Busy day for Aubrey Plaza: First, her NBC sitcom Parks And Recreation got picked up for a sixth season, then CBS Films set a new domestic release date for her next movie. The To-Do List, a comedy about an awkward overachiever who tries to make up for her sexual underachieving in high school before she heads to college, has been moved up from August 16 to July 26. Instead of going up against Universal’s action-comedy sequel Kick-Ass 2, it now will be counterprogramming to Fox’s tentpole The Wolverine. Writer-director Maggie Carey’s film also stars Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Andy Samberg and Connie Britton. It is produced by Jennifer Todd, Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, with Mark Gordon, Greg Walter, Tom Lassally, Maggie Carey, Bill Hader and Tracy McGrath aboard as exec producers.
Pixar’s Monsters University is a bit of a class reunion for our favorite creatures of the one-eyed and furry variety. In the prequel, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi will reprise their voice roles from 2001′s Monsters, Inc., but the new film will also feature plenty of new characters.
EW can exclusively reveal more actors who are bringing life to the animated movie’s monsters. Among the talent lending their voices to the film are Nathan Fillion (Castle), John Krasinski (The Office), and Bonnie Hunt (Cheaper By the Dozen).
Hunt’s acceptance into Monsters University marks a return to the Pixar family. She also voiced characters in A Bug’s Life, Cars, Toy Story 3, multiple short films, and even Monsters, Inc., though as a different character than her role in the prequel.
Previously announced voice actors include Sean P. Hayes (Will & Grace), Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), and Helen Mirren (The Queen).
Aubrey Plaza will receive the CinemaCon Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award at this year’s event, managing director Mitch Neuhauser announced Monday.
The Parks and Recreation actress will be honored at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 18, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
CinemaCon, a convention for the motion picture theatre industry, will be held from April 15-18 in Las Vegas.
Along with playing April Ludgate on NBC’s comedy, Plaza starred in the 2012 film Safety Not Guaranteed and will next be seen in CBS Films’ comedy The To Do List, hitting theaters on August 16. It also stars Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Scott Porter, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton and Clark Gregg.
Previously announced honorees during CinemaCon include Chris Pine, Armie Hammer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Hailee Steinfeld.
On the same day the National Rifle Association demanded access to guns be protected, a bevy of celebrities released a PSA urging lawmakers to put forth a substantive plan for increasing gun control.
Among the entertainers making appearances in the one-and-a-half minute ad for Demand a Plan are Jamie Foxx, Jason Bateman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Carey Mulligan, Beyonce, Jeremy Renner, Amy Poehler, Jessica Alba, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, John Legend, Nick Offerman, John Slattery, Selana Gomez, Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Chris Rock and Conan O’Brien.
As with many celebrity PSAs, each person says a few words that, taken as a whole, create a moving call to action. This particular video begins with the celebrities listing mass shootings, from Columbine to Virginia Tech.
On Dec. 19, a number of celebrities and media figures took out a full-page ad in the New York Times, demanding action on gun control. The advertisement was signed by the likes of Lady Gaga and HuffPost’s own Arianna Huffington.
A number of entertainers have been using their celebrity to push for more effective gun control legislation in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Aubrey Plaza & John C. Reilly To Star In Zombie Comedy ‘Life After Beth’
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Ever since the 2009 premiere of “Parks and Recreation,” Aubrey Plaza has proved to be an interesting comedic presence that has impressed the likes of Judd Apatow and Edgar Wright, who cast her in “Funny People” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” respectively. With her first lead role in “The To Do List” hitting next year, the deadpan actress is also gearing up to star opposite John C. Reilly in the zombie comedy “Life After Beth.”
According to a piece about Plaza in The Guardian, “I Heart Huckabees” co-writer Jeff Baena will write and direct the horror comedy. And while it might seem related to the 2010 UK short of the same name whose synopsis reads, it’s actually a original screenplay, and we’ll be curious to see what this will bring to the fast growing zom-com genre.
We’re interested in seeing Reilly and Plaza play off each other, Shooting is apparently set to start this spring and we wonder whether there’s a chance it’ll hit theaters before the end of 2013, which seems to be the year of the zombie with undead rom-com “Warm Bodies” and the Brad Pitt-starring “World War Z.” We’ll let you know more as we find out.