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Whitney Houston's Final Film Sparkle Showing in UAE Cinemas from November 8

Whitney Houston's Final Film Sparkle

Dubai, UAE – October 22, 2012: Sparkle, an American musical directed by Salim Akil and produced by Stage 6 Films will be released by Empire International – Gulf in UAE cinemas on Thursday, November 8, 2012. Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film under the same name and inspired by the soulful women’s song group, The Supremes. Starring Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke,  Mike Epps, Cee Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Tamela Mann and Omari Hardwick, the movie Sparkle is most celebrated as the final performance by the late pop icon Whitney Houston, to whom the film has been dedicated. Sparkle is also the debut film performance for R&B/pop singer and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks as an actress.  The film features songs from the original film written by soul musician Curtis Mayfield as well as new compositions by R&B artist R. Kelly.

UAE cinemas will show Sparkle starting from Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the following venues:

  • VOX Cinemas
  • Reel Cinemas
  • Grand Cinemas
  • Cinema City
  • Cine Royal

The Plot
Detroit, 1968. The Motown sound is sweeping the nation. Girl groups are hotter than ever. Over their mother’s (Whitney Houston) objections, three beautiful sisters—Delores (Tika Sumpter), Sister (Carmen Ejogo) and Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) —are taking the local music scene by storm. But their dreams are bigger than Detroit. Their manager, Stix (Derek Luke), is just as ambitious and will do whatever it takes to make it to the big time, even if it means using the girls—and his love for Sparkle—as the foundation of a new musical empire.

Behind the music and lights, the recording industry is a ruthless and unforgiving place, just as Mama had warned her girls. Sister, with her good looks and voice, is the natural headliner of the trio, yet her complicated personal life threatens to overshadow her talent; Delores has her sights set on a different kind of life outside the spotlight; and young Sparkle must push past her deepest fears if she is to fulfill her destiny—does she really have what it takes to go all the way?

Whitney Houston's Final Film Sparkle

Riveting and soul-stirring, this timeless tale reminds us of the unbreakable bonds between family, the high price of fame and what can happen when we dare to show the world how brightly we can sparkle. They had a dream. She had it all.

Directed by Salim Akil
Produced by Debra Martin Chase, TD Jakes, Whitney Houston, Curtis Wallace, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil
Written by Mara Brock Akil, Howard Rosenman
Based on Sparkle by Joel Schumacher, Howard Rosenman
Starring Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Tamela Mann, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Cee Lo Green
Music by R. Kelly, Curtis Mayfield, Kier Lehman, André DeJuan
Cinematography Anastas N. Michos
Editing by Terilyn A. Shropshire
Running time 116 minutes
Language English

Whitney Houston's Final Film Sparkle

About Empire International – Gulf
For nearly 90 years, Empire has been the driving force in the movie business throughout the Arab world. Using its unparalleled expertise and experience in the cinema industry, Empire has successfully built a solid reputation and gained the confidence of millions of movie fans throughout Lebanon and the Middle East. Today not only is Empire the oldest exhibitor in the region, but it is also the largest single distributor in the Middle East with offices in Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, Jordan and Lebanon.

Empire is credited with overseeing the release of no less than 8 of the top 20 biggest movies of all time at the box office, making it the most successful distributor in the region. Empire is the exclusive theatrical distributors of Sony Pictures Releasing International which comprises of Columbia pictures, MGM/UA, Sony Classics, Tri Star and Screen Gems since 1964 and Twentieth Century Fox which includes Regency, Fox Searchlight, Fox Atomic, Fox 2000 and Blue Sky since 1988.

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