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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
The actress has spoken to The Edit on how her success producing the first film in 2012 led to a move behind the camera for the sequel.
She explained that she sees it as a step forward for female directors in Hollywood and was mindful of that when she agreed to the job.
Banks said: "I don't want to pretend it's not what it is. You can't not take up the cause the minute you accept the job. I made a funny movie – about girls – and it's going to make money? It just doesn't happen."
James Corden's 'The Late Late Show' could be moving to the UK. A number of British broadcasters are reportedly battling to air the 36-year-old TV presenter's Us chat show, having been so successful over in the States since he took over in March, with appearances from stars including One Direction, Anna Kendrick and Justin Bieber. CBS Distribution president and chief executive Armando Nunezsaid said: ''The wheel is turning right now. James has done a phenomenal job of reinventing that show. He's an amazing talent and is engaging and captivating and is fast on his feet. He has a very endearing quality about »
Just days after the sequel topped the box office with a $70 million debut, FX Networks has snagged exclusive worldwide TV rights to Pitch Perfect 2. The musical comedy, directed by Elizabeth Banks and starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld, is the latest mega-hit to be acquired for television by FX Networks for FX, Fxx and Fxm. Last month, FX Networks secured TV rights to Furious 7, which is closing in on $1.5 billion worldwide. It also licensed Taken… »
“Pitch Perfect 2″ hasn’t just made more than the first film in the a cappella series. It topped its predecessor’s lifetime gross in a single weekend, after the modestly budgeted sequel debuted to a stunning $69.2 million.
The incredible growth in “Pitch Perfect’s” fanbase between installments is testament to the way that Universal Pictures organically built the audience for the quirky franchise about a group of misfit college vocalists. It’s a success story that was three years in the making, and one that relied on strong word-of-mouth that gained momentum on cable television, on-demand platforms, and through chart-topping soundtrack sales.
“We had a strong built in-audience as a result of the overall holistic marvel the film became in its afterlife,” said Paul Brooks, president of Gold Circle Films and a producer on the “Pitch Perfect” films. “People responded to it very aggressively when it screened on TV and HBO. »
- Brent Lang
Not long after we saw Anna Kendrick star in a teaser for a female-led remake of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, we have some more amusing fun being teased for Red Nose Day. For those who don’t know, Red Nose Day is a comedy fundraiser that started in the United Kingdom and is making […]
- Ethan Anderton
Blu-ray.com has exclusively announced the details for horror-comedy The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Gemma Arterton (Byzantium) and Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 2), which will be released by Arrow Films. As well as the standard Blu-ray disc, an exclusive steelbook version of the film will be available through Zavvi.com from July 13th…
Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is an affable singleton who works on the factory floor at a bathtub factory, ever eager to get along with his co-workers, especially Fiona (Gemma Arterton) and Lisa (Anna Kendrick) from accounts. After work Jerry goes home to his pet cat, Mr. Whiskers, and loyal dog Bosco, where the three of them hang out, watch TV and discuss the day s events. When one night he accidentally kills Fiona, Jerry hastily covers his tracks, under the strict advice of the subversive Mr. Whiskers. But Jerry is already beyond the reach of his well-meaning psychiatrist Dr. »
- Scott J. Davis
Warner Bros has confirmed a collection of new release dates for some of its upcoming projects, Each of these thus far as an American date, but we expect the UK arrival in each case to be roughly around the same time.
First up, there's The Accountant, from Warrior director Gavin O'Connor. The film stars Ben Affleck, Jeffrey Tambor, Anna Kendrick and J K Simmons. It follows the story of a man who's an accountant most of the time, and an assassin the rest of it. And it's now due to arrive on January 22nd.
Then there's the new film from The Hangover director Todd Phillips. Entitled Arms & The Dudes, the new comedy stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as a pair of friends who decide to bid on Us military contracts during the Iraq war. »
Warner Bros has set release dates for four of its five upcoming films, and has removed one planned event movie from the schedule entirely. The action thriller The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck, John Lithgow, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson will hit theaters on January 29, 2016. The Todd Phillips-directed crime comedy Arms & The Dudes, starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, and J. B. Blanc is set for release on March 11… »
Affleck plays a brilliant accountant who moonlights as an assassin. The film is directed by Gavin O’Connor from Bill Dubuque’s script and co-stars Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal and Cynthia Addai-Robinson. Producers are Lynette Howell and Mark Williams.
Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3″ and Disney thriller “The Finest Hours,” starring Chris Pine and Affleck’s brother Casey, are also set for Jan. 29. Warner Bros. moved an untitled New Line horror film forward a week to Jan. 22.
Warner Bros. also set Miles Teller-Jonah Hill crime-comedy “Arms and the Dudes” for March 11. Todd Phillips is directing the story of two Miami stoners who wound up with a government contract to supply weapons for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The studio has also dated “Project Xx, »
- Dave McNary
Age ain’t nothing but a number? Don’t tell that to Rebel Wilson. The “Pitch Perfect 2” star has come out swinging at Australian publications that claim she’s lying about the details of her life, including her age. Of course, she’s doing so in a totally cheeky and amusing way on Twitter, even name-checking a condition that subjects high-achieving “tall poppies” to being knocked down with criticism. Also Read: Niche to Knockout: 3 Weapons Rebel Wilson-Anna Kendrick Sequel Used to 'Pitch'-Slap 'Mad Max' Omg I’m actually a 100 year old mermaid formerly known as “Cc Chalice »
- Tim Kenneally
The comedy actress thinks her fans assume she enjoys singing-a-long to songs in bars, because she sings in the movie – which also stars ‘Twilight’ actress Anna Kendrick, ‘Prom Night’ star Brittany Snow and Elizabeth Banks.
