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Box Office: 'The Wolverine' Slashes Into Top Spot, But Trails Opening Weekend Of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 28, 2013 12:40 PM
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The Wolverine
Not the most fruitful weekend, with one major wide release on the cards, and "The Wolverine" topped the box office charts with $55 million (this time last year "Dark Knight Rises" made $62.1 million in its second weekend). The James Mangold-directed effort was Fox's second swing at a standalone movie for the character, with Hugh Jackman reprising the titular role, going to Japan and grappling with his immortality and women in his life (dead and alive, sword and poison-wielding), with a few Yasujirō Ozu references thrown in for artsy measure.

Review: 'Fruitvale Station' Starring Michael B. Jordan & Octavia Spencer

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 9, 2013 8:03 PM
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Fruitvale Station
There are now a few stories surrounding Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station.” There’s the “Fruitvale Station” that as a passion-project debut feature from an untested filmmaker, was plucked from obscurity, championed notably by Forest Whitaker, and put into production. There’s the “Fruitvale Station” that went from a standing start to become the runaway success story of Sundance, netting two of the biggest awards in the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Prize. There’s the “Fruitvale Station” that launched a distribution bidding war, and catapulted its director and star to the top of everyone’s “ones to watch” list. And there’s the Fruitvale Station which is a stop on a BART line at which in the small hours of New Year’s Day 2009, 22-year old father of one, Oscar Grant was shot by a transit cop, dying later from his wound. There is the film, there is the story it tells, and there is what actually happened.

10 Films Worth Tracking Down This July

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • July 1, 2013 12:14 PM
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Pacific Rim Blue Jasmine Only God Forgives The Hunt
It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through the summer, but no worries because July has fireworks, hot dogs, and movies! June was a soft month with staid comedies like “The Internship” and divisive blockbusters such as “Man of Steel” and “World War Z.” But, the next thirty days or so should have more than enough for you whether your appetite is for explosions or more subtler fare with a bit more substance.

Watch: 3 Clips Arrive For Sundance & Cannes Winner 'Fruitvale Station'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 21, 2013 9:39 AM
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Since premiering to rapturous audiences at Sundance and sparking a bidding war -- eventually won by the kingmakers over at The Weinstein Company -- “Fruitvale Station” has ridden a wave of buzz through Cannes with many tipping the film to be a major player come awards season. With its release weeks away, the studio has dropped three new clips from the film that are sure to tug at those heartstrings.

Watch: Clips & Trailers From All The Cannes Winners Including 'Blue Is The Warmest Color,' 'The Past,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2013 11:13 AM
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With the red carpets rolled up, the champagne corked and every available bed now vacant in the south of France, the Croisette is now back to being a hub of the bustling beach resort at least until next May when the frenzy of the Cannes Film Festival descends again. Over the weekend, the prizes were handed out by Steven Spielberg's jury and history was made as director Abdellatif Kechiche and the two lead actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux shared the Palme d'Or for very well-received relationship drama "Blue Is The Warmest Color" (read our rave review here). But it was just one of many films that got honored, including Asghar Farhadi's "The Past," the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis," Hirokazu Kore-Eda's "Like Father, Like Son" and many more titles including buzzed-about "Heli," "Blue Ruin," Jia Zhangke's "A Touch Of Sin," and more.

Cannes 2013: 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Wins Top Palme d'Or Award; Coen Brothers Take Runner-Up Prize

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 26, 2013 1:50 PM
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Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color', Lea Seydoux
Ten days or so of the annual cinephile orgy that is the Cannes Film Festival draws to a close today, and Steven Spielberg and his jury have decided which movies were the best of heap on the Croisette. It was an interesting year at Cannes in 2013, with American films putting forth a strong showing in all categories, while auteurs ranging from Claire Denis to Jim Jarmusch to Roman Polanski and more all brought their latest works.

Cannes Review: 'Fruitvale Station' Recounts A Tragic True-Life Story With Good Performances & Intentions, But Little Subtlety

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 17, 2013 9:50 AM
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Fruitvale Station
There are now a few stories surrounding Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station,” which screened in Cannes yesterday. There’s the “Fruitvale Station” that as a debut, passion-project feature from an untested filmmaker, was plucked from obscurity, championed, notably by Forest Whitaker, and put into production. There’s the “Fruitvale Station” that went from a standing start to become the runaway success story of Sundance, netting two of the biggest awards, in the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Prize. There’s the “Fruitvale Station” that launched a distribution bidding war, and catapulted its director and star to the top of everyone’s “ones to watch” list. And there’s the Fruitvale Station which is a stop on a BART line at which in the small hours of New Year’s Day 2009, 22-year old father of one, Oscar Grant was shot by a transit cop, dying later from his wound. There is the film, there is the story it tells, and there is what actually happened.

Watch: Trailer For Sundance Winner & Cannes Entry 'Fruitvale Station'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 9:41 PM
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Fruitvale Station
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 Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 7, 2013 11:58 AM
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The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Indies Of The Summer
So perhaps the blockbusting sturm und drang of “Iron Man 3” has you slavering for more KA-BLAMMO, in which case our Most Anticipated Summer Blockbusters is the article for you. If, however, you're already getting a slight tension headache at the prospect of weeks upon interminable weeks of tentpole releases and the din of clashing opinions that attends the redistribution of billions of dollars of wealth, never fear. The gods of counterprogramming have been especially kind this year, and there's a wide selection of upcoming, smaller-budgeted, lesser-distributed gems in which the only things that collide are intersecting lives, the only ticking time bombs are repressed emotions, the only things that break are hearts, and the only things that blow up are grandiose expectations, right in some sad sack's face. You are also much more likely to get some full-on nudity.

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