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Bobby Brown Is, Unsurprisingly, the Romantic Hero of Lifetime’s Infuriating ‘Whitney’

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It’s peculiar that Lifetime once branded itself as “television for women” when its programs, particularly its celebrity biopics, are only concerned with the men in their subjects’ lives. Brittany Murphy, Aaliyah, and Whitney Houston were all immensely talented women whose lives were ripe with interesting tales and themes that could be explored on screen, yet Lifetime’s biopics tend to focus not on their work or struggles but on their romantic relationships. The most egregious example is last year’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, which largely ignored Aaliyah’s musical accomplishments in favor of tackling her “love story” with R. Kelly, and then with Damon Dash, even ending with an emphasis on Dash rather than on Aaliyah’s death. Lifetime’s latest entry in its “male-dominated biopics about women” genre is Whitney, which premieres tomorrow night and unfortunately — though certainly not unsurprisingly — follows the same infuriating and disrespectful format as the network’s previous movies about iconic women.
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10 of the Worst Key Changes in Music

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The key change is like pretty much any other musical trope: if it’s used well, it can be an effective and inventive way to signal a shift in the mood or tone of a song; if it’s used badly, it can be a godawful cliché that makes your ears hurt and your heart fill with existential despair. We may get around to looking at the former in due course, but for now, it’s more fun to look at the latter — so here are ten of the poorest key changes in music, ranked from the worst to the absolute worst.
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The Intriguing Passports of 20 Famous Artists and Writers

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Like business cards, passports can say a lot about a person — where they’ve been, where they’re going, and well, how photogenic they are under the worst conditions. This week, we caught a glimpse of René Magritte’s passport (and pipe!), and so we decided to check out the legal papers of a few more of our favorite artists, from Virginia Woolf to Walt… Read More

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. It’s Google Zeitgeist time again! Here’s an exhaustive look at some of most popular searches and search trends throughout the year, a list topped by Whitney Houston, Gangnam Style, and Hurricane Sandy.

2. Mick Jagger stopped by Letterman last night to deliver the Top Ten things he’s learned after 50 years in rock and roll. Watch the hilarious clip here.
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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Sir Paul McCartney made a surprise cameo on the East Coast telecast of 30 Rock‘s wildly uneven live episode last night, in which he smacked Jack Donaghy in the face. “To be slapped on live TV by Sir Paul… #filethatinmydiaryunderperfect,” Alec Baldwin tweeted later. Meanwhile, because life still isn’t fair, the lucky… Read More

This Week in Trailers: ‘Ted,’ ‘Total Recall,’ ‘To Rome with Love,’ and More

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Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got eleven trailers for you this week, including new films from Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, and Seth McFarlane, plus Whitney Houston’s final role and Katy Perry in 3D. (Seriously.) Check ’em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments.
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