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Diego Luna, Michael Peña, Rosario Dawson Talk SXSW Audience Award Winner 'Cesar Chavez' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

After a rousing North American premiere at SXSW, Mexican director Diego Luna and actors Michael Peña, Rosario Dawson and Gabriel Mann talk about the challenge of turning the great farm worker activist Cesar Chavez into a watchable movie. They did it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 15, 2014 2:16 PM
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Four Reasons 2014 Will Be the Year of the Immigrant on Film (VIDEO)

From reportorial nonfiction to epic drama, from the couch to the art house, immigrants past and present will be at the forefront of 2014's film offerings -- not to mention your cable news network of choice. As the Congressional debate over immigration reform heats up and the midterm election gears begin to turn, here are four things to watch for:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 27, 2014 1:24 PM
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Oscar Watch: Long Shots 'End of Watch,' 'Middle of Nowhere,' 'The Grey' Return to Theaters UPDATED

Open Road is reopening David Ayer's powerful must-see LA cop drama "End of Watch" for awards consideration nationally on December 7. The IFC Center is also bringing back November 30 Ava DuVernay's smart, elegantly shot and well-acted "Middle of Nowhere."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 5:05 PM
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Official Poster for 'End of Watch' with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena

The official poster for "End of Watch" shows Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña at the fore of a character-driven police thriller (full poster and trailer posted below). Directed by "Training Day" screenwriter David Ayer, "End of Watch" tells the story of two young Los Angeles police officers as they contend with risks, family, and duty. Anna Kendrick ("Up in the Air"), Frank Grillo ("The Grey"), and America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty") also star in the crime drama, which premieres September 28, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 8, 2012 5:53 PM
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Trailer Watch: Gyllenhaal & Peña Tug on the Tail of A Cartel Snake in Handheld 'End of Watch'

The trailer for "End of Watch" puts Los Angeles cops Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña in the line of fire on gritty LA streets. Written and directed by David Ayer ("Street Kings," "Harsh Times," "Training Day," "The Fast and the Furious"), the film was shot entirely through handheld HD cameras
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 12:26 PM
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In the Works: Michael Pena Lands Cesar Chavez Role in Diego Luna Directed Biopic

Michael Pena has landed an ambitiously juicy role as the 60s-70s' Mexican-American social activist César E. Chávez in an upcoming English-language biopic directed by Mexican actor-filmmaker Diego Luna. Pena can do anything, from dark dramas (Oscar-winner "Crash") to silly comedies ("Tower Heist," "30 Minutes or Less").
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • March 7, 2012 2:16 PM
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