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While zombie rom-coms aren't original (see Shaun of the Dead or Warm Bodies), this take on the genre has such a deadpan tone that it feels refreshingly unpredictable. While the plot sometimes seems like it's going to spin completely out of control, writer-director Jeff Baena (who wrote I Heart Huckabees) holds it together with clever twists and turns and smart, witty dialogue. And the terrific cast helps balance the humour and horror with a hint of emotional depth.
It opens as soulful teenager Zach (Dane DeHaan) is grieving about his recently deceased girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza), who was killed by a snake bite. As Zach and Beth's parents (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) help each other get over the shock, they are startled when she arrives back home as if nothing happened. Utterly unaware that she's undead, Beth can't understand why Zach is looking at her strangely, while her parents become super protective, refusing to let her outside for fear that someone will spot a dead girl walking around. Then Zach begins to notice that Beth isn't the only person in town who has come back to life. And when he runs into old friend Erica (Anna Kendrick), Beth's jealousy seems to trigger a full-on zombie invasion.
By focussing on the warped relationships between the characters, the film keeps the audience both involved and entertained. The humour is a mix of bone-dry dialogue and riotously nutty visual gags that escalate as the story progresses. And there are constant wrinkles in the plot, such as how Beth conveniently can't remember breaking up with Zach before she died. Or how Zach's gung-ho brother (a scene stealing Matthew Gray Gubler) reacts to the growing threat of the walking-dead. And by combining real heart with silly comedy and even some genuine scariness, filmmaker Baena manages to make some sharp observations about both love and grief.
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With zombie movies steadily taking over the cinema, ‘Life After Beth’ strives to stand out from the undead crowd.
Zombie movies are as old as cinema itself, kicking off with 1930s hits like 'White Zombies' and 'The Devil's Daughter'. The genre came to mainstream prominence with George A. Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead' in 1968, after which the undead onslaught has been fairly unceasing. But a subset is just as venerable: the zombie comedy, or zom-com, can trace its roots back to 1941's 'King of the Zombies' and 1945's 'Zombies on Broadway'. More recent examples include Peter Jackson's 'Braindead' (1992) and 'Zombieland' (2009).
The most memorable recent zom-com is obviously Edgar Wright's 'Shaun of the Dead' (2004), which introduced a further sub-genre: the zom-rom-com. This paved the way for the likes of the Spanish romp 'Juan of the Dead' (2010), 'Warm Bodies' (2013) and 'All Cheerleaders Die' (also 2013).
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More nude photographs reportedly of another group of female celebrities have been leaked online. The latest victims of what appears to be the same group of hackers as the August leak include Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Avril Lavigne and Mary-Kate Olsen.
The FBI may be hot on the trail of the hackers (or so we hope) but that hasn't stopped what appears to be the perpetrators of 'The Fappening' from leaking yet more nude celebrity photographs.
Kim Kardashian has reportedly become a victim of the hackers.
Aubrey Plaza has been announced as the voice of Grumpy Cat in a TV movie.
Good news for fans of Grumpy Cat- the teeny kitty with lots of cat-titude has found a voice for her first movie, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever. Aubrey Plaza will be bringing the grumpiest kitty's thoughts to life when the film airs on Lifetime this winter.
Tardar Sauce pictured at her second birthday party
The original actress cast to provide the voice of Tardar Sauce was Jane Lynch of 'Glee' fame, but she dropped out last month, leaving Plaza to fill her shoes. Plaza is best known as the moody intern April Ludgate on NBC sitcom 'Parks and Recreation', but has recently starred in films such as The To-Do List and Life After Beth. Her deadpan wit in 'Parks and Recreation' is no doubt what has earned her this latest gig, as her character on screen has much in common with the grumpy little cat who has won over the internet.
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A riff on the 1983 classic The Big Chill, this ensemble drama's reunion of old friends differs because Alex's suicide fails this time. It's also, of course, filtered through a very different cultural landscape, with characters born at about the time the earlier film was released. This is a strikingly warm exploration of friendship, with light comedy and very dark emotions along the way. And even if it sometimes feels a little sloppy about its big themes, it has a lot to say.
After Alex (Jason Ritter) attempts suicide, his best pal Ben (Nate Parker) calls the old gang and asks them to come to Upstate New York and offer some support. Ben brings his girlfriend Siri (Maggie Grace), who's also part of the group. But they're grappling with some big issues in their relationship, since he's a blocked writer and she has just had a job offer in Los Angeles. The cynical Josh (Max Greenfield) arrives at the same time as the charmer Sarah (Aubrey Plaza), and they can barely conceal the waves of loathing and lust between them. Finally, Isaac (Max Minghella) brings his younger girlfriend Kate (Jane Levy). As these people reconnect, the awkwardness is made even more intense by the question of how they can help Alex.
