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5 Ways Yaya DaCosta Became Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston Biopic: How Yaya DaCosta Became The Singer

Originally posted 01/17/2015 07:40PM

Whitney Houston is one of the most recognizable singers in the history of music, so Yaya DaCosta did not take it lightly when she was cast to portray the icon in the Lifetime movie Whitney.

"I initially wanted to become her exactly. I was just set to do everything in my power to make the audience almost forget that they weren't really watching Whitney," the former America's Next Top Model contestant, 32, tells PEOPLE. "But then I realized that I only had a few days to prepare. It was more important to try and capture her essence than to go crazy because that could have come across as a mockery."

So just how did DaCosta capture Houston's essence?

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Whitney Houston's Mother on Biopic: 'I'm Glad the Lifetime Project Is Finished'

Whitney Houston's Mother Speaks Out: 'I'm Glad the Lifetime Project Is Finished'

Originally posted 01/17/2015 09:25AM

With the Lifetime biopic Whitney set to air Saturday, Cissy Houston, the mother of the iconic singer, who died in 2012, is speaking out about the TV movie that was made without the family's cooperation.

"I'm glad the Lifetime project is finished," Cissy Houston tells PEOPLE. "I hope from now on her fans will keep her child, [Bobbi Kristina Brown], in their prayers, and I hope people will let my child rest."

Adds a Houston family friend: "The family is not happy about this project. Bobby [Brown] and Whitney had a complicated relationship. I don't even think their loved ones understood it. So, for people who didn't know them to take on what, to some extent, dishonors them – and their relationship – that is the most hurtful."

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3 Reasons Playing Aaliyah Was 'Very Scary' for Biopic Star Alexandra Shipp

Originally posted 11/14/2014 07:00PM

For Alexandra Shipp, tackling the role of the late R&B star Aaliyah was "very scary," the actress tells PEOPLE.

Shipp, 23, signed on to star in the new Lifetime biopic after Zendaya Coleman publicly pulled out of the production.

"I just wanted to portray this woman in the best way possible," says Shipp, who was just 10 years old when Aaliyah died in a plane crash at age 22 in 2001.

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Grumpy Cat's New Gig Is Going to Be a Major Cat Fight

Grumpy Cat to Host WWE's Monday Night Raw

Originally posted 11/10/2014 11:00AM

The WWE is about to get a little bit grumpy.

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Is Dean McDermott Leaving True Tori? | Dean McDermott, Tori Spelling

Is Dean McDermott Leaving True Tori?

Originally posted 11/05/2014 03:30PM

Is Tori Spelling about to lose her costar?

Dean McDermott told Access Hollywood Live Wednesday that he doesn't want to shoot more episodes of True Tori after it completes its current run for Lifetime.

"We have five more shows left," he said. "I can't do this anymore. I can't keep opening a vein, opening my soul and sharing my feelings and thoughts and demons with the world."

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Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms Sued for Assault by Teen Student

Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms Sued for Assault by Teen Student

Originally posted 10/10/2014 05:30PM

A teen dancer taught by Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller has sued the notoriously aggressive instructor for assault, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

In a complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Paige Hyland, 13, alleges that Miller, who runs the Abby Lee Dance Co., "intentionally engaged in conduct that caused Plaintiff Paige Hyland to reasonably believe that she was about to be touched or harmed in an offensive manner."

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Aubrey Plaza to Voice Grumpy Cat in Lifetime's Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever

Aubrey Plaza to Voice Grumpy Cat in Lifetime's Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever

Originally posted 09/18/2014 09:20PM

It's a match made in bad-attitude heaven!

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Tori Spelling: I'm 'Proud of Dean' for Working on Himself

Tori Spelling: I'm 'Proud of Dean' for Working on Himself

Originally posted 08/14/2014 05:15PM

While a cheating scandal and sex addiction landed her eight-year marriage on the rocks, Tori Spelling appears hopeful that she and husband Dean McDermott are mending their relationship.

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Lifetime to Air Brittany Murphy TV Movie | Brittany Murphy

UpdatePosted 08/13/2014 12:20PM

Lifetime to Air Brittany Murphy TV Movie

Originally posted 08/13/2014 11:20AM

Four years after the shocking death of Brittany Murphy at the age of 32, Lifetime is planning to air a TV movie about the late actress.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two-hour biopic will premiere on Sept. 6. Titled The Brittany Murphy Story, the project will start with Murphy as an aspiring child star in the '80s and follow her career and personal life through her 2009 death due to pneumonia, including the resulting aftermath.

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Which Saved By the Bell Star Won't Watch a Lifetime Movie About the Show?

Elizabeth Berkley Won't Watch Lifetime's Saved By the Bell Movie

Originally posted 07/20/2014 07:15PM

Elizabeth Berkley won't be setting her DVR on for The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story on Lifetime.

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