston, star of the Jordin Sparks vehicle Sparkle. (Not to be confused with Marian Carey’s Glitter, though both are lustrous tales of up-and-coming singers.)

EW’s Owen Gleiberman wasn’t a huge fan of Sparkle; he gave the film a B- in EW this week, calling it “an overheated mediocrity.” He does, however, praise Houston, applauding her “gravelly conviction” in his review. “This could have been the first step not merely in a comeback but in a major re-invention,” he continues. “She had the instincts of a superb character actress.”

So Whitney’s last movie isn’t exactly Oscar material — but could she still enter the pantheon of stars who gave especially memorable posthumous performances? Let’s take a look at some of her competition:

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Our favorite Sherman Hemsley TV moments -- VIDEO

Sherman Hemsley died Tuesday at age 74, but his turns on screen as George Jefferson will live on. He made a career out of one iconic character. As EW’s TV critic Ken Tucker wrote Tuesday: “Hemsley took a part that could have been clownish and exaggerated — George Jefferson, the braying entrepeneur striving to, as the show’s theme song said, ‘move on up’ — and made George a vital, three-dimensional character, and an important advance in the depiction of black characters in sitcoms.”

From appearing in commercials in character, to guest turns as Judge Robertson on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and shaking it up on Soul Train, he played up George (and in particular his dance moves) at every turn. Check out some of our favorite clips of Hemsley from The Jeffersons and beyond on screen below:  READ FULL STORY

What 'When Harry Met Sally...' was really about, according to Nora Ephron

In 1990, the year after When Harry Met Sally… hit theaters, Nora Ephron’s script was released as a paperback book with an 11-page introduction written by Ephron detailing how the film came about. The beauty of the Internet: You can read that intro when you “search inside this book” on Amazon. She details how director Rob Reiner told her he wanted to do a movie about two people who become friends and decide not to have sex because it would ruin the friendship, and, of course, it inevitably does. She describes in great detail the things Reiner and his producing partner Andrew Scheinman shared with her as they spent days discussing men (the way they wanted to go home as soon as sex was over, the excuses they would make up to leave). She explains how she realized Reiner — who was divorced at the time and reveling in his depression as much as Harry ultimately would — was the character she should write about. Because Harry had that “dark side,” Sally had to be light — more like Ephron (who, yes, just liked food the way she liked it).  READ FULL STORY

Rainn Wilson, Morgan Spurlock and others tweet tributes to the late Ray Bradbury

With the news that Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury passed away Tuesday night at age 91, celebrity admiration has been rolling in on Twitter all day.

Not surprisingly, the Twitterverse is alive with those admiring him and his work–particularly his sci-fi brilliance and commitment to reading. Check out a round-up of Tweets below: READ FULL STORY

Forget the outdoors: Here's your guide to Memorial Day weekend marathons

This Memorial Day weekend, you could head to the beach, have a barbecue, and spend quality time with your loved ones…or you could stay glued to your couch and watch 72 consecutive hours of television. Given some of the marathons planned, we won’t judge anyone who chooses option B.

Here’s the best of what will air as we celebrate everyone’s favorite military-themed federal holiday. (Better luck next year, Veterans Day!) Whether you’re looking for classic flicks, absurdist comedy, garbage reality shows, or slightly less trashy reality shows, that miraculous box will have you covered. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

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AMC has your tickets to the gun show: Memorial Day War Heroes Weekend begins Friday and includes back-to-back showings of iconic war movies like Letters from Iwo Jima and Patton. You can catch both of those films tonight, provided you’re willing to stay up late; they air at 11 p.m. and 2:10 a.m., respectively. (5:30 a.m.-6 a.m.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday)

Travel back in time with Showtime’s The Tudors, which will air in its entirety on BBC America all day today and tomorrow. Watch your head. (6 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday)

Still don’t know why your friends won’t stop gabbing about Camille Grammer at brunch? Figure it out by tuning into a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills marathon on Bravo. (11 a.m.-8 p.m.)

Feel like a kid again with several straight hours of Adventure Time on Cartoon Network; the ‘toon channel will also air another AT marathon tomorrow. (11 a.m.-7 p.m.)

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Remembering Donna Summer: Her life in film and television

Donna Summer was one of disco’s greatest chart divas. But the singer, who passed away Thursday at the age of 63, also made her presence felt on both the big and the small screen.


11 Uhr 20 (1969)
A 21-year-old Summer appeared on the German TV series and sang the song “Black Power,” written by Peter Thomas.

Donna Summer: Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest, and more celebs tweet reactions to her death

In the wake of the news that disco legend Donna Summer died this morning, a slew of celebrities have headed to Twitter to pen pithy tributes to the platinum recording artist. Read what celebs are tweeting below: READ FULL STORY

Reverend Run, Justin Timberlake, and more celebs tweet reactions to Adam Yauch's death

Adam Yauch, a founding member of the Beastie Boys, died today after a long battle with cancer. As news of the 47-year-old’s untimely death spread, Yauch’s musical contemporaries and famous fans have taken to Twitter to post tributes and reactions to the news.

“R I P Adam… I’m devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch’s family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!” – Reverend Run

“Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch’s passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. #RIPMCA” – Justin Timberlake READ FULL STORY

Carson Daly on Dick Clark: ‘We lost an icon today’

For a time, host and radio personality Carson Daly was touted as the next Dick Clark – an impressive comparison, and certainly one grounded in the fact that Daly’s long-running MTV record-request show Total Request Live was modeled closely after Clark’s American Bandstand.

And although New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly competed against Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve for nine years, Clark was both a mentor and friend to Daly. In response to Clark’s passing today at the age of 82, Daly released a statement to EW, in remembrance of the broadcasting legend.

Read the full statement below.

“We lost an icon today. I will always cherish the personal time we had together. I am forever indebted to Dick Clark and his legacy. My heart goes out to his family.”

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Celebrities tweet tributes to the late Dick Clark

Ryan Seacrest, Mario Lopez, and other celebs tweet tributes to the late Dick Clark

Dick Clark died today of a heart attack, but the 82-year-old left a mark on the world of television and pop-culture that will never be forgotten. Millions of Americans of multiple generations grew up watching him on TV, in iconic programming such as American Bandstand, game shows, TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes, and, of course, his New Year’s Eve show. Not surprisingly, the Twitterverse is alive with tributes from those who knew and admired him. We’ve featured a few of the tweets below, and you can check out all of the tributes from Clark’s famous friends on our Storify feed below.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life.” — Ryan Seacrest

“Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!” – Joan Rivers

“Dick Clark was eternally young. No matter what culturally phenomenon was happening, he always embraced it. RIP…” — Russell Simmons

“Just heard the news of Dick Clark… It was truly an honor to have worked with him, learn from him and to be able to call him a friend. He was a great man and an even better friend. The word legend is thrown around a lot, but it’s never more appropriate than when used in describing Mr. Clark. He was a real inspiration & influence in my life. I will dearly miss my friend… Rest well DC….” — Mario Lopez

“Back in the 1960′s the pop culture catch-phrase was “Never trust anyone over 30″. Dick Clark was trustworthy all…” – Heart

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