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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.

First Look at ‘Into the Woods’!

We have the first on-set photos from filming Into the Woods yesterday, September 25th, at Dover castle in the UK. You can see Anna as Cinderella, along with Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, and Christine Baranski.

Productions > Movies > Into the Woods (2014) > On Set: September 25, 2013

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First Look At INTO THE WOODS Movie Cast In Costume!

The majority of the ensemble from Disney’s forthcoming big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine‘s celebrated family-friendly fairy tale-themed musical INTO THE WOODS convened at Dover Castle in the UK today to film scenes for the forthcoming tuner and our first look at James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Billy Magnussen, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lucy Punch, MacKenzie Mauzy and Daniel Huttlestone in costume is now available!

BroadwayWorld reported earlier this month that a casting notice had gone out to assemble extras to take on the roles of townspeople and observers at a grand ball scene assumedly relating to Cinderella (Kendrick) and her prince (Pine) and now we can see that that has come to fruition. Check out that article here.

Additionally, peruse yesterday’s extensive BroadwayWorld article all about Week 3 of filming on INTO THE WOODS here.

Also, James Corden found some time in between filming scenes to even pose for a shot with a crew member, make-up artist Beth Haggar, who posted the pic to her Instagram account with the caption, “Me and #JamesCorden today at Dover Castle, filming on location for a new film called #IntoTheWoods.”

View the original post here.

Of note, the sumptuous costumes on display in these shots are designed by director Rob Marshall‘s longtime collaborator Colleen Atwood, who also provided designs for his movie musicals CHICAGO and NINE, as well as Tim Burton‘s SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET.

Filming on the Rob Marshall-directed Disney feature film is currently underway on soundstages at Shepperton Studios and on location in the UK, following soundtrack recording sessions conducted at the beginning of this month. For even more information, see BroadwayWorld’s coverage of Week 1 here.

The confirmed complete cast for INTO THE WOODS is as follows: Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker’s Wife, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother and Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, with Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel Huttlestone as Jack.

INTO THE WOODS is set to be released on December 25, 2014. {broadwayworld.com}

GQ Shoot Video – How to Date Me: Anna Kendrick

We got an email from Stelios from GQ informing us of the release of the photoshoot video Anna did for her sexy new GQ shoot. In it, Anna talks dating. You can also hear the soundtrack to the video, called “Anna”, here.

Always pay on the first day. Don’t try to serenade her if you can’t sing. Oh, and if you can make Del Taco seem romantic, you’ve got a good thing going. Anna Kendrick explains how to win her over.

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Anna Kendrick Strips Down For GQ, Goes Blonde And Topless

What a sexy blonde! Anna Kendrick, star of the upcoming comedy Drinking Buddies, strips down for a hot photo shoot in the September 2013 issue of GQ. While promoting the new flick — also starring New Girl’s Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston — the stunning actress shares what not to do on a first date.

“Two subjects to never bring up on a first date are anything to do with the actual reality of your family, and, you know, liver cancer and how we’ve probably all got it,” the 28-year-old jokes. Also, who pays at the end of the night should be a no-brainer. “Paying on a first date is a tricky thing because even though it’s meaningless, if a guy doesn’t, or doesn’t offer, it suggests poor judgment more than anything else,” she says. Kendrick recently ended her four-year relationship with Shaun of the Dead director, Edgar Wright in March.

In addition, the Pitch Perfect star admits some of her most uncomfortable run-ins with fans — including encounters involving, er, shopping for underwear. “There’s something deeply embarrassing about being approached when you’re holding knickers,” she reveals. “And it’s happened TWICE!”

One thing Kendrick definitely isn’t shy about? Exposing some skin! In the photo shoot, the “When I’m Gone” singer also shows off her long legs and goes topless while just wearing black swim shorts. {usmagazine.com}

Anna in September GQ

Anna has a new risque photoshoot and interview with the September 2013 issue of Gentlemens Quarterly (GQ). Here’s an Ultra High Quality scan:

Magazines & Scans > Interviews > Gentlemens Quarterly – September 2013

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Raise Your Glass to Anna Kendrick

The actress and Belgian beer enthusiast plays an alcoholic in this month’s Drinking Buddies—so we asked her about drunken hookups, naturally

By Lauren Bans
Photographs by Marc Hom
September 2013

“Do you like beer?” Anna Kendrick, the pint-size—pun intended—actress best known for playing control freaks (see: Up in the Air, 50/50), doesn’t normally get this question. But today there’s good reason: her new comedy, Drinking Buddies, in which she plays one-half of an admirably functional alcoholic couple. Kendrick does in fact enjoy beer—”every single Belgian-style beer”—which brings us to this irresistible follow-up: According to OkCupid’s infamous data nugget, beer fans are also more likely to go home with someone on the first date.

“Oh my!” she says, mock-scandalized. “I mean, correlation doesn’t suggest causality—but that is fuckin’ interesting.”

Another fuckin’ interesting correlation: the one that exists between Kendrick’s underwear shopping and fans asking for autographs. “There’s something deeply embarrassing about being approached when you’re holding knickers. And it’s happened TWICE!” Knickers? Was she shopping in the nineteenth century? “Like, for bloomers? How humiliating would that be?” Very—especially if it’s true what they say about beer drinkers.

