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Mike Epps is tackling the spoof genre with his new flick Meet The Blacks, and HipHollywood caught up with him and the cast at the star-studded world premiere in Los Angeles to talk about making a parody film, and poking fun at serious racial issues.

“Right now with all the racial issues and diversity issues going on, you gotta make light of it,” said Epps. “If we can’t laugh at sh*t, it’ll kill us.”

The film, which is a parody of “The Purge” film franchise, follows the Black family as they settle into their new home in Beverly Hills on the night of the annual purge, and as you can imagine, they aren’t going down without a fight.

“I wanted to do this because I was a huge fan of The Purge and for some reason I was following the franchise and I was like, this would be hilarious if there was a black family in the purge,” said director Deon Taylor.

Taylor enlisted some of the worlds best comics like George Lopez, Gary Owen, Charlie Murphy, Lil Duval and King Bach to appear in the film, and also got cameos from Snoop Dogg, Mike Tyson and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle.

Check out the video above for more from Taylor and the rest of the cast about Meet the Blacks, and hit the flip for pics from the red carpet.

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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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