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Anna Hosts Saturday Night Live

Anna rocked Saturday Night Live last night (April 5th), hosting for her first time ever at the famed Rockefeller center in NYC. From her epic Beauty and the Beast sing-a-long monologue, Southern Obamacare sufferette, Ariel the Little Mermaid singing Kesha, Nasty Girl singing about dongs, and Eurotrash French waitress singing, dancing, and “cupping,” Anna totally proved how talented and–bare with me–Versatile she is.

If you are an international fan and can’t view the video, here is a list of download links.

When I started this site back in ’07, I always knew Anna was super talented and funny; I knew she’d make a great SNL host some day but still can’t believe that day is here and am so glad someone gave her this chance!

Watch Anna Kendrick Steal Every Single ‘Saturday Night Live’ Scene

The actress was pitch perfect from start to finish in her first turn as host in Studio 8H.

Pharrell Williams may have been the musical guest in this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” episode, but host Anna Kendrick stole the spotlight, carrying a ditty during her opening monologue and then keeping the tunes coming through sketches that included ’90s raps and childhood favorite Disney songs.

She Really Is A Funny Girl
Kendrick opened the evening so excited to host she could only truly express her feelings through song. Expanding on her musical-theatre background, the “Pitch Perfect” star launched into her own version of the classic “Little Town” from “Beauty and the Beast.” Other “SNL” castmates chimed in as she ran through a tour of the set, stopping for hair and makeup touch-ups and disturbing a distracted Lorne Michaels before the entire cast gathered onstage to belt out the final introductory notes of a what she called a “magical exciting show.”

The Dong Song
Veering from kid-approved tunes, Kendrick appeared as a hot pink fishnet-wearing ’90s vixen in a crew of other “SNL” women on an international mission. “Dongs All Over the World” put Ludacris’ hoes in different “Area Codes” to shame, as the ladies sang about their plan to do every dong in the world, from the pyramids of Giza to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Kendrick showed off her rapping skills while Icona Pop made a cameo onboard the airplane, dressed as the pilots steering the sexual conquest.

Part Of The ‘SNL’ World
Kendrick went under the sea for this sketch, wearing a long red wig and mermaid fins as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.” Aidy Bryant was a convincing Ursula, who wanted to steal Ariel’s voice, but she didn’t exactly get what she was hoping to hear. Kendrick sang a slew of Top 40 hits from pop princesses, starting with Kesha’s “We R Who We R” and reeling off Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” and Selena Gomez’s “Come And Get It” before ending with a little Iggy Azalea and “Fancy.” We’d be lying if we said we didn’t also enjoy Jay Pharoah’s appearance as Jamaican-accented crab Sebastian, who shined in his solo interpretation of Sean Paul’s “Temperature.” Aca-awesome job, Anna! {mtv.com}

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SNL Promo

Anna and SNL cast member Taran Killam made a funny sketch video to promote Anna hosting Saturday Night Live April 5th on NBC :D!

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Anna on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Anna was on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night. They talked about SNL, Pharrell Williams’ hat, John Travolta’s Oscar snub, award show rehearsals, working on Happy Christmas with Lena Dunham and a 2-year-old, and Anna’s mom picketing for her movies (adorable)!

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How cute is it that Seth and Fred were able to give Anna advice for hosting SNL? She is going to be awesome, nervous or not ;D!

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Anna Launches ‘Hive with Heart’ Campaign

Anna helped launch Burt’s Bees new ‘Hive with Heart’ campaign in Duarte, CA March 25th. She tweeted about the cause, to help women with cancer at burtsbees.com.

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Anna Kendrick “Would Make a Very Funny North” in SNL Spoof of Kimye’s Vogue Spread

Anna Kendrick is many things: a Twilight alum, Ryan Gosling superfan and an Oscar nominee.

