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David Banner: “I Failed A Lot!”



With every success, David Banner says, he had his fair share of failure. “I failed a lot. People only see the success or they don’t see you no more at all”, the rapper told HipHollywood.

With several top ten hits under his belt, Banner conquered the music world but took a step back to focus on his new passion…acting. Now the “Play” rapper is making a name for himself on the big screen and says his latest role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler changed his life. “It was one of the most powerful movies that I’ve ever been in…It was life changing and because of Lee Daniels people all over the world are asking about me.”

Although the acting thing is going well for David — his next role is in the upcoming comedy Ride Along, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube — he can’t forget his first love…music. The “Like A Pimp” rapper is back in the studio working on his sixth studio album AND helping Jill Scott with her new project as well.

Check out our full interview will David below.


What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite



One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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