December 2013

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The Kennedy Center Honors aired last night, and Anna’s performance of “It’s Not Where You Start It’s Where You Finish” was phenomenal. She and other Broadway woman performed to honor actress/singer Shirley MacLaine. Shirley, as well as the Obamas and the other honorees, were visibly thrilled at Anna’s number, and now you can be too!

Broadway vets Sutton Foster, Patina Miller and Karen Olivo along with ‘Pitch Perfect’ star Anna Kendrick paid tribute to legendary star of stage and screen Shirley MacLaine on last night’s 36TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

. . . Then Glenn Close introduced a performance homage to MacLaine, saying, “Years ago, a young dancer with stars in her eyes headed to New York and took musical theater by storm. Tonight, returning the favor, Broadway’s brightest young stars have come to the Kennedy Center to salute the artist they admire.” First Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster performed a medley of hit Broadway songs made famous by MacLaine, including “Something Better Than This,” “Steam Heat” and “She’s No Longer A Gypsy,” followed by Tony Award-winning musical theater actress Patina Miller singing MacLaine’s signature song, “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” Then Tony Award-winning actress Karen Olivo sang “Irma La Douce,” followed by Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrickbelting out “It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish.” The tribute concluded with all of the performers singing “Lord Help Us, We Love Her” in honor of MacLaine. {broadwayworld.com}

Anna Kendrick Nails It At The Kennedy Center Honors

What’s scarier than performing in a packed theater, for a crowd that includes President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama? This: performing in a packed theater that also includes accomplished stage performers like Glenn Close, Shirley MacLaine, Kathy Bates, Renee Fleming, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, and Carlos Santana.

What’s scarier than that? Performing in front of said house, in a musical number that puts you up alongside Broadway megastars Patina Miller (Pippin, Sister Act), Karen Olivo (West Side Story) and Sutton Foster (everything good you ever saw).

But last night, during the CBS airing of the Kennedy Center Honors, 28-year-old film star Anna Kendrick faced these daunting circumstances and hit it out of the park. During the live tribute to Shirley MacLaine, which focused on the Oscar-winner’s long career on the stage, Kendrick showed off the singing chops most of us first witnessed in Pitch Perfect and her top-selling single, “Cups.”

We shouldn’t be surprised, of course—Kendrick garnered a Tony nomination at age 12 (!!) for her Broadway debut in High Society. But still, it’s been a while since America has seen her rock out live, as opposed to from a sound stage or recording studio. And we must tip our top hat to Kendrick for really pulling it off, thus whetting our appetites for her upcoming performance as Cinderella in the Into The Woods film adaptation, and every other imagined Broadway production that could potentially follow. (Suggestions: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wicked, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Cinderella, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Light in the Piazza, The King and I, Legally Blonde, My Fair Lady, Chicago, Once Upon a Mattress, etc, etc.){vanityfair.com}

Check out HQ and MQ photos from the event in our gallery here.

Here is Anna, with her beautiful voice (not to mention stunning gown!) singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and “Silent Night” for President Obama and his family at Christmas in Washington. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2013 > December 15: Christmas in Washington

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Anna performed for President Obama and his family’s Christmas performance, Christmas in Washington, which took place December 15th at the National Building Museum in D.C. She performed along with The Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Hugh Jackman and Janelle. She looked absolutely STUNNING in a white gown! There is a great photo of the president congratulating Anna on her performance, in which she song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Christmas in Washington will air on TNT December 20th, 8:00 est.

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2013 > December 15: Christmas in Washington

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Obamas, Hugh Jackman celebrate ‘Christmas in Washington’

WASHINGTON — Christmas got a presidential seal of approval Sunday night.

The Backstreet Boys opened TNT’s Christmas in Washington concert with a medley of their original holiday songs, Christmas Time and It’s Christmas Time Again. President Obama, Mrs. Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia looked on.

Also on the lineup at the 32nd annual holiday concert: Hugh Grant, Sheryl Crow, Janelle Monae, Anna Kendrick and Pat Monahan. Grant served as host for this year’s festivities,which benefits the Children’s National Health System. President and Mrs. Obama were front and center for the holiday fun, and the American Family Choir, Washington Youth Choir and AFTRA Choir accompanied the star singing talent. Charles Barkley, NBA Hall of Famer and analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA, made a special guest appearance.

After noting that Christmas is a “time for warmth of family and friends,” Jackman pointed out that he is the first Australian to host Christmas in Washington. “Even TNT is outsourcing these days,” he joked.

Jackman said he wasn’t sure what to get the Obamas, but decided on a “gift that speaks to the true meaning of Christmas: a box set of all seven X-Men and Wolverine movies.”

