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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}

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Pitch Perfect Holiday Album Expected Dec 2013

‘Pitch Perfect’ Holiday Album Due By End of 2013: ‘Christmas Classics’ to Get A Cappella Treatment from Movie’s Cast Following Surprise Success of Anna Kendrick’s ‘Cups’

The cast of the hit musical comedy “Pitch Perfect” are recording a holiday album, which is sure to hit shelves before the 2013 Christmas season. (Photo : Mario Anzuori/REUTERS)

“Pitch Perfect” fans have something to look forward to other than the planned, 2015 sequel to the hit musical comedy. According to actress Hana Mae Lee, a “Pitch Perfect” holiday album is on its way, with all new recordings from the all-star cast.

In an interview with MTV News, Lee dished that the actors/singers from the 2012 film are in the process of recording a new record. “We have a holiday album coming out, so stay tuned,” she teased. “There are Christmas classics. I’ll be singing ‘Silent Night.’ I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a cappella, even the percussion. It’s all us, so it’s going to be sweet though, because it’s going to sound like there’s other things, but it’s all us.”

The coming of a “Pitch Perfect” Christmas album should come as no surprise to fans. Since coming out in October of last year, the movie has slowly been building a larger fanbase and greater success.

“Pitch Perfect” won four surfboards at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards over the weekend. The flick took home accolades for Choice Movie – Comedy, and Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin and Adam Devine took home acting surfboards for their respective roles in the movie.

Meanwhile, the soundtrack to the musical has been a massive success, and has sold over 838,000 copies in 2013. Additionally, a remix of Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” has climbed the Billboard Charts, peaking at No. 6 last week.

More information on the holiday album has yet to come, but it’s sure to drop before the Christmas season gets in full swing, allowing fans to have their stockings filled with sweet, a cappella music. {mstarz.com}

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‘Cups’ Reaches Billboard’s 100 Top 10!

This week, ‘Cups’, Anna’s hit song from Pitch Perfect hit the Billboard 100′s top ten songs played on the radio! This is a huge feat considering Anna is solely an actress, and songs from movie soundtracks don’t generally place nearly this high on the list. Add popstar to Anna’s resume – go girl! (And lets get Cups to number one!)

How Anna Kendrick’s Soundtrack Sleeper ‘Cups’ Got to the Top of the Charts

As reported yesterday, Anna Kendrick reaches the Billboard Hot 100′s top 10 at last with “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone),” which rises 13-10 in its 28th week on the chart.

Since it’s been almost a year since her song was released via the box office hit “Pitch Perfect,” and since the track is still finding new audiences thanks to its continued inroads at radio, let’s look back at the pop culture and chart odyssey that “Cups” has taken on its way to reaching the Hot 100′s top tier this week.

Aug. 9, 1985
Kendrick is born in Portland, Maine. (Why not start at the beginning?)

1995 (-ish)
Kendrick catches a bus from Portland to New York to attend auditions, ultimately with her sights set on performing on Broadway. By 1998, at 12, she scores her first acting role, as Dinah, in the Broadway musical “High Society.” Her performance nets her a Tony Award nomination, making her the third-youngest Tony Award nominee ever.

(And now we fast-forward …)

Sept. 28, 2012
“Pitch Perfect” premieres in U.S. theaters. It ranks at No. 3 in its first weekend, grossing $14.8 million. It trails “Taken 2″ and “Hotel Transylvania” (neither of which, obviously, boasts a song keeping them in public consciousness long after like “Cups” has done for “Pitch Perfect,” reinforcing the staying power that a soundtrack hit can engender for a film).

October 4
Kendrick appears on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” and shows off her dexterity at performing “Cups” as she does in “Pitch Perfect”…

Actually, let’s go way back to 1937 for a moment: In 2009, British act Lulu and the Lampshades unveiled its version (and unique cup-assisted performance style) of “When I’m Gone” as a reworking of the 1937 Appalachian folk song “Miss Me When I’m Gone” by J. E. Mainer’s Mountaineers. Anna Burden’s performance subsequently garnered attention on YouTube (3.7 million views to date), which led to front page placement on Reddit. Myriad other online covers followed.

“‘Cause I’m a huge loser, I thought the best way to spend an entire afternoon would be watching (Burden’s) video 50 times and teaching myself how to do it,” Kendrick told Letterman. When the film’s creative powers “found out I could, they wanted me to (perform) it in the movie.”

October 13
The “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 43 with 9,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

January 12, 2013
In its 1-minute-16-second-long soundtrack version, “Cups” enters the Hot 100 at No. 93. At the time, 69% of its chart points are due to digital sales, 31% to streaming and 0% to radio.

