I have added two promotional stills of Anna in The Company You Keep to the gallery.
- Promotional Stills
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.
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.”
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.
Here is a clip of Anna in her movie The Company You Keep.
Anna Kendrick joins the K-Pop supergroup F(x) on their World Tour and things go as well as you’d expect.
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.
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.
I have added one more photo of Anna from the Angeleno photoshoot from last year.
- Session #006