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Interview: Ryan Coogler Talks Honoring Oscar Grant, Slain at 'Fruitvale Station' (UPDATED, TRAILER)

Ryan Coogler is the real deal. There's a reason why Harvey Weinstein scooped up "Fruitvale Station" at Sundance. He saw Oscar potential in it. This rookie Bay Area filmmaker grabbed a story he cared about and made it real. Audiences wept in Sundance and will do so again in Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2013 2:57 PM
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Harvey Weinstein Previews Awards Slate at Cannes

Harvey Weinstein took advantage of Cannes' many attendees to gather some of them together in order to tease TWC's upcoming films and get a head start on the next round of Awards season. That has been the modus operandi of The Weinstein in recent years, which had held more intimate affairs at swanky flats off the Croisette and today opted for a make-shift screening room.
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • May 17, 2013 5:02 PM
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WATCH: 'Fruitvale Station' Trailer Highlights Michael B. Jordan's Performance

"Fruitvale Station," the Sundance favorite well-known for making everyone cry, has a trailer. The clips showcase Michael B. Jordan's performance at the center of the film (spoilers in that link). In this based-on-a-true-story movie, Jordan plays Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old who finds himself entangled with police and street violence on New Years Eve in 2009. Fruitvale Station is a stop in the Bay Area's subway system, the BART.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 11, 2013 1:54 PM
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Sundance Institute Will Present Vanguard and Memoriam Leadership Awards to Coogler, Ebert

Kerry Washington will present the second Sundance Institute Vanguard Award to San Francisco filmmaker Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station") at the third annual ‘Celebrate Sundance Institute' Los Angeles Benefit on June 5, 2013 at The Lot in West Hollywood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2013 12:40 PM
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2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Adds Studio Premieres of 'Man of Steel' and "Monsters U' to Indie Lineup (UPDATED)

Per usual, LAFF has added some studio premieres and sure-to-be fascinating discussions to its lineup. On June 12, a pre-festival screening of Zach Snyder's much-anticipated superman revamp "Man of Steel" -- with Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams -- will show two days before its wide release date. Also joining the lineup on June 18 is Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" (in theaters June 21), the prequel to 2001's "Monsters, Inc."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2013 1:48 PM
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Big Year Ahead for TWC's Festival Darling 'Fruitvale Station' (See New Poster)

The first poster for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Fruitvale Station" has been unveiled. TWC's indie drama has already proven to be a festival darling, as the film will screen in Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar, before the film hits theaters July 12.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2013 1:11 PM
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Women in Film's Crystal and Lucy Awards Go to Laura Linney, Sofia Coppola, George Lucas and 'Mad Men' Cast

LA non-profit Women in Film has unveiled the winners for the 2013 Crystal and Lucy Awards to include the 'Mad Men' cast, Laura Linney and Sofia Coppola.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 2:35 PM
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Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner 'Fruitvale' Changed to 'Fruitvale Station'

The Weinstein Company has announced that the title of its July 26-slated true crime drama, "Fruitvale," has changed to "Fruitvale Station." "Fruitvale" was a hit at Sundance earlier this year, winning the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2013 11:21 AM
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