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Anna Covers Fast Company

Anna ranked number 8 in Fast Company’s “The Most Creative People in Business.” She’s done a short one-man video called “The Call,” which is absolutely hilarious! There is also a cool new photoshoot (she’s covergirl!) and great new comprehensive interview!

Photoshoots & Press > Photo Shoot Sets > Eric Ogden for Fast Company (May 2014)
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 For knowing that her best role is herself.

“Oh, I love this guy,” Anna Kendrick says, as a bichon frise greets her hand with its tongue. “Hi, pal! You’re a good guy!” The 28-year-old actress is sitting on a bench in a Hollywood Hills dog park, where a half-dozen or so of California’s chicest hounds are frolicking in a grassy meadow, enjoying a lazy morning on the last day before spring. Off to Kendrick’s right, a galumphing golden retriever chases down a slobbery tennis ball. “I want to steal that ­fucking dog,” she says.

The pooch-loving Kendrick doesn’t own a dog right now; having six movies coming out over the next 18 months puts a bit of a crimp in pet ownership. (The closest she’s come recently was a Jack Russell ­terrier that belonged to an ex, but she lost him in the breakup, which seems to bum her out more than the breakup itself.) Occasionally she’ll get lucky and dog-sit for friends, but today she’s here to get her fix ­vicariously: “Just creeping,” she says. Before long, a yappy-looking mutt scampers over to the bench, lifts his leg, and, before Kendrick can stop him, marks his territory all over her Kate Spade purse. “No!” she says, shooing him away. “Cheeky!” It’s hard to imagine Angelina Jolie or Gwyneth Paltrow ever “just creeping,” much less letting their bags be despoiled by an overfriendly Chihuahua. But ­Kendrick–who broke out in 2008’s Twilight, did an Oscar-nominated turn opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air, and rose to genuine stardom with 2012’s Pitch Perfect–is part of a new breed of actresses who somehow manage to seem eminently approachable while also remaining heroes to their legions of fans. (See also: Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham, and, to some extent, Emma Stone.) Kendrick’s reach is particularly vast: She counts 1.3 million followers on Instagram and 2.2 million on Twitter, all of whom tune in to hear her say whatever’s on her mind, the more inappropriate the better. Her hit single, “Cups (When I’m Gone),” from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack, shot to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to 120 million viral-video ­watchers. An increasing number of brands want to tap into her four-quadrant appeal to help push their products; and–oh, right–she’ll appear in three films this year, including Disney’s take on the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, in which she stars as Cinderella alongside Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.

And yet, Kendrick says, “Not only is strategy not my strong suit, it doesn’t even enter into my thought process.” She doesn’t have a business manager or even an assistant; recently, when she went to buy a new, used Prius–which she only assented to after her 2002 Prius died on her–she brought along her BFF Aubrey Plaza, of NBC’s Parks and Recreation and the forthcoming zombie rom-com Life After Beth, which Kendrick has a cameo in.

“I’m a terrible negotiator,” Kendrick says. “The guy was doing all the cliché car-salesman things, playing hardball and going to talk to his manager, and all I could say was, ‘Why are you being so mean? Stop it!’ ” Fortunately, Plaza–who’s known for her biting sarcasm and droll demeanor (says Kendrick: “I envy her. I think people would be thrilled to pieces if she threw a drink in their face”)–came prepared to live up to her rep. Their good cop/bad cop routine worked, and after a bit of back-and-forth, Kendrick drove off the lot at Toyota of Glendale with a preowned Prius for exactly what she wanted to pay. “We did it,” she says with a grin.
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Anna for Fast Company

Anna’s done a new photoshoot/ video for Fast Company, re-enacting Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds. It appears she is slated to be on their list of ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’.


On May 12, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People In Business Will Be Revealed

On Monday, Fast Company will reveal our 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2014. If last year’s hotly anticipated list was any indication, it will be a powerful and productive medley of big personalities, even bigger ideas, and more than a few troublemakers. Robotics geeks. Twenty-something-year-old hip-hop producers. Royalty. (Royalty!) Maybe even a Vine star.

We can’t tell you who’s on this year’s list just yet. (Patience, people!) But we can tell you that, if history repeats itself, their best work is yet to come. Take last year’s top seed, Nate Silver, whose metrics-driven approach earned the data-crusher a trendy new website within the growing ESPN empire. Or Kirthiga Reddy, who opened the first Facebook offices in India–a country where just one in 10 people had Internet access at the time. Or, maybe take a look at Bryan Cranston, who, in one breathtaking finale, secured himself a spot as one of the most versatile and powerful actors of a generation while wearing little more than a scowl and a pair of dirty underwear. The list goes on and on.
Some of 2013’s Most Creative People–who will be on this year’s list?

One likely MCPer we can and are delighted to share, though, is Anna Kendrick. The Pitch Perfect actress managed to steal a nation’s fickle attention (and go multi-platinum) armed with a catchy tune, some plastic cups, and a deft set of multi-tasking skills.

Will she top this year’s list? Who knows! (Okay, yes, we do.) We can’t wait to share all 100 with you. So we’ll see you back here on Monday. And feel free to tell us how much you love our picks–or not!–by tweeting all about it with hashtag #MCP14. fastcompany.com

Anna also teased a sneak peek from a shoot she recently did with Glamour. More info atDaily Mail, and hopefully more photos of both shoots soon!

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Anna to Star in ‘Mr. Right’

Anna has landed another role in ‘Mr. Right’! She will star alongside Sam Rockwell as a woman whose ‘bad luck streak at finding lasting love seems to end when she meets Mr. Right. That is until she disovers he is a reformed hit man.’ Shooting starts in fall.

Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick will star in Mr. Right, with Tokarev helmer Paco Cabezas directing a script by Chronicle scribe Max Landis. Kendrick will play a woman whose bad luck streak at finding lasting love seems to end when she meets Mr. Right. That’s until she discovers he is a reformed hit man. When his dark past catches up, their fledgling relationship is tested as they try to save one another.

The film’s financed by Amasia Entertainment’s Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo, who’ll produce with Circle Of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis and Rick Jacobs, with Stephen Emery and Landis the exec producers. Two-year old Amasia co-financed the Halle Berry-starrer The Call and the upcoming Nick Jonas pic Careful What You Wish For. Circle Of Confusion has the Landis-scripted American Ultra in production and La Vida Robot in post. Shooting will begin this fall. Kendrick is repped by CAA, Rockwell by Gersh and Untitled. WME reps Landis (with Circle of Confusion) and Cabezas (with Echo Lake). {deadline.com}

Usually Anna tends to sign for a bunch of movies at the same time, so stay tuned for even more!

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Anna to star in ‘The Hollars’

Anna has been cast in upcoming movie ‘The Hollars’. The Hollars will be directed by John Krasinski, who will also star as the lead, John Hollar. Anna will play John’s girlfriend in the comedy, about an aspiring NYC artist who takes his girlfriend back to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s brain surgery.

The Office alum John Krasinski has lined up The Hollars as his next directing effort after helming his first feature, 2009′s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men — and he has enlisted Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins, and Margo Martindale to join him. Krasinski also will star in the lead as John Hollar, an aspiring NYC artist who takes his girlfriend (Kendrick) back to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s (Martindale) brain surgery. There he’s forced to navigate the crazy life he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, his father (Jenkins), and his over-eager ex flood back into his life ahead of the operation.

The pic is produced by Krasinski’s Sunday Night banner and scripted by James C. Strouse in what’s described as a blend of Steel Magnolias and Garden State. Tom Rice and Ben Nearn are producing for Sycamore Pictures, which recently produced The Way Way Back and Begin Again. Groundswell’s Michael London is also a producer. Sunday Night’s Allyson Seeger is exec producing alongside Strouse and Groundswell’s Janice Williams. Panorama is handling international sales and will put the project in front of buyers at Cannes. WME is handling domestic sales and reps Krasinski, who is also repped by attorney James Adams. Strouse is repped by ICM Partners. Jenkins and Martindale are repped by Gersh; CAA reps Kendrick. deadline.com

In other upcoming movie news, Anna’s third movie directed by Joe Swanberg, which was under wraps for a while, has now been revealed. The title is ‘Digging for Fire’, it will also star Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, and Sam Rockwell, and there will be lots of drinking involved! Anna has a smaller role in the film. More info here. And Pitch Perfect 2 has cast Hailee Steinfeld, who Anna ran into at the Met gala, and posted a pic on her instagram. Aw!

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Anna @ Costume Institute Gala

Anna attended “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala May 5th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. She wore a J. Mendel cropped dress, and accessorized with the designer himself :D! Utter perfection.

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > May 05: “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala

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Anna @ White House Correspondents Dinner

Anna attended the famed White House Correspondents Dinner at the Hilton in Washington D.C. tonight. It looks like her date is her Scott Pilgrim co-star Mae Whitman. Both girls look gorgeous in shades of purple!

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > May 03: 100th Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

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