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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 ‘Trolls’

Anna has been cast as the lead voice in the new animation “Trolls”!

Anna Kendrick to Lead Voice Cast of ‘Trolls’ for DreamWorks Animation

Mike Mitchell (“Shrek Forever After”) will direct the musical comedy, while Gina Shay will produce

Oscar and Tony Award nominee Anna Kendrick has joined the cast of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature film “Trolls,” TheWrap has learned.

Mike Mitchell will direct the musical comedy, while his “Shrek Forever After” collaborator Gina Shay will produce. 20th Century Fox will release “Trolls” on Nov. 4, 2016.

Kendrick will lend her “Pitch Perfect” pipes to the role of Poppy, the relentlessly upbeat princess at the center of “Trolls,” a fun-filled adventure that will reveal the story behind the beloved, colorful nature of the Trolls’ trademark, gravity-defying hair.

“Anna has proven herself to be a brilliant actress with an amazing singing voice. She’ll inject Poppy with the exact mix of spirit, sass and song that will no doubt give a whole new life to the iconic Troll dolls,” said Mitchell.

Continuing to this day, the Troll doll phenomenon was born in 1959 when Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam, too poor to afford a Christmas present for his young daughter Lajla, carved a doll for her based on the legendary Scandinavian troll. This modern-day Geppetto couldn’t have imagined that the Troll dolls would soon become one of the biggest toy crazes of the 1960s.

The Trolls experienced a resurgence in the 1990s and their uniquely endearing faces and shocks of colorful hair continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of fans around the world.

Kendrick, who will soon be seen as Cinderella in Disney’s musical “Into the Woods,” has no less than six indies on the horizon including Joe Swanberg‘s “Happy Christmas” and “Digging for Fire,” the Sundance movies “Life After Beth” and “The Voices,” plus Richard LaGravenese’s “The Last 5 Years” and the Jennifer Aniston film “Cake.”

Kendrick is represented by CAA and attorney Todd Rubenstein. {thewrap.com}

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Anna Covers Elle July 2014

Anna is the cover girl for the July 2014 edition of Elle, with a gorgeous photospread shot by Carter Smith and a great new interview!

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Why Anna Kendrick Is the Sexiest and Savviest Social Media Star of Her Generation

Photo: Carter Smith

With a sharp sense of humor and serious smarts, Anna Kendrick has turned herself into the savviest social-media star of her generation and makes her ELLE cover debut for the magazine’s first-ever Social Issue. Now, with seven projects on the horizon (Happy Christmas is out this month), the acting, singing, joking sensation is about to go supernova. Kendrick garnered an Oscar nomination at 24 with Up in the Air. Her hit song “Cups,” recorded for the Pitch Perfect soundtrack, spent 44 weeks on Billboard‘s Hot 100. Her Saturday Night Live debut this April—a barrage of musical skits—unleashed skill after seemingly limitless skill. But Kendrick also has found a way to meld the famous-person world with the one the rest of us live in, taking every opportunity to remind us—largely via social media—that she’s still an occasionally weird and sometimes flawed human, not just a body hosting an increasingly desirable brand. Tweet by tweet, joke by joke, Kendrick, now 28, has carved out a space in which to define herself. And the result is that despite living a life most of us can’t relate to, she herself seems entirely relatable.

Photo: Carter Smith

Whether Kendrick is talking about her childhood and teen years, or commenting on her so called ‘approachable hotness,’ she offers an interesting look at the woman who describes herself to her 2.5 million Twitter followers as “Pale, awkward and very very small.” Check out the following excerpts for a sneak preview, and read the full interview exclusively in ELLE’s July issue, available digitally and at newsstands in select cities starting June 17th, and nationwide on June 24th.

On family and divorce:

Kendrick grew up in Portland, Maine, in a house sandwiched between the pond where she and her older brother, Michael, ice-skated in the winter and the baseball diamond where they watched Little League games in the summer. Their parents—Janice, an accountant, and William, a teacher—divorced when she was 15 but stayed on good terms. “I hate when people think you’re broken because your parents are divorced,” Kendrick says. “And I really reject the idea of staying together for the kids. If they’re growing up in a house that’s not healthy, it’s better to know that’s not the model of what marriage should be.”

