July 2013

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Anna has had to drop her role in ‘Wish I was Here’ due to scheduling conflicts with the film she just signed for, ‘Life After Beth’. Ashley Greene, Anna’s co-star in Twilight, takes over as Janine, “a young woman into Cosplay who Braff’s brother, played by Josh Gad, becomes smitten with”.

‘Twilight’ Star Ashley Greene Replaces Anna Kendrick in Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Movie

“Twilight” star Ashley Greene has come on to replace Anna Kendrick in Zach Braff’s Kickstarter movie “Wish I Was Here,” the director announced to the project’s backers on Tuesday night.

Also joining the cast are “Scrubs” alums Bob Clendenin, Matt Winston and Alexander Chaplin.

Braff’s announcement chalked the casting switch up to a scheduling conflict.

“Well, since you’re having your first shot as being movie producer, it’s time you experience something that happens a lot: Scheduling conflicts. We’ve tried our hardest, but we’ve been unable to figure out the lovely Anna Kendrick’s scheduling conflicts with another movie she’s doing. This happens all the time in movie-land. Putting the shooting schedule together is like planning 25 weddings: each day has so many moving pieces and locations. I love Anna so much and can’t wait to work with her one day.”

As for Greene, Braff described the actress as beautiful, talented and funny. She’ll put that package to use as Janine, a young woman into Cosplay who Braff’s brother, played by Josh Gad, becomes smitten with.

“You may know Ashley from Twilight. I’ve known Ashley for a couple years now and I’m so excited she’s accepted my invitation to join our Kickstarter Klub. Not only is Ashley gorgeous and charming, but she is hilarious, a very good actress and normal and cool and we are so lucky to have her,” wrote Braff.

“Wish I Was Here” stars Braff as Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband who is still trying to find his identity and purpose at age 35.

Kate Hudson co-stars alongside Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons, Donald Faison and Gad, among others.

Braff (“Garden State”) is directing from a script he co-wrote with his brother Adam Braff. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg are producing and production starts in August.

Greene, who played Alice Cullen in “The Twilight Saga,” next stars in Dimension’s horror movie “Random” and Randall Miller’s indie “CBGB.” She’s repped by CAA, McKeon-Myones Management and attorney Bianca Levin. {thewrap.com}

Really bummed about this — this role seemed perfect for Anna, and as much as Ashley was great in Twilight and as friendly as the two are, I don’t know that she can pull off the comedic role — not nearly like Anna could anyways. But then again I guess Anna can’t do everything with her super busy schedule :-/.

Anna has been cast in Life After Beth, a comedy about zombies! Aubrey Plaza, Anna’s co-star in Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and good friend, will star in the film as the girlfriend that comes back from the dead, while Molly Shannon and Cheryl Hines have also just been cast. The director is Jeff Baena (writer of I Heart Huckabees) and filming is already under way in Los Angeles!

Zombie Comedy ‘Life After Beth’ Adds Cast As Production Begins

As flicks about the undead continue to disinter, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon and Cheryl Hines have boarded I Heart Huckabees writer Jeff Baena’s directorial debut. Shooting is underway in Los Angeles on Life After Beth, which stars Amazing Spider-Man 2 heavy Dane DeHaan as a guy mourning the death of his girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza). But when Beth comes back to life, he tries to live their relationship to the fullest — until things take a turn for the much worse. John C. Reilly, Paul Reiser and Matthew Gray Gubler in the pic, which Baena also wrote. Liz Destro and Michael Zakin are producing the film alongside American Zoetrope, Starstream Entertainment, and Abbolita Pictures. Charles Bonan, Tim Nye, and Kim Leadford exec produce. CAA and WME are co-repping the domestic rights to the pic. Beth is the second horror comedy to flesh out its cast in the past week; Elijah Wood’s Cooties tapped Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill and others on Friday. {deadline.com}

Super stoked for this! Anna’s going to be super busy as she just finished filming The Last 5 Years today in New York.

This week, ‘Cups’, Anna’s hit song from Pitch Perfect hit the Billboard 100’s top ten songs played on the radio! This is a huge feat considering Anna is solely an actress, and songs from movie soundtracks don’t generally place nearly this high on the list. Add popstar to Anna’s resume – go girl! (And lets get Cups to number one!)

