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Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Nate Parker Talk “Beyond The Lights”

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker serve up a little love and music in the new film Beyond the Lights. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) the film reveals the dark side of the music industry and the importance of finding one’s voice.

HipHollywood sat down with Parker, and his beautiful co-star Gugu Mbatha Raw about their roles, and endearing onscreen romance. “A big part of this project is identity and you can’t love someone unless you love yourself and you can’t love yourself unless you know yourself,” said Parker who plays Kaz.

In the film Gugu, plays Noni, the music world’s latest superstar.  So how did the actress prepare for the role? “Gina really did a great job in developing these characters”, explained Gugu.  “We did a lot of research together going to see Rihanna, going to see Beyonce, going to the Grammys.”

But it wasn’t just Beyonce and Rihanna, Gugu channeled for the role. Check out who else inspired her after the flip.

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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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