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Aubrey Plaza on 'Safety Not Guaranteed,' typecasting and her new movie with George Clooney

2 November 2012 8:25 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Aubrey Plaza is known for her deadpan hilarity on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," but the actress has stuck to drama when choosing her film roles. Plaza tells Zap2it that it's a completely calculated move on her part, designed to avoid typecasting.

In "Safety Not Guaranteed," on DVD and Blu-ray now, Plaza stars as a newspaper intern charged with befriending a guy who took out a classified ad seeking a partner to time travel with him, and ends up falling for him instead of helping with the article her boss wants her to write.

Zap2it spoke with Plaza about the movie, her typecasting fears, her jerk costars (find out who below) and her next film, the comedy "The To Do List." Check out what she had to say:

Zap2it: What struck you about "Safety Not Guaranteed" that led you to sign on to the movie?

Plaza: Honestly, I just loved the story. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ an insightful, honest coming-of-age drama

27 September 2012 9:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Directed by Stephen Chbosky

Written by Stephen Chbosky

USA, 2012

There are times during The Perks of Being a Wallflower when it looks like this film will be able to stand alongside such cinematic coming-of-age landmarks as Stand by Me and Rushmore, that its quality will remain steady and unwavering. However, throughout the film, knowledge of the source material feels mandatory, not suggested. Even if a movie’s based on a book, play, or musical, prior awareness of what’s being adapted shouldn’t be demanded of each audience member to appreciate its value. While The Perks of Being a Wallflower is sometimes incisive and surprisingly serious-minded, it never quite reaches the same pinnacle as other classics of the genre.

Logan Lerman plays Charlie, a shy teenager—manifesting most obviously in a near-physical rigidity—beginning high school after an apparently rough summer that included a mysterious hospital stay. »

- Josh Spiegel

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Nina Dobrev Talks The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and The Vampire Diaries Season 4

27 September 2012 2:49 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in limited release and expanding into more theaters tomorrow is Stephen Chbosky’s fantastic movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower (watch the trailer here).  Chbosky wrote the adaptation of his own novel and also directed the feature.  In the film, Logan Lerman plays an introverted high school freshman who finds acceptance in two senior students, played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller.  The film also stars Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Rudd.  Over the past few years I’ve seen a number of coming of age movies.  Usually they play out the same way and touch on the same themes.  What makes Perks so special is that it tackles serious issues with honestly and believability.  In addition, all the actors are great and it’s Lerman’s best work to date.  I strongly recommend checking it out. At the Toronto International Film »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Film Review: Wonderful ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Captures Teenage Life with Grace

27 September 2012 2:17 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” based on his hit book of the same name, is the most pleasant and accomplished surprise of the year, a delightful, sweet, funny, and moving examination of teenage life that merits comparison to John Hughes and Cameron Crowe. With stellar performances all around and a spectacular screenplay that does the one thing that most teen dramedies miss by taking its characters seriously, this film may start slowly given the crowded marketplace and low expectations for its genre but I have no doubt that it will become one of the most cherished and beloved films of 2012. Like the work of Hughes and Crowe, it is a movie that grateful fans will wrap their arms around and return to for decades like leafing through an old photo album. It is a truly unexpected gift this Fall movie season.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Perhaps the most »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Watch: 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower' star Ezra Miller and a 'Scott Pilgrim' reunion

25 September 2012 5:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The last time I saw Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman in the same place at the same time, it was on the Toronto set of "Scott Pilgrim Versus The World."  I have a sneaking suspicion I'm going to see members of that cast colliding over and over in the future, and that it's going to remain a very dear memory for them. This time, we were in Toronto to discuss the new movie "The Perks of Being A Wallflower," and they had three of the young actors who make up the ensemble grouped together for the chat, including Whitman and Simmons.  »

- Drew McWeeny

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Emma Watson and Writer-Director Stephen Chbosky Talk The Perks Of Being A Wallflower; Reveals Blu-ray Should Have 15 Minutes of Deleted Scenes

23 September 2012 3:24 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in limited release and expanding next weekend is Stephen Chbosky’s fantastic movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Chbosky wrote the adaptation of his own novel and also directed the feature.  In the film, Logan Lerman plays an introverted high school freshman who finds acceptance in two senior students, played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller.  The film also stars Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Rudd.  Over the past few years I’ve seen a number of coming of age movies.  Usually they play out the same way and touch on the same themes.  What makes Perks so special is that it tackles serious issues with honestly and believability.  In addition, all the actors are great and it’s Lerman’s best work to date.  I strongly recommend checking it out. At the Toronto International Film Festival Perks premiered to glowing reviews. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ With Emma Watson

21 September 2012 10:39 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 40 pairs of movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the new drama/romance “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” starring Emma Watson!

