These ‘Hidden Figures’ portraits profile brainy, badass women

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Great art begets great art. 

In Hidden Figures, Taraji P. Henson plays Katherine Johnson, a physicist and mathematician who, along with Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), helped the United States land on the moon. Their untold story is inspiring young artists, and a collection of their diverse, moving portraits of the characters is available exclusively on Mashable.

“This film and the story on which it’s based, is so enticing because women of color are being portrayed as equals, if not greater, with their white male colleagues and supervisors,” said Jamila Silvera, one of the featured artists. “It’s also super intriguing to see this kind of story released during such an exposed time in the U.S. I think all humans with eyes and ears (and appropriate age-ratings) should experience it as it might have a little lesson for us all.” Read more…

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Sam Worthington suffers tragedy and finds God in trailer for ‘The Shack’

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Lionsgate has released the first trailer for The Shack, a faith-based film adapted from William P. Young’s bestselling book of the same name.

Sam Worthington stars as a man who suffers a terrible loss and is summoned to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness, where he meets a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer), which is his wife’s name for God. Papa teaches him how to move on with his life and in the process, he also learns about himself.

Stuart Hazeldine directed The Shack, which co-stars Tim McGraw, who also performs the film’s original song “Keep Your Eyes on Me” with Faith Hill.  Read more…

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