How Anna Kendrick’s Soundtrack Sleeper ‘Cups’ Got to the Top of the Charts

As reported yesterday, Anna Kendrick reaches the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 at last with “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone),” which rises 13-10 in its 28th week on the chart.

Since it’s been almost a year since her song was released via the box office hit “Pitch Perfect,” and since the track is still finding new audiences thanks to its continued inroads at radio, let’s look back at the pop culture and chart odyssey that “Cups” has taken on its way to reaching the Hot 100’s top tier this week.

Aug. 9, 1985
Kendrick is born in Portland, Maine. (Why not start at the beginning?)

1995 (-ish)
Kendrick catches a bus from Portland to New York to attend auditions, ultimately with her sights set on performing on Broadway. By 1998, at 12, she scores her first acting role, as Dinah, in the Broadway musical “High Society.” Her performance nets her a Tony Award nomination, making her the third-youngest Tony Award nominee ever.

(And now we fast-forward …)

Sept. 28, 2012
“Pitch Perfect” premieres in U.S. theaters. It ranks at No. 3 in its first weekend, grossing $14.8 million. It trails “Taken 2″ and “Hotel Transylvania” (neither of which, obviously, boasts a song keeping them in public consciousness long after like “Cups” has done for “Pitch Perfect,” reinforcing the staying power that a soundtrack hit can engender for a film).

October 4
Kendrick appears on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” and shows off her dexterity at performing “Cups” as she does in “Pitch Perfect”…

Actually, let’s go way back to 1937 for a moment: In 2009, British act Lulu and the Lampshades unveiled its version (and unique cup-assisted performance style) of “When I’m Gone” as a reworking of the 1937 Appalachian folk song “Miss Me When I’m Gone” by J. E. Mainer’s Mountaineers. Anna Burden’s performance subsequently garnered attention on YouTube (3.7 million views to date), which led to front page placement on Reddit. Myriad other online covers followed.

“‘Cause I’m a huge loser, I thought the best way to spend an entire afternoon would be watching (Burden’s) video 50 times and teaching myself how to do it,” Kendrick told Letterman. When the film’s creative powers “found out I could, they wanted me to (perform) it in the movie.”

October 13
The “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 43 with 9,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

January 12, 2013
In its 1-minute-16-second-long soundtrack version, “Cups” enters the Hot 100 at No. 93. At the time, 69% of its chart points are due to digital sales, 31% to streaming and 0% to radio.

February 2
With the film having achieved continued box office success, the “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack spends its first of three weeks at its No. 3 Billboard 200 peak. It’s sold 772,000 to date (and jumps 20-13 on the current chart).

April 12
With the song in a new form (see next item), the official “Cups” video premieres. To date, it’s up to 29 million YouTube views.

April 20
“Cups” debuts on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart at No. 40 after Republic Records released a new, longer edit featuring much more instrumentation than on the almost all-a capella (a-“cup”-ella?) soundtrack version. “Anyone that has a preteen knows (‘Cups’),” Republic senior VP/radio and video promotion David Nathan beams to Billboard as the label begins promoting the song to radio. “‘Pitch Perfect’ is a cultural phenomenon and we’re very happy to be a part of it.”

JR Ammons, program director of Mainstream Top 40 reporter WZPL Indianapolis, says that despite initial apathy, he believes in the track’s potential as a radio hit. “I saw the movie when it came out and, honestly, the song didn’t stick out to me as something that I would be playing months later.

“I wouldn’t have thought about that song again after the movie… until my daughter learned the cup thing off YouTube and was singing it over and over and over in the house. Then, I come to work and see the single sales climb week after week in Indianapolis with zero radio airplay…

“Once you get away from the source of the song, it being from a movie about college freshmen, there’s nothing really that youthful-exclusive about it,” Ammon adds.

“No matter how I try to fight it, the hook is in my head every time it comes on our station.”