– Excerpted from ELLE, July 2014

Photo: Carter Smith

On her sex appeal:

This lack of ego, coupled with the stealth hourglass shape, the porcelain skin, and the smart mouth, add up to a very specific kind of sex appeal. Kendrick, who hasn’t publicly dated since she and Edgar Wright broke up last year, says she hasn’t been hit on since Up in the Air, “honest to God.” For the 5 million-plus people who have YouTubed her Newcastle Brown Ale Super Bowl ad, this will be hard to buy. In it, the actress is simultaneously sexy and hilarious, twirling her movie-star hair and deadpanning that she’s “approachable hot, like the-hottest-girl-in-your-improv-class-hot.” [@RyBrockington: "Breaking News: I can indeed confirm that @AnnaKendrick47 was the hottest girl in my improv class."] “I’ve never felt like I’ve exactly traded on my looks,” the actress says matter-of-factly. “When I was a teenager, I was an ultralate bloomer, and my mom would say it was a blessing, because it means you never have to wonder if guys are only interested in you because you’ve got boobs.  I would have been thrilled if guys were interested in me because of my boobs!” But maybe it’s for the best. “Similarly, I think I’m lucky that I’ve never had a crisis about whether the only reason I’m successful is because I’m crazy hot.  It’s not something that crosses my mind.”

– Excerpted from ELLE, July 2014 {elle.com}

Anna Kendrick hasn’t been hit on in five years, ‘Honest to God!’

Why is nobody hitting on Anna Kendrick?

The 28-year-old actress claims she hasn’t been approached in that way since the 2009 dramedy “Up in the Air,” which earned her a supporting actress Oscar nomination.

“Honest to God!” Kendrick quipped in an interview with Elle magazine for its first social-media issue.

Do the math: That’s five years. Maybe it was because the “Cups” singer was in a relationship with “Shaun of the Dead” director Edgar Wright from 2009 to 2013, but still!

“I’ve never felt like I’ve exactly traded on my looks,” the Maine native told the magazine. As a teen, she said, she was a late bloomer.

“My mom would say it was a blessing, because it means you never have to wonder if guys are only interested in you because you’ve got boobs. I would have been thrilled if guys were interested in me because of my boobs!”

But there is a silver lining: “I think I’m lucky that I’ve never had a crisis about whether the only reason I’m successful is because I’m crazy hot. It’s not something that crosses my mind.”

This is the same lady who put on a self-deprecating act for a faux 2014 Super Bowl commercial. In a fake behind-the-scenes video for the nonexistent Newcastle Ale ad, Kendrick jokes, “I was surprised that I even got offered the part, you know, ’cause I don’t think of myself as like, beer-commercial-babe hot. You know? I mean, I’m hot, but like, approachable hot. Like, the-hottest-girl-in-your-improv-class hot. Like, hot to the guys who feel bad calling a girl hot.”

The woman she’s come to be, as she describes on her Twitter page, is “pale, awkward and very, very small.” Funny too. Kendrick offers her more than 2.5 million followers one short burst of humor after another.

“Burned my thumb on set today. iPhone fingerprint ID won’t work. Pretty sure I can get away with murder as long as I only use my thumb,” she tweeted early in May. Or how about, “Sometimes the only reason I leave my house is so when someone asks about my day I don’t have to say, ‘Netflix and avoiding responsibilities.’”

Clearly Kendrick isn’t afraid to have fun, even amid a very busy schedule. The actress will star in at least six films due out in 2015. Notably, she will portray Cinderella in Rob Marshall’s family fantasy “Into the Woods,” alongside Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. Kendrick will also reprise her role as Beca, the budding singer attending university, in the musical comedy “Pitch Perfect 2.”

Note to Ms. Anna Kendrick: We’re ready to be amused, again {latimes.com}

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Anna Covers Fast Company

Anna ranked number 8 in Fast Company’s “The Most Creative People in Business.” She’s done a short one-man video called “The Call,” which is absolutely hilarious! There is also a cool new photoshoot (she’s covergirl!) and great new comprehensive interview!

