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Anna @ “Drinking Buddies” Screening – 57th BFI London Film Festival

Anna attended the London screening of her movie Drinking Buddies at the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End. She posed with director Joe Swanberg, looking gorgeous and decked out in an Alberta Ferretti floral two- toned skirt and tank. And check out the details on her accessories – hearts on the tabs of her heels, and ornate diamond spider on her clutch – too cute!

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She may be playing Cinderella in her latest blockbuster Into The Woods, but it appears Anna Kendick is a real-life princess as she appeared on the red carpet in a stunning frock on Friday evening.

The 28-year-old American actress was attending a screening of Drinking Buddies at the Odeon West End as part of the BFI London Film Festival.

She turned up in a black prom dress, embellished with multicoloured embroidered flowers, which even had a sheer midriff exposing the actress’ toned stomach.

Stunning: Anna Kendrick worked the red carpet in a stunning floral-embroidered gown at the BFI London Film Festival, at the Odeon West End on Friday evening

Anna accessorised with a red and orange ribbon belt, a matching pair of sunflower earrings and ring, a black clutch bag and super high black stilettos, complete with a clear heel, whilst styling her hair up in a sleek ponytail.

She wore dramatic eye make-up, using shades of purple and green to create a smoky eye look, finished off with pink cheek blush and nude lipstick.

The Up In The Air actress posed away for the cameras as she stood solo on the red carpet before heading into the Leicester Square venue to watch the movie.

Working the red carpet: Anna Kendrick attended a screening of Drinking Buddies during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End

Drinking buddies tells the story of Luke and Kate are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting.

They’re perfect for each other, except that they’re both in relationships. Luke is in the midst of marriage talks with his girlfriend of six years, Kate is playing it cool with her music producer boyfriend Chris.

But you know what makes the line between ‘friends’ and ‘more than friends’ really blurry? Beer.
At the flicks: Actress Anna Kendrick and director Joe Swanberg attended the screening of Drinking Buddies during the 57th BFI London Film Festival together

At the flicks: Actress Anna Kendrick and director Joe Swanberg attended the screening of Drinking Buddies during the 57th BFI London Film Festival together

Anna stars in the film as Jill, alongside Olivia Wilde who is playing the lead role of Kate and Jake Johnson as the lead role of Luke.

Director Joe Swanberg accompanied Anna on the red carpet and the pair posed for the photographers ahead of the screening.

Anna also made the time to sign autographs for the hoards of fans who were waiting outside the venue equipped with notebooks and pens.

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Press Updates

Anna Kendrick on Drinking Buddies, Getting Drunk on Set, and the ‘Cups’ Phenomenon

 

Joe Swanberg’s latest movie, Drinking Buddies, features two couples: One set is played by Anna Kendrick and Jake Johnson, the other is played by Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston. The lines are blurry between them, as Johnson and Wilde behave like lovers throughout the film, without actually acting upon it — flirting and drinking and even sleeping side by side in semi-innocent fashion — and Kendrick and Livingston go so far as to kiss. Who’s to say which form of cheating is worse? Kendrick, who is in London shooting Into the Woods, called up Vulture to chat about emotional cheating versus physical cheating, drunk acting, and her reaction to the “Cups” phenomenon.

Joe Swanberg had you guys drink real beer during the filming of Drinking Buddies. How did that affect your performance?
During a scene at the bar, they gave me fake beer, but then during a scene where I’m playing cards with Jake, they gave me real beer, and I didn’t realize it! And so every time I lost, I was pounding beer, and I didn’t realize it was real until halfway through the take. I was like, I’m super drunk right now! And so as soon as the take was over, I had to announce to everybody that I was drunk at work. I was horrified by the idea that I was going to be the next troublesome star who got drunk and started flipping over tables or whatever. I just tried to sit quietly until I sobered up.

Was this your first time being drunk on set while shooting a scene?
Oh, yeah. Yeah. It was very, very bizarre, let me tell you. I’m sure you’ve never been drunk in the middle of your job, but it is uncomfortable. For some of the movie, it was fine, and it worked in the scene, and so it was helpful for them. But I mostly found it really unnerving.

Had you ever shot a film without a script before, where you had to improv all of your scenes?
It was my first time doing anything quite like it. We did a lot of improv on End of Watch, so I kind of think of End of Watch as training wheels for Drinking Buddies, but this was the first time I had done it to this extent. And it was crazy doing it with Ron, Jake, and Olivia because all four of us were new to this specific world of improv, but also really game for it and really excited about it. So it was a perfect combination of working with people who were really good at it, but also weren’t trained professionals. It’s not like any of us had done it a zillion times, or the rest of us were left in the dust. That marriage-conversation scene with Jake is the one scene where I said to Joe, “You have to give me the words here, because I’ve never had this conversation before.” I don’t know what a believable version of it would be, how to approach this subject in a long-term relationship. Everything else, you can draw on your own experience, but that was the one time where I was like, “I need a line!” Just to get into that thinking.

