Aubrey Plaza Set To Star/Produce Crime Drama ‘Emily the Criminal’

It looks like Aubrey Plaza has been hard at work starring/producing the upcoming crime drama, Emily the Criminal.

According to IMDb, the film just wrapped on production this week, but we don’t know if that’s 100% accurate because other sites speak as if they’re still filming.

In any event, Emily the Criminal stars the former Parks & Rec actress as Emily, who is down on her luck and drowning in debt.

She gets involved in a credit card scam that pulls her into the criminal underworld of Los Angeles, ultimately leading to deadly consequences.

Certainly sounds like an interesting premise. The flick was written/directed by John Patton Ford. It looks like this will be his first feature directing credit after spending some time in the land of short films.

In addition to Plaza, this film stars Gina Gershon and Megalyn Echikunwoke.

No word on when this film is set to be released, but we have to imagine you’ll be seeing it in early 2022 or at least by the spring of 2022.

We will obviously keep you posted. Meanwhile, you can catch Plaza in the upcoming Guy Ritchie thriller with Jason Statham. She also starred in a film titled Best Sellers opposite Michael Caine. That film just premiered at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival.

Safe to say, she’s a busy lady.

Aubrey Plaza Reveals Kristen Stewart Had COVID-19 While Filming ‘Happiest Season’

The gay romance Christmas movie ‘Happiest Season’ premiered on Hulu late last month, and the majority of people seemed to enjoy it.

I watched it last week and thought it was extremely unoriginal, but hey, sometimes that’s what the people want.

Anyway, during a recent interview with Stephen Colbert, Aubrey Plaza accidentally shared that Kristen Stewart had COVID-19 while filming the movie back in February of this year.

She explained that they had shot the film right before the virus really started to spread, “like COVID was on our set. Kristen got sick. We didn’t know,” she revealed.

Colbert responded, almost in shock, “Are we breaking news right now? Do people know Kristen Stewart got sick? he asked her.

Plaza quickly apologized for oversharing…

A lot of people got sick. Ithink it was the last week of February, so people were starting—it was like that zone where people were starting to talk about coronavirus but people were kind of laughing about it. Nobody understood how serious it was. But I think a bunch of people on our set got sick. I didn’t, thank god.

When I was leaving the set and going to the airport, probably on like February 29th or something, I said to like one of the transpo guys, like, ‘Do you think I should be worried about this, like, virus thing? Like, what’s going on with this thing?’

His reply? “It’s already here.”

And that’s something we’re slowly learning. It was here at least a month or two before we knew, and possibly longer than that, although it’s only been confirmed dating back to December 2019.

Aubrey Plaza Set To Star In Upcoming Guy Ritchie Thriller With Jason Statham

Aubrey Plaza will forever live in our hearts as April from ‘Parks & Rec‘ but she’s much more than just that.

She’s been starring in a handful of films recently, including the Christmas romance, Happiest Season, where she was perhaps the most likable character in the entire movie.

According to a new report, she’ll be switching genres completely for her next project.

Plaza will star alongside Jason Statham in the Guy Ritchie untitled thriller formally known as Five Eyes.

The story follows MI6 guns-and-steel agent (Statham) who is recruited by a global intelligence alliance to track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology that threatens to disrupt the world order. Reluctantly paired with CIA high-tech expert, Fortune sets off on a globe-trotting mission where he will have to use all of his charm, ingenuity and stealth to track down and infiltrate billionaire arms broker.

Sounds pretty generic to me, but it was reportedly the biggest deal coming out of the TIFF Virtual sales room, so there’s that.

STX will be handling distribution. No word on a potential release date.

‘Black Bear’ Drama/Thriller Starring Aubrey Plaza Bought By Momentum Pictures

Way back in January (remember January?) Lawrence Michael Levine debuted his film ‘Black Bear‘ at the Sundance Film Festival.

It premiered to mostly positive reviews and currently sits at an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The drama/thriller, which stars Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon, was looking for a distribution home at the festival.

And now four months later, it has found one. Momentum Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to the film.

Set at a remote house in the Adirondack Mountains, Abbott and Gadon portray an expecting couple confronted with Plaza’s out-of-town guest, who is suffering from writer’s block. She seeks solace in the woods, but instead finds herself at the center of a twisted love triangle.

Plaza feels like the perfect actress to play such a role. It’s easy to see her causing a little mischief.

No release date has been announced, but we’re sure the folks at Momentum are planning it all out right now.

We’ll keep you posted.

A Film For The Whole Family: ‘The Little Hours’ Releases Second Trailer Starring Dave Franco And Alison Brie!

Do you have a religious grandma? Maybe an aunt who loves to go to church every Sunday? If so, you need to call them up and tell them to clear their schedule for June 30.

The Little Hours stars Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci as three nuns who are a little cavalier about the rules. And they only get more unruly when the hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco) arrives at the convent.

And by now, you probably realize this is not a great film to watch with your sweet grandma. This second trailer released today is the SFW version. If you’d like to watch the NSFW trailer, you can click on this link to check it out.

