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PP2 Girls Cover Entertainment Weekly

Anna, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson are on the cover for Entertainment Weekly Nov. 28 edition! They have done a new photoshoot! Scans and outtakes soon!

Magazines & Scans > Interviews > Entertainment Weekly – November 2014

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This Week’s Cover: The Bellas are back in ‘Pitch Perfect 2′

SPOILER ALERT:  The Barden Bellas have split up.

But before you scream “A ca-scuse me?!” it’s just a temporary separation. On this muggy June day in Baton Rouge, La., the cast of Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to Universal’s sleeper about a college a cappella group, is pulling double duty. Rebel Wilson (returning as blunt bombshell Fat Amy) and Brittany Snow (back as dim bulb Chloe) are cloistered in the production offices, recording and preparing for dance rehearsal.

Meanwhile, a few miles away, Anna Kendrick and Skylar Astin, reprising their roles as vocal power couple Beca and Jesse, are shooting Beca’s first day of work as an intern at a recording company. “Any first-day jitters?” Jesse asks. “No,” Beca responds. “I’m just going to be moody and distant—artists love that, right?” If anyone has slight jitters, it’s the woman behind the camera: actress Elizabeth Banks (the Hunger Games franchise), who produced the original and appeared in a small role as sassy judge Gail. She’s now making her feature-directing debut. “This is the stupidest idea I’ve ever had,” she jokes during a break in shooting. “My first movie is this huge studio movie that a lot of people care about that also happens to be a musical with massive dance numbers. I don’t know what I was thinking.”

But Pitch Perfect is all about defying the odds. Released in September 2012, the original movie, directed by Jason Moore (Avenue Q) and written by Kay Cannon (30 Rock), focused on a ragtag a cappella group at a Southern college and their surly but sensational new recruit, Beca. The film earned solid reviews and grossed $65 million in the U.S. “It was pretty modest,” Banks says. “But it engendered a lot of love. That’s what we could not have foreseen.” The other surprise was its success on DVD and a platinum-selling soundtrack, boosted by Kendrick’s “Cups” single. ” Pitch performed on DVD like a movie that did at least twice what its theatrical business was,” says Peter Cramer, Universal’s co-president of production. All of which fast-tracked the sequel. “It went from ‘Boy, it would be great to do this!’ to ‘We must do this!’ ”

The little comedy that could is now striving for franchise status. Pitch Perfect 2 will swing into theaters on May 15, 2015, facing off against some of the biggest guns of the summer. (Avengers: Age of Ultron opens two weeks earlier.) “The first film flew under the radar, and it was a gift,” says Banks. “This time around, much higher stakes.” And the studio knows it. “Everybody is much more involved,” she adds. “As the saying goes, ‘Success has many fathers.’ ” popwatch.ew.com/

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Time Interview + ‘Into the Woods’ HQ Still

Anna Kendrick May Be a Princess, But She’s No Damsel in Distress INTO THE WOODS

The actress talks Into the Woods, Meryl Streep and the version of Pitch Perfect that never got made.

Anna Kendrick might not strike you as a Disney princess: The 29-year-old actress is known as much for tweeting about things like her post-Oscar hangovers as she is for playing feisty outsiders in Pitch Perfect and Happy Christmas. But Kendrick’s Cinderella in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, out Christmas Day, may surprise you. Kendrick, who was nominated for a Tony for her performance High Society at just 12 years old, will also sing in Pitch Perfect 2 and The Last 5 Years in 2015.

TIME talked to her about singing with Meryl Streep, empowered princesses and how she fought for big changes in the Pitch Perfect script.

TIME: Were you a princess person growing up?

Anna Kendrick: I won’t lie to you: I was a big fan of The Little Mermaid. I would do that thing in the pool, where I would flip my hair back because I wanted to be Ariel. But my older brother didn’t want to have an embarrassing little sister, so he insisted that I be exposed to other things. In retrospect, someone two years older than you is not necessarily qualified to say, “I think you’re old enough to watch Pulp Fiction now” because I definitely was not. He was responsible for making me a weird little kid.

