New Trailer for END OF WATCH Focuses on the Partnership Between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña

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Writer/director David Ayer (Street Kings) is bringing his crime drama End of Watch into theaters on September 21st.  While we saw the violent side of Los Angeles law enforcement in the red-band trailer, this second trailer focuses on the partnership and importance of family for Officer Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Officer Zavala (Michael Peña). The duo finds themselves marked for death after a routine traffic stop turns into an epic drug bust that interferes with a notorious cartel.  End of Watch also stars Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Cody Horn and Frank Grillo.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

Red Band Trailer for END OF WATCH Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena

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Open Road has released a red band trailer for End of Watch.  Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena star as two Los Angeles beat cops who get in over their heads when they decide to independently take down a drug operation.  At the very least, End of Watch will look way different than your typical cop drama.  Writer/director David Ayers (Street Kings) employs some found footage angles, but isn’t chained to the format, which makes for a unique, ambitious aesthetic.  And it’s hard to go wrong with Gyllenhaal and Pena as your leads, though this trailer is sadly light on affable co-star Anna Kendrick compared to the green band trailerNatalie Martinez, Frank Grillo, America Ferrera, and David Harbour also star.

End of Watch opens on September 21.  Watch the red band trailer after the jump.

New Images from END OF WATCH, LOOPER, SILVER LINING PLAYBOOK and Derek Cianfrance’s THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

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With the Toronto International Film Festival announcing their incredible line-up this morning, they’ve also released a number of images for what will be playing in September.  Some of the images are new, while others might be things that you missed over the past few months.

  • Silver Linings Playbook (Directed by David O. Russell) Stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker.
  • Looper (directed by Rian Johnson) Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels.
  • The Place Beyond the Pines (directed by Derek Cianfrance) stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Ray Liotta and Eva Mendes.
  • End of Watch (directed by David Ayer) stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Frank Grillo and Cody Horn.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.

Line-Up for 2012 Toronto International Film Festival Announced; Includes LOOPER, CLOUD ATLAS, ARGO, TO THE WONDER, and More

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The line-up for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and it is a doozy.  The festival will play host to some of the year’s biggest world premieres including Rian Johnson‘s Looper (which will be the festival’s opening night film), The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer‘s Cloud Atlas, Ben Affleck‘s Argo, David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines, Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado About Nothing, Noah Baumbach‘s Frances Ha, and Neil Jordan‘s Byzantium.  Films making their International/North American debuts (which means that they’ll like show up at the Venice Film Festival first) include Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder, Joe Wright‘s Anna Karenina, Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep, and Billy Bob Thornton‘s Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

Hit the jump for the first wave of announced films.  The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.

Four New Images from END OF WATCH Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña

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Open Road has released four new images from the police thriller End of Watch.  The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as two Los Angeles beat cops who get in over their heads when they decide to independently take down a drug operation.  I was unimpressed by the trailer, but I really dug the footage shown at Comic-Con this past Saturday.  Both clips we saw had time to breathe even though their content couldn’t have been more different.  One clip was just Gyllenhaal and Peña’s characters chatting in their car (showing off their great chemistry), and the other was a cool chase scene done entirely from the perspective of inside their vehicle.  End of Watch is now a flick that I’ll definitely be keeping on my radar.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo, and America FerreraEnd of Watch opens September 28th.

First Clip from END OF WATCH Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña

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The first clip from director David Ayer’s (Harsh Times) latest cop drama, End of Watch, has landed online, and odds are you’ll probably be taken aback by its tone.  The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as a couple of uniformed police officers who overstep their bounds when they decide to investigate a drug cartel and end up becoming targets.  Ayer shot much of the film with handheld cameras and rigs hooked up to the actors that give the audiences POV shots.  They screened three clips at the film’s Comic-Con panel, and this one that’s been released to the public is actually really funny. Gyllenhaal and Peña have a back and forth while busting each other’s balls, and the chemistry between the two is great.  Ayer revealed at Comic-Con that this scene was entirely improvised on set.  I definitely liked what I saw from the panel, and hopefully the full film delivers the goods.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Anna Kendrick America Ferrera, Frank Grillo, and Natalie MartinezEnd of Watch opens on September 28th.

