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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}

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Casting News: “Table 19″

I just picked up some casting news that seemed to have gone under the radar. A few sites reported back in November that Anna was attached to a film called “Table 19″. The comedy, centered around a wedding, was reported to be in pre-production back in 2011 with director Jeffrey Blitz, Anna’s Rocket Science director. Tina Fey and Steve Carrell were also in talks to join. Anna would play Eloise, who ends up the ‘losers’ table after “being removed from her maid-of-honor position following her break-up with the wedding’s best man.” We’ll see if anything moves forward with this film.

Anna Kendrick Books Herself A Seat At “Table 19″

Anna Kendrick will star in the wedding comedy TABLE 19, with an offer out to Steve Carell and interest in Tina Fey to join as well.

The film plays on the a situation we’ve all been in before – being stuck at the ragtag “leftovers” table of single people at a wedding. Kendrick will play Eloise, who ends up at said table after being removed from her maid-of-honor position following her break-up with the wedding’s best man. If they join the film, Carrell and Fey would play a bickering and dysfunctional couple. I think I speak for most of the world when I say I’m a big fan of these three and can’t wait to see the film come together. Mark and Jay Duplass wrote the script and were originally on board to helm as well before Jeffrey Blitz took over directing duties.

Shawn Levy and Tom McNulty will produce.

Kendrick has recently starred in “End of Watch”, “Pitch Perfect” and “Drinking Buddies” and will next appear in “The Last Five Years” and “Get a Job.”

“Office” alum Carell was most recently in “The Way, Way Back” and lent his voice to “Despicable Me 2.” He can next be seen in “Foxcatcher” and in the comedy sequel “Anchorman: The Legend Continues.”

With “SNL” and “30 Rock” behind her, Fey last appeared in “Admission” and can next be seen in “Muppets Most Wanted” and “This is Where I Leave You.”

Kendrick is repped by CAA while Carell and Fey are with WME. {tracking-board.com}

Shawn Levy to produce Fox Searchlight comedy

“Spellbound” director Jeffrey Blitz is negotiating to direct laffer “Table 19″ for Fox Searchlight.

Shawn Levy will produce through his 21 Laps banner.

Pic, written by Jay and Mark Duplass, originally had the duo attached to helm.

Described as a singles-at-the-wedding pic, the ensemble comedy follows a group of strangers who meet at the “losers” table at a wedding. Told from their perspective, the story explores what marriage means to those on the sidelines.

Blitz’s directing credits on the TV side include “The Office” and MTV pilot “Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous.”

He also directed docu “Lucky,” released last year.

Levy’s also had a busy year. The multihyphenate recently signed on to direct “The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto,” written by Michael Vukadinovich, for 20th Century Fox. He’s also attached to helm the Max Landis-penned “Frankenstein” for Fox and Davis Entertainment.

Fox-based 21 Laps is also shooting “Neighborhood Watch” in Atlanta and is producing the Michael Sucsy-helmed “Rosaline.”

Blitz is repped by CAA. {variety.com}

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Anna Launches ‘Hive with Heart’ Campaign

Anna helped launch Burt’s Bees new ‘Hive with Heart’ campaign in Duarte, CA March 25th. She tweeted about the cause, to help women with cancer at burtsbees.com.

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > March 25: Anna Kendrick launches Burt’s Bees Hive with Heart campaign

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Anna Kendrick “Would Make a Very Funny North” in SNL Spoof of Kimye’s Vogue Spread

Anna Kendrick is many things: a Twilight alum, Ryan Gosling superfan and an Oscar nominee.

But on April 5, the Pitch Perfect 2 star will host Saturday Night Live for the very first time! E! News caught up with Anna at the Hive With Heart Campaign she co-hosted with Burt’s Bees Tuesday. She shared her thoughts on some potential SNL skits—inlcuding a possible spoof of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Vogue cover!

