Briefly: The two newest members of the Barden Treblemakers are now officially returning for Pitch Perfect 2. Roommates turned a capella singers Jesse (Skylar Astin) and Benji (Ben Platt) have now both officially signed to return for the currently in-production sequel. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, almost all of the original cast is returning – including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine – as well as newcomers Haliee Steinfeld and Katey Segal. It’s scheduled for release May 15, 2015. [Deadline and Twitter]
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James Brown tells you who he is in this new trailer for the biopic Get on Up. Either a short theatrical trailer or a long TV spot, this look at the film opens with Brown (Chadwick Boseman, 42) talking about his parents, and we flash through some moments of success before coming back around to a heated conversation between mama and her son. Much of this footage is the same as what we saw in the first trailer, but there’s definitely some new stuff, and a different emphasis, and additional voiceover. Check out the Get on Up trailer 2 below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Pitch Perfect 2 reunites several beloved Barden Bellas, but it’s also introducing some fresh voices into the a cappella sound mix. Following the addition of Hailee Steinfeld last month, Sons of Anarchy star Katey Sagal has just boarded the musical comedy sequel. Get details on her role after the jump.
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One of my favorite films so far in 2014 is Frank, the movie in which Michael Fassbender plays a musician who spends every minute of every day wearing a giant fake head. That’s a pretty good way to get some attention for the film, but Frank is a very funny and genuinely wonderful movie about the process of creativity, and the fact that some of us are simply no good when it comes to making music and art.
Still, it’s a weird concept to get your, um, head around to some extent, so how about a clip featuring Fassbender’s title character in conversation with the musician (Domhnall Gleeson, of About Time and soon of Star Wars Episode VII) who desperately wants to be his musical equal? That will get across the tone of the film pretty well. If you still have questions (and you will) there’s also a great ten-minute featurette that gives a lot of background without giving too much away. Read More »
It’s no secret Cameron Crowe had problems giving his 2000 semi-autobiographical film a title. At one point it was actually called Untitled, a clever nod to the musical story held within, as well as an admission of defeat. The studio wouldn’t let that fly, so Crowe went through many different titles before settling on Almost Famous. And it’s a perfect title.
For a contribution to the 300th issue of Empire Magazine, Crowe dug up the original notebook pages where he brainstormed all kinds of different titles for the movie, much like William Miller does during the credits of the film. Check out Cameron Crowe’s alternate Almost Famous titles below. Read More »
Director Elizabeth Banks is about to sign her first new addition to the cast of 2015′s Pitch Perfect 2. Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to join the sequel to the 2012 hit in an unspecified role. She’ll sing alongside Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and the rest of the original cast.
Below, read more about Hailee Steinfeld Pitch Perfect 2, including Banks’ comments on the pressures of directing. Read More »
Elvis Presley was one of the greatest showmen in the history of music. Who better to chronicle his story, then, than one of the greatest showmen in the history of film? Baz Luhrmann, the director of Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby, is in talks to direct an untitled biopic about The King. Kelly Marcel (Terra Nova, Saving Mr. Banks and 50 Shades of Grey) is writing the screenplay for Warner Bros. Read more about the potential Baz Luhrmann Elvis movie below. Read More »
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The first four actors for Jon M. Chu‘s Jem and the Holograms movie have been announced, but there are more to come. The next piece of the puzzle is the actor who’ll play Rio. In the original cartoon that is being updated for the film, Rio Pacheco was the band’s road manager and tech guy, and also the love interest for Jem. The film now has its leading man, as Ryan Guzman (Step Up Revolution and All In) has been cast in the role. Read More »