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Exclusive: Angela Bassett Says She Has Caught The Directing Bug

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Angela Bassett is kicking her 2015 off on a good foot and making her directorial debut with Whitney, a Lifetime movie about Whitney Houston and her relationship with Bobby Brown.

The movie which stars Yaya DaCosta as Whitney and Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown, shows the couple’s young relationship develop into a tumultuous marriage, addresses the icon’s drug addiction, and even shines light on the rumors that Houston was in a lesbian relationship with her best friend and assistant, Robyn Crawford.

And while the movie premiers on Lifetime on the 17th of January, the thought of directing another film does not seem to be an issue for Basset. According to Angela, directing this movie was an amazing experience. “I caught a little bit of the bug,” she told HipHollywood on the red carpet at the premiere of the film in Beverly Hills Tuesday night when asked if she would be up to direct more films.”We will see, depends on the story, I took this one so personal, I guess every story can’t be this personal but you would hope it’d be at least half so.”

Watch the video above to find out what else Bassett had to say about her experience directing the film.

 

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

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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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