“I need to work on my impressions,” the 28-year-old said, “and work on my Kanye!” Anna thinks she “would make a very funny North,” too.

When she really got to thinking about a Kimye parody, though, she burst into an uncontrollable giggle fit, exclaiming, “I don’t know what’s happening! I’m so scared!”

It seems that Anna’s game to play Kim, Yeezy or baby Nori, but that didn’t stop her from taking a playful little dig at the Kardashian-West gang. Watch the clip above to find out which family member she jokingly refers to as a “trollop”!

For more of Anna’s interview, tune in to E! News Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. {eonline.com}

Anna Kendrick On Beauty Bargains, Her First Big Splurge and Why She Might Go Red

We love Anna Kendrick for a number of reasons (she’s funny, she’s beautiful and girl can sing), but perhaps most of all for the fact that she subscribes to our fashion and beauty philosophy, which is often, for lack of a better word, laziness.

To wit: She admits that she can’t remember the last time she left the house to pick up clothes or makeup. “I didn’t realize how much online shopping I was doing until I discovered [grocery store] yummy.com, so now I can basically never leave the house,” she says, laughing. “I got my first stash of the tinted lip balms online. I think I probably ordered it through Walgreen’s. And [I like] Piperlime because they do the free returns, that’s always good. I guess I’m just, like, slowly becoming lazier and lazier.”

The tinted lip balms in question are Burt’s Bees — the actress has been using the line’s products for years, and when they heard she was a fan, they tapped her to host their Hive with Heart event for Lipstick Angels, which provides beauty services to women with cancer.

Kendrick says the $7 balms are her most consistent beauty bargain (she’s in “Sweet Violet,” though “I have a drawer full of literally every color of these things. I just found out they discontinued ‘Tiger Lily’ and it makes me super sad,” she says) but she’s not above splurging when the moment calls for it. Not that it always works out. “My first designer purchase was a Marc by Marc [Jacobs] bag that was covered in studs and I thought it was so badass,” she says of splurging after earning her first big paycheck. “But it was so heavy that I could only carry it for like a couple of hours at a time.”

She’ll have another big paycheck to spend soon now that Pitch Perfect 2 is greenlit. Kendrick says she’s “working on my mime” to keep up with whatever insanity Rebel Wilson dreams up, but instead of horizontal running, her fitness of choice comes from Pure Barre. “It makes me hurt all over. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done. A resounding endorsement,” she jokes.

And true to her low-key nature, we shouldn’t expect to see any major style or hair changes coming down the pike. “Everybody seems to be cutting their hair off. I’m not ready to do that,” she says, though admits, “It would be fun to be a redhead … you can get away with being like really volatile and fire-y because you’re like, ‘I’m just a redhead, what can I say?’” Seems as good of a reason as any to us! {peoplestylewatch.com}

Anna Kendrick is a Lipstick Angel at Burt’s Bees Hive Launch!

Anna Kendrick is pretty in pink while attending the Burt’s Bees Hive with Heart campaign launch held at City of Hope on Tuesday (March 25) in Duarte, Calif.

“Helping @burtsbees kick off #HivewithHeart with @lipstickangels, whose miracles are made of lip gloss and BIG hearts,” the 28-year-old actress tweeted at the launch.

Lipstick Angels is an emerging non-profit organization that works to transform the healing process of women by showing them they are beautiful‐no matter what.

Over the weekend, Anna was spotted looking super chic in a maroon colored dress at the Geffen Playhouse’s Backstage.

FYI: Anna is wearing a J Mendel dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and jewels by EF Collection and Jamie Wolf. {justjared.com}

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Anna to Host SNL!

Anna will host Saturday Night Live on April 5th!!! This will be her SNL debut. Like the Grammy’s, Anna will be alongside Pharell Williams, who is the musical guest. Her 50/50 co-star Seth Rogan will host the following week. I for one am ECSTATIC, and have wanted to see her do this forever! She will be amazing, can’t wait!!

Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Anna Kendrick will have her hosting debut April 5, and be accompanied by musical guest Pharrell Williams. Kendrick has several films coming out this year, including “Happy Christmas” this summer and musicals “The Last Five Years and “Into the Woods.” Williams was nominated for an Oscar this year for his song “Happy” and debuted his latest album “G I R L” earlier this month. It will mark his first solo appearance on the show.

Seth Rogen will return to host for the third time on April 12, while Ed Sheeran will have his first turn as musical guest. Sheeran plans on debuting the first single off his new album, which will come out this summer, on the show. Rogen has R-rated comedy “Neighbors” with Zac Efron bowing May 9.

For the upcoming show on March 29, previously announced Louis C.K. will have his second turn at hosting. English singer/songwriter Sam Smith will serve as musical guest. {variety.com}

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‘Anna’s Oscar Weekend’ – for Vogue

Anna has written a photo blog for Vogue.com about her Oscar weekend. It’s hilarious and intriguing. I say she gets her own column! Read in full here.

Anna Kendrick’s Oscar Weekend Diary

Here, Vogue.com’s onetime special correspondent Anna Kendrick documents her Oscar-weekend adventures, reporting on everything from why it’s not supposed to rain in L.A. to eating In-N-Out Burger in a corset and, of course, presenting an Academy Award.

Friday Night
The rain forecast this weekend is setting everyone on edge. You can barely maintain this level of smoke-and-mirrors glamour in a hermetically sealed lab, let alone out in the world when it’s pissing rain. I thought we put up with the traffic and plastic surgery in L.A. in exchange for good weather. What gives? My makeup artist, Sara Glick, arrives a half hour early and catches me eating peanut butter straight out of the jar. I don’t even stop. This is still my time.

Aubrey Plaza is my date for the evening. Our first stop is the Giorgio Armani party, and she’s on her way to pick me up. The thing about these events is that most of them just serve booze and slivers of vegetables on rice crackers, so you basically need to be unceremoniously stuffing your face with calories every chance you get, unless you want to pass out on top of screen legend Bruce Dern. Aubrey hasn’t figured this out yet, so I bring two Luna bars out to our Uber. The glamour never stops.

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Anna to Present at 2014 Oscars

Anna was listed in an updated list of presenters for the 2014 Academy Awards! She was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Up in the Air in 2010. The show will air on March 2nd on ABC.

Glenn Close, Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Anna Kendrick and More Join List of 2014 Oscar Presenters

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Feb. 24 the complete slate of stars who will present at the 2014 Academy Awards, which will air March 2 live on ABC.

Joining previously announced presenters Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis are Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel, Jim Carrey, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Penélope Cruz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Viola Davis, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Goldie Hawn, Chris Hemsworth, Kate Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Michael B. Jordan, Anna Kendrick, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Bill Murray, Kim Novak, Tyler Perry, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Gabourey Sidibe, Will Smith, Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson and Naomi Watts.

“We are very excited that the Hollywood community will be turning out in force for Sunday’s Oscar ceremony,” said Zadan and Meron in a statement. “We sought to include a tremendous diversity of stars to represent not only this year’s nominees, but the legacy of the motion picture business as well.”

The Oscars will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. {playbill.com}

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Anna @ Miles Teller’s Birthday Party

Anna celebrated actor Miles Teller’s Birthday at Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas on Feb 22nd. She partied it up with her Pitch Perfect co-star Brittany Snow, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting co-star Chace Crawford.

