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Fruitvale Station, 2013.
Written and Directed by Ryan Coogler.
The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Ryan Coogler's directorial debut was a favourite at the Sundance Festival, and deservedly so. It is a stunning piece of narrative that tells the true story of Oscar Grant III (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident of San Francisco, and his final New Year's Eve.
The film's opening scene is shot on a phone and shows a group of unidentified men being detained by police officers on a station platform. The scene is brutal, shocking and nothing we haven't seen or read about before.
Next we see Oscar in his room with girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz). His amorous advances come to nothing, »
- Flickering Myth
★★★★★ Based on the real-life 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland, California, Ryan Coogler's feature debut Fruitvale Station (2013) is an uncompromising, original and movingly humane piece of American political cinema. Michael B. Jordan plays Oscar, who, on New Year's Eve, has already committed himself to fulfilling his annual resolutions a day in advance. Oscar is going to quit dealing drugs, be more faithful to girlfriend and mother of his child Sophina (Melonie Diaz), be a better father to his daughter, be a kinder son to his doting mother, Wanda (Octavia Spencer), and is going to take his girl out to see the Bay Area fireworks.
This day-in-the-life tale thus follows Oscar as he performs his various chores; picking up crabs for his grandma's gumbo, dropping his girlfriend at work and his daughter, Tatiana (Ariana Neal), at preschool. But not all is well in Oscar's world. His sister needs a loan on the rent, »
- CineVue UK
The shooting of Oscar Grant by a Us transit cop in 2009 is explored in this surefooted debut feature from Ryan Coogler
Ryan Coogler's quietly gripping debut feature rolls into Cannes to tell us the backstory of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African-American man shot dead by a transit cop on the first day of 2009. In the ensuing years Grant has been filed away as another statistic, an old familiar tale amid thousands of others. Yet Fruitvale Station made a noise at Sundance, was snapped up by the Weinsteins and played out to roaring approval here in the Un Certain Regard section. One has the sense of a man being slowly, surely written back into being.
Coogler chooses to open with phone footage of the actual incident at the Fruitvale train station in Oakland, California. From here, however, the film winds back. It gives us the last 24 hours in Oscar's life, »
- Xan Brooks
What I'm about to write could be considered a spoiler for Fruitvale Station, but I will tell you I knew these details going in and it didn't spoil the film for me in the least. That said, the reason I'm posting this is to offer a companion piece to my review of the film, in which I reference the events described below, but it wasn't the right place or time to go into further detail. As for the story that inspired the film, in the early morning hours of January 1, 2009, a group of friends were returning home from celebrating New Year's Eve in San Francisco on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) system. Among that group of friends was 22-year-old Oscar Grant who got into an altercation aboard the train resulting in the Bart police being called to the Fruitvale Station where the train had just stopped. Upon their arrival »
- Brad Brevet
Never mind "if you like it, put a ring on it." If you like it, buy her a $5 million home in her mother's name so that your new wife-of-60 years-your-junior has a roof over her head when you go off to the big Playboy Mansion in the sky.
Hugh Hefner, 86, paid $5 million for a 5,900-square-foot house in the Hollywood Hills about a month ago. Records show that the title was put in the name of Lee Lovitt, who is Crystal Harris' mother. As far as mothers-in-law go, this one gushes about Hef all the time. When he married Crystal last New Year's eve, Lovitt, who used to run a pub in West Bromwich, England, called Hef “wonderful” and described his wedding to her then-26-year-old daughter “amazing." We wished them well then, and we wish them well now.
Reports say that Hef and Crystal may not move into the new place, »
- The Huffington Post
He befriends a beautiful cabaret singer and a talking bear and helps the townsfolk rise up against their despotic leader.
Lavis and Szczerbowski are best known for their short films Higglety Pigglety Pop! and Oscar-nominated Madame Tutli-Putli.
The White Circus will begin shooting in Germany and Serbia in February 2014.
