Whitney Houston biopic gets official title and casts its lead

Lara Spencer reports the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
2:22 | 12/16/20

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Transcript for Whitney Houston biopic gets official title and casts its lead
We're going to begin with Whitney Houston. You hear the music, this, of course, one of her biggest hits, there it is. The biggest hits of her career and now "I wanna dance with somebody" about the name of her movie and leading lady was cast in Naomi ackie. The British actress had her break in "Star wars." A stormtrooper turned resistance fighter and will take on the singer. The director Stella Mcgee explaining the choice of ackis saying we spent the better part of last year in an exhaustive search and Naomi impressed us at every stage and moved by her act to capture the stage presence of a global icon while bringing humanity to her life. It's set to hit theaters November 2022. Also in "Pop news" this morning, Jack Black is leading a group of celebrities and raising money for St. Jude's and other children's charities doing virtual readings. He is delivering some grinch-tastic cheer in the process. Take a look. But the grinch who lived just north of whoville did not. The grinch hated Christmas, the whole Christmas season. Now please do not ask why, no one quite knows the reason. It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right T could be perhaps that his shoes were too tight. But I think that the most likely reason of all may have been that his heart was two sizes too small. Jack and his friend red there also joined by chase stokes from "Outer banks" and Michael J. Folk, there are also musical performances from jewel and many others. All proceeds benefits St. Jude's children's research hospital and the Ronald McDonald houses in New York and Los Angeles. Can you still watch or contribute to them. Go to merry&bright.brightcove. An entertaining moment for you. Then finally we'd like to you meet a little entrepreneur

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