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Anna Kendrick To Go On Duty With Cop Drama 'End Of Watch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2011 10:05 AM
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Natalie Martinez Also Joins The CastDavid Ayer has found a very comfortable and kind of boring niche: cop dramas. Having penned "Training Day," "Dark Blue" and "S.W.A.T." as well as directed "Harsh Times" and "Street Kings" his oeuvre is somewhat...predictable. So while we're kind of excited his next boys in blue movie "End Of Watch" stars solid dudes like Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, we're also wary. But it's continuing to attract strong talent.

Michael Peña To Partner Up With Jake Gyllenhaal In Cop Thriller 'End Of Watch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 2:25 AM
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Michael Peña is one of those great character actors whose always just short of finding the project to break him into larger roles. He's been slogging it out in films like "World Trade Center," "Observe and Report," "Lions For Lambs," "The Lucky Ones," "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done," "Shooter" -- all stuff that was probably great on paper but just didn't translate onto the big screen. Even this year, he's appeared in "World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles" -- savaged by critics -- and "The Lincoln Lawyer," mostly noted for not being terrible and being the rare movie in which Matthew McConaughey keeps his shirt on. He's got a few more movies on the way this year (he's been busy): the low key Will Ferrell indie "Everything Must Go," the Ruben Fleischer comedy "30 Minutes Or Less" and the ensemble Brett Ratner thing "Tower Heist." And while we don't expect any of those projects to break him out in any big way, this one just might.

Jake Gyllenhaal To Star In David Ayer's Cop Thriller 'End of Watch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 2:18 AM
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There's nothing wrong with having a niche, as long as you're good at what you do, and it's fair to say that David Ayer has found his. The ex-navy submariner broke through with the script for the WW2 actioner "U-571" (as well as another, autobiographical submarine-themed script, "Squids," which David Fincher was considering making a decade ago), but ever since then, he's planted his flag firmly in the cop drama camp.

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