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Press Update

What Had Anna Kendrick Terrified While Filming Pitch Perfect 2?

Someone’s afraid of heights!

Anna Kendrick, 29, who stars as an irresponsible sister in the dramedy Happy Christmas, revealed what had her shaking while filming Pitch Perfect 2 when she chatted with PEOPLE this week about “one last thing” …

Last sunburn
It’s been a while, because I usually avoid the sun like the plague. But I went on vacation to Mexico with my friend Aubrey Plaza, and I was under a hat and umbrella all day so I didn’t put sunscreen on. I went in the ocean for 10 minutes and got a super-painful sunburn on my face.

Last time I was nervous
Without spoiling anything, there is a point [in Pitch Perfect 2] when I am at a great height and have to jump, and it was actually totally terrifying and took me like three takes to even jump. Even thinking about it right now makes my stomach turn.

Last compliment I got
I feel like somebody told me I had nice skin at the grocery store the other day, which was really nice. But I don’t know if it was an old Gypsy woman who put a curse on me, because I’m immediately having a massive breakout.

Last thing I cooked
I had some of the girls over for Game of Thrones night, and I did a little chocolate and white chocolate fondue and some spanakopita and mini quiches.

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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 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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Pitch Perfect 2: Casting Update + Promo Pic

ppit Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Officially Back for Pitch Perfect 2—and Find Out the Release Date!

The two key Bellas are back!

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are officially returning for Pitch Perfect 2, the planned sequel to the surprise 2012 blockbuster about the fierce ‘n’ funny world of collegiate a cappella competition.

Elizabeth Banks, who also played a judge on the a cappella circuit in the original, has already signed on to direct.

Kendrick has yet to weigh in with an inevitably hilarious tweet, but Wilson did retweet @PitchPerfect’s happy announcement that Fat Amy and Beca were tuning up for an encore.

Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films have also set a release date of May 15, 2015.

Surely some catchy new music is in the works as well. Pitch Perfect’s soundtrack, which included Kendrick’s cover of “Cups,” sold more than 1 million copies.

We’ll be hearing Kendrick sing first, however, in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, in which she plays Cinderella opposited Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Christine Baranski. The big-budget musical is due out Christmas Day. {eonline.com}