February 2
With the film having achieved continued box office success, the “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack spends its first of three weeks at its No. 3 Billboard 200 peak. It’s sold 772,000 to date (and jumps 20-13 on the current chart).

April 12
With the song in a new form (see next item), the official “Cups” video premieres. To date, it’s up to 29 million YouTube views.

April 20
“Cups” debuts on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart at No. 40 after Republic Records released a new, longer edit featuring much more instrumentation than on the almost all-a capella (a-”cup”-ella?) soundtrack version. “Anyone that has a preteen knows (‘Cups’),” Republic senior VP/radio and video promotion David Nathan beams to Billboard as the label begins promoting the song to radio. “‘Pitch Perfect’ is a cultural phenomenon and we’re very happy to be a part of it.”

JR Ammons, program director of Mainstream Top 40 reporter WZPL Indianapolis, says that despite initial apathy, he believes in the track’s potential as a radio hit. “I saw the movie when it came out and, honestly, the song didn’t stick out to me as something that I would be playing months later.

“I wouldn’t have thought about that song again after the movie… until my daughter learned the cup thing off YouTube and was singing it over and over and over in the house. Then, I come to work and see the single sales climb week after week in Indianapolis with zero radio airplay…

“Once you get away from the source of the song, it being from a movie about college freshmen, there’s nothing really that youthful-exclusive about it,” Ammon adds.

“No matter how I try to fight it, the hook is in my head every time it comes on our station.”

June 1
With radio playing the new edit, “Cups” reaches the Hot 100′s top 40 (rising 44-36) in its 21st week. (In addition to its digital single release, the new version appears on the EP Pitch Perfect: More From Pitch Perfect, which charges 139-119 on the Billboard 200 this week.)

June 22
“Pitch Perfect” makes its premium cable premiere on HBO. With the film having grossed $113 million worldwide to date, according to Box Office Mojo, the TV exposure can only help build the familiarity of “Cups,” especially among those who may not have seen the film in theaters.

July 8
The always Twitter-witty Kendrick marvels at the song’s new levels of airplay: “Holy s*** it’s happening. I’m hearing my song on the radio. Every music biopic ever has taught me this will lead to drugs and madness… #sweet”

This week
Climbing 13-10 in its 28th week, “Cups” completes the fourth-longest ascent to the top 10 for a woman in the Hot 100′s nearly 55-year history, bested only by Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” the steadiest riser among all acts (38 weeks; 2007), and Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” (30; 1998) and “The Way You Love Me” (29; 2000).

While Underwood and Hill reached the top 10 by seeing their songs start at country before scoring pop and adult radio airplay, the pure-pop “Cups” has made its journey via measured increasing sales and pop and adult radio’s interest following its instrument-infused edit.

“Cups” also claims its first top 10 placement on an airplay chart, as it bumps 11-9 on Adult Top 40. On Mainstream Top 40, it jumps 18-15. In its second week on Adult Contemporary, it lifts 25-22. In contrast to its debut week on the Hot 100 (see Jan. 12, above), radio is now a major driver of its success: 27% of its chart points stem from airplay, with 47% from sales and 26% from streaming.

In all, and given that its growth at radio is still continuing solidly, it appears that, to paraphrase the song, it’ll be a long time before “Cups” is gone.

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Teen Choice Awards – Round II

Anna made it to the second round of the Teen Choice Awards – make sure to vote for her in Best Actress in a Comedy for Pitch Perfect. Pitch Perfect is currently leading the second wave of nominations – be sure to vote for all the Pitch Perfect nominations in each category :) EDIT: They’ve added a new category – Best Locked Lips and Anna and co-star Skylar Astin are nominated for Pitch Perfect. Get voting!!

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Teen Choice Awards 2013: ‘Pitch Perfect’ Leads Second Wave of Movie Nominations

The a capella sensation, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, and ‘Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn Part II’ now earn eight nods each in the movie category.

The second wave of this year’s Teen Choice Awards nominations in movie has been unveiled. “Pitch Perfect”, a 2012 a capella movie from director Jason Moore, dominates the list as it is up for Choice Movie: Villain for Adam DeVine, Choice Movie: Scene Stealer for Ben Platt and Hana Mae Lee, and Choice Movie: Breakout for DeVine.

Earning eight nods in total, the Anna Kendrick starrer faces tough competition from “The Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn Part II”, which now has the same total number. The vampire flick sends Kellan Lutz to compete with the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum as well as Platt and Mae Lee for the Choice Movie: Scene Stealer trophy.

Also from the announcement, “Iron Man 3″ now receives seven nods after Ben Kingsley is nominated for Choice Movie: Villain, which includes Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy and Tom Hardy as his opponents for the coveted title.