How did you work out the kissing scene in the woods with Ron, and the scene where you have to tell Jake about it?
The scene in the woods we did in one take. Ron and I were both so nervous about that, because it was supposed to be awkward and unclear whether or not something was going to happen between our characters in that scene. We talked a little about it beforehand, and it was all very, “No pressure! Let’s just see what happens!” But everybody was aware that it was an important scene. Joe was like, “Cut! Great! I’m going to put that in the movie. I don’t want to do it again.” And we were both super relieved.

And after we shot the scene with Ron, I immediately almost started crying, because I felt like, “Oh my God! I have to tell my boyfriend what happened!” And I had to come up with the words, because it wasn’t a written scene! If it were another movie, you’d think, “Okay, I’ll be as honest as possible,” but someone would have written the words for me. Here, it was like I was suddenly responsible for explaining myself, explaining what I had done, and it felt so real, because I had to admit what I had done and no one was going to help me do that. When we were filming the kissing scene, I didn’t feel like I was cheating on Jake, but then the idea that I had to tell him that I had cheated was horrifying to me. I had this unbelievable sense of guilt.

Kissing Ron is one kind of cheating. But isn’t what Jake is doing with Olivia another kind of cheating, even though nothing technically happens?
I’m so glad you brought that up! [Laughs] Because actually Jake and I got into a little bit of an argument about whether or not what he was doing was better than, the same as, or worse than what I had done. And his feeling was that what I had done was worse, and I was like, [laughs] “You’ve got another think coming, if you think that flirting with this girl, and basically dating her for the entire period of time that I was away from home, just because you guys didn’t physically kiss, isn’t cheating.” I feel like that is so much more of a transgression, and we basically figured that there is just no way that he can tell me about what is going on with him and this woman he’s flirting with at work without it becoming a huge, potentially relationship-ending fight, since he knows in his heart that it’s kind of over between them. If he had admitted it to me in a way that was like, “By the way, it’s not nearly as bad as what you did,” that would start a whole other can of worms. I think it’s a very, very interesting conversation, and not a new one. I’ve been out to dinner with friends where you debate, “Is emotional cheating worse than physical cheating?” It’s a hard question.

Did all of this improv work help you prepare for Joe’s next movie, Happy Christmas? Did you feel more equipped to tackle scenes where you’re playing opposite Lena Dunham?
This was weirdly easier because my character in Happy Christmas just wants to fill up the silence, so sometimes she just puts her foot in her mouth and comes off like a real asshole. So even though I’m exploring an ugly side of things I see in myself or other people, it was easier because I could just say whatever stupid thought popped in my head. Which was terrifying, or easier. And Lena and I had met a while before, so that was helpful. She is so good at this. She is such an amazing improviser, and I think we followed her lead. She was always the one who I followed, like you know when you have a friend you grew up with, and you still kind of revert to being their sidekick? And I think that’s a little how I feel about Lena in our film, so it was easy to do that.

Are you amazed at how well “Cups” is doing?
I am bewildered. I don’t even know what to say about it. The weirdest thing to me is that it’s outpositioned artists who are out there promoting their singles, as they should be — they’re musicians! And I’ve been making movies. Like I just made this little movie in Harlem, instead of doing something to further the success of the single, and yet there it is. It makes no sense. Don’t get me wrong — it’s so cool! But it’s bizarre to me that I’m off doing something else, and it’s happening on its own. It’s so cool. But it is absolutely bewildering.

People will want to see you do something with Kendrick Lamar next.
Yeah. It’s funny that he’s having such a moment right now, because it’s definitely one of the most popular things said to me on Twitter: “Oh, you should do a mash-up with Kendrick Lamar!” There’s a picture of our faces mashed together. It’s very weird! It just goes to show you, the Internet is mostly about wasting time. {vulture.com}

Livingston free wheeling on Buddies

Ron Livingston worked with Anna Kendrick on Drinking Buddies

Ron Livingston has confessed after working with Anna Kendrick on Drinking Buddies he still doesn’t know what to expect from her.

The Boardwalk Empire star said working on the improvised comedy about friends at a Chicago brewery was a very strange experience.

Ron said: “It was a lot of fun. It was just like free-wheeling. It’s great when you get to discover the story together. You can’t cheat when you’re doing a movie that way because you really don’t know what’s going to happen next.

“Like Ross McCall might appear and kiss you on the cheek, anything can happen. It’s live.”

But despite all the improvising alongside Pitch Perfect star Anna, Ron admitted she remained an enigma.

He said: “Anna’s a fun girl. She’s so good but I’m not sure about her. In one life she could be like a librarian and in another life she could be Vegas stripper and I just don’t know which way she’s going with it, and she kind of walks that edge.

“It’s hard to get to know her really well.”