But on April 5, the Pitch Perfect 2 star will host Saturday Night Live for the very first time! E! News caught up with Anna at the Hive With Heart Campaign she co-hosted with Burt’s Bees Tuesday. She shared her thoughts on some potential SNL skits—inlcuding a possible spoof of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Vogue cover!

“I need to work on my impressions,” the 28-year-old said, “and work on my Kanye!” Anna thinks she “would make a very funny North,” too.

When she really got to thinking about a Kimye parody, though, she burst into an uncontrollable giggle fit, exclaiming, “I don’t know what’s happening! I’m so scared!”

It seems that Anna’s game to play Kim, Yeezy or baby Nori, but that didn’t stop her from taking a playful little dig at the Kardashian-West gang. Watch the clip above to find out which family member she jokingly refers to as a “trollop”!

For more of Anna’s interview, tune in to E! News Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. {eonline.com}

Anna Kendrick On Beauty Bargains, Her First Big Splurge and Why She Might Go Red

We love Anna Kendrick for a number of reasons (she’s funny, she’s beautiful and girl can sing), but perhaps most of all for the fact that she subscribes to our fashion and beauty philosophy, which is often, for lack of a better word, laziness.

To wit: She admits that she can’t remember the last time she left the house to pick up clothes or makeup. “I didn’t realize how much online shopping I was doing until I discovered [grocery store] yummy.com, so now I can basically never leave the house,” she says, laughing. “I got my first stash of the tinted lip balms online. I think I probably ordered it through Walgreen’s. And [I like] Piperlime because they do the free returns, that’s always good. I guess I’m just, like, slowly becoming lazier and lazier.”

The tinted lip balms in question are Burt’s Bees — the actress has been using the line’s products for years, and when they heard she was a fan, they tapped her to host their Hive with Heart event for Lipstick Angels, which provides beauty services to women with cancer.

Kendrick says the $7 balms are her most consistent beauty bargain (she’s in “Sweet Violet,” though “I have a drawer full of literally every color of these things. I just found out they discontinued ‘Tiger Lily’ and it makes me super sad,” she says) but she’s not above splurging when the moment calls for it. Not that it always works out. “My first designer purchase was a Marc by Marc [Jacobs] bag that was covered in studs and I thought it was so badass,” she says of splurging after earning her first big paycheck. “But it was so heavy that I could only carry it for like a couple of hours at a time.”

She’ll have another big paycheck to spend soon now that Pitch Perfect 2 is greenlit. Kendrick says she’s “working on my mime” to keep up with whatever insanity Rebel Wilson dreams up, but instead of horizontal running, her fitness of choice comes from Pure Barre. “It makes me hurt all over. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done. A resounding endorsement,” she jokes.

And true to her low-key nature, we shouldn’t expect to see any major style or hair changes coming down the pike. “Everybody seems to be cutting their hair off. I’m not ready to do that,” she says, though admits, “It would be fun to be a redhead … you can get away with being like really volatile and fire-y because you’re like, ‘I’m just a redhead, what can I say?’” Seems as good of a reason as any to us! {peoplestylewatch.com}

Anna Kendrick is a Lipstick Angel at Burt’s Bees Hive Launch!

Anna Kendrick is pretty in pink while attending the Burt’s Bees Hive with Heart campaign launch held at City of Hope on Tuesday (March 25) in Duarte, Calif.

“Helping @burtsbees kick off #HivewithHeart with @lipstickangels, whose miracles are made of lip gloss and BIG hearts,” the 28-year-old actress tweeted at the launch.

Lipstick Angels is an emerging non-profit organization that works to transform the healing process of women by showing them they are beautiful‐no matter what.

Over the weekend, Anna was spotted looking super chic in a maroon colored dress at the Geffen Playhouse’s Backstage.

FYI: Anna is wearing a J Mendel dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and jewels by EF Collection and Jamie Wolf. {justjared.com}

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Sundance Round-Up: Media & Press

We also have the first reviews of Anna’s three movies that debuted at Sundance.

