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As Zimmerman Verdict Brings Protests, Weinsteins Push 'Fruitvale Station' and BET Special

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 15, 2013 at 1:09PM

The Weinstein Company knows that Saturday's verdict of not guilty for George Zimmerman makes the already well-reviewed and well-attended "Fruitvale Station" all the more relevant. On July 15, TWC will air the special "Fruitvale Station: The Story of Oscar Grant" on BET at 7:30pm ET/PT.
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Michael B. Jordan and Melonie Diaz in "Fruitvale Station"
Michael B. Jordan and Melonie Diaz in "Fruitvale Station"

Nobody knows better than The Weinstein Co. how to push a movie into the zeitgeist. Ever since he acquired "Fruitvale Station" at Sundance, Harvey Weinstein has had the Oscars in his sights for this true story. He knows that Saturday's verdict of not guilty for George Zimmerman makes the already well-reviewed and well-attended "Fruitvale Station" all the more relevant. 

Weinstein wants to make this movie a must-see. To that end on July 15, TWC will air the special "Fruitvale Station: The Story of Oscar Grant" on BET at 7:30pm ET/PT.

The 30-minute making-of special traces the journey of the film from its production, to Sundance (where it won both the Grand Jury and Audience awards), Cannes (where it played in Un Certain Regard) and now its theatrical release.

Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz and Octavia Spencer, "Fruitvale Station" centers on the last 24 hours in the life of Oscar Grant, who was shot point-blank by an Oakland BART police officer in 2009. Check out the film's strong opening weekend box office here. And our interview with Coogler here. MovieCityNews' David Poland interviews Oscar Best Actor prospect Jordan below. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.