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Nat Turner’s story of rebellion probably isn’t one you learned about in elementary school or even during Black History Month, but thankfully, it’s getting the big screen treatment in Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation.

HipHollywood got a chance to see the film in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival, and it is hands down an amazing film, and definitely Oscar-worthy. By most accounts, this is Parker’s (who plays Nat Turner) best work and his shining moment. But unfortunately, it’s a moment from his past, some 17 years ago, that is threatening to steal the spotlight from him — and the film.

We sat down with Parker and the cast including Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King and Aunjanue Ellis for what you can imagine was a tense but heartfelt series of interviews about the importance of the film, and their message to those who may be reluctant to see it.

The Birth of a Nation hits theaters on October 7th.


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  1. Gemini

    September 18, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    I will definitely be going to see this movie. If Rob Lowe, Roman Polanski, Charlie Sheen (and all the ones I can’t think of right now) are allowed to have successful careers after rape allegations then Nate should be able to, especially since he was found not guilty.

  2. Charles Sapp

    October 6, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    For some its not about the rape allegations, that’s just a ruse, its about making sure black people will not see this film.

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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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