Marjane Satrapi, the filmmaker behind “Persepolis,” makes her English-language debut with the horror-comedy.
Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to The Voices, the Sundance horror-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick.
The movie is directed by Marjane Satrapi, the Iranian-born filmmaker who is perhaps best known for the animated movie Persepolis, who is making her English-language debut.
Voices, written by Michael R. Perry, centers on a genial but disturbed factory worker named Jerry (Reynolds) who has a crush on a co-worker (Arterton). Without giving too much away, things go south and get even worse, as Jerry begins taking counsel from his foul-mouthed and murderous cat as well as his good-natured dog. The movie mixes murder, fantasy and talking animals (and talking heads) as well as several tones.
It was produced by Matthew Rhodes, Adi Shankar, Roy Lee and Spencer Silna. The companies involved include 1984 Private Defense Contractors and is a Mandalay Vision, Studio Babelsberg and Vertigo Entertainment production.
CAA and UTA Independent Film Group, along with Loeb and Loeb, repped the filmmakers.
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Anna Kendrick opened up about her newest role in the film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical The Last Five Years, saying that she wept when she initially read the script.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Pitch Perfect star opened up about how she emotional this film will be for her.
Jason Robert Brown’s 2001 musical will be adapted into an indie film written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. Kendrick will star alongside Smash star Jeremy Jordan in the film.
Kendrick admits that she originally did not listen to the cast recording before receiving the script but she did recognize the name of the writer.
“Parade is my favorite musical of all time, and I think that Jason Robert Brown is an absolute genius, and so many people told me to listen to this recording and see the show, and for some reason it just never happened,” she said.
“It wasn’t until I got this script and saw that it was Jason Robert Brown that I even familiarized myself with the material,” Kendrick continued. “I wept my way through the script before I ever heard the music, and then the next morning I woke up and re-read the script while I listened to the recording and I was just an absolute mess because it’s so beautiful.”
When Kendrick was 12, she was nominated for her first Tony Award. It’s no surprise her theater background is coming full-circle back into her life within film – like in the musical Pitch Perfect which she recently agreed to appear in the sequel to. However, this doesn’t mean she wants to go back to the stage.
“I know I shouldn’t admit this, but it’s not like it’s some big secret – I just could not sing The Last Five Years eight times a week,” she said.
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New Pitch Perfect 2 totally in the works,Anna Kendrick & Rebel Wilson returning & more. According to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, the new “Pitch Perfect 2″ movie is totally going to happen, and they’re bringing back the main superstars, Anna Kendrick aka Beca and Rebel Wilson!
Also Hunger Games actress, Elizabeth Banks, will be directing the follow-up. She produced the first one, but now, she’ll be directing. The first movie brought in great numbers, grossing more than $115 million dollars ,worldwide, on a $17 million dollar budget, so it definitely paid Universal Pictures back in spades.
It also did very well in ancillary markets by generating roughly $135 million dollars in physical and digital home entertainment sales across North America to date, making it one of the top-performing DVD and VOD titles of 2013. If that weren’t enough, the soundtrack was also very successful, going platinum with over 1 million units sold while single Cups went nearly triple platinum with combined sales of a little less than 3 million units sold.
Universal Pictures’ chairman, Donna Langley, stated, Elizabeth Banks ” brings an enormous amount of energy and experience to everything she works on and we’re thrilled that she is making her feature directorial debut on Pitch Perfect 2.” The movie is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters in the Summer 2015.
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Recognizable stage and screen star Anna Kendrick opened up about her role in the hotly anticipated stage-to-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s celebrated family-friendly fairy tale-themed musical INTO THE WOODS as part of a new interview.
The witty and winsome star shared a story about her initial reaction to being cast in the project by director Rob Marshall as well as commented on the character she plays in the film, Cinderella.
Asked if she ever anticipated that she would actually get the coveted role, Kendrick replied, “Never in a million years!”
Kendrick continues, “That’s the first thing – when Rob Marshall offered me the job, that’s the first thing I did.”
Kendrick clarified, “I e-mailed him and said, ‘I’m gonna wear a g*ddamn ballgown, are you kidding me?!”
