Archive | November 2009

The Marc Pease Experience, New Moon

Outside of Up in the Air news, Anna’s 2008 film The Marc Pease Experience was finally released on DVD November 3rd. Anna plays Meg Brickman, the love interest of Jason Shwartzman’s character – Marc Pease (her 26-year-old boyfriend) and Ben Stiller’s (the theater teacher and her private singing tutor). Meg is a talented senior with a passion for theater and amazing singing voice, but is upset to be continually cast in background roles and never the lead. I felt the movie was definitely worth watching, despite it’s terrible reviews. It’s not entirely laugh-out-loud funny, because it is mixed with realism and emotion, but I don’t think this is a negative.

Anna’s funniest bits were where she recites a really disturbing poem in her English class, duets on tape with Ben Stiller, and complains about not getting enough time in the make-up chair ;) My only disappointment was we didn’t get to see as much of Anna as a singer and on “stage” as I would have liked ;(. Unfortunately there were no special features.

The Marc Pease Experience DVD Caps: X450


As you all know New Moon has been released! Although the film itself got mixed reviews (except from fans, who inevitably loved it), Anna’s role as Jessica Stanley has gotten unanimous praise – apparently she is just as much a scene stealer as in the first Twilight ;)

Examiner:

Anna Kendrick, whose Oscar buzz for her work in Up In The Air is a source of pride for Twilight fans, really delivers on Jessica Stanley. She’s a character, Kendrick has admitted, that hasn’t really grown since Twilight, and Kendrick doesn’t perform the role with any overkill. Her monologues and facial reactions are spot-on, as were they in Twilight, and she once again brings both comedic relief and mainstream reality to the screen in New Moon.

NYU Washington Square News :

Minor characters played by Jessica Stanley and Dakota Fanning pick up the slack, filling in the bad moments with raw talent.

The Film Stage:

The rest of cast including Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick, and a creepy Dakota Fanning are the true highlights but are unfortunately underused.

The Northerner:

Now, in the end, it always seems to come down to teams. You have Team Edward, Team Jacob, Team Werewolves, and Team Vampires, but the team that should really get a shout out is Team Humans. These young men and women are great actors who provide a lot of the real-life humor amongst the supernatural beings of the series. Whether you are listening to Jessica (Anna Kendrick) rant about zombies, Mike (Michael Welch) get sick while seeing a movie with Bella, Eric (Justin Chon) crying during a class viewing of Romeo and Juliet, or Charlie (Billy Burke) trying to take care of his teenage daughter, viewers are sure to get a laugh from this group.

New Moon Promotional X3

Up in the Air B-roll Footage!!

Trailer Addict received some phenomenal B-roll footage from Up in the Air, including a behind the scenes look at many of Anna’s scenes and unseen footage! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if, like me, you just can’t wait for the movie to come out, although it does contain spoilers – here it is in two parts:

You can also now view the clip we posted a couple days back in HD on Facebook. The clip has been retitled “Chance at Something Real”:

I’ve made screencaps of Anna’s scenes in the Up in the Air B-roll footage, the “Chance at Something Real clip” and the Up in the Air Featurette earlier on:

B-roll Footage X122

“Chance at Something Real” Clip X66

Featurette X15

*Pant*! Next up: Marc Pease Experience caps, HQ Twilight premiere pix, new candids, Vogue scans, and caps of the plethora of new video interviews!! Clearly Anna did not get my memo to slow down :P !

Anna in Vogue Magazine!

Anna has a new photospread in the December 2009 issue of Vogue! The shoot took place September 2009 in Brooklyn, New York. Anna looks absolutely stunning in a high-fashion bun, pink dress and blazer. Here are some previews:

Here’s what stylist Kathryn Neale had to blog about modeling Anna:


The space was filled with a golden light, due to the odd yellow color they had chosen to paint the bridge, and everything had a sunny hue as if the construction workers had all taken happy pills. Alternatively, however, the just-painted underbelly was giving off highly noxious fumes that were quickly doing a job on me.

Determined to put my find to use, bells went off when an assignment to shoot Anna Kendrick of Twilight came down the pipe. Throw in that her new movie is entitled Up in the Air, and I could just see my billowy garbage tents in the pages of Vogue!

As a model Anna K. was up for anything upon arrival in Brooklyn (somehow our borough seems to free people—legally, morally, and otherwise) and after convincing all the movie people to please stay in the bus, I, Anna, and the photographer, Beau Grealey, made a pact with my new friend in charge of the clean-up operation. Then, we snuck into the tent.

