Parks and Recreation
Thursdays 8:00/7:00c • TV Series • April Ludgate
Parks returns in January for its 100th episode! Leslie devises a last-second scheme to get back onto the Pawnee City Council.
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The To Do List
2013 • In Theaters July 26th • Brandy
Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Clark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.
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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
2013 • In Theaters & On Demand Now • Marnie
A graphic designer's enviable life slides into despair when his girlfriend breaks up with him.
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Safety Not Guaranteed
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.
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Reasons to love Aubrey Plaza
|Aubrey Plaza on Being ‘Sexy in a Really Unsexy Way’ in The To Do List|
Aubrey Plaza brings a great many things to her particular brand of comedy – sarcasm, irony, dryness – and in her first leading role she brought something else: sexiness. Though, in typical Plaza fashion, it’s more droll than hot.
“I think it’s sexy, in a really unsexy way,” Plaza tells WIRED of her turn in The To Do List.
In the flick, out today on DVD and Blu-ray, Plaza (Parks and Recreation) plays a valedictorian virgin named Brandy Klark who compiles a summer, yes, “to do” list that consist entirely of sexual acts – committing her ambitious nature to more carnal pursuits than academic ones. Naturally, this means that Plaza’s awkward wiles are put to good use in writer/director Maggie Carey’s first feature. “I do pride myself, they are some of the most unsexy sex scenes ever directed,” Carey jokes in the video above. “So I nailed that one.”
Check out more from Plaza, Carey, and co-star Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) in the video below.
|Aubrey Plaza Misses Her ‘Parks and Rec’ On-Screen Husband|
It’s tough to pick a favorite character on Parks and Recreation, but Aubrey Plaza’s deadpan April Ludgate is a pretty solid candidate. As April, Plaza balances snarky wit with an endearing sense of loyalty and is one half of the show’s best couple. As tonight’s season six premiere kicks off, April is faced with a tough decision: Should she continue her career in local government or pursue a new path?
“April is trying to figure out what she’s going to do career-wise,” Plaza told ELLE.com at a dinner party hosted by J Brand and ELLE last night. “Right now it looks like she may go on the veterinarian track, but it’s questionable because she changes her mind a lot. [Her husband] Andy is in London working on a job so they’re having a long-distance relationship.”
Chris Pratt, who plays Andy, is actually in London filming the upcoming Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy. “So many things on this show are strangely close to real life,” Plaza exclaimed when we mentioned that. “It’s so weird!” Tonight’s hour-long premiere was actually shot in London so at least Plaza got to spend a little time with her beloved on-screen husband, who will be mostly absent this season.
“It sucks not having Chris there!” Plaza told us. “I miss him all the time and April misses him equally, if not more. He’s just one of those people who creates a very happy, positive set. He’s always excited, singing, and making everyone feel good at five in the morning. I feel his absence every day and I’m counting the days until he’s back on set.”
One of the best parts of Parks and Rec is the slew of cool guest stars—exciting for fans, as well as for the actors. “There’s a lot of guest stars this season, but Sam Elliott was the big one,” Plaza said of the legendary film star. “He’s never been on a TV show before! Not ever, so that’s huge.” Why was he a stand out? “He’s in love with me and I’m in love with him,” she joked. “And he’s Sam Elliott!”
|Aubrey Plaza Mourns Loss of ‘Big and Soft’ Chris Pratt|
Although in this video Park and Recreation wisenheimer Aubrey Plaza insists, “I’m not good at scoops” – and isn’t joking – she does drop a biggie: the readiness of a certain character to fill the BFF void that’ll be left by Ann’s imminent exit.
Moreover, when not unintentionally auditioning for American Horror Story: Coven (what with the witchy wardrobe and enchanted necklace and all), the actress tells TVLine’s Michael Ausiello on the Emmy red carpet how very, very dull it is to work with the suddenly-buff Chris Pratt. (Yeah, right.) She also pitches a Parks plotline in which April becomes a baby-stealing veterinarian. (It could happen.)
Press PLAY for a chuckle – and to find out if Ausiello ever gets the sorceress to show him her magic wand!
|Rolling Stone Middle East Interview|
AUBREY PLAZA IS THE MERYL STREEP OF EXASPERATION – from the perpetually annoyed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation to an indignant ex-girlfriend in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, she has created a lethal arsenal of eye rolls, grunts and shrugs. Plaza is especially and awesomely put-upon in the sharp new film The To Do List, where she plays Brandy Klark, a brilliant but dorky high school grad who resolves to lose her virginity (and figure out what a “rim job” is) before she begins college. The 29-year-old actress, who is perennially referred to as “deadpan,” called from her car, and immediately began worrying that she’d be arrested
You’ve said The To Do List took you out of your comfort zone. What was uncomfortable about it?
All the sexual things I had to do. I was like, “Oh, man, I’m gonna have an orgasm on camera?” I was somewhere between slightly nervous and dry-heaving. This was all leading up to the movie.
So the anticipation of masturbating on camera made you nervous, but once you started doing it, you were OK?
Yeah. Once I got my hands in my underwear, it was fine.