In another recent interview, Kendrick also concluded of the Disney tentpole movie musical, “What I am doing right now with INTO THE WOODS is so magical – every day is so magical.”
The confirmed complete cast for INTO THE WOODS is as follows: Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker’s Wife, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother and Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, with Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel Huttlestone as Jack.
Check out the original BroadwayWorld world premiere exclusive INTO THE WOODS film confirmed casting article here.
INTO THE WOODS is set to be released on December 25, 2014.
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“Pitch Perfect” star Anna Kendrick isn’t one of those troubled Hollywood actresses who shows up to work in a state of intoxication, so when her producers slipped her real beer while shooting a scene for her new film, “Drinking Buddies,” she says she accidentally got drunk — and didn’t like it.
“During a scene at the bar, they gave me fake beer, but then during a scene where I’m playing cards…they gave me real beer and I didn’t realize it! And so every time I lost, I was pounding beer…I didn’t realize it was real until halfway through the take. I was like, ‘I’m super drunk right now!’ And so as soon as the take was over, I had to announce to everybody that I was drunk at work,” Kendrick explained to Vulture yesterday, calling the experience “very, very bizarre.”
Kendrick recently told “GQ” that she is a beer drinker, noting that she enjoys “every single Belgian-style beer,” but that doesn’t mean she was expecting to end up drunk on the set.
“I’m sure you’ve never been drunk in the middle of your job, but it is uncomfortable,” she explained.
Kendrick says, though, it all worked out in the end — “Drinking Buddies” was filmed without a script, which Kendrick said was a challenge.
“It worked in the scene, and so it was helpful for them,” Kendrick noted, “but I mostly found it really unnerving.”
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The Hollywood Reporter says Anna is in talks to play Cinderella in Disney’s Into The Woods. I hope it pans out! Read the article below.
Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Chris Pine are among those in negotiations for roles in the adaptation of the Broadway musical.
Anna Kendrick is in talks to play Cinderella in Into the Woods, Disney’s adaptation of the Broadway musical being directed by Rob Marshall.The project has attracted Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski, all of whom are in various stages of negotiations to be part of the production.The play is a darkly comic mashup of classic fairy tales that revolves around a childless baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt), who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter a group of characters including Rapunzel, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.
In Woods, Cinderella is married to a vain prince (Pine) and described as a woman trying to find her place in the world.
If a deal is made with Kendrick, it will bring the actress back into the screen singing spotlight; she belted a few tunes in last year’s surprise hit Pitch Perfect. Kendrick has, however, been acting in Broadway musicals from a young age and won several awards.
Kendrick is currently shooting The Last 5 Years, Richard LaGravenese’s adaptation of the musical.
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EXCLUSIVE: Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick have been set to star alongside Ryan Reynolds in The Voices, the Marjane Satrapi-directed psychological thriller that is being co-produced by 1984 Private Defense Contractors and Mandalay Vision. Filming is about to start in Berlin, with script by Paranormal Activity‘s Michael R. Perry. Reynolds plays a lovable but strange bathtub factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden murderous turn, Jerry’s evil “talking” cat and benevolent “talking” dog lead him down a fantastical path that ultimately brings him to salvation.
Arterton just wrapped Runner, Runner opposite Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, and was last seen in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Kendrick is coming off the sleeper hit Pitch Perfect. Both are repped by CAA.
1984 Private Defense Contractors’ Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna are producing with Mandalay Vision’s Matthew Rhodes, and Roy Lee. Mandalay’s Adam Stone will have a producing credit and Cathy Schulman is exec producing.
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Anna Kendrick pleasantly surprised moviegoers last year when she flexed her vocal chords in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect and will flaunt her golden pipes once again in the upcoming musical The Last Five Years. However, would she ever record her vocal skills to compile her own album?
Kendrick’s musical performance in Pitch Perfect, named “Cups,” became an instant hit, receiving its own adapted radio version and landing on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Next on the list, the song will launch its own music video. ET was exclusively on the set of the video for “Cups,” which starred none other than Kendrick, who pondered the notion of recording a solo album.