Wait, how old were you when you saw Pulp Fiction?

I was about 11? Maybe some kids are emotionally prepared to deal with Pulp Fiction at 11. I was not. And I think that’s made me the person I am today. I’m not complaining, but I did have nightmares for a little while. It’s all character building.

Obviously the princesses in Into the Woods are very different than your traditional princesses. There seems to be a moment right now with Frozen princesses not waiting for their princes to save them…

And Maleficent as well!

Totally. You’re now among the growing list of princesses who can save themselves. What are your thoughts on that evolution?

Into the Woods has existed for years, but if more people being exposed to it through this movie continues that trend of princesses saving themselves and making their own choices, I think that’s fantastic.

I remember my best friend and I when we were running around the playground, she and I would dream about saving boys from falling off cliffs — not the other way around. But we would whisper these fantasies to each other, as though we weren’t supposed to be daydreaming about being the savior. We were supposed to be daydreaming about being saved. So I’m glad that it’s being represented in film because I think that that instinct exists in girls, and it’s nice to acknowledge that that’s normal. Continue reading

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Anna covers Marie Claire

Magazines & Scans > Interviews > Marie Claire – December 2014

Exclusive Excerpt: Cover Girl Anna Kendrick’s December Interview

With eight new movies, including this month’s musical film Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick exhibits her remarkable range (literally). Not only is she immensely watchable, but she’s also immensely retweetable as a wicked-smart wit who calls it as she sees it. Here, a preview of her profile from the December 2014 issue of Marie Claire.

Anna Kendrick has a recurring dream in which she is kicking ass. “Like, really physically kicking, and throwing punches and doing karate moves and breaking things,” she tells me. “Which I could never actually pull off in real life because I’m so small.” She pulls aside the strap of her tank top to flex a slender bicep that, admittedly, looks more Olive Oyl than Popeye. “Ol’ McSpaghetti arms,” she says ruefully.

We’re sitting in the back of an SUV in traffic, an hour late for our dinner reservation and tipsy enough from the bartending class we’d taken at the Varnish, a speakeasy-ish bar in downtown L.A., that I feel comfortable delving into Kendrick’s inner psyche. She doesn’t know whom she’s beating up in the dream, but whenever she has it, she wakes feeling awesome and powerful. Which is way better than when she has her other recurring dream, in which some family member has died. “Those are just, ugh,” she says, punching her gut. “I end up carrying that sadness the whole day.”

If, as Freud said, one can understand a person by the visions they conjure while sleeping, then he might have looked at the things rattling around in Kendrick’s psyche and deduced—well, who knows. But at this moment, slightly buzzed and charmed by this 5’2″ actress who drops “fuck” every other word, whose eyes nearly well up as she talks about her family, I’m inclined to think that the combination of personality traits revealed by her dreams—tough girl with a vulnerable streak—is one of the reasons she has been kicking metaphorical ass in Hollywood.

On her role as Cinderella in Into the Woods: “The character is thoughtful and complicated. You see what happens after she marries the prince, when you start to face problems in seemingly perfect situations. The interesting thing about her is she overthinks things, she’s uncertain – we don’t see that in most versions. In a lot of ways, I think it’s this incredibly brave story. She’s neglected and abused her entire life she finally gets love and it’s not the kind of love she was looking for, and she stands up for herself.”

On taking a short break: “The whole going-movie-to-movie-to-movie thing, I’ve been living that way for three years. Like I need to be a person and, you know, maintain relationships.”

On insta-fame following her 2010 Oscar nomination: “It was insane. Like really groovy and exciting. [But] there was a lot of ‘Why me?’—that sort of thing.”

On the celebrity hacking scandal this fall: “I’m so infuriated on behalf of those girls. And bummed out that people feel like that’s something they can do.”

On having her looks scrutinized: “The most common thing that I get is, ‘Am I the only one who doesn’t think that Anna Kendrick is pretty?’ And you’re like, ‘No, you’re not the only one. Arguably, all of the boys in my high school agree with you.'”

