Robert Budreau is directing the indie movie, which also stars Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie
Roman Coppola was also honored among attendees including Jason Ritter and Jordin Sparks
Newcomers Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith join star Alexandra Shipp in the TV movie
The cable channel confirmed the production is currently on hold
Former "Shake It Up" star will play the ill-fated singer who died in a plane crash
Series will follow a nightclub owner/drug kingpin
Gabrielle Union and friends will be on-hand when production begins this spring
It doesn't pack punch of the original, but "Expendables 2" tops "Bourne Legacy" and "ParaNorman" rallies past "Sparkle" at box office
"Expendables 2" on pace for $30M weekend but may not pack wallop of the original. "Bourne Legacy" and "Sparkle" are running second and third
"Sparkle," "ParaNorman" and "Odd Life of Timothy Green" will chase "Expendables 2" as the box office looks for a rebound
The summer box office isn't likely to match last year's record haul without a surprise hit like 2011's "The Help" or "Rise of the Planet...
Deceased singer Whitney Houston plays the mother to a trio of singing siblings in remake of 1976 film
The Sony remake also stars Whitney Houston
The diva hasn't been in a movie since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife"