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TLC Movie on VH1: Labor of Love for Band Members

Image: TLC Movie on VH1: Labor of Love for Band Members Drew Sidora, Lil Mama and Keke Palmer play the characters of Tionne Watkins, Lisa Lopes and Rozanda Thomas in the TLC biopic, "CrazySexyCool."

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 06:17 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A TLC movie premiered Monday night on VH1 showcasing the 1990's girl band known for their hip hop, R&B, and at times, drama.

The biopic, titled "Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story" after the band's second album, follows the band through its ups and downs during its time at the top of the charts, including the premature death of band member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died in a car accident in Honduras in April 2002.

"We had a great run," TLC member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas told CNN. "To be here two decades later and have another chance to do even more, I feel like the sky is the limit."

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The trio, which was known for such songs as "Waterfalls," "Creep," and "No Scrubs," has sold more than 65 million records worldwide.

Thomas, along with fellow TLC member Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, were reportedly deeply involved in the film's development from start to finish, overseeing the writing of the script, casting, and actor preparation, CNN noted.

In the TLC movie, Thomas is played by actress-singer Keke Palmer, while former Disney star Drew Sidora plays Watkins' character.

"We basically took them under our wings and we shared a lot of stories with them," Thomas told CNN. "We spent a lot of time with them, and they were very observant when it came to looking at how Tionne and I interact with each other, the chemistry that we naturally have."

Lopes is played by the New York-born rapper Lil' Mama.

"We're really proud with how she portrayed Lisa, and I know Lisa would be very happy and I know her family would be very happy as well," Thomas said.

"We spent more time with Lil' Mama, since Lisa was not here," Thomas added. "She looked at a lot of video footage. She did a lot of research."

In addition to the TLC movie on VH1, the surviving two band members, who have continued to tour since 2009, will be releasing a new album in 2014. During a promotional tour for the new record, Lil' Mama is rumored to be performing with Thomas and Watkins, filling the apparent void left Lopes in the trio, CNN reported.

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