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Anna and Pitch Perfect 2 Cast on The Today Show

Ready for another cup? ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ stars spill on sequel

Good news for fans who missed them when they were gone: In next year’s “Pitch Perfect 2,” the Barden Bellas once again will raise their voices in glorious a cappella harmony. And the stars of the highly anticipated sequel dished — well, a little, anyway — about the film’s plot in a behind-the-scenes chat with TODAY Monday.

“The Bellas have a new main rival this time around,” director/star Elizabeth Banks told TODAY’s Natalie Morales. “They’ve gotten too big for their britches, possibly literally. And they’ve sort of forgotten about the music a little bit.”

Co-star Rebel Wilson joked that the sequel will have more stunts. “That bit when you’re dangling from the helicopter…” Wilson said in a teasing voice, looking at returning co-star Anna Kendrick. Gesturing toward cast newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, Wilson added, “That bit with the shark, it really is her.”

One thing is clear: “Pitch Perfect 2” will have plenty of elaborate choreography. Morales got a firsthand look at the moves.

“Pitch Perfect 2” hits theaters May 15, 2015.

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Anna Covers Elle July 2014

Anna is the cover girl for the July 2014 edition of Elle, with a gorgeous photospread shot by Carter Smith and a great new interview!

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Why Anna Kendrick Is the Sexiest and Savviest Social Media Star of Her Generation

Photo: Carter Smith

With a sharp sense of humor and serious smarts, Anna Kendrick has turned herself into the savviest social-media star of her generation and makes her ELLE cover debut for the magazine’s first-ever Social Issue. Now, with seven projects on the horizon (Happy Christmas is out this month), the acting, singing, joking sensation is about to go supernova. Kendrick garnered an Oscar nomination at 24 with Up in the Air. Her hit song “Cups,” recorded for the Pitch Perfect soundtrack, spent 44 weeks on Billboard‘s Hot 100. Her Saturday Night Live debut this April—a barrage of musical skits—unleashed skill after seemingly limitless skill. But Kendrick also has found a way to meld the famous-person world with the one the rest of us live in, taking every opportunity to remind us—largely via social media—that she’s still an occasionally weird and sometimes flawed human, not just a body hosting an increasingly desirable brand. Tweet by tweet, joke by joke, Kendrick, now 28, has carved out a space in which to define herself. And the result is that despite living a life most of us can’t relate to, she herself seems entirely relatable.

Photo: Carter Smith

Whether Kendrick is talking about her childhood and teen years, or commenting on her so called ‘approachable hotness,’ she offers an interesting look at the woman who describes herself to her 2.5 million Twitter followers as “Pale, awkward and very very small.” Check out the following excerpts for a sneak preview, and read the full interview exclusively in ELLE’s July issue, available digitally and at newsstands in select cities starting June 17th, and nationwide on June 24th.

On family and divorce:

Kendrick grew up in Portland, Maine, in a house sandwiched between the pond where she and her older brother, Michael, ice-skated in the winter and the baseball diamond where they watched Little League games in the summer. Their parents—Janice, an accountant, and William, a teacher—divorced when she was 15 but stayed on good terms. “I hate when people think you’re broken because your parents are divorced,” Kendrick says. “And I really reject the idea of staying together for the kids. If they’re growing up in a house that’s not healthy, it’s better to know that’s not the model of what marriage should be.”

– Excerpted from ELLE, July 2014

Photo: Carter Smith

On her sex appeal:

This lack of ego, coupled with the stealth hourglass shape, the porcelain skin, and the smart mouth, add up to a very specific kind of sex appeal. Kendrick, who hasn’t publicly dated since she and Edgar Wright broke up last year, says she hasn’t been hit on since Up in the Air, “honest to God.” For the 5 million-plus people who have YouTubed her Newcastle Brown Ale Super Bowl ad, this will be hard to buy. In it, the actress is simultaneously sexy and hilarious, twirling her movie-star hair and deadpanning that she’s “approachable hot, like the-hottest-girl-in-your-improv-class-hot.” [@RyBrockington: "Breaking News: I can indeed confirm that @AnnaKendrick47 was the hottest girl in my improv class."] “I’ve never felt like I’ve exactly traded on my looks,” the actress says matter-of-factly. “When I was a teenager, I was an ultralate bloomer, and my mom would say it was a blessing, because it means you never have to wonder if guys are only interested in you because you’ve got boobs.  I would have been thrilled if guys were interested in me because of my boobs!” But maybe it’s for the best. “Similarly, I think I’m lucky that I’ve never had a crisis about whether the only reason I’m successful is because I’m crazy hot.  It’s not something that crosses my mind.”

– Excerpted from ELLE, July 2014 {elle.com}

Anna Kendrick hasn’t been hit on in five years, ‘Honest to God!’

Why is nobody hitting on Anna Kendrick?

The 28-year-old actress claims she hasn’t been approached in that way since the 2009 dramedy “Up in the Air,” which earned her a supporting actress Oscar nomination.

“Honest to God!” Kendrick quipped in an interview with Elle magazine for its first social-media issue.

Do the math: That’s five years. Maybe it was because the “Cups” singer was in a relationship with “Shaun of the Dead” director Edgar Wright from 2009 to 2013, but still!

“I’ve never felt like I’ve exactly traded on my looks,” the Maine native told the magazine. As a teen, she said, she was a late bloomer.

“My mom would say it was a blessing, because it means you never have to wonder if guys are only interested in you because you’ve got boobs. I would have been thrilled if guys were interested in me because of my boobs!”

But there is a silver lining: “I think I’m lucky that I’ve never had a crisis about whether the only reason I’m successful is because I’m crazy hot. It’s not something that crosses my mind.”

This is the same lady who put on a self-deprecating act for a faux 2014 Super Bowl commercial. In a fake behind-the-scenes video for the nonexistent Newcastle Ale ad, Kendrick jokes, “I was surprised that I even got offered the part, you know, ’cause I don’t think of myself as like, beer-commercial-babe hot. You know? I mean, I’m hot, but like, approachable hot. Like, the-hottest-girl-in-your-improv-class hot. Like, hot to the guys who feel bad calling a girl hot.”

The woman she’s come to be, as she describes on her Twitter page, is “pale, awkward and very, very small.” Funny too. Kendrick offers her more than 2.5 million followers one short burst of humor after another.

“Burned my thumb on set today. iPhone fingerprint ID won’t work. Pretty sure I can get away with murder as long as I only use my thumb,” she tweeted early in May. Or how about, “Sometimes the only reason I leave my house is so when someone asks about my day I don’t have to say, ‘Netflix and avoiding responsibilities.’”

Clearly Kendrick isn’t afraid to have fun, even amid a very busy schedule. The actress will star in at least six films due out in 2015. Notably, she will portray Cinderella in Rob Marshall’s family fantasy “Into the Woods,” alongside Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. Kendrick will also reprise her role as Beca, the budding singer attending university, in the musical comedy “Pitch Perfect 2.”

Note to Ms. Anna Kendrick: We’re ready to be amused, again {latimes.com}

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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 speaks at Screening of “The Women”

Anna was the guest of honor at the TCM Film Festival’s Screening of “The Women” on April 12th at the El Capitan theater in L.A. Anna has always proclaimed “The Women” as her all-time fave filming and humorously explains how she got into it when she was a kid.

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