"Sparkle" red-carpet event to kick off film's release in Detroit

"Sparkle" Release date: August 17 Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in "Sparkle," a musical drama about a girl group based on the 1976 film. This was Houston's last film performance.
Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in "Sparkle."
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(CBS/AP) "Sparkle" is bringing red carpet glamor to Detroit.

Singers J. Moss, KEM and K'Jon are expected to attend a special  event in the Motown capital leading to the midnight release of the film.

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The event is to begin about 9 p.m. Thursday with a celebrity meet and greet at the Royal Oak Emagine Theater, north of Detroit.

J. Moss will perform a musical tribute to the late Whitney Houston before the showing of the movie. Houston, one of the stars of the film, was found dead in her Los Angles hotel room on the eve of the Grammys in February.

The remake of the 1976 movie stars Houston as the mother of three girls who form a singing group and struggle with fame and drug addiction. Houston also served as executive producer.

Filming had completed in Detroit when she died in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 11 at age 48. Omari Hardwick, who plays Levi in "Sparkle, says themovie set was filled with laughter and Houston enjoyed playing practical jokes on her colleagues. The movie also stars Jordin Sparks.

Tickets for Thursday's event  are available only at the Emagine Theater box office.