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Jeremy Renner And Michael Pena Team Up For Drug Cartel Film

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Pena is set to star as a Mexican special ops agent assigned to take down drug cartels, but is forced to leave the country and enter a protection program in Los Angeles as a day laborer.

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Los Angeles Premiere Of 'The Good Dinosaur'

Michael Pena - Los Angeles premiere of 'The Good Dinosaur' at the El Capitan Theatre - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 17th November 2015

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Dax Shepard As Jon Baker In "Chips" Remake

Michael Pena - Actor Dax Shepard hits the street of Los Angeles as highway patrolman Jon Baker with co star Michael Pena as Frank "Ponch" Poncherello in the remake of the 70's hit "Chips". - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 11th November 2015

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Mario Lopez Introduces Casa Mexico Tequila On WE Tv's David Tutera CELEBrations

Michael Peña, Oscar De La Hoya , Mario Lopez - Mario Lopez Introduces Casa Mexico Tequila On WE tv's David Tutera CELEBrations at Beso - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 6th November 2015

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Michael Peña, Oscar De La Hoya and Mario Lopez
Michael Peña, Oscar De La Hoya and Mario Lopez
Michael Peña, Oscar De La Hoya and Mario Lopez

The Vatican Tapes Review


With its above-average cast and a gritty, realistic tone, this exorcism thriller is a lot more involving than most. Not only is it packed with demonic mayhem, but the complex characters make the drama much punchier, setting up the audience for several big jolts. Even so, the plot builds slowly, finally reaching its most intriguing twist right at the very end, so the credits start rolling just as things get properly riveting.

The title refers to a secret archive under the Vatican run by Cardinal Bruun (Peter Andersson) and his assistant Imani (Djimon Hounsou). It contains files and lots of tapes of demonic possession, including scenes of 30-year-old Angela (Olivia Taylor Dudley). She has a happy life with her cute boyfriend Pete (John Patrick Amedori) and tough-but-kind dad Roger (Dougray Scott), but starts acting a bit strange whenever a raven is nearby. As her behaviour gets more erratic, she is assisted by Father Lozano (Michael Pena), who takes a personal interest in her case. But things spiral far beyond Lozano's expertise, so he calls the Vatican for help. And when Bruun arrives in America to meet Angela in person, he's unnerved to discover that this might not be a demon: she could be the Antichrist.

The screenplay cleverly weaves in news reports and current events to make everything that happens feel grounded in real life. As it continues, the biblical and fantastical flourishes intriguingly fit into this context, while director Mark Neveldine delays tipping over into effects-based action until the final act. This means that the film quietly unnerves the audience from the start, using CCTV footage and some enjoyably scary touches that add to the atmosphere. As a result, the actors are able to flesh out their characters. Dudley gives Angela a strong personality that lingers even after the presence inside her starts to take over. As the three priests, Pena, Andersson and Hounsou don't have much to do, but they add subtle details to their scenes.

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The Martian Review


Just as people began to write off veteran director Ridley Scott after a series of merely OK movies, the 77-year-old casually releases his most entertaining film in years. This sci-fi adventure is lithe, humorous, thrilling and genuinely moving. In other words, it's one of Scott's best films, mixing eye-catching visuals with a story that resonates with both emotion and deeper meaning. And it's also a lot of fun.

In the very near future, the first manned mission to Mars is caught off guard by a sudden storm. With their ship in danger, Commander Lewis (Jessica Chastain) orders the crew to evacuate, but in the chaos botanist Watney (Matt Damon) is knocked away and presumed dead. As Lewis and her team (Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan and Aksel Hennie) begin the long trek back to Earth, Watney wakes up alone on Mars and understands that he will need to survive until the next mission arrives in four years' time. But his habitat is only designed to last for 30 days, so he has a lot of work to do. Eventually, he thinks of a way to get a message back home to Nasa, letting them know he's alive. Now the experts (including Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean and Kristen Wiig) must figure out a way to rescue him before he runs out of food and water.

The story plays out on three fronts: with Watney using his expertise to survive, Lewis and her crew on their long journey back home, and the Nasa officials mounting a rescue mission. All three plot-strands are riveting, using convincing science to explore the conundrum while cranking up the emotional urgency of the situation. Intriguingly, the script never gives Watney a family back on Earth to sentimentalise things; the film simply doesn't need that. And Damon more than holds the audience's sympathy. He's funny, smart, tenacious and thoroughly identifiable, the kind of person we wish we would be in the same situation.

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Michael Pena Failed To Impress Movie Boss With Biker Skills

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The Ant-Man star was thrilled when Dax Shepard picked him to play the role Erik Estrada created on TV, and thought he'd be a "bad-a**" in the saddle as he started preparing to play a California Highway Patrol cop - but he was sadly mistaken.

