Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Michael Peña has been working steadily for over a decade, but he’s usually the guy in the supporting role, not the lead. So Cesar Chavez seems like a nice change of pace for the underrated actor, as he gets to play the title character this time around.
Directed by Y Tu Mamá También star Diego Luna, the biopic follows the life and times of the iconic civil rights leader, chronicling his farm workers movement from its early days. Peña’s End of Watch co-star America Ferrera plays his wife, Rosario Dawson portrays the activist Dolores Huerta, and John Malkovich appears as one of Chavez’ adversaries. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
By the time How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes out, over four years will have passed since the first How to Train Your Dragon hit theaters. And rather than sit idly on the shelf waiting for DreamWorks Animation to bring them back, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), Toothless, and the rest of their companions have spent the interim growing up.
Since Hiccup revealed the truth about dragons, the flying fire-breathers have been welcomed by the people of Berk, and Hiccup and Toothless’s bond with each other has only deepened. Oh, and Hiccup has “Neville Longbottom-ed” us all by growing from a hopelessly gawky boy into a handsome man. All in all, life looks pretty good.
But the sequel has to have a story, and a story has to have a conflict. So some kind of trouble is brewing for the pair, as you can see in the trailer after the jump.
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Ever been the new person at a small party where there are awkward tensions and undercurrents of conflict that you’re aware of, but have no part in? That’s where the character played by David Cross finds himself in Todd Berger‘s film It’s a Disaster. Cross’s character shows up to a “couples brunch” with his new girlfriend, played by Julia Stiles.
Things are obviously weird, and they progress to a point where a lot of people would wish for just about any excuse to get out of the situation. And then the attendees find out that the party might be their last. That changes the uncomfortable scenario just a bit, as decorum and inhibitions fully dissolve.
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Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
As the writer behind Training Day and the helmer of Street Kings and Harsh Times, David Ayer‘s clearly got a deep and abiding interest in the LAPD. So it’s no surprise that his latest directorial effort, End of Watch, centers around that same theme.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as a pair of young officers assigned to some of Los Angeles’ roughest neighborhoods. Though the guys are used to being targeted — as one of them says, “We’re cops, everyone wants to kill us” — when they stumble upon a dangerous discovery, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a drug cartel. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Michael Peña has called labor organizer Cesar Chavez his dream role, and now the actor is set to play the part in Chavez, which will be produced and directed by Diego Luna. That’s a great step up from supporting roles in films like Battle: Los Angeles, Tower Heist and The Lincoln Lawyer.
Peña will be joined by America Ferrera as Helen Chavez, and Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta. Variety says the film, scripted by Keir Pearson, “depicts Chavez organizing the largest non-violent protest in U.S. history to accomplish his ultimate goal of obtaining basic human rights for over 50,000 farm workers in California.”
Chavez will start shooting in Sonora, Mexico in April. Gael Garcia Bernal and John Malkovich are also among the film’s producers. This is Luna’s second film about a public figure, as his first directorial effort was the documentary J.C. Chavez, about Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez.
After the break, Jennifer Beals produces and stars in a jazz-themed indie called The Lord of Vinyl, and the supernatural YA adaptation Beautiful Creatures gets a little addition from Project X. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 by Angie Han
If you happened to catch a screening of Attack the Block this summer, you probably walked away thinking the same thing we did: this John Boyega kid is going to be a huge star. Well, Boyega’s now landed his first part since Attack the Block opened, and it sounds like a great one. He’ll play the lead, Donnie, in HBO’s series Da Brick, a fictionalized telling of the earliest days of Mike Tyson‘s boxing career. Spike Lee is set to direct the pilot episode from a script by John Ridley (Three Kings), and will also executive produce along with Tyson, Ridley, Jim Lefkowitz, and Entourage creator Doug Ellin.
Da Brick centers around a young man in modern-day Newark, NJ who gets released from juvenile detention on his 18th birthday. The series will aim to deal with larger issues like “what it means to be a young, black man in supposedly post-racial America” and “what it means to be a man both for himself, and to those around him.” As long as the British Boyega can pull off a convincing Jersey accent, this seems like pitch-perfect casting. [Deadline]
After the jump, In Plain Sight‘s Rachel Boston faces a possible apocalypse with Julia Stiles and America Ferrera, and Harry Lloyd, a.k.a. Viserys Targaryen, joins Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong in Closer to the Moon.
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Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2011 by Angie Han
Glee star Darren Criss has landed a part in Imogene, a dark comedy by American Splendor directors Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini. The Michelle Morgan-penned script revolves around a New York playwright (Kristen Wiig) who fakes a suicide in order to get her ex-boyfriend’s attention. Instead of winning him back, however, she winds up forced to move in with her gambling-addicted “tacky Jersey Shore mother” (Annette Bening).
Criss will play “a younger love interest” who catches the eye of Wiig’s character, but let’s be real — the really intriguing bit of info here is the fact that Bening will be, as Vulture put it, “channel[ing] Snooki” to play “the mother who’s a little inappropriate all the time.” Shooting for the project will begin in New York City this summer. [ThePlaylist]
After the jump, Frank Grillo picks up two new roles on either side of the law, and Patricia Clarkson gets ready to scare the living daylights out of Ron Fucking Swanson.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
Last season, FX’s boxing drama Lights Out entered the canon of brilliant-but-cancelled television series, when piss-poor ratings brought about its demise despite plenty of critical love. Thankfully, things seem to be working out better for the series’ acclaimed star, Holt McCallany, than they did for the show.
The actor is now in talks for Gangster Squad, Ruben Fleischer‘s highly anticipated (well, by us) period cop drama. McCallany would be joining an absolutely top-notch cast which already includes Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, and Giovanni Ribisi, with Bryan Cranston in negotiations. How can you not get excited with a cast like that?
Based on a series of articles by Paul Lieberman, Gangster Squad tells the story of an LAPD task force which was formed to fight organized crime and corruption in 1940s Los Angeles. Gosling, Brolin, Mackie, and Cranston will be on the LAPD side; Penn will play real-life mob boss Mickey Cohen. McCallany is eyeing the part of Cohen’s bodyguard. Production for Gangster Squad will begin September 7. [Variety]
After the jump, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera team up, Dennis Quaid gets a much younger wife, and Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ivan Sergei find love.
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