Chris Evans Romantic Comedy PLAYING IT COOL Acquired By Vertical Entertainment; Check Out the Trailer

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Out of AFM we’re getting some more info on a new movie we glimpsed by poster a few months back called Playing It Cool.  We already knew it featured Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan, but now we have an expanded cast list and it’s a doozy.  Via an announcement that the picture was picked Vertical Entertainment we have an official cast list that includes Martin Starr, Aubrey Plaza, Patrick Warburton, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson, Anthony Mackie, Ioan Gruffudd, and Philip Baker Hall.

We previously reported on some of this casting over two years ago when the picture was still called A Many Splintered Thing, but titles, like all things, change.  The film was directed by Justin Reardon and written by Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair.  Hit the jump for more on Playing It Cool and to check out the trailer, which we missed a few months back but are putting up in light of the acquisition.

Aubrey Plaza Voices Grumpy Cat in the GRUMPY CAT’S WORST CHRISTMAS EVER Trailer

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Grumpy Cat is great and all, but I never would have thought we’d get a Grumpy Cat movie, let alone a Christmas movie with Aubrey Plaza voicing our favorite scowling Internet sensation.  In Lifetime’s Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, Grumpy Cat (Tardar Sauce, really) can talk and is voiced by Plaza.  She lives in a mall pet shop and develops the ultimate frown on her face because no one wants to buy her.  However, one day, Chyrstal (Mama’s Megan Charpentier) comes into the store and falls for Grumpy cat after which there’s loads of holiday time shenanigans including Grumpy Cat firing a paintball gun, driving a car and saying tons of meme-inspired dialogue.

Hit the jump to check out the Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever trailer.  The movie debuts on Lifetime on November 29, 2014 at 8pm.

Adam Scott Tries to Tell a CRYSTAL SKULL Joke in Extended PARKS AND RECREATION Season 6 Gag Reel

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One of the keys to the success of NBC’s excellent Parks and Recreation is the fact that it is wholly evident that the cast (and characters) genuinely enjoy each other’s company.  This is especially clear in the just-released Parks and Recreation Season 6 gag reel, which offers nearly 10-minutes of outtakes ranging from Jim O’Heir (aka Jerry aka Larry) blowing a take, Adam Scott fumbling over the telling of an Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull joke, and Aziz Ansari and Retta serenading a straight-faced Nick Offerman.  The video is a whole lot of fun and just one more reminder of how much I’ll miss this show when it concludes its upcoming seventh and final season.

Hit the jump to watch the Parks and Recreation Season 6 gag reel.  The show returns to NBC in early 2015 for a final stretch of 13 episodes.

Dane DeHaan and Jeff Baena Talk LIFE AFTER BETH, Their Own Zombie Apocalypse Survival Skills, Beth’s Stove, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 and More

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When you think about taking a grounded approach to bringing a zombie apocalypse to screen, you might go right to dark, gritty and super violent, but writer-director Jeff Baena took a different approach to it.  He strove to make his zombie apocalypse real not by upping the body count, but rather by highlighting interpersonal dynamics and specifically by focusing on what might happen if someone’s (Dane DeHaan) recently deceased girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) came back home in Life After Beth.

With the film making its way towards an August 15th limited release, Baena and DeHaan sat down to talk about developing the idea, its unique blend of comedy and drama, one very heavy stove, whether or not they could survive a zombie apocalypse themselves and more.  Hit the jump to check it out.

First MORDECAI Trailer Has Johnny Depp as a Debonair Rapscallion alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Goldblum, and Ewan McGregor

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Lionsgate has released the first Mortdecai trailer, and it looks rather amusing.  The film stars Johnny Depp as the roguish Charlie Mortdecai, an art dealer who finds himself in a race to recover a stole painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.  None of those plot details are mentioned in this trailer.  Instead, it quickly conveys the goofy character, and even though this is yet another oddball/eccentric part for Depp, at least it comes off as quite entertaining.