When you do a movie about losing your virginity, you have to expect people are going to ask about your own virginity experience.
I do? Yeah, I realized that in the middle of a two-day press junket, when a reporter asked me for the 7 millionth time when I lost my virginity. I tend to not prepare for interviews, and then answer horribly and awkwardly. But I’m not telling anyone about my virginity. That’s my personal treasure! [Laughs]
I want you to tell me one thing that happens on Season Six of Parks and Recreation, but it doesn’t
have to be true. You can lie.
April’s been wanting to have a baby, and she’s gonna get more than she bargained for. That’s all I’m gonna say.
But that might be a lie.
That is definitely a lie.
|Aubrey Plaza: Beyond the Smirk|
Courtesy to Paste Magazine, Written by Michael Dunaway.
In The To-Do List Aubrey Plaza’s character makes a checklist of sexual acts to try, and then methodically makes her way through them. But it’s in Plaza’s own career that the plans actually seem to be coming together the best. In the midst of a long and much-beloved run on critical and popular favorite sitcom Parks and Recreation, she began with a few small parts in celebrated indies—notably Judd Apatow’s Funny People, Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress and Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She then progressed to her first co-lead, with Mark Duplass, in the Sundance hit Safety Not Guaranteed. And now The To-Do List marks her first solo lead in a film.
But it all makes so much sense, since she grew up in the acting hotbed of
Delaware? Or, as a current indie film calls it, Hellaware? Plaza is aghast at the reference. “I’ve never heard of anyone calling it Hellaware!” she shouts. “That’s not accurate! Delaware is magical!”
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|Q&A: ‘The To Do List’ star Aubrey Plaza|
RedEyeChicago.com — “The To Do List” star Aubrey Plaza has stated she approaches some interviews as performance art pieces. This may explain why during a recent phone interview she claimed to be on a canoe in the middle of a lake. “It just makes me more relaxed,” the 29-year-old said, “and I’m more open to answering questions.”Actually, she was in a Beverly Hills hotel room and wasn’t quite as open as her character in the 1993-set “The To Do List,” opening Friday.
In the film, Brandy (Plaza) aspires to learn and complete a list of sex acts as homework so she can be practiced and confident when she begins her freshman year of college in the fall. Plaza, who has a regular gig on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” took the movie part to showcase her physical comedy skills and personality dynamics that are more sincere and motivated than her usual characters.
She has said the film could rub some people the wrong way because they might not want to watch a girl learn to do the things on the list. RedEye got a different take from the actress, who said the film taught her what “the shocker” was. “I don’t know why anyone would say that,” she said of her previous statement, joking, “I think the movie will rub people the right way. Know what I’m sayin’?”
Brandy has some bad things happen to her on the job at the pool. What’s the worst on-the-job accident you’ve ever had?
That’s a really good question. One time I worked at a Joe’s Crab Shack and someone stole all my CDs out of my car. But that’s not something I did. [Laughs.] I mean, look, I’m trying to be honest. I can’t remember anything else.
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|GQ: Interview with Aubrey Plaza|
I don’t think I ever posted this, but here’s an interesting, awkward-yet-hilarious article of Aubrey Plaza talking about her dream role, her sex scenes in “The To-Do-List” and just being Aubrey.
GQ.com — Aubrey Plaza is on her best behavior, or trying to be. “If I wasn’t shooting tomorrow, I’d drink a lot,” she says, less than five minutes into our interview. “I’d burn it to the ground.” Eventually, though, the night will turn weird. Aubrey Plaza is really good at being weird.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. It is a warm evening in early June, in an off-season ski-resort town in upstate New York, where Plaza is filming a movie. “It’s real bumblefucky up here!” she texted me, and the one-stoplight street is empty when I arrive. Then I see her bombing down a hill on a mountain bike.
It’s clear upon meeting Plaza that she is not the sarcastic, disaffected April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation, or the sarcastic, disaffected romantic interest in Funny People, or the sarcastic, disaffected hanger-on in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, or the sarcastic, disaffected lead from the cute indie Safety Not Guaranteed. She laughs, occasionally. She’s more casually pretty than she’s ever allowed to look on-screen. She does not cower into her hoodie and blink slowly at every stupid thing that’s said to her. Even when I ask about her dream role.
“I want to be Catwoman,” she says, over dinner at the only restaurant open on a Monday night. She lets the edge of her lip lift just the smallest amount, a hint of a smile. “I want my shot at Catwoman, and I want it soon.”
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|Aubrey Plaza Interview For ‘The To Do List’|
FlickAndBits.com — ‘The To Do List’ follows the story of Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza), a Type-A, overachiever who comes up with a “to-do list” featuring all the risqué extra-curricular activities she missed out on in high school and wants to complete before college. Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Scott Porter, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Johnny Simmons, Sarah Steele and Alia Shawkat co-star in the film. ‘The To Do List’ is set for a July 26th release in the US and a October 4th release in the UK. The film is written and directed by Maggie Carey.
