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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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It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere

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Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!

Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.

 (L-R)Quavo, Offset and Takeoff perform at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.

 Jaden Smith performs at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.

Bebe Rexha and Machine Gun Kelly arrive at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.

He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “work with him whenever he wants to.

“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”

In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.

“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”

BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.

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