Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2015 > Nov 22: 2015 American Music Awards

I’m sorry I didn’t get this posted sooner, but we couldn’t NOT post the Shower Thoughts video. Between this and a certain memorable scene from Pitch Perfect (you know the one), showers are starting to become a recurring motif in Anna’s work.

As if her Tony and Oscar nominations, a platinum record, nearly 5 million Twitter followers, starring in the Number 1 movie of the summer, and being honored by Variety during Power of Women 2015 didn’t make her pretty powerful already, Anna is now officially Star Wars Universe powerful. The Divine Miss K is featured in the just-released trailer for the new PlayStation game Star Wars: Battlefront, to be released November 17th. I don’t know about anyone else, but I find this trailer just the slightest bit disturbing considering they seem to have forgotten the context behind that whole collapsing clothes motif. Still, the imagery is evocative and enticing as metaphor, and the footage of the game itself looks exciting. And now Anna can claim to share a famous piece of movie dialogue with no less than Sir Alec Guinness. Enjoy the trailer, and if you’re a PS player, enjoy the game starting next week!

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Watch Anna Kendrick Become a Cat Whisperer on Billy on the Street

Acting, singing, philosophy … Is there anything Anna Kendrick can’t do? After this week’s episode of Billy on the Street, we can add feline mind-reading to Kendrick’s ever-growing list of talents. Manic host Billy Eichner challenged Kendrick to discern between things Katy Perry’s cat does and does not care about. (Being a cat, Kitty Purry apparently cares a lot about food but not so much about Perry’s relationships, career, or activism.) Props to Kendrick for both acing the pop quiz and managing to poke a little fun at Anne Hathaway as she accepted her award for doing so. {}

Anna Kendrick to be published by S&S UK

S&S UK will publish a collection of “humourous” autobiographical essays by actor Anna Kendrick.

As one of America’s “most popular versatile” actors of stage and screen, Kendrick’s autobiographical book will “amusingly recount memorable moments from throughout her life,” from her upbringing in New England to the blockbuster films.

The book will expand upon the “witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known” offering her “one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced” in her career.

Kendrick said: “I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself.”

She added: “And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!”

Abigail Bergstrom, commissioning editor at S&S UK said: “We are immensely proud to be welcoming Anna Kendrick to our list, joining forces with Touchstone in the US. Anna’s wit, self-deprecation and wry sense of humour will translate brilliantly onto the page. We shall be thoroughly entertained, moved and captivated by her unique take on life and, for S&S across the world, this will be a stunning book for our autumn 2016 list.”

Kendrick was nominated for an Academy Award for her breakout role in “Up in the Air” in 2009 and has made numerous theatrical appearances including starring roles in the “The Twilight Saga” and “Pitch Perfect” film franchises. In 2013, she achieved musical success with the #2 Billboard hit song “Cups (When I’m Gone),” featured in “Pitch Perfect.” She also recently starred in “Pitch Perfect 2”.

The yet-to-be-titled book will be published in simultaneous hardback and audio editions in autumn 2016 with Touchstone and S&S Audio, imprints of S&S in New York. {}

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2015 > Oct 09: Variety’s Power of Women Luncheon

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Anna’s work on behalf of LGBTQ youth was in the spotlight this week. She, along with Salma Hayek Pinault, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, and Susan Wojcicki, graced the cover of Variety’s Power of Women issue, the seventh edition of the annual special issue honoring women “who are using their clout to bring attention to worthy causes.” Anna was honored for her work with the Trevor Project, an organization devoted to preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth.

All five versions of the issue were released this past Wednesday, October 6th. For her cover story, Anna gave Variety this interview. Two days later, with her characteristic wit and modesty, Anna again voiced her support for the Trevor Project at the Power of Women luncheon in Beverly Hills, as she accepted her award, presented to her by Lisa Kudrow, her costar in the upcoming “Table 19”.

Congratulations, Anna!

Anna Kendrick Helps Give Hope to LGBT Teens With the Trevor Project

Anna Kendrick is lucky. She grew up in Maine in an open-minded family, and has been constantly working in theater, film and TV since before she hit puberty. “When I think about it, I am very fortunate that I have a lot of gay men and women in my life,” she says.

Not everyone is so lucky, which is where the Trevor Project comes in. Founded in 1998 by the team behind the Oscar-winning short “Trevor,” Randy Stone, Peggy Rajski and writer-performer James Lecesne, it’s a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens.

Despite recent breakthroughs for the LGBTQ community, there are still pockets in the country where services offered by the Trevor Project are critical, Kendrick says.

Indeed, with the heated 2016 presidential campaign making gay rights an issue, the Trevor Project’s work is more important than ever. “I think it’s a problem if you’re allowed to run for office on a platform of hate,” Kendrick says.

“I just think that what they do is necessary,” she says. “I remember a couple of years ago I had a friend say, ‘I am glad gay rights are important to you.’ It was the first time that I considered that people think it’s unique or brave” to champion gay rights. “It just seems to me that it’s just basic human rights.”

The star of the “Pitch Perfect” movies — which are nothing if not cool with diversity of every kind — notes, “There’s something interesting happening with the younger generation. A lot of my vocal fans on social media are young gay women. Everyone’s becoming more open and it seems like the tide is shifting, but the reactionaries get more vocal and vitriolic.”

And organizations like the Trevor Project let teens know that there is hope. {}