Anna Kendrick stars in Pitch Perfect as an outsider girl who, after arriving at her new school, is pulled into a competitive group of girls who are determined to sing their way to all-vocal a capella success. But don’t be too quick to call this one merely a revamp of other similar competitive high school/college movies. Because after watching the trailer below, you’ll see that this is a lot like… oh. An a capella version of Bring It On.

But, that said, there’s a lot in this trailer that suggests Pitch Perfect knows how silly the premise is. Thanks to assistance from minor Bridesmaids scene-stealer Rebel Wilson, a script written by 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon, and a healthy dose of Glee-esque performance, there might be something pretty funny here. Read More »

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  • Bruce Boxleitner says Tron: Uprising is “not a kiddie show”
  • Friends With KidsJennifer Westfeldt goes to HBO
  • Rebel Wilson‘s Super Fun Night could be headed to ABC
  • Is a Mad Men star leaving the show for good?

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Rachel Berry may be the Glee character known for her outsized dreams of superstardom, but it’s Kurt Hummel who’s taking Hollywood by storm at the moment. Or Chris Colfer, the actor who plays him, is, at any rate. Not content with simply earning a Golden Globe, two Emmy nominations, and a spot on the Time 100 for his role on the hit Fox series, Colfer has spent his time away from McKinley High penning feature screenplays, selling a Disney pilot, and landing a book deal — all by the age of 21.

The first of those scripts, Struck By Lightning, shot this past summer with Brian Dannelly (Saved!) at the helm, and we have an early trailer now. Colfer stars as an ambitious high school senior who blackmails his peers into contributing to his literary magazine before he is, you guessed it, struck by lightning and killed. The dark comedy also boasts some other notable stars, including Christina Hendricks, Allison Janney, Sarah Hyland, Angela Kinsey, Dermot Mulroney, and Rebel Wilson. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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With the exception of True Blood creator Alan Ball’s very serious-sounding Banshee, today’s TV Bits is all about the funny. After the jump:

  • Dwight Schrute could leave Dunder Mifflin for Schrute Farms
  • Paul Feig will direct Goldie Hawn in HBO’s The Viagra Diaries
  • CBS orders a pilot written by and starring Bridesmaids‘ Rebel Wilson
  • Alan Ball sells an Amish country-set action drama to Cinemax
  • HBO decides to turn Indie Game: The Movie into a half-hour comedy

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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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 »

Jason Bateman has won the lead role in We’re the Millers, a stoner comedy to be directed by Rawson Thurber. The two worked together previously on 2004′s Dodgeball, which featured Bateman as spacey color commentator Pepper Brooks.

Bateman and Thurber are just the latest names to board the film, which has been in development for nearly a decade — John Morris, Sean Anders, Steve Buscemi and Bateman’s Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett have all been attached to the project at various points. Bateman seems to be on a hot streak with comedies right now, though, so here’s hoping the project actually gets made this time around.

The script follows a drug dealer who decides he wants out of the business. But before he quits, of course, he has to take one last job which involves traveling to Mexico and creating a fake family in order to smuggle 1,400 pounds of marijuana back into the U.S. I haven’t read the script myself, but based on what I’ve heard it’s sharp, dark, and very funny. [Pajiba]

After the jump, new stars for Pacific Rim and Struck by Lightning.

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