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Exclusive: ‘Dear White People’ Director Justin Seimen Opens Up About Racist Halloween Parties

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After an award winning tour through the nation’s biggest film festivals, the movie “Dear White People” is coming to a theater near you. HipHollywood caught up with director, Justin Seimen, who won Sundance’s “breakthrough talent” prize for the movie, and he opened up about the using its message to curve the popular trend of racist Halloween parties on college campuses.

Over the past ten years, coverage and uproar surrounding African-American and minority themed parties thrown by white students on college campuses has grown steadily. Justin’s film “Dear White People” explores these kind of parties and the tension and hurt that they create on campuses across the nation.

HipHollywood asked Justin if he thought that his movie would stop or help prevent these parties from happening, but he was very skeptical. “As long as we have closed cultural loops of people, where they’re not that interested in hearing from the point of view of the ‘other,’ the more it will continue to happen,” Justin stated. “I can continue to put stuff like ‘Dear White People’ out there in the culture, but people gotta listen, they gotta go to the movies and watch it.”

Click on the arrow below to see our interview with Justin and the film’s star, Tessa Thompson.

“Dear White People” hits theaters October 17th.

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Idris Elba Thinks The Future Of The James Bond Franchise Is Female!

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Idris Elba doesn’t want to play James Bond, but  is down to make some changes to the James Bond film franchise.

Despite being fan cast as the next 007 by just about every person on the Internet with a Twitter handle, Elba has remained consistently distant from the world’s request. However, he does have a few ideas on who the next super secret spy could be … and it isn’t a guy.

“Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?” Elba asked while at the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at the Sundance Film Festival. “Could be a woman, could be a black woman, could be a white woman, but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have — do something different with it, why not?”

Elba was on the panel speaking about his directorial debut, “Yardie,” but paused to reflect on the future of the British Secret Service.

Potential women Bonds however will have some time to prepare for the audition process, as Daniel Craig still has one more sequel to make for the storied franchise, marking the 25th installment and expected out in 2019.

For the record Craig thinks Elba would make a great Bond. We’ll have to see how he feels about a female replacement next time we catch up with him.

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