June 1
With radio playing the new edit, “Cups” reaches the Hot 100’s top 40 (rising 44-36) in its 21st week. (In addition to its digital single release, the new version appears on the EP Pitch Perfect: More From Pitch Perfect, which charges 139-119 on the Billboard 200 this week.)

June 22
“Pitch Perfect” makes its premium cable premiere on HBO. With the film having grossed $113 million worldwide to date, according to Box Office Mojo, the TV exposure can only help build the familiarity of “Cups,” especially among those who may not have seen the film in theaters.

July 8
The always Twitter-witty Kendrick marvels at the song’s new levels of airplay: “Holy s*** it’s happening. I’m hearing my song on the radio. Every music biopic ever has taught me this will lead to drugs and madness… #sweet”

This week
Climbing 13-10 in its 28th week, “Cups” completes the fourth-longest ascent to the top 10 for a woman in the Hot 100’s nearly 55-year history, bested only by Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” the steadiest riser among all acts (38 weeks; 2007), and Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” (30; 1998) and “The Way You Love Me” (29; 2000).

While Underwood and Hill reached the top 10 by seeing their songs start at country before scoring pop and adult radio airplay, the pure-pop “Cups” has made its journey via measured increasing sales and pop and adult radio’s interest following its instrument-infused edit.

“Cups” also claims its first top 10 placement on an airplay chart, as it bumps 11-9 on Adult Top 40. On Mainstream Top 40, it jumps 18-15. In its second week on Adult Contemporary, it lifts 25-22. In contrast to its debut week on the Hot 100 (see Jan. 12, above), radio is now a major driver of its success: 27% of its chart points stem from airplay, with 47% from sales and 26% from streaming.

In all, and given that its growth at radio is still continuing solidly, it appears that, to paraphrase the song, it’ll be a long time before “Cups” is gone.

Anna attended the “Persol Magnificent Obsessions:30 Stories Of Craftsmanship In Film” Opening on July 10th at Museum of the Moving Images in New York City. Emma Roberts, Emmy Rossum, Liev Schreiber, and Marisa Tomei were also there, and Anna posed for pictures with them, wearing a plum dress and shades:

Appearances & Events > 2013 > July 10: “Persol Magnificent Obsessions:30 Stories Of Craftsmanship In Film” Opening

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Stars Shine at Museum of Moving Image Soiree

Stepping out for an evening of film history, stars of all kinds gathered at the Museum of Moving Image in New York City on Wednesday (July 10) for PERSOL MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film.

Arriving solo, Liev Schreiber looked handsome in a grey suit, sans tie, while Emma Roberts rocked the arrivals area in white shorts and a daring, sheer gold draped top under a white blazer.

Also on hand for the exhibition celebration were “Pitch Perfect’s” Anna Kendrick in a dark purple number and Emmy Rossum and Marisa Tomei in their finest frocks.

According to the museum’s website, the exhibition, which is the last of a three-part series, looks at rarely seen artifacts from acclaimed films, as well as behind-the-scenes research notes, sketches, and materials used in the development process by some of the world’s best-known filmmakers.

PERSOL MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film is open to the public during museum hours beginning July 11 and running through November 10, 2013.

Productions > Movies > The Last 5 Years (2013) > On Set: July 08 – Central Park #20wd049 0wd064 0wd042 On Location with 'The Last Five Years' in Central Park, NY

Anna was spotted on set of The Last 5 Years set today, July 8th, in Central Park, New York City, filming a wedding scene! She looks absolutely gorgeous wedding co-star Jeremy Jordan!

Productions > Movies > The Last 5 Years (2013) > On Set: July 08 – Central Park

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Here comes the bride! Anna Kendrick seals the deal as she kisses Jeremy Jordan in romantic wedding ceremony (but it’s all for the duo’s new movie)

In her real life she’s currently enjoying being a single girl.

However Anna Kendrick played the blushing bride as she filmed a wedding scene with her handsome co-star Jeremy Jordan for their new movie The Last 5 Years on Monday.