On ambition: “Mostly it’s the fear that the wolves are always at your heels and you’re going to be tossed out into the street. If you grow up middle class, you just always feel like you’ve got to be working, because otherwise you won’t be able to pay the rent.” {marieclaire.com}

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Miami Herald Interview: “Anna Kendrick Plays Dress-Up”

Anna Kendrick Plays Dress-Up

Anna Kendrick is in the holiday spirit.

“I want it to be Christmas already! I just want to throw a soiree,” the bubbly actress said during a recent Associated Press interview.

Kendrick certainly looked the part, wearing a red, sleeveless party dress with a big, silk bow on the back.

The outfit from Kate Spade New York’s holiday collection is featured in the company’s upcoming advertising campaign starring Kendrick. But don’t call the 29-year-old a model.

“If I had for one moment considered it modeling, I probably would’ve had a freakout,” she said. “Weirdly, it felt a lot more like my day job.”

Along with the ads, Kendrick teamed with the brand for its 2015 “The Year of Adventure” campaign, in which she will collaborate on film and social media projects.

Did you have a favorite look from the holiday campaign?

I think it was this white swing dress that shows off your shoulders and has this beautiful embellished collar. That was just really fun to be in, and that was the first shot that we did that day. And just playing with my male models for the day was so much fun, just sort of twirling around in this white dress.

Where do you get your sense of style?

My mom was always a fan of just really elegant, sophisticated pieces. I mean, we grew up in Maine, so we didn’t have a lot of call for black tie or anything, but I think I definitely got that sensibility from her.

You started working with Kate Spade while playing Cinderella in Disney’s “Into the Woods.” What was it like balancing those worlds?

Well, these clothes are a lot more comfortable because (costume designer) Colleen Atwood is a genius, but she does not care if you can’t breathe. … The costumes in that movie are so exquisite, and they’re completely authentic. … It’s lots of layers, and somebody had to help me get dressed every morning because you can’t do up a corset yourself. So I felt like I was actually in Downton Abbey.

You have three upcoming musicals: “Into the Woods,” “The Last 5 Years” and “Pitch Perfect 2.” Coming from a musical theater background, is this your dream come true?

I was so excited when it started to feel like people are going to make movie musicals again. So I mean it wasn’t my master plan, but I’m really happy that that is a trend that is happening, and I hope it stays.

Your hit single “Cups” from the first “Pitch Perfect” film sold almost 3 million tracks. Would you like to record an album?

Hell no. The music industry seems scary to me. I mean, the film industry is crazy enough, so the music industry to me seems like the wild, wild west. Like I would just never dare.

The campaign is called “The Year of Adventure.” Are you the adventurous type?

I feel like I have some adventuring to catch up on because I’ve been leading this incredible, busy, beautiful life through my work. So I’m hoping to actually be with friends and family this year and maybe go someplace where I don’t have to make a movie for 14 hours a day. {miamiherald.com}

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Playbill Magazine Interview

Anna Kendrick Dishes on “Into the Woods” Changes and a Gender-Reversed Role That’d Get Her Back to Broadway

Tony and Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick trades in the plastic cup for slippers as pure as gold in her latest musical film, the highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods — although she never imagined she’d be the production’s princess.

“I had never considered myself a Cinderella,” she admitted in an upcoming interview with Playbill magazine. “I always thought of myself as Little Red because I’m a little weirdo… So playing Cinderella, not only did I have to wrap my brain around being the sweet ingénue, but I had to get my voice ready to be more sweet and light and more of a true soprano, which I’ve never been before.”

As Cinderella, the mistreated young maiden who wishes to attend the King’s festival — in search of her happy ending and to rid herself of her evil stepmother — she’s often found singing above the staff, especially when trying to reach a decision on the palace staircase.

