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Exclusive: How Chris Brown Learned The Choreography For ‘Battle Of The Year’

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HipHollywood has learned exclusively how Chris Brown prepared for his role in the new dance flick, Battle of the Year.

While on the red carpet for ICON Mann’s Black Men in Entertainment 2013 pre-Emmy Awards dinner, HipHollywood caught up with Battle of the Year star, Laz Alonso to talk about the film and what it was like working with Brown.

“He’s a master at his craft. He was on tour for half of the film, so he came in late. He didn’t have an opportunity to actually rehearse with all the other dancers,” the actor said. “He was practicing on his own, and watching a lot of video. To see him on set, just show up, and turn it on, and be able to jump into the choreography and bring his whole little flair to it, it was really impressive,” Alonso raved.

“You have to really admire the artistry that he brings to the table as well,” he added.

As for the film, the actor shared that it’s simply a fun movie. “It’s a 3D dance movie. So if you’re in a mood to just have some popcorn and have fun, and just watch excitement and dance moves and all that stuff, then that’s the movie to go see,” the 39-year-old explained.

“We aren’t solving world hunger in Battle of the Year. For kids and teenagers you are going to leave there with a message. Teamwork, it’s all about teamwork. The whole underlying theme behind Battle of the Year is you can be the best at what you do, but if you don’t know how to work as a team, you aren’t going to get anywhere in life,” he said.

Battle of the Year is in theaters now.

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It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere

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Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!

Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.

 (L-R)Quavo, Offset and Takeoff perform at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.

 Jaden Smith performs at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.

Bebe Rexha and Machine Gun Kelly arrive at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.

He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “work with him whenever he wants to.

“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”

In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.

“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”

BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.

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