Only in Jersey: 2/14/12

Happy Valentine’s Day! Guess what? It’s time for another edition of Only in Jersey!

If it’s filming in Jersey, takes place in Jersey, or is about celebs from Jersey, you will find it here.

Whitney Houston: "One Moment in Time" was all too brief.

Singer Whitney Houston returned home to the Garden State for the final time last night. The Newark-born, East Orange-raised, former Mendham resident’s body was flown to Teterboro Airport aboard Tyler Perry’s jet, according to People. From there it was transferred, via gold hearse, to Whigham Funeral Home in Newark. Whitney, who sadly died at 48 on February 11 from what all accounts appears to be a fatal mixture of alcohol and prescription drugs, will be eulogized in a private ceremony Saturday at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church, adds People, where she and her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, sang in the choir. There is also talk of a public memorial, possibly at Newark’s Prudential Center, as well. On Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Jennifer Hudson paid beautiful tribute to Whitney. Watch:

And if you’d like to listen to Whitney’s greatest hits, you can, thanks to her website.

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“Little House on the Prairie”: My obsession is you

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As the pop culture-y type of person that I am, I tend to relate different moments in my life to what I watched on television at the time.

But none defined my childhood – and early adulthood – as much as “Little House on the Prairie.”

I could totally relate to Laura Ingalls. No, I wasn’t a tomboy. But Laura was so gloriously awkward and not part of the cool crowd that I couldn’t help but love her unconditionally.

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“Superman” saves New Jersey

I was thinking about references to and quotes about New Jersey in films, and this one from “Superman” (1978) popped immediately into my head:

Tip of the hat to Hackensack.

When he wasn’t busy screaming “Miss Teschmacher!!!” hilariously evil villain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) reveled in the chaos he created. Unfortunately for him, it frequently backfired… and in this case, Superman kept his promise to Miss Teschmacher (Valerie Perrine) and saved Northern New Jersey from certain annihilation.

If you think about it, “Superman” is a double homage to New Jersey, because its star, Christopher Reeve, lived in Princeton as a child.

What are your favorite Garden State movie references?

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