“I had a really great and unique experience with Sondheim because he was changing the lyrics slightly to ‘Steps of the Palace,’ so I got to work closely with him on that,” she said. “And, by closely, I mean, he was around giving me new lyrics, and I stood there and tried not to mess them up! That was obviously really exciting to realize that the material was still living and breathing and that I got to be a part of a song that was changing for the film adaptation.”

Kendrick said that Sondheim was handing her lyric changes in the recording studio for “On the Steps of the Palace,” and she assured that each change to the material was handled with care.

“It’s certainly not like we took any of these changes lightly,” she confided. “Everyone in this understands what Into the Woods means to the musical theatre community because it means that much to us. We were sitting around dinner [talking] about how to maintain the integrity of the piece because we all care about it so much. I didn’t feel at any point that I was nervous because people were just flying fast and loose with the changes. Also, the fact that Sondheim was literally scribbling them down and handing them to me in the recording studio made me feel pretty good.”

Kendrick has found herself in and out of recording studios as of late. The actress, who made her Broadway debut at age 12 in High Society (nabbing a Featured Actress Tony nomination in 1998) and belted her best “Ladies Who Lunch” in the cult film “Camp,” has returned to her theatrical roots. Kendrick stars in the a cappella hit “Pitch Perfect” (and its upcoming sequel) and the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years.

Although it was reported in February that Kendrick said, “I never want to sing again, honestly. It’s hard as f-ck,” she realizes that, after all, opportunity is not a lengthy visitor.

“God, I feel like I should have never said that,” she confessed to Playbill, “because all I meant is that nobody could possibly want to see me in another damn musical! I feel like I’ve been in everything that has come out in the last couple of years. I guess I just don’t want to be the person who can’t go an entire movie just saying dialogue.”

As for what would get the sought-after star back to Broadway, it seems as though Sondheim has the way to her heart. “Oh, I don’t know!” she said. “Maybe if they do a gender-swapped Little Night Music, I’ve always wanted to play Henrik.”

Look for more from Kendrick and the stars of “Into the Woods” in an upcoming issue of Playbill magazine. {playbill.com}

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Anna covers Entertainment Weekly

Anna is cover girl in a special ‘Into the Woods’ Entertainment Weekly. She is seen in a new promo pic as Cinderella, along with Chris Pine as her Prince. Scans soon :D!

Anna Kendrick Channels Cinderella on One of Four New ‘Into the Woods’ EW Covers!
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Anna Kendrick gets into character as Cinderella for this special Into the Woods cover of Entertainment Weekly!

The 29-year-old actress stars as the famous fairytale character opposite Chris Pine as her Prince.

Three other Movie Preview covers feature Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf and Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Emily Blunt and James Corden as the Baker’s Wife and Baker, and MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel and Meryl Streep The Witch. Check them out below!

“I didn’t want this to look like a cartoon world,” director Rob Marshall told the mag. “It’s not sunny, sunny, sunny—we wanted a sense of danger.”

Based on the hit Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods hits theaters on Christmas Day! {justjaredjr.com/}

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Anna for Kate Spade

Anna will be model for the new Kate Spade bags, and has done a Behind the Scenes look with People for her new photoshoot.

Anna Kendrick’s Kate Spade New York Ad Is Here – Go Behind the Scenes With PEOPLE!

Anna Kendrick is the ultimate multi-hyphenate in Hollywood at the moment. She can sing, dance, act, Tweet hilariously — and now she can add “model handbags” to the list, thanks to her holiday campaign for Kate Spade New York. She took PEOPLE exclusively behind the scenes of the shoot, but before you get to ogle all the gorgeous photos in this week’s PEOPLE (on stands Friday), we thought we’d give you a little sneak peek.

Anna Kendrick Kate SpadeCourtesy Kate Spade


“It was so much fun,” Kendrick tells PEOPLE of the shoot. “We went to all these old spots in Vegas, so it felt like we got in a time machine. It was so romantic and fun. There were eight guys on the shoot with me who were just cracking me up! Mostly in their 50s and 60s but a couple in their 30s, and the photographer kept being like, ‘Just try to get her attention. Try to get her to laugh.’ So these guys were just cracking me up. They were totally these Vegas big shots for the day.”

