Archive | February 2014

Anna to Present at 2014 Oscars

Anna was listed in an updated list of presenters for the 2014 Academy Awards! She was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Up in the Air in 2010. The show will air on March 2nd on ABC.

Glenn Close, Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Anna Kendrick and More Join List of 2014 Oscar Presenters

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Feb. 24 the complete slate of stars who will present at the 2014 Academy Awards, which will air March 2 live on ABC.

Joining previously announced presenters Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis are Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel, Jim Carrey, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Penélope Cruz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Viola Davis, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Goldie Hawn, Chris Hemsworth, Kate Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Michael B. Jordan, Anna Kendrick, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Bill Murray, Kim Novak, Tyler Perry, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Gabourey Sidibe, Will Smith, Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson and Naomi Watts.

“We are very excited that the Hollywood community will be turning out in force for Sunday’s Oscar ceremony,” said Zadan and Meron in a statement. “We sought to include a tremendous diversity of stars to represent not only this year’s nominees, but the legacy of the motion picture business as well.”

The Oscars will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. {playbill.com}

Anna @ The Last Five Years Screening

Anna attended the first screening of her new film “The Last Five Years” at the Walter Reade Theater in New York on February 24th. Her leading man Jeremy Jordan was there, as well as Pitch Perfect co-star Ben Platt and actress Christine Taylor.

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 24: “The Last Five Years” New York Screening

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Gallery Update: 2014 Appearances

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 13: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – J. Mendel

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 12: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Philosophy By Natalie Ratabesi

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 12: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Marchesa

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 11: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – GUESS – On The Road To Nashville

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 11: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Tory Burch

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 11: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Jenny Packham

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 10: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Caroline Herrera

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 10: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – alice + olivia

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 10: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Milly by Michelle Smith

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 08: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Jill Stuart

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 08: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Lounges

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 07: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Rebecca Minkoff

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Jan 28: Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Jan 26: 56th GRAMMY Awards – Red Carpet

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Jan 26: 56th GRAMMY Awards – Show

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Jan 26: 56th GRAMMY Awards – Backstage & Audience

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Jan 25: 66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Jan 23: GRAMMY Weekend Private Reception

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Jan 14: The 2014 UNICEF Ball

Gallery Update: 2014 Candids

Candids > Candids in 2014 > Feb 25: Checking out of the London Hotel in New York

Candids > Candids in 2014 > Feb 25: Arriving in LAX from New York

Candids > Candids in 2014 > Feb 20: Out Shopping in West Hollywood

Candids > Candids in 2014 > Feb 12: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Arriving at Marchesa

Candids > Candids in 2014 > Feb 11: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Arriving at Tory Burch

Candids > Candids in 2014 > Feb 10: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Arriving at Caroline Herrera

Candids > Candids in 2014 > Feb 10: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 – Arriving at Milly by Michelle Smith

Candids > Candids in 2014 > Feb 08: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014

Candids > Candids in 2014 > Feb 07: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014

Candids > Candids in 2014 > Jan 28: Leaving Delta Airlines Pre-Grammy Party at Soho House in Los Angeles

Candids > Candids in 2014 > Jan 23: Returning to LAX from Sundance

Anna @ Miles Teller’s Birthday Party

Anna celebrated actor Miles Teller’s Birthday at Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas on Feb 22nd. She partied it up with her Pitch Perfect co-star Brittany Snow, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting co-star Chace Crawford.