In Choice Movie: Breakout, Eddie Redmayne of “Les Miserables” has to face off against Nicholas Hoult and Alice Englert to take home the trophy. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” star Ezra Miller is also listed in it.

The 2013 Teen Choice Awards will celebrate the hottest teen icons in television, music, film, sports, fashion, comedy and the web. Held on August 11, it will air live on FOX at 8:00-10:00 P.M. ET. Fans can vote for their favorites at TCAs official website until August 10.

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Z100 Hosts A Special Event Featuring Anna Kendrick In Honor Of Her Hit Song “Cups”

Anna was honored at Z100′s special event featuring her hit song “Cups”. She was interviewed on stage and greeted by a group of fans. She looked absolutely STUNNING showing off her new blonde hair!

Appearances & Events > 2013 > June 07: Z100 Hosts A Special Event Featuring Anna Kendrick In Honor Of Her Hit Song, “Cups,” From The Film, Pitch Perfect At The iHeartRadio Theater

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Anna Kendrick hits a fashion high note as she collects award for selling one million copies of her music single Cups

She blew audiences away with her folksy singing voice in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect.

So much so that Anna Kendrick’s rendition of a 1937 old-time song in the film has turned her into somewhat of a pop star.

The 27-year-old looked fresh-faced in a nude-coloured dress as she collected an award from iHeartRadio for selling one million copies of her single Cups in New York on Friday.

The Oscar-nominated actress looked gorgeous in the flouncy dress, which nipped in at the waist and featured a thin-strapped halter neck.

Anna added an unusual touch with dark brown brogues that added a schoolgirl touch to the outfit.

She wore her red hair in loose waves over her shoulders and kept her makeup natural, enhancing her porcelain complexion with a rosy pink lipstick.

Flawless: The 27-year-old wore her red hair in loose waves over her shoulders and showed off her porcelain complexion

Huge honour: Anna smiled proudly as she held up her award commemorating her phenomenal single sales

Anna was shown accepting the award for her single, which is a cover of Lulu and the Lampshades’ song Cups (You’re Gonna Miss Me), a rendition of a 1937 folk song.

The star sings the song in the hit movie Pitch Perfect, which sees her play Beca, a freshman at Barden University, who is cajoled into joining an all-girls’ a cappella singing group.

Anna performs the song when she auditions to join the group, and she is seen onstage using just a plastic cup and the stage floor as percussion.

Kendrick is no stranger to musical performances. Her first acting role was as Dinah in the Broadway musical High Society in 1998 when she was 12.

The performance won her a Theatre World Award, a Drama Desk Award, and Tony Award nominations, making her the third-youngest Tony Award nominee.

Kendrick went on to appear in a number of other theater productions, including the musical A Little Night Music, before making her film debut in the 2003 musical comedy Camp.

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Pitch Perfect Sequel Official!

Pitch Perfect 2 is official! And Anna and Brittany Snow will most likely be in it :D! It is planned for a 2015 release.

Anna Kendrick & Brittany Snow: ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Confirmed!

Get excited Pitch Perfect fans — a sequel has been confirmed by Universal Pictures for a release in 2015!

The breakout comedy hit of last year is still gaining steam after a great performance at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards over the weekend and a new music video for “Cups” featuring star Anna Kendrick.

Adam Fogelson, the head of Universal Pictures, revealed the news during the studio’s CinemaCon presentation on Tuesday (April 15) and confirmed that original screenwriter Kay Cannon is back for the project.

Baton Rouge-shot ‘Pitch Perfect’ getting a sequel, Universal announces; more movie headlines

The stars of “Pitch Perfect” can start warming up their pipes. The Baton Rouge-shot sleeper hit — a musical comedy set in the world of collegiate a cappella competition — is getting a sequel.

This second verse is scheduled to land in mid-2015, Universal Pictures announced Tuesday (April 16) during its presentation at the CinemaCon conference in Las Vegas (and reported by the industry paper Variety). It’s unclear if the sequel will return to Baton Rouge to shoot or who, if any, of the original cast will return. Screenwriter Kay Cannon, however, reportedly has been brought on to pen the sequel.

Financially, the move is something of a no-brainer. The original film — directed by Jason Moore — cost an estimated $17 million to make, which it parlayed into $113 million at the box office, with another $90 million, and counting, in the home video market.

It also has become something of a sensation among younger audiences. Not only did star Rebel Wilson lead a “Pitch Perfect” reunion at last weekend’s MTV Movie Awards, but the film’s soundtrack reportedly has sold more than 600,000 copies, and a kicked-up version of its song “Cups (When I’m Gone)” — in which Anna Kendrick trades the Mardi Gras cups from the movie for restaurant cups — has been getting robust online play. (Watch the video at right.)