Watch a trailer for Carrie below: »
If anyone's okay with Crystal Hefner being married to a man three times her age, it's her parents. Her mom and dad are not just supportive of her relationship with Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner, they also enjoy the chance to reap the benefits of her lavish life. "My parents come up here pretty much every weekend," Crystal, 26, told People on Thursday at the Playboy Mansion, just before her husband, 87, announced Raquel Pomplun as 2013's Playmate of the Year. "Hef's friends were joking with them. They were like, 'Did you guys move in?' They're here, outside in the tent. They love it. »
- Dahvi Shira
Can you tell that The Weinstein Company is getting ready for Cannes? In the past week they've dropped trailers for "The Butler" and "August: Osage County" and that's all in preparation of a big Cannes presentation for press following last year's unveiling of "Django Unchained," "The Master" and "Silver Linings Playbook." What will be there? Well, that's a Weinstein secret for now, but they'll have plenty to celebrate in the festival as Sundance hit "Fruitvale Station" will unspool for international crowds. The first trailer is here and it's easy to see why this took the Grand Jury Prize and Dramatic Audience Award in Park City and landed director Ryan Coogler on our On The Rise: 12 Directors To Watch In 2013 list and star Michael B. Jordan on our 15 Breakout Artists To Watch From The 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Taking place over New Year's Eve 2008, the film tells the tragic, heartbreaking true story »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Colombian-born actress, comedian, television hostess and model, is noted for her work in director Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns" (2008) and "Madea Goes to Jail" (2009). She has also appeared in "The Smurfs" (2011), "New Year's Eve" (2011), "Happy Feet Two" (2011) and "The Three Stooges" (2012).
Vergara currently stars on the ABC TV series "Modern Family" as 'Gloria Delgado-Pritchett', receiving nominations for three Golden Globe Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards for 'Best Comedy Actress'.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Sofia Vergara...
- Michael Stevens
So great that Brandi Glanville and her ex-husband are playing nice! No, not Eddie Cibrian, but Darin Harvey, the guy she drunkenly faux-married in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve 2012! The duo were spotted together doing some shopping in West Hollywood Monday, looking very couple-y. (Don't think that butt grab went unnoticed!) But don't get too hopeful that this will take off. Brandi and Darin are just friends. Plus, a source tells E! News Darin was "just joking around to get his picture taken." Silly paparazzi fall for everything! And when this Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star does find true love, she won't be saying "I do"—drunkenly or »
Though she once played Steven Seagal’s daughter in Under Siege 2, Katherine Heigl is not the first name you think of when you consider action thrillers. Still, that hasn’t stopped her signing on to Nu Image/Millennium Films’ The Survivor opposite Clive Owen.V For Vendetta/The Raven’s James McTeigue is directing the movie, which finds Heigl as an American State Department employee arriving in London to take a post at the Us Embassy.When the rest of her team is killed in a bomb blast, she has to go on the run for her life and clear her name when she’s framed for crimes she did not commit. Owen’s role isn’t specified in Screen Daily’s story on the film, but chances are he’ll end up helping her out as she tries to prevent a huge attack planned for New Year’s Eve (and no, »
Nas is asking a judge to throw out a concert promoter's $10 million lawsuit -- saying the man has only himself to blame for being kidnapped in Angola and held nearly two months ... and besides, they settled this already.TMZ broke the story ... Patrick Allocco alleged the rapper took $300k for a New Year's Eve concert in the African nation ... then no-showed. Allocco says Angolan promoters held him for ransom for 50 days beginning in December 2011 ... beating »
- TMZ Staff
The Raven and Ninja Assassin director James McTeigue is taking the helm of this story, which finds an American woman working for the U.S. State Department in London. An office bombing leaves her the sole survivor, and she is soon caught up in a conspiracy plot that forces her to become a fugitive. She only has until New Year's Eve to clear her name and stop another attack from happening.
Millinium Films is producing Survivor. Production is expected to begin in July.