It's intriguing to see a movie made about 30-ish characters by 28-year-old Jesse Zwick, son of filmmaker Edward, who made the seminal TV series Thirtysomething. The film refreshingly avoids stereotypes, populating scenes with realistic people who are still hung up on the same issues they faced while in university, including quite a lot of soapy "he likes her but she likes him" melodrama. But as the weekend progresses, the thoughtful conversations lead to revelations and confessions, spurred on by some pot-smoking, game-playing, dancing and noisy sex. All of which gives the actors plenty to play with.
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Nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Winstead and others have leaked onto the internet, but given the sentence of Michael Chaney - the man who hacked Scarlett Johansson - the person behind the latest leak may be on borrowed time.
Hundreds of explicit images of celebrities including nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence leaked onto the internet on Sunday (August 31, 2014) via the 4chan website. Images of more than 100 well-known actors, singer and celebrities were part of the leak, which is rumored to be part of a major hacking of Apple's iCloud service.
Jennifer Lawrence confirmed the nude pictures were real [Getty/MIke Coppola]
As well as the Hunger Games actress - the most high profile - the list also included Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kirsten Dunst, Winona Ryder and Aubrey Plaza. 4chan quickly removed the thread but the images have been circulating since.
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Charlie Mortdecai may be rude, arrogant and distinctly unlikeable, but he's also a terribly rich English art dealer with a drop dead gorgeous wife, charming looks and a trusty man servant. He has been enlisted to uncover a painting, lost for decades and containing a top secret code that leads to a hidden bank account inside which is mounds of Nazi currency. It is with much apprehension on the part of Inspector Martland that Mortdecai become involved, with him being notoriously overt and extremely moronic. But he is happy to help with the recovery, travelling to various corners of the world and dazzling those he meets along the way. However, he has a lot to face on his journey - from MI5 to terrorists and his wife's repeated questions.
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Zach is a total mess following the sudden death of his girlfriend Beth and turns to her equally grief-stricken parents for support. However, when they stop contacting him, he becomes confused by their evasiveness and begins to suspect their daughter is still alive. Sure enough, there's a hole in the ground by her presumably previously occupied grave and she appears to have resurrected from the dead. Zach doesn't know what to think, but when he sees her looking just the same as she did before she died, he is overcome with emotion and decides to tell her everything that he wished he'd said before she passed. However, their happy ending is quickly cut short when Beth starts displaying increasingly erratic behaviour - such as biting and eating a man. Realising that she's a zombie complicates things for Zach, who'll give anything to keep her around but struggles to cope with her newfound brutality.
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Bill Hader has signed an exclusive deal with HBO to create a comedy for the network in which he will also star.
Bill Hader, the voice behind Flint in Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, will be creating and starring in his very own show for HBO. The 35-year-old actor has signed an exclusive contract with HBO allowing him to develop a comedy series for the network, as Deadline reports. Hader's new series will join the network's collection of hit comedies including Girls and Veep.
Bill Hader is best known for his appearances on SNL.
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Even as this comedy strains to be goofy and transgressive, it catches us by surprise simply because it dares to explore first-time sexual experiences through female eyes. And Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed) brings her usual sardonic wit to the lead role, merrily offending the more timid moviegoers while making more adventurous fans wish the film went even further.
Plaza plays Brandy, who graduated at the top of her Boise high school class. But with that goal achieved, she wonders if she neglected to prepare properly for university social life, so she makes a summer to-do list of sex-related tasks leading, hopefully, to losing her virginity to the hunky guitar-strumming lifeguard Rusty (Porter). She works with him at the local swimming pool along with her nice-guy best pal Cameron (Simmons), who's of course secretly in love with her. But as Brandy works through the list with the help of her friends (Shawkat and Steele) and her experienced big sister (Bilson), she starts to worry that her emotions are getting in the way.
Thankfully, writer-director Carey refuses to let this turn into a romantic slush-fest, keeping the encounters jagged and often very funny. The script is packed with hilariously squirm-inducing conversations about sex, many involving Brandy's far too helpful mother (Britton). Although her dad (Gregg) and her loser boss (Hader) understandably don't want to know. Meanwhile, when the local guys (Glover and Mintz-Plasse) find out about Brandy's list, they are sure to tick off a few items themselves, as does a visiting rock star (Samberg).