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Feb 22: Miles Teller’s Birthday Pary @ Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub

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Last evening (Saturday, Feb. 22) the stars came out to Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Spotted were “Pitch Perfect” co-stars and gal pals, Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow, who held court at a VIP table on the main stage next to the DJ booth. Arriving just before midnight, the two enjoyed themselves while sipping champagne and cocktails and showing off their best dance moves with friends to the high-energy set by Hakkasan featured artists, Dada Life. …

Earlier in the evening, Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant was also the place to see and be seen, as all of the above enjoyed the restaurants signature bites and libations. Close girlfriends Kendrick and Snow were seen in high spirits, sipping on signature Zesty Martini and Chinese Mule cocktails as they dined on Vegetarian steamed dim sum platters and Hakka noodles with mushrooms and Chinese chives with several of their friends. {broadwayworld.com}

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Anna to Present at Spirit Awards

Anna will present at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1 at IFC, 10 pm ET.
Oscar Isaac, Anna Kendrick, Jon Hamm and Paul Dano To Present at Spirit Awards

Oscar Isaac, Anna Kendrick, Jon Hamm and Paul Dano have been booked as presenters at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent revealed exclusively to TheWrap on Tuesday.

They will join previously announced presenters that include Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Andy Samberg, Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Octavia Spencer, Greta Gerwig and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The show will take place on Saturday, March 1 and will be hosted by Patton Oswalt.

Isaac is a Spirit Award nominee for his leading role in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and is currently working on the J.C. Chandor film “A Most Violent Year” with Jessica Chastain.

Kendrick is a past Spirit Award nominee for “Rocket Science” (best supporting actress) and “Camp” (best debut performance), and an Oscar nominee for “Up in the Air.” Last year she appeared in Joe Swanberg’s “Drinking Buddies.”

Hamm is best known as Don Draper on “Mad Men,” but he appeared in independent films including “Howl,” “Friends With Kids” and last year’s live-action/animation hybrid “The Congress.”

Dano won the Spirit Award for his debut performance in “L.I.E.” in 2001, and was also nominated for “Little Miss Sunshine.” Last year he appeared in both “12 Years a Slave” and in “Prisoners.”

This is the 29th year for the Spirit Awards, which are produced by the nonprofit Film Independent. The ceremony will take place in its traditional place and time: a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, the afternoon before the Academy Awards.

IFC will broadcast the show that same night at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The post Oscar Isaac, Anna Kendrick, Jon Hamm and Paul Dano To Present at Spirit Awards (Exclusive) appeared first on TheWrap. {movies.yahoo.com}

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The Last 5 Years – First Still & Interview!

Anna Kendrick dives into ‘The Last Five Years’ with Jeremy Jordan — FIRST LOOKBehind the scenes during the filming of "The Last 5 Years"

Anna Kendrick did not expect to become Hollywood’s resident musical theater It Girl, even though she earned her first Tony Award nomination at 12 years old and made her film debut in the cult musical comedy Camp.

With Pitch Perfect under her belt and the upcoming big-box items Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect 2 on deck, Kendrick’s next belting role is significantly more indie. She’ll play Cathy Hyatt in writer-director Richard LaGravenese’s film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years, an Off Broadway two-hander that tells the story of a couple’s five-year relationship through two interweaving storylines (one moves forward, the other backwards).

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, EW has an exciting official first look at Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (Smash, Broadway’s Newsies) in the roles of struggling actress Cathy and rising novelist Jamie. The film is in the can and about to screen for buyers, who would be wise to snatch up the alluring Kendrick and Jordan and the giant fanbase that the cult musical has accrued since debuting in 2001.

We caught up with Kendrick to talk about her surprising arrival on Hollywood’s movie-musical scene, getting drunk with her co-star, and whether there’s another stage turn in her future.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Can I assume you were a fan of the cast recording before you signed on to the movie?
ANNA KENDRICK:
No! Here’s the thing, right? Parade is my favorite musical of all time, and I think that Jason Robert Brown is an absolute genius, and so many people have told me to listen to this recording and to see the show, and for some reason it just never happened. And then it wasn’t until I got this script and saw that it was Jason Robert Brown that I even familiarized myself with the material. I wept my way through the script before I ever heard the music, and then the next morning I woke up and I re-read the script while I listened to the recording and I was just an absolute mess, because it’s so beautiful. I immediately realized I could never listen to this cast recording again, because I had to learn it from scratch so that I don’t just do an impression of the recording. But it was such a blessing to come into that experience with no preconceived idea of who Cathy was.

