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Exclusive: What You Don’t Know About Isaiah Washington’s Role As The D.C Sniper

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The Pan African Film Festival is in full swing and on Wednesday afternoon, Isaiah Washington premiered his film, Blue Caprice.

In a story about fear, love and a father-son relationship, Washington plays the role of John Allen Muhammed, the man who orchestrated the 2002 beltway sniper attacks. HipHollywood caught up with Washington to talk about the film which was was inspired by the real life events that led to the horrific attacks.

“It’s a great film and I’m proud of it,” he said. “We agreed that we were making an art film about what it would like having a very toxic father and son relationship, inspired on the actual events that’s prepping throughout the film. In fact, the actual incidents that transpire that everyone is aware of and the horrific events doesn’t happen til the last 10-12 minutes of the film.”

The drama, which made it’s debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival has garnered multiple nominations, including a NAACP Image award. We talked with Washington’s co-star star, Tequan Richmond, who tells us that the cast and crew saw it coming.

“We were kind of expecting something for this,” Richmond, who is also nominated for a NAACP Image Award for his role on General Hospital told us. “When we finished it and we all watched it, we were like ‘somebody should say something, we don’t care who it is.’ Really we just care that people watch it.”

Blue Caprice is on DVD and Netflix now.

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

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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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