In addition to the actors mentioned above, the film also stars John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman and Molly Shannon. You can check out the official synposis and trailer below. The Little Hours will hit theaters June 30, 2017.

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 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.

Movie Review: Dirty Grandpa – This Literally Might Be The Unfunniest Film of the Year.

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When paired correctly Zac Efron can be an excellent comic actor. When paired correctly Robert De Niro can be a great dramatic actor and a great comic actor. When paired together, it seems some kind of weird chemical reaction happens that makes these two stars just a little bit irritating and a whole lot of disturbing.

The premise is this. Jason Kelly [Zac Efron] is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm he works at. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. This is a wacky road trip/buddy movie that winds up feeling awkward simply due to the mismatched cast.

Road trip comedies, provided they are hilarious and have the right casting, don’t have to be complex or intelligent. They can be really stupid and really thin, but still be enjoyable. Consider movies like “The Sure Thing,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” None of the plots are particularly complex, but they work because of the actors and because of the dialog.

What didn’t make them work was endless dick jokes.

It was like the writers went out of their way to make every single character as repellant as possible. Every last one of them has some deep seated, controversial issues, whether they’re selling drugs to kids or trying to molest aging pensioners.

Efron clearly made an effort to give his character heart and sympathy. It’s one of his first times playing the straight man in a buddy comedy and I felt like he gave it his all. Surprisingly, where it fell apart was De Niro. De Niro is an excellent actor, as long as he’s playing ‘straight’. The responsible mobsters, the overbearing father, the strict mentor, these are all roles he shines in. The ‘kooky grandpa’ role is not one of them. There’s just something so uncomfortable about watching De Niro trying to get laid.

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I’m not a fan of movies that depend on being crude to be funny, because crude isn’t always funny. Sometimes it’s just crude. See Andrew Dice Clay as an example. I have to say, if this is writer John Phillips best effort, I have little hope for the upcoming Bad Santa 2.

In a movie like this, it’s important to like the characters. While Efron works to be likeable, De Niro is that creepy old dude in the bar, standing in the corner, watching girls young enough to be his granddaughter dance, while he drools slightly. He’s not funny. He’s just gross. Honestly, if I met this character in real life, I probably would have maced him while blowing my rape whistle.

This literally might be the unfunniest film of the year. A script devoid of humor, and leads that come across as unlikable, make this movie one that’s sure to earn a Golden Raspberry nomination. This is not even remotely worth the watch. In fact, it’s one I wish I could unwatch.

We Gave it: 1 Star: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

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Movie Review: Mortdecai (2015) – A bit like Austin Powers…only not remotely funny.

31JAN2015 - 3I arrived at the theater knowing that this movie was going to have problems. No matter how good, people don’t tend to go to movies they can’t pronounce. It’s not that they fear said movie might be over their head. It’s just, when they’re talking on the phone to their friends, and telling them they’re going to see a movie, they don’t want to sound like an idiot. For example;

“Hey Essa, what’re you doing tonight?”

“Going to see Motouchy? Mordeashai? I don’t know. It’s that movie where Johnny Depp has another weird mustache.”


“That’s the one.”

Silly name aside, this movie had potential. Who doesn’t love a dashing art dealer and Johnny Depp in full character mode? In fact, this is a role that seamed custom made for Johnny Depp, much like his instant gold hit with Jack Sparrow. But in this case, something doesn’t work.

The premise is this. Mortdecai is in debt and he needs to climb out of it. When a valuable painting is stolen, a security agent agrees to let Mortdecai off the hook if he helps track down the crooks, who also have ties to terrorism. Mortdecai takes the job and wife Johanna (Gwyneth Paltrow) comes along to help. This premise is based on one of the books in the Mortdecai series “Don’t Point That Thing at Me.” I have to say, the books were far better than the movie adaptation.

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For some reason, Mordecai felt really cartoony. That would usually work fine, but for the fact that no one else felt cartoony. It was like Depp was living in his own alternate reality, while everyone else was in real reality. He went too far with the character and turned him into a caricature instead. When you toss in a lot of adult humor, with a main character who feels like a cartoon, things just get uncomfortable. I have to say, it’s a bit like Austin Powers…only not remotely funny.

Also, Gwyneth Paltrow is not designed for comedy. Sure, she might be ok in romantic comedies, but straight comedy is not her forte. I feel like her part would have been better played by an unknown. This is a movie that requires the ability to do gross out humor and Paltrow seemed unwilling to let go.

The cast flopped between trying too hard or not trying hard enough. Nobody hit the nail on the head.

It’s a strange movie to find an audience for. While the characters themselves feel like they were designed for children, the constant sex jokes and curse words give this movie an R Rating. That means that the audience who might have liked it, teens, are left out of the loop, while most adults would just find it stupid.

This might just be the flop of the year. The studio apparently had big dreams for it, indicating that they felt it would become a franchise along the lines of The Pink Panther. But after earning only a paltry $4 million, which isn’t even half of Depp’s fee, this movie is nothing short of a disaster. It’s slowly sinking down at the box office, holding the 9th spot, but it’s probably likely that the movie will disappear entirely after only a few more days.

We Gave it: 1 Star: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below

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