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Shia LaBeouf Set To Be A 'Villain,' Michael Pena Joins Him In 'Fury'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 14, 2013 2:31 PM
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Shia LaBeouf might be making more headlines for his, uh, eccentric foray into theater and emailing Alec Baldwin than for his movie work of late, but it doesn't change the fact that he's got a compelling, engaging screen presence, and he's been making some bold and interesting choices since breaking free of the "Transformers" franchise.

Anthony Mackie Joins Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 10, 2011 5:20 AM
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Update: Jamie Foxx & Tom Hanks Courted For Project, Although Unlikely To End Up In FilmGod damn if Ruben Fleischer doesn't keep finding new ways to makes us excited about "Gangster Squad." The "Zombieland" director is moving into more serious territory with Warner Brothers' big-budget period actioner, and has assembled a mouth-watering cast of awards bait, with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and "Crash" star Michael Peña all confirmed for the film, written by ex-cop Will Beall, based on a series of L.A. Times articles about an L.A.P.D unit in the 1940s.

Ruben Fleischer Says Michael Peña Has Also Joined 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2011 7:50 AM
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Also Confirms Josh Brolin As Part Of The CastMichael Peña is a great actor who we've been waiting to fall into the right project after breaking out with a strong turn in "Crash." To be fair, he's chosen roles that seemed good on paper but just didn't deliver for a variety of reasons -- "Lions For Lambs," "World Trade Center," "Shooter," "Battle: Los Angeles," "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done" -- but 2011 seems to find the actor on the uptick. He recently co-starred in the strong indie flick "Everything Must Go," this spring he was part of the sleeper hit "The Lincoln Lawyer" and he's got the comedy "30 Minutes Or Less" on the horizon. But now it looks like he's joining an incredibly top-shelf cast for one of the hottest projects on the Warner Bros. lot.

Review: 'Everything Must Go' Is A Tender & Winning Indie Drama With Will Ferrell At His Low-Key Best

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2011 3:07 AM
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The following is a reprint of the review that ran at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

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.

Poster & Stills From 'The Lincoln Lawyer' With Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei & Ryan Phillippe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2010 6:59 AM
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A poster and some fresh stills for "The Lincoln Lawyer" have arrived and if you've ever wanted to see Matthew McConaughey straddle a Lincoln hood ornament then today is your lucky day.

Updated: Matthew Broderick & Casey Affleck Join Ben Stiller & Eddie Murphy In 'Tower Heist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2010 6:11 AM
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Update: Casey Affleck has also joined the cast playing Stiller's friend and underling who is uncomfortable with the heist plans and wants to turn him in. Judd Hirsch of "Taxi" fame is also in the ensemble. This cast is now officially bonkers.

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