The film, which opens in Chicago on Sept. 28, 2012 and is based on the critically acclaimed novel by Stephen Chbosky, also stars Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman, Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Patrick de Ledebur, Johnny Simmons, Brian Balzerini, Tom Kruszewski, Nina Dobrev, Nicholas Braun, Julia Garner and Tom Savini from writer, director and novelist Stephen Chbosky.

To win your free passes to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology directly below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie Review

21 September 2012 3:18 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Directed By: Stephen Chbosky Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Johnny Simmons, Nina Dobrev, Nicholas Braun, Paul Rudd, Mae Whitman While I’ve still yet to give it a read, apparently “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” has roots in some excellent source material. Sure, seeing the movie before reading the book takes away the opportunity to imagine the characters as I perceive them, but the casting for this film is so pitch perfect, there’s no one I’d rather spend more time with than Logan Lerman’s Charlie, Ezra Miller’s Patrick and Emma Watson’s Sam. Life isn’t easy for Charlie.  [ Read More ] »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Video Q&A: Miller, Simmons and Whitman Salute the 'Perks' Pilgrimage

21 September 2012 10:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

If we had known there was a "Fans" section on the set of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," we probably would've been there, too.

"Perks" is based on the epistolary (a la "Dracula") novel by Stephen Chbosky (who also adapted and directed the film), originally published by MTV Books in February 1999. The book has since garnered a very passionate fan base, with many readers considering it to be the coming-of-age story for their generation.

So it comes as no surprise that some of these fans would camp out just outside the set of the "Perks" movie, just to be a part of it in some way — a "'Perks' Pilgrimage," as it's described by Ezra Miller, who plays Patrick in the film.

"[They] just stood outside, and there was caution tape lined up all the way around; people were just lined up, waiting at, like, two or three in the morning, »

- NextMovie Staff

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Ezra Miller, Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman Talk The Perks Of Being A Wallflower at Tiff

18 September 2012 3:10 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend, in limited release, is Stephen Chbosky’s fantastic movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Chbosky actually wrote the adaptation of his own novel and also directed the feature.   In the film, Logan Lerman plays an introverted high school freshman who finds acceptance in two senior students, played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller.  The film also stars Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Rudd.  Over the past few years I've seen a number of coming of age movies.  Usually they play out the same way and touch on the same themes.  What makes Perks so special is that it tackles serious issues with honestly and believability.  In addition, all the actors are great and it's Lerman's best work to date.  I strongly recommend checking it out. Last week Perks premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to glowing reviews.  Shortly before the premiere I spoke to Ezra Miller, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Emma Watson Wears Daring Dress to Perks NY Premiere (photos)

14 September 2012 10:04 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Emma Watson walked the red carpet in another revealing dress at the New York premiere of her new film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” after suffering a wardrobe malfunction at the Los Angeles premiere. Emma, 22, was radiant in a white backless dress that she wore without a bra. At certain angles the dress gapped to exposing a classic “side-boob” reveal. The event was hosted by The Cinema Society in New York. She was joined by co-stars Adam Higenbuch, Johnny Simmons, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Erin Wilhelmi. [...] »

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Emma Watson Goes Short to Debut Perks in NYC

14 September 2012 7:13 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Emma Watson wore an asymmetrical Brood mini to bring The Perks of Being a Wallflower to NYC for an East Coast debut last night. She was joined at the Cinema Society event by her costars Adam Higenbuch, Johnny Simmons, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Erin Wilhelmi at the city's Crosby Street Hotel. Emma and Ezra were in La earlier this week for their big West Coast debut. There, Emma told us about her reaction when Perks got a standing ovation at Tiff, and also dished on the "hippie"-like atmosphere on set when she made the movie during the Summer of 2010 in Pittsburgh. Emma also fit in a stop by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon yesterday. Her interview, which aired last night, was hilarious. Jimmy asked Emma about being the riskiest person to search on the Internet. She replied, "My brother says, 'You're about as dangerous as a fluffy bunny. »

- Allie Merriam

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[Tiff Review] The Perks of Being a Wallflower

10 September 2012 2:00 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There is nothing more important to a teenager than everything. It’s the sly trick when making a high school movie: the stakes are already built in. That’s why you can (theoretically) sustain a film like Prom based solely on the emotional toll of rejection. It’s as emotionally devastating as any bomb Bane could unleash on Gotham. Then the next week comes and with it a new problem to worry about endlessly. It’s a harrowing roller coaster regardless of what’s actually going on in your life.

