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Exclusive: D. Woods Opens Up About Starring In Kandi Burruss’ Musical



D. Woods has been making her rounds on the big screen and the big stage.

The former Danity Kane singer, who appeared in MoNique’s latest film, Blackbird also had the opportunity to star alongside Kandi Burrus in her feature musical, A Mother’s Love, a production loosely based on Burruss’ life and relationship with her mother.

While on the red carpet for the premiere of Blackbird at the Pan African Film Festival, Woods talked with HipHollywood about her experience working on the production.

“It was a really great experience, especially working with the legends, Eddie Levert and Shirley Murdock,” she told us. “Kandi was such a great person to work with, great to look up to her and her entrepreneurship.”

She added, “We graduated from the same high school, but just to know that she was giving opportunities back. We actually went back to our high school and chose high school students who had little featured roles in the musical. We are just keeping it moving and passing the baton.”

A Mother’s Love, which ran in November of 2013, is being chronicled during this season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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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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