Continue reading: The To Do List Review
After a few weeks of disappointments, this one might actually make a lot of money for production companies.
The weekend box office kicks off to a predictable start this week, with a predicted $65 million opening for The Wolverine and a host of other solid flicks trailing slightly behind.
The weekend box office appears to be in Hugh Jackman's capable hands.
After a complete turnaround in reviews, the James Mangold-directed chapter of the X-Men story is quickly shaping up to be one of the most profitable releases of the season – nowhere near Iron Man 3, of course, but that’s one benchmark that won’t be reached for a while, it would seem.
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The film might be more realistic than we think.
The To Do List might not be gaining momentum with critics, but it isn’t for a lack of realism, to be sure. The cast and production team of the racy teenage comedy sat down for a chat with The Hollywood Reporter recently and they had a lot to say about their sexy (or not so much) past. Aubrey Plaza, who plays the film’s goody-goody protagonist, shared that her real-life family was remarkably similar to her on-screen one – in their prudishness, at least.
From the studio that brought us classics like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, this animated drama feels unusually low-key and realistic. But while the lack of fantastical elements leaves it somewhat dry, as if it should really be a live-action movie, the animation is still a lavishly detailed feast for the eyes.
It's set in 1963 Japan, where orphaned teen Umi (Bolger) lives with her grandmother (Hendricks) atop a hill overlooking a fishing village. She raises flags every morning as a signal her fisherman father, who died in the Korean War, then heads to school where the topic on everyone's lips is the impending demolition of the ramshackle clubhouse. As the nation prepares for the Tokyo 1964 Olympics, old buildings like this must go, but the students band together to protect it, and Umi teams up with student journalist Shun (Yelchin) to clean up the building and make a plea to the corporate boss (Bridges). Meanwhile, Shun is having a personal crisis: as he begins to fall for Umi, he starts to suspect that they have the same father.
The film never really weaves these two plot strands together, so as Umi and Shun try to save the clubhouse and work out their parentage, each storyline feels like a distraction from the other. But they both raise intriguing questions about the past, present and future in a nation still recovering from WWII. And the beautifully rendered backgrounds bring the period to life with artful detail. On the other hand, the characters are more basic anime shapes, inexpressive and a bit stiff, which makes it difficult to identify with them even when their stories turn extremely emotional.
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After years of playing roughly the same character in every movie, Aubrey Plaza seems to finally be coming into her own as an actress.
A few bit parts here and there and a biggie in Parks & Rec – after years as a supporting actress, it looks like Aubrey Plaza is finally making her big debut. She created a bit of buzz with her recent interview and photo spread (both fascinating) in GQ.
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Pixar revisits the characters from 2001's Monsters, Inc. for a frat-house prequel. Which is kind of an odd setting for a kids' movie. The comedy is more focussed on action sequences than characters this time, so it's not nearly as satisfying. But it's still a lot of fun, thanks to a constant barrage of sharp verbal and visual gags.
When he was just a child, Mike (Crystal) dreamed about becoming a scarer, capturing the screams of human children to provide power to Monstropolis. So he's thrilled when he enters Monsters University, and takes his studies very seriously. By contrast, his roommate Randy (Buscemi) is more interested in partying, while classmate Sulley (Goodman) is lazily coasting on the legacy of his famed scarer dad. Then Mike and Sulley end up on the wrong side of Dean Hardscrabble (Mirren), who gives them one chance to stay in school: they have to win the Scare Games. But the only frat-house that needs them is made up of unscary misfits: nice-guy Dan (Murray), two-headed dimwit Terry/Terri (Hayes/Foley), naive five-eyed Squishy (Sohn) and furry philosopher Art (Day).
We never really doubt where this is going, but the filmmakers have a lot of fun along the way, and the story does take some surprising twists. Essentially, it's the same premise as Glee, with nerdy outcasts banding together to draw on their personal talents and show the cool kids that they're not losers. The script never really develops any of the side characters beyond one key personality trait, but the relationship between Mike and Sulley has a real kick of emotional resonance, superbly well-voiced by Crystal and Goodman. And the bromance between these two is even more enjoyable than all the colourful mayhem and snappy joking around.
Continue reading: Monsters University Review
CBS Films has released a teaser of their upcoming summer chick-flick comedy The To-Do List. The film follows the pre-college antics of goody-two-shoes A- grade student and virgin Brandy Clark. Her to-do list changes from the mundane trivialities of her teenage life to include slightly less virtuous tasks, including losing her virginity to lifeguard Rusty Walters.