Comic-Con: END OF WATCH Panel Surprises with Exciting Footage and Admirable Characters

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Following Quentin Tarantino is no easy task, but director David Ayer did just that Saturday afternoon in Hall H at Comic-Con for his latest cop drama End of Watch. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as two beat cops who stumble upon some surprising information that makes them targets of a drug cartel. Though Ayer’s previous films (he wrote Training Day and wrote and directed 2006’s Harsh Times) focus on corrupted officers of the law, End of Watch is a change of pace in that Gyllenhaal and Pena play honest, hard-working cops just trying to do their job well.

Though I figured I pretty much knew what I was in for with the film, the footage and panel from Comic-Con really got me enthused for a type of cop drama that we haven’t seen in a very long time. Hit the jump to read my full recap of the End of Watch panel at Comic-Con 2012. [Full disclosure: Collider editor-in-chief Steve Weintraub was the moderator for this panel.]

First Posters for DREDD, END OF WATCH, FINDING NEMO 3D and KATY PERRY: PART OF ME 3D

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We’ve got a few poster debuts to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Dredd – The first poster for director Pete Travis’ reboot of the comics character.  Karl Urban stars as the titular law-keeper and is joined by Olivia Thirlby and Lena Heady (Game of Thrones).  The film opens in 3D on September 21st.
  • End of Watch – The debut poster for the gritty cop drama from writer-director David Ayer (Training Day), starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena.  The film opens on September 28th.
  • Finding Nemo 3D – Continuing with Disney’s theatrical 3D re-release of older films, the first poster has arrived for the 3D iteration of Pixar’s Finding Nemo.  The film hits theaters (again) on September 14th.
  • Katy Perry: Part of Me– The title really speaks for itself, but for those confused as to who Katy Perry is, this new poster announces the concert documentary about the pop singer.  The film opens in 3D on July 5th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Anna Kendrick Talks WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, GET A JOB, END OF WATCH, and Her Desire to Play More Stoners

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Opening this weekend is director Kirk Jones’ What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The star-studded ensemble comedy tells the intertwining story of five couples that are having very different experiences while expecting babies.  The cast also includes Anna Kendrick, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jennifer Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Joe Manganiello, Chace Crawford, Matthew Morrison, Brooklyn Decker, Thomas Lennon, and Wendy McLendon-Covey.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer and a TV spot.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I was able to speak with Anna Kendrick twice.  The first time was a video interview alongside Chace Crawford (click here if you missed it), and the second time was a more in depth interview with just her.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about what she collects, how she made seven movies last year, what it was like to film What to Expect When You’re Expecting with such a huge cast, upcoming films like Get a Job, End of Watch, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for END OF WATCH Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña

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The first trailer for the cop-thriller End of Watch has gone online.  The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as a couple of uniformed officers who overstep their bounds when they decide to investigate a drug cartel and end up becoming targets.  Writer-director David Ayer, who previously wrote Training Day, Dark Blue, S.W.A.T., and directed Street Kings, appears to be staying firmly in his comfort zone but now he’s gone the overused found-footage route.  Steve was excited by what he saw when he visited the set, but this trailer has me waiting to be convinced.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Frank Grillo, and Natalie MartinezEnd of Watch opens September 28th.

Release Date Announced for END OF WATCH Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

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Open Road Films will release David Ayer‘s cop drama End of Watch open September 28th.  Per the press release, “the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as young Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala as they patrol the city’s meanest streets of south central Los Angeles.”  The film also stars Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo, and America Ferrera.  When Steve visited the set last year, he said in his report, “End of Watch is going to look and feel completely different than any cop movie you’ve ever seen and I left excited by what I saw.”

