WHITNEY’S FUNERAL WILL BE AIRED ON LIVESTREAM
WHITNEY HOUSTON’S funeral tomorrow will be a star-studded affair. And for the record, BOBBY BROWN will be one of the stars in attendance. A source tells “People” magazine, quote, “He is not being banned. There was some talk . . . some people were angry at him, but that’s just grief. He will be there.” ARETHA FRANKLIN and STEVIE WONDER will sing at the service. Music mogul CLIVE DAVIS who discovered Whitney, will speak. Whitney’s “Bodyguard” co-star KEVIN COSTNER will also speak and the eulogy will be delivered by gospel singer MARVIN WINANS. In attendance will be Oprah Winfrey, Chaka Khan, Brandy, L.A. Reid, Alicia Keys, Tyler Perry and, of course, Whitney’s cousin Dionne Warwick.
Whitney’s alleged boyfriend Ray J is also on the list . . . and R. Kelly might be there, too.
The funeral will air live online. It’s being streamed on the Associated Press’ Livestream page. It starts at Noon Eastern Time. (–If you search Livestream for “Whitney Houston”, you’ll see they’ve already created a channel for her funeral at www.livestream.com/whitneyhouston.
The funeral takes place at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. Whitney will then be buried next to her father at Fairview Cemetery in the town of Westfield.
CHYNA DOES WRESTLERS
Ex Wrestler CHYNA went from Wrestling to porn to trying is going back to her roots in a new porn film. It’s a WRESTLING porn, with Chyna doing battle AND getting it in with some familiar faces. The movie features several look-alikes of famous rasslers, including HULK HOGAN, RIC FLAIR, JOHN CENA, the IRON SHEIK and Chyna’s real-life former boyfriend, TRIPLE H. There’s even a look-a-like for old school announcer MEAN GENE OKERLUND.
THIS CAN’T BE TRUE.
“Us Weekly” claims that CHRIS BROWN has a new pickup line. An unidentified woman claims that Chris approached her Friday night at a Grammy event and said, quote, “Can I get your number? I promise I won’t beat you.” Then one of his friends laughed and said, quote, “That’s his new line!” If that sounds ridiculous, it’s because it probably is. Chris issued a statement yesterday saying, quote, “That is absurd and absolutely not true. I did not say that nor would I joke about that.”
CUBA GOODING JR DOESN’T WANT TO “SHOW YOU THE MONEY”
Those gay rumors have been dogging TOM CRUISE for a long time now. In fact, back in the mid-’90s, Tom was asked about them point-blank . . . by CUBA GOODING JR.’S dad. It was on the set of “Jerry Maguire”.
On an episode of Britain’s “Graham Norton Show” airing this weekend, Cuba Jr. says, quote, “He gave Tom Cruise a hug and said, ‘I love you man. Now seriously, are you gay or not?'” But Tom took it in stride. Cuba says, quote, “I almost fainted. And thought, please lord let me disappear. Tom just laughed and said ‘No.'” (Cuba Gooding Sr. was a singer in the classic R&B group THE MAIN INGREDIENT. You’ve probably heard their classic slow jam, “Everybody Plays the Fool”. Here’s a clip of Cuba Sr. singing it on “Soul Train”.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNQ0GkGN3yM
Cuba also reveals that he’s tired of people shouting his classic line from the movie, “Show Me the Money!”, at him. He says, quote, “It doesn’t go away. I get it all the time. I wish I had a wand that would make people disappear whenever they say it. “It’s hard especially when some drunk in a bar asks and finally you say it and he says, ‘No, say it like you said it in the movie!'”
NICK CANNON REVEALS NEW HEALTH ISSUES
NICK CANNON’S health problems continue. After suffering mild kidney failure last month, Nick revealed on his radio show yesterday that he was hospitalized again last Friday.
This time it was for two blood clots in his lungs and an enlarged right ventricle. And as a result, he’s finally going to slow things down. He said, quote, “My doctor was saying that my work is going to kill me, and he’s not joking. “I think part of the reason why my health did kind of deteriorateD was because I wasn’t resting a lot and I was doing too much. I was overworking myself, working out too much.” But Nick got the message. Especially because he wants to be there for MARIAH CAREY and the twins. He says, quote, “I always took a lot of pride in working so hard and never taking a day off. “But I’m learning that it isn’t the wisest thing all the time, especially being a new father. Not only wanting to spend more time with my children, but wanting to be there for my children.”
Luckily for him, “America’s Got Talent” is moving to New York to accommodate new judge HOWARD STERN . . . which means less air travel for Nick between New York and L.A. (Frequent flying increases the chance of blood clots which is what is being blamed for Heavy D’s death.)
The Juice with Jem! (Fri, Feb 17)
WHITNEY’S FUNERAL WILL BE AIRED ON LIVESTREAM