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All eyes will soon be on Kat Graham when the new Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me hits theaters. In the film, the actress takes on the role of a young Jada Pinkett (before Smith), who had a special bond and relationship with the iconic rapper.

Graham shared with HipHollywood how she approached the role and what advice, if any, Jada gave her to help her prepare. “I reached out to her before we started filming. But I wasn’t able to connect with her until after I wrapped.”

She added, “I think, at the time, I cared more about embodying the energy of her at that time, versus making it feel like a caricature or imitation of her.”

So, what did Pinkett-Smith say when they finally did speak? “Support, I’ll just say that,” Graham said. “A lot of support and a lot of love, and just good energy.”

“I know she would make herself available if I ever wanted to talk,” she continued. “I just wanted to do my best to honor this time and this friendship that was so special to her.”

Jada and Tupac met while attending Baltimore School For The Arts and remained close as their careers both took off some years later in Hollywood. Graham, who worked with acting coach Ivana Chubbuck to nail Pinkett’s around-the-way girl personality, said audiences will really see the bond they had and how much he meant to her.

“I know that the dynamic that they had was so special and so powerful. I just hope that people feel the love that these two friends had for each other.”

 

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

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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 crisis around the world and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genius behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard 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 it’s core, it’s like, listen, ‘we gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

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

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural ills and 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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