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On The Lot: 'Fruitvale Station,' Comic-Con and more




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Michael B. Johnson stars in "Fruitvale Station."
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Time for On the Lot, our weekly summary of news from the movie business with LA Times reporter Rebecca Keegan. 

This weekend art synched up with life with the opening of "Fruitvale Station," a film about a real shooting incident in Oakland that has some parallels with the Trayvon Martin case.

"Fruitvale Station" has won awards at Sundance and Cannes, and some people are already saying it's an Oscar contender. But does tying a film to a controversial event like the Trayvon Martin shooting present some real problems?

Another film caught up in a headline controversy is the forthcoming "Ender's Game."  Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley star in the film, but controversy isn't about the film, or even the novel it's based on. It's about remarks made by the novelist. 

Comic-Con opens late this week. What are the big movies that the Comic-Consters are most excited about?