“Fruitvale Station” is more than the dramatization of an obituary. It’s about empathy. In recounting (and slightly fictionalizing) the final day of 22-year-old Oscar Grant’s life, first-time writer-director Ryan Coogler has made a film that piles small daily gestures – … READ MORE

Fruitvale, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train station in Oakland, Calif., was the last stop in the life of Oscar Grant. His 22 years extended mere minutes into 2009. A San Francisco transit cop, scuffling with him and other … READ MORE

Grandmaster star Zhang Ziyi was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters Chevalier (recognizing significant contributions to the arts) in Beijing, with the French Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti on hand for the honor. Source: US Weekly

After putting in a full day at UPS, Wanda Johnson rushed to change from her work clothes into a sapphire blue gown. When she arrived at the Grand Lake Theater, she looked red-carpet ready — her dress flowing, not a … READ MORE

For months, “Vampire Academy” fans have been watching like hawks as the incoming student roster at St. Vladimir’s elite institution for the education of the be-fanged fills out with names. Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Danila Kozlovsky are among the … READ MORE

Screenwriter Shane Salerno (“Savages,” “Shaft”) has spent close to a decade on a singular obsession: the reclusive late author J.D. Salinger. Now his work is finally coming to fruition. Via a flurry of deals the filmmaker struck in March with … READ MORE

The company forks out $6.5 million for U.S., Canada and Spain rights to the movie that stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. The Weinstein Co. has inked a deal for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, paying $6.5 million for rights in the U.S., Canada and Spain. … READ MORE

Shot on a low budget of less than a million dollars, Sundance Film Festival winner “Fruitvale Station” is taking the Cannes Film Festival by storm. It’s competing in the “Un Certain Regard” category in the festival, and the notoriously critical … READ MORE

Nicole Kidman joins him at the Majestic as he previews footage from “Grace of Monaco.” It might as well have been the unofficial start of the 2013 Oscar race. In what has become an annual Cannes ritual, impresario Harvey Weinstein … READ MORE

The Weinstein Company is in advanced negotiations to acquire all U.S. rights to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 3D adventure pic “The Young and Prodigious Spivet,” in what will be one of the highest-profile deals inked at Cannes. Adapted from Reif Larsen’s novel … READ MORE