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Review: Zombieland: Double Tap is a Surprising Blast and an Ultimate Midnighter

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Ten years have passed since America’s answer to Shaun of the Dead blew up the scene with the gun-toting stately named zom-com Zombieland. Its charming cast and less charming characters gave us the memorable delivery of enjoyable quips with its version of the “everyman” zomb-pocalypse story. Ten years later, after Warm Bodies, Cooties, Life After Beth, and Anna and the Apocalypse, we have been forced to ask, do we need a sequel to Zombieland?

Probably not.

Though it didn’t strike while the iron was hot, nor did it wait long enough to capitalize on nostalgia, Zombieland: Double Tap is here, and you know what? It’s great.

Ten years or so after the events of the first film, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), and Wichita (Emma Stone) are holed up in the White House living their quiet post-apocalyptic lives, until a panicked Wichita,
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Zombie Comedies Ranked

David Crow Oct 18, 2019

In honor of Zombieland: Double Tap, we rank all the movies that mixed yuks with human chunks in the zombie comedy subgenre.

For those old enough to remember a time before The Walking Dead premiered on AMC, it’s strange to admit we’ve reached a zombie saturation point. Believe it or not, there was a moment where you were not inundated with zombie movies, zombie TV shows, zombie video games, and zombie memes. Rather the undead were a cult novelty that allowed indie filmmakers to speak truth to power… via allegories involving lots of brain-munching and disembowelment. What could be better?

Now it’s hard to take a single step in the pop culture landscape without landing on a reanimated corpse with a belly full gray matter—not that this should be treated as the end of the world. Indeed, as you’ll see in many of the movies below,
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"Legion" - Aubrey Plaza Covers "Cosmo"

Take a look at new images of "Legion" actress Aubrey Plaza, wearing Lisa Marie Fernandez swimwear in the July 2019 issue of "Cosmopolitan" magazine, photographed by Peggy Sirota:

Plaza is noted for her role as 'April Ludgate' on the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation". After appearing in supporting roles in several feature films, Plaza had her first leading role as 'Darius Britt' in the 2012 film "Safety Not Guaranteed". Since 2017, she has starred as 'Lenny Busker' in the 'FX' drama series "Legion".

Plaza began her career performing improv and sketch comedy. She later appeared in films including "Mystery Team" (2008), "Funny People" (2009), "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (2010), "Monsters University" (2013), "Life After Beth" (2014)...

..."Dirty Grandpa" (2016), "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" (2016), "The Little Hours" (2017), and Ingrid Goes West (2017), the latter two of which she also produced.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Aubrey Plaza...
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‘Child’s Play’ Review: Even Aubrey Plaza Can’t Save This Half-Baked Horror-Satire Reboot

‘Child’s Play’ Review: Even Aubrey Plaza Can’t Save This Half-Baked Horror-Satire Reboot
No movie monster has bounced back more heartily than Chucky. The string of outlandish sequels released since 1988’s “Child’s Play” have found a half-dozen ways for the possessed doll to return for more evil pursuits. The new “Child’s Play” reboot finds one more, with a bigger budget and more audacious satire, but rarely has a movie begged to shed the baggage of its past more than this one. Rather than paying tribute to the original concept, director Lars Klevberg and screenwriter Tyler Burton Smith scribble over Don Mancini’s franchise by turning Chucky into a robot menace — think Hal 9000 with a knife — which raises the question of why they needed to mess with a series that has maintained its own zany rhythms for 30 years.

Say what you will about the “Chucky” movies, but as recently as 2017’s “Cult of Chucky,” Mancini maintained a consistent B-movie inspiration that kept
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Celebrating John C. Reilly's Best Movie Roles

Mark Harrison Jan 11, 2019

We look at the eclectic career of one of Hollywood's most beloved character actors, John C. Reilly.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

As an actor, John C. Reilly is exceptionally difficult to pin down. The Academy Award-nominated actor has worked with filmmakers ranging from Paul Thomas Anderson to Judd Apatow. Currently in awards contention again for his turn as Oliver Hardy in Stan & Ollie, he’s always been brilliant at both comedic and dramatic roles.

