Michael Pena Talks About “End of Watch” and Working with Jake Gyllenhaal 

I’ve always believed that Michael Pena is a great character actor since watching him in 2004’s “Crash.” Since then, the actor’s star continues to shine, turning in memorable performances in “World Trade Center” and “The Lincoln Lawyer.” In “End of Watch,” he plays Jake Gyllenhaal’s partner. This film is riveting! One of the best films of 2012! In this interview, we talked about:

*** His interest in making “End of Watch”
*** What he did when he failed his audition to be in the movie
*** How he found his character
*** Working with Jake Gyllenhaal and creating a palpable chemistry with him
*** What it means to be a hero?

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Anna Kendrick & Natalie Martinez Talks “End of Watch!” What the Heck Is a Texas Twister? 

This is my umpteenth time meeting Miss Anna Kendrick! She’s always sweet in person, and always a scene stealer! In the film, she plays the love interest of the character played by Jake Gyllenhaal. And Natalie Martinez has grown up to become a confident actress since I first interviewed her for “Death Race.” Remember that film? No? You will definitely remember Martinez in “End of Watch” as Michael Pena’s character’s wife. In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted them in making “End of Watch”
*** The script, the way it was shot
*** Anna Kendrick’s sex scene with Jake Gyllenhaal
*** Natalie Martinez’s confidence as an actress
*** And finally, what the heck is a gooch? Texas Twister? Find out in the movie!

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Director David Ayer Explains “End of Watch!" I Love This Movie! 

So, I was blessed for being invited at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I was doubly blessed for being able to see one of the best films of the year, “End of Watch.” David Ayer, the guy who wrote “Training Day,” wrote and directed this fantastic film! In this interview, we talked about:

*** What made him want to go back to the LAPD world?
*** He ate all the words he said about corrupt cops being an interesting tool in doing a cop movie.
*** The camera technique he used for “End of Watch”
*** The palpable chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena – they didn’t’ like each other at first!

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Hot Trailer: New "Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Trailer Will Make You Want to Revisit Middle Earth! 
I'm a fan of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy by Peter Jackson, and the just-released trailer for his new "Hobbit" franchise, will make you swoon all over again! I can't wait for Dec. 14th when "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is released. Then, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" unspools on Dec. 13, 2013, followed by the finale, "the Hobbit: There and Back Again" on July 18, 2014. Save the dates!

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Oscar Nominations Date Moved! Check Out New Key Dates for 85th Annual Academy Awards 

So, the Academy has announced important key dates for the upcoming 85th Annual Academy Awards. Most notable is the change of the nominations date which will now be five days earlier on Thursday, January 10th.

The reason? According to our friends at indiewire, the Academy said, "In an effort to provide members and the public a longer period of time to see the nominated films, the Academy will reveal the 85th Academy Awards nominations on January 10, five days earlier than previously announced."

So you have five extra days to watch the films to vote! Speaking of voting, this awards season marks the first time the voting members will be able to vote electronically! How 21st Century!

Here's the complete list of key dates:

Friday, November 30, 2012:
Official Screen Credits due

Saturday, December 1, 2012:
Governors Awards presentation

Monday, December 17, 2012:
Nominations voting begins

Thursday, January 3, 2013:
Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Thursday, January 10, 2013:
Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Monday, February 4, 2013:
Nominees Luncheon

Friday, February 8, 2013:
Final voting begins

Saturday, February 9, 2013:
Scientific and Technical Awards presentation

Tuesday, February 19, 2013:
Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Sunday, February 24, 2013:
85th Academy Awards presentation

And as always, the Oscars will be held live at The Dolby Theatre (previously known as the Kodak Theatre) and will be televised on ABC.

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