Chris Pratt will officially become a big time movie star with today’s release of Guardians of The Galaxy (my personal pick for best film of the summer). And considering that GOTG is coming on the heels of The Lego Movie and will be followed by next year’s sure-to-be-massive Jurassic World…well, let’s just say Pratt (who stars in all three) has a lot of things to talk about. And we talked about all of those things when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio this morning. But we also wanted to chat with Pratt (hey, they rhymes!) about the impending ending (again, rhymes!) of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which will sign off after one final season. So how does Pratt feel about gearing up for the last go round in Pawnee? READ FULL STORY
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'Parks and Recreation': Exec producer Michael Schur on the finale's shocking last scene, that surprise cameo, and the future
[SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this story until you have watched "Moving Up," the season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation, which aired tonight.]
Leslie journeyed all the way to San Francisco in the season finale of Parks and Recreation, but she left her heart in Pawnee. And so the city’s unofficial head cheerleader devised a way to snag her dream job running a regional branch of the National Parks Service but remain in her dream town by strong-arming and binder-ing her boss into moving the office from Chicago to Pawnee. In the boffo hourlong episode, Tom’s Bistro pulled off a successful early opening (well, the second time around), the Unity Concert was a crowd-pleaser, the rights to The Cones of Dunshire were rightfully returned to Ben, and… let’s see, was there anything else that happened… oh, just that IT’S THREE YEARS INTO THE FUTURE AND LESLIE JUST FIRED JON HAMM. The final scene of the episode was a mouth-agape game changer, as we saw future Leslie (Amy Poehler) running around on the third floor of City Hall, terminating Hamm’s incompetent National Parks employee (who had somehow in the last three years screwed up more than future Larry, a.k.a. Terry) and preparing to walk into some sort of high-level situation with husband Ben (Adam Scott). You have tons of questions. We have tons of… well, some answers. EW spoke with exec producer Michael Schur about the wild finale (which he directed), Parks in the future, and the future of Parks. READ FULL STORY
A baby may be on the way for Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott), but the happy, flustered couple are trying to keep the news under wraps for now. Good thing only one other person knows their big secret. The bad thing: That person happens to be Andy (Chris Pratt).
Can Andy keep the secret from slipping out of his mouth — or is this just one too many for the poor guy to handle? Take a peek at the action from tonight’s episode of Parks and Recreation (NBC, 8:30 p.m.), as the department organizes a charity auction to raise money for the Unity Concert, which will take place in next week’s season finale. READ FULL STORY
'Parks and Recreation' premiere: The footage that you DIDN'T get to see of Andy at Stonehenge -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Last night’s delightful season premiere of Parks and Recreation took us all the way to England, where Leslie (Amy Poehler) was celebrated for her achievements in local government. It was a bittersweet episode, of course, as we only got to see a few seconds of a disoriented Andy (Chris Pratt) at Stonehenge. If only that scene were a little long— what’s that? There are another 74 seconds of footage from that (pre)historic encounter?
Check out a bonus outtake from that scene, as Andy offers up a fascinating history lesson on the famous monument and bravely attempts to name the other Seven Wonders of the World. READ FULL STORY
It’s time to wrap up another season of Parks and Recreation, one in which new City Councilwoman Leslie Knope found herself in soda wars (of the 512-ounce variety) and jams (of the Councilman Jamm variety). Tonight’s episode, which airs on NBC at 9:30 p.m., will boast a different feel than last year’s celebratory send-off. “Last year’s finale was very much about ending something,” says series co-creator/exec producer Michael Schur. “It was the end of her campaign and it was her victory speech, and it put this great punctuation mark on the entire season. And what I like about this finale is that this also wraps up the year very explicitly. It’s about her first year in office. She gets revisited by a lot of people whose lives she affected in different ways, but the end of the finale is about throwing balls up into the air instead of catching them. It’s about throwing forward to next season and it feels very exciting.” Schur tossed EW a bunch of teasers for season 5’s farewell episode, which you can read and re-read below. READ FULL STORY
Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) knows way too much about self-pampering and pick-up techniques, but far too little about basketball. In Thursday’s episode of Parks and Recreation (NBC, 8:30 p.m.), he drafts both nerd (Ben, played by Adam Scott) and jock (Andy, played by Chris Pratt) to teach him how to play the sport so he can better connect with the hoops-obsessed kids who frequent his Rent-A-Swag store. Let us head over to the gym where the trio are slated to tip-off against some area youths. As you will see in this clip, Tom is no Detlef Schrempf.
In other plot news from the episode, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and April (Aubrey Plaza) become garbage collectors for a day to prove a gender-equality-in-government point, and Diane (Lucy Lawless) asks Ron (Nick Offerman) to babysit her daughters.
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