Al Sharpton

Fox Searchlight’s Oscar hopeful Birth of a Nation fell short of expectations at the box office this weekend.

The scandal-plagued movie was expected to bring in at least $10 million in ticket sales. But ‘Nation’ earned only $350,000 on Friday and will finish the 3-day weekend just under $8 million.

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Nate Parker

Nate Parker‘s scandal-plagued movie The Birth of a Nation is expected to flop at the box office this weekend. The slavery movie opened nationwide in 2,100 theaters on Friday.

The movie was a shoe-in for an Academy Award, but the Oscar hopes will end in disaster for the film’s troubled star, writer and director.

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Gabrielle Union

Executives at Fox Searchlight have reached out to Birth of a Nation‘s leading lady, Gabrielle Union, to help save the slave film from going straight to DVD.

Union, who stars as a slave who is gang raped in the film, wrote an opinion editorial for the L.A. Times.

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Nate Parker

Besieged filmmaker Nate Parker will not attend a press conference at the Toronto Film Festival.

Parker, who wrote, directed and produced the slavery movie Birth of a Nation, has come under fire for using a 17-year-old rape case to portray himself as a victim — a black man accused of rape in America.

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Al Sharpton

Fox Searchlight Pictures executives desperately looked around for a black savior to rescue Nate Parker’s slavery movie Birth of a Nation.

“I guess the only Black leader that Fox Searchlight could afford is Al Sharpton,” wrote “What About Our Daughters” founder Gina McCauley.

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Nate Parker

A street artist is plastering altered Birth of a Nation movie posters all over West Los Angeles, Ca.

The movie posters feature the slave film’s star Nate Parker with an American flag twisted into a noose around his neck. Under his image is the stylized word “Rapist” with a question mark next to it.

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