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Harvey Weinstein praises Rita Ora's acting skills

British pop star Rita Ora is making a smooth transition from music to movies, according to Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, who has called her acting "sensational" and "breathtaking".

The R.I.P hitmaker has a small role in Weinstein's new movie, Southpaw, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, and the influential film producer is full of praise for the singer, insisting he will work with her "again and again and again".

He tells Dailymail.co.uk, "Rita Ora did a sensational job for me and (director) Antoine Fuqua in Southpaw. Her scene is breathtaking, because she's a very glamorous, beautiful woman; but, we did the opposite, we made her up to look like a tough (girl) who's got a kid to protect. She is heart-breakingly real and wonderful and acting opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, who is riveting in this movie, she holds her own and then some. I will work with Rita again and again and again. Personally, I thinks she's my biggest discovery as an actress this year."

Ora is set to make her big screen debut next year (15) in the highly-anticipated film adaption of E.L. James' book, Fifty Shades of Gray.

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