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 For knowing that her best role is herself.

“Oh, I love this guy,” Anna Kendrick says, as a bichon frise greets her hand with its tongue. “Hi, pal! You’re a good guy!” The 28-year-old actress is sitting on a bench in a Hollywood Hills dog park, where a half-dozen or so of California’s chicest hounds are frolicking in a grassy meadow, enjoying a lazy morning on the last day before spring. Off to Kendrick’s right, a galumphing golden retriever chases down a slobbery tennis ball. “I want to steal that ­fucking dog,” she says.

The pooch-loving Kendrick doesn’t own a dog right now; having six movies coming out over the next 18 months puts a bit of a crimp in pet ownership. (The closest she’s come recently was a Jack Russell ­terrier that belonged to an ex, but she lost him in the breakup, which seems to bum her out more than the breakup itself.) Occasionally she’ll get lucky and dog-sit for friends, but today she’s here to get her fix ­vicariously: “Just creeping,” she says. Before long, a yappy-looking mutt scampers over to the bench, lifts his leg, and, before Kendrick can stop him, marks his territory all over her Kate Spade purse. “No!” she says, shooing him away. “Cheeky!” It’s hard to imagine Angelina Jolie or Gwyneth Paltrow ever “just creeping,” much less letting their bags be despoiled by an overfriendly Chihuahua. But ­Kendrick–who broke out in 2008′s Twilight, did an Oscar-nominated turn opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air, and rose to genuine stardom with 2012′s Pitch Perfect–is part of a new breed of actresses who somehow manage to seem eminently approachable while also remaining heroes to their legions of fans. (See also: Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham, and, to some extent, Emma Stone.) Kendrick’s reach is particularly vast: She counts 1.3 million followers on Instagram and 2.2 million on Twitter, all of whom tune in to hear her say whatever’s on her mind, the more inappropriate the better. Her hit single, “Cups (When I’m Gone),” from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack, shot to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to 120 million viral-video ­watchers. An increasing number of brands want to tap into her four-quadrant appeal to help push their products; and–oh, right–she’ll appear in three films this year, including Disney’s take on the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, in which she stars as Cinderella alongside Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.

And yet, Kendrick says, “Not only is strategy not my strong suit, it doesn’t even enter into my thought process.” She doesn’t have a business manager or even an assistant; recently, when she went to buy a new, used Prius–which she only assented to after her 2002 Prius died on her–she brought along her BFF Aubrey Plaza, of NBC’s Parks and Recreation and the forthcoming zombie rom-com Life After Beth, which Kendrick has a cameo in.

“I’m a terrible negotiator,” Kendrick says. “The guy was doing all the cliché car-salesman things, playing hardball and going to talk to his manager, and all I could say was, ‘Why are you being so mean? Stop it!’ ” Fortunately, Plaza–who’s known for her biting sarcasm and droll demeanor (says Kendrick: “I envy her. I think people would be thrilled to pieces if she threw a drink in their face”)–came prepared to live up to her rep. Their good cop/bad cop routine worked, and after a bit of back-and-forth, Kendrick drove off the lot at Toyota of Glendale with a preowned Prius for exactly what she wanted to pay. “We did it,” she says with a grin.
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Anna for Fast Company

Anna’s done a new photoshoot/ video for Fast Company, re-enacting Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds. It appears she is slated to be on their list of ’100 Most Creative People in Business’.


On May 12, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People In Business Will Be Revealed

On Monday, Fast Company will reveal our 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2014. If last year’s hotly anticipated list was any indication, it will be a powerful and productive medley of big personalities, even bigger ideas, and more than a few troublemakers. Robotics geeks. Twenty-something-year-old hip-hop producers. Royalty. (Royalty!) Maybe even a Vine star.

We can’t tell you who’s on this year’s list just yet. (Patience, people!) But we can tell you that, if history repeats itself, their best work is yet to come. Take last year’s top seed, Nate Silver, whose metrics-driven approach earned the data-crusher a trendy new website within the growing ESPN empire. Or Kirthiga Reddy, who opened the first Facebook offices in India–a country where just one in 10 people had Internet access at the time. Or, maybe take a look at Bryan Cranston, who, in one breathtaking finale, secured himself a spot as one of the most versatile and powerful actors of a generation while wearing little more than a scowl and a pair of dirty underwear. The list goes on and on.
Some of 2013′s Most Creative People–who will be on this year’s list?

