It's officially begun! The big screen adaptation of the popular TV show CHiPs is underway in and around the Los Angeles area. And director/star Dax Shepard has shared some exciting first look photos from the set. We also get our first look at co-star Michael Peña suited up and on his motorcycle. After watching his performance in Ant-Man, should we worry that the California highways aren't exactly in safe hands?
In the original series, California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello cruised the freeways of Los Angeles, solving crimes and helping people in trouble. The stakes usually weren't very high, the better to highlight the personal lives of its two main characters. The show debuted on NBC on September 15, 1977 and ran for 6 seasons. While the season finale aired in May 1983, it wouldn't be the last we'd see of Ponch and Jon. Stars Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox would reprise their roles a decade later for CHiPs '99, a made-for-TV movie that aired on TNT. It is rumored that both Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox will have cameos in this new version.Read More
When Ant-Man hits theaters nationwide tomorrow, there are many who may be introduced to a few of the wonderful supporting cast members for the first time, such as Michael Peña, who delivers a scene-stealing performance as Luis, one of Scott Lang's criminal cohorts who helps him pull off the heist of a lifetime. After a slew of fantastic performances in Shooter, Lions for Lambs, Observe and Report and American Hustle, the actor is poised for a breakout in Ant-Man. But perhaps his biggest role is yet to come, with the actor signing on last year to play Frank "Ponch" Poncharello in the big-screen CHiPs remake, alongside Dax Shepard, who is starring as Ponch's partner Jon Baker, and also writing and directing. I recently got to speak with Michael Peña for Ant-Man, and the actor offered an update on the remake, stating that they are doing everything they can to get the remake right."Yeah, I mean, we're doing our own thing. They are cops on motorcycles, and Dax Shepard wrote the script. The humor in it is way different. It's funny because, when you read it, it's funny, but when you say it, it's funnier. Knock on wood, we're rehearsing all the time, and we just want to get that as right as possible, and have it be a very enjoyable ride, with the action and everything. I have high hopes for it, and it's a big opportunity for me.
You can also check out my Ant-Man review and the full interview with Michael Peña for Ant-Man. After you see it in theaters, you'll see how this multi-talented actor is certainly poised for a big breakout. Are you excited to see what he can do in the CHiPs remake and The Martian?Read More
Pantelion Films has debuted a new featurette for their upcoming horror film The Vatican Tapes, arriving in theaters July 24. Stars Michael Peña, Olivia Dudley, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott and director Mark Neveldine offer their thoughts on actual demonic possession, while we get a glimpse at some terrifying footage. Mark Neveldine even admits that some of the scenes he put in the film horrify him to this day, and that he wanted to push the envelope with this new thriller.
The Vatican Tapes follows the ultimate battle between good and evil - God versus Satan. Angela Holmes (Olivia Taylor Dudley) is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It's all up to Father Lozano (Michael Pena) to wage war for more than just Angela's soul, but for the world as we know it.Read More
Michael Peña is in early negotiations to join Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain in director Ridley Scott's The Martian.
Variety reports that talks are still in very early stages, and his involvement will depend on whether he can fit the project into his busy schedule. No details were given for the character he may portray, if a deal is finalized. We reported last week that Kate Mara (The Fantastic Four) was also offered a role, but it isn't known if the actress has accepted the offer or not.Read More
Lakeshore Entertainment will begin principal photography next month on the thriller The Vatican Tapes and they have today announced the full ensemble cast of Michael Peña, Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, John Patrick Amedori and Alex Sparrow.
The Vatican Tapes follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes, played by Dudley an ordinary girl who begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close to her, causing serious injury and death. The local priest, Father Lozano, played by Peña examines Holmes and believes she is possessed, but when Vicar Imani, portrayed by Hounsou, and Cardinal Bruun, played by Andersson are called from the Vatican to exorcise the demon, it proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than they imagined.Read More