He explains, "I had to do motorcycle training... When you get on, you're like, 'Oh man, I got this' and I had somebody, like, video me and it's the slowest riding that you possibly have.

"I've got a kid so I'm like, 'Man, I could die on this!'

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Celebrities At The 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Studios

Michael Pena - Celebrities at the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' studios at JImmy Kimmel studio - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 29th September 2015

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Chiwetel Ejiofor: I Want Michael Pena As Bond

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Michael Pena should be the next James Bond, according to Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The '12 Years a Slave' actor widened the the possible of list of contenders by throwing his 'The Martian' co-star's name into the hat to succeed Daniel Craig as 007.

Chiwetel said: ''I want Michael Pena to be James Bond. That's what I want.''

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Kristen Bell 'to Star In CHiPs Remake'

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Kristen Bell is to star alongside her husband Dax Shepard in a remake of 'CHiPs'.

The 35-year-old beauty - who starred in the 'Frozen' movie in 2013 - has agreed to appear in the much-anticipated film based on the iconic TV show, with her husband also assuming directing duties, TheWrap reports.

The movie will feature performances from 'Ant-Man' star Michael Pena, as well as Adam Brody, Rosa Salazar and Vincent D'Onofrio, the latter of whom has been cast in a villainous role.

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Jessica Chastain: I've Embraced My Inner Geek

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Jessica Chastain loved making 'The Martian' because it allowed her ''inner geek'' to flourish.

The 38-year-old actress - who stars alongside Matt Damon in the Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi movie - has revealed how she sealed her role in the film, which taps into her interest in space travel.

The flame-haired beauty recalled: ''I didn't get a call that said Ridley Scott wants me for the movie. It was more like, 'Do you want to meet with Ridley for the film?' Because, you know, maybe Ridley meets me and goes, 'Oh, she's terrible, let's not put her in the movie.'

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The Martian - Clips

In these faux featurettes, the crew of Ares 3 talk us through some of the procedures and practices they must go through before embarking on their perilous mission to Mars. The small team of astronauts are put through rigorous training and exercise programs to make sure they're both mentally and physically fit for the mission.

The team also talk about how they will actually get to Mars and show you around their ship.

Matt Damon leads the cast in The Martian, he plays astronaut Mark Watney who specialises in botany and mechanical engineering. The story follows his struggle to survive as he becomes deserted on Mars after a near fatal accident.

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2015 Toronto International Film Festival - 'The Martian' - Premiere

Michael Pena - 2015 Toronto International Film Festival - 'The Martian' - Premiere - Toronto, Canada - Friday 11th September 2015

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Ant-Man Review


The increasingly stale Marvel formula gets a blast of fresh air in this rollocking adventure movie, which combines a steady stream of character-based comedy with action sequences that are integrated seamlessly into the plot. Like last summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, the film departs from the usual tired structure to joyously tell a story that's more than pure escapism.

Released from prison after a stint for burglary, Scott (Paul Rudd) is struggling to restart his life when he has an unexpected encounter with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), an inventor who needs his help. Hank's technology company is being steered away from his original vision to help mankind by his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and his protege Darren (Corey Stoll), who see a chance to make a lot of money by selling Hank's ideas to the highest bidder. Hank's biggest breakthrough is a suit that shrinks the wearer down to ant-size, allowing for all kinds of unexpected possibilities. Pushed into a corner, Scott starts learning how to master the suit. But his ex-wife (Judy Greer) is now engaged to a cop (Bobby Cannavale) who's keeping his eye on Scott.

One of director Peyton Reed's main challenges was to sell the whole idea of an insect-sized warrior, and he does that fairly effortlessly, revealing an increasingly cool series of possibilities in each action sequence. These set-pieces emerge organically from the story, combining comedy and exhilaratingly coherent action to push the narrative forward. One of the best moments is an encounter with one of the Avengers (Anthony Mackie's Falcon), which offers a strong hint about how Ant-Man can liven up the franchise as a whole. And the climactic sequence is an inspired collision of mind-bending effects and inventive humorous touches (Thomas the Tank Engine nearly steals the whole film). Plus two post-credit stings for the fanboys.

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Michael Pena Was 'Nervous Wreck' Playing Ant-man's Comedy Sidekick

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The 39 year old has made his name in dramatic films with roles in movies like End of Watch, Shooter and Fury, so he was worried he would mess up as the sidekick of Ant-Man's alter ego, Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd.

However, Pena credits Rudd with helping him develop his character, which was written into the movie especially for him.

He tells Latino-Review.com, "It was great because here I am, a big fan (of Rudd's) and I don't do that much comedy so I was a nervous wreck. Paul was really there for me and said, 'Let's riff and have a good time', which was exactly what we did.

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