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David Ayer Returns to Los Angeles Streets with Handheld 'End of Watch'; In Theaters September 28

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 2, 2012 at 3:03PM

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña's "End of Watch" will land in theaters September 28, through Open Road. Written and directed by David Ayer (writer-director of "Street Kings," "Harsh Times"; writer of "Training Day," "The Fast and the Furious"), the film returns to the gritty streets of Los Angeles.
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"End of Watch"
"End of Watch"

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña's "End of Watch" will land in theaters September 28, through Open Road. Written and directed by David Ayer (writer-director of "Street Kings," "Harsh Times"; writer of "Training Day," "The Fast and the Furious"), the film returns to the gritty streets of Los Angeles.

Gyllenhaal and Peña play LAPD officers patrolling the meanest streets of South Central Los Angeles. Unlike Ayer's earlier works, this story is told entirely through handheld HD cameras--"found footage" shot through the hands of the story's officers, gang members, surveillance cameras and civilians-- putting audiences right in the line of fire where the action unfolds. Open Road says "End of Watch" is a powerful story of family, friendship, love, honor and courage. Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo and America Ferrera co-star.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.