Kendrick, who was just in Washington one week ago to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors, was up next, singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Monahan sang Merry Christmas Baby, and Crow crooned the classic, Please Come Home for Christmas.

Monae sang This Christmas, and then the entire lineup came together for a closing medley when Jackman put his voice on display during Angels We Have Heard On High. Then President Obama and Mrs. Obama took to the stage.

Obama pointed out that while he loves getting Christmas presents, it’s “a time to remember the story of a child born to two faithful travelers on earth.” He said this time of year brings “a message of hope.” “We wish this holiday season, and all holiday seasons, peace on earth.”

The evening ended as it has in years past: with the Obamas, the star-studded lineup and the audience singing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

During rehearsals earlier in the evening, the Backstreet Boys, who are celebrating 20 years of being together, said the holidays are a time to focus on their families.

“We’re all with our families (during the holidays). That’s our holiday gift to each other: peace of mind and separation for a second because we’re always together,” said A.J. McLean. “We have a really unique dynamic,” says Brian Littrell of the group’s longevity. “It’s something that we’re really proud of.”

Of the holidays, they all have special plans. “This will be my daughter’s second Christmas…now she’s all about opening up presents, so that’s really cool,” says McLean. As for Nick Carter, he’ll be celebrating the holiday with his fiance, Lauren Kitt. “We’ve taken some (past) traditions and we’re also starting new ones,” says Carter. “She’s half Mexican, so we’ll be eating tamales on Christmas. She introduced that to me, and then I introduced her to Charlie Brown Christmas, which I love watching.”

Howie Dourough will be attending midnight mass on Christmas Eve with his family, “then we come back and my mom makes a bunch of Spanish traditional foods…then the adults actually open gifts the night before, and then we get things ready at my mom’s house for the kids the next morning.”

Christmas in Washington will air as a special at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Dec. 20 on TNT {usatoday.com}

Anna performed at the Z100 Jingle Ball yesterday, December 13th, at Madison Square Garden in New York!

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2013 > December 13: Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013

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Anna Kendrick & Kellan Lutz: Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 Attendees!

Anna Kendrick dons a sexy little dress while attends Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 held at Madison Square Garden on Friday (December 13) in New York City.

The 28-year-old actress helped introduce Ariana Grande before she took the stage to show off her vocal range.

Anna‘s Twilight co-star Kellan Lutz was also spotted enjoying the festivities at the Z100′s Artist Gift Lounge.

In case you missed it, check out Kellan going shirtless in a trailer for his upcoming film The Legend of Hercules.

FYI: Anna is wearing Vivienne Westwood with Brian Atwood shoes. {justjared.com}

Anna attended the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Physics and Life Sciences Inaugural Ceremony, December 12th in Mountain View, CA. She presented alongside Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to the the audience including Lena Del Ray, Kevin Spacey, Conan O’brien, Glenn Close, and Bill Nye the Science Guy! Adorkable!

Appearances & Events > 2013 > December 12: 2014 Breakthrough Prize Inaugural Ceremony

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Hollywood Stars Gather in Silicon Valley for 2014 Breakthrough Prizes in Physics and Life Sciences

“It’s nice to see all the Hollywood people peppering the greater scientific crowd. I’m sure it’s a unique opportunity for them to feel stupid and poor,” Michael C. Hall murmured last night at NASA’s Ames Research Center, in Silicon Valley, where Graydon Carter co-hosted the awards ceremony for the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Physics and Life Sciences.

A collision of celebrities—from Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Vivi Nevo, to Anna Kendrick, Rob Lowe, and Lily Cole—rubbed elbows to celebrate the six winners in life sciences and two in physics. Each of the winners was awarded $3 million (the two in physics split the award), which makes the prize, established by Yuri Milner in partnership with Art Levinson, Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Zuckerberg, and Priscilla Chan, one of the most lucrative in the world (the Nobel awards its laureates around $1.2 million each). When asked how the sci-fi setting stacked up to Hollywood, Conan O’Brien looked at fellow guest David Petraeus and said, “I don’t often see a general with that many medals at, say, the Emmy’s after-party or Governor’s Awards. You know, there’s a different tone here.” (Petraeus himself spent much of the evening talking to event host Kevin Spacey.)

“It’s beautiful here, isn’t it?” Larry Page said, looking around the spectacular venue, and scanning such attendees as Gabby Giffords, Rupert Murdoch, and Jeffrey Katzenberg. “It’s great that people are paying more attention to science.” (His fellow Googler Brin chose a rainbow-checked backpack for his “black-tie optional” attire.) Breaking the ice between world-class scientists, tech elite, military, and Hollywood stars were crossover types like designer Yves Béhar, who said, “NASA is in again. People are excited to be going to space and [about] technology in general. They went out of fashion. They are back now.”

