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Exclusive: Five Things To Know Before Watching ‘Aaliyah: The Princess Of R&B’

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As we all anticipate the premiere the Lifetime’s biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, there are a few fun things worth knowing before tuning in. HipHollywood caught up with the made for television film’s star Alexandra Shipp to talk about the buzz surrounding the movie, the controversy and the stellar performances. Plus, we learned one little tid bit you probably never knew about the late great, Aaliyah.

The film premieres Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

1. During our chat with Shipp, the actress revealed that Aaliyah was always on her Motorolla two-way. “She was always in communication with her friends. The life that she led could be lonely. You’re going to hotels, performances and eve though you got your family around, sometimes you want to be in contact with your friends,” she said. “She was always doing that, always on her two way, which I found our from speaking to one of her friends. The minute I heard that I went up to the director and I was like ‘yo, we need to get at two-way.”

She added, “They found a two-way on Craigslist for $40 and they brought it on. That was my little add to it.”

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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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