Aubrey Plaza

‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever’ Is Every Bit as Awful as You Feared

About halfway through Lifetime’s Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, there is a poor special effect featuring two Grumpy Cats flying red and green airplanes across the screen. The planes carry banners that read, “If you’re still watching this, I worry for you.” Well. At least this movie is self-aware, I suppose. There are multiple self-deprecating meta moments throughout the movie that break the fourth wall and laugh at the audience for watching this strange, too-early, and pathetic Christmas “special.” The joke’s on us for watching, sure, but the joke is also on Lifetime, and on Grumpy Cat (and his owners), and on Aubrey Plaza (who voices the cat), and on everyone else who had anything to do with this movie. … Read More

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The Slow Erosion of the TV vs. Movie Actor Class System

I know you’re supposed to let a movie draw you into its narrative without excess baggage, and its characters should exist only as themselves and so on, but I had an odd moment of external realization when I first saw About Alex (which is out this week on DVD, and is pretty good). The scene comes about six minutes into this junior Big Chill, and there’s nothing earth-shattering about it as a scene; Siri (Maggie Grace) meets Josh (Max Greenfield) and Sarah (Aubrey Plaza) at the train station to drive them to the cabin where they and several other old friends are spending the weekend. But as the three characters embraced and reconnected, something in the back of my head whispered, “Look, it’s Schmidt and April Ludgate meeting up with Shannon from Lost.” And no, that didn’t make this scene the culmination of some sort of weird TV fan fiction; it merely accentuated, with a rare bit of clarity, how much the game has changed for actors, in terms of the transition from TV to film (and back). … Read More

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50 Cultural Icons on What They Were Like as Teenagers

It’s hard out there for a teenager. It’s even kind of hard out there for those of us who used to be teenagers — especially in these back-to-school months, when the nostalgia comes creeping up like those floods we used to wear and never, ever should again. But you know who was probably even stranger than you in high school? Your favorite cultural icon. Or maybe not — as is only to be expected, some had joyful (and/or prank-filled) teenage years, some suffered tragedies, some were completely weird, some were popular, and some deserve our respect for even getting through. Click through to read 50 cultural icons on their teenage… Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Aubrey Plaza Voices Grumpy Cat, Lucifer Gets a TV Show

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: Dating Naked gets renewed, Darrell Hammond takes over as SNL announcer, and Aubrey Plaza helps bring Grumpy Cat to TV. … Read More

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‘Life After Beth’ and Aubrey Plaza’s Sexual Revolution

The problem with creating and refining a distinctive persona is that if you do it well enough, people will assume you can’t do anything else — that it’s just who you are, that you’re “playing yourself,” and that all the work you do will fall within the same frame. The undercurrent of that idea runs through much of what is said and written about Aubrey Plaza, who burst onto the scene in 2009 (via a featured turn in Funny People and a supporting role on Parks and Recreation) with, it seemed, a fully formed comic sensibility intact: a kind of weary, impatient, ironic detachment, chiefly expressed by a vocal delivery dry enough to start a brushfire. But she started coloring outside those lines almost immediately, and with her latest film, Life After Beth (out Friday) she makes her furthest departure from her “type” to date. But she doesn’t just do it by playing undead; she does it by continuing a fascinating exploration of onscreen sexuality. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in August

Hello there, moviegoers, and hasn’t this summer been a bit of a slog? The appropriately overcooked and instantly forgettable The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dropped only in May, but it’s seemed like an eternity since we were giggling at Electrified Jamie Foxx™; now it’s August, and the fall — aka “good movie season” — is just around the corner. Though this month offers little to look forward to from the studios (another Step Up, another Expendables, a Twister rip-off, and God help us, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot), here are some four-star indies to get you through to September. … Read More

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Finally: an Aubrey Plaza Zombie Movie, and a Trailer to Boot!

With a name like Life After Beth, you’d expect Beth to, you know, be dead. But that’s the little twist of… Read More

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Watch the Trailer for Friend Drama ‘About Alex,’ Starring Aubrey Plaza

Following the attempted suicide of a college friend, seven former college clique-mates band together – after years of drifting apart… Read More

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25 Summer 2014 Movies You Need to See

Though we’ve barely put away our parkas here in NYC, summer movie season is apparently underway, since there’s now a new Spider-Man movie playing on basically every vertical surface in the country. It could be argued that “summer movie season” began a month ago, when Captain America: The Winter Solder came out, because Hollywood is stuck in a PERPETUAL COMIC BOOK TENTPOLE BLOCKBUSTER SUMMER, but I digress. Let’s not fight it; here’s our look at 25 of this summer’s most promising releases, big and small. Plan your vacations… Read More

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