The To-Do-List stars Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreations), Rachel Bilson (The O.C.), Bill Hader (Men in Black III), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Pitch-Perfect), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Andy Samburg (Hotel Transylvania) and Scott Porter (Music and Lyrics).
Porter and Bilson have previously worked together on TV series Hart of Dixie. They are typical examples of the sort of actors who will be appearing in this wholesome American comedy. Many have experience in comedy, Mintz-Plasse, Samburg and Hader have all frequently appeared on Saturday Night Live
Written and directed by Maggie Carey, The To-Do List will be her first feature film as she has previously only produced shorts and documentaries.
Continue reading: CBS Films Release Trailer For Summer Comedy 'The To-Do List' [Trailer]
Brandy Clark is a smart, high-achieving though particularly naive high-school graduate whose finding the prospect of a new life at college daunting. Tired of being relentlessly teased for her sexual inexperience, she compiles a list of bedroom adventures she would like to have before beginning her first year as a freshman. However, trying to catch-up with her friends becomes a shame-filled rollercoaster as she attempts to seduce handsome, floppy-haired lifeguard Rusty Waters who she met at her first college party. She manages to lose her head, as well as her top, as she discovers that there's more to having trysts with guys than just getting physical as the much more confusing emotional side comes into it. The question is, will she survive her first year at college, or will this new world of passion and parties drive this straight-laced girl crazy?
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But was it a set-up?
We can’t help but feel this one was a set-up, but Aubrey Plaza’s interruption of Will Ferrell when he was accepting his MTV Golden Popcorn Comedic Genius Trophy certainly has got the media talking, with many likening her display to the now infamous Kanye West interruption when he prevented Taylor Swift from giving her acceptance speech for best video at the MTV Music Awards.
The incident at the Golden Popcorn awards saw Plaza, with the name of #The To Do List, her new movie, written on her chest, walk up on stage barefoot and attempt to wrest the award Ferrell had been given off him. Ferrell, unsurprisingly, wasn’t up for that and kept a firm hold of his prize. Eventually Plaza just walked off the stage and back to her seat, where she subsequently spilt her drink. "Aubrey Plaza, everyone," Ferrell said, of the awkward moment. "Just like we rehearsed it. Perfect, it was perfect. Not too long, not too short. Right on the money."
This is becoming a common occurrence
Soon, there’ll be an award for Best Award Acceptance Interruption at the Mtv Movie Awards, we’re sure of it; it's just becoming the ‘done thing’. The latest was Aubry Plaza, as she stunted Will Ferrell’s acceptance of the Comic Genius award.
Will, 45, told the crowd: “Aubrey Plaza, everyone – just like we rehearsed it. Perfect, it was perfect. Not too long, not too short. Right on the money.” Afterwards, she took to Twitter and wrote: “Thanks for the advice @kanyewest went better than planned! #mtvmovieawards #chrisbosh #thesecret.” MTV confirmed that the event was not planned, while Will joked backstage: “I think she wanted to tell me something important but there was no message – it was just a lot of hot liquor breath. And then, a little bit of sweat. Then she ran away. But the ship sailed on.” Was Kanye West's legendary interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards the inspiration?
Elsewhere at the awards, The Avengers won three, including the top prize, movie of the year. "What's the opposite of humbled? We're Biebered to be standing here," said Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon as he accepted the final golden popcorn trophy. "This is the award that means the most to me. I am so grateful and very excited for 2015; we're going to bring you Avengers 2."' Rebel Wilson stole the show, though, with her ridiculously rude gags and satirical look at pop culture.
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Aubrey Plaza appeared to try a marketing stunt for her new movie, but she was thrown off the Sony Pictures lot where the MTV Movie Awards was being held.
In a bizarre skit at the MTV Movie Awards in Culver City, California, on Sunday (April 14, 2013), Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza 'did a Kanye West' and rushed the stage in the middle of Will Ferrell's acceptance speech for his Comedic Genius Golden Popcorn awards. The 28-year-old actress jumped on-stage barefooted, with a drink in her hand and grabbed the statue. "What's happening?" Ferrell, 45, asked, "Are you okay?" he added.
Plaza didn't say a word throughout the weird exchange (she had the name of her new movie scrawled across her chest), giving up the fight and returning to her front run seat. The quick thinking Ferrell joked that things went down "just like during rehearsals." Speaking backstage, the Anchorman star told US Weekly, "I think she wanted to tell me something important, but there was no message.It was just a lot of hot liquor breath. And, then, and a little bit of sweat. And then she ran away. But the ship sailed on." Aubrey is yet to comment on the incident, though tweeted, "thanks for the advice @kanyewest went better than planned!"
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