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    Trailer Watch: Gyllenhaal & Peña Tug on the Tail of A Cartel Snake in Handheld 'End of Watch'

    The trailer for "End of Watch" puts Los Angeles cops Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña in the line of fire on gritty LA streets. Written and directed by David Ayer ("Street Kings," "Harsh Times," "Training Day," "The Fast and the Furious"), the film was shot entirely through handheld HD cameras

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    Watch The Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Peña Star In Gritty Cop Thriller 'End Of Watch'

    A found footage cop movie? OK, not quite, but David Ayer's "End of Watch," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as two cops in the LAPD, definitely has that visceral, super intimate, shot on digital-cameras look to it. Or as Ayer once described it: an "in your face&...

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    Scoot McNairy Joins New Lynn Shelton Pic 'Touchy Feely' With Ellen Page And Rosemarie DeWitt & Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land'

    A new Lynn Shelton movie appears to be brewing out of nowhere, while the latest from Gus Van Sant and Matt Damon has added an actor, and at the center of it all is rising "Monsters" star Scoot McNairy.

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    In the Works: Michael Pena Lands Cesar Chavez Role in Diego Luna Directed Biopic

    Michael Pena has landed an ambitiously juicy role as the 60s-70s' Mexican-American social activist César E. Chávez in an upcoming English-language biopic directed by Mexican actor-filmmaker Diego Luna. Pena can do anything, from dark dramas (Oscar-winner "Crash") to silly comedies ("Tower Heist," "3...

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    Michael Peña To Play Cesar E. Chavez In Diego Luna-Directed Pic Also Starring Rosario Dawson & America Ferrera

    After coming off a very busy 2011 in which he played four notable supporting roles in "Battle: Los Angeles," "The Lincoln Lawyer," "30 Minutes or Less," and "Tower Heist," Michael Peña is now set to take centre stage and play the lead in Diego Luna'...

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    Open Road Films Picks Up David Ayer's Cop-Drama 'End Of Watch' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Pena

    After the box office success of Joe Carnahan's "The Grey" starring Liam Neeson, it looks like distribution shingle Open Road Films has a bit of cash to splash now reportedly in final negotiations to acquire David Ayer's third directorial effort in cop-drama "End Of Watch....

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    DreamWorks Animation Set Paul Giamatti, Samuel L Jackson & Just About Everyone Else In Hollywood To Join Ryan Reynolds In 'Turbo'

    They may still not have the prestige of arch-rivals Pixar, but things have been looking up over at DreamWorks Animation of late. Once the home of poor CGI fare like "Shark Tale" and "Bee Movie," recent years have seen a new emphasis on quality rather (or at least in addition to) ...

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    Anthony Mackie Joins Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin In 'Gangster Squad'

    Update: Jamie Foxx & Tom Hanks Courted For Project, Although Unlikely To End Up In FilmGod damn if Ruben Fleischer doesn't keep finding new ways to makes us excited about "Gangster Squad." The "Zombieland" director is moving into more serious territory with Warner Brothers' big-budget period actione...

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    Ruben Fleischer Says Michael Peña Has Also Joined 'Gangster Squad'

    Also Confirms Josh Brolin As Part Of The CastMichael Peña is a great actor who we've been waiting to fall into the right project after breaking out with a strong turn in "Crash." To be fair, he's chosen roles that seemed good on paper but just didn't deliver for a variety of reasons -- "Lions For Lambs," "World Trade Center," "Shooter," "Battle: Los Angeles," "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done" -- but 2011 seems to find the actor on the uptick. He recently co-starred in the strong indie flick "Everything Must Go," this spring he was part of the sleeper hit "The Lincoln Lawyer" and he's got the comedy "30 Minutes Or Less" on the horizon. But n...

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    Review: 'Everything Must Go' Is A Tender & Winning Indie Drama With Will Ferrell At His Low-Key Best

    The following is a reprint of the review that ran at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

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