Anna Kendrick to be published by S&S UK

S&S UK will publish a collection of “humourous” autobiographical essays by actor Anna Kendrick.

As one of America’s “most popular versatile” actors of stage and screen, Kendrick’s autobiographical book will “amusingly recount memorable moments from throughout her life,” from her upbringing in New England to the blockbuster films.

The book will expand upon the “witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known” offering her “one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced” in her career.

Kendrick said: “I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself.”

She added: “And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!”

Abigail Bergstrom, commissioning editor at S&S UK said: “We are immensely proud to be welcoming Anna Kendrick to our list, joining forces with Touchstone in the US. Anna’s wit, self-deprecation and wry sense of humour will translate brilliantly onto the page. We shall be thoroughly entertained, moved and captivated by her unique take on life and, for S&S across the world, this will be a stunning book for our autumn 2016 list.”

Kendrick was nominated for an Academy Award for her breakout role in “Up in the Air” in 2009 and has made numerous theatrical appearances including starring roles in the “The Twilight Saga” and “Pitch Perfect” film franchises. In 2013, she achieved musical success with the #2 Billboard hit song “Cups (When I’m Gone),” featured in “Pitch Perfect.” She also recently starred in “Pitch Perfect 2”.

The yet-to-be-titled book will be published in simultaneous hardback and audio editions in autumn 2016 with Touchstone and S&S Audio, imprints of S&S in New York. {}


Anna’s work on behalf of LGBTQ youth was in the spotlight this week. She, along with Salma Hayek Pinault, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, and Susan Wojcicki, graced the cover of Variety’s Power of Women issue, the seventh edition of the annual special issue honoring women “who are using their clout to bring attention to worthy causes.” Anna was honored for her work with the Trevor Project, an organization devoted to preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth.

All five versions of the issue were released this past Wednesday, October 6th. For her cover story, Anna gave Variety this interview. Two days later, with her characteristic wit and modesty, Anna again voiced her support for the Trevor Project at the Power of Women luncheon in Beverly Hills, as she accepted her award, presented to her by Lisa Kudrow, her costar in the upcoming “Table 19”.

Congratulations, Anna!

Anna Kendrick Helps Give Hope to LGBT Teens With the Trevor Project

Anna Kendrick is lucky. She grew up in Maine in an open-minded family, and has been constantly working in theater, film and TV since before she hit puberty. “When I think about it, I am very fortunate that I have a lot of gay men and women in my life,” she says.

Not everyone is so lucky, which is where the Trevor Project comes in. Founded in 1998 by the team behind the Oscar-winning short “Trevor,” Randy Stone, Peggy Rajski and writer-performer James Lecesne, it’s a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens.

Despite recent breakthroughs for the LGBTQ community, there are still pockets in the country where services offered by the Trevor Project are critical, Kendrick says.

Indeed, with the heated 2016 presidential campaign making gay rights an issue, the Trevor Project’s work is more important than ever. “I think it’s a problem if you’re allowed to run for office on a platform of hate,” Kendrick says.

“I just think that what they do is necessary,” she says. “I remember a couple of years ago I had a friend say, ‘I am glad gay rights are important to you.’ It was the first time that I considered that people think it’s unique or brave” to champion gay rights. “It just seems to me that it’s just basic human rights.”

The star of the “Pitch Perfect” movies — which are nothing if not cool with diversity of every kind — notes, “There’s something interesting happening with the younger generation. A lot of my vocal fans on social media are young gay women. Everyone’s becoming more open and it seems like the tide is shifting, but the reactionaries get more vocal and vitriolic.”

And organizations like the Trevor Project let teens know that there is hope. {}

Camp Ovation will soon be back in session! A sequel of the theater-themed cult film Camp is officially in the works. Todd Graff, who wrote and directed the 2003 movie about a summer oasis for kids with a flair for the dramatic, announced that he will launch a crowdfunding campaign for the project shortly. Graff says fans can expect meta cameos from the original film’s stars (he hasn’t specified whom, but it did feature Anna Kendrick, Sasha Allen and Robin de Jesus) as well as the legendary Patti LuPone and Donna Murphy. While the sequel, currently titled Camp 2: Freaks In Nature, is a while away from becoming a reality, we knew this was the perfect opportunity to revisit the first film—particularly our favorite musical performances. {}

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson Returning for ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will be back for the third installment in the Pitch Perfect franchise.

