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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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It's 'The Hardest Thing' not to swoon at 98 Degrees' 'Today' show reunion

A long, long time ago, when Carson Daly reigned over TRL and Texas Tuxedos were a valid red carpet choice, casual observers couldn’t be blamed for thinking there were only two major boy bands: the sophisticated, polished Backstreet Boys and their slightly wackier arch-rival, *NSYNC. But discerning connoisseurs knew that there was a third option, the Mandy Moore to Backstreet’s Britney and *NSYNC’s Christina, if you will, the Vanessa Carlton to their Michelle Branch and Avril Lavigne.

I’m talking, of course, about 98 Degrees, a group that stood apart for a variety of reasons. First of all, 98 Degrees wasn’t scientifically created in a lab by creepy Lou Pearlman — the band’s members actually knew each other before they started working together, and the group formed independently before getting signed to a label. Secondly, 98 Degrees had four members. Four! Not five! Very different.

Though the group hasn’t released an album since 2002, its members have said for the past 10 years that 98 Degrees hasn’t gone cold — it’s just on an extended hiatus. That hiatus finally ended this morning, when the band reunited on Today. How stoked were they to be back together? “Well, now that we’ve gone through puberty, finally, we’re very excited,” front man Nick Lachey said with a straight face. Swoon!

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One Direction covers 'Wonderwall'. Cutely, of course.

That loud noise you just heard was every teen girl (and also embarrassingly you!) rushing to your computer for one last hit of summer fun, in the form of One Direction.

Fresh off an Olympic Closing Ceremony performance, One Direction released a video of them on-set of “What Makes You Beautiful” covering the Oasis hit “Wonderwall.” Cute boys? Check. Guitar? Check. Walking Abercrombie catalog in the form of an irresistible boy band that makes you want to sprint to the beach? You bet.

Check out the boys’ beachside harmonies in this acoustic version of the tune below: READ FULL STORY

Olympics closing ceremony could feature the Stones, Elton John... and, of course, the Spice Girls

The music director of Sunday’s Olympics closing ceremony tells the London Telegraph that the event “should be the greatest after-party in the world” — and judging from the details that have leaked so far, we tend to agree. Between Adele crooning “Someone Like You,” members of Pink Floyd performing “Wish You Were Here,” and a “galaxy” of other British stars rumored to include the Rolling Stones, Elton John, George Michael, Queen, Ray Davies of the Kinks, the Who, Muse, and, of course, the Spice Girls, all that’s missing is a cameo from some Tupacian Beatles holograms.

The identities of the event’s performers are officially supposed to remain secret until Sunday — but there are plenty of things we do know for sure about the Ceremony. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga announces new album title. It's...

Get your hotpants (or meat dress!) ready — Lady Gaga has announced that her upcoming third album will be called ARTPOP.  “Make sure when writing about my new album/project ARTPOP that you CAPITALIZE the title, *its all in the details*” the singer tweeted.

Message received, Gaga. ARTPOP doesn’t yet have a release date, though presumably the album will drop sometime in 2013. The singer/provocateur tweeted the news yesterday, following up an earlier twitpic of the word “artpop” tattooed on her arm.

Judging an album by its title falls squarely into the “don’t judge a book by its cover” camp, but I can’t help but have more than a few thoughts on the one word. For one thing, it obviously calls to mind Andy Warhol’s famous pop art, and many of Gaga’s outfits seem incredibly Warhol-inspired. I also wonder if the title has anything to do with the LittleMonsters.com collaborative artwork she’s been pushing recently. READ FULL STORY

'Cheers' legend George Wendt returns to the New York stage with... 'Re-Animator: The Musical'

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George Wendt is no stranger to New York musical theatre. Just a couple of years back, the Cheers icon starred as Santa Claus in the Broadway production of Elf the Musical and he is now playing the doomed Dean Halsey in Re-Animator: The Musical, a song-ified revamp of Stuart Gordon’s beloved 1985 horror movie, that tonight starts a week-long run at the PTC Performance Space as part of the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Yet the jovial Wendt claims he is not what you would exactly call a natural song-and-dance man. “It’s very peculiar that musical theater has become my life over the last few years,” he says. “Because I don’t sing and I don’t dance. I will however do what I’m told.”

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Madonna does not play favorites... with her breasts

Never one to court controversy just for the sake of it, Madonna flashed her left breast in Paris on Saturday night. The Bastille Day exposure comes a month after the 53-year-old performer popped out her right boob at a concert in Istanbul. Topping the Turkey flash, Madonna also went on to drop trou, unleashing her pop-star posterior to a whooping audience during the song “Human Nature.” It may be human nature to reveal some skin but perhaps it’s time for the Material Girl to find some new material? Politics, however, might not be an option either.

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'Paul Williams Still Alive': The incredible rise, drug-blasted fall, and unlikely return of a '70s icon

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It may now be hard for older readers to recall — or for younger readers to fathom — but in the 1970s singer-songwriter Paul Williams was everywhere. As a tunesmith he penned lyrics about lovers and the dreamers for the beloved Muppets tune “Rainbow Connection” and shared an Oscar win with Barbra Streisand for the A Star Is Born track “Evergreen.” As an actor, he starred in Brian de Palma’s 1974 cult movie Phantom of the Paradise and guested on a slew of prime time TV mainstays including the original Hawaii Five-O and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. And as a crooner with a louche wit, he made the set of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show his home away from home. “In the ’70s, it was very hard to turn on the TV for more than a week or so without seeing Paul Williams somewhere,” says Stephen Kessler, the director of a new documentary called Paul Williams Still Alive, which premiered in New York  on June 8 and is currently platforming out across the country. “It was crazy how much exposure that guy had.”

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Here's that Celine Dion 'Rolling in the Deep' cover you wanted

Covering Adele: Just another reason Celine Dion is amazing.

None other than Céline Dion decided to start “Rolling in the Deep” this past weekend as part of her Las Vegas show, as first reported by Gawker.

I’m shocked this cover took so long to happen. The two women’s vocals are so similar, and many of Adele’s tracks would feel right at home on Let’s Talk About Love or Falling Into You. I especially love the darker tone Dion adds to the chorus.

Just when I thought that after over a year on the charts I’m finally moving on from “Rolling in the Deep,” I’m back in. I’m getting chills. I want to dance. I want to cry. It’s all too much — in the best possible way.

Let your ears rejoice and listen below: READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp plays guitar with Black Keys at MTV Movie Awards

At this weekend’s MTV Movie Awards, Johnny Depp slipped into his newest role: guitarist for the the Black Keys.

While being honored for a Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards, the Dark Shadows actor joined the band onstage for special performances of “Gold on the Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy,” while Steven Tyler and Joe Perry — who were presenting the award — watched from nearby. Needless to say, the night’s scarf count went up considerably.

The often-animated Depp maintained a straight face through the song, letting singer Dan Auerbach soak up the spotlight. Even when being handed his award, the actor remained humble, deferring the spotlight to both the Aerosmith veterans and “up-and-coming legends” (Depp’s words) Black Keys.

It was undoubtedly a very cool moment — even host Russell Brand had to take a break from making Michael Fassbender-penis jokes to acknowledge it — but it’s not the first time Depp has guest-guitar’d. Just recently, he joined Marilyn Manson for a performance at the Golden God Awards, and he’s previously collaborated with everyone from Oasis to Alice Cooper.

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