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One of the summer’s most surefire hits is Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2, which will reunite the Barden Bellas as they take their a cappella talents to new heights in hopes of regaining fame and popularity after a humiliating wardrobe malfunction in front of none other than the President of the United States. Back for more pitch-slapping mayhem are stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow, and the sequel also adds a new Bella in the form of Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit).
A new batch of images has ended up online today, showcasing most of the principal cast and reminding us that Elizabeth Banks is not only starring in but also directing this follow-up. Will the first-time helmer be able to deliver another chapter that rivals the fist-pumping charms of Jason Moore’s original? The jury’s still out on that one, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Director: Elizabeth Banks; Screenwriter: Kay Cannon; Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins; Running time: 115 mins; Certificate: 12A
Quicker than an X Factor contestant to the Christmas No.1 spot - but not quite so predictable - Pitch Perfect 2 was greenlit after the surprise success of the original in 2012. A sharp-tongued Anna Kendrick and the outrageous Rebel Wilson are among the college girls hitting the comeback trail with their tried and tested formula of kitsch a cappella pop covers, cute wisecracks and awkward romantic subplots. This time you know what to expect and you may even be tempted to sing along.
Only Kendrick is afforded the benefit of playing a character with more than one dimension. As Beca, her focus is divided between the Barden Bellas and her career after college, aiming to get a kick-start with a secret internship at a cool »
David O. Russell makes fashion statement on the Oscars' Red Carpet David O. Russell: Fashion statement and Oscar nomination David O. Russell, a Best Director Oscar nominee for the surprisingly successful boxing drama The Fighter, makes both a fashion and a facial statement upon his arrival with guests at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. This was his first Best Director nomination. About five years ago, David O. Russell made headlines thanks to leaked videos showing him having a volcanic, expletive-filled confrontation with Lily Tomlin on the set of I Heart Huckabees – an ambitious all-star comedy that turned out to be much less successful than the bizarre behind-the-scenes video clips. (Check out Paul Rudd in a parody of the 'I Heart Huckabees' blow-up.) Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees alumnus Mark Wahlberg has said that he had to fight with Paramount »
- D. Zhea
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Chicago – The Hollywood Show is back, and all your favorite TV and movie stars are available to meet, take pictures with and get autographs. The 2015 Chicago edition is May 1 through 3, with Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd the celebrity appearance days. HollywoodChicago.com was there for the 2014 Show, and captured some Exclusive Portraits of the type of celebrities the Hollywood Show brings directly to the fans.
Scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hollywood Show include the dynamic duo from the 1966 Batman TV show, Adam West and Burt Ward (Saturday only); Henry “Fonzie” Winkler (Saturday), “Chips” stars Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada; Louise Fletcher from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Linda Blair from “The Exorcist”; secondary cast members from the popular film “A League of Their Own”; and for the first time some legendary sports celebrities like Bobby Hull (Chicago Black »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Elizabeth Banks makes her directorial debut with the film, which sees returning stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp and John Michael Higgins all returning alongside Banks herself, and Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) joining the cast.
Pitch Perfect 2 is set for release May 15th.
- Scott J. Davis
Hailee Steinfled (True Grit, the upcoming Barely Lethal) will star in the next Ya supernatural phenomenon-hopeful, Break My Heart 1000 Times. Based on a novel by Daniel Waters (not the screenwriter of Heathers), Break My Heart 1000 Times concerns Veronica, a girl living in the aftermath of a massive world event that has left the…
The post Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Break My Heart 1000 Times Adaptation appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
Sick of Young Adult novel adaptations based in the supernatural genre? Then you’ll hate the following news update…
True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld has joined the cast of Break My Heart 1,000 Times, based on a book written by Daniel Waters. The story centres around a world where humans and ghosts – Remnants – live side by side in peaceful cohabitation. However, when a young girl is sent a terrifying message by a Remnant she must take on a mission that’ll change her life forever.
Music video and Step Up Revolution director Scott Speer will take the helm. If you’re a fan of the novel then you need not worry (as much), as Speer is not only a director but an author too, having penned the trilogy of Immortal City books. If there’s one person you want behind the scenes of an adaptation it’s a fellow writer.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Morton Hock, who spent five decades in marketing and advertising for Broadway and the motion picture industry, died at his home in New York on April 25 after a long struggle with leukemia. He was 85.
He did a stint with Broadway impresario David Merrick in the late 1950s. During the 1960s, he was advertising manager at United Artists and later VP and global marketing director for Paramount, overseeing campaigns for films such as “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Barbarella,” “Goodbye, Columbus,” “Love Story” and the original “True Grit,” for which he orchestrated the Academy Awards campaign that resulted in the only Oscar for John Wayne.
Later, while working for the producer Ray Stark, Hock created the campaign for “The Way We Were,” and then worked with the independent filmmaker John Cassavetes on “A Woman Under the Influence,” for which Hock received a Clio Award.