Kendrick posed in a variety of luxe Vegas-appropriate looks (fur hats! bejeweled minis! glam gowns!) while surrounded by a coterie of men holding the brand’s latest bag. And lest you think the bag is too small, know that Kendrick already has her tiny-bag essentials list down to a science. “Just wallet, keys and phone. Well, and my retainer.”

Anna Kendrick Kate SpadeCourtesy Kate Spade

The star, who sums up her style in three words as “Lazy or classic” (hmm, sounds familiar) says she likes to be versatile in her style — not just low-key or super-glam. “I’m either! If I’m running to the grocery store, [I’m in] jeans and a T-shirt,” she says. “But when I go out, I’ve started enjoying looking nice, and that’s a fun new phase for me to be in. To me, when I want to look nice, I just want to go with something that’s flattering and classic.”

From her first splurge (a pair of $75 Ralph Lauren sunglasses) to her most recent (a Cartier orchid pin as a reward for Into the Woods), two things have remained constant: her Weezer tank from a concert 15 years ago (“This is embarrassing.”) and her love of Kate Spade New York bags (even before she was the spokeswoman, she wore them everywhere). “[It’s what] I’ve always loved about Kate Spade, which is that it’s just gorgeous stuff. It’s timeless and it’s sophisticated, but it’s always a little bit playful.” Just like the lady herself. {stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com}

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‘The Last 5 Years’ Clip

Anna Kendrick serenades Jeremy Jordan in ‘The Last 5 Years’ clip

“You don’t have to get a haircut,” Anna Kendrick sings to her beloved in The Last 5 Years, “you don’t have to change your shoes.” And you don’t have to wait until the film’s 2015 release to get a taste of Kendrick as Cathy.

The Last 5 Years, directed by P.S. I Love You‘s Richard LaGravenese, is adapted from Jason Robert Brown’s Off-Broadway hit that follows a couple’s five-year relationship told almost exclusively through song—and also told from two different timelines. Cathy’s parts begin at the end of the relationship while Jamie’s (Jeremy Jordan) begin at the start of it, and the two story lines don’t collide until Jamie proposes.

Sound confusing? Kendrick says not to worry. “It all just kind of feels like vignettes, like scenes from a marriage, except musical versions,” she told EW in February. “We were really worried about making sure that people were following the timeline of it, and actually it all works.”

In an exclusive clip, Kendrick’s Cathy seems to be at a good place in the relationship: She sings to Jamie about how he’s perfect the way he is in a song that’s often interrupted by kisses and, eventually, some undressing.

The Weinstein Company’s RADiUS nabbed the North American Rights to the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and are planning for a Valentine’s Day 2015 release. {insidemovies.ew.com}

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Press Update

Anna Kendrick says she threw out diamond earrings sent to her home by fan

Anna Kendrick does not accept gifts sent to her private residence.

The 29-year-old “Pitch Perfect” actress told a disturbing story in a recent podcast about when a crazed fan sent a very pricey present to her home address.

“I got (a gift) with, like, a really long letter about how he really felt like we should be together, and if I would just give him a chance, and he didn’t want to do it over social media because he thought that would pressure me because it was public … he (wanted) to be a gentleman. And he, uh, sent me a pair of diamond earrings,” shetold host Marc Maron Monday on an episode of “WTF.”

“Get the f–k out of here, for real ones?” Maron asked Kendrick.

“For real diamond earrings,” the brunette beauty confirmed.

“I did go and check. And I was just like, these have to go into the trash. I can’t. I cannot. I cannot wear them. I can’t give them to someone. It’s too weird. If the teddy bear goes in the trash, these go in the trash,” Kendrick continued.

“Just on principle. So, I had to throw them away. If you send something to my house, it’s going in the trash.”

The starlet just wowed onlookers Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival as she stepped out for the premiere of her latest film, “The Last Five Years.”{nydailynews.com}

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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.