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Leonardo DiCaprio had a lot to bare for his new film The Revenant… and we mean that literally. In the film, DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who crawls 200 miles to get revenge (on Tom Hardy’s character) after being brutally mauled by a bear. DiCaprio who is generating Oscar buzz for his performance, revealed  this was one of the “toughest films” he’s ever made. So was it because of that oh-so-real-looking bear scene?
HipHollywood caught up with DiCaprio and director Alejandro González Iñárritu to talk about that epic scene, and the harsh conditions they underwent to shoot the film. “I think it is going to go down in the history of cinema as an amazing, visceral, tactile sort of sequence that makes people really feel like they’re there,” explained DiCaprio, who has been sworn to secrecy when it comes to giving up the details of how it was shot. “And yes, it was incredibly difficult to do, but we rehearsed for weeks beforehand on just that sequence.”
The film was shot over nine months in the remote Canadian wilderness, and DiCaprio not only shot several scenes plunging in and out of  icy waters, but also slept under an animal carcass and ate raw bison liver. “Being entrenched in the elements like that was an intrinsic part of making the movie and so much of the endurance we had to have certainly translated onto the screen,” explained the 41 year old actor.
“Everything was difficult,” added  Iñárritu. “I mean the weather, the altitude, the logistics, the approach cinematically … it was incredibly difficult, but and we survived.”
Now the film has nabbed 4 Golden Globe nominations (including Best Actor, Best Picture-Drama, and Best Director), along with a SAG Award nomination (Best Actor) and a slew of Critics Choice Awards nominations.
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Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!

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Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.

In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.

“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”

What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.

“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”

Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.

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