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Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Sep 11: “The Voices” Premiere – 2014 Toronto International Film Festival




We also have the first reviews of Anna’s three movies that debuted at Sundance.

Life After Beth: Sundance Review

If Cooties is Sundance 2014’s zombie comedy that hits every note of the well-established format and delights while doing so, Jeff Baena’s Life After Beth is the one that reminds us how odd the mashup was to begin with. The one that plucks from the genre playbook only what it wants, then tells its own story while letting the world, in the background, go to hell in the usual way. The one that finds a new metaphoric meaning for zombie tropes, making them about the devastation of grief, and manages to keep us laughing while making that metaphor stick. It’s a perfectly pitched debut that should benefit greatly from word of mouth and, especially given the top-flight comic talents surrounding lead Dane DeHaan, won’t appeal solely to fanboys at the box office. . . {hollywoodreporter.com}

The Voices: Sundance Review

Good and evil prefer to sit on the lap rather than the shoulders of the extremely conflicted protagonist of The Voices, the confident if rather wacky English-language debut of Paris-based Iranian director and comic-book artist Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis).

This thriller-horror-comedy hybrid is among the more eccentric films screening at Sundance this year and stars an excellent Ryan Reynolds as a damaged man-child in a small industrial town in the Midwest who accidentally kills his date for the night (Gemma Arterton) and then asks his pets what he should do — and of course, they talk back, literally. Oscar nominees Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver co-star in this wild and occasionally hilarious genre crossbreed that seems tailor-made for fantastic film festivals and midnight slots, though a small distributor with large cojones could try and capitalize on the film’s star power and zany premise and aim for a modest commercial release before making a killing on VOD. . . . {hollywoodreporter.com}

Happy Christmas: Sundance Review

Following up last year’s Drinking Buddies with another low-key ensemble comedy, writer-director Joe Swanberg addresses relationship issues of increasing complexity without sacrificing his frequently amusing perspective on single life.

After taking Happy Christmas off the market with a festival pre-buy, Magnolia Pictures can expect to see a fairly similar return on the new film by partnering with Swanberg again on a theatrical release (Paramount acquired home entertainment and international rights), with perhaps a bit of a bump from a gradually expanding fan base.

Chicago married couple Jeff (Swanberg) and Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) are juggling freelance careers while looking after their two-year-old son, Jude (Jude Swanberg). Jeff’s working on a film in preproduction, but Kelly’s novel writing has stalled out after her first book as she’s shifted to full-time homemaking. They’re still relatively content, however, and preparing for a holiday visit from Jeff’s sister Jenny (Anna Kendrick), a volatile young woman who’s recently split from her boyfriend. Jeff’s concerned that even at 27, Jenny’s not stable enough to look after herself and has invited her for an indefinite visit. In exchange, she’s agreed to assist with child care. hollywoodreporter.com

Ryan Reynolds hears ‘Voices’ at Sundance

One of the weirder, much-discussed comedies of the festival is The Voices, a grisly, dark comedy that features a terrific performance by Ryan Reynolds as a likable factory worker who hears advice from his pet dog and cat and morphs into a scary serial killer.

“The script is insane,” says co-star Anna Kendrick, adding that she had wanted to work with writer-director Marjane Satrapi since reading her graphic novel Persepolis, which was made into a film in 2007 and nominated for an animated-feature Oscar.

Indeed, Satrapi initially resisted any gruesome shots, then succumbed to showing Reynolds’ character slicing and dicing the body parts of his female co-workers and stowing them away neatly in plastic containers.

“I didn’t know I was this attracted to gore and blood,” says the Iranian-born Satrapi. “My mother told me ‘You are sick in the head.’ ”

Reynolds plays Jerry, a nebbishy guy who works in the packing department of a large company. But he’s descending into madness. First hint: He talks with his dog and cat — and they talk back. His cat Mr. Whiskers has a nasty temperament and a feisty Scottish burr, goading Reynolds’ character to do evil and kill. Bosco, the dog, is deep-voiced and decent. The pooch, a Mastiff mix, says things like “I earned the right to be called a good boy.”

Reynolds does the voice of the dog and cat, and also performs in an elaborate song-and-dance sequence for the closing credits, which features Kendrick, Gemma Arterton and a singing, dancing Jesus.

But, for all his accomplishments and ability to play a deranged killer, Reynolds had one strange phobia.

It had nothing to do with carnage, but involved working so closely with house pets.

