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Amandla Stenberg is the new carefree Black girl infiltrating mainstream media — her words not ours — but, quite frankly, it’s true.

Stenberg recently shared the photo below on Instagram, gushing about her lead role in the new YA film Everything, Everything, a film that not only boasts a majority minority cast but is also written and directed by two women of color.

“May 19th ya’ll go see ur carefree black girl infiltrate mainstream media,” she captioned the photo.

We think it’s definitely cause for celebration, especially given Hollywood’s track record for overlooking minorities when casting lead roles in mainstream market films.

Stenberg, who has become known for her activism and for being good pals with Beyonce, told us that was a major draw for her as well.

“I think it’s rare that you see movies like this that are actually interested in diverse casting so that drew me to it immediately,” she explained. “Then the fact it was directed by a Black woman was really a draw for me.”

Anika Noni Rose, who plays Stenberg’s mother, said she loved how the film has a strong female cast, but isn’t really about that at all.

“You know, reading the script you wouldn’t know, it’s not delineated, we are not talking about who we are and the color of our skin and what that means,” said Rose. “I think that is a vacation for us to be in a movie where we are represented … where we are really having conversations that are meaningful and relationships that are fleshed out and that are thorough. I think that makes a huge difference.”

In the film, based on the New York Times bestseller, Stenberg plays Maddie, a young girl with a rare autoimmune condition that keeps her confined to her house … that is, until she meets the boy next door, played by Nick Robinson.

Director Stella Meghie told us she just got lucky with the casting, getting her first choice in Stenberg and Robinson, whose onscreen romance will simply melt your heart.

“Amandla was so perfect for it and Nick, they just had the exact right tone,” said Meghie. “And Ana [de la Reguera] and Anika were so great and I wanted them both so deeply. I just ended up with the right people.”

We couldn’t agree more. Everything, Everything is, quite honestly, everything, everything. But don’t take our word for it; be sure to see it when it hits theaters May 19.

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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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