Life After Beth: Sundance Review

If Cooties is Sundance 2014′s zombie comedy that hits every note of the well-established format and delights while doing so, Jeff Baena’s Life After Beth is the one that reminds us how odd the mashup was to begin with. The one that plucks from the genre playbook only what it wants, then tells its own story while letting the world, in the background, go to hell in the usual way. The one that finds a new metaphoric meaning for zombie tropes, making them about the devastation of grief, and manages to keep us laughing while making that metaphor stick. It’s a perfectly pitched debut that should benefit greatly from word of mouth and, especially given the top-flight comic talents surrounding lead Dane DeHaan, won’t appeal solely to fanboys at the box office. . . {hollywoodreporter.com}

The Voices: Sundance Review

Good and evil prefer to sit on the lap rather than the shoulders of the extremely conflicted protagonist of The Voices, the confident if rather wacky English-language debut of Paris-based Iranian director and comic-book artist Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis).

This thriller-horror-comedy hybrid is among the more eccentric films screening at Sundance this year and stars an excellent Ryan Reynolds as a damaged man-child in a small industrial town in the Midwest who accidentally kills his date for the night (Gemma Arterton) and then asks his pets what he should do — and of course, they talk back, literally. Oscar nominees Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver co-star in this wild and occasionally hilarious genre crossbreed that seems tailor-made for fantastic film festivals and midnight slots, though a small distributor with large cojones could try and capitalize on the film’s star power and zany premise and aim for a modest commercial release before making a killing on VOD. . . . {hollywoodreporter.com}

Happy Christmas: Sundance Review

Following up last year’s Drinking Buddies with another low-key ensemble comedy, writer-director Joe Swanberg addresses relationship issues of increasing complexity without sacrificing his frequently amusing perspective on single life.

After taking Happy Christmas off the market with a festival pre-buy, Magnolia Pictures can expect to see a fairly similar return on the new film by partnering with Swanberg again on a theatrical release (Paramount acquired home entertainment and international rights), with perhaps a bit of a bump from a gradually expanding fan base.

Chicago married couple Jeff (Swanberg) and Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) are juggling freelance careers while looking after their two-year-old son, Jude (Jude Swanberg). Jeff’s working on a film in preproduction, but Kelly’s novel writing has stalled out after her first book as she’s shifted to full-time homemaking. They’re still relatively content, however, and preparing for a holiday visit from Jeff’s sister Jenny (Anna Kendrick), a volatile young woman who’s recently split from her boyfriend. Jeff’s concerned that even at 27, Jenny’s not stable enough to look after herself and has invited her for an indefinite visit. In exchange, she’s agreed to assist with child care. hollywoodreporter.com

Ryan Reynolds hears ‘Voices’ at Sundance

One of the weirder, much-discussed comedies of the festival is The Voices, a grisly, dark comedy that features a terrific performance by Ryan Reynolds as a likable factory worker who hears advice from his pet dog and cat and morphs into a scary serial killer.

“The script is insane,” says co-star Anna Kendrick, adding that she had wanted to work with writer-director Marjane Satrapi since reading her graphic novel Persepolis, which was made into a film in 2007 and nominated for an animated-feature Oscar.

Indeed, Satrapi initially resisted any gruesome shots, then succumbed to showing Reynolds’ character slicing and dicing the body parts of his female co-workers and stowing them away neatly in plastic containers.

“I didn’t know I was this attracted to gore and blood,” says the Iranian-born Satrapi. “My mother told me ‘You are sick in the head.’ ”

Reynolds plays Jerry, a nebbishy guy who works in the packing department of a large company. But he’s descending into madness. First hint: He talks with his dog and cat — and they talk back. His cat Mr. Whiskers has a nasty temperament and a feisty Scottish burr, goading Reynolds’ character to do evil and kill. Bosco, the dog, is deep-voiced and decent. The pooch, a Mastiff mix, says things like “I earned the right to be called a good boy.”

