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Once you’ve seen a movie a few times, the main story just isn’t as exciting. Your eyes begin to wander around the frame seeking other details. You might find surprises the filmmaker put in there on purpose, or happy accidents, but either way, the best movies always find ways to reward a viewer over and over again.

A movie that definitely fits that description is the first Pitch Perfect. It’s an immensely entertaining and rewarding film that gets better with every single rewatch. Want to know why Pitch Perfect 2 just made $70 million at the box office opening weekend? It’s because fans watched the first film so many times, they were dying for something new from the characters.

Since its release, I’ve watched Pitch Perfect dozens of times and have gotten to a point where the big moments aren’t my favorites. Instead, I’ve become semi-obsessed with some smaller moments. Forty-five of them, to be exact. Some of these are tiny nuances in a performance, weird line deliveries, or an odd piece of production design. Others are funny lines, random asides, touching moments, or scenes that I look at in a different way than most people. Either way, add this odd collection of randomness with the obvious stuff, like the music, and you’ve got a fantastic movie that made a really great sequel.

Below, read along with what I feel are the most random, funny, under-appreciated and best Pitch Perfect moments.

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Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has landed safely in theaters, it’s time to look ahead toward Phase Three. One of the biggest developments coming our way is the introduction of a new Spider-Man, who already has a solo film set for 2017. And it seems Marvel and Sony are just about ready to step forward with a new director.

According to a new report, names on the Spider-Man director short list include Jonathan Levine (50/50), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), and John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (the Vacation rebootquel). Get all the latest on the Spider-Man director after the jump.  Read More »

Sisters

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have insisted that this year was their last hosting the Golden Globes, but that doesn’t mean their days of collaboration are over. Far from it. Last night’s Globes ceremony proved the perfect time to debut the first look at Sisters, their new comedy.

Directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), Sisters centers on two estranged sisters who decide to throw one last party before their parents sell off their childhood home. Watch the first Sisters TV spot after the jump. Read More »

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Ted 2 may not have the name-brand recognition of an Avengers or the budget of a Star Wars, but it is the only sequel of 2015 that has a foul-mouthed teddy bear as one of its leads. The first image from the new comedy shows said teddy bear (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) with his best friend John (Mark Wahlberg), preparing to for a swim.

The relationship at the heart of Sisters is less unusual, but no less intriguing. Real-life BFFs / perennial Golden Globes co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler star as grown-up siblings plotting one last epic house party. Hit the jump for the first looks at Ted 2 and SistersRead More »

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are taking on the Empire. Their upcoming film, The Nest, was just given the release date of December 18, 2015. That just so happens to be the day Star Wars Episode VII opens.  Read More »

Archie Comics

Just about every other popular comic book character has made it to the big screen in one form or other, so it was just a matter of time before someone got it in their head to make Archie into a feature film. And that someone, apparently, is Warner Bros.

The studio has just closed a deal to make a live-action movie based on the long-running comic, with Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) directing and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (the new Carrie) writing. There’s no official logline right now, but there’s reason to believe the team will spice up Archie’s usual high school shenanigans with the presence of zombies. Yes, really. Hit the jump to learn what Archie has to do with the undead.

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30 Rock‘s seven-season run on NBC has come to an end, but creator/star Tina Fey‘s big screen career is just heating up. She has Admission with Paul Rudd lined up for release in March, and is now headed to shoot The Muppets… Again in London.

For her next move beyond that, she’s looking to team with Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore and Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell on a Universal Pictures comedy titled The Nest. Hit the jump for more details.

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There’s a lot of new stuff to get through in today’s TV Bits, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • AMC and Dish settle legal dispute; AMC resumes airing on Dish
  • Why The Walking Dead ended up at AMC instead of HBO or NBC
  • NBC euthanizes Animal Practice and brings back Whitney
  • Louis C.K. lines up his Saturday Night Live hosting debut
  • Taken director Pierre Morel will work on NBC pilot After Hours
  • Pitch Perfect helmer Jason Moore will direct ABC’s Trophy Wife
  • Brendan Fraser heads to TNT for the drama pilot Legends
  • Andy Samberg joins Mike Schur and Dan Goor‘s new comedy
  • Craig Robinson lands the lead in Greg Daniels‘ NBC sitcom
  • Arrested Development re-hires Carl Weathers, gets a documentary
  • Check out Dany, Ser Jorah, and more on Game of Thrones‘ Qarth set

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Anna Kendrick in Talks for ‘Pitch Perfect’

A cappella groups are a college campus staple to a certain extent, and also one of the more divisive forces in music. There’s not much middle ground on a cappella performance — people tend to either love groups that perform song catalogs using only the human voice, or they have zero tolerance for the concept altogether.

Despite an admiration for the art and a general love for the voice as an instrument, I’m generally in the latter camp. So I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch Pitch Perfect, even if it does cast Anna Kendrick as a college student who finds herself through a cappella performance. Read More »