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.
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 trailer. Natalie 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.
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 Ferrera. End of Watch opens September 28th.
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 Martinez. End of Watch opens on September 28th.
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.]
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.
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 Martinez. End of Watch opens September 28th.
Jake Gyllenhaal is set to pull double duty as the two leads in the thriller An Enemy. Variety reports that Gyllenhaal is in negotiations to star as “a dysfunctional history teacher who accidentally discovers his exact double on a rented DVD, seeks him out and ends up turning both of their lives upside down.” Denis Villeneuve, who was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for his pic Incendies, is onboard to direct. The film is based on the novel The Double by Jose Saramago, and Javier Gullion is set to write the script.
Gyllenhaal most recently wrapped the gritty cop drama End of Watch, and considered taking the lead in Motor City before bowing out. Villeneuve recently committed to directing Hugh Jackman in the vigilante thriller Prisoners, but production on that film won’t begin until next January due to Jackman’s busy schedule. Villeneuve is expected to shoot An Enemy this year. Hit the jump to read the synopsis for The Double.
The lead role in Motor City continues to be a revolving door. Chris Evans came in first. Then Dominic Cooper was on board for months in a more official capacity, until a scheduling conflict forced Cooper to drop out. Jake Gyllenhaal stepped up, but Warner Bros. and Dark Castle couldn’t secure a deal, so it’s back to the drawing board. The struggle may turn out for the best, since Twitch hears the drawing board turned up Jeremy Renner. Renner has reportedly entered into discussions to star as “a felon who, after being released from prison, begins tracking down the men who framed him.” If they can get him, Renner is a powerful presence, which Motor City requires. The original Black List-approved script by Chad St. John is said to contain just a few lines of dialogue. One catch: WB is looking at an April start date, which could pull Renner out of the running for The Counselor, which shoots in May. Sadly, Jeremy Renner cannot be in every movie.
Amber Heard and Gary Oldman are committed to play the romantic interest and the “kingpin-type pulling the strings,” respectively. Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) is directing.
Dominic Cooper was set to lead Albert Hughes‘ revenge thriller Motor City, but has dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. Variety reports that Warner Bros. and production company Dark Castle are scrambling to find a new lead, and they are now in talks with Jake Gyllenhaal for the lead role. If Gyllenhaal signs on, he would play “a felon who, after being released from prison, begins tracking down the men who framed him.” Amber Heard will play the woman he loves, and Gary Oldman will play “a kingpin-type pulling the strings and who has his hooks into the woman.” Filming is set to begin next month.
Gyllenhaal will next be seen in David Ayer‘s cop action-drama End of Watch co-starring Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo, and America Ferrera. The film opens September 28th.
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.
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.
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.
Thank the Maker for YouTube. With the advent of the video-on-demand digital age, no longer is that TV movie role that Actor X did when he was 11-years-old lost forever, and now someone’s put together a compilation of 25 “before they were famous” first roles for our viewing pleasure. Did you know that Daniel Craig was in A Kid in King Arthur’s Court? How about Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Roseanne or Jake Gyllenhaal in City Slickers? No need to hit up Netflix, some choice scenes are now all in one place.
Hit the jump to watch the montage, which includes 25 sometimes painful scenes featuring Jim Carrey, Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Ryan Gosling, Keanu Reeves, Nicole Kidman, Seth Rogen, Jake Gyllenhaal, Harrison Ford and more.
Source Code is a fast-paced thriller in which the military can transport a soldier into the final 8 minutes of a dead man’s memory to gain access to a crime scene that has come and gone. This time-travelling plot device is more than vaguely familiar, as it is a culmination of concepts previously seen in Groundhog Day, Déjà vu, and the Quantum Leap TV series, but, when blended with a Twilight Zone-meets-Hitchcockian adventure vibe, this effort feels wholly original in a year swamped with sequels.
While not as intellectually compelling as director Duncan Jones’ Moon, it wasn’t designed to be. Where Moon was contemplative of its themes and sported a career-high turn from Sam Rockwell, this strong sophomore effort’s goal was to entertain and excite, and it fully succeeds on both counts. Duncan Jones proves he is still a talent to keep close tabs on. After living its first days on the screenplay blacklist, Source Code now finds itself readily available to the widest audience possible on home video. Hit the jump to read my review of the Source Code Blu-ray.