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Premiere Of Lifetime's "Whitney" - Arrivals

Yaya DaCosta did an amazing job while playing her role as Whitney Houston in the biopic that premiered on Lifetime last night, and many wonder how she was able to capture the voice and mannerisms of the late singer.

She told People Magazine of tapping into the role:

“I initially wanted to become her exactly. I was just set to do everything in my power to make the audience almost forget that they weren’t really watching Whitney. But then I realized that I only had a few days to prepare. It was more important to try and capture her essence than to go crazy because that could have come across as a mockery.”

Meanwhile, Whitney’s family is not happy with Lifetime for airing the biopic without their permission, and a letter from Pat Houston touches on their disappointment.

Part of the letter reads:

“She was somewhat exasperated and said she did not get it – that a woman who claimed to be her aunt’s friend would direct a movie that seems so unloving towards her Aunt, and how it could affect her cousin [Bobbi Kristina Brown],” she recalls. “I share with you the thoughts I shared with my daughter yesterday – that there is often a fine line that separates elevation and degradation in the industry. What lifts up one person in the headlines may in fact destroy another.”

To read the rest, head over to GossipCop.

Many wonder how Martin Luther King Jr. would feel about some of the racial issues that are going on in today’s society, and last night SNL showed us what they think MLK would have to say.

In a skit featuring Kenan Thompson as the late legendary activist, the show touches on how kids don’t understand the legacy of MLK, as well as his contributions to society.

One kid also joked that Macklemore is currently the voice of diversity.

The sketch show also poked fun at Justin Bieber and his recent Calvin Klein ad. See the full skit here.

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We’ve got good news for the cast of Empire, and fans who tune in!

After just two episodes aired, the popular series has been picked up for a second season by Fox networks.

The news was announced at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour this weekend, and it wasn’t a surprise as the show was the network’s highest-rated debut in three years. The ratings have also been increasing after the first episode.

Julianne Hough visits Good Morning America in Times Square.

There is a new Grease coming, and it’s going to be great with two big names on board!

Julianne Hough has just been casted as Sandy for the new version of the classic movie, while Vanessa Hudgens has been casted as Rizzo.

Julianne said of her role:

“Grease is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play Sandy,” Julianne shared in a statement. “My siblings and I watched it and played it out over and over when we were kids. This is my dream role and performing it live on television will be one of the most thrilling opportunities I’ve had in my career so far.”

Grease is set to premiere on January 31, 2016 at 7 PM, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.

SOURCE: People MagazineGossipCop, E! News, Just Jared | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Fox, Splash

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