That’s part of what makes The Perks of Being A Wallflower such a monumental work. Not only are the usual tropes of surviving adolescence involved, but they are merely a base for a number of adult issues that are thrust upon our teenage heroes. This is no doubt aided by the auteurship of Stephen Chbosky, a man who earns »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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10 Films To See In September

4 September 2012 8:45 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This month marks one of the most exciting times of the year for a film fan, as studios are finally beginning to show off their most promising movies of the year, either in theaters or on the festival circuit. We will be bringing extensive coverage of Tiff later in the month, but with the theatrical offerings (some from the aforementioned festival and many from Sundance), filmgoers have much to look forward to. I opted not to include re-releases of Finding Nemo and Raiders of the Lost Ark in order to highlight others that you can check out below.

Matinees: Girl Model (9/5), Detropia (9/5), Toys in the Attic (9/7), Hello I Must Be Going (9/7), 10 Years (9/14), Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (9/21), 17 Girls (9/21), Head Games (9/21), Dredd (9/21), The Hole (9/28), Starbuck (9/28)

10. The Words (Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal; Sept. 7th)

Synopsis: A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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The To Do List red band movie trailer

31 August 2012 12:26 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch the trailer for The To Do List (a.k.a. The Hand Job), starring Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Bilson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse Maggie Carey, Bill Hader's wife, is writing and will make her feature directorial debut on The To Do List. The story follows a recent high-school grad who feels pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college. Clark Gregg , Andy Samberg, Donald Glover, Bill Hader, Connie Britton, Alia Shawkat, Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman also star in the comedy from CBS Films which is rated R for pervasive strong crude and sexual content including graphic dialogue, drug and alcohol use, and language - all involving teens. There's no set release date yet. »

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The To Do List red band movie trailer

31 August 2012 12:26 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch the trailer for The To Do List (a.k.a. The Hand Job), starring Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Bilson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse Maggie Carey, Bill Hader's wife, is writing and will make her feature directorial debut on The To Do List. The story follows a recent high-school grad who feels pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college. Clark Gregg , Andy Samberg, Donald Glover, Bill Hader, Connie Britton, Alia Shawkat, Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman also star in the comedy from CBS Films which is rated R for pervasive strong crude and sexual content including graphic dialogue, drug and alcohol use, and language - all involving teens. There's no set release date yet. »

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Restricted Trailer For Sexed-Up "The To Do List"

30 August 2012 7:39 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek the restricted red-band trailer for "The To Do List"", starring Aubrey Plaza, as 'Brandy Klark', an overachiever who comes up with a 'to-do list', noting all the 'risqué' extra-curricular activities she missed out on in high school and wants to complete before college.

Also starring are Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Scott Porter, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Johnny Simmons, Sarah Steele and Alia Shawka.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The To Do List"...

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- M. Stevens

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Brilliant First Red-Band Trailer for The To Do List with Aubrey Plaza & Rachel Bilson

30 August 2012 1:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Aubrey Plaza was nothing short of immense in Safety Not Guaranteed this summer, and her return to the big screen can’t come fast enough.

She has a handful of films on her slate at the moment, and now CBS Films have released the first red-band trailer for The To Do List, previously titled The Hand Job, and it is brilliant.

“Starring Aubrey Plaza, The To Do List follows the story of Brandy Klark (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.”

As you can see from the synopsis above, Plaza is joined by an absolutely fantastic supporting cast, headed up by Rachel Bilson, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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The To Do List Release Date Announcement (Red Band) Trailer; CBS Films’ Movie In Theaters On February 14, 2013

29 August 2012 7:43 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Starring Aubrey Plaza, The To Do List follows the story of Brandy Klark (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.

CBS Films is bringing The To Do List to theaters this Valentine’s Day.

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The To Do List Gets A Red Band Trailer

29 August 2012 5:03 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The To Do List might not, as Aubrey Plaza herself explains in this first trailer for Maggie Carey’s comedy, be one of those annoying, star-laden Valentine’s Day comedies. But it does boast an impressive cast and, from the looks of it, enough rude gags and keen wit to make the usual ensemble rom-com run away and lock the door. Check out the promo below, but be forewarned of sexual references. Such as a small child interrupting cunnilingus. Well, we did warn you… Plaza stars as Brandy Klark, a gawkward overachiever who is preparing to head to college at the end of summer. But before she hits the halls of academia, Brandy wants to experience all the sex acts she skipped during high school. Hence the titular list.Maggie Carey – wife of Bill Hader (who naturally crops up) – has rounded up a great selection of folk for this one, »

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