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Courtney Vance Talks Playing Johnnie Cochran

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Courtney Vance will be playing another attorney on TV, but this time it will be the late Johnnie Cochran. HipHollywood caught up with Vance at The NAACP Image Awards to talk about playing the iconic attorney right after news broke. “I’m humbled he was a great man, I met him actually at their house, so I’m blessed to say I sat down with him.”

Vance has been tapped to star in the Ryan Murphy FX miniseries “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”  The “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” alum joins previously cast “Dream Team” players John Travolta, who will play Robert Shapiro, and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian.

“I’m excited, I don’t know much about it, I haven’t done any of the research yet,” explained Vance, “But we gonna have fun.”

Cuba Gooding Jr. will portray O.J. Simpson, and Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”) was cast as prosecutor Marcia Clark. “American Crime Story” is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Production begins in Los Angeles this year.

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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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