Universal has dated Pitch Perfect 3 for Friday, July 21, 2017.

Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks of Brownstone Productions are returning to produce.

As The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported, Kay Cannon, who wrote the first two installments, is in talks to write the third film. It’s unclear whether Banks will return to the director’s chair.

Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Banks, opened in May to strong success at the box office, taking in $259.7 million worldwide to date. The first installment in the acapella franchise earned $115.4 million worldwide. The series stars Kendrick, Wilson and Brittany Snow, and the second film added Hailee Steinfeld as an important new member of the group.

The only other film currently slated for release on July 21, 2017 is an untitled DreamWorks animation project.

Kendrick, who plays Beca (one of the leaders of the Bellas), has The Accountant with Ben Affleck, Mr. Right with Sam Rockwell and Fox Searchlight’s Table 19 coming up. She’s repped by CAA and Morris Yorn.

Wilson’s upcoming projects include spy spoof Grimsby and ensemble film How to Be Single. She’s repped by WME. {}

Anna is covergirl for Glamour UK May 2015 edition. We have scans and HQ outtakes thanks to Anna Kendrick Brasil.

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Have you met our May cover star yet? It’s only the super-talented actress and GLAMOUR girl crush, Anna Kendrick.

In the next issue of GLAMOUR – out soon – the lovely Anna talks Pitch Perfect 2, why she still finds red carpet posing uncomfortable and how ‘gorgeous’ George Clooney helps to keep her grounded…
Meet GLAMOUR’s May cover star Anna Kendrick

Despite her style credentials and pin-up status, Anna says still finds the whole red carpet experience awkward: “Every year that goes by, I think that my on-camera smile is going to get easier…And it’s got worse and worse, to the point where I’m giving that Britney Spears terrified smile, where the lips are upturned, but there’s nothing but fear in the eyes…”

Anna also claims she’s known amongst pals as the one who ruins their group pics. Surely not!? “I’m…the queen of ruining group photos. All my friends will be smiling and looking really pretty, and I’ll be there pretending to pick my nose. Or actually picking my nose. It’s a fine line.”
Meet GLAMOUR’s May cover star Anna Kendrick

But if there’s one part of fame the Twilight Saga starlet doesn’t mind, it’s reuniting with old friends, like the Pitch Perfect cast: “It’s a lot like school… Some of the girls got me into The Bachelor, so that became a group texting moment for us, and when you get back together, you remember every little quirk of everyone’s personalities.

The long-awaited sequel to the a Capella comedy sensation hits UK cinemas in May: “Because we’re basically shooting the same movie again – different scenarios, but in a lot of ways, very much the same, so it was trippy. It was like, didn’t we make this already? Was the first one just a fever dream? Or a premonition, and this is actually the real thing?”

Despite starring in several blockbusters, and with a Best Supporting Actress nomination under belt, Anna prefers to eschew the fame game, stating: “Part of it is because I’m dressed really boring in sweatpants and sneakers, so those pictures just don’t sell. You need to be really styled – in the perfect leather jacket and little booties, and have your red lipstick and your coffee – and I haven’t managed that yet. If I’ve got jeans on, it’s a good day.”
Meet GLAMOUR’s May cover star Anna Kendrick

And going back to that Oscar nomination (for 2009’s Up in the Air), our cover girl has already achieved despite a relatively short time in the spotlight – and she’s not even 30 yet! “I feel like 29 is just total garbage, I’d rather just be 30 for two years…When I say I’m 29, I think I sound like I’m trying to make sure everybody knows I’m not 30… I look like a teenager… I really like ’50s-style dresses, but they make you look childish, and I don’t want to look like one of those people trying to look like a little schoolgirl…. I’m trying to give a message to the world that I am a grown up.”