Hit the jump to check out the Mortdecai trailer.  The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Goldblum, Oliver Platt, and Paul BettanyMortdecai opens February 6, 2015.

New LIFE AFTER BETH Clips Tease Comedy Over Horror

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I’m not gonna lie, I’m sort of excited for Life After Beth.  I’ve heard that director Jeff Baena’s film is fun yet slight, but it seems like the kind of slight I could get into.  And A24 has just released two clips that continue to further my anticipation of a film I might enjoy in the most casual of ways.  The film stars Dane DeHaan as a young man whose girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) comes back from the dead, only to start deteriorating into a flesh-craving zombie.  One of these new clips highlights the apparent fact that smooth jazz can soothe a zombie while the other is more of a John Hughes-ish look at the dynamic between DeHaan and his older brother in the film that has a bit of a “Wyatt vs. Chet” Weird Science vibe.

Hit the jump to watch the Life After Beth clips. You can also check out Adam’s Sundance interviews with Plaza & DeHaan and writer/director Jeff Baena.  The film also stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Paul Reiser, Anna Kendrick, and Cheryl HinesLife After Beth debuts exclusively on DirecTV on July 17th and opens in limited release on August 15th.


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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • My Old Lady (Directed by Israel Horovitz) starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
  • Ned Rifle (Directed by Hal Hartley) starring Aubrey Plaza.
  • The Riot Club (Directed by Lone Scherfig) starring Natalie Dormer, Max Irons, Sam Clafin, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Douglas Booth.
  • Still Alice (Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland) starring Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Julianne Moore.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

LIFE AFTER BETH Clip: Dane DeHaan’s Girlfriend Is Back from the Dead

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A24 Films has released a new Life After Beth clip for director Jeff Baena’s upcoming comedy.  The film stars Dane DeHaan as a young man whose girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) comes back from the dead, only to start deteriorating into a flesh-craving zombie.  This new clip comes from a scene early in the film, when DeHaan barges into his girlfriend’s house where he finds her parents (played wonderfully by John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) are keeping their reanimated daughter hidden.  I caught the pic at Sundance and while it’s very funny, it has a little trouble settling on a tone.  At times it’s a straight-up comedy, at other times it’s a relationship drama, and at other times it’s a flat-out zombie movie.  Nevertheless, Plaza turns in a delightful performance as the titular Beth, proving her range goes much further than deadpan.

Hit the jump to watch the Life After Beth clip, and be sure to check out my Sundance interviews with Plaza & DeHaan and writer/director Jeff Baena.  The film also stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Paul Reiser, Anna Kendrick, and Cheryl HinesLife After Beth debuts exclusively on DirecTV on July 17th and opens in limited release on August 15th.

LIFE AFTER BETH Trailer and Posters: Dane DeHaan Tries to Keep Love Alive with a Dead Aubrey Plaza

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A24 has released the Life After Beth trailer online along with a couple of posters.  The movie follows a young man (Dane DeHaan) whose girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) comes back from the dead, but now has an appetite for human flesh.  Even though I heard mixed things about the movie after it premiered at Sundance, this trailer makes it look delightfully weird and darkly comic.  I really like the cast, and I hope that I’m more positive on the movie than my peers.

Hit the jump to check out the Life After Beth trailer and posters.  The film also stars John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Anna KendrickLife After Beth will premiere on DirecTV on July 17th before opening in theaters on August 15th.  Click here to read Adam’s interview with DeHaan and Plaza and writer/director Jeff Baena.

First Look at Zooey Deschanel and Anton Yelchin in THE DRIFTLESS AREA; Aubrey Plaza Joins Cast

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The first The Driftless Area image from director Zachary Sluser‘s unconventional romance film has been released.  Based on the Tom Drury novel of the same name, the pic tells the story of the young love between a bartender (Anton Yelchin) and a mysterious woman (Zooey Deschanel) that becomes threatened when the bartender gets mixed up with a dangerous crook and a bag of stolen cash.  This first image gives us a look at the two leads looking intently into each other’s eyes, and THR adds that Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza has also been added to the cast.  Production is currently underway in Vancouver.

