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John Legend might not have picked up an Oscar this year for his role in La La Land, but he is rebounding quite well with his triumphant return to Underground.

John, who executive produces the show, celebrated the premiere of the WGN drama on Tuesday night with the show’s stars; but not before addressing Sunday night’s Best Picture mix-up.

“It was well deserved,” the actor told HipHollywood about Moonlight taking home the night’s biggest award. “As a fan I really loved it. Happy for the whole crew. They did beautiful work and it was recognized by the Academy and I’m happy for them.”

Underground star, Aldis Hodge, was also present when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally announced La La Land on Sunday night instead of Moonlight. Hodge told us exclusively that the horrifying moment was as if “you’re at a wedding and they’re like say ‘I do’ but somebody says ‘I don’t.'” He added, “the tension was palpable.”

One thing also palpable was the praise Legend received during the Underground premiere for producing not only an amazing season, but magical and undeniably modern music for Season 2.

HipHollywood can confirm that the premiere episode of the thriller will feature Legend’s original song, “In America,” along with Beyonce’s Grammy-nominated smash single “Freedom.”

Underground Season 2 premieres March 8 on WGN.


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



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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