Summer's Breakout Stars?
Summers Breakout Stars, Sparkle, Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks, “Sparkle"
When “Sparkle” opens nationwide on August 17, all eyes will be on the dearly departed Whitney Houston, who passed away in February, three months after filming of this Motown-era musical wrapped. But once the film’s lead, Jordin Sparks, begins to belt out the first of many songs she’ll undoubtedly slay, audiences will wisely refocus their attention. And Sparks is no stranger to the spotlight (she became a household name in 2007 as the winner of “American Idol’s” seventh season). It may be premature to compare her to fellow “Idol” alum and Oscar-winning “Dreamgirls” actress Jennifer Hudson, but the 22-year-old will likely be in the spotlight and sparkling on the big screen for years to come.