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Now that the Covid-19 outbreak is nearly over, Hollywood has gone into overdrive producing movies and television projects.

One upcoming project about racial identity is sure to have tongues wagging.

For three years, Rebecca Hall had been struggling to find financing for her racial identity movie, Passing.

The movie's premise -- about minority women passing as white -- was considered too controversial.

In 2018, Hall approached producing partners Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker, who had financially backed other films. They were blown away by Hall's script and decided to back her directorial debut.

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The film — starring Tessa Thompson (right) and Ruth Negga — is shot in black-and-white. It will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 30.

Thompson and Negga, who are both mixed race, explained why now is the perfect time for a film about women embracing their mixed-race heritage.

"As a British woman of Welsh and Nigerian parentage, I was struck by how resonant and contemporary the theme of Passing still is," Thompson said. "Even in this moment as some of the old binaries break down or become more fluid, others remain stubbornly resistant."

Negga added: "Being a mixed-race person, I think that it naturally informed Clare. Feelings of perhaps alienation, of being different, about trying to find your place. But it's very hard for me to find distinct experiences. And even if I did, I'm not sure if I'd be comfortable articulating them because I think sometimes that's one's personal journey to a character, really."

In a 2018 interview with Deadline, director Hall, who is also mixed race, said, "I came across the novel at a time when I was trying to reckon creatively with some of my personal family history, and the mystery surrounding my bi-racial grandfather on my American mother's side. In part, making this film is an exploration of that history, to which I've never really had access."

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British chanteuse Rita Ora was spotted outside Global Radio Studios in London, England where she promoted her new single "How To Be Lonely" set to drop on Friday. Aren't you excited to hear new music from the pop star?
 

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Rapper Drake and Brooklyn Nets Player Kevin Durant enjoyed an evening out at The Nice Guy Lounge in West Hollywood. The two pals were seen chatting while leaving the venue.
 

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Actor Jon Voight (Angelina Jolie's daddy) dined with conservative activist Candace Owens at Madeo Restaurant in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night.
 

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Men In Black star Tessa Thompson, who is currently dating male-identified lesbian Lena Waithe, was all smiles as she tried to duck the paparazzi while stepping out in all black for a fresh drink at Alfred in West Hollywood.
 

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Model/actor Djimon Hounsou is seen arriving at AOL Build for press interviews on Tuesday. The 55-year-old Benin native shares 10-year-old son Kenzo Lee Hounsou with ex-partner, socialite Kimora Lee Simmons, 44.

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Lupita Nyong'o is praising the presence of intimacy coaches on sets during love scenes. The Black Panther star tells Vanity Fair magazine she's glad sexism and abuse are now hot topics in Hollywood, but she believes Hollywood can be "oversensitive" to sexism in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

That's why she's praising the inclusion of intimacy coaches on movie sets to help actors feel comfortable during sex scenes.

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"I'm quite happy that there is that kind of extreme change, and hopefully we find equilibrium as we move forward," the 36-year-old explained.

Nyong'o says intimacy coaches are now more commonplace on movie sets.

"In the past, when it came to physical combat, there were always consultants on set, but when it came to intimacy there was never, ever somebody present to help actors navigate that," she adds. "Now you have that, which I think is a great inclusion, and ensures that those kinds of abuses don't happen."

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As for her own real life love scenes, the bisexual star closely guards her love life, despite fans speculating over her rumored relationships with actress Tessa Thompson and singer/actress Janelle Monáe (pictured right).

"I feel like there's parts of myself that I care to share and then there are parts that I don't," Lupita explains of her desire to keep her personal life private.

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Director Lena Waithe (pictured center) called for her colleagues to come out of the closet at the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon on Thursday. Rumors have swirled for months that singer/actress Janelle Monáe, left, and actress Tessa Thompson, right, are secretly dating.

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Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Sydelle Noel attends the 2018 Essence Black Women In Hollywood

Black Panther stars Danai Gurira, left, Angela Bassett, center, and Sydelle Noel were among the black A-listers attending the 11th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Other bold name stars in attendance included Janelle Monae, Lupita Nyong'o, Amandla Stenberg and Gabourey Sidibe.

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