Some people are far more important than you might think. For one lowly cobbler, things are about to change. After a lifetime of fixing other people's shoes, the cobbler, Max Simkin (Adam Sandler) one day dares to try on a pair, discovering that if he walks in a man (or woman)'s shoes, he will become that person. After becoming the wrong person and coming into some money that doesn't belong to him, Simkin must do whatever he can to make it through, and maybe go back to helping other people instead of himself.
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With his debut feature, writer-director Ryan Coogler recreates a real-life event with remarkable artistry. Even though the factual story is overwhelmed with emotion and political opinion, he never lets either swamp this film, remaining earthy and realistic in ways that allow the audience to experience what happens in a startlingly intimate, complex way.
Set over one day, New Year's Eve 2008, the film follows Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 23-year-old on the cusp of some pivotal life choices. He loves his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz) and their young daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal), so knows he has to stop dealing drugs and chasing women. This morning he lost his job just before throwing a birthday party for his mother (Octavia Spencer). And now he's heading across the bay to San Francisco with Sophina and his pals to celebrate 2009. But on the way home, a fight breaks out as their train pulls into Fruitvale Station, and two transport cops (Kevin Durand and Chad Michael Murray) take heavy-handed action to calm the situation.
The film opens with actual video footage of the fateful moment, as captured on a witness' mobile phone, so there's no surprise about where this is heading. Even so, the climactic sequence is so shocking that the emotionally devastation is almost unbearable. As is the outrage that police are allowed to profile racially, which in this case turned an easily resolved situation into something fatal. Amazingly, Coogler never loses his cool, fluidly writing and directing with a grounded honesty that makes everything that much more urgent.
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'Saving Mr Banks' star Emma Thompson was snapped by paparazzi as she walked the black carpet at the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York.
Photographers were poised and ready with their cameras at the rear entrance of the Marchesa Spring/ Summer 2014 show where a huge host of glamorous celebrities attended during the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. Former Hole rocker Courtney Love and 'Killer Joe' star Gina Gershon were among them, both opting for black gowns for the event.
When Melonie Diaz visited the mother of Oscar Grant's daughter to research her role for the film, Sophina Mesa revealed that there were too many painful memories attached, and she would not watch he film herself.
The girlfriend of murdered teenager, Oscar Grant, Jr. has stated that she will not watch the movie inspired by his death, as it will conjure bad memories of his death at the hands of Californian police officers. Grant was killed on 1st January, 2009, when a police officer shot him on a train platform, leaving Sophina Mesa as a young, single mother. While she was happy to meet with Melonie Diaz - the actress portraying her - she has stated that she will now see 'Fruitvale Station' herself.
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Melonie Diaz explained Mesa's decision, saying that: "She hasn't seen it and she won't see it... People want to move forward." Diaz still ensured a thoughtful approach to the role, explaining that: "This is a movie about someone's life... They [Grant and Mesa] have a daughter and one day her daughter's gonna watch this movie and I don't want her daughter to watch this movie and go, 'That's my mum? I don't know who that woman is,' so there is a responsibility. I wanted to look like her and kinda get her feeling of the relationship."
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Director Ryan Coogler arrives at the screening for 'Fruitvale Station' at the Museum of Modern Art after making his feature-length directorial debut with the true-to-life movie. He is joined by cast members Michael B. Jordan (who portrays the ill-fated Oscar Grant), Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz.
Michael B. Jordan is snapped and interviewed on arriving on the red carpet at the screening of 'Fruitvale Station' at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Michael portrays Oscar Grant, who was shot dead in the back in 2009 by a police officer while restrained on News Year's Day in Oakland, California, in this gritty true-story drama.
Ryan Coogler's 'Fruitvale Station' is a remarkable directorial debut.
Fruitvale Station - the new Oscar-tipped most by Ryan Coogler - tells the story of one of America's most unjust killings. In the early hours of New Year's Day, 2009, a young Bay Area kid by the name of Oscar Grant III was unarmed and lying face down on a subway platform in Oakland, California. Seconds later, he was shot in the back by a police officer.
The grainy cell phone footage captured by onlookers incited protests and unrest across the country, opening up a debate on law and order, violence and race, as noted in the New York Times. 'Fruitvale Station' - a movie snapped up by Harvey Weinstein for $2 million at the Sundance Film Festival - takes on extra significance given the roots of its director.
Coogler, 27, is a Bay Area native who went to film school at the University of South California. He remembers the incident all too well and does a stunning job of reconstructing it with the help of his cast Michael B. Jordan (The Wire), Melonie Diaz and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.
'Fruitvale Station' is released today (Friday 12th July) in US cinemas. The movie is based on the true story of Oscar Grant III, a man who was shot by police officers on January 1st 2008. The film has been praised by critics across the board who consider Ryan Coogler's debut as "radical" and "magnificent".
Fruitvale Station is released on Friday 12th July. The movie follows 22-year-old Oscar as he encountered acquaintances around San Francisco Bay on New Year's Eve 2008. His day ended in tragedy when he was accidentally shot by police officers. The film has been widely praised by critics.
Michael B. Jordan at a screening of Fruitvale Station, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The film is based on the true story of Oscar Grant III who was shot by police officers at a railway station in Oakland, California. Grant was restrained by police officers who believed him to be armed; the death caused controversy throughout the US.His death appears to be accidental with Police Officer Mehserle using his gun instead of his Taser.
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Ryan Coogler's 'Fruitvale Station' is a good outside bet for the Oscars.
Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station is emerging as one of the leading movies of the year.
Based on a true story, it stars The Wire's Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant - the 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot dead by BART officers on New Year's Day.
It's Monday morning and my bones hurt. I'm tired, hung-over, and there's a slight ringing in my ears.