Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Whitney Houston Trashes Paula Abdul's Voice in First Documentary Trailer

Whitney Houston Trashes Paula Abdul's Voice in First Documentary Trailer

Kevin Macdonald's Whitney is having its world premiere tonight out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and Miramax and Roadside Attractions are priming the pump by unveiling the official trailer for the documentary that digs deep into the life of Whitney Houston.

The film, which will make its theatrical debut on July 6, incorporates features like never-before-seen archival footage and rare performances to wrap viewers into Houston's life.

The trailer promises that the film will explore her substance abuse issues, her childhood and marriage problems with Brown.

Finally, Brown and Houston's mother, Cissy, appear to get emotional while discussing the late pop icon. An interviewee speaking off camera in the teaser can be heard saying "Robyn was [Houston's] safety net" and "Bobby was jealous".

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Balancing the overall seriousness and somber tone of the trailer is a clip of Houston going in on another star of the times, Paula Abdul.

"Her voice, I was totally knocked out", says Clive Davis, the music industry executive who had a hand in launching her global career. Another adds: "His heart was, he wanted to be on the stage". "Paula Abdul ain't shit", Houston says. "He wanted to be in the forefront, and eventually she stepped down to lift him up". "That girls is signing off-key on the record".

In the first teaser trailer released in April Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, says, "You have three places to sing from: heart, mind, guts". "She was handsome", she said, "her heart". Watch the trailer below.

Whitney premieres on Wednesday night at Cannes Film Festival, and will hit US theaters July 6.

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