Michael Peña, a sex-addicted undercover cop in action buddy comedy ‘Chips’

He recently starred in two films that crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box-offce: the heist film Ant-Man and the acclaimed sci-fi rescue drama The Martian. Now, Michael Peña is out to make audiences laugh as Ponch in Warner Bros. Pictures’ new adult action comedy CHIPS.

In the film, Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten-up former pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the CHP.

The inexperienced rookie and the hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kick-starting a real partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s unique bike skills and Ponch’s street savvy it might just work…if they don’t drive each other crazy first.

Peña’s Ponch, is actually Miami FBI agent Castillo, a guy with a big success rate and the swagger to match. He also has a pathological weakness for women, especially women in yoga pants, which is a much bigger problem now that has to straddle a bike every day. Perpetually cocked and locked, he’s in L.A. undercover to smoke out a dirty-cop robbery ring inside the CHP.

“Yeah, he’s a little bit of a sex addict,” Peña acknowledges. “I actually like some of Ponch’s quirks,” the actor continues. “He’s kind of clumsy, for one. He thinks he can do anything, so, even though he can’t really ride a bike that well, he’s always pushing that limit. His ego gets in the way and sometimes he crashes. But beyond that, he’s capable at what he does and he’s really focused on the case, and I like that about him.”

“I can think of a lot of movies that are funny but I don’t remember the action, or it was just background,” says Peña. “This is obviously a comedy, but Dax wanted the jokes and the stunts to work together so when we transition into the action sequences there’s validity to it. He really gets the setups and the payoffs and how to break down the characters so people can relate.”

For Shepard, who also wrote and directed the comedy, “I couldn’t see anyone but Michael in this role. He’s a phenomenal actor and effortlessly charismatic, even when he needs to be angry or embarrassed.”

“So much of the story is about their dynamic,” says Peña. “Ponch is very logical and focused on the present, and Jon is more in tune with his feelings and about fixing his marriage, like he’s always ‘three beers too deep’ with the intimacy.”

To his credit, Ponch comes to grudgingly acknowledge Jon’s instincts as a detective, not to mention his insane skills on two wheels. As they continue to work together, with all the minute-by-minute sacrifices and real heroism that entails, they begin to understand more about each other. “Ponch starts to meet Jon in the middle and maybe even attempt a more emotional point of view, and it’s funny to watch him try out this completely unfamiliar approach,” Peña concludes.

Now playing across the Philippines, CHIPS is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Kape’t Pelikula 2017 offers free seminar from six filmmakers on April 1 at UP Diliman

Join us this April 1, 2017 at the third Kape’t Pelikula where the UP Cinema Arts Society (UP CAST) has gathered six filmmakers for a one-of-a-kind seminar cultivating a community of film practitioners and cineastes. Free admission and open to the public!

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/kapetpelikula2017

Doors open at 8:30 AM at the GT Toyota Auditorium, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

Get hyped as the following filmmakers share their experiences and give their takes on cinema:

  • Giancarlo Abrahan (writer-director, ‘Dagitab’; writer, ‘I’m Drunk, I Love You’);
  • Raymond Red (director, ‘Kamera Obskura’, ‘Manila Skies’, ‘Anino’);
  • John Torres (writer-director, ‘People Power Bombshell’, ‘Lucas Nino’);
  • Babyruth Villarama (writer-director, ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’, ‘Little Azkals’);
  • Moira Lang (writer, ‘Patay Na si Hesus’, ‘In My Life’, ‘Milan’, ‘Anak’);
  • and Sam Lee (writer-director, ‘Baka Bukas’)

Kape’t Pelikula is proudly presented by:
University of the Philippines Diliman Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, Young STAR, Uber Philippines, Trampoline Park Philippines, John Robert Powers, Flawlessly U, Vitress, Maxi-peel Zero, SkinWhite.

Also brought to you by:
Barista’s Best, Frappe La Rue Philippines, Philgraphics Inc., Talk About Prints.

Special thanks to:
Chowking

Media Sponsors:
ASTIG.PH, CinemaBravo.com, ClickTheCity.Com, DZUP, Green Giant FM, Maroon FM, WhenInManila.com.

Partner Organizations:
DLSU Green Media Group, FEU Communication Society, Silip@Lente – AdU, UP Cineastes’ Studio, UP Film Circle


Take a look back at the first Kape’t Pelikula which happened last 2016:

Ordinary teens rise as superheroes in all-new ‘Power Rangers’

Meet the latest teen superheroes as they embark in their high-octane journey on screen in the all-new “Power Rangers” movie.

Saban’s “Power Rangers” follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Saban’s Power Rangers, re-envisions the Power Rangers as five ordinary high-school teens who discover they have acquired unique super powers and must join forces to save the world. To play the iconic Power Ranger roles, the filmmakers assembled a diverse ensemble of emerging young stars who share many characteristics with their characters, and their predecessors in the roles, says director Dean Israelite.

Jason, the Red Ranger (played by Dacre Montgomery) was a football legend in his small town of Angel Grove until one fateful mistake. When we first meet Jason, he is in need of redemption and is struggling to find himself. But soon he is given a chance to lead a new team made up of an unlikely group of teenage superheroes and must find it in himself to rise to the challenge.

Kimberly, the Pink Ranger (Naomi Scott) used to be Queen Bee of Angel Grove High, but has been cast out of the popular clique and is now struggling to find her identity. She has a new rebel-without-a-cause, edgy attitude, but this front is hiding a secret that makes her feel deeply vulnerable.

Billy, the Blue Ranger (RJ Cyler) has always been challenged in his abilities to communicate and interact socially. Whip-smart and sweet, he is the most pure-hearted of the group. Billy has never really had any friends, so finding teenagers that he is comfortable with is a big deal, and soon he begins connecting with people in a way he’s never been able to do before.

Trini, the Yellow Ranger (Becky G) is mysterious but extremely bright. Her parents constantly move for work, making her the perpetual new girl to any school. A loner who owns it, Trini is self-sufficient and contemplative, but always observant. All she wants is to find her gang of friends, but she’ll never admit it — least of all to herself.

Zack, the Black Ranger (Ludi Lin) is filled with bravado and swagger. He is tough and cool on the exterior but has many layers beyond his fearless appearance. Zack advertises everything about himself, except the truth, which makes him feel deeply inferior to all his peers.

“Power Rangers” is now showing in Philippine cinemas from Pioneer Films.

Animated comedy ‘The Boss Baby’ celebrates sibling love

DreamWorks Animation’s latest full length feature “The Boss Baby” explores the wonders of a child’s imagination and celebrates the precious bond between siblings. Featuring the voices of award-winning Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Buscemi and Miles Bakshi, “The Boss Baby” is packed with memorable and relatable characters based on the best-selling book by Marla Frazee.

Directed by Tom McGrath, “The Boss Baby” is told from the wildly imaginative perspective of seven-year-old Tim Templeton (Bakshi). Tim has the perfect life, enjoying his daily rituals and all of his parents’ attention, until one day a new baby brother (Baldwin) arrives – in a taxi, wearing a suit. Like all new babies, Tim’s brother takes over the house and quickly becomes “the boss.”

“I’ve played a lot of tough-talking, coffee-swilling business executives throughout my career, but I have to admit none of them can hold a pacifier to the diaper-wearing boss I play in “The Boss Baby.” Having been born the first of four boys and having four children of my own, I know a thing or two about what happens when a new baby arrives in a household and steals the spotlight from you. That’s why I couldn’t resist voicing the part of Boss Baby. What is truly remarkable about this movie is how it captures the reality of what it’s like to deal with a new sibling ina family, all the while providing a barrage of whimsical humor, imagination and pure heart,” says Baldwin.

McGrath tells the story of “The Boss Baby” as seen through the eyes of a seven-year old, “Our aspiration for “The Boss Baby” was no easy feat. We had to relearn the techniques from the mid-century masters of the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. Not only did we want to create an enchanting world, but we also wanted expressiveness in our characters that previously could only be hand-drawn. These goals are evolutionary to the art of computer animation.”

“The Boss Baby” opens April 15, 2017 in Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

WATCH: Superheroes come together in first trailer for ‘Justice League’

Warner Bros. Pictures has just debuted the official first trailer for its event movie for 2017, the action-adventure Justice League.

View the trailer below and watch Justice League in Philippine cinemas starting Nov. 16, 2017.

Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Zack Snyder (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) returns to direct “Justice League” with a cast that includes Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher.

Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.