Melonie Diaz
American actor
Melonie Diaz
Melonie Diaz is an American actress who has appeared in many independent films, including four shown at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
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Take A Fashion Lesson From The Stars Who Managed To Make This Week's Best Dressed List
Huffington Post - about 3 years
This week's best-dressed list was filled with stars who managed to make simple black dresses extra special. Melonie Diaz shone in a LBD with an interesting neckline, while Queen Latifah chose the perfect silhouette for her body type. Though many celebs hit it out of the park this week, the gold star belongs to English singer Paloma Faith, who managed to make a spring color palette work in the dead of winter. Check out our picks for best-dressed and let us know what you think. Melonie Diaz in Cushnie et Ochs Now this is a LBD. The interesting straps combined with her deep red lipstick and slicked-back hair are making this a fashion moment to remember. Naomie Harris in Michael Kors This ensemble is perfection. Though many shy away from cardigans, this particular one looks modern when paired with a printed high-waisted midi skirt. Sandra Bullock in Alex Perry Orange and pink are great colors for a brunette. The illusion neckline with lace detailing is very pretty, ...
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Independent Spirit Awards 2014 Nominations Announced: List of Nominees!
US Magazine - about 3 years
Awards season 2013-2014 has officially begun! The nominations for the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced by Octavia Spencer and Paula Patton. This year, 12 Years a Slave starring breakout star Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt takes the lead with seven nods. Steve McQueen's directed film will go head-to-head with All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska for Best Feature. Other notables in the pack include Shailene Woodley's nomination for Best Female Lead for her work in The Spectacular Now, Best Male Lead nominations for Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, and a Best First Screenplay nod for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon. Going down just one day before the Academy Awards, the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday, March 1 in Santa Monica, Calif. Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt will take center stage as host. See the full list of nominations below. PHOTOS: Oscars 2013 -- best-dr ...
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Sac State alum makes directorial debut with potent 'Fruitvale Station'
The Sacramento Bee - over 3 years
Filmmaker Ryan Coogler chose observation over provocation, insight over outrage, in approaching the story of Oscar Grant, the unarmed 22-year-old man fatally shot by a BART police officer at Oakland's Fruitvale station in the early morning of Jan. 1, 2009. "Fruitvale Station" director Ryan Coogler, second from left, with actors Octavia Spencer, Ahna O'Reilly, Michael B. Jordan and Melonie Diaz. Michael B. Jordan, second from left, in a chillingly real scene – it was shot, with Oakland’s permission – where the actual incidents portrayed in “Fruitvale Station” took place.
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Are The 'Girls' Finally Coming Into Some Money?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The ladies of "Girls" are many things, but financially stable isn't one of them. But according to "Girls" writer-executive producer Jenni Konner, their money troubles may be less of a problem come Season 3. "This year, there is a ... focus on financial stability," Konner told The Wall Street Journal. "I can’t say much more. It’s an age thing. There’s only so long you can say you just graduated college." Konner's words come as a relief to "Girls" viewers, who have watched Hannah (Lena Dunham) struggle to pay the bills as a barista and e-book writer, Marnie (Allison Williams) lose her job at an art gallery only to become a hostess, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) wander aimlessly around the globe and live off her now-ex-husband, and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) live off her (presumably wealthy) parents. So what else can viewers expect from Season 3? Although the show lost series regular Christopher Abbott (Charlie), it will see a slew of new guest stars including Jennifer Westfel ...
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New film: “Fruitvale Station”: An American tragedy
The Economist - over 3 years
A journey cut short “FRUITVALE STATION” depicts the final 24 hours in the life of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black man who was shot in the back by a policeman in the San Francisco Bay area on New Year’s Day in 2009. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, a young film-maker from Oakland, Grant’s home town, this poignant debut film won the top prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Its release in select American cinemas is timely, coming a day before the trial over the shooting of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed black youth, reached its controversial verdict: the acquittal of his armed assailant.Oscar Grant’s death was captured on the mobile phones of outraged bystanders. Mr Coogler’s film opens with one of these harrowing amateur videos, which shows him lying face down before he was shot. Flash back 24 hours earlier to Oscar (Michael B. Jordan) being kicked out of bed by his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz) for an infidelity he swears is behind him. Their daughter is the heart ...
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'I Try To Do Studio Films, But They Don't Like Me'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Michael B. Jordan has received deserved praise for his incredible lead performance in "Fruitvale Station," but it's Melonie Diaz who stands as the film's breakout star. The 29-year-old New York native, best known for supporting roles in "Be Kind Rewind" and "Raising Victor Vargas," plays Jordan's onscreen girlfriend in the new film, and does a job worthy of the actress's current professional heroes: Michelle Williams, Marion Cotillard and Jessica Chastain. ("I think they all make great choices," Diaz said about the trio of Oscar-caliber stars.) "Fruitvale Station" won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film, from first-time writer-director Ryan Coogler, tells the story of Oscar Grant, a Bay Area resident who was shot and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer on New Year's Day in 2009. Diaz stars as Grant's loving girlfriend, a no-nonsense woman who possesses a fierce loyalty to both Grant and their you ...
