Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
Funny folks Jeff Garlin and Mary Lynn Rajskub have signed on for Safety Not Guaranteed, which will also star Kristen Bell, Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation), Lynn Shelton (Humpday), Jenica Bergere (Rat Race), Jake Johnson (No Strings Attached), Mark Duplass, and newcomer Karan Soni. The comedy centers around “three magazine employees sent to investigate a classified ad from a man seeking a partner for time travel” and is based on an actual ad that was once featured on the Jay Leno Show.
Safety Not Guaranteed will be the first feature by Colin Trevorrow, who is directing from Derek Connolly‘s original screenplay. Big Beach Films (Little Miss Sunshine) and Duplass Brothers Productions (The Puffy Chair) are producing, which should probably give you some hint as to what kind of humor and general vibe we can expect. The film is currently shooting in Seattle. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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Earlier this month, CollegeHumor launched a new sci-fi comedy series called Troopers, which is sort of a Star Wars-inspired parody. “In intergalactic war, there are heroes, villains, and then these guys.” The series features Aubrey Plaza (Scott Pilgrim, Funny People, Mystery Team) as a princess who is imprisoned on an intergalactic spaceship. You may recall that we posted the first installment titled “Forcefield”. If you haven’t seen it, watch it here. They have since posted three new installments to the series, “Mind Trick”, “Coffee Run”, and “Interrogation”. Watch them now embedded after the jump
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Last year Maggie Carey‘s film The Hand Job was announced, in which Aubrey Plaza would play a high school graduate who decides she needs a lot more sexual experience before college, and proceeds to work her way through a checklist of, er, action items. Yesterday many more cast members were announced and today we have even more, and roles for many of them.
Connie Britton will play the main character’s “liberal, free-spirited mother,” Mae Whitman and Alia Shawkat are two of her best friends; and Scott Porter will play a guy in a band that Plaza has a crush on.
Dominic Dierkes and D.C. Pierson (along with their Derrick Comedy co-member Don Glover) will play lifeguards; Bill Hader will be their stoned boss at the pool. Johnny Simmons is Plaza’s classmate and co-worker, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is his sci-fi nerd best friend. There will be a few more roles cast yet, but this is a great cast so far. And after Easy A I very much welcome more efforts to turn the typical male coming of age sex comedy into a story outline that girls can get lost in, too. [Variety]
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Bill Hader has a whole hell of a lot going on lately. We detailed two of his upcoming projects last night — Henchmen and Vaughn Meader — but there are more.
One is The Hand Job, a film that is being spearheaded by his wife Maggie Carey. She wrote the script, which ended up on the 2009 Black List, and plans to direct with star Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Funny People, Scott Pilgrim) as a graduating high school girl in 1993 who wants to gather some sexual experience before going off to college. There are now quite a few more actors lined up, including Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman, Donald Glover and Andy Samberg. More details after the break. Read More »
CollegeHumor has launched a new sci-fi comedy series called Troopers, which is sort of a Star Wars-inspired parody. “In intergalactic war, there are heroes, villains, and then these guys.” The first installment is titled “Forcefield” and features Aubrey Plaza (Scott Pilgrim, Funny People, Mystery Team) as a princess who is imprisoned in a forcefield on an intergalactic spaceship.
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Aubrey Plaza doesn’t have the longest resume on the block yet, but with each progressive role she continues to make a whole generation of young men swoon. She first hit the scene as Daisy, the cute stand-up comedian next door in Judd Apatow’s Funny People and also played the female lead in the underrated (except here on /Film) comedy Mystery Team. Off the strength of those performances, Plaza became a regular on NBC’s Parks & Recreation playing April Ludgate, the hilariously lazy and deadpan office assistant and most recently, she had a short but sweet role as Julie Powers in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Maybe you’ve heard of it.
Now Plaza is attached to a buzzed about female teen sex comedy script called The Hand Job written by Maggie Carey and it sounds like, if and when it gets made, it could make Plaza big in the way films like Superbad and American Pie made household names of some of her male counterparts. Read more after the jump. Read More »
We’ve seen a teaser and a full trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Edgar Wright‘s adaptation of the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Now there’s an international trailer that sells the tale of Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) a bass player and sorta-slacker who falls for Ramona Flowers (Mary-Elizabeth Winstead) but must defeat her seven evil exes before they can truly be together. Lots of new footage in this one, including a good look at Brandon Routh. Read More »
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Universal Pictures has released the first full-length movie trailer for Edgar Wright‘s upcoming action-comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Based on the comic book series written by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Pilgrim tells the story of a charming and jobless 22-year-old who must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to win her heart. The new trailer will be attached to Get Him To The Greek, but has been put online once the Scott Pilgrim facebook page reached 100,000 fans (which happened at 1:30am on Monday morning).
The new trailer is pretty awesome, and has me even more excited about the film than the initial teaser. The only thing I didn’t like was the lame “it’s on like Donkey Kong” tagline which I’m sure was the “genius” idea of the Universal’s marketing team. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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