Did you see any parts of yourself in the character of Cathy?
I definitely see myself in Cathy and I see myself in Jamie. The thing that I loved about Cathy was this feeling that her partner was starting to take up more emotional space in the world and that meant that she had to shrink down, like that she represses herself to a degree that she ends up exploding. I thought it was so true to so many situations that I see my friends go through. It definitely echoes the things that I’ve experienced.

Did you get to have any conversation with composer Jason Robert Brown that helped shape how you approached the role?
Jason was always really reticent about giving direction. Georgia Stitt, his wife, was my vocal coach, and she taught me the entire score from top to bottom, the poor thing. And she obviously is very close to the material, so she could kind of lay the groundwork for ideas and things that people have done in the past. But mostly it was about [director] Richard [LaGravenese] and his vision. I had an opportunity to really shape who she was, and that was a real treat.

Tell me about your co-star Jeremy Jordan. How did you find your chemistry?
The first day that we had rehearsal together, we just were going through music, and that night we decided to go out for drinks and I basically got him super-duper drunk. He doesn’t drink that much, and I was like, oh well, if we’re going to get to know each other, we have to do it really fast, so we’re just going to do shots of whiskey and it’s going to be a great night. So we just got drunk and basically went through the life history, one point at a time.

The actual show is weirdly structured because you’ve got one timeline moving forward and another moving backwards. Is that the way the movie will work?
Yeah, the movie is exactly like the show where it moves forward and backward in time. Something about it on film feels a little less like we have to really be paying attention to the timeline. It all just kind of feels like vignettes, like scenes from a marriage, except musical versions. So it has the exact same structure, but it doesn’t feel like you are lost in time. We were really worried about making sure that people were following the timeline of it, and actually it all works.

The Last Five Years has such die-hard fans. They will be pleased that it’s becoming a movie, but how did you make sure that those comparisons to original stars Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott didn’t get to you?
Obviously that’s something that you have to think about, but I really didn’t think about it that much, because Sherie was on set a bunch! Sherie makes a cameo and she was incredibly supportive. She immediately was so unbelievably kind, so generous with her advice and her praise that I never thought about her as this looming figure of somebody’s shoes I had to fill.

With Pitch Perfect and all the musicals you’re tackling, how surprised are you that this is a path your career has taken? It’s full circle back to your theater roots.
I definitely did not expect to do more musicals. Particularly after Pitch Perfect, it’s not a choice that I would have consciously made. If anything, I wouldn’t just do any musical. It happened that they were making two of the most incredible musicals with some of the most incredible roles. To do Last Five Years and Into the Woods is such a dream that obviously I wasn’t about to be, like, “Well, I don’t really want to do another musical right now.”

You’ve done Sondheim, Cole Porter, Jason Robert Brown—anything else that would galvanize you to do another?
I can’t really think of anything, and I know I say that, but I’m such an MT at heart that it would probably be a tough thing to turn down if I were offered another musical. But I do feel like I need to remember how to deliver dialogue on screen.

You do have these Broadway beginnings. Any inclination to go back to the stage?
At this point, it’s so terrifying. I know that I shouldn’t admit this, but it’s not like it’s some big secret — I just could not sing The Last Five Years eight times a week. I have so much respect for Sherie, so much respect for Betsy Wolfe and anybody who’s ever done Cathy in a theater. It is a hard freaking role.

How have these last five years been for you?
It’s funny, because the last five years of my life have actually been hugely transitional, and it’s been mostly really good. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have this balance of my career going really well, but it doesn’t feel overwhelmed. I don’t feel like I’m drowning. I feel incredibly fulfilled and incredibly lucky. I guess it hasn’t been filled with as much turmoil as Cathy’s last five years, but it’s been really exciting.