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Friends of Bill Paxton are continuing to express their sadness about the actor’s sudden passing. HipHollywood caught up with Samuel L. Jackson at the 2017 Oscars, one day after news broke that Paxton had died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. At the time, his cause of death had not been revealed.

“It’s sad,” said Jackson. “I wish we knew more about how and why, but you know Bill was a wonderful person. I worked with him a few times. He was always a compassionate and wonderful guy to be with, always professional, and it’s sad.”

According to the actor’s death certificate obtained by People, Paxton suffered a fatal stroke following heart surgery. Paxton underwent surgery to replace a heart valve and correct an aortic aneurysm when complications arose. Paxton had surgery on Feb. 14 and died 11 days later on the 25th after suffering a stroke. He was 61.

 

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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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