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 22: Miles Teller’s Birthday Pary @ Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub

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Last evening (Saturday, Feb. 22) the stars came out to Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Spotted were “Pitch Perfect” co-stars and gal pals, Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow, who held court at a VIP table on the main stage next to the DJ booth. Arriving just before midnight, the two enjoyed themselves while sipping champagne and cocktails and showing off their best dance moves with friends to the high-energy set by Hakkasan featured artists, Dada Life. …

Earlier in the evening, Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant was also the place to see and be seen, as all of the above enjoyed the restaurants signature bites and libations. Close girlfriends Kendrick and Snow were seen in high spirits, sipping on signature Zesty Martini and Chinese Mule cocktails as they dined on Vegetarian steamed dim sum platters and Hakka noodles with mushrooms and Chinese chives with several of their friends. {broadwayworld.com}

Anna to Present at Spirit Awards

Anna will present at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1 at IFC, 10 pm ET.
Oscar Isaac, Anna Kendrick, Jon Hamm and Paul Dano To Present at Spirit Awards

Oscar Isaac, Anna Kendrick, Jon Hamm and Paul Dano have been booked as presenters at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent revealed exclusively to TheWrap on Tuesday.

They will join previously announced presenters that include Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Andy Samberg, Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Octavia Spencer, Greta Gerwig and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The show will take place on Saturday, March 1 and will be hosted by Patton Oswalt.

Isaac is a Spirit Award nominee for his leading role in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and is currently working on the J.C. Chandor film “A Most Violent Year” with Jessica Chastain.

Kendrick is a past Spirit Award nominee for “Rocket Science” (best supporting actress) and “Camp” (best debut performance), and an Oscar nominee for “Up in the Air.” Last year she appeared in Joe Swanberg’s “Drinking Buddies.”

Hamm is best known as Don Draper on “Mad Men,” but he appeared in independent films including “Howl,” “Friends With Kids” and last year’s live-action/animation hybrid “The Congress.”

Dano won the Spirit Award for his debut performance in “L.I.E.” in 2001, and was also nominated for “Little Miss Sunshine.” Last year he appeared in both “12 Years a Slave” and in “Prisoners.”

This is the 29th year for the Spirit Awards, which are produced by the nonprofit Film Independent. The ceremony will take place in its traditional place and time: a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, the afternoon before the Academy Awards.

IFC will broadcast the show that same night at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The post Oscar Isaac, Anna Kendrick, Jon Hamm and Paul Dano To Present at Spirit Awards (Exclusive) appeared first on TheWrap. {movies.yahoo.com}

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The Last 5 Years – First Still & Interview!

Anna Kendrick dives into ‘The Last Five Years’ with Jeremy Jordan — FIRST LOOKBehind the scenes during the filming of "The Last 5 Years"

Anna Kendrick did not expect to become Hollywood’s resident musical theater It Girl, even though she earned her first Tony Award nomination at 12 years old and made her film debut in the cult musical comedy Camp.

With Pitch Perfect under her belt and the upcoming big-box items Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect 2 on deck, Kendrick’s next belting role is significantly more indie. She’ll play Cathy Hyatt in writer-director Richard LaGravenese’s film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years, an Off Broadway two-hander that tells the story of a couple’s five-year relationship through two interweaving storylines (one moves forward, the other backwards).

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, EW has an exciting official first look at Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (Smash, Broadway’s Newsies) in the roles of struggling actress Cathy and rising novelist Jamie. The film is in the can and about to screen for buyers, who would be wise to snatch up the alluring Kendrick and Jordan and the giant fanbase that the cult musical has accrued since debuting in 2001.

We caught up with Kendrick to talk about her surprising arrival on Hollywood’s movie-musical scene, getting drunk with her co-star, and whether there’s another stage turn in her future.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Can I assume you were a fan of the cast recording before you signed on to the movie?
ANNA KENDRICK:
No! Here’s the thing, right? Parade is my favorite musical of all time, and I think that Jason Robert Brown is an absolute genius, and so many people have told me to listen to this recording and to see the show, and for some reason it just never happened. And then it wasn’t until I got this script and saw that it was Jason Robert Brown that I even familiarized myself with the material. I wept my way through the script before I ever heard the music, and then the next morning I woke up and I re-read the script while I listened to the recording and I was just an absolute mess, because it’s so beautiful. I immediately realized I could never listen to this cast recording again, because I had to learn it from scratch so that I don’t just do an impression of the recording. But it was such a blessing to come into that experience with no preconceived idea of who Cathy was.