And if anyone can impart some savvy showbiz advice, who better to listen to than (gorgeous) George Clooney – yes, that is in fact his full name: “I remember Clooney [her co-star in Up In The Air] talking about Rosemary Clooney [his aunt] and saying that she was really popular and then suddenly she just wasn’t that hot any more…Nothing changed, she didn’t forget how to sing, but suddenly people just cooled off on her. I’m always sort of prepared for that, so I’m not patting myself on the back for any of the social media stuff. I know that at some point people might just turn around and be like, ‘I hate you.'”​

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Anna Kendrick on Feminism, #GamerGate, and the Celebrity Hacking Attack

The charming star of Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect 2 opens up about the films, her thoughts on feminism in 2014, and getting hacked.

There are few actresses these days that inspire more goodwill than Anna Kendrick. The pint-sized pitch-slapper is currently toplining a beloved franchise as the de facto leader of The Barden Bellas in the Pitch Perfect films, earned a Billboard-charting hit for song “Cups (When I’m Gone),” and is about to star as a classic character in one of the most hotly-anticipated films this holiday season.

That film is Into the Woods. Directed by Rob Marshall, it’s a blockbuster adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Sondheim musical of the same name that sees several of your favorite Grimm fairy tales crossover, and explores what happens after “happily ever after.”

Into the Woods centers on a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), who have a curse placed on them by a vengeful witch (Meryl Streep). In order to break the spell and bear children, they must collect four items from the mysterious woods. Along the way, they cross paths with Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and last but not least, Cinderella, played by Kendrick.

The Daily Beast spoke with the lovely actress about the holiday movie, in theaters Christmas Day, and much more.

This was supposed to be an End of Watch reunion, with Jake Gyllenhaal playing one of the princes.

I know! I was so pissed at Jake, let me tell you. I texted him and said, “You’re abandoning me, and I’m never going to forgive you!” And then I saw the trailer to Nightcrawler and texted him again and said, “Wow, you inspire me every day.” But Billy [Magnussen] is really fantastic.

Did you grow up as a big fan of the Disney flicks?

Sure, but I was more of a musical theater geek than a Disney fan. I did High Society on Broadway when I was 12. I was a little freak. All kid’s sing, and I think it’s the ones who are told not to shut up who keep doing it. I just thought singing was really fun. I did a production of Annie up in Portland and played one of the orphans singing, “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” And my parents just gave and gave and gave of themselves to support this insane ambition that I had when I was a little kid. They drove me to auditions from Portland into New York. I’m actually about to make that drive soon for Thanksgiving…but all I’m bringing them is pumpkin pie.

“Because it happened en masse in that way, it forced people to come around and go, ‘Everybody does this and victim-blaming is not helping.'”

This is a more subversive take on the Disney fairy tales. In the original play, the Big Bad Wolf even had a floppy penis attached to his costume.

I know! It’s sort of like when you see The Simpsons make fun of Fox. In some ways, I was surprised to see Disney do it because it takes their classic tales and skewers them, and says it’s dangerous to tell children these stories and that it’s important to infuse pieces of reality. People talk about how there’s so much tragedy in Pixar movies and questions about whether or not it’s a children’s movie, but it’s important to show kids that that’s what happens; there’s no perfect world to escape to, and tragedy exists in every dimension. Into the Woods takes on the responsibility of saying, “Stuff happens after happily ever after.”

It also gives the female characters more agency. The Disney princesses are really, in a way, seeking validation through men. They don’t even have mothers, are raised by overwhelmed single fathers, and are basically in search of a father figure.

That’s interesting. To me, what’s interesting about this particular Cinderella story is that not only does she say, “Getting a man isn’t everything and I choose something else,” but she’s also saying, “Just because my lot in life improved a bit doesn’t mean I don’t deserve better.” She goes from being the lowest of the low in society to being a princess, and even though she knows people envy her situation, she chooses “the unknown” over the “security” of that situation. And that’s very brave.

That’s also the name of that really great theme song to Rocket Science—Clem Snide’s “I Love the Unknown.”

“I Love the Unknown!” Yeah! God, I love that song. That’s so funny. But there’s something to be said about women standing up for themselves. I know there are women who stay in relationships because they’re afraid of the devil they don’t know, and for somebody who comes from a home of abuse and neglect to marry a prince and then say, “This is not good enough… I want something authentic” is very brave.

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!

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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.’ ”

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.