Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

New Whitney Trailer Takes You Beyond the Headlines

New Whitney Trailer Takes You Beyond the Headlines

Officially sanctioned by Whitney's estate, it features the singer as she deals with her family life, fame, and struggles with drug addiction.

Still, the film circles back to relationships, including her marriage to Bobby Brown and close friendship with Robyn Crawford, who is described as Houston's "safety net". According to its synopsis, the film promises to be "an intimate, unflinching portrait of Houston and her family that probes beyond familiar tabloid headlines and sheds new light on the spellbinding trajectory of Houston's life".

"Paula Abdul ain't shit", she says in the decades-old footage.

"There were always a lot of secrets", one Houston pal says in the new trailer.

"He wanted to be on the stage, he wanted to be in the forefront", the person contends in the clip. "And eventually, she stepped down to lift him up". To be honest, it's impossible to believe that L.A Reid, of all people, didn't know about Whitney's drug use.

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"Her voice, I was totally knocked out", says Clive Davis, the music industry executive who had a hand in launching her global career.

For most of the documentary's running time, director Kevin Macdonald brings Houston's sadly curtailed life to the screen in a manner reminiscent of Amy, Asif Kapadia's 2015 documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse: It begins with the attractive voice and the career full of promise, and then come the drugs, the bad-influence husband, the grifting family members, and finally the tragic death. All the experts I spoke to about this area and this issue told me that it's best to talk about these things and best for them to be out.

When Jones was asked why Houston never told her mother about the allegations, the former assistant said the singer was ashamed: "I think she was ashamed.she used to say, 'I wonder if I did something to make [Dee Dee] think I wanted her.' I said, 'Stop".

"So I think it was the combination of thinking there's this really interesting personal mystery, but also how this woman was a musical genius", Macdonald continued.

Get all your Whitney-related questions answered when the film hits theaters July 6.

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