Lights, camera, fabulous! We quickly fired off a few rolls of great shots with our star and then ducked outside for much needed fresh air just as some of the more officious members of the clean-up crew (or else rabid Twilight fans) saw us from afar and began encroaching. {Inside Vogue: Eyes Wide Open}

The magazine is in U.S. newstands now; it’s the issue with Cate Blanchett on the cover. Hopefully we’ll get scans soon, in the mean time I’ve added a couple small snippets about Up in the Air from Elle and Marie Claire. If you havn’t seen the HQ Entertainment Weekly scans yet, check that out too!

Thanks so much to Jamie for this tip :)

Interviews Mania: ET Online, Access Hollywood, Im Not Obsessed

The craziness for New Moon and Up in the Air promotion continues with ET’s plane interview, Access Hollywood Shepard Fairy interview and Im not obsessed plane interview/article!! Aaahhhh! Fangirl overload!!

ET Online

“My first impression of George was that he was a punk,” Anna tells ET. “It was a very, like, brother-sister relationship; he kind of made fun of me and I made fun of him right back.”

She adds of their on-set antics, “If he hadn’t been an amazing guy I wouldn’t have been able to do that.”

Anna dished on George during a flight from New York to Los Angeles, and says she “tried to play it cool” when she first heard she’d be working with George so she wouldn’t seem “out of my league.”

“It’s really cool to be starring opposite George Clooney,” she says, “because in ‘Twilight’ I’m just a mortal character; I don’t get to have any super powers. I mean, that’s kind of disappointing, but the ‘Twilight’ series is really, really cool, but I’m one of the kind of less cool elements of it, so I’m going to have to go Clooney on this one.” {‘Twilight”s Anna Kendrick on ‘Punk’ Co-Star George Clooney}

Accesss Hollywood


New Moon and Up in the Air Filming: “Yeah, it’s strange, and I shot them both simultaneously, which was interesting as well. George Clooney would kinda give me crap every time I came back from the ‘Twilight’ set,” she told Access Hollywood when she sat down with us recently at artist Shepherd Fairey’s Love Unites project for marriage equality. “But I was treated like a traitor.”

New Moon and Up in the Air Release: “I am so excited for the movies to finally just come out,” she said. “Everything has been so exciting, but at the same time kind of stressful in the best way possible. And I will be so happy once people can just go out and see the film and I won’t have to keep talking about the film.”

New Moon Vs. Twilight: “I mean, visually it looks very different and I think people are going to really like it and respond to it,” she explained. “But, it’s beautiful and the action is absolutely stunning. And you know the scene in Italy where everyone is in red – the Twi-hards all know about it – it’s absolutely beautiful.

But my character doesn’t exactly grow that much. She doesn’t do that much self-reflection. So I just kind of give my monologue and she stays depressed. But I hope that the audience thinks it’s funny,” she added.

On Scott Pilgrim: “I feel like it’s a ‘Ferris Buller’s Day Off’ with the action sequences from ‘Kill Bill,’” Anna explained. “But, it’s definitely crazy. I don’t think people are really going to know what hit them when they see it.” {Rising Star: Anna Kendrick}

Im Not Obsessed


Samantha: Inevitably, I must ask, what was your experience like while working with George Clooney?

Amazing. He is just as fun and charming as everyone says he is and everyone wants him to be. I mean, he’s the new Cary Grant. He’s just such a gentlemen and goes out of his way to make you feel like he’s not ‘George Clooney’- like… he’s just a guy you work with and can do your job with.

Samantha: Any plans that you know of about production/filming for “Breaking Dawn”?

I mean, you know, I’m certainly not going to produce it myself. I mean, you know, we don’t really know what the deal is. The truth is we really don’t know if we’re going to be in it. I think everybody at this point would be happy to go back, and even to do, you know, a day or two, because we’ve been in it from the beginning. Ultimately, it’s just about what the script says and what our schedules are, so… but I mean, I would be happy to go back and be in the background for the wedding scene and stuff like that… but I’m operating under the assumption that I’m not going to be in it because we’re not really in the book. But either way, I’m happy.

Samantha: What can you share about Robert Pattinson that fans might not already know about him?

I wish there was an answer to the mystery- you know? I feel like it’s national news every time I say that he’s a great guy- but that’s the truth, you know? He’s a human being, and I think people want him to be something more than that, and if that’s what they want, they shouldn’t know behind-the-scenes stuff. {“Up in the Air” Screening From New York City To Los Angeles}

EDIT: Check out all the airplane interviews in our 11/18 post!