Going at least as far back as Will Ferrell and Jack Black’s "A Comedian At The Oscars" number at the 2007 Academy Awards, Reilly’s formidable range has long been celebrated. How do we know that real actors can do both comedy and drama? John C. Reilly, that’s how. After all, he “chose to be in both Boogie and Talladega Nights!”

In addition to Stan & Ollie, you can
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‘One Cut of the Dead’ Review: The Best Zombie Comedy Since ‘Shaun of the Dead’ — Fantasia 2018

‘One Cut of the Dead’ Review: The Best Zombie Comedy Since ‘Shaun of the Dead’ — Fantasia 2018
It’s not saying very much to declare Ueda Shin’ichirô’s debut feature the best zombie comedy since “Shaun of the Dead” — no disrespect to the likes of “Life After Beth” and “Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse,” but the decomposing sub-genre has been in desperate need of fresh brains ever since Edgar Wright brought it back to life. Enter “One Cut of the Dead,” a low-budget, high-concept work of tongue-in-cheek genius that not only matches the best of its predecessors, but also lovingly articulates why people are drawn to these movies in the first place.

Unfolding like some kind of unholy cross between “Day for Night” and “Diary of the Dead,” Ueda’s self-reflexive delight honors and humiliates zombie cinema in equal measure (and also in that order). The infectious fun begins with a virtuosic but strangely casual 37-minute long-take that messes with your expectations from start to finish.
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Justin Theroux Spotted with Aubrey Plaza in N.Y.C. After Split from Jennifer Aniston — See the Photo

Justin Theroux Spotted with Aubrey Plaza in N.Y.C. After Split from Jennifer Aniston — See the Photo
Justin Theroux is spending time with his old Parks and Recreation costar Aubrey Plaza.

The duo, who appeared together in four episodes of the NBC comedy series in 2010, were photographed strolling in New York City and stopping by the actor’s apartment.

“They met to discuss a potential film project,” a source tells People.

The Tropic Thunder writer, 46, guest starred on Parks and Recreation as Justin Anderson, the love interest of Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler. Plaza appeared in all seven seasons of the popular sitcom as fan-favorite April Ludgate. Both are also accomplished comedy writers.

Theroux has been
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Movie Review – The Little Hours (2017)

The Little Hours, 2017.

Written and Directed by Jeff Baena

Starring Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke, Adam Pally, Paul Weitz, Jon Gabrus, Lauren Weedman, Paul Reiser, and Nick Offerman

Synopsis:

A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the Middle Ages.

For his third feature, writer/director Jeff Baena (Life After Beth, Joshy) has concocted a type of comedy largely missing from the genre’s modern-day state, which is essentially plopping current day lexicons, attitudes, and personalities into a historical setting, specifically here an Italian convent (the movie was actually filmed on-location in Tuscany) somewhere during the 1300s. Not only does such a premise offer up a number of humorous scenarios regardless of variables such as who and where, it allows any feature that chooses this route to present
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Eiff: The Little Hours is Both Cute and Filthy [Review]

Writer-director Jeff Baena (Life After Beth) reunites with Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon for a raunchy comedy set in a medieval convent and based (very loosely) on a chapter of "The Decameron." The Little Hours follows the misadventures of a young servant, Massetto, played by Dave Franco, whose ill-advised affair with the wife of his master sends him running to the local convent for sanctuary, unaware that he's falling right into the hands of a group of terribly sinful and extremely horny nuns.

Reilly plays Father Tommasso - ostensibly in charge of the convent, his love of the communion wine somewhat undermines his authority, allowing the nuns free-reign to revel, cavort, experiment with witchcraft, "special herbs," and, indeed, with each other. Massetto [Continued ...]
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Aubrey Plaza and Director Jeff Baena Reveal the Highs and Lows of Dating Your Creative Collaborator

Aubrey Plaza and Director Jeff Baena Reveal the Highs and Lows of Dating Your Creative Collaborator
In “The Little Hours,” Aubrey Plaza plays a foul-mouthed nun in 14th century Italy, the kind of sarcastic humor Plaza does best. Unsurprisingly, the actress had more than one hand in the production: It’s her first movie as a producer, and director Jeff Baena is her boyfriend.

