By Brooks Barnes New York Times Wed., Aug. 1, 2018 BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.—“It’s hard to know where to begin,” said Matt Tyrnauer, a Vanity Fair special correspondent turned documentary filmmaker, as he dryly started to describe his new movie, which looks at closeted luminaries during Hollywood’s Golden Age. “There’s a story about Cole Porter and multiple carloads of guys, but it’s probably not printable.” Oh, dear. Best, then, to start in 2012. In an X-rated, bestselling memoir published that year, a former Marine named Scotty Bowers recounted how, between 1946 and the mid-1980s, he ran a type of prostitution ring for gay and bisexual people in the film industry, including A-listers like Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Bowers also claimed to have personally shared a bed with J. Edgar Hoover and arranged wild sexual liaisons for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. It was hard to believe, to put it … [Read more...] about Scotty and the Secret Life of Hollywood: Saucy, star-filled stories — but do we believe?
Whitney houston life story
By Peter Howell Movie Critic Fri., May 18, 2018 CANNES, FRANCE—The rise and fall of a star is one of the oldest and saddest of show biz stories. The glow inevitably fades, in all but the rarest of cases. Pop diva Whitney Houston was no exception, but in her case the trajectory was all the more tragic: a faster and more brilliant rise, a harder fall that turned into a fatal crash landing. That’s the main takeaway of Whitney, a documentary by Scotland’s Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void, Marley) premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in advance of its July 13 theatrical release. It goes a long way towards explaining how a church-going gospel singer from suburban New Jersey, always ready with a shy smile, became one of the world’s most popular pop stars in the 1980s and 1990s, only to yield to personal demons that included the raging cocaine addiction that left her face down and lifeless in a Beverly Hilton Hotel bathtub in 2012, dead at … [Read more...] about Tragic celestial trajectory of Whitney Houston subject of Cannes doc
An explosive new documentary about the tragic life of Whitney Houston claims the superstar was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, soul singer Dee Dee Warwick. The bombshell revelation in "Whitney", made with the co-operation of the singer's family, comes late in the film by Oscar-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, which premiered Thursday at the Cannes film festival. Houston's assistant, Mary Jones, who Whitney called "Aunt Mary" -- and who discovered her face down in a Beverly Hills bath the night she died -- said the singer told her she was molested. Her half-brother Gary Garland-Houston corroborated the account and said he was also sexually assaulted by the younger sister of soul legend Dionne Warwick. The abuse allegation may help to shine a light on the singer's troubled love life and descent into drug addiction, which contributed to her early death at 48 in 2012. The film presents her long-rumoured bisexuality as fact but argues she found it impossible to maintain … [Read more...] about Whitney Houston sexually abused as child says Cannes documentary
A new documentary about the life of Whitney Houston claims that the tragic singer was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, soul musician Dee Dee Warwick. The revelation in Whitney, which was made with the co-operation of the singer's family, comes late in the film by Oscar-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, which was premiered Thursday at the Cannes film festival. Houston's assistant, Mary Jones, who Whitney called "Aunt Mary", discovered her face down in a Beverly Hills bath the night she died, told the filmmakers that she was abused as a child and was later unable to come to terms with her sexuality. It may help to shine a new light on the singer's descent into drug addiction and early death at 48 in 2012. Houston's destructive relationship with the rapper Bobby Brown is also tackled in the documentary, by the maker of One Day in September about Black September hostage taking at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Brown tells the film that drugs had nothing to do with … [Read more...] about Tragic star Whitney Houston abused as child — documentary
By Jake Coyle The Associated Press Thu., May 17, 2018 CANNES, FRANCE—Friends of Whitney Houston allege the singer was molested as a child by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick in a documentary that premiered Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival. Houston’s longtime assistant Mary Jones tells filmmaker Kevin Macdonald that the late singer told her that Warwick, the sister of Dionne Warwick, molested her at a young age. Houston’s brother Gary Garland-Houston also says he was molested between the ages of 7 and 9 by a female family member, and says his sister was abused, too. Dee Dee Warwick, who was 18 years older than Houston, died in 2008. The allegations were made in the documentary Whitney, which was made with the co-operation of Houston’s family. The revelations, which come about three quarters of the way into Whitney, immediately cast a new light on the troubled life of Houston. Jones claims that the experience made Houston question her own … [Read more...] about Cannes doc reveals Whitney Houston was molested by Dee Dee Warwick