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A few years ago David Ayer (now helming Suicide Squad) released End of Watch, a brutal Cops vs Cartels film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. It was a film you could easily dismiss at the time because of its contradictory nature; wanting to be a gritty, realistic crime drama with it’s found footage cinematography, while presenting
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- Liam Macleod
By the spring of 1988, several high-profile cases had brought the gang violence in Los Angeles to national attention. The fatal shootings of an 18-year-old college student and her 12-year-old neighbour were, according to a newspaper report, the 113th and 114th gang-related murders to have occurred in La County since the start of the beginning of 1988. The previous year saw 387 people killed in gang-related incidents.
Against this backdrop came Colors, Dennis Hopper’s unflinching and disturbingly authentic crime drama starring Robert Duvall and Sean Penn. Some of the film’s harshest critics called it exploitative and voyeuristic - a calculated attempt to cash in on the real violence that was regularly making headlines. Colors’ detractors were given further fuel when reports began to circulate of violent incidents occurring in »
Social Media is the bane of most directors' existence nowadays. Unless they are using it themselves to help sell their product. Case in point, Suicide Squad. Director David Ayer has used his Twitter account to post behind-the-scenes teases, and he even revealed his entire cast in costume. But he's in control. When someone else leaks out a bit of information, that's a whole different story. And actress Corina Calderon is probably getting an earful this morning, as she finally revealed one of the characters in the movie who, up until this point, had not been announced.
Fans have long speculated who Jim Parrack is playing in Suicide Squad. Now, thanks to Corina Calderon, we know! He will play The Joker's Henchman Jonny Frost. The character was created specifically for the 2008 graphic novel simply titled 'Joker'. The book was written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Lee Bermejo. This may not »
As is the Hollywood way, whenever a story grips the nation, a bunch of different projects launch headfirst into development, hoping to capitalize on the media craze. Such is the case with the Boston Marathon Bombing, which will feature into three or more different movies housed all over town.
One in particular, though, titled Stronger, is taking some big steps forward. David Gordon Green is in negotiations to direct the inspirational drama, and today brings word that Jake Gyllenhaal, still bathing in critical acclaim after his performance as a down-and-out boxer in Southpaw, is looking at taking on the lead role.
Gyllenhaal would play Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the attack while waiting at the finish line of the annual marathon for his girlfriend to finish competing. Bauman was caught in the blast when two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring hundreds more. »
- Isaac Feldberg
It came down to something of a photo finish, but Walt Disney Studios' "Ant-Man" held on to the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row. Newcomer "Pixels," which was expected to take the crown, ended up making just $765,000 less and Marvel's miniature hero remained on top. "Ant-Man" dropped an Ok 56.7% from its initial frame earning $24.7 million for $106 million overall domestic. At this point it is just $8 million ahead of where "The Incredible Hulk" was during its run in 2008. That Marvel Studios and Universal Studios collaboration ended up with $134.8 million. At this point, it appears as though "Ant-Man" will top out around $150 million domestic. "Pixels" opened to a flat studio estimate of $24 million which likely means it will come in under when actuals are released on Monday. Sony Pictures attempted to hide polarizing star Adam Sandler's involvement, but the marketing may have had »
- Gregory Ellwood
Jake Gyllenhaal is prepping for his big fight scene in “Southpaw.” I’m supposed to meet him on a Sunday afternoon in August 2014. But when I walk into a private boxing gym in Pittsburgh, which doubles as director Antoine Fuqua’s production office, it’s deserted except for a man wearing a sleeveless hoodie and baseball cap, sprinting on a treadmill. The man, who has his neck and arms covered in tattoos, waves at me. I’m disoriented, until I spot the familiar grin. Oh, hi, Jake Gyllenhaal.
It’s pouring outside, and Gyllenhaal makes an imploding gesture with his fist. “Thunder is amazing,” he says, as he climbs off the treadmill, only huffing a little. “Do you want to work out with us?” I look down at my jeans and collared shirt. But Gyllenhaal rummages through a duffel bag and offers me his T-shirt and shorts. My mind goes »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Michael Peña's played a wide range of roles in his career, always providing viewers with fully believable characters who enhance the stories they inhabit. His latest onscreen roles—Father Lozano in The Vatican Tapes and Luis in Ant-Man—are no exceptions, and Daily Dead recently had the chance to talk with Michael Peña about playing an exorcism-tasked priest, working with Paul Rudd in the new Marvel movie, and more.
The Vatican Tapes is your first foray into the horror genre. What attracted you to this story?
