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After seeing  Jake Gyllenhall in Southpaw and Michael B. Jordan in Creed, Tyler Lepley knew he had to bring it for his role as Jaxon Hollie in Ringside. In the Russ Parr-directed film, Lepley plays an undefeated boxer who has to battle some personal obstacles while preparing for the biggest fight of his career.

Lepley told HipHollywood there was definitely some pressure, but he was up for the challenge. “There was pressure, for me the pressure doesn’t necessarily come from the competition of what someone looks like, or even the competition of what someone else is doing; it’s the competition of, ‘Can I do what’s necessary to bring the physicality into this character?’ because it has to be real onscreen.”

Thankfully, Lepley was already in killer shape, and he had his cousin, who is a professional boxer, to help him train. “The dude is ripped,” laughed Parr. “It would have been very difficult for us to cast somebody that wasn’t in great shape.”

Jackie Long, Allen Maldonado and Sevyn Streeter also star in the film, and we talked to Streeter about making her acting debut playing Lepley’s sister.

“Selita is Jaxon’s younger sister, and she is just a young lady trying to find herself,” laughed Streeter, who crafted her character around some girls she’s seen in the industry. “Thotting and bopping is what I like to call it. She thots and bops from producer to producer. And fortunately I’ve been in session where I’ve seen thotting and bopping, so I knew exactly what that looked like.”

Ringside premieres on TV One on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. ET with an immediate encore at 9 p.m. ET and an additional airing on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. ET.

 

 

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‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience

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Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.

For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.

“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.

And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.

This past week Gina has been very vocal via social media about gun legislation and the idea behind policy and change following the tragic high school massacre an Parkland, Florida.
Annihilation, also starring Oscar Isaac, hits theaters on February 23.
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