Reynolds does the voice of the dog and cat, and also performs in an elaborate song-and-dance sequence for the closing credits, which features Kendrick, Gemma Arterton and a singing, dancing Jesus.

But, for all his accomplishments and ability to play a deranged killer, Reynolds had one strange phobia.

It had nothing to do with carnage, but involved working so closely with house pets.

Says Satrapi: “Ryan is scared of cats.” {usa today}

Kendrick: I liked being unlikeable

Anna Kendrick has revealed she enjoyed portraying a nasty girl in Happy Christmas.
The Pitch Perfect star reunites with Drinking Buddies filmmaker Joe Swanberg for the improvised drama, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Honestly, I would have done anything Joe asked me to do, but I was really excited about playing somebody who was a mess, who doesn’t have a filter and is kind of selfish,” she said.
“I mean, she’s kind of unlikeable. I hope that I brought enough honesty, that people will maybe understand where she’s coming from – or maybe you should just hate her.”
Anna – whose character Jenny unexpectedly decides to move in with her elder brother – is most thrilled about her scenes with Girls star Lena Dunham, who plays her best friend in Happy Christmas.
“I was just excited that there are scenes with Lena Dunham and Melanie Lynskey, where it’s just the three of us talking and a guy doesn’t come in the room at any point. We’re just chatting about sex and work,” she said.
“I know Lena’s doing that all the time but that was a really fun day to me. She knows who she is, which is so admirable. Her improv is so perfect because she’s never thinking of what her character would say. She just gets in the zone and she’s so honest and so smart, and her work is really beautiful.”
Director Joe admitted he was interested to see Anna play someone different to her previous characters.
“I thought Anna would be perfect for this character. This character is young and irresponsible, and she’s a little reckless. It’s not a role I’ve really seen Anna play before so it was fun to invite her back to do something like that,” he said. {uk.movies.yahoo.com}

Anna Kendrick Storms Sundance

Pneumonia prevented Ryan Reynolds, who plays a schizophrenic murderer in “The Voices,” from attending the cocktail party Sunday evening for the film at the Grey Goose Blue Door on Main Street in Park City, Utah. But that didn’t stop his costar Anna Kendrick, coming off three of her movies premiering on the same day at the Sundance Film Festival, and director Marjane Satrapi, new to the Sundance circuit, from showing up.
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Compared to Cannes, where Satrapi’s animated effort “Persepolis” was rewarded with the Jury Prize in 2007, she was finding Sundance more relaxed. “All the independent filmmakers are here, and I’m so happy to be here,” gushed Satrapi, proceeding to scan the room with a video recorder to document the festivities. “Persepolis” is based on Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel, and “The Voices,” written by Michael R. Perry, is the first movie of Satrapi’s in which she doesn’t take part in the writing. “I got sent the script, and I really loved it, so I really wanted to do it. From the second you want to do something badly, you should do it,” said Satrapi. “The script was funny. It was sad. It was intelligent. It had all the qualities I look for.”

Kendrick’s other two films at Sundance — “Happy Christmas,” a dramedy from mumblecore king Joe Swanberg, and “Life After Beth,” a zombie comedy — are in keeping with her eclectic choice in projects since she earned an Oscar nomination four years ago for her plucky turn in “Up in the Air.”

“[‘The Voices’] was very specific,” the actress said. “Marjane has a very, very specific idea about what each frame will look like, what the scene will feel like, what the music might be.”

“Christmas,” on the other hand, wasn’t even scripted.

“We had an outline, but no dialogue, no script, no idea what the finished film was going to be like,” Kendrick said. “[Both films] are equally exciting.”

Minutes after the party at the Blue Door for “The Voices” wound down at 9:30 p.m., Kendrick arrived at 501 on Main to join the cast and crew of “Happy Christmas” for The Next Generation Filmmaker Dinner Series. She quickly posed for photographs with Mark Webber and Swanberg, who does triple duty on the movie as its writer, director and Kendrick’s on-screen brother. Webber called the movie “an anti-Christmas film in a way, at least a traditional one.” He elaborated, “It’s this beautiful, really small, intimate look at a family and family life set around Christmas. It’s very real and natural.”