Says Satrapi: “Ryan is scared of cats.” {usa today}

Kendrick: I liked being unlikeable

Anna Kendrick has revealed she enjoyed portraying a nasty girl in Happy Christmas.
The Pitch Perfect star reunites with Drinking Buddies filmmaker Joe Swanberg for the improvised drama, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Honestly, I would have done anything Joe asked me to do, but I was really excited about playing somebody who was a mess, who doesn’t have a filter and is kind of selfish,” she said.
“I mean, she’s kind of unlikeable. I hope that I brought enough honesty, that people will maybe understand where she’s coming from – or maybe you should just hate her.”
Anna – whose character Jenny unexpectedly decides to move in with her elder brother – is most thrilled about her scenes with Girls star Lena Dunham, who plays her best friend in Happy Christmas.
“I was just excited that there are scenes with Lena Dunham and Melanie Lynskey, where it’s just the three of us talking and a guy doesn’t come in the room at any point. We’re just chatting about sex and work,” she said.
“I know Lena’s doing that all the time but that was a really fun day to me. She knows who she is, which is so admirable. Her improv is so perfect because she’s never thinking of what her character would say. She just gets in the zone and she’s so honest and so smart, and her work is really beautiful.”
Director Joe admitted he was interested to see Anna play someone different to her previous characters.
“I thought Anna would be perfect for this character. This character is young and irresponsible, and she’s a little reckless. It’s not a role I’ve really seen Anna play before so it was fun to invite her back to do something like that,” he said. {uk.movies.yahoo.com}

Anna Kendrick Storms Sundance

Pneumonia prevented Ryan Reynolds, who plays a schizophrenic murderer in “The Voices,” from attending the cocktail party Sunday evening for the film at the Grey Goose Blue Door on Main Street in Park City, Utah. But that didn’t stop his costar Anna Kendrick, coming off three of her movies premiering on the same day at the Sundance Film Festival, and director Marjane Satrapi, new to the Sundance circuit, from showing up.
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Compared to Cannes, where Satrapi’s animated effort “Persepolis” was rewarded with the Jury Prize in 2007, she was finding Sundance more relaxed. “All the independent filmmakers are here, and I’m so happy to be here,” gushed Satrapi, proceeding to scan the room with a video recorder to document the festivities. “Persepolis” is based on Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel, and “The Voices,” written by Michael R. Perry, is the first movie of Satrapi’s in which she doesn’t take part in the writing. “I got sent the script, and I really loved it, so I really wanted to do it. From the second you want to do something badly, you should do it,” said Satrapi. “The script was funny. It was sad. It was intelligent. It had all the qualities I look for.”

Kendrick’s other two films at Sundance — “Happy Christmas,” a dramedy from mumblecore king Joe Swanberg, and “Life After Beth,” a zombie comedy — are in keeping with her eclectic choice in projects since she earned an Oscar nomination four years ago for her plucky turn in “Up in the Air.”

“[‘The Voices’] was very specific,” the actress said. “Marjane has a very, very specific idea about what each frame will look like, what the scene will feel like, what the music might be.”

“Christmas,” on the other hand, wasn’t even scripted.

“We had an outline, but no dialogue, no script, no idea what the finished film was going to be like,” Kendrick said. “[Both films] are equally exciting.”

Minutes after the party at the Blue Door for “The Voices” wound down at 9:30 p.m., Kendrick arrived at 501 on Main to join the cast and crew of “Happy Christmas” for The Next Generation Filmmaker Dinner Series. She quickly posed for photographs with Mark Webber and Swanberg, who does triple duty on the movie as its writer, director and Kendrick’s on-screen brother. Webber called the movie “an anti-Christmas film in a way, at least a traditional one.” He elaborated, “It’s this beautiful, really small, intimate look at a family and family life set around Christmas. It’s very real and natural.”

Also present to promote the movie was Melanie Lynskey, who plays Swanberg’s wife and Kendrick’s sister-in-law in “Happy Christmas.” Lynskey took a break from the business at hand to gamely dance upstairs with Alison Pill and Jason Ritter. Kendrick followed along and kept the dance party going. Amid the merriment, Swanberg emphasized “Happy Christmas,” which was picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Pictures earlier in the week, covers serious ground. “I hope that it sparks conversations between men and women about the relationship between work and child care, and I hope it gets people talking about fairness and expectations for women when they have children,” he said. {wwd.com}

Anna Kendrick’s finally a mess in ‘Happy Christmas’

Anna Kendrick stars as a problem drinker who moves in with her brother’s family after a breakup. Among the family members: a toddler played by director Joe Swanberg’s son, Jude.

PARK CITY, Utah — Family is messy. The upside, for director Joe Swanberg, is the ability to translate that messiness into a film that had a gigantic line waiting for it (in 20-degree weather, no less) at the Sundance Film Festival.

In Happy Christmas, which arrives at the festival just six months after Swanberg’s last effort, Drinking Buddies, Anna Kendrick plays Jenny, who has a drinking problem and moves in with her brother, Jeff (played by Swanberg), his wife, Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), and their toddler (Swanberg’s adorable son, Jude) after a recent breakup.