You and director Maggie Carey both met at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (an improvisational troupe) and you previously teamed up in 2004 for Carey’s web series, ‘The Jeannie Tate Show.’ How was it reading this script and do you remember your initial reaction? Yeah. We met years and years ago, we were friends from way back. I found the web series we did incredibly funny. With ‘The To Do List,’ she wrote the script and sent it to me and I immediately knew I wanted to do it. Not only because the script was hilarious, but also because I wanted to work with Maggie again. I knew that with her she would bring the “funny”, but then she would have a strong point of view and she knows things to say about young people at an awkward point in their lives when they’re figuring out….. sex stuff. It was awesome working with her. But I thought it was so funny. There was a lot that I related to. I don’t think that I had ever read a script about a girl who is trying to lose her virginity that is realistic and pushes the envelope. There are a ton of movies about guys losing their virginity, but not about girls. That’s what really jumped out at me, I was like, “Finally. A movie where a girl gets fingered for the first time. Sign me up, put me on that train because I want to get on it.” (Laughs) But Maggie has a specific sense of humor. Her style stayed the same. She has a specific sense of comedic timing. I can see the similarities between the web videos and this movie. She definitely has a voice.
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|‘The To Do List’ Stars Describe Awkward Sex Talks With Their Parents|
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In The To Do List, Aubrey Plaza plays a high school grad who is determined to gain some sexual experience before starting college.
She turns to her parents (played by Connie Britton and Clark Gregg) for advice, but they aren’t exactly open to having “The Talk.”
“The movie is clearly fiction,” says director and writer Maggie Carey, “but I did have one night where I asked my mom when she lost her virginity — I think I was actually kind of needling her a little bit — and my dad literally said, ‘On our wedding night. End of discussion.’”
The scene plays out exactly the same way on screen, with Gregg’s patriarch character cutting off any talk about sex.
Onscreen parents Britton and Gregg were friends before shooting the comedy, although they were resistant to admitting it during their interview with THR.
“I called her a lot. She didn’t call me back. But I think the time listening to her machine, it made me feel closer,” joked Gregg about his “friendship” with the Nashville star.
Plaza, who plays eager student Brandy, says her own family wasn’t really open to talking about sex either.
“We weren’t like a sex-y family,” she says. “We weren’t like talking about sex. I think one time my mom whispered, ‘Be careful,’ like when we were on the general topic.”
Despite her parents’ resistance to talking about sex, Brandy, a straight-A student who was the high school valedictorian, is determined not to go to college a virgin, so she makes a to-do list of sexual acts.
Plaza, who plays sarcastic office worker April on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, admits she was quite similar to Brandy when she was in school.
“I was really into organized activities. I was a good teenager,” she tells THR. “I went through one witchy Fiona Apple phase, where I think for a hot second I was like, ‘I’m going to be that person.’”
Also starring in the raunchy ’90s-set comedy are Friday Night Lights star Scott Porter and Carey’s husband, Bill Hader. Hader tells THR he can also relate to the desire to reinvent yourself before college.
“I can relate to that, especially in high school. I had a lot of, not pressure, but growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to be into sports. And I liked sports, but I wasn’t very good at them,” he says.
The To Do List opens in theaters July 26 via CBS Film.
|Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Bilson Talk Skorts and Sex at ‘To Do List’ Premiere|
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Whether you were attending the July 23 Westwood premiere of “The To Do List” as an actor, a director or just a fan of the filthy, one thing was true for all: it was a night to leave the kiddies at home.
“The To Do List” stars Aubrey Plaza as an overachieving, buttoned-up valedictorian with a penchant for lists and labels, but don’t be fooled – this pic is rated R for raunch.
“I knew I was at the right studio when I put ‘Me So Horny’ by 2 Live Crew in the title sequence,” writer-director Maggie Carey said at the Regency Bruin Theater while thanking CBS Films. “I sent it to (co-president Terry Press) and she immediately wrote back, ‘Yes, and can we license it for marketing?’”
Set in the ’90s, the soundtrack isn’t the only thing that makes a welcome comeback. One audience favorite: the return of the skort.
“I think I’m wearing things that came straight out of the ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ closet,” co-star Rachel Bilson said.
Producer Jennifer Todd said what sets this film apart from other femme-centric pics is just how far it goes.
“What ‘Easy A’ did well is that (Emma Stone) talked about that stuff without actually doing it,” she said. “In this movie, Aubrey really does it. And I think people will be surprised to see that we really went for it.”
Carey wrote the pic with Plaza in mind for the role. “I always said that she was playing the Aubrey Plaza version of Tracy Flick from ‘Election,’” Carey said.
The role marks a distinct departure from Plaza’s usual deadpan fare. “I don’t think I’m the go-to person to play a type-A sincere overachiever,” she said, “but Maggie had faith in me and let me go for it. I felt really honored to tackle that role.”
Carey was quick to clarify that her first feature is fictitious, but it’s rooted in very personal realities.
“It’s a very personal story that you’re about to see on the screen,” she said while introducing the preem, “inspired by the very first hand job I gave. So enjoy!”
Amid reminiscing about first times and pre-Internet sex research (as Carey put it, “It was awkward asking the librarian what 69 meant!”), guest Taran Killam had a special announcement: “To all the kids reading Variety and looking for sex tips: you’ve got to be safe, kids!”