The 27-year-old actress made a stunning bride, wearing a low-cut cream lace gown and matching veil for her scenes.
I now pronounce you husband and wife: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan exchange a lingering kiss as they film a wedding scene for their new movie The Last 5 Years in New York on Monday

I now pronounce you husband and wife: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan exchange a lingering kiss as they film a wedding scene for their new movie The Last 5 Years in New York on Monday

Clutching a bouquet of colourful flowers, Anna was seen strolling though New York’s famous Central Park.

With her recently lightened locks in a curly style, her look was once of pure elegance.

The somewhat diminutive 5’2′ star got a slight boost in a pair of silver strappy heels and aside from her engagement ring she wore no other jewelery.

Can’t take my eyes off you: The two made a pretty convincing couple in the scenes

Blushing bride: The 27-year-old actress made a stunning bride, wearing a low-cut cream lace gown and matching veil for her scenes

After Anna made her way to her waiting groom, she was soon in his arms.

Dapper Jeremy, 28, also looked the part in a black tuxedo, white shirt and black bow tie.

The handsome Broadway star also had some flowers pinned on his lapel to match his bride’s bouquet.

At the altar: The movie couple stand hand-in-hand at the altar

Colourful: Clutching a bouquet of colourful flowers, Anna was seen strolling though New York’s famous Central Park

Following the movie nuptials, the pair sealed the deal by sharing a lingering kiss.

Anna and Jeremy have been seen filming non-stop for their new movie over the past few days.

The Pitch Perfect sensation co-stars with Smash stud Jeremy who plays novelist Jamie Wellerstein in love with Anna’s struggling actress character Cathy.

Watch you don’t trip! Anna held up the train of her dress as she made her way around

Elegant: With her recently lightened locks in a curly style, her look was once of pure elegance

Based on the 2002 off-Broadway musical, the duo each illustrates the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.

Meanwhile, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Anna is ‘in talks’ to play Cinderella in Disney’s Into the Woods, which will be helmed by Rob Marshall.

The musical – originally on Broadway in 1987 – takes a darker look at the Brothers Grimm fairytales.
Probably not the best time: Anna checks her cell phone as the pair stand at the altar

Probably not the best time: Anna checks her cell phone as the pair stand at the altar

Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep have already been cast and Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, and Jake Gyllenhaal are ‘still in talks.’

Anna will next be seen in the largely improvised Drinking Buddies, due out August 23, with Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston.

The single star split from her boyfriend of three years, London-based director Edgar Wright, earlier this year.

Anna made it to the second round of the Teen Choice Awards – make sure to vote for her in Best Actress in a Comedy for Pitch Perfect. Pitch Perfect is currently leading the second wave of nominations – be sure to vote for all the Pitch Perfect nominations in each category :) EDIT: They’ve added a new category – Best Locked Lips and Anna and co-star Skylar Astin are nominated for Pitch Perfect. Get voting!!

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Teen Choice Awards 2013: ‘Pitch Perfect’ Leads Second Wave of Movie Nominations

The a capella sensation, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, and ‘Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn Part II’ now earn eight nods each in the movie category.

The second wave of this year’s Teen Choice Awards nominations in movie has been unveiled. “Pitch Perfect”, a 2012 a capella movie from director Jason Moore, dominates the list as it is up for Choice Movie: Villain for Adam DeVine, Choice Movie: Scene Stealer for Ben Platt and Hana Mae Lee, and Choice Movie: Breakout for DeVine.

Earning eight nods in total, the Anna Kendrick starrer faces tough competition from “The Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn Part II”, which now has the same total number. The vampire flick sends Kellan Lutz to compete with the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum as well as Platt and Mae Lee for the Choice Movie: Scene Stealer trophy.

Also from the announcement, “Iron Man 3″ now receives seven nods after Ben Kingsley is nominated for Choice Movie: Villain, which includes Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy and Tom Hardy as his opponents for the coveted title.

In Choice Movie: Breakout, Eddie Redmayne of “Les Miserables” has to face off against Nicholas Hoult and Alice Englert to take home the trophy. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” star Ezra Miller is also listed in it.

The 2013 Teen Choice Awards will celebrate the hottest teen icons in television, music, film, sports, fashion, comedy and the web. Held on August 11, it will air live on FOX at 8:00-10:00 P.M. ET. Fans can vote for their favorites at TCAs official website until August 10.

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