Katherine Heigl and Clive Owen are set to headline an action project titled Survivor , Screen Daily reports. James McTeigue ( V For Vendetta , The Raven ) is attached to direct. The film follows an American woman working in London for the U.S. State Department. When her offices are bombed, she, the lone survivor, finds herself caught up in a conspiratorial plot, leading to her becoming a fugitive from the law. She only has until New Year's Eve to clear her name and stop another targeted attack. Heigl most recently starred in the ensemble comedy The Big Wedding and will next lend her voice to Open Road Films' animated family project The Nut Job . Owen, meanwhile, recently headlined the telefilm "Hemingway & Gelhorn" and can be seen coming up in crime drama »
The actor revealed to Flaunt that he has nothing but fond memories of the Disney film series, which launched his career.
"Here's the one thing about High School Musical that a lot of people forget or don't realise. It affected a lot of people; its resonance, culturally, was massive," Efron said. "At the same time, it was in every sense of it, the luckiest break in the world."
He went on to comment: "The wrong thing to do - and that's what all these interviews now are trying to get me to say - is to turn on it, to like s**t on it, call it crap. But that's insane.
"There are hundreds of people who began doing one thing when they were younger, who go on to develop and refine and shape their vision, »
Iron Man 3 (12A)
Fears of post-Avengers superhero blowout fatigue are briskly swept away by Marvel's latest epic, whose snappy, poppy script packs in twists and quips between the bludgeoning (but technically seamless) action. It's Kingsley's Bin Laden-esque Mandarin and Pearce's creepy scientist who are out to de-swagger Tony Stark this time round, but there are surprises in store for everyone.
The Look Of Love (18)
Despite the Soho excess, the retro kitsch, the racy subject matter and the great cast, this biopic of Britain's pornographer-in-chief Paul Raymond somehow never feels like it's telling the full story. »
- Steve Rose
That Lindsay Lohan dabbled in cocaine we already know (in a 2010 interviewed she admitted to trying out the drug and said it made her feel like s--t) but to have her use described in detail? Well, that's news to us.
In a new tell-all memoir titled "Sex, Lies & The Dirty," gossip blogger Nik Richie has a whole passage describing a cocaine incident involving Lohan in a Miami nightclub on New Year's Eve 2009.
Richie describes entering the club's bathroom with Lohan, writing "Lindsay goes straight for the toilet, pulling her dress up and sitting (no underwear) and one of her breasts is hanging out the top of the dress. I start to wash my hands and she asks me, 'So, what's your story?' before doing an uneven line of coke off her wrist."
In the book, Richie describes a sense of wonderment and disbelief at the scene. "And she's doing more coke, »
- Liat Kornowski
Third time's a charm? In the May 6 issue of Us Weekly (on stands Friday), a source reveals Selena Gomez kissed Justin Bieber backstage at his Apr. 18 concert in Oslo, Norway. "Justin pursued Selena and she gave in," a Gomez source says. A Bieber pal adds, "They have a crazy connection. But they aren't back together." The couple first split in November 2012 after a two-year courtship and called it quits a second time just before New Year's Eve. Gomez was asked about their romantic rendezvous during [...] »
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez shared a passionate kiss in Norway. The pop stars were spotted secretly smooching backstage during Justin's April 18 concert in Oslo, Norway, confirming rumours they had rekindled their romance after originally splitting just before New Year's Eve (31.12.12). A source told UsMagazine.com: 'Justin pursued Selena and she gave in. They have a crazy connection.' However, the 'Baby' hitmaker and the Disney starlet are taking things slow and have no plans to make things official yet. The insider added: 'They aren't back together.' The couple fell out after an explosive row on holiday in Puerto Vallarta and have had little contact since. Selena shocked fans by flying out to Oslo »
Jelena back on? Sort of. A month after Selena Gomez bragged to David Letterman about making Justin Bieber cry, the actress and her ex-boyfriend were seen kissing during their backstage reunion at his April 18 concert in Oslo, Norway, an observer tells Us Weekly. "Justin pursued Selena and she gave in," source close to Gomez, 20, explains of the pair, who called it quits after two years in December, just before New Year's Eve. (Gomez and the "Beauty and the Beat" singer, had a "huge fight" [...] »
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