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Every star in Hollywood has a story about what they had to endure before making it big; From waiters to car salesman, every glamourous celeb has a not so glamorous back story. But, mega-director F. Gary Gray is a bit different. His first gig may not have been fancy, but it was definitely legendary.

HipHollywood caught up with Gray while he was being recognized at the American Black Film Festival Honors event in Beverly Hills and he revealed his first Hollywood job was being a driver … for the legendary Cicely Tyson!

While P.A.-ing for a film titled “Heat Wave”, it was Gary’s responsibility to drive Ms. Tyson around. But, the budding director’s real goal was to learn from the pros. “I would do anything to watch other directors because I didn’t have the money to go to film school,” the Friday director revealed.

In addition to Gray, the ABFF honored Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard and Issa Rae. The show also included a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Love Jones. Check out our interviews from the red carpet in the video below. Also, make sure you catch “BET presents The ABFF Honors” tonight on BET and Centric at 8pm.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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