At the box office, the September 28th release date puts End of Watch up against Rian Johnson‘s sci-fi action film Looper, the dramas Trouble with the Curve starring Clint Eastwood, and Won’t Back Down (formerly titled Still I Rise) starring Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal.  Hit the jump for the press release, which contains the official synopsis.

Open Road to Distribute David Ayer’s END OF WATCH

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Writer/director David Ayer’s cop drama End of Watch is about to wrap up a distribution deal with Open Road with a $2 million guaranteed minimum and $20 million toward prints and advertising. Open Road, the company behind The Grey, has committed to a 2000 screen run with a substantial deal coming in a bit under what the Liam Neeson survival epic garnered. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena and Anna Kendrick, End of Watch centers on two young police officers in the LAPD who patrol south central Los Angeles. Steve got to go on an exclusive set visit where he got the first two official images from the project. Hit the jump to check them out along with the synopsis for End of Watch.

Universal’s SCARFACE Project to be Scripted by David Ayer

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When last we reported on the third iteration of Scarface, Universal was still courting writers to tackle the script. The studio has downplayed talk of the new film as a “remake,” calling it a blending of the elements present in director Howard Hawks’ 1932 version and Brian De Palma’s 1983 classic starring Al Pacino. It looks like David Ayer (Training Day) will be the man to bring the variations on the theme together to make a Scarface that is hopefully greater than the sum of its parts.

While the 1932 version featured Paul Muni as an Italian gangster who climbed the criminal ranks in Chicago and the Pacino version centers on a Cuban immigrant seizing control of Miami, the new Scarface will have the flavors of the old with a contemporary twist. The story will focus on an immigrant who brings his own brand of ruthless violence to upset the criminal order and establish himself as the kingpin. Hit the jump to see what Ayer has to say about all three versions of Scarface.

TOP 5: TIFF 2011 Coverage, REAL STEEL, END OF WATCH, DOLPHIN TALE Set Visits, Nike’s BACK TO THE FUTURE MAGs

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Happy Saturday, everyone. The fall movie season is upon us and, in honor of its arrival, Adam and myself are working on a “most anticipated” feature which you should be able to check out later this weekend. As a result of working on that little diddy, I’m cutting my typically awe-inspiring opening “Top 5″ paragraph a little short. I know, I know…you’re heartbroken.

In this week’s installment you’ll find all of our coverage from the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival; a plethora of set visit materials from Real Steel, End of Watch and Dolphin Tale; and a look at Nike’s Back to the Future MAGs. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

20 Things to Know About END OF WATCH From Our Exclusive Set Visit; Plus the First Two Official Images and Synopsis

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are standing at the beginning of a driveway in a low income residential neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles.  Earlier that day, near the film set, there was a gun battle that seriously injured a police officer and shut down dozens of blocks, so tension is high.  Dressed in Police Blues, Gyllenhaal has his weapon drawn and starts to make his way down the alley with Pena flanking his rear.  As he walks, Gyllenhaal’s eyes are constantly taking in the surroundings as he looks for the suspect he thinks is close by.  After getting to the back of the property, the two come to a six foot cement barrier.  Without hesitation, they make their way over the wall, and then I hear South Central-born writer-director-producer David Ayer (screenwriter of Training Day, The Fast and the Furious, S.W.A.T. and writer/director of Harsh Times & Street Kings) call cut.

But let me back up a second.

Late at night on August 25, 2011 I got to visit the set of End of Watch.  Unlike most set visits which have 8 to 10 reporters, I was the only invited journalist, and I got to spend a number of hours talking with the filmmakers, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, as well as producer John Lesher.  While I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, I learned that End of Watch is going to look and feel completely different than any cop movie you’ve ever seen and I left excited by what I saw.  Hit the jump for a lot more – including the first two official images from the movie.

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