Asa Butterfield Eyed for MISS PEREGRINE; Michael Pena in Negotiations for THE MARTIAN; Natalie Dormer Locked to Lead PATIENT ZERO

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We’ve got some casting news worth noting.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

Hit the jump for more on all three films.

FURY International Trailer: Logan Lerman Adjusts to Life as a World War II Tank Crew Member

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It’s been quite a while since we got that first trailer for David Ayer’s Fury, but now we’ve got a brand new international one and it’s as explosive as ever.  Brad Pitt leads as Wardaddy, an army sergeant and tank commander with Bible (Shia LaBeouf), Gordo (Michael Pena), Coonass (Jon Bernthal) and the group newbie, Norman (Logan Lerman), under his command.

While on the Fury set, Ayer told Steve that the goal was to make an authentic film that offers up an unapologetic look at the tail end of World War II and based on this new Fury international trailer, there’s a good chance he might have nailed it.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer for yourself.  Fury arrives in theaters on October 17th.

Dax Shepard is Writing and Directing a CHiPS Movie That Will Be More Serious Than You’re Expecting

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I’m not sure that I ever saw an episode of the original CHiPS TV series, but Warner Bros. is counting on people like me being in the minority since they’re making a feature film version of CHiPS.  And here’s where it begins to get interesting – Dax Shepard has been hired to write, direct and star in the film with the hilarious Michael Peña joining him.  Shepard will play Larry Wilcox’s role of Officer Jon Baker while Peña will be subbing for Erik Estrada and playing Frank “Ponch” Poncherello.

My first reaction when I read this news was that this ship has probably sailed with ironic remakes like Starsky & Hutch being over ten years old.  But that’s were this actually gets even more interesting.  This version of CHiPS is said to be serious.  As in “not a comedy.”  Which isn’t really what you’d expect from Shepard, but I’m interested to see if he can pull it off.  Hit the jump for more on the CHiPS movie.

ANT-MAN Begins Production Today in San Francisco before Moving to Atlanta; John Slattery, Judy Greer, and More Added to Cast

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Ant-Man was supposed to begin filming around the beginning of summer, but when Edgar Wright and Marvel parted ways in mid-May over the studio’s massive changes in the script, Marvel began a hunt for a new director.  After spending a few weeks looking for a replacement, the studio settled on Yes Man director Peyton Reed with Adam McKay working on the script followed by a last-minute polish by writers Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer.

Now we’re at the end of the summer, and filming has finally begun.  Hit the jump for more.  The film stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015. [Update: We've added the full Marvel press release after the jump, which reveals that John Slattery has been added to the cast presumably as 1970s Howard Stark (possibly confirming this story), in addition to Judy GreerT.I., and more.  Additionally, final credits on the screenplay still haven't been revealed and likely won't be until the Writers Guild of America arbitration.]

David Ayer’s FURY to Close London Film Festival

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We just found out that Sony Pictures opted to move David Ayer’s latest, Fury, from November 14th up to October 17th, but even though the film will already be in theaters nationwide in the US, it has still been selected to close the BFI London Film Festival on October 19th.  That screening will mark the film’s European debut and both Ayer and his star, Brad Pitt, will be in attendance, but apparently the festivities won’t just be restricted to the Odeon Leicester Square in London.

Hit the jump for more on what the London Film Festival has planned for Ayer’s film.   Fury also stars Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Xavier Samuel, Michael Pena and Jim Parrack.  The London Film festival runs from October 8 – 19th.  The event’s full lineup will be announced on September 3rd.

FURY Trailer: Brad Pitt Leads a World War II Tank Crew

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Sony has released the first Fury trailer for writer/director David Ayer‘s (End of Watch) World War II tank film.  The original story is set in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse, and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury”.  Brad Pitt plays U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Wardaddy, as he leads his unit in the fight against a desperate German army.  This looks like it could be a strong entry into the World War II-drama genre, and this trailer does a good job of emphasizing both the action and the character drama between the talented cast.

Hit the jump to watch the Fury trailer.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.  Fury opens in theaters on November 14th.

First Footage from WWII Tank Film FURY Revealed in Production Featurette; Brad Pitt Is Wardaddy

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Sony has released the first footage from writer/director David Ayer‘s (End of Watch) World War II tank film Fury by way of a behind-the-scenes featurette.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury”, led by Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), that battles a desperate German army.  While we’ll have a better idea of what to expect tonally when a genuine trailer hits, this first look is extremely promising.  All involved seem to emphasize that this is a character piece, and the fact that it’s an original story allows Ayer the freedom to explore whatever avenues he’d like.  This is definitely high on my “most anticipated” list for the fall. Hit the jump to watch the Fury production featurette.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.  Fury opens in theaters on November 14th.

New FURY Images Featuring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, and Jon Bernthal

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New images from writer-director David Ayer’s World War II picture Fury are now available for you to enjoy.  Featuring stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, and Jon BernthalFury is Ayer’s self-described “ultimate tank movie.”  For more commentary on the film, be sure to check out Steve’s recent interviews with Ayer, Lerman, and Bernthal.

Fury opens November 14th.  Hit the jump to check out the new Fury images and to see what Ayer had to say about the picture and his cast.

