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Whitney Houston's Last Film: It's "Sparkle" Time!

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Things weren't necessarily all downhill for Whitney Houston at the time of her sudden death in February at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The singer was working on getting her pipes back in fighting shape, and she'd worked on a film that was nearing its release. Today, the trailer for that film, Sparkle, has arrived.

In the film, Houston plays the matriarch figure, a onetime singing star whose daughters are being groomed for their own Motown stardom in the heyday of the girl-group. "Is my life not enough of a cautionary tale for you?" Houston asks her offspring in the film.

Not to be confused with "Glitter," (that's Mariah Carey's old turd turf), if you think you've seen this movie before, you kinda have: It's a remake of a 1976 film starring Irene Cara of "Flashdance" fame.

While fans may be looking for Houston to really bring the (sadly, posthumous) Sparkle, the title role goes to Mis Jordin Sparks. However, while Sparks may have the lead, it's predicted that Houston will be what sends butts into movie theatre seats this summer. "If the trailer is any indication," says Gawker, "Sparkle shows [Houston] giving a solid performance: funny, heartfelt, and, of course, singing the hell out of the material."

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So far, the trailer is as much as we're going to get; "Sparkle" is due out August 17.