When the time came to make my most-anticipated list for 2015, there was no question that Hal Hartley’s new film Ned Rifle would take a spot. Just as Richard Linklater created a surprising and unlikely trilogy of films, here Hartley completes a three-film cycle that follows the story of a garbageman whose profane poetry wins the Nobel prize and changes the world, thanks in part to the influence of a hedonistic novelist. The two previous films, Henry Fool and Fay Grim, create a sort of alternate world defined by absurdist, deadpan humor, odd espionage and literary superstardom.
In the Ned Rifle trailer you’ll see many of those elements at play, along with attempted patricide, hero worship, young love, religion, and James Urbaniak running down everything that makes an audience happy. It’s great! Read More »
I’ve been way more interested in the Grumpy Cat television movie than I have any right to be. But something about the ridiculousness of the first Internet meme turned movie and the perfect voice casting of Aubrey Plaza has captured my imagination. We posted the Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever trailer last week, and it sadly looked like the quality you’d expect from a Lifetime Network movie — I almost deleted the scheduled recording off my DVR.
But Aubrey Plaza appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week and talked about the film, which has prevented any rash DVR decisions on my part. Plaza has me interested in the film again, after claiming the movie will blow people away because it is “the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen”, calling it “so confusing, operating on so many levels of irony that I can’t even tap into them all — and I think Lifetime is only maybe tapped into one level.” Plaza also discussed working with Grumpy Cat and having to deal with her large entourage and management group. Watch Aubrey Plaza’s funny Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance embedded after the jump.
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Lifetime Network has released the Grumpy Cat movie trailer, giving us our first look at Aubrey Plaza voicing the internet’s favorite cat (whose real name is actually “Tardar Sauce”, no joke) in her first fictional film adventure Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Hit the jump to watch the first trailer for Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.
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Want to watch some new footage from NBC’s Constantine? What does Captain Cold look like in The Flash? Is Gotham making some really big mistakes? Where is the director of Doctor Strange at the moment? Which actress wants to play She-Hulk? Can you look at the autopsy photos from X-Men: Days of Future Past? Did someone carve Groot out of wood, with a chainsaw? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Whether or not the world really needs a Grumpy Cat movie is still open for debate. But if it must exist — and Lifetime has decided it must — it really is tough to think of anyone better than Aubrey Plaza to fill the lead role.
The Parks and Recreation star is set to voice the famous feline (real name Tardar Sauce) in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Hit the jump for Aubrey Plaza Grumpy Cat casting news, plus a first look at the film.
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“Hey, if that other guy can do it…”
When Chris Evans talks about wanting to leave acting behind, maybe he’s talking about movies like Playing it Cool, once called A Many Splintered Thing. The romcom follows a screenwriter who just wants to write action, but is talked into writing a romcom… and somewhere along the way, this self-professed love-hater falls for a charming young woman (Michelle Monaghan). In truth, this doesn’t look bad, just terribly lacking in character. And that’s despite a great supporting cast, which includes Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson, Philip Baker Hall, Giovanni Ribisi and Martin Starr. Check out the Playing it Cool trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Just because something is fun to watch doesn’t mean it was fun to make, as gossip rags are all too happy to tell you. But there’s something about NBC’s Parks and Recreation that makes us think this cast might actually be as delightful on set as they are on screen. Now, the Parks and Recreation Season 6 gag reel confirms those suspicions.
In the ten-minute video, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza and more take turns messing up, teasing each other, and just generally look like they’re having a good time. Plus, you get to see Ann and Chris again, and even Lil’ Sebastian stops by for an appearance. Watch the Parks and Recreation Season 6 gag reel after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
Plenty of zombie movies deal with the heartbreaking difficulty of having to kill a zombie with a familiar face. Not many deal with the pitfalls of trying to date one. Jeff Baena‘s Sundance comedy Life After Beth is one of the select few.
Dane DeHaan plays Zach, who’s mourning the sudden death of his girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza). When she comes back as a zombie, he’s delighted to get a second chance at their relationship — even if it means putting up with her rotting flesh and newfound appetite for humans. Anna Kendrick, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, and Cheryl Hines also star. Watch the first Life After Beth trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Jesse Zwick‘s About Alex isn’t technically a remake of The Big Chill, but it might as well be. Both films center on groups of college friends who reunite when one of their own, named Alex, tries to kill himself. The difference is that in About Alex, he’s not successful.
Concerned, Alex’s friends plan a getaway weekend so that they can keep an eye on him. Drama predictably ensues as old attractions and new tensions bubble to the surface. Jason Ritter plays the title character, and Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Maggie Grace, Jane Levy, Max Minghella, and Nate Parker round out his clique. Watch the About Alex trailer after the jump.
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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 »