Styled by Karina Givargisoff at Art Department. Coat by Pierre Balmain. Bra by VPL. Necklace by Helen Ficalora. {gq.com}

Recap: Anna Judges on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Anna was the guest judge on last nights episode of So You Think You Can Dance. The dancers were narrowed down from 14 and Anna gave witty yet well-rounded critiques on each of the performances. Remember Anna used to be into dancing herself growing up. Here’s a recap of her highlights in a compilation video, as well as some press articles:

‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Anna Kendrick Tells Two Dancers They ‘Should Make A Baby’

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The guest judge rotation continued on “So You Think You Can Dance,” bringing Anna Kendrick to the panel this week. She quickly proved a memorable guest, with choice quotes throughout the night. But her best critique came after a salsa routine by Malece Miller and Alan Bersten.

After admitting she didn’t now much about the technical side of the routine, Kendrick still had a pretty strong reaction to the performance. “That made me want to take lessons and have an affair on a tropical island,” she said, adding after a beat, “Or maybe just the second thing.”

“You’re both such solid dancers, such deliberate dancers and, um, I feel like you guys should make a baby,” Kendrick told the stunned pair.

Entertainment Weekly’s Annie Barrett was loving Kendrick as a guest judge, claiming that Kendrick was saying everything that she was thinking. A writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer agreed, saying that Kendrick “killed it” at the judge’s table.

Kendrick Tweeted that she was “so excited” to join the judges, and seemed perhaps a little too eager to get out there and dance herself. Fans will get to see her footwork in the new musical, “The Last Five Years,” though it doesn’t have a release date yet. {huffingtonpost.com}

‘Comedy Bang Bang’ Previews

Anna’s episode of ‘Comedy Bang Bang’, simply called “Anna Kendrick Wears a Patterned Blouse & Burgundy Pants” will air July 26th on IFC. There are now a few preview out featuring Anna — including Anna collaborating with Reggie Watts to sing about Destiny’s Child, Anna talking about her time traveling experiences :p, and a preview of the whole season (Anna at 1:50). More info and HQ photos on our previous news post here. Here is the episode synopsis:

Host Scott Aukerman and musical cohort, Reggie Watts with guest stars Anna Kendrick and Ben Schwartz. Anna Kendrick time travels, Scott and Reggie preview their new movie, and the studio takes on a tropical twist when a Bahama Mama Maker is purchased. Plus: Are Scott and Reggie ready for parenthood?

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Anna Kendrick Sings About Destiny’s Child, Compares Herself to Michelle Williams

Anna Kendrick proved she’s a talented singer in 2012′s musical comedy Pitch Perfect, and now she’s showing off her lyrical abilities in the July 26 episode of IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! In a sneak preview from the show, the Oscar-nominated star, 27, performs a completely improvised song about Destiny’s Child with the show’s band leader, Reggie Watts.

“I feel like if I were in Destiny’s Child, I’d be Michelle,” she sings of Williams, who joined the group in 2000. “She caught a lot of air at the Super Bowl. She looked like she didn’t expect it.” (The “Bootylicious” singers joined forces during Beyonce Knowles’ Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show on Feb. 3, 2013.)

With Watts manning the turntables, Kendrick continues to sing about the musical trio. “I feel like if I were in Destiny’s Child, I’d be Michelle. Most people wouldn’t call her their favorite,” she sings. “But it’s pretty cool how they always give her the bridge.”

“I definitely wouldn’t call her my favorite,” Watts laughs.

Though Destiny’s Child has not officially disbanded, the group hasn’t released a full-length album since 2004′s Destiny Fulfilled. Knowles, 31, is currently headlining the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, while Kelly Rowland, 32, is busy promoting her recently released album, Talk a Good Game. The new judge is also taping episodes for the third season of The X Factor, airing this fall on FOX. Williams, 32, will star in her own reality show, My Sister’s Keeper. Her latest solo single, “If We Had Your Eyes,” was released on June 24.

Kendrick’s episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! airs Friday, July 26, at 10 p.m. EST on IFC.

Projects Updates: Drinking Buddies

Drinking Buddies has finally released the first trailer, with lots of scenes with Anna’s character, Jill. I’ve also added several promotional stills.

Productions > Movies > Drinking Buddies (2013) > Promotional

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‘Drinking Buddies’ Trailer: Beer and Love Triangle

“Drinking Buddies” has just dropped its first trailer online, featuring Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson as two people who are almost inseparable. Spending a lot of time drinking and flirting, they both know that there’s something between them, yet can’t help but deny it as Jake already commits to somebody else.

The drama comedy from Magnolia Pictures introduces Olivia and Jake as Kate and Luke, who work together at a craft brewery. Luke’s girlfriend of six years, Jill, wants to know if he is ready to talk about marriage. The answer to that question becomes crystal clear when Luke and Kate unexpectedly find themselves alone for a weekend.

Directed and penned by “LOL” helmer Joe Swanberg, it also stars Ron Livingston, who takes on the role as Kate’s boyfriend Chris, and Anna Kendrick, who plays Jill, and is known for her performances in “Pitch Perfect” and “Up in the Air”. Ti West, Roberta Chung and Callie Stephens are included for supporting roles.

Andrea Roa, Alica van Couvering, Sam Slater and Paul Bernon join forces to produce the movie.

“Drinking Buddies” will arrive in limited theaters in the U.S. on August 23, but first hit iTunes/On Demand on July 25.