Never thought I’d say this but Anna – mind slowing down for like 2 seconds and let us catch out breath? PHEW! ;)

Up in the Air Video Clip, Up in the Air Promo pics, Premiere Tix

EDIT: A new Up in the Air clip to go with the new promo photos has been released by Slashfilm! ‘We don’t really have that kind of relationship’:

A couple new Up in the Air promotional photos have been released, 2 of the 5 are new:

Up in the Air Promo X5

The premiere for Up in the Air is set to take place on November 30 at Mann’s Village Theatre in Westwood, California (same venue as the New Moon premiere). VarieyKids charity has asked us to announce their ebay auction for 2 tickets to the premiere and afterparty! The auction starts at $225 and proceeds go to charity ;) {MOVIE PREMIERE + AFTER PARTY TICKETS – UP IN THE AIR}

Up in the Air Airplane Interviews

The highly anticipated video interviews of Anna being interviewed on a plane are now ‘up’ (gosh those puns are getting old):

One point for team Jacob ;) ! Here are links to the actual article/interview homepage. Will add more as they come:

Great New Video Interview; Media Section, Up in the Air Screening

The HotBlog did a great new video interview with Anna, where she look absolutely gorgeous mentioning her latests films success’, Twitter, and how she is “old fashioned” :D . You can see a preview in HD here, and the whole thing should be on the Blog soon {thehotblog.com} :

I’ve also launched a Youtube for Anna Kendrick Net. This will be easier to access and maintain than our old media center :) . I’ve got a lot of uploads, including some unseen interviews back from ’07, and I will be uploading everything moving-anna there throughout the next couple weeks. {youtube.com/user/annakendricknet}

FYI, Backstage.com is holding an Up in the Air Screening is planned for tomorrow, Wed., November 18th at 7 p.m. It is a special advance screening to take place in Los Angeles, and will include a conversation with Anna and Vera Farmiga! If you live in the area, be sure to sign up for this incredible event! {‘Up in the Air’ Screening with Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick}

New Moon Premiere Round-Up

Just rounding up all the new Anna Photos/video clips/articles/interviews from the L.A. Premiere of New Moon. I’ll be adding more here as they pop-up :D :

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Articles

Anna @ the L.A. New Moon Premiere!

Anna attended the Los Angeles premiere of The Twilight Saga: New Moon tonight at Mann’s Village Theatre. Anna looked glamorous in a unique off-shoulder black-sequined beaded dress by designer Talbot Runhof:

Premiere Of Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” X8



EDIT: 6 High Qualities of Anna during arrivals/ red carpet have been added!

Just Jared has an article on Anna’s ‘One-shoulder Sassy Look’ and a witty tweet Anna wrote pre-premiere today ;) .

Anna Kendrick dazzles in a black one-shoulder dress with red embellishments as she arrives at the premiere of The Twilight Saga: New Moon held at Mann’s Village Theater on Monday night (November 16) in Westwood, Calif.

The 24-year-old actress tweeted this afternoon, “There’s *something* I’m supposed to do tonight….. I’ve laid out a dress and ear plugs…… but why…”

Anna seems to have a new fave in her shoes — she’s worn the same heels during Up In The Air promos in London. JJJ loves her choice!

FYI: Anna wore a black asymmetrical one sleeve sequin-mini dress with a clutter accent studs in red and white from Talbot Runhof’s Autumn/Winter 2009 Runway collection {Anna Kendrick: One-Shoulder Sassy}

You can view the live podcast of the premiere at Vancouver Sun.

Gallery: HQ Shepard Fairy Launch, Magazine Scans, Candids, New Moon promo

EDIT: Thanks to Danielle we now have two new fan photos. One looks like it could be on the set of Up in the Air?

Fan Photos X2

I’ve added 10 high qualities of Anna’s appearance the other day at the The Shepard Fairey Equality Project Launch Party as well as a couple more from recent festivities:

The Shepard Fairey Equality Project Launch Party HQ X10

I also have a couple screenshots of some magazine’s Anna is in for New Moon and Up in the Air Promotion. A couple include new photos of Jessica, and one is a candid pic of Anna wearing a Billy Noel shirt, with a blurb about the mysterious script in the trash. I will try to get these in higher quality soon!

Magazine Scans – Various X9

As always we would love any fan photos or photos not in our gallery! Please donate to Staff@anna-kendrick.net ;)