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Zeba Blay: Fruitvale Station: An Important Statement on the Power of Perspective
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Fruitvale Station has become the darling of this year's film industry release slate, and rightly so. The drama, chronicles the real-life murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who in the early hours of New Year's Day 2009 was fatally shot in the back by an officer after being detained in the wake of an altercation that he was not involved with. The incident, captured by the camera phones of numerous onlookers at the Fruitvale BART train station in Oakland, prompted national outrage in what was not the first and would certainly not be the last senseless murder of a young black man at the hands of law enforcement. Helmed by first-time director Ryan Coogler and produced by Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (who makes a brief but powerful appearance in the film as Grant's mother), the film puts as much focus on the fatal shooting as it does on what preceded it, painting a picture of Oscar as not only a symbol of police injustice, but as a son, a father to a young daugh ...
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Dwight Brown: Fruitvale Station ***1/2
Huffington Post - over 3 years
If you don't live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you might only know the rudiments of this tragic event and subsequent uprising: Black man, in handcuffs, shot in back by white police officer in Bay Area Rapid Transit train station. Protests. Riots. Unrest. This thoughtful, methodical and contemporary allegory, which is based on a true story, carries the weight of a Greek tragedy. The film reveals as much about the incident as it does about our complex attitudes towards race. Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), an aimless 22-year-old, lives in the East Bay. He has not lived a perfect life. Done a little time for a little crime. Fathered a daughter, Tatiana (Ariana Neal), out of wedlock with his Latina girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz). Lost his job because he couldn't show up on time. He's dabbled in drug dealing and has a hair-trigger temper he's learning to control. On the other hand, he loves his daughter. Has a strong relationship with his tough-love mom, Wanda (Octavia ...
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Craig Carpenter: Fruitvale Station: A Review
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Maybe, if I can not (expletive) up for thirty days. That's how long Oprah said it takes to make a habit" - Michael B. Jordan, as Oscar Grant I was 22 years old in the early nineties. Back then, the movies Boyz In The Hood and Menace To Society shook me (and a lot of other viewers) to the core because my world at the time was so very far from that kind of senseless violence and cruel non-Darwinian selection. The news reporting would cite terrifying statistics about the life expectancy of African American males, aged 18-25. Though it would seem that I was free of much of those risk factors, I was relieved to have escaped the odds suffered by so many of my peers. As something closer to an adult, now 41, I realize that I wasn't as free of those risks as I thought. Young people, almost regardless of their background, usually aren't yet equipped with the judgment and foresight to gauge the ramifications of their choices or actions. If people could be measured by the tal ...
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Mike Hogan: AND THEY'RE OFF
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Welcome to For Your Consideration, HuffPost Entertainment's breakdown of all things Oscar. Between now and March 2, 2014, executive arts and entertainment editor Michael Hogan and entertainment editor Christopher Rosen will chat about awards season and which films will make the most noise at the 86th annual Academy Awards. Rosen: Hello, Mike! To "borrow"* from Bill Simmons: Good lord! That's For Your Consideration's music. July 1 is the official halfway point of 2013, meaning it's a great time to check in on the upcoming Oscar race! **Ducks away from tossed tomato.** Or maybe it's not a great time: The Oscars don't actually seem to care about movies released from Jan. 1 to July 1. At the 85th annual Academy Awards this year, only "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and its director (Benh Zeitlin) and star (Quvenzhane Wallis; I can still spell it on the first try) represented the first six months of 2012 in the six major categories. So! Which 2013 release could be the next " ...
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Tribeca 2012 Reviews: ‘Sleepless Night,’ ‘Supporting Characters,’ and ‘Elles’
Film School Rejects - almost 5 years
What’s always most exciting about film festivals is the range of different films available for watching and enjoying – all within the same period of time, and often in the same venues. That’s just as evident as ever in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival line-up, a festival that has kicked off with The Five-Year Engagement, will end with The Avengers, and will show over 200 films in between. Our first round of Tribeca reviews only highlights that variety of films, as it include a French actioner, an true American independent, and a dramedy about ladies of the night. After the break, check out mini reviews for Sleepless Night, Supporting Characters, and Elles – all very different Tribeca Film Festival films, and all films likely to find their own unique audiences in the Big Apple and beyond. Sleepless Night One of the festival circuit’s most buzzed-about films finally lands in New York City, and damn if all of that high praise didn’t give it a bit too much to live up to. Frederi ...
