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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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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Here is a clip of Anna in her movie The Company You Keep.
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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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Those who take the idea of the biblical Rapture seriously – a rather extreme take on the end of the world – probably won’t like Rapturepalooza, but for everyone else it looks a lot of fun.
In the movie, The Rapture has happened, taking the righteous to heaven and leaving everyone else to deal with the end of time, when the Anti-Christ emerges, plagues descend and everything goes to hell in a handbasket. However as this film shows, life goes on (at least as much as it can).
Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley and Rob Corddry play those left behind, who have to deal with a very strange world and the son of Satan, in the form of Craig Robinson.
Paul Middlemitch’s film is due out later this year.
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Skylar Astin, Miles Teller, and Justin Chon balance cups on their head while promoting 21 & Over at Playwright Celtic Pub on Thursday afternoon (February 28) in New York City.
The three guys were busy promoting their flick and JustJaredJr.com sat down with them to ask the important questions – like what’s up with those Pitch Perfect sequel rumors?!
“I think any movie is a possibility, but what I’ve learned about sequels is that it’s just as hard to get it done as it is any movie,” Skylar shared with JJJ. “Now there’s a different set of responsibilities, trying to get the cast together, trying to get a good script. I don’t know, I’ve let it go just because I don’t want to be knocking down doors every day being like, ‘Hey, when do we start?!’ But if I get an email with a new script I would love to read it.”
“I want to talk to [Anna] Kendrick,” the actor continued. “I want to see if she would wanna do it, too. I can’t imagine doing it without the whole gang.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Jordan keeps finding ways to show off his vocal chops as he moves from stage to screen. The Tony nominee has been cast opposite Anna Kendrick in The Last 5 Years, adapted from Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning off-Broadway musical. Jordan will play Jamie, a rising novelist whose relationship with struggling actress Cathy (Kendrick) is explored through an unusual narrative device: His story unfolds in chronological order as the pair first meet, while hers unfolds in reverse starting at the end of their marriage. Richard LaGravenese (Beautiful Creatures) is directing from his own script and will produce with Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, and Janet Brenner for Lucky Monkey Pictures.
Jordan won the 2012 Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut for Bonnie & Clyde and nabbed Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for his breakout turn in Newsies last year. The singer-actor has since racked up music-oriented screen credits including Warner Bros’ Joyful Noise and NBC’s Smash, in which he appears this season as Brooklyn composer Jimmy Collins. He is repped by ICM Partners and Schachter Entertainment.
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