She told Glamour magazine: “A lot of people think – because we sing in the movie and whatever – that we would do karaoke, but I have a thing against karaoke. The microphones are never good quality, they have always been dropped, and a lot or people are screaming into them and the vocal sound quality is never the right mix and I’m like, ‘No!’ I’ll sing in a movie – when I’m getting paid.”
Although she doesn’t enjoy the pastime, Rebel has boasted that she can belt out an impressive version of Sir Elton John »
- The Hollywood News
Is there anything Anna Kendrick can't do? After Universal Pictures' Pitch Perfect 2 debuted at No. 1 with an estimated $70.3 million—more than its predecessor earned in its entire theatrical run—the actress' options are unlimited. Given the recent rise of all-female reboots (Ghostbusters, 21 Jump Street), Kendrick opted to star in the next Indiana Jones movie—or, as it's now being called, Indianna Jones. See what she did there? Kendrick sure is clever. Kendrick isn't actually starring in Indianna Jones and the Last Crusade, but she certainly looks the part in a promotional sketch for NBC's Red Nose Day. The three-hour, star-studded charity event airs this Thursday at 8 p.m. »
"Make sure that's the one!" This Thursday (May 21st) it will be "Red Nose Day", a major charity event held to "have fun, raise money and change the lives of children living in poverty in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities around the world." It centers around wearing a red nose to spread laughter, but NBC is also hosting their own big TV special on Thursday night to raise money. It will feature all kinds of celebrity appearance, funny sketches and more. One of them debuted online early (via SlashFilm) and features the amazingly talented Anna Kendrick playing Indiana Jones in one of the scenes from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the one where he drinks water from the Holy Grail. It's an amusing riff on that scene. Thanks to NBC for this video, try watching on their site if you're having trouble viewing above. »
- Alex Billington
Among the most well-known cinematic characters of the 80s is Indiana Jones, an adventurous professor played over three films during the decade by Harrison Ford, with Steven Spielberg directing each film. Ford and Spielberg once again returned to the franchise in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the end of which suggested that the reins of the character would soon be passed off to a younger counterpart, in a similar vein to 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
Now, as part of the promotion for its upcoming Red Nose Day fundraising marathon, NBC has released their own take on the franchise, with Pitch Perfect‘s Anna Kendrick donning the iconic fedora as “Indianna Jones”. In a riff on the all-female lead casting of Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, Kendrick recreates the chalice selection scene from 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, putting her own spin on it. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Young Pope
Jude Law is set to star in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's TV series "The Young Pope" at HBO, Sky and Canal Plus. The story deals with an imaginary conservative American pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history and has been recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals. Trouble is, they're not ready for how hard-line he is.
Production on the eight-episode series is set to begin this summer with filming to take place predominantly in Italy with additional locations in the United States, Africa and Puerto Rico. Sorrentino will helm all eight episodes and penned the scripts with the help of Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli. [Source: Variety]
The Belko Experiment
John Gallagher ("The Newsroom") is set to star in Greg McLean's thriller "The Belko Experiment" at MGM Studios. James Gunn will produce and penned the script with filming to begin shortly in Bogota, »
- Garth Franklin
Pitch Perfect 2 put in a winning performance to top the UK box office.
Avengers: Age of Ultron drops to third with £1.6 million. The figure brings its total earnings past the £43 million mark in the UK.
The UK box office top 10 in full:
1. (-) Pitch Perfect 2 - £5,005,394
2. (-) Mad Max: Fury Road - £4,538,933
3. (1) Avengers: Age of Ultron - £1,661,968
4. (2) Spooks: The Greater Good - £533,843
5. (3) Far from the Madding Crowd - £400,566
6. (-) A Royal Night Out - £301,686
7. (8) Home - £252,245
8. (4) Unfriended - £250,428
9. (6) Fast & Furious 7 - £224,972
10. (5) The Age of Adaline - £193,494
Source: Rentrak »
Senior Staff Writer and Blu-ray nut Scott Davis takes his weekly look at what’s new and hot in the world of Blu-ray…
In this week’s UK edition, we have Steve Carell and Channing Tatum wrestling in Foxcatcher, lots of singing in the woods with Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick in Into The Woods, and arguably the best film of 2015 so far, A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain…
One of the outstanding films of 2015 so far, J.C. Chandor’s magnificent epic stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks and is set in 1981, New York City’s most violent year ever.
See Also: Read our review of A Most Violent Year here
Acclaimed with a huge standing ovation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, director Bennett Miller’s excellent sports drama was not as successful »
- Scott J. Davis
Let's congratulate Pitch Perfect 2 on its amazing $70 million opening weekend. And then how about we finally recognize that a movie centered on women characters and directed by a woman can be a success and it's not a fluke at all. But at the same, let's finally get over the trend toward making all-female versions of other movies. You know, the idea to remake or spin-off from The Expendables and Ghostbusters and 21 Jump Street and whatever else, just with actresses in all of the main roles instead of actors. We don't need to force those shoes onto women. They can simply have their own shoes, right? Not that we wouldn't mind seeing Anna Kendrick in a gender-swapped reboot of the Indiana Jones franchise. But we'd watch her in just about...
- Christopher Campbell
Jake Szymanski will direct, with Chernin Entertainment producing along with Jonathan Levine. Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien’s script centers on two hard-partying brothers who place an ad online to find dates for a wedding and find a pair of women who can out-party them.
News was first reported by The Tracking Board.
- Dave McNary
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