Also present to promote the movie was Melanie Lynskey, who plays Swanberg’s wife and Kendrick’s sister-in-law in “Happy Christmas.” Lynskey took a break from the business at hand to gamely dance upstairs with Alison Pill and Jason Ritter. Kendrick followed along and kept the dance party going. Amid the merriment, Swanberg emphasized “Happy Christmas,” which was picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Pictures earlier in the week, covers serious ground. “I hope that it sparks conversations between men and women about the relationship between work and child care, and I hope it gets people talking about fairness and expectations for women when they have children,” he said. {wwd.com}

Anna Kendrick’s finally a mess in ‘Happy Christmas’

Anna Kendrick stars as a problem drinker who moves in with her brother’s family after a breakup. Among the family members: a toddler played by director Joe Swanberg’s son, Jude.

PARK CITY, Utah — Family is messy. The upside, for director Joe Swanberg, is the ability to translate that messiness into a film that had a gigantic line waiting for it (in 20-degree weather, no less) at the Sundance Film Festival.

In Happy Christmas, which arrives at the festival just six months after Swanberg’s last effort, Drinking Buddies, Anna Kendrick plays Jenny, who has a drinking problem and moves in with her brother, Jeff (played by Swanberg), his wife, Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), and their toddler (Swanberg’s adorable son, Jude) after a recent breakup.

In real life, “Anna is very put together. She’s not a mess,” says Swanberg, who directed Kendrick in Drinking Buddies. “I feel like she’s been so consistently ‘good’ in films. What I was hoping to show with Happy Christmas is that she’s amazing doing any kind of character.”

Jenny’s best friend, Carson (Lena Dunham) has a smaller role, but Dunham’s voice (similar in tone and honesty to her character on HBO’s Girls but far less self-involved) helps to signify where Jenny is at. The woman is reeling, with little to latch onto at the age of 27 except bottles of booze and a cute thirtysomething male babysitter/pot dealer who crosses her path.

“The amazing thing about Lena is that she had that voice from the first day I met her,” says Swanberg, who has been friends with Dunham for years. “She’s the best example that I’ve ever known (of a person) finding mainstream success without changing a thing.”

He adds that it’s talent like Dunham and Mark Duplass who are leading the charge for filmmakers like himself. “They’re making it more accessible for my movies to get out there and play wider,” he says. “Because people are like, ‘Oh this isn’t without context. I watch Girls and I’ve seen The League and I’ve watched Jeff Who Lives at Home.’ ”

In Happy Christmas, Jenny’s arrival triggers a surprising revelation: Kelly, challenged over rounds of beer with Jenny and Carson on why she’s given up on writing, slowly reveals she’s lost a sense of self as a stay-at-home mom.

Like filmmakers Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said) and Paul Mazursky (Down and Out in Beverly Hills), “I’ve always wanted the characters to grow up with me,” says Swanberg. Happy Christmas steals from his own life: Nine months after Jude was born, his younger brother moved in with them for three trying months.

And Swanberg’s wife, filmmaker Kris Williams, spent a year and a half caring for their son so the couple could save money on child care. But not working secretly plagued her, inspiring Swanberg to share the story of a mother who “felt frustrated but who felt guilty for that frustration,” he says.

Although Jenny is “much more reckless than my brother actually was,” says Swanberg, there are strong similarities, including one calamitous night the younger sibling sets off a smoke alarm by passing out after shoving a frozen pizza in the oven.

Next up may be finding an agent for little Jude, who delighted the festival audience by consistently hamming it up in Happy Christmas. “I know!” Swanberg laughs. “I’ll have to protect him from the paparazzi.” {usatoday.com}

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Anna Singing at Kennedy Center Honors

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.