Michael B. Jordan Joins ‘Black Panther’; Lupita Nyong’o in Talks as Well

Michael B. Jordan is teaming up once more with director Ryan Coogler, this time for Marvel’s “Black Panther.” The Hollywood Reporter claims that Jordan officially signed on for the film late last week. Although it has yet to be confirmed, it is rumored that Jordan might play some sort of villain role in the film. […]

#OscarsSoWhite, Part II

If memory serves me right, the conclusion we all came to last year with #OscarsSoWhite – when the Academy’s nominees for Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Lead/Supporting-If-We-Feel-Like-It Role were released and were made up of only white actors and actresses – was that it wasn’t necessarily the voters’ fault this time. The only […]

Marvel Confirms Ryan Coogler to Direct ‘Black Panther’ Movie

After being rumored for weeks, it is now official that Ryan Coogler, writer/director of “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed,” will helm Marvel’s “Black Panther.”  Marvel’s President Kevin Feige confirmed to Empire Magazine in an interview on December 29th. The project has been searching for a director for sometime as Ava DuVernay, director of the Martin Luther King […]

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan talk ‘Fruitvale Station’

Back at the beginning of December (which technically is last year…crazy), I was invited to participate in a roundtable interview with Fruitvale Station writer/director Ryan Coogler as well as star Michael B. Jordan in advance of its release on home video. The film hits Blu-Ray and DVD this week, right before the Oscar nominations, and […]

15 Best Screenwriters of 2013

Everyone has their favorite performances and their favorite films of the year but no one really gives their proper due to the writers of our beloved films that we’ve seen.  In a year where films exceeded many of our expectations, the screenwriters came through in a big way.  As AMPAS voters have their ballots and […]

FYC: Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Bling Ring’ Competes in Original Screenplay, Watson Declared Supporting

A24 Films has joined the awards race this year with three of their films in contention that includes Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, James Ponsoldt‘s The Spectacular Now, and Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring. Earlier today the studio released their “Consider” campaigns for their films.  Most notable, Coppola’s The Bling Ring has been deemed an Original Screenplay despite […]

Ten Best Studio Films – The Weinstein Company

Continuing the Best Films by the Studios Series. The Weinstein Company, the name that’s synonymous with Oscar-bait projects that gathers excitement from awards lovers everywhere and manages to get shortlisted in dozens of categories, even when the odds are not in their favor.  Harvey Weinstein, love him or hate him, is one of the most […]

Fruitvale Station (***)

Anticipation was at a boiling point for Ryan Coogler’s highly regarded Fruitvale Station.  Its run thus far through the festival circuit has been most impressive.  It kicked off the year with promise with a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.  In Park City, the film won the Audience and Grand Jury Prize. It continued its […]

Fruitvale Station (**½)

I really do hate to have to be the one to throw cold water on the love fest going on with Fruitvale Station. There’s certainly plenty to admire here and the story is admittedly quite powerful. On top of that, I’m fair confident that this is going to be a solid awards player all season […]

New Poster for Ryan Coogler’s ‘Fruitvale Station’ Brings You Closer

Have a look at the second poster for Ryan Coogler’s Sundance hit Fruitvale Station. The new poster promises to bring us closer to the edge and is quick to point out its ties to the Academy Awards via its Oscar-winning producer Forest Whitaker. Feels like a hint-hint, wink-wink inclusion to me, but the poster is serviceable enough […]