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Actor Josh Duhamel poses with a resuce dog named Charlie while he and Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz, not pictured, helps launch Pedigree Brand's "See what good food can do." documentary-style campaign to help shelter dogs during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Scene and heard at Sundance: Josh Duhamel goes to the dogs, Glenn Close goes shopping
First Published Jan 23 2014 10:57 am • Last Updated Jan 23 2014 07:28 pm

Associated Press reporters at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, open their notebooks:

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MORE PARKS • For Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan, there’s plenty more life — and acting work — after "Life After Beth."

The two busy young actors pair up for the zombie romantic comedy that premiered this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

It was on Park City’s Main Street that Plaza found out that her NBC series "Parks & Recreation" had been renewed for a seventh season.

"Jim O’Heir screamed at me and was like, ‘Seventh season!’ So that’s how I found out," she said.

How many more are in the works?

DeHaan, 27, suggests 21 seasons total, "So you’re a third of the way through."

"I mean, I just don’t see a world where NBC would ever let Amy Poehler go. I mean who would want to let that one go?" Plaza said.

Neither actor is a Sundance newbie — DeHaan was there last year with "Kill Your Darlings" and Plaza was there two years ago with "Safety Not Guaranteed."


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"The first time I was here with that movie it was overwhelming because I didn’t know and I just felt used," the 29-year-old Plaza said, smiling. "But now I feel like I’m using everyone else. So I win this time."

DeHaan — who appears in this summer’s "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel — has been preparing for months now for the difficult task of playing James Dean in the indie film "Life," which starts shooting next month.

"It’s really intimidating, yeah. But that’s kind of why I did it," he said.

— Ryan Pearson

SHELTER DOGS AT SUNDANCE • Josh Duhamel had lots of admirers at one Sundance party — but this time they were of the four-legged kind.

The actor mingled with dogs of different varieties at an event to promote adoption of shelter dogs sponsored by Pedigree.

"I’m here mostly to help spread the word about animal rescue. If you’re looking for a dog or a cat just consider, you know, rescuing. If you’re serious about it," Duhamel said. "We don’t want anybody getting a dog just because they love the idea of it."??

The actor says he first became aware of how rewarding it is to rescue a pet rather than buy one from a breeder or pet store when he and wife Fergie adopted a second dog named Meatloaf as a companion for their first dog, Zoe.

"It wasn’t until we got Meatloaf, who was a chubby, little dachshund mix. We had a dog before that who we bought from a breeder, who is a great little dog," Duhamel said. "Then we found Meatloaf as a friend for her and that was kind of the turning point for me. I was like, ‘Why didn’t we do this from the beginning and why doesn’t everybody do this?"

Meatloaf died two years ago and Duhamel says his family at home is "just Zoe, me, wifey and the baby now."

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