The Best Movie Animal Performances of 2014

Best Animal Performances of 2014

I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?

As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »

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Grumpy Cat Movie

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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Grumpy Cat Movie Trailer

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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Aubrey Plaza in Parks and Recreation

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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Grumpy Cat Is Getting Her Own Movie

Grumpy Cat

Plenty of cinephiles have bemoaned the lack of creativity in Hollywood nowadays, but it’s not entirely justified. The industry is still plenty creative when it comes to digging up unusual source materal. Just a couple weeks ago, we got word of a movie project based on a chain restaurant. Today, someone else has announced plans to craft a picture based on Tardar Sauce a.k.a. Grumpy Cat, the feline Internet star. Hit the jump to find out what the producers have planned.

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