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Could Common Nab An Oscar Nomination For Selma?



First it was Eminem and Three6 Mafia, then it was Pharrell, and now it could be Common and John Legend to nab an Oscar nomination for best song.

The pair have already nabbed a Golden Globe, a Critics Choice and an African American Critics Choice nomination for their song “Glory” from the film Selma. Now many are saying they are a shoe-in for an Oscar nom.

“I don’t even know if I can express how excited I am to be nominated for a Golden Globe alongside John Legend for our song ‘Glory,'” Common said in a statement. “We created ‘Glory’ from our hearts and being a part of Selma has been a life changing experience.”

Common also echoed those sentiments when HipHollywood sat down with him to talk about playing civil rights crusader James Bevel in the film.

“Everything about this movie made me want to be apart of it,” explained Common. “It’s Selma, about Dr. King, the people, the people coming together to change the world, and that’s what I am. I was like I gotta be apart of this.”

Directed by Ava Duvernay and starring David Oleyowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the film follows Dr. King in his fight for equal voting rights in Selma.

The film and the song seem to be right on time given the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner that have sparked debate and protest against police brutality around the country. Common told us he believes change must start in our communities, and is dedicated to doing more.

“I left Selma and I was like I want to do more, I want to be more strategic and more smart and do more in the community.”

Selma is in theaters nationwide January 9th.


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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