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Popcorn @ ABC:

Reelz Channel Press Junket:

Paramount Studios Preview Screening and cast Q & A, 11.18.09:

Teen.com American Airline Press Junket:

First Showing American Airline Press Junket:

Maximo TV @ Up in the Air L.A. Premiere:

Ask Men:

AskMen.com : In Up in the Air, you play the new girl at the office who’s in way over her head. When you came on the set, did you feel like the new girl who’s in way over her head amidst veterans like George Clooney and Vera Farmiga? Anna Kendrick : I think I absolutely connected to the idea that Natalie is trying to sit at the grown-up table and constantly trying to prove that she’s good enough to kind of outperform expectations about her age and gender. That was an easy thing to relate to on this film. I’ve worked with phenomenally talented people, but predominantly young actors. I felt like I was trying to sit at the grown-up table and [was] trying to keep up. That pressure was definitely there.

AM : Have you gotten more attention from the Twilight-ers since you got cast? AK : Yeah. The other great thing is that people just seem to be fine with me. Some people love Rob [Pattinson] and Kristen [Stewart] and some people say a lot of cruel things. And people tend to leave me alone. If they want to say something they tend to say something nice. Its an insane franchise to be a part of, but I got it the easiest out of everyone.

AM : Do you think it’s more because they see him as his character, Edward? AK : Yes. Absolutely. I understand that. Reading the books, Edward [Cullen] is like nothing you’ve ever read, and I understand why girls go crazy. But I don’t understand why there’s no disconnect when they see a real human being and start convulsing.

AM : Are you addicted to mass media devices like Blackberry, Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook? AK : I just got on Twitter because there was some MTV film blog that quoted me on something really innocuous that I supposedly said on Twitter before I was even on Twitter. So then I had to get on Twitter to say: “This is me. I’m on Twitter. If there’s somebody else saying that they’re me on Twitter, they’re not.” Because of the Twilight, thing I had 10,000 followers in 24 hours, which was terrifying. So now I’m terrified of everything I say on Twitter. I try [to] keep it really benign and work-related. I have to think: “Is this something I wish to say to 50,000 people?”

AM : How did you convince people that you are the real you on Twitter? AK : Oh — easy. I’m a genius. I just took a picture of myself holding a sign that’s my URL. That’s thriller logic, that’s what that is. {Anna Kendrick Interview}

Tampa Bay Times:

Not long into Jason Reitman’s superb dramedy Up in the Air, it’s obvious that Anna Kendrick is a major player this award season. Kendrick, 24, nearly accomplishes what seems impossible — upstaging George Clooney — playing Natalie Keener, a type A-to-Z personality throwing a huge wrench into the life of Clooney’s compulsively frequent flier. Apparently the National Board of Review agrees. Kendrick was honored by the critics group Thursday as 2009′s best supporting actress, while Up in the Air was voted best picture, Clooney shared best actor honors with Morgan Freeman (Invictus), and Reitman’s screenplay co-written with Sheldon Turner also won.

Friday morning, Kendrick called the Times five minutes earlier than planned (that’s so Natalie). After congratulations, the first question for her was a no-brainer:


When did you find out about the award, and how did you celebrate?
I was on a plane from JFK to LAX that was delayed, so we’re sitting on the runway and Jason called to tell me. I was trying to be quiet around all the other passengers. Sigourney Weaver was on the plane and I was trying to not disturb Miss Weaver with my good news. We had a little cocktail party planned last night, anyway, and a Q&A, so I actually got to see George and Jason as soon as I got off the plane, so that was great. They’re so, so sweet. George is constantly telling people that I steal the movie but that’s just a mark of what a gentleman he is.

What makes Jason so good at what he does? Jason sees humanity in all people. The amazing thing about him is the way he finds good in people who aren’t understood by all people; a tobacco lobbyist (Thank You for Smoking), a pregnant teenager (Juno), people who fire people for a living in this movie. He wants to find heart in those people and comes from the compassion in him. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a freakin’ genius.

Are [you] a superstitious person? Not really. Sometimes I don’t talk about roles before I start. I didn’t tell anybody about Up in the Air for, like, weeks. I sat on it for ages because I feel as soon as you start celebrating, something can go wrong.

So, I shouldn’t mention the O-word (Oscar)?

Oh, um, probably not. (Laughs) {Anna Kendrick is a scene and movie stealer in Up in the Air}

Variety:

“There aren’t many roles written for young women like this,” says Kendrick of her “Up in the Air” persona — an exec hired to fire employees at companies that are downsizing. “She’s strong, complex and gets to be a powerful part of the story without ever being a love interest. I thought at some point I would turn a page and the story would move on without her, but that never happened.”

With this success, Kendrick hopes to stay open to new material coming her way: “I feel like I’d be doing myself a disservice if I’d say I want to do a particular part or go a particular way in my career. You don’t know what you’ll be offered next or what will touch you when you read it.”{Anna Kendrick still ‘Air’ borne}

NY Mag:

What kinds of things did you do to get into character as Up in the Air’s Natalie? I talked a little bit to my friends about what I think is a big underlying thing for Natalie, which is the idea that she’s really frustrated by the fact that she was born a woman. And I think that there’s a sense for young girls that if you can kind of conquer the corporate world, and be one of the boys, that you can conquer the fact that you were born female. And I think that that’s what drives her. I think she wants to be taken seriously so badly that she has gotten herself into a career that makes her really unhappy and that she can’t really do, but it’s because she strives to reconcile her frustrations with being a woman.