The “Pitch Perfect” sequel talk tops this morning’s regular survey of Hollywood headlines from around the Internet.

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Press Updates

Anna Kendrick: “Cups” Sneak Peek
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Check out this new behind-the-scenes footage from Anna Kendrick‘s “Cups” video shoot!

The 27-year-old actress chatted with Entertainment Tonight about re-creating the song for a single release and whether or not she would ever record a solo album.

“My next movie is a musical which is crazy because I didn’t mean for that to happen,” Anna explained about her upcoming flick The Last 5 Years. “As far as making an album, album? I would just feel so silly, so it’s not something I’m thinking about.”

Would Anna Kendrick Release a Solo Album?

Anna Kendrick pleasantly surprised moviegoers last year when she flexed her vocal chords in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect and will flaunt her golden pipes once again in the upcoming musical The Last Five Years. However, would she ever record her vocal skills to compile her own album?

Kendrick’s musical performance in Pitch Perfect, named “Cups,” became an instant hit, receiving its own adapted radio version and landing on the Billboard Hot 100.

Next on the list, the song will launch its own music video. ET was exclusively on the set of the video for “Cups,” which starred none other than Kendrick, who pondered the notion of recording a solo album.

“My next movie is a musical, which is crazy ’cause I didn’t mean for that to happen. It’s not like a strategy,” the 27-year-old actress said. “…But, as far as making an…album, I mean, I just would feel so silly. So, it’s not something I’m thinking about.”

Although she’s not keen on the idea of producing her own solo album to send out to the world, the 50/50 actress was thrilled to be filming a music video for her Pitch Perfect song.

It not only presented her with an opportunity to work with director Jason Moore once again, but also pleased her cinephilic needs.

“[I agreed to the music video] mostly ’cause I wanted to work with Jason again ’cause I’m totally obsessed with him,” the once Broadway actress said, “and because this idea of an entire diner full of people doing the ‘cup thing’ really satisfied the Busby Berkeley (director, choreographer) lover in me. I was really excited to come and do this music video.”

Kendrick’s Pitch Perfect character, college student “Beca Mitchell,” may be the founder of the original “Cups” tune, but she revealed that she was out of character for the music video and its context has strayed from the world of the film from which it originated.

Pitch Perfect‘s popularity hasn’t been isolated to the catchy tune. After garnering $113 million worldwide at the box office, the film, which also features breakout star Rebel Wilson, has accumulated an impressive $46 million and counting in DVD sales.

“To be honest, I always suspected it would do really well and, in fact, better on DVD because…it makes sense to me that lots of girls are getting together and watching this in their homes,” Kendrick assessed. “…I like that it’s…[a] weird social movie.”

“Cups” from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack is out now. You can view the director’s cut of the video on Vevo.com. {etonline.com}

Anna Kendrick Goes Blonde for New Movie Role: Picture

Pitch Perfect actress Anna Kendrick dyes her blonde for a new movie role.
Pitch Perfect actress Anna Kendrick dyes her blonde for a new movie role. Credit: Courtesy of Anna Kendrick; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Anna Kendrick is a newly-minted blonde bombshell. The 27-year-old Pitch Perfect actress recently dyed her hair blonde, but admits she’s still adjusting to her shocking transformation.

“Had to dye my hair for a film. Keep getting spooked when I pass reflective surfaces,” the former brunette joked on Twitter Tuesday, April 9. “Now I know how puppies feel.”

On April 11, she shared a black and white picture on Instagram of her long blonde hair concealing her face. She joked, “Debuting my new hair color in B&W in case any of my followers are colorblind. Or dogs.”

But the Oscar-nominated actress doesn’t plan to stay a blonde for long. She added, “So strange. Just until we wrap.”

Unfortunately, Kendrick’s new blonde ‘do may not be making its red carpet debut Sunday at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. Though the cast of Pitch Perfect is set to join former costar and host of the show Rebel Wilson in a special opening act number, Kendrick may not be joining them.

A rep for the actress told the Huffington Post that Kendrick will not be attending because she’s filming The Last Five Years in NYC.

Though she won’t be joining the Pitch Perfect reunion, fans can still enjoy watching Kendrick’s new music video for the “Cups” song from the 2012 musical comedy. The video premiere Friday at 4:30 PST on Vevo, and Kendrick tells Us that she was surprised the short song became a radio hit.

“They’ve added some instrumentation which is really cool and vibing off the whole Mumford and Sons kind of sound,” she says. “They’d originally looped my voice doing the choruses which really bugged me, so I begged them to let me go re-record it so it didn’t sound creepy and repetitive.” {usmagazine.com}