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



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.


“I Cried A Lot”: Snoop Dogg’s Gospel Album Helped Him Through “Sad” Times



Thugs gotta cry too.

In a moment of vulnerability, Snoop Dogg opened up to HH about how sometimes he gets a bit down, “I cry. I’m sad a lot,” the legendary rapper told us. Life’s “problems and issues” sometimes weigh on the 46-year-old, but thankfully, his new project, Bible Of Love helped to lift his spirits.

The double-disc album, 32-track, gospel album is the first of its kind from Snoop, and while not everyone is receptive, the Doggfather knows he’s fulfilling his purpose. “I stepped in the world (of gospel) to say, hold on, let me take my light … and put it on this gospel gang with some of the most extraordinary singers you’ve ever heard in your life,” Snoop stated.

And that he did!

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