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.
Tracee Ellis Ross Spills The Real Tea On ‘Black-ish’ Wage Demands + Deon Cole, Jenifer Lewis Weigh In
Tracee Ellis Ross is unveiling the truth behind recent reports that she was demanding more money for her time spent on ABC’s Black-ish.
Just last week, The Hollywood Reporter suggested Tracy was in negotiations and asking for more for not only going into her fourth season on the hit show, but because her male co-host, Anthony Anderson, makes significantly more than she does.
The report also claimed that if she didn’t make any headway, she might step away and consider guest starring on other shows.
Over the weekend, Ellis addressed the reports and didn’t exactly deny the claims. In a lengthy statement shared on social media, Ross said that she “was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show.”
She continued, “I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.”
She did, however, confirm that claims there were threats are false. “I wish I could have been called by the reporter to confirm that,” she wrote.
Tracy’s statement falls right in line with what her co-stars, Deon Cole and Jenifer Lewis, explained to HipHollywood on Sunday night during the 2018 SAG Awards.
When asked about Ross’ desire to earn more money, Lewis said, “Tracee should have more money, you should have more money, every woman should have more money because we’ve been in the background too long. ”
Television’s favorite mom continued, “We’ve got grab her by the pussy in the White House and women are not standing for it anymore. Black-ish is a very important show, we are dealing with all the pressing issues of our time … This is the time to look it in the face and address it and come through the fire. Women are not taking it anymore.”
Deon also shut down rumors that Ross would be taking a back seat, telling us “There’s two sides to every story. Tracee is fine, everybody is fine, and everybody is getting paid. Everybody is eating. It’s all love I promise you.”
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