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The Last Five Years was originally reviewed as part of out Tiff 2014 coverage. Plot: A young actress (Anna Kendrick) and her novelist husband (Jeremy Jordan) try to make sense of their five year relationship. Review: There are some movies that . despite a level of respect for everyone involved and the audaciousness of the project . just play out like nails on chalkboard when projected to the big screen. This was the miserable experience I had with The Last Five Years. Within »
- Chris Bumbray
Soundin' sweet! We know that the Pitch Perfect 2 sneak peeks have been giving you a taste of what to expect, but now Fox Movies Premium has released an exciting brand-new trailer full of tantalizing surprises. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and the remainder of the Barden Bellas are back, but this time the fearless group is taking its talents to the big leagues. By competing at the a capella world championship, they aim to face off against the Treblemakers for the acclaimed title of being "the best." The problem is, "No American team has ever won it," said Gail (Elizabeth Banks). "That's because they hate us," continues John Michael Higgins as the twosome heartily »
If you ever wanted to know if Anna Kendrick is one of the most relatable celebrities in Hollywood, just glance at her Twitter. From her hatred of grown-up responsibilities to her enthusiasm for junk food, Anna is all of us, all the time. And with Pitch Perfect 2 coming out next month, we couldn't think of a better time to round up some of the funniest thoughts she's managed to squeeze into 140 characters or less. Keep reading to see Anna's witty humor, then brush up on the many reasons why you're definitely right to be obsessed with her. For someone with such an intense need to be liked you'd think I would have figured out how to be less of an asshole. — Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) September 2, 2013 I heard @onedirection has a job opening... and from certain angles I look like a british teenage boy soooooooooooo — Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) April 17, 2015 Working »
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Elizabeth Banks’ comedy sequel for Universal will close Geena Davis and Arc Entertainment’s inaugural festival while the world premiere of TriStar Pictures’ War Room will open the event, set to run in Arkansas from May 5-9.
The Kendrick brothers’ War Room centres on a family that turns to prayer to save their marriage. Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Tc Stallings, Beth Moore and Karen Abercrombie star. The film is scheduled to open on August 28.
Banks directed Pitch Perfect 2, which will screen as a free event ahead of nationwide release on May 15. The returning cast features Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, John Michael Higgins and Banks.
“We’re beyond excited to have two highly anticipated studio films open and close the first Bentonville Film Festival,” said Davis.
“War Room is another heartfelt film from Alex »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Anna Kendrick is adding “published author” to her résumé. “Up in the Air” actress Kendrick has signed on with Simon & Schuster imprint Touchstone, the company said Thursday. The as-yet-untitled collection of essays, which is scheduled for a fall 2016 release, will “amusingly recount memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses today,” Touchstone said. See video: John Krasinski Takes on Anna Kendrick as Tina Turner in a Fringe Dress for ‘Lip Sync Battle’ “Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which. »
- Tim Kenneally
As if we needed another reason to love John Krasinski. The former Office star and Emily Blunt's other half took on Anna Kendrick on the latest episode Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle, which aired on Thursday night (Krasinski is an executive producer of the show). "Jimmy Fallon thinks he's a real good friend of Justin Timberlake's, but he ain't this good of a friend" the actor told host LL Cool J before adding, "Because I'm doing 'Bye Bye Bye'" Cue Krasinski lip syncing for his life to the 2000 hit while performing spot-on marionette moves—and giving the boybanders a run for their »
“War Room,” which focuses on the transformational role that prayer can play in an individual’s life, is directed by Alex Kendrick from a script he co-wrote with brother Stephen Kendrick. The film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer (“Praise the Lord”), T.C. Stallings (“Courageous”), Beth Moore (“Living Proof Ministries”) and Karen Abercrombie (“Remnant”).
“War Room” will open in theaters on Aug. 28.
“Pitch Perfect 2” is directed by Elizabeth Banks and features the returning cast led by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp and Banks herself. The film will open May 15.
Davis announced the event in January with the aim of highlighting diversity. The Arkansas festival is touting itself as the only film competition »
- Dave McNary
Anna Kendrick is officially a jack-of-all-trades. Not only is she an Academy Award nominee, she can now add author to her résumé, as E! News has learned that she is set to write her own book! The Pitch Perfect 2 star has signed on with Touchstone to pen a collection of humorous autobiographical essays, the publisher announced Thursday. The book, which remains untitled, is expected to hit shelves Fall 2016. The essays will focus on everything from growing up in Maine to her blockbuster success on the big screen, including Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect. Working such amazing co-stars, however, definitely let Kendrick in on some once-in-a-lifetime experiences, which she'll also dish on in her »
Anna Kendrick gave Jennifer Lopez's famous derriere a run for her money in last night's episode of Lip Sync Battle, with John Krasinski. Anna rocked a choreographed dance routine while performing "Booty," Jennifer's hit song with Iggy Azalea. Anna owned the stage, especially when she rapped Pitbull's part of the song, but when Jennifer walked out in a surprise appearance, both John and color commentator Chrissy Teigen lost their minds. Meanwhile, John pulled out all the stops when he shimmied in a bright sequined dress while performing Tina Turner's hit "Proud Mary." Check out the pair's funny battle above, and then look at Anna and John channeling their favorite boy bands and Anne Hathaway's untouchable "Wrecking Ball" performance from last week's episode. »
We're in week three of Spike TV's biggest hit ever, and Lip Sync Battle isn't losing any momentum. This episode brings executive producer John Krasinski in against little Anna Kendrick, which means Vulture is back again for our post-match analysis of who lip-synced it best. Was John Krasinski's cross-dressing performance as Tina Turner enough to beat Anna Kendrick? Roll the tapes!Battle 1: John Krasinski's "Bye Bye Bye" vs. Anna Kendrick's "Steal My Girl" Anna Kendrick knows how to build a performance and embody a character. You can see it even in this somewhat subdued performance of One Direction's "Steal My Girl." That said, the entire performance is really all about the joke that she's stealing Krasinski's wife Emily Blunt, which is fine, but the best way to dis someone in a lip-sync battle is to win it. Krasinski, meanwhile, hits allll the millennial nostalgia »
- E. Alex Jung
Of all the ridiculous teen-pop choreography from the Trl era, the puppet dancing from N'Sync's "Bye Bye Bye" video could be the most (in)famous. John Krasinski paid tribute to Justin Timberlake and company's 2000 hit during Thursday's Lip Sync Battle, mouthing the words with zeal as he mimicked every last move.
