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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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Legendary AF! Why These HH Moments Make Morgan Freeman The GOAT

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You can’t deny, Morgan Freeman is legendary AF!

At 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Morgan Freeman was honored with the Lifetime Achieve award, and rightly so.

Freeman’s decades-long career includes over a hundred acting credits and an innumerable amount of memorable moments. And speaking of memorable moments, HH has had the opportunity to speak to him several times and each time if full of quotes and saying that stay with us long after the interview is over.

Here our top 3 favorite Morgan Freeman HH moments…

1) That time Freeman told us he feared technology because “we could blow ourselves up!”

2) When he gushed about fellow actor, Tom Cruise.

3) When pleaded his case for why lemurs had more of a right to be on earth than humans…

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