Trailer: Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station is the story of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old man from Hayward, California who was shot and killed while laying face-first on the ground in handcuffs by a police officer at a transit station in Oakland.

The movie won several awards at Sundance including the Grand Jury Prize, which was previously awarded to the Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild in 2012 and Winter’s Bone in 2010.
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“This project was about humanity, about human beings and how we treat each other; how we treat the people that we love the most, and how we treat the people that we don’t know,” first-time director and Bay Area-native Ryan Coogler said as he accepted the award.  Continue reading “Trailer: Fruitvale Station”

Courtney Love Covers ’99 Problems’ At Sundance

Courtney Love sundance 2013Courtney Love, never one to censor herself, covered Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” with most of the original lyrics (including the n-word) onstage in Park City, Utah during Sundance.

Before playing the song she said “It either sucks or it’s genius,” which could also apply to all the movies screened at Sundance.

And don’t even start to wonder if it’s okay for her to say the n-word. She’s a bitter, broke, equal opportunity, rock star. Not even equal, because her all her problems seem to involve throwing shade at her white peers and frenemies. Problems like:

1. Gwen Stefani and her husband:

His band never did that well but he is very, very smart. He runs the Gwen show, that’s him. He runs the clothing line, he f**king built that up, he has nothing else to do.  Continue reading “Courtney Love Covers ’99 Problems’ At Sundance”

The Time Shia LeBeouf Dropped Acid and Asked Evan Rachel Wood For Acting Tips

Evan Rachel Wood Shia LeBeouf SundanceDuring an interview with MTV at Sundance, Shia LeBeouf sat with his Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman co-star Evan Rachel Wood and talked about how he prepared for his role as a young American man who travels to Romania because the spirit of his recently deceased mother tells him to. In the sit-down, LeBeouf praises Evan’s acting and talks about the time he dropped acid in real-life so he’d know how to act it out in the film.

“There’s a technique that Evan has that I don’t know yet. When I was 10 and she was 10 I was in [inaudible] pie fights. When I was 13 she was in Thirteen. I’ve always looked up to Evan,” he told a reporter in Park City, UT.

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In What World Does Drake Equal Obama?

Drake may be the next actor turned rapper turned actor. He talked to VH1 news reporters at Sundance about his future acting aspirations and told them he would love to play the current president in a film.

“I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal, I watch all the addresses…I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions.” Continue reading “In What World Does Drake Equal Obama?”

Would You Watch A Chris Crocker Documentary?

Chris Crocker isn’t just a guy who screams and bursts into hyperdramatic tears over Britney Spears…like Snooki, Rebecca Black and Tila Tequila, he has a persona that’s hard to separate from his humanity.

From what I gather, directors Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch want to show you that human side. Their film Me At The Zoo chronicles Crocker’s rise to internet fame in all its temporary glory.

Veatch says that online personas are “the future” and a “social currency” adding that Chris found mainstream internet success in 2006 with the video “This And That” on Myspace.

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Sean Penn’s Right, I Am Diseased

Sean Penn has a new movie not yet out in wide release called This Must Be The Place. He plays a Robert Smith-inspired rock star who has left his life in the spotlight and ends up hunting down his father’s murderer, a former Nazi.

This Must Be The Place debuted at Sundance quite recently and Penn did an interview in Utah explaining his own disgust for fame and America’s obsession with it.

“I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that it’s an obscene disease of celebrity that’s taken over far too much of the life that we do live. I think it’s a disease. I think that it’s diminished the quality of life.”

“Not particularly for the people who are the focus of it, though that is clearly something that I’ve been compromised by. But for the culture at large.” Continue reading “Sean Penn’s Right, I Am Diseased”