Michael Peña Talks CESAR CHAVEZ, How He Landed the Role, Deleted Scenes, His Career, ANT-MAN, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez.  Starring Michael Peña in the title role, Cesar Chavez takes a look at the man’s life from laborer to leader, and the non-violent demonstrations he championed.  Just in case anyone really hasn’t heard of Chavez, he dedicated his life to improving the working conditions of California farm workers, eventually co-founding the National Farm Workers Association, which would later become the United Farm Workers.  The film also stars Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta, Chavez’s partner in activism and co-founder of what eventually became the UFW, America Ferrera as Chavez’s wife Helen, and John Malkovich as a farm owner.

At the recent press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Michael Peña.  He talked about how he prepared for the role, his audition, his career, deleted scenes, whether he’s going to be in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Michael Peña Talks ANT-MAN Casting; Says He’s Been Talking to Edgar Wright and ‘Hopefully Things Work out’

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With Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man starting to film next month in Atlanta, Marvel has started to put together an incredible cast.  As most of you already know, Paul Rudd andMichael Douglas are set to lead the picture, with Evangeline LillyPatrick Wilson, Michael Peña, and Clifton Collins Jr. all circling the film.  As a huge fan of everything Wright has done, I truly cannot wait to see his take on Ant-Man; especially with this cast.

Earlier today, I got to speak to Michael Peña about Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (Peña plays Chavez).  Towards the end of the interview, I asked about the status of him being cast in Ant-Man.  He said he’s been talking to Wright about the role and “hopefully things work out.”  Hit the jump to watch and look for the full interview soon.

TOP 5: 2014 Oscar Nods, ANT-MAN and DOCTOR STRANGE, JACK RYAN, DOOMED! THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROGER CORMAN’S “THE FANTASTIC FOUR”, Sundance 2014

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Every so often a film comes along that plays pitch perfect to your sensibilities and hits you with such pinpoint accuracy that it reaffirms your love of the medium. That’s what Spike Jonze‘s Her did for me last weekend. It’s the type of movie I wish I had the talent to make and, at the same time, one that I’m thankful anyone had the talent and passion to make. It’s a film that says so much about our desire to connect, to love and to feel loved, that evaluating it piece by piece (acting, editing, sound, cinematography, mise-en-scène, etc.) almost cheapens its value as a whole. Above all, though, it refuses to be just one thing and therein lies its greatest achievement. It’s comedy soaked in melancholy, drama with hints of playfulness, quirk wrapped in genuine romance, and heartbreaking sincerity set within the most plastic of relationships. Her is an instant classic.

In case my subtlety has left you uncertain about my feelings on Her, feel free to e-mail me at colliderjason@gmail.com and I’ll try to be more on the nose about how damn great it is. In the meantime, this week’s Top 5 features the newly announced 2014 Oscar nominations, Marvel casting news/rumors regarding Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit interviews with Chris Pine and more, the trailer for the seemingly interesting doc DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four”, and all of our Sundance 2014 coverage to date. Click on to find a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Official Trailer for Diego Luna’s CESAR CHAVEZ Starring Michael Peña

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The official trailer for Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez is now online.  Even for those who don’t know the story of the Civil Rights activist and labor organizer, this trailer does a wonderful job at setting up the events of the biopic.  Starring Michael Peña (End of Watch) in the title role, Cesar Chavez takes a look at the man’s life from laborer to leader, and the non-violent demonstrations he championed.

Also starring America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich, Cesar Chavez opens in theaters March 28th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Michael Peña in Talks to Join Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN

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The Marvel news is definitely flowing now that everyone is back from their holiday break.  Fans have been waiting years to see writer/director Edgar Wright’s take on the Marvel superhero Ant-Man, and production is finally set to begin this coming April.  We learned yesterday that Michael Douglas will be playing Hank Pym opposite Paul Rudd’s lead role as Scott Lang, and now another actor looks close to joining the cast as The Wrap reports that Michael Peña has an offer to take on a role in the Marvel pic.  Hit the jump for more, including news regarding the female lead.

CHOZEN Review: Mixing ARCHER and EASTBOUND AND DOWN Is a Good Thing

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On Chozen, FX’s new animated series, the title character’s sister describes him as, “a boy, trapped inside a man, trapped inside a wifebeater.”  “You forgot violent and sensitive!” he sputters back.  Chozen is indeed all of these things, and more: a gay white rapper who has just emerged from prison, he has a new outlook and a huge chip on his shoulder that are fueling his desire to become the most famous rapper in the world.  But an old foe stands in his way.

Chozen is the brainchild of several Eastbound and Down writers and producers, and is animated by Floyd County Productions, which also handles Archer.  The connections are obvious, not only visually, but in the show’s overall style.  Chozen (Bobby Moynihan) channels Kenny Powers’ self-absorption, love of excessive innuendo (or no innuendo at all), speaking style, and single-mindedness when it comes to fame.  Hit the jump for more.

Director David Ayer Shares New Images from the Set of WWII Tank Film FURY Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Jon Bernthal

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Production continues in London on director David Ayer’s WWII tank film Fury, and the filmmaker has been sharing an image from the set for each day of filming.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury” that battles a desperate German army.  Ayer’s original screenplay sparked a bidding war among studios earlier this year, and Jon Bernthal recently described the film as “one of the darkest war movies ever made.”  Brad Pitt leads a cast that includes Bernthal, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, and Logan Lerman, and all can be glimpsed in this new collection of set images, which also includes looks at how Ayer is filming the tank battle sequences.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Fury opens November 14, 2014.

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