You’re being talked about as an Oscar contender. How does that feel? It’s a little intimidating and strange and it makes me a little nervous. But, you know, it’s good, ultimately. I want people to like the movie, and I want people to like my performance, so it certainly doesn’t make me unhappy, but it is a little strange to hear your name associated with that word, “buzz.” {Up in the Air’s Anna Kendrick on Telling Off George Clooney}

Limelife:

When Twilight fans were asked in an MTV poll what New Moon star they thought was most likely to win an Oscar first, Robert Pattinson took 43% of the vote, Kristen Stewart took 23% of the vote, and Dakota Fanning took 29% of the vote. Poor Anna Kendrick only took 1%.

But wait. Now that we know Anna Kendrick is starring in Up in the Air with George Clooney we actually think she’s the most likely to get that first Oscar. Though New Moon made box-office history, none of the actors are going to be up for Oscars for it. But Anna Kendrick just might be. And now she’s saying that Twilight fans will actually really enjoy Up in the Air.

When asked if the new movie will appeal to Twilight fans, Anna says, “It’s a movie that appeals to everybody. It’s a timeless story. It’s a romance, but it’s also about people who are trying to figure out what they want in their lives. Everybody goes through that. Twilight is more of a fairy tale, but this is a story about real people. And everybody likes that.” {Anna Kendrick: Twilight Fans Should See ‘Up in the Air’}

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Up in the Air: NBR Awards, Sad Brad Smith Music Video, Promo pic, Reviews

Anna won the prestigious National Board of Review Award as Best Supporting Actress for Up in the Air, while Up in the Air nabbed Best Picture and Best Screenplay! Anna spoke to the Tampa Bay Times about her glee in finding out the news whilst aboard a plane, of all places, trying to keep her cool next to Sigourney Weaver :D The awards will be handed out Jan. 12 in a New York gala hosted by Meredith Vieira. {St. Petersburg Times}

Sad Brad Smith’s music video “Help Yourself” from the Up in the Air soundtrack is now out with a few more looks at Anna’s character. Sad Brad is the same guy that interviewed Anna on the Myspace Artist on Artist interview that we posted a while back. You can view it in HD at Up in the Air’s Facebook page or Youtube below:

Screencaps: Sad Brad Smith “Help Yourself” X 23

There is also one more Up in the Air promotional shot out from Paramount:

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And the verdict for the limited release opening weekend of Up in the Air? Don’t even get me started on all the positive REVIEWS! (oops, too late) ;):

NY Times:

  • One of the pleasures of “Up in the Air” is that its actresses — including Anna Kendrick, who plays Bingham’s colleague Natalie — share the frame with Mr. Clooney as equals, not props. The ferocious Ms. Kendrick, her ponytail swinging like an ax, grabs every scene she’s in, which works for her go-getter (go-get-him) character, who is sent out on the road with Bingham as part of an efficiency campaign. She’s a monster for our times: a presumed human-resources expert who, having come of age in front of a computer, has no grasp of the human. By contrast Bingham, who fires people face to face with a small smile and pat speech, comes across as the good guy, though only if you forget what he does for a living.

  • L.A. Times :

  • If Alex invades Bingham’s life in the personal sphere, Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) does in the business arena. A whip smart young numbers cruncher hired by Bingham’s boss (a fine Jason Bateman), Keener wants all future firings to be done via video conferencing, and Bingham has to take her on the road with him if he hopes to keep his job. Kendrick, memorable in Jeff Blitz’s “Rocket Science,” is the film’s secret weapon, and her tightly wound character is a comic triumph.

  • Rolling Stone:

  • Natalie (Anna Kendrick), who dismisses Ryan as “old,” is a 23-year-old firebrand out of Cornell hired by Ryan’s boss (Jason Bateman, making slime so tasty you hunger for more) to lay off workers more efficiently: by computer. That’s when Ryan takes her on the road to prove her wrong. Kendrick (Bella’s perky bud in the Twilight series) is a revelation. Watching her lose her fiance and her tightly held control is hilarious and heartbreaking.

  • Roger Ebert:

  • Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) is a bright, ambitious new graduate who has taken a job with Bingham’s company because it’s near her boyfriend. Bingham takes her on the road to teach her the ropes. Alex is him now, Natalie is him then . . . Farmiga is one of the warmest and most attractive women in the movies, or at least she plays one. You may not guess all she’s thinking. Kendrick’s Natalie is so brim-full of joy at the dawn of her career that it shines even on ending those of others. Nothing better than making your boss happy.

  • Blast Magazine:

  • The cast in this film deliver a pitch-perfect performance. Newcomer Anna Kendrick has been receiving praise for months, due in part for her acting but also undoubtedly to the amazing fact that she’s so young. . . .Anna Kendrick will doubtless receive an Oscar nomination.

  • Have you seen Up in the Air yet? Be sure to write up your own review in the Anna Kendrick Net FORUMS :D!

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    Anna in Angeleno Magazine; Candids

    Anna is in the December 2009 issue of Los Angeles based Angeleno Magazine, looking absolutely stunning in a new photospread. Thanks so much to Gel at our elite Jackson Rathbone Online for the tip ;) :


    I’ve also added a couple of Candids, cause you know, news is just so slow right now. One set is from the October 24 LAX snaps with Christian Serratos, while another is back from an Oscar Gifting Suite in February ’08 — fate, anyone??

    I also have an enormous amount of HQ and MQ photos to upload from Anna’s latest appearances, but it’s finals week, so I’m having to squeeze in little bits at a time!