Magic Johnson, Motown founder
Others in the star-studded crowd that celebrated at an jubilant after-party at nearby Spago restaurant included Bassett's husband,
Attendees gave a rousing reception for the film, which focuses on the stormy relationship and marriage between Houston and singer
Particularly loud cheers greeted several production numbers, including several re-creations of Houston's performances, with DaCosta lip-syncing to vocals by singer Deborah Cox.
"Whitney," which premieres Jan. 17, has already drawn controversy and criticism from members of the singer's family, who were not involved in the project. The film downplays much of the more notorious aspects of the couple, including their drug use and personal and professional conflicts, and is more a tribute to Houston's artistry.