"Jimmy Fallon thinks he's a real good friend with Justin Timberlake," the actor says to open the above clip. "But he ain't this good a friend 'cause I'm doing 'Bye Bye Bye.'" Donning a wireless microphone headset, Krasinski »
It was battle of the boy bands in John Krasinski and Anna Kendrick's episode of Lip Sync Battle last night. While Anna made it all about John's wife, Emily Blunt, during her performance of One Direction's "Steal My Girl," John threw it back a few decades - complete with a microphone headset - and performed *Nsync's hit "Bye Bye Bye." While his dance moves were amazing in their own right, Anna managed to steal the show when she had a video montage of Emily play during her performance, which caused John to completely lose it, laughing as Anna ripped open her top to reveal a t-shirt with Emily's face on it. Check out the hilarious battle above, and then relive Anne Hathaway's headline-making "Wrecking Ball" performance from last week's episode. »
This is why Spike's "Lip Sync Battle" is already must-see TV. It just premiered in early April and it's now a Thursday night staple, thanks to performances like this one from "Pitch Perfect" star Anna Kendrick.
Last night (April 16), Anna took on John Krasinski, who is a producer of the show. She did two songs: "Steal My Girl" by One Direction, and "Booty" by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull. For her fully choreographed "Booty" performance, she got back-up from the singer herself, J.Lo, and that sealed the deal. Total ownage.
Check out the "Booty" performance here, with Jenny from the Block's cameo:
- Gina Carbone
Nothing like a celebrity cameo! Anna Kendrick took on John Krasinski on Thursday's episode of "Lip Sync Battle," showing off her skills while performing Jennifer Lopez's hit, "Booty." Sporting a sexy black jumpsuit, the actress got the crowd on their feet with her sultry dance moves and wind-blown 'do, thanks to a perfectly placed fan. The "Pitch Perfect 2" star called in the big guns, surprising her competitor with an appearance from J.Lo herself! Sporting a figure-hugging white and gold dress, the pop star strutted out on the stage and stood booty-to-booty with Anna. Needless to say, Anna beat Krasinski in the end, despite the fact that the actor dressed in drag to perform Tina Turner! Check out the hilarious clips above -- wait until you see Chrissy Teigen's priceless reaction when she sees Jennifer. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
John Krasinski must have spent hours in the mirror perfecting those moves! Hitting the Lip Sync Battle stage on Thursday, April 16, to go up against pal Anna Kendrick, the former Office star proved that he could fit in with the likes of any boy band. "Jimmy Fallon thinks he's a real good friend of Justin Timberlake's, but he ain't this good of a friend, because I'm doing 'Bye Bye Bye,'" the actor, 35, told Lip Sync Battle host LL Cool J before launching into 'N [...] »
Based on the off-Broadway musical from Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years charts the break-up of a marriage from duelling perspectives. Essentially, this makes it the feel-bad musical of the year, Blue Valentine with the perky songs masking marital despair.
Despite two capable stars in Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, and the Oscar-nominated Richard Lagravenese in the director's chair, The Last Five Years ends up being significantly less than the sum of its parts. In fact, it's a disappointment on pretty much every level, even leaving something of a sour taste in the mouth thanks to some dubious gender politics.
Jordan plays Jamie, an up-and-coming novelist whose career rapidly takes off while wife Cathy (Kendrick) struggles to make it as an actress. What kills this film stone-dead is »
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Lip Sync Battle.”) Anna Kendrick and John Krasinski were the latest stars to go head-to-head on Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle” on Thursday. The former “Office” actor kicked off the show with a boy band favorite as he crooned to Nsync’s “Bye Bye Bye,” while wearing Justin Timberlake’s signature headset microphone. Kendrick came back hard, however, with a “song from her heart” as she lip synced One Direction‘s “Steal My Girl” while serenading a video montage of none other than Emily Blunt, »
- Debbie Emery
John Krasinski is taking his "Lip Sync Battle" to the next level. In this just-released sneak peek, the actor is giving us full-on Tina Turner in a "Proud Mary" performance that would surely make the singer proud. John starts the song off "nice and easy," just like the lyrics say, wearing an all black suit … but once the music picks up, the 35-year-old rips his shirt off to reveal a silver fringe dress. Just look at those legs! Krasinski is no stranger to the challenge, as he’s done it on "The Tonight Show" before and serves as the executive producer of this show too. His challenger this week? Anna Kendrick. The "Pitch Perfect" actress gets extremely competitive in the clip, dedicating One Direction’s "Steal My Girl" to her "Into the Woods" costar (and Krasinski’s real-life wife) Emily Blunt. Kendrick goes all out, dramatically unzipping her jacket only »
- tooFab Staff
An unpleasant couple sings ridiculously on-the-nose lyrics about the collapse of a romance that we are given no way to sympathize with or understand. Absolute torture. I’m “biast” (pro): really like Anna Kendrick
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.)
See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of The Last Five Years for its representation of girls and women. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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