In real life, “Anna is very put together. She’s not a mess,” says Swanberg, who directed Kendrick in Drinking Buddies. “I feel like she’s been so consistently ‘good’ in films. What I was hoping to show with Happy Christmas is that she’s amazing doing any kind of character.”

Jenny’s best friend, Carson (Lena Dunham) has a smaller role, but Dunham’s voice (similar in tone and honesty to her character on HBO’s Girls but far less self-involved) helps to signify where Jenny is at. The woman is reeling, with little to latch onto at the age of 27 except bottles of booze and a cute thirtysomething male babysitter/pot dealer who crosses her path.

“The amazing thing about Lena is that she had that voice from the first day I met her,” says Swanberg, who has been friends with Dunham for years. “She’s the best example that I’ve ever known (of a person) finding mainstream success without changing a thing.”

He adds that it’s talent like Dunham and Mark Duplass who are leading the charge for filmmakers like himself. “They’re making it more accessible for my movies to get out there and play wider,” he says. “Because people are like, ‘Oh this isn’t without context. I watch Girls and I’ve seen The League and I’ve watched Jeff Who Lives at Home.’ ”

In Happy Christmas, Jenny’s arrival triggers a surprising revelation: Kelly, challenged over rounds of beer with Jenny and Carson on why she’s given up on writing, slowly reveals she’s lost a sense of self as a stay-at-home mom.

Like filmmakers Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said) and Paul Mazursky (Down and Out in Beverly Hills), “I’ve always wanted the characters to grow up with me,” says Swanberg. Happy Christmas steals from his own life: Nine months after Jude was born, his younger brother moved in with them for three trying months.

And Swanberg’s wife, filmmaker Kris Williams, spent a year and a half caring for their son so the couple could save money on child care. But not working secretly plagued her, inspiring Swanberg to share the story of a mother who “felt frustrated but who felt guilty for that frustration,” he says.

Although Jenny is “much more reckless than my brother actually was,” says Swanberg, there are strong similarities, including one calamitous night the younger sibling sets off a smoke alarm by passing out after shoving a frozen pizza in the oven.

Next up may be finding an agent for little Jude, who delighted the festival audience by consistently hamming it up in Happy Christmas. “I know!” Swanberg laughs. “I’ll have to protect him from the paparazzi.” {usatoday.com}

Anna attended the Women at Sundance Brunch on January 20th at Park City. She also posed again at the Variety Studio. Other guests were Elizabeth Moss, Selena Gomez, and Shailene Woodley. I’ve also added portraits of Anna posing with “The Voices” director Marjane Satrapi and actress Mary Steenburgen. I’ve also been added HQ’s and more portrait sessions to the previous Sundance updates, including Sundance Day I and Sundance Candids.

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Jan 20: Women At Sundance Brunch

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Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Jan 20: Women At Sundance Brunch – Variety Studio

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Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Jan 20: Canon Celebrates Cinematography

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Photoshoots & Press > Portraits > Larry Busacca @ Sundance (Jan. 20, 2014)

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Photoshoots & Press > Portraits > Victoria Will – “The Voices” Portraits @ Sundance (Jan. 20, 2014)

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Photoshoots & Press > Portraits > Dan Steinberg – “The Voices” Portraits for The Hollywood Reporter @ Sundance (Jan. 20, 2014)

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Anna looked adorable at the Sundance premiere of her film “The Voices” at The Egyptian Theater in Park City January 19th. She is posing with director Marjane Satrapi, wearing a gem-print dress.

Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Jan 19: Sundance Film Festival – “The Voices” Premiere

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Appearances & Events > Appearances in 2014 > Jan 19: Sundance Film Festival – “The Voices” Party

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Anna is already in Berlin and has started shooting “The Voices” with Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton. There are some candids of the leads out to dinner April 19th at a restaurant in town:

Candids > Candids in 2013 > April 19: Getting Dinner in Berlin with Ryan Reynolds

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Ryan Reynolds leaves the Bordchardt restaurant after having dinner with Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton, and the cast and crew of their new film The Voices on Friday (April 19) in Berlin, Germany.

The 36-year-old actor is currently in the European city shooting the flick about a disturbed factory worker who hears advice from his pet dog and cat and is implicated in the accidental death of his co-worker.

Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick

It’s nice to see Ryan Reynolds is getting along with his latest leading ladies.

The 36-year-old actor stepped out in Berlin over the weekend for a friendly dinner with Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton.

The trio costar in the upcoming drama The Voices, which is currently filming in Germany.

Accompanied by other castmembers and crew, Reynolds, Kendrick and Arterton were snapped hanging outside a local restaurant and giving each other hugs before leaving.

Reynolds was dressed casually in jeans and denim jacket while Kendrick and Arterton sported dark coats.

Kendrick recently took to Twitter to share some funny observations. “There are 3 