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Things aren’t looking good for Nate Parker and his new film Birth of a Nation. Amid all the controversy surrounding Parker’s rape case from 17 years ago, screenings to the much buzzed-about film have been cancelled, and one major film festival has dropped it from their lineup.

According to Deadline, the American Film Institute has axed a planned screening and Q&A with Nate that was scheduled to go down this Friday. AFI dean Jan Schuette made the announcement in a note to the film school’s fellows stating:

“I have been the recipient of many different passionate points of view about the screening, and I believe it is essential that we discuss these issues together –messenger and message, gender, race and more—before we see the film. Next week, we will be scheduling a special moderated discussion so we may explore these issues together as artists and audience.”

It’s unclear if or when they will do the screening at a later date. Following AFI pulling a screening, the Toronto International Film Festival has nixed a planned  press conference and Q&A for the film. A spokeswoman for the festival told Deadline“That’s definitive, it’s definitely not going to happen.” 

Parker was also supposed to present the film at several colleges in Toronto, but that’s no longer happening either. Screenings for the film are still happening during the festival, and according to FOX execs, Parker will participate in the press junket.

The cancelled screenings are just the latest in the ongoing backlash Parker has received since revealing that he was acquitted of rape in 2001. Parker directed, co-wrote and stars in the Nat Turner slave revolt tale, which until now, was considered a sure bet for Oscar contention.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves



To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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