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Exclusive: Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clarke Duncan Is Pulling Strings From Heaven

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Taraji P. Henson is playing her toughest role yet. In Pierre Bagely’s From the Rough, Henson plays Catana Starks, a former swim coach at Tennessee State University, who became the first woman ever to coach a college men’s golf team.

The drama, which is based on a true story, is one of the last films to feature a performance by the late Michael Clarke Duncan. Henson tells HipHollywood exclusively that watching the film back is not only bitter sweet, but that she believes Duncan has a lot to do with getting the project off the ground.

“It hurts to know that this film is finally coming out and he won’t get to see it,” she tells us. “But, on a lighter note, I have a feeling he has a lot to do with this movie being distributed. Pulling strings up there. I feel like we had good angels around this project the entire time.”

She continued, “We put together an amazing team that believes in the power of this woman’s story and here we are. I’m so glad it will see the light of day. I’m so glad that this story will live on in theaters to touch other peoples lives the way her story touched mine.”

And according to co-stars, LeToya Luckett and Henry Simmons, the film is going to be a hole in 1. “When people look at this movie, I think they can see the reflection of their own lives and see the adversity that they go through because of what coach Starks went through,” Simmons explained.

LeToya added, “You can’t help but to grow after seeing something like this.”

From the Rough hits theaters April 25.

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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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