When offered the chance to interview Anna Kendrick, I didn’t hesitate. Year after year, Kendrick proves herself to be one of the most fun and interesting people in Hollywood, jumping between big-budget blockbusters and small independent films. She’s also becoming increasingly popular due to her Twitter feed, which is filled with the kinds of humor you and your friends share in private rather than in public. It seems pretty obvious that Kendrick, with one Oscar nomination already, is well on her way to becoming one of our generation’s “It” actresses.
Her latest film is Rob Marshall‘s massive Disney musical Into the Woods, based on the Tony award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim. It’s classic Broadway fare, mixed with familiar fairy tales and a whole new story that is sure to make audiences reimagine some of their favorite characters of all time.
Kendrick plays Cinderella in the film, but this is not the Cinderella you know – or the one you are likely to see next year in another Disney film. We talked about that, as well the way she’s navigating her career, Disney in general, that Twitter feed and even a burning Pitch Perfect question I’ve had since the film’s original release. Below, read our Anna Kendrick interview. Read More »
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Hot on the heels of the confirmation that David Fincher and James Ellroy are working together on an HBO show comes the news of another project that Fincher will do for the big cable network. Fincher will direct the pilot for an HBO music video show called Living on Noise, described as a “half-hour HBO project about music videos in the 1980s.”
(Update: The title may actually be Living on Video; see an early and spoiler-free plot report below.) Read More »
Director Richard Linklater is having a pretty great year. He’s making his next movie just as his last one, Boyhood, is on its way to a possible Oscar or two. But despite a resume of absolutely amazing films (Before Sunset, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life) his most successful sometimes get forgotten. That’s the 2003 film School of Rock starring Jack Black and written by Mike White. The unique story of a slacker, posing as a substitute teacher, who turns private school kids into his own band, is a real crowd-pleaser and much different from the more introspective films Linklater is known for. It ended up grossing over $80 million, which is more than double his second most successful film.
Since its release, School of Rock has found a place in the hearts of its fans and a permanent spot on cable television. But now, it’s getting a new resurrection. In 2015, School of Rock is coming to Broadway with an absolutely amazing team. Read more about the School of Rock musical below. Read More »
The Last Five Years, the off-Broadway musical from Tony-winning composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown, is now a film from writer/director Richard LaGravenese. It stars Anna Kendrick, who is also in Disney’s musical Into the Woods, opening later this month. While this film premiered at TIFF, it won’t open in the US until February. But you can see The Last Five Years trailer below. Read More »
When Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams team up for a TV show, it’s pretty obvious lots of people are going to be interested. Not just in watching it though, but taking part in it too. Well, Crowe and Abrams are both executive producing a new Showtime pilot called Roadies and the first two actors have just come on board: Luke Wilson and Imogen Poots. Read more about the Roadies casting below. Read More »
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The Barden Bellas have already conquered the United States. In Pitch Perfect 2, they take on the world. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson lead the cast of the a capella sequel, which hits theaters May 15. This time, the Bellas will attempt to win the world a capella championships, something no U.S. team has ever done. Along they way they’ll bond, go camping, haze new recruits and explore what looks like an underground world of a capella that includes David Cross, NFL star Clay Matthews and more.
But Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t all fun and games, as you’ll see right at the beginning of this trailer. It looks like there’s gonna be some emotion along side the jokes, part of the formula that made the 2012 original such a big cult hit. Below, watch the first Pitch Perfect 2 trailer.
UPDATE: We’ve added a bunch of photos from the set of the film. Check them out below. Read More »
Look, there are some great sequels coming out in 2015: Star Wars, The Avengers, Jurassic Park, The Terminator… the list goes on and on. But none of those will have synchronized dancing, a capella covers of pop songs, or Anna Kendrick. Those elements put the sequel to Pitch Perfect right up there on my must-see list.
Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks, opens May 15. The first trailer will be out Thursday, after it debuts at nationwide Pitch Perfect Sing-a-Long screenings Wednesday. In anticipation, a great teaser poster has been revealed. Check out the Pitch Perfect 2 poster below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Update: NBC has released a full length Peter Pan Live trailer. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
NBC’s Sound of Music Live! was a bit of a disaster as an actual musical production. Lead Carrie Underwood couldn’t act to save her life, and as a result the whole thing kind of fell flat. But Sound of Music Live! was an unambiguous success in terms of ratings, with 18.62 million viewers tuning in.
So NBC is trying the live musical thing again this winter with Peter Pan Live!, starring Allison Williams as the boy who never grew up and Christopher Walken as his embittered pirate nemesis. Watch the Peter Pan Live trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
November 2014 really seems a bit late to be parodying the biggest pop culture hits of 2013. We’ve already seen enough Frozen mash-ups to last us a lifetime, to say nothing of Breaking Bad parodies. But hey, great art takes time, and “Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab?” is worth the wait.
As the title suggests, the Breaking Bad Frozen parody reimagines “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” through a Breaking Bad lens. Anna’s wistful musical appeal to Elsa becomes a dangerous plea from Walt to Jesse. Watch “Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab?” after the jump. (Warning: Major Breaking Bad spoilers ahoy.) (Another warning: If you proceed, you will have the tune stuck in your head for the next 24 hours.) Read More »