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Hollywood Turns Out for the “Beyond the Lights” Premiere



Hollywood turned out Wednesday night for the Los Angeles premiere of Gina Prince-Bythewood’s new film Beyond the Lights. HipHollywood spoke with the Love & Basketball director about her latest work which explores the dark side of music industry and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Danny Glover, MGK and Minnie Driver.

“I was sitting at the Alicia Keyes concert and she was singing “Diary” and suddenly this character started playing in my head,” explained Prince-Bythewood. “It’s just the story of a singer who is pushed into an inauthentic personae and the hypersexuality, and what that was doing to her soul.”

To play this young girl and mega pop star, Prince-Bythewood turned to British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw who had to go through some rigorous training at the hands of choreographer extraordinaire Laurieanne Gibson.

“Laurieanne is a force of nature, and she was full on, and it was a pretty intense process,” laughed Gugu. “I have to say though that I’m really thankful to her because that’s what the character would have been through.”

But while Gugu was singing Gibson’s praises, everyone on the carpet couldn’t stop talking about her and how she’s one to watch. Check it out.

Beyond The Lights is in theaters November 14.


What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite



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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