Michael Peña: For me, it always starts with the script. I remember reading the script—whenever you're feeling scared when you're reading something, when there's a big emotional response, that's always a pretty good thing. And that's what happened on this one. It stuck with me even when I went to bed. I'm friends with Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi—the guys who produced this movie. »
- Derek Anderson
"Ant-Man" may not have had an "Avengers"-esque opening, but Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios always knew the miniature hero would be a tough sell. What the Peyton Reed directed flick can easily lay claim to is that its absolutely the funniest Marvel movie to date. That's right, it's even funnier than "Guardians of the Galaxy" or the first "Iron Man." That claim might be blasphemy to Chris Pratt fans, but watch "Guardians" again. It's a great movie, but not as consistently funny as "Ant-Man." The Scott Lang origin story benefits from a screenplay by four of the most talented screenwriters and comedy talents working today: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd. Moreover, the comedy hits you in the most surprising ways. The "she heard" riff was completely unexpected (more on that later) and the banter between Henry Pym (Michael Douglas), Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly »
- Gregory Ellwood
Dax Shepard and Michael Peña have been working for years to bring ’70s cop series CHiPS to the big screen, and during a press interview for Ant-Man, Peña confirmed that the project was greenlit by Warner Bros. two or three weeks back, which means he’s already working out and learning to ride in order to prep for the role of California Highway Patrol motorcycle cop Frank “Ponch” Poncherello.
The actor said:
I had to start learning how to ride a motorcycle, rehearsing, and then working out. I’ve been throwing up like every day after workouts. I like food, you know? And I also like reading, being on my iPad, no walks in the park; just chilling with my son. We just lounge and this [gestures to stomach] gets bigger.
According to Peña, Shepard originally pitched CHiPS to WB with the idea being that he’d write and/or direct, but execs »
- Isaac Feldberg
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
I've been a big fan of actor Michael Pena for the past decade or so, after he started popping up in memorable supporting roles in Best Picture winners Million Dollar Baby, Crash and my favorite TV series ever, The Shield. Over the past few years, he's put in some of the best work of his career in two fantastic David Ayer movies, End of Watch and Fury, and his career will hopefully be taken to the next level with his scene-stealing performance in Marvel's Ant-Man, in theaters July 17. I recently had the chance to sit down with the actor to discuss Ant-Man. Given his strong working relationship with David Ayer, I had to ask if he was ever in contention for a role in the filmmaker's Suicide Squad adaptation, which is currently shooting in Toronto. The actor revealed that, despite getting calls from the director for his past three movies, »
Warner Bros. is shifting some of its comic book properties to a different studio. In an effort to consolidate focus on its DC Movie Universe, which includes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman in the immediate future, Deadline reports that the studio is opting to move properties under the DC-owned Vertigo comics imprint to sister studio New Line Cinema. This includes Sandman, the film adaptation of the Neil Gaiman comic that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to direct and star in, as well as Constantine, Dark Universe, Preacher, and Lucifer. Vertigo was originally created to focus on comics that did not meet the guidelines of the Comics Code Authority, which means the Vertigo books were inherently darker, edgier, and more adult in contrast to the DC comics. Obviously the lines have blurred in recent years, especially in the film world where we have a rather dark-looking »
- Adam Chitwood
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Gramercy Pictures has released a special Sinister 2 video message for all of the dads in the world. Also in this round-up: new stills from The Vatican Tapes, a second clip from The Gallows, and release details on the Psycho Beach Party Blu-ray.
"The sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie. In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister,” a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity."
- Tamika Jones
Music publishing rights specialist Cutting Edge Group and its investment arm Conduct have come on board six upcoming movies — “Everest,” “Message From the King,” “Dirty Grandpa,” “November Criminals,” “Unlocked” and “Army of One.”
“It was a very productive Cannes for us this year and we’re excited about the quality and talent associated with these films,” Conduct managing director James Gibb said. “We’re also not done with at least another six deals in the works and more beyond that.”
- Dave McNary
Here's your daily dose of an indie project in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments. L.A. Macabre - Season 2 Logline: "L.A. Macabre" season 2 is a desert noir mystery thriller that follows Ryan and friends as they try to track down and rescue Ryan's sister, who was abducted by a mysterious cult at the end of the first season. Elevator Pitch: With Ryan's little sister, Jamie, missing, our characters take the story out of their apartment and into the desert. They're knocking down doors and aggressively seeking the cult to find her. It's "End of Watch" meets "True Detective" -- thrilling storytelling with an up-close and personal feel. Season one posed the question "what's in the barrel?" Season Two brings you face to face »
Jake Gyllenhaal has really wowed us the last couple of years with the likes of End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy and Nightcrawler and it would seem he has strong chance of doing that again this year with a trio of films. This summer there's Southpaw, later this year there's Jean-Marc Vallee's Demolition and in-between is the 3D thriller Everest for which the first trailer has just arrived. Set for release on Sept. 18, Everest was inspired by the true events that took place in 1996 and is adapted from Jon Krakauer's best-seller "Into Thin Air". The story centers on two different expeditions setting out to climb Mount Everest only to find themselves challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur, and shot in Nepal and the Italian Alps, along with Gyllenhaal, the film stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Martin Henderson, »
- Brad Brevet
It's no secret that Jake Gyllenhaal is 100-percent committed when he takes on a movie role. In a new interview with Esquire U.K., the 34-year-old actor reveals the secret to how he fully commits to the characters he plays in big screen hits like End of Watch, Nightcrawler and his upcoming Southpaw. "As an actor, it's easy to become disconnected from reality, but I can also spend five months in an environment that most people would never get access to. So, it's actually a great way of engaging with the world," he tells the mag. "I'm not saying what I go through compares to what actual cops or boxers experience every day. There's a hierarchy of importance, and actors are way down. I get »
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