Drinking Buddies also stars Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson as two friends who work in a brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting, but are both in relationships with other people. {knutsfordguardian.co.uk}

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Anna in September GQ

Anna has a new risque photoshoot and interview with the September 2013 issue of Gentlemens Quarterly (GQ). Here’s an Ultra High Quality scan:

Magazines & Scans > Interviews > Gentlemens Quarterly – September 2013

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Raise Your Glass to Anna Kendrick

The actress and Belgian beer enthusiast plays an alcoholic in this month’s Drinking Buddies—so we asked her about drunken hookups, naturally

By Lauren Bans
Photographs by Marc Hom
September 2013

“Do you like beer?” Anna Kendrick, the pint-size—pun intended—actress best known for playing control freaks (see: Up in the Air, 50/50), doesn’t normally get this question. But today there’s good reason: her new comedy, Drinking Buddies, in which she plays one-half of an admirably functional alcoholic couple. Kendrick does in fact enjoy beer—”every single Belgian-style beer”—which brings us to this irresistible follow-up: According to OkCupid’s infamous data nugget, beer fans are also more likely to go home with someone on the first date.

“Oh my!” she says, mock-scandalized. “I mean, correlation doesn’t suggest causality—but that is fuckin’ interesting.”

Another fuckin’ interesting correlation: the one that exists between Kendrick’s underwear shopping and fans asking for autographs. “There’s something deeply embarrassing about being approached when you’re holding knickers. And it’s happened TWICE!” Knickers? Was she shopping in the nineteenth century? “Like, for bloomers? How humiliating would that be?” Very—especially if it’s true what they say about beer drinkers.

Styled by Karina Givargisoff at Art Department. Coat by Pierre Balmain. Bra by VPL. Necklace by Helen Ficalora. {gq.com}

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‘Drinking Buddies’ HD Screencaptures

I’ve added over 1100 HD screencaptures of Anna in Drinking Buddies. Anna plays Jill, a young special education teacher who’s boyfriend works at a beer brewery with Kate (Olive Wilde). Kate, Kate’s boyfriend, Jill, and Jill’s boyfriend become friends and after one two many drinks, the couples’ relationships get entwined. The indie film is really impressive because much of the acting is improvised, and as the movie gets closer to the release, there has been lots of really positive reviews surfacing. You can rent the film on iTunes and On-Demand now, and it comes out in theaters August 23.

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Projects Updates: Drinking Buddies

Drinking Buddies has finally released the first trailer, with lots of scenes with Anna’s character, Jill. I’ve also added several promotional stills.

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‘Drinking Buddies’ Trailer: Beer and Love Triangle

“Drinking Buddies” has just dropped its first trailer online, featuring Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson as two people who are almost inseparable. Spending a lot of time drinking and flirting, they both know that there’s something between them, yet can’t help but deny it as Jake already commits to somebody else.

The drama comedy from Magnolia Pictures introduces Olivia and Jake as Kate and Luke, who work together at a craft brewery. Luke’s girlfriend of six years, Jill, wants to know if he is ready to talk about marriage. The answer to that question becomes crystal clear when Luke and Kate unexpectedly find themselves alone for a weekend.

Directed and penned by “LOL” helmer Joe Swanberg, it also stars Ron Livingston, who takes on the role as Kate’s boyfriend Chris, and Anna Kendrick, who plays Jill, and is known for her performances in “Pitch Perfect” and “Up in the Air”. Ti West, Roberta Chung and Callie Stephens are included for supporting roles.

Andrea Roa, Alica van Couvering, Sam Slater and Paul Bernon join forces to produce the movie.

“Drinking Buddies” will arrive in limited theaters in the U.S. on August 23, but first hit iTunes/On Demand on July 25.

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‘Drinking Buddies’ News

Anna’s new film Drinking Buddies, has been picked up for distribution by Magnolia pictures, which means we’ll see the movies in theaters soon :D. The improv comedy opened to amazing reviews at SXSW film festival.

There’s also an interview from SXSW where Anna and her co-stars *attempt* to talk about Drinking Buddies, amidst a heated wiffle ball game between director Joe Swanberg:

MAGNOLIA PICTURES TAKES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO JOE SWANBERG’S DRINKING BUDDIES

New York, NY (March 19, 2013) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to writer-director Joe Swanberg’s DRINKING BUDDIES, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. Produced by Dark Arts’ Alicia Van Couvering and Andrea Roa; Burn Later’s Paul M. Bernon and Sam Slater; and Swanberg, the film premiered this month at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. The film was executive produced by Mike Witherill, Ashley Bernon, Jessica Klapman, David Kaplan, Anish Savjani, and Wilde. Magnolia Pictures is planning a theatrical release for later this year.

DRINKING BUDDIES follows the lives of Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) who work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick). And Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage. The answer to that question becomes crystal clear when Luke and Kate unexpectedly find themselves alone for a weekend.

“Joe Swanberg has been evolving steadily as a filmmaker, and with DRINKING BUDDIES, he’s delivered his best work yet—a truly funny, smart and insightful film about real adult relationships,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson and the rest of the cast also deliver some of the best work of their careers. We’re raising an imperial pint in celebration.”

“I feel tremendously privileged to work with such a smart, energetic and exciting company,” said Swanberg. “I had an amazing time working with the Magnolia family on V/H/S and I can’t wait to be their drinking buddy again. I just know they will do great things with the film.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of AcquisitionsDori Begley and Director of Acquisitions Peter van Steemberg, with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers and producers.

Swanberg’s prior films include HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS, ALEXANDER THE LAST, UNCLE KENT, SILVER BULLETS, and V/H/S.