One likely MCPer we can and are delighted to share, though, is Anna Kendrick. The Pitch Perfect actress managed to steal a nation’s fickle attention (and go multi-platinum) armed with a catchy tune, some plastic cups, and a deft set of multi-tasking skills.

Will she top this year’s list? Who knows! (Okay, yes, we do.) We can’t wait to share all 100 with you. So we’ll see you back here on Monday. And feel free to tell us how much you love our picks–or not!–by tweeting all about it with hashtag #MCP14. fastcompany.com

Anna also teased a sneak peek from a shoot she recently did with Glamour. More info atDaily Mail, and hopefully more photos of both shoots soon!

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Anna to Star in ‘Mr. Right’

Anna has landed another role in ‘Mr. Right’! She will star alongside Sam Rockwell as a woman whose ‘bad luck streak at finding lasting love seems to end when she meets Mr. Right. That is until she disovers he is a reformed hit man.’ Shooting starts in fall.

Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick will star in Mr. Right, with Tokarev helmer Paco Cabezas directing a script by Chronicle scribe Max Landis. Kendrick will play a woman whose bad luck streak at finding lasting love seems to end when she meets Mr. Right. That’s until she discovers he is a reformed hit man. When his dark past catches up, their fledgling relationship is tested as they try to save one another.

The film’s financed by Amasia Entertainment’s Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo, who’ll produce with Circle Of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis and Rick Jacobs, with Stephen Emery and Landis the exec producers. Two-year old Amasia co-financed the Halle Berry-starrer The Call and the upcoming Nick Jonas pic Careful What You Wish For. Circle Of Confusion has the Landis-scripted American Ultra in production and La Vida Robot in post. Shooting will begin this fall. Kendrick is repped by CAA, Rockwell by Gersh and Untitled. WME reps Landis (with Circle of Confusion) and Cabezas (with Echo Lake). {deadline.com}

Usually Anna tends to sign for a bunch of movies at the same time, so stay tuned for even more!

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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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Anna on the set of ‘Cake’ April 23

Productions > Movies > Cake (2014) > On Set: April 23, 2014: Railroad tracks

Jennifer Aniston & Anna Kendrick Get Emotional Lying Down on Train Tracks for ‘Cake’

Jennifer Aniston and Anna Kendrick lie down side by side atop train tracks to film an emotional scene for Cake on Wednesday evening (April 23) in Los Angeles.

The 45-year-old star of the film and her 28-year-old co-star both appeared to keep the mood light-hearted between takes as adjustments were made by the crew, but snapped back into character as soon as the cameras began rolling!

“Sometimes the best part of my day is imagining what I’m gonna eat when I get off work.” Anna recently tweeted. We hope she had a great meal after filming Cake!

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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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Casting News: Anna joins ‘Cake’

Anna has signed up to act in Cake! The indie stars Jennifer Aniston, who also produces.

Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messing join new movie Cake

A host of stars including Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick and Chris Messina have reportedly joined Jennifer Aniston on new indie movie Cake.

According to The Wrap, Felicity Huffman, William H Macy, Britt Robertson, Lucy Walters, Camille Mana, Manuel Garcia Rulfo and Marianne Jean-Baptiste will also appear.

Aniston is executive producer on the project and also plays the main character Claire Simmons, a woman who becomes fascinated by Nina, a woman in her chronic pain support group.

Simmons must face her own personal tragedy when she discovers Nina’s suicide and develops a relationship with Nina’s husband.

Cake is written by Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz, who revealed that he is “the biggest” Aniston fan.

Barnz said in a statement: “Of the zillions of Jennifer Aniston fans, I might be the biggest one of all. I’ve especially loved her more dramatic performances, and I can’t wait to watch her tackle a role that has such a brilliantly funny voice and so much raw pain (hats off to writer Patrick Tobin).” {digitalspy.com}