Hock stayed in New York despite many attempts by »
- Carmel Dagan
Gudegast directs from his own script which follows a notorious crew of bank robbers who target the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles, right under the nose of a rogue sheriff’s deputy. Mark Canton, Alan Siegel, Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley will produce. [Source: The Wrap]
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation," "The To-Do List") is set to join the cast of Jake Szymanski's comedy "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. Zac Efron and Adam DeVine play brothers who place an online ad to find dates for a wedding, only to have the ad go viral. Anna Kendrick also stars. [Source: Variety]
Break my Heart 1000 Times
- Garth Franklin
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
A24 just unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming "Barely Lethal" action comedy, starring Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Ender's Game), Samuel L Jackson and Jessica Alba. Check it out below. In the film, Steinfeld plays Megan, a young international assassin who yearns for a "normal" adolescence, prompting her to fake her own death and enroll in a suburban high school. Alba plays Victoria, Megan's former handler and current nemesis, who enlists Heather (Sophie Turner) to go undercover at the high school and reacquire the runaway. Jackson portrays Megan's mentor, Hardman. "Barely Lethal" is written and directed by Kyle Newman (Fanboys). It's set to be released on DirecTV on April 30th and then in select theaters and on VOD on May 29th. Trailer: »
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas on the Oscars' Red Carpet Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas at the Academy Awards A very blasé-looking Christopher Nolan, shortlisted as one of the producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Inception and as the writer of the film's original screenplay, arrives with his wife and fellow Inception producer Emma Thomas at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Of course, Christopher Nolan also directed Inception, but he was not included in the Academy's Best Director shortlist. Instead, nominated were: David Fincher for The Social Network. Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan. Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit. David O. Russell for The Fighter. Tom Hooper, the eventual winner, for The King's Speech. In case the incredibly successful British filmmaker was disappointed, angered, or downright outraged at being bypassed one more time by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts »
- D. Zhea
“Pitch Perfect 2″ got CinemaCon rolling on a high note as the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit received an enthusiastic reception at the exhibition industry confab.
Director, co-star and producer Elizabeth Banks promised the crowd of theater owners more of what they loved about the first film, and “Pitch Perfect 2″ didn’t deviate much from the formula. There were more a cappella riff-offs, more Fat Amy and a reprisal of “Cups,” the infectious pop song that broke out after its appearance in the first film.
“I encourage all of you to stand up and dance and to sing along,” said Banks, shortly before the film unspooled at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
The audience didn’t take her up on that offer, remaining seated throughout the film, which finds the the Barden Bellas kicked out of the collegiate a cappella league after an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in front of President Barack Obama. »
- Brent Lang
With the sequel to 2012’s hit comedy Pitch Perfect just around the corner, news on the third installment is already underway with word from the Us that Rebel Wilson, who plays Fat Amy, has already signed on for the next entry.
La Times writer Amy Kaufman has tweeted over the weekend that the Aussie star has confirmed that she will return for a third time, though she doesn’t know if Anna Kendrick will be back too. Rumours abound previous were that new addition Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) was being “groomed” to take over the lead role should Kendrick drop out.
Pitch Perfect 2 marks the directorial debut of actress Elizabeth Banks, who also returns to the film alongside Kendrick, Wilson, Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt and John Michael Higgins.
- Scott J. Davis
Rob Blues on remakes, reboots and rehashes…
There were three films I saw in the 1980’s that blew me away and in doing so scorched into my mind the brilliance of original film.
If you are my age then these films will hold a special place in your heart. The first time I fell in love with film for sure. I still genuinely believe that all three films are about as perfect as movies can get. I remember saying to a friend of mine a few years ago that if they ever decided to remake any of my holy trinity then I would stop watching films forevermore. I wouldn’t, I’d had a beer or two and might have gotten a bit carried away, but the sentiment was there. These films are surely untouchable.
And now a Ghostbusters reboot is in the offing. »
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
Re-boot, Re-imagining, Re-telling, Re-make, Re-hash, regurgitation… There are a lot of “Re’s” in Hollywood lately, some of them work… (Dredd, Evil Dead, True Grit) and some of them don’t… (Spider-Man, Total Recall, any recent Tim Burton films). Unfortunately the latest uh… re-telling, I guess… Cinderella falls into the latter, but its not all bad…
We all know the story so I’m not going to bore you with the glass slipper routine, it’s just a shame that the makers of this »
- Martin Burgoyne
It's been a rocky year for Oscar winners embracing roles in fantasy blockbusters. Eddie Redmayne delivered a pungent ham and cheese performance in The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, while Julianne Moore turns it up to 11 for her role as an evil witch in this week's Seventh Son.
Moore was years away from even setting foot on the set of Still Alice when she made Seventh Son (it's been trapped in post-production hell for a while), but it does make you wonder if there's some truth to the myth that Oscar winners seem destined for an immediate career stumble. Moore at least seems to be having fun with her role as Seventh Son's Mother Malkin. To say she's chewing the scenery would be a slight misnomer seeing as so »
Hailee Steinfeld,, who wowed audiences as a 14-year-old in the 2010 movie “True Grit,” is all grown up now. She turned 18 in December and shows off her maturing sexuality in stunning photos by well-known photographer Dani Brubaker. She next appears in the upcoming sequel to “Pitch Perfect,” a 2012 musical comedy that starred an ensemble cast that included Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow. ...Read More »
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