Did you see any parts of yourself in the character of Cathy?
I definitely see myself in Cathy and I see myself in Jamie. The thing that I loved about Cathy was this feeling that her partner was starting to take up more emotional space in the world and that meant that she had to shrink down, like that she represses herself to a degree that she ends up exploding. I thought it was so true to so many situations that I see my friends go through. It definitely echoes the things that I’ve experienced.

Did you get to have any conversation with composer Jason Robert Brown that helped shape how you approached the role?
Jason was always really reticent about giving direction. Georgia Stitt, his wife, was my vocal coach, and she taught me the entire score from top to bottom, the poor thing. And she obviously is very close to the material, so she could kind of lay the groundwork for ideas and things that people have done in the past. But mostly it was about [director] Richard [LaGravenese] and his vision. I had an opportunity to really shape who she was, and that was a real treat.

Tell me about your co-star Jeremy Jordan. How did you find your chemistry?
The first day that we had rehearsal together, we just were going through music, and that night we decided to go out for drinks and I basically got him super-duper drunk. He doesn’t drink that much, and I was like, oh well, if we’re going to get to know each other, we have to do it really fast, so we’re just going to do shots of whiskey and it’s going to be a great night. So we just got drunk and basically went through the life history, one point at a time.

The actual show is weirdly structured because you’ve got one timeline moving forward and another moving backwards. Is that the way the movie will work?
Yeah, the movie is exactly like the show where it moves forward and backward in time. Something about it on film feels a little less like we have to really be paying attention to the timeline. It all just kind of feels like vignettes, like scenes from a marriage, except musical versions. So it has the exact same structure, but it doesn’t feel like you are lost in time. We were really worried about making sure that people were following the timeline of it, and actually it all works.

The Last Five Years has such die-hard fans. They will be pleased that it’s becoming a movie, but how did you make sure that those comparisons to original stars Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott didn’t get to you?
Obviously that’s something that you have to think about, but I really didn’t think about it that much, because Sherie was on set a bunch! Sherie makes a cameo and she was incredibly supportive. She immediately was so unbelievably kind, so generous with her advice and her praise that I never thought about her as this looming figure of somebody’s shoes I had to fill.

With Pitch Perfect and all the musicals you’re tackling, how surprised are you that this is a path your career has taken? It’s full circle back to your theater roots.
I definitely did not expect to do more musicals. Particularly after Pitch Perfect, it’s not a choice that I would have consciously made. If anything, I wouldn’t just do any musical. It happened that they were making two of the most incredible musicals with some of the most incredible roles. To do Last Five Years and Into the Woods is such a dream that obviously I wasn’t about to be, like, “Well, I don’t really want to do another musical right now.”

You’ve done Sondheim, Cole Porter, Jason Robert Brown—anything else that would galvanize you to do another?
I can’t really think of anything, and I know I say that, but I’m such an MT at heart that it would probably be a tough thing to turn down if I were offered another musical. But I do feel like I need to remember how to deliver dialogue on screen.

You do have these Broadway beginnings. Any inclination to go back to the stage?
At this point, it’s so terrifying. I know that I shouldn’t admit this, but it’s not like it’s some big secret — I just could not sing The Last Five Years eight times a week. I have so much respect for Sherie, so much respect for Betsy Wolfe and anybody who’s ever done Cathy in a theater. It is a hard freaking role.

How have these last five years been for you?
It’s funny, because the last five years of my life have actually been hugely transitional, and it’s been mostly really good. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have this balance of my career going really well, but it doesn’t feel overwhelmed. I don’t feel like I’m drowning. I feel incredibly fulfilled and incredibly lucky. I guess it hasn’t been filled with as much turmoil as Cathy’s last five years, but it’s been really exciting.