Anna Kendrick told VF Daily that she had been chatted up by two scientists who had no idea who she was at first. “In Hollywood, someone’s going to give you two kisses on the cheek and pretend that they remember you,” she said. “Here, someone is straight up going to ask you who you are and what you’re doing here, and I love it. It’s hard facts with these guys.” When asked if she was good at science in school, Kendrick replied, “Not at all. This is very exciting, but my seventh-grade teacher would be losing sleep over the fact that I get to be here.” To this point, Conan O’Brien echoed that he was “pretty good at biology, but bad at physics. Whenever someone says, like, time is a circle that bends and there is no beginning and end, that’s when I feel like we’re having a freshman-dorm conversation and we’re all high.” {vanityfair.com}

Anna is back in L.A. after a whirlwind weekend in snowy D.C. She arrived Dec. 09 with her friend/publicist Alexander Martinetti, in a cute polar bear sweater and boots!

Candids > Candids in 2013 > December 09: Arriving at LAX with friend after Washington D.C. Honors Gala

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Anna Kendrick ditches her glamorous gowns for comfort clothes as she arrives home from rubbing shoulders with the President

Anna Kendrick went from red-hot to regular girl in the space of hours this weekend.

After glamming up in not one, but two showstopping gowns as she attended the Kennedy Center Honors Gala events in Washington, DC on Saturday and Sunday nights, it was back to basics for the actress as she schlepped home on Monday.

The Oscar-nominee showed no sign of diva behaviour as she patiently waited with the masses at the baggage carousel at LAX, alongside publicist Alexander Martinetti, who also accompanied her to the illustrious weekend festivities, before wheeling her own luggage to her car.

The 28-year-old dressed casually for the cross-country flight, in skinny jeans, beige lace-up combat boots, a black T-shirt and navy blue jumper emblazoned with a picture of two polar bears.

She wore her hair up in a simple ponytail and went sans make-up, with obligatory large dark sunglasses shielding her eyes.

The star travelled light for the trip, with just a black handbag and a matching small suitcase.

‘9am airport Chipotle seeming like a good idea means it was a good night,’ she tweeted as she headed home looking more than a little bleary-eyed on Monday morning, following her back-to-back commitments.

On Saturday, the Pitch Perfect star hit all the right notes in her floor-length midnight blue Maria Lucia Hohan gown as she rubbed shoulders with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Anna was the picture of sophistication and style in the number, which featured an intricately-designed bodice, as she attended the formal Artist’s Dinner honoring the recipients of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors, hosted by the United States Secretary Of State John F Kerry.

The following evening, she vamped it up in a more sexy number, donning a red Elie Saab creation with sheer lace panels for the Gala.

The actress appeared quite exhausted as she headed through the airport terminal the next morning, keeping her head down and seemingly not even having the energy to talk to her companion.

Alex also kept his shades firmly in place and carried his small black carry-on bag, while he dressed warmly in faded black jeans and a snuggly grey cardigan. {dailymail.co.uk}

Anna opted for orange at the Kennedy Center Honors last night, where she performed in front of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama! We will see her performance of “It’s Not Where You Start” from the Broadway show “Seesaw” when it airs on TV December 15th :D

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2013 > Dec 08: The 36th Kennedy Center Honors Gala

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. . . MacLaine made the tribute performance easier than usual, since it’s notoriously difficult to fete film actors onstage. Mac­Laine is also a skilled theater actress and dancer, and the tribute began with a montage of “The Pajama Game,” which kicked off MacLaine’s Broadway career in the 1950s; “Steam Heat” and Anna Kendrick’s “It’s Not Where You Start” from the Broadway show “Seesaw” also charmed. {washingtonpost.com}

Anna Kendrick: Kennedy Center Honors Gala with the Obamas!

Anna Kendrick hits the red carpet at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Gala held on Sunday (December 8) at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The 28-year-old actress was one of many, including Barack and Michelle Obama, who stepped out to honor this year’s special guests – Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, and opera star Martina Arroyo.

“The diverse group of extraordinary individuals we honor today haven’t just proven themselves to be the best of the best,” Obama said. “Despite all their success, all their fame, they’ve remained true to themselves — and inspired the rest of us to do the same.”

FYI: Anna is wearing an Elie Saab dress, Charlotte Olympia shoes, a Rauwolf clutch, a Dana Rebecca Designs ring, EF Collection rings, and Graziela earrings. {justjared.com}

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