The film, which also stars John C. Reilly, Dave Franco, Molly Shannon, and a host of other comedic actors, is a loose adaptation of “The Decameron,” the 1353 short story collection by Giovanni Boccaccio. However, “The Little Hours” is also notable for Plaza because it marks her first producing credit. The actress best known for her recurring role in “Parks and Recreation” already has a few more of those in the bag, including the upcoming “Ingrid Goes West,” which opens in August. Plaza’s work on “The Little Hours,” however, provides a window into the collaborative process of an indie power couple who
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Sound Design Tutorial: The 5 Five Steps of Audio Post Production:

Sundance-winning film sound mixer reveals the power of dialog editing, sound design, and audio mixing. https://youtu.be/Jb2RRoEt4_M The 5 Five Steps of Audio Post Production: 2:20 Sound Editing 3:05 Spotting Session 3:37 Dialog Editing 7:03 Sound Design 11:08 Sound Mixing Ugo Derouard is a Sound Designer & Supervising Sound Editor and has been successfully working in Hollywood since 2006. Over his career, Ugo has worked with A-List Directors and Music Composers, on Award-winning Films, TV Shows, Commercials and Documentaries since 2002. Ugo’s work as a Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer has been featured many times at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2012 for the film "The End of Love" featuring Mark Webber & Michael Cera, again in the 2014 “Life After Beth” with Aubrey Plaza as well as the 2015...

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Aubrey Plaza On ‘Little Hours,’ ‘Ingrid Goes West’ And ‘Legion’: “I Never Think Anything I Do Is Good” [Podcast]

To say Aubrey Plaza is in the middle of a breakout year is something of an understatement. Sure, she’s had career highlights such as “Parks and Recreation,” “Life After Beth” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” but nothing has allowed her to stretch her impressive creative talents as a prestige television series, and the two dark comedies she has hitting theaters this summer.

First off, Noah Hawley’s “Legion” is in serious danger of being ignored by Emmy voters in a sea of impressive Peak TV programming and if it happens it might even be a worse sin than “The Leftovers” being snubbed for its first two seasons.

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‘Silicon Valley’s’ Thomas Middleditch Cast in ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

‘Silicon Valley’s’ Thomas Middleditch Cast in ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’
Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch has been cast in Legendary Entertainment’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” Variety reports. The film will hit theaters on March 22, 2019. Middleditch will star alongside Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and O’Shea Jackson Jr.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters” will be directed by “Krampus” director Michael Dougherty, who co-wrote the script with Zach Shields. The film follows 2014’s “Godzilla,” which took in roughly $530 million at the worldwide box office, and will hit theaters more than a year before “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which just attached director Adam Wingard and will debut on May 29, 2020.

Middleditch voices the role of Harold in Dreamworks Animation’s upcoming “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” which hits theaters on Friday. He will also appear in the Bruce Willis action-comedy “Once Upon
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New Trailer for The Nunsploitation Comedy The Little Hours with Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming nunsploitation comedy The Little Hours. I had a chance to watch this movie at Sundance and it was definitely one of the stranger and more awkward films that I saw there. It wasn't really my thing, but I think there's an audience out there who will enjoy it and find it funny.

The story was is set in medieval times and follows three nuns named Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci), who lead a simple yet complicated life in their convent. "Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the
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Trailer Watch: Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza are Raunchy Nuns in “The Little Hours”

The Little Hours

Nuns are usually depicted as stern, stoic, and cloistered away from the debauchery of the wider world. A Nsfw trailer has landed for “The Little Hours,” and never before have we seen the likes of the (un)holy ladies at the center of the comedy. A passerby greets the Sisters by commenting on the beautiful weather, and his innocuous, pleasant remark is not received well. “Hey! Don’t fucking talk to us,” they chide him, calling him a “fucking creep.”

“Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer,” the film’s official synopsis details. “After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.”

According to a priest who tallies the Sisters’ sins, their offenses include filthy conversation, lustfulness, homosexuality, and eating blood. But it’s not all fun and games for the nuns at the convent. Alessandra complains of being “stuck here with all of these bitches.”

The Little Hours” received strong reviews at Sundance, where it made its world premiere in January. The film’s cast includes Molly Shannon and “Girls’” Jemima Kirke.

Written and directed by Jeff Baena (“Life After Beth”), “The Little Hours” hits theaters June 30.

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Little Hours Red Band Trailer Has Nuns Behaving Very Badly

Little Hours Red Band Trailer Has Nuns Behaving Very Badly
New distribution company Gunpowder & Sky has released the first trailer for their outrageous comedy The Little Hours, which was acquired shortly after the R-rated comedy's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Kate Micucci lead a cast chocked full of comedy all-stars, starring as a group of nuns who aren't exactly pleased with their life in the convent. This indie comedy could very well be one of this summer's sleeper hits when it debuts in theaters this coming June.

Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate's day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced
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Alison Brie & Aubrey Plaza Play Bawdy Medieval Nuns In The Raunchy, Nsfw Trailer For ‘The Little Hours’ [Watch]

You may not quite know the name Jeff Baena, but you kind of do already. Baena helped co-write “I Heart Huckabees” with David O. Russell and if you were paying attention, you’ll also know he directed his feature-length indie with “Life After Beth” in 2013 — a hilarious rom-zomcom starring Aubrey Plaza as the zombie girlfriend from hell. He’s also been working at a ridiculously fast clip.

Continue reading Alison Brie & Aubrey Plaza Play Bawdy Medieval Nuns In The Raunchy, Nsfw Trailer For ‘The Little Hours’ [Watch] at The Playlist.
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Sundance: 'The Little Hours' heads to Gunpowder & Sky

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Sundance: 'The Little Hours' heads to Gunpowder & Sky
The company that recently acquired FilmBuff has picked up North America and select territories on Jeff Baena’s latest drama.

Baena’s follow-up to Sundance 2016 selection Joshy and Sundance 2014 entry Life After Beth stars Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci as Italian nuns having a hard time keeping their vow of celibacy.

The cast includes Dave Franco, John C Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke, Lauren Weedman, Paul Reiser, Adam Pally, Paul Weitz, Jon Gabrus and Nick Offerman.

Liz Destro of Destro Films produced The Little Hours with Plaza. Starstream Media, Bow and Arrow Entertainment, Foton Pictures, Concourse Media and Exhibit served as executive producers.

Jake Hanly and Janet Brown negotiated on behalf of Gunpowder & Sky with Wme Global and CAA for the filmmakers.
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Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza Naughty Nun Movie ‘The Little Hours’ Picked Up by Gunpowder & Sky

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Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza Naughty Nun Movie ‘The Little Hours’ Picked Up by Gunpowder & Sky
Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza naughty-nun movie “The Little Hours” following its premiere in the midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival, TheWrap has learned. Van Toffler’s digital-first studio paid low-seven figures for writer-director Jeff Baena’s new movie, which reunites him with his “Life After Beth” star Aubrey Plaza. Plaza, Brie and Kate Micucci play medieval nuns who chafe at convent routine, spy on one another and berate a day laborer until Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry.
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Gunpowder & Sky Acquires Sundance Pic ‘The Little Hours’

Gunpowder & Sky Acquires Sundance Pic ‘The Little Hours’
Exclusive: The Sundance Film Festival deals keep coming. Gunpowder & Sky has made one for low-seven figures for The Little Hours. Written and directed by Life After Beth helmer Jeff Baena, the film revolves around a young servant fleeing from his master who takes refuge at a dysfunctional convent in medieval Tuscany. Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon star. Elizabeth Destro and Plaza produced the film that is part of the…
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