“My next movie is a musical, which is crazy ’cause I didn’t mean for that to happen. It’s not like a strategy,” the 27-year-old actress said. “…But, as far as making an…album, I mean, I just would feel so silly. So, it’s not something I’m thinking about.”
Although she’s not keen on the idea of producing her own solo album to send out to the world, the 50/50 actress was thrilled to be filming a music video for her Pitch Perfect song.
It not only presented her with an opportunity to work with director Jason Moore once again, but also pleased her cinephilic needs.
“[I agreed to the music video] mostly ’cause I wanted to work with Jason again ’cause I’m totally obsessed with him,” the once Broadway actress said, “and because this idea of an entire diner full of people doing the ‘cup thing’ really satisfied the Busby Berkeley (director, choreographer) lover in me. I was really excited to come and do this music video.”
Kendrick’s Pitch Perfect character, college student “Beca Mitchell,” may be the founder of the original “Cups” tune, but she revealed that she was out of character for the music video and its context has strayed from the world of the film from which it originated.
Pitch Perfect‘s popularity hasn’t been isolated to the catchy tune. After garnering $113 million worldwide at the box office, the film, which also features breakout star Rebel Wilson, has accumulated an impressive $46 million and counting in DVD sales.
“To be honest, I always suspected it would do really well and, in fact, better on DVD because…it makes sense to me that lots of girls are getting together and watching this in their homes,” Kendrick assessed. “…I like that it’s…[a] weird social movie.”
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A ca heck yeah. The cast of “Pitch Perfect” is gathering on stage for a first-ever live musical mash-up.
Rebel Wilson, host of the MTV Movie Awards, is summoning her Barden Bellas a cappella group to compete against those rascally Treblemakers at the upcoming awards show.
Anna Camp, Esther Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, and Brittany Snow (aw, but where’s Anna Kendrick!?) will be doing battle with Wilson against the likes of Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, and Skylar Astin.
“We have something exciting in store for the MTV audience, and I know the cast and the fans are going to really enjoy our first-ever live performance!” the film’s director Jason Moore said in a statement released by MTV.
“Pitch Perfect” sang itself into four MTV Movie Award nominations this year, including “Best Female” and “Best Breakthrough Performances” (Wilson), “Best Musical Moment” (Kendrick, Wilson, Camp, Snow, Knapp, Dean, and Mae Lee), and “Best WTF Moment” (Camp, Hack-Appella). (Really Anna Kendrick? You couldn’t bother to do a ditty with your girls? You’re nominated!)
The show airs Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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Actors and directors often say that the script is king. Haven’t you seen movies that – despite rich potential – fly off the rails? The issues often can be traced back to a script issue, a plot hole that swallows all effort and can doom even the most noble of projects.
Joe Swanberg swears by a different philosophy. The grassroots writer-director behind Hannah Takes the Stairs, Uncle Kent and V/H/S prefers not to lock his cast into a fixed screenplay, opting to let them react to conversations and emotions, which allows his dramas to live in the moment. It’s the use of improvisation to search for the beating heart of a particular story helps Swanberg’s latest, Drinking Buddies – which held its world premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival on Saturday night – stand apart from traditional romantic comedies.
The movie boasts Swanberg’s most recognizable cast, exploring one of his most accessible character studies. It tells the universal story of an endearing yet mismatched couple, played by Anna Kendrick and Jake Johnson, who are tested by the temptations of infidelity when they begin interacting with a second couple, played by Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston. Though Swanberg puts his foursome in familiar scenarios – a joint vacation at a secluded beachfront cabin; work events at the brewery that employs Wilde and Johnson – his reluctance to put words in his characters mouths allows Drinking Buddies to go down unexpected avenues as it searches for its truths.
Following the screening on Saturday night, I attended a private meet-and-greet with Swanberg and his cast and learning how liberating the director’s unconventional approach was to the actors helped me better appreciate the magic that’s captured in the loose, free-flowing but authentic film . “Putting dialogue in somebody else’s mouth has always felt strange to me,” the director told us – though the cast was quick to point out that Swanberg always had a strong vision about where he needed his story to go. The performers just had more leeway than usual in how they arrived at their destination.
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