Hit the jump to check out the first The Driftless Area image.  The film also stars John Hawkes, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, and Alia Shawkat.

J.K. Simmons in Talks to Join TERMINATOR: GENESIS; Aubrey Plaza to Play the Lead in Hal Hartley’s Dark Comedy NED RIFLE; Adeel Akhtar to Play Smee in PAN

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Here’s the latest casting information for the following films:

  • J.K. Simmons is in talks to join Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis, starring Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The film opens July 1, 2015.
  • Aubrey Plaza is set to lead Hal Hartley’s dark comedy, Ned Rifle.
  • Adeel Akhtar will play Smee to Garrett Hedlund’s Hook in Joe Wright’s Pan.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan Talk LIFE AFTER BETH, Putting a New Spin on the Zombie Genre, the Crazy Cast, and More at Sundance 2014

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Writer/director Jeff Baena’s feature directorial debut Life After Beth puts a different spin on the zombie genre by revolving around a guy (Dane DeHaan) who must reexamine his relationship with his girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) when she unexpectedly comes back from the dead.  The film just had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s a sharply funny spin on the traditional “zombie movie” that blends the genre with a dramatic look at relationships in general; it also features Plaza’s most impressive performance to date.  The supporting cast is made up of a bevy of fantastic comedic actors including John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Kendrick, and a host of delightful cameos.

Recently at Sundance, I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the film with its two leads, DeHaan and Plaza. During the course of our conversation, the two discussed the appeal of this non-traditional zombie conceit, working with the insanely talented cast, keeping the different stages of zombie deterioration straight while making the film, and more.  Additionally, Plaza talks about the “love fest” that is the Parks and Recreation cast and DeHaan considers the craziness to come with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Read the full interview after the jump.

MORTDECAI Adds Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt and Jeff Goldblum

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David Koepp’s action comedy Mortdecai started filming a couple of months ago, and now some new cast members have joined in the fun.  Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment announced today that Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class) and Jeff Goldblum (The Grand Budapest Hotel) have signed on to the Johnny Depp-led picture.  Based on Kyril Bonfiglioli’s anthology, Mortdecai follows a charming art dealer as he traverses the globe in an effort to reclaim a stolen painting rumored to contain a code to a bank account full of Nazi gold.

Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul BettanyMortdecai doesn’t yet have a release date but is expected to open some time this year.  Hit the jump for more.


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The lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival competition films was announced today, and we’ve got some first-look images and synopses from a selection of said films to share:

  • Life After Beth – Written and directed by Jeff Baena; starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, and Paul Reiser.
  • Low Down – Directed by Jeff Preiss; starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, and Flea.
  • The Skeleton Twins – Directed by Craig Johnson; starring Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrook, and Joanna Gleason.
  • The Sleepwalker – Directed by Mona Fastvold; starring Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet, and Stephanie Ellis.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.


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As plenty of sex comedies have proved, sex acts can be hilarious when attempted by the inexperienced.  The awkwardness is overwhelming, and the trick is to find the comedy rather than just making the audience uncomfortable at watching a teenager fumble through dry humping.  The To Do List follows its close relative American Pie in pressuring its uptight protagonist to achieve sexual adequacy, but the “twist” is that the teenager is a woman because hey!  Women want sex too!  Despite writer-director Maggie Carey providing a welcome gender swap for the genre, the picture is surprisingly tame until it occasionally manages a sneak attack with some of the most shocking gross-out gags in recent memory.  Unfortunately, the overbearing 90’s setting and an unfortunately miscast Aubrey Plaza undermine the sympathy we’re supposed to feel towards our protagonist.

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