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Anna Begins Filming ‘Cake’

Anna is one busy girl – after a week at SNL in NYC, Anna is back in L.A. straight to her brand new film Cake, which stars and is produced by Jennifer Aniston. Anna plays Nina, a woman who (spoiler alert!) commits suicide. Anna looked totes adorbs on her first day of shooting, stopping by the craft services table for a healthy brunch.

Productions > Movies > Cake (2014) > On Set: April 07, 2014 – Grabbing lunch from craft services

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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}

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}

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}

Anna @ The Last Five Years Screening

Anna attended the first screening of her new film “The Last Five Years” at the Walter Reade Theater in New York on February 24th. Her leading man Jeremy Jordan was there, as well as Pitch Perfect co-star Ben Platt and actress Christine Taylor.

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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.

Pitch Perfect 2: Casting Update + Promo Pic

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

The two key Bellas are back!

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

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

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

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

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

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