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Nate Parker’s slave rebellion drama, The Birth of a Nation, faltered at the weekend box office by opening with a dismal $7.1 million. The Sundance Film Festival favorite placed at No. 6 on the charts, with The Girl on the Train topping off the list with $24.7 million.

Fox Searchlight bought the film for $17.5 million with hopes that it would be a top contender during awards season and be the answer to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Unfortunately, Parker’s directorial debut was overshadowed by a 1999 rape trial where he and his Birth of a Nation co-writer, Jean Celestin, were accused of rapping a classmate at Penn State University. Parker was acquitted and Celestin’s case was overturned on appeal.

Black Hollywood is still rallying behind Parker and the film, showing support on social media. On Sunday, Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson captioned the film’s poster with, “YES @origi_nate YES YES YES!!! Thank you!!!”

 

YES @origi_nate YES YES YES!!! Thank you!!! 💋💋💋

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

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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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