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Viewing pleasures: ‘Big Love’ collector’s sets
LGBT Weekly- San Diego - over 5 years
Eight films comprise the two-disc collection, or as they are known by their singular titles Big Lesbian Love Collector’s Set and Big Gay Love Collector’s Set. Being a gentleman, let’s take a ladies first approach, as we break down these favorite films for the sapphic set. These four distinct looks at love kick off with The Four-Faced Liar, which does not revolve around two gals with multiple personalities who meet and complications ensue. Rather, it is a reference to a clock that has four faces and displays as many incorrect times (each one wrong) at its namesake bar. When newly moved-in together couple Greg (Daniel Carlisle) and Molly (Emily Peck) meet Trip (Todd Kubrak) and his lesbian pal Bridget (Marja Lewis Ryan), a steamy affair begins between Molly and Bridget. My Normal centers around Natalie (Nicole LaLiberte), a young New Yorker who is trying to achieve a rather unusual balance that she attempts to strike between her dreams of bec ...
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CSI: Miami - Episode 9.04: "Manhunt" - PopStar.com Celebrity News
Google News - over 5 years
Natalia (Eva Larue) finds Meemo's girlfriend, Ivonne (Melonie Diaz) works at a drycleaners. She denies being in contact with him or seeing him. She wants to get her daughter Elsa (Faith Dyer) back so she can't see him. There's nothing on her phone but
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Il più grande spettacolo dopo Amber Heard - Paperblog
Google News - over 5 years
The Beautiful Ordinary - Remember the Daze(USA 2007)Regia: Jess ManafortCast: Amber Heard, Alexa Vega, Leighton Meester, Lyndsy Fonseca, Charles Chen, Shahine Hezell, John Robinson, Melonie Diaz, Katrina Begin, Stella Maeve, Aaron Himelstein,
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS'; Seasonal Sentiment With Latin Flavoring
NYTimes - about 8 years
The gnarly dead tree in front of the Rodriguez house in Humboldt Park, a working-class Latino neighborhood of Chicago, will not be processed into kindling. As the Rodriguez menfolk, gathered for Christmas, attack it with chain saws, their incompetence with power tools makes them look like fools. Even when they try to drag it out of the earth with
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MOVIE REVIEW; The Rest Was Silence, But Then Came the Sequel
NYTimes - over 8 years
''Hamlet 2'' belongs to the school of free-for-all satiric farce whose creators ball up wads of ideas, apply chewing gum and hurl them against the wall to see what sticks. If the style smacks of desperation, enough of the jokes cling to make ''Hamlet 2,'' directed by Andrew Fleming, intermittently funny. The gum is the British actor Steve Coogan's
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'BE KIND REWIND'; The Dreamer As Tapehead
NYTimes - about 9 years
In its sweet, lackadaisical way, Michel Gondry's ''Be Kind Rewind'' illuminates the pleasures and paradoxes of movie love. Its two main characters, a pair of Passaic, N.J., loafers named Mike and Jerry, are devotees of the Hollywood mainstream, paying tribute to well-worn classics like ''Ghostbusters,''''Driving Miss Daisy,''''Rush Hour 2'' and
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'FEEL THE NOISE'; Rapper Meets Reggaetón (And Girl)
NYTimes - over 9 years
There's a lot going on under the surface of ''Feel the Noise,'' far more than its indefensibly generic title suggests. Its milieu is fascinating; its melodrama -- about a rising performer's tribulations -- less so. Rob (the R&B semistar Omarion, billed as Omarion Grandberry) is a struggling Harlem rapper in trouble with the police and a thug whose
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December
NYTimes - over 9 years
DECEMBER Dec. 5 THE VIOLIN An aging musician finds an inventive way of aiding a peasant revolt in his corner of Mexico in the 1970s. Francisco Vargas directs. Dec. 7 ATONEMENT This year's Venice International Film Festival opened with Joe Wright's British film, a wartime romance based on the novel by Ian McEwan. Keira Knightley, who starred in Mr.
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FILM REVIEW; The Old Neighborhood Never Looked So Grim
NYTimes - over 10 years
''You're not going anywhere.'' That's what young Dito Montiel (Shia LaBeouf) hears again and again from his father. Like many sensitive young men in rough circumstances, Dito, growing up fast in Astoria, Queens, in 1986, dreams of flight. He says he wants to go to California with his new friend, Mike (Martin Compston), but really it seems as if any
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Melonie Diaz
    TWENTIES
  • 2010
    Age 25
    She appears in the Mary J. Blige video "We Got Hood Love" which debuted on May 10, 2010.
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  • 2008
    Age 23
    She was subsequently cast by Jamie Babbit in the lead role of Anna in Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007) as well as a role in Hamlet 2 and Be Kind Rewind in 2008.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1984
    Born
    Born on April 25, 1984.
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