I cannot believe I never noticed the special features on my beloved Rocket Science DVD! There are cast interviews, behind the scene clips, director’s notes and more. In an unseen interview, Anna talks about her character, competitive high-school debator Ginny Ryerson, and why she is so thankful Jeff Blitz (director + screenwriter) wrote such a strong non-stereotypical role for a high school girl.

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entertainment-weekly-clooney_300 Anna will be on the upcoming cover of Entertainment Weekly! The January 8th edition (in newstands 1/1) is an Oscar special, and Anna is pictured alongside Up in the Air co-stars George Clooney and Vera Farmiga, looking ecstatic in what looks to be a new photoshoot and article! What a great way to start out the the new year!

EW.com and Just Jared offer some insight into the article, highlights from George:


George Clooney is handsome and savvy, but he’s also self-aware when it comes to his ladies-man reputation. When he signed to play an eternal bachelor in his latest film, Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman (Juno), he immediately saw parallels between the character and himself. “Jason came to my house and brought the script and I read it,” Clooney says. “There were some things that sounded like they were taken from a Barbara Walters special that I had done. I’m not completely unaware of people’s perceptions of me. I sort of felt like, if you were ever going to deal with it, this is probably the best way to do it and the best person to do it with. If you can’t point at what people think are your shortcomings, then you’re boxing yourself in.” {This Week’s Cover: George Clooney opens up about Oscar campaigning — and his cuticles}

Just Jared:

The flick may be the film to beat on Oscar night but campaigning for an Academy Award is similar to a political campaign, according to Clooney. EW asked him what Farmiga and Kendrick need to do to campaign effectively. “Kiss a lot of babies,” says Clooney. “I’m enjoying watching people talk about Vera and discovering Anna. I’ve been in good movies that were not successful. Out of Sight bombed, Three Kings really didn’t do well. O Brother, Where Art Thou? did okay, not great. The problem is that if they don’t [perform at the box office], then it really is going to be just Transformers. I’m not making any judgment on Transformers, I’m just saying [Hollywood will only make] those tentpoles.” {Entertainment Weekly Goes ‘Up In The Air’}

EDIT: Bigger Photos added!

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I’ve re-capped Anna’s 2003 movie debut – ‘Camp’. The movie is about a musical theater camp of 14-15 year olds struggling with sexuality, love, and finding their voice. Anna plays Fritzi, a shy girl who ends up basically being a servant for a popular, mean girl. The movie is hilarious yet emotional; the tables really turn for Anna’s character and Anna’s musical number could be straight off Broadway! Definitely recommend :D:

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top As promised, I’ve given the Anna Kendrick Net Media Archive a new Header. Not too much changed, but considering graphics aren’t my forte, I figure I get bragging rights :P! We have also reached the 10,000 mark on photo count, the biggest AK Gallery on the web, despite what other sites might claim ;). I’ve also added 1 new Photoshoot image from the Purple Magazine shoot taken by Tyler William Perry:

I’ve browsed the Purple Magazine Archives, but I’m not sure Anna ever actually appeared in the magazine. Does anyone know otherwise? Give us a holler at staff@anna-kendrick.net.

Lastly, there is a new article with a new quote from Anna, in which she mentions meeting Reece Witherspoon:

As to young Anna Kendrick, the director said he wrote the part for her. “Of course he didn’t tell me that at the audition,” Anna said. Her role as a young protégé, a sidekick in the sloppy business of efficiently laying workers off, is sure to win her a Best Supporting Actress nomination. She is so pert and snappily efficient, she reminded me of Reese Witherspoon in Election. I get a lot of that, she said, and when I met Reese Witherspoon I told her, to wit Witherspoon replied, “You must hate that, being compared to me.” “Are you kidding,” said Kendrick, “I love that.” {Grounding Up in the Air}

I wonder if she mentioned George’s crude comment at the Toronto Film Festival Up in the Air Press Conference that Jason originally wrote Anna’s Up in the Air role for Reese!

Anna and Jason did a hilarious interview with Access Hollywood exclaiming their excitement at all being Golden Globe nominees. When asked if Anna and Vera will be having friendly competition for the coveted spot of Best Supporting Actress, Anna jokes “No, not friendly at all!” 😀 You can also now view the official GG announcement clip here:

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I’m working on a new site layout + gallery layout which I hope to have up soon :)

Anna is in the December issue of Venice Magazine, with Jeff Bridge’s on the cover. There is a photo spread with new photos of Anna, and an interview, which we posted earlier. Check it out at VeniceMag.com:


You’ve already finished your shooting on Eclipse. Do you think you’ll be in the fourth film, Breaking Dawn, also?

I doubt it, just because I’m not really in the books, so I’m assuming that I’m not.

How did the atmosphere on the set change when Chris Weitz was brought in as the new director for the second film?

People ask if there was more pressure on the second one, but I think there was a sense that we’d done something right, and as long as we didn’t, you know, go nuts, that fans would probably respond in a similar way, and that actually provided a relatively stress-free set. And Chris is just cool as a cucumber, and literally, it feels just like you’re hanging out, and then occasionally, you shoot a scene, and then you go back to hanging out. So that was actually shockingly stress-free.

It seems like it must be a great way to experience the whole Twilight thing the way you have. You don’t have to carry the series, but are still a part of it.

Yeah, I say that. Honestly, I say exactly that all the time. It’s like I get to just hop on the ride and hop right off whenever I feel like it.

In terms of actors and actresses, do you have any particular role models?

I feel like George is a big role model. The way that he treats people all day, every day, looks exhausting, because he’s just so consistently generous to people, and, you know, I think that takes a great deal of discipline. I mean, he’s Cary Grant, and everybody wants a piece of him. When we’re in all of these cities, everybody wanted to shake his hand. Everybody wanted to have a moment with him, and frankly, they didn’t just want a moment, they wanted more and more and more, and I don’t know how he doesn’t just get incredibly frustrated. I’m sure he does get incredibly frustrated, but the thing that makes him so admirable is the fact that he has the discipline to not show that he’s frustrated. I think both on and off the screen he’s incredibly generous, and if I could…I feel like if I could be half as kind and aware of other people’s comfort and needs, you know, I’d be a pretty good person. {Anna Takes Off with Up in the Air}

I don’t live near L.A. so I can’t buy the magazine, but if anyone wants to donate scans or photos of Anna’s spread for the gallery to staff[AT]anna-kendrick.net that would be amazing, or any Anna media, for that matter :D.

Anna has won the Best Supporting Actress Award from the Austin Film Critic’s Association! Here’s what they had to say in their awards announcement:

Best Supporting Actress goes to Anna Kendrick for her role in UP IN THE AIR, while Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner receive the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the adaptation of the novel of the same name by Walter Kirn {austinfilmcritics.org}.

Up in the Air was also listed as 5 out of their Top Ten Films of ’09. You can see their video breakdown here. There has been so many video interviews and clips lately that I’m not entirely sure these haven’t been posted in some form yet, but here are two great quality clips of Anna chatting about her role in Up in the Air from American Super Star Magazine:

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I’ve added two unseen candids of Anna toting luggage in New York from December 15th:

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EDIT: These candids were taken on her way out from the Early Show December 15th. I’ve added some bigger snaps thanks to popsugar, who blogged:


Anna Kendrick had her hands full yesterday on her way out of The Early Show in NYC — check out her interview after the jump. She sat down just as she heard news of her Golden Globe nomination, though she was quick to say she’s not setting herself up for any Oscars expectations. She’s in the final stretch of promoting Up in the Air before it hits theaters on Christmas, and today’s itinerary included a stop at The View. The ladies were quick to congratulate Anna on being up for the Best Supporting Actress award, though she revealed she’s an old pro when it comes to being nominated — she was up for a Tony at age 12 after a stint on Broadway in a play called High Society.

Merry Xmas to those who celebrate it. Hopefully Anna is getting some much needed R&R in Maine with her family and friends before awards mania!

Happy Holidays 😀 Here are some more portraits taken during the Up in the Air Press Conference that we posted a couple of weeks ago:

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Thanks to Kristin from Reelz channel: Hollywood Dailies who informed us of their Anna chat from London about Golden Globes attire and Up in the Air accolades:


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Tickets for the upcoming Palm Spring’s Black Tie Award’s Gala are now available. On Tuesday, January 5th, Anna will be receiving the Palm Springs Festival Rising Star Award from ET host Mary Hart, as well as walk the cartier red-carpet {psfilmfest.org}.


The California Chronicle:

To most of the country, Anna Kendrick’s celebrated performance in the film “Up in the Air” makes her seem like an overnight success.

But to people in Maine, who have been hearing about the Portland native’s talent and dramatic triumphs since she was in middle school, her success seems more gradual. . . .

Reviewers have lauded Kendrick’s performance and called her a scene stealer.

Kendrick, 24, began acting as a child in theater productions around Portland. At the age of 12 she played the kid sister in a revival of “High Society” on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award.

Before starting her senior year at Deering High School in Portland she starred in the indie film hit “Camp,” about a summer camp for musical theater junkies. Later she was in another indie- type hit, “Rocket Science.” She was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for her roles in both films.

Recently, Kendrick has been a supporting player in the “Twilight Saga” films, both “Twilight” and “New Moon.” She plays Jessica, friend to Bella, the main female character. She’s scheduled to reprise her role in the third film in the series, “Eclipse.”

What happens after that for Kendrick is hard to say. She’s so busy that she wasn’t able to be interviewed for this story. And her publicist said she probably wouldn’t be available until after the Oscars.

By that time, the whole country might know her story. {Maine native’s breakout film earns her kudos, nominations}

The Grand Rapid’s Press:

Imagine George Clooney giving you permission to make fun of him. That’s exactly what happened to Anna Kendrick while filming “Up in the Air,” the multiple-Golden Globe nominee that opened Wednesday in local theaters. To cultivate their on-screen chemistry — and alleviate any potential nervousness from the 24-year-old actress — Clooney asked Kendrick to unleash the same degree of mildly abusive condescension upon him when the cameras weren’t rolling.

“He gave me permission to give him a hard time and play around, and make me more comfortable on set,” Kendrick said during a recent telephone interview.

She adds glibly: “People tend to be uncomfortable around the most famous person on the planet.”
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“I do something in the [Twilight] films that most characters aren’t allowed to do,” she said. “I try to be silly and break the mood, provide a little relief. By no means do I think my role is really serious, but my character takes herself seriously. To her, high-school drama is the end of the world.”

“I don’t think of myself as someone who’s trying to make people laugh,” she said. “I’m not one of those ‘funny girls.'” {‘Up in the Air’ star Anna Kendrick was discovered as debate champion in ‘Rocket Science’}


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