Life After Beth

Most everyone has been through a breakup that took place for a reason, but still left at least one person pining for a chance to do things over. Life After Beth seems as if it wants to be a zombie-filled fable exploring that situation. Dane DeHaan is Zach, whose relationship with Beth (Aubrey Plaza) dies along with her. But Zach gets a second chance with Beth when she returns home, seemingly alive — only to find that she is quickly losing whatever shreds of humanity she had left.

Not only does Life After Beth offer a confused and somewhat gross take on relationships, it wastes a great comic cast (Matthew Gray Gubler, Cheryl Hines, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, and Anna Kendrick) with comedy that is as sloppy as splattered brains. Read More »

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Daria High School Reunion

Everything else we loved from the ’90s is back, and now we can go ahead and add the hit MTV show Daria to the list. Lawndale High’s favorite misanthrope, now played by Aubrey Plaza, returns to the screen in Daria: High School Reunion, and you can watch the trailer below.

… Okay, you can relax, this isn’t a real movie. (Yet.) But if it were, I’d have to admit that the casting of Plaza as Daria Morgendorffer was absolutely spot-on. What is Parks & Rec‘s April Ludgate, if not the 20something, city government version of Lawndale High’s favorite misanthrope for this decade? Watch the CollegeHumor parody video after the jump.

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The To Do List

Aubrey Plaza‘s onscreen persona tends toward sharp and witty, but in Maggie Carey‘s The To Do List she plays (somewhat) against type as a naive, innocent teen. Informed by big sis Amber (Rachel Bilson) that college is “like one big sexual pop quiz,” valedictorian Brandy (Plaza) decides she needs to study up — which, given her Type-A personality, means checking off a long list of sex acts in the summer between high school and college.

Her sexual journey is inspired in part by dreamy lifeguard Rusty (Scott Porter), and spurred on by a large circle of acquaintances including Alia ShawkatDonald Glover, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Johnny Simmons, Andy Samberg, and Bill Hader. Tami Taylor and Agent Coulson Connie Britton and Clark Gregg round out the star-studded cast as Brandy’s parents. Watch the green-band trailer after the jump.

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‘The To-Do List’ Red-Band Trailer

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In The To Do List, Aubrey Plaza plays a high school graduate who decides she needs to make some serious headway (er) into sexual experience before going off to college. Think of a film like Superbad oriented around a female character, and you might have the right frame of mind.

We saw a red-band teaser not long ago, but that seems to have been pulled. Here’s the official red-band look at the film, complete with all the sexually explicit talk you might expect, along with a showing from some of the supporting cast. (Which includes Andy Samberg, Donald Glover, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Connie Britton, Alia Shawkat, Johnny Simmons, Mae Whitman and Clark Gregg.) The winner in this trailer is definitely Bill Hader, who gets to close out the end of this edit with a particularly awkward scene, handled in a way that would likely never happen in real life — which is why it is funny as hell on film. Read More »

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The cast of Pixar’s Monsters University already included a few expected names and some good newcomers, including Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Helen Mirren, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn. Now there’s a report that many more recognizable names lent their voices to characters in the film. EW says that Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski,and Bonnie Hunt are among the voice cast of Monsters UniversitySean P. Hayes, Charlie Day, Aubrey Plaza and Alfred Molina also have roles.

In addition to that news, there are new fraternity and sorority posters showing off many characters from the film. You can see those below.  Read More »

‘From Up on Poppy Hill’ US Trailer

In March, Studio Ghibli’s latest film, From Up on Poppy Hill, comes to the US. Directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Hayao Miyazaki, the film is a coming-of-age story set in Japan’s transformative post-war days. The animation is characteristically gorgeous, while the real-world setting sets it apart from most of Ghibli’s output.

This first US trailer, which comes from new-ish Ghibli distributor GKids, features the English-language voice cast (Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Aubrey Plaza). Some of the previous trailers have been subtitled, but this will give you an idea of how the film will play in the States, should you happen to catch a showing with the English track. Read More »

From Up On Poppy Hill, co-written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Gor? Miyazaki, was Studio Ghibli’s big 2011 release. It tells the story of two high school students hoping to clean up their hometown who run up against the corporate mindset of a local businessman. When the film came out in Japan last summer, it was a success for the legendary company and soon after, producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy decided to bring it to North America via GKids. The film will be released in November for an Oscar qualifying run followed by a wider release in March 2013. Its impressive English language voice cast has now been revealed. Read the full list after the jump. Read More »

It can be tough to wrangle a truly good performance out of a child actor, for pretty obvious reasons. So it may help if the kid in question has no idea he’s even acting. For his sophomore directorial effort End of Love, actor/filmmaker Mark Webber (you may recognize him as Stephen Stills from Scott Pilgrim) cast his two-year-old son Isaac without explaining to the boy that they were making a movie, and then hired some of his better known actor pals to improvise around Isaac’s blissfully oblivious “performance.”

Webber leads as a youngish father struggling to take care of his son as he grieves the death of his wife (Frankie Shaw, who is also Isaac’s real, non-dead mom). Among the activities he engages in while trying to pull himself together are an audition with Amanda Seyfried, a party at Michael Cera‘s, and an awkward affair with Lydia (Shannyn Sossamon). Watch the trailer after the jump.

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