Grapevine: Whitney Houston’s family cancels hologram performance
Hologram Whitney Houston performance shelved
Christina Aguilera will no longer be singing “I’m Every Woman” with a Whitney Houston hologram on “The Voice” finale. The planned duet was nixed after rehearsal footage of the performance leaked on the internet, and concerned parties decided the digital Houston just wasn’t up to snuff. “We were looking to deliver a groundbreaking duet performance for the fans of both artists,” Pat Houston, the executor of Whitney Houston’s estate, told “Entertainment Tonight.” “Holograms are new technology that take time to perfect, and we believe with artists of this iconic caliber, it must be perfect. Whitney’s legacy and her devoted fans deserve perfection. After closely viewing the performance, we decided the hologram was not ready to air.” Pat Houston had nothing but good things to say about Xtina, whom she called “absolutely flawless,” but Whitney V. 2.0 wasn’t up to snuff. As of press time, the Tupac Shakur hologram was unavailable for comment.
Drake adds Palace show
One round of “Hotline Bling” wasn’t enough. Drake has added a second area show to his tour, promoters announced Friday. In addition to his sold out Aug. 16 concert at Joe Louis Arena, the Toronto rapper also will perform July 28 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Tickets for the newly announced show go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, with American Express holders getting a first crack at tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Monday.
Lawrence done with ‘X-Men?’
Don’t be surprised if Jennifer Lawrence walks away from the “X-Men” movies. Her three-picture deal with the superhero franchise expires with this month’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.” “(Michael) Fassbender and (James) McAvoy and I were all talking,” Lawrence tells Entertainment Weekly. “Like, ‘Will you come back?’ ‘I dunno.’ ‘I’ll come back, if you come back.’ Fox should be terrified because the deal we made was like if one of us doesn’t come back, none of us are.”
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