orig-sparkleIn theaters this week, SPARKLE is based on the 1976 cult classic of the same name directed by SAM O’STEEN and starring IRENE CARA, LONETTE McKEE, DWAN SMITH, PHILIP MICHAEL THOMAS and DORIAN HAREWOOD. Centered on three sisters who form a singing group, become Motown sensations and fall prey to all the pitfalls of fast fame and even faster company, the film holds a place of honor in the hearts of many moviegoers of  ‘a certain age.’ This time around, the script has been altered considerably and the film is helmed by SALIM AKIL with a cast that includes American Idol-winner JORDIN SPARKS, DEREK LUKE, MIKE EPPS, CEE-LO GREEN and (in her final role) WHITNEY HOUSTON.
Remaking cult classics is often a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” proposition that seldom manages to please everyone but, during our recent interview with producer DEBRA MARTIN CHASE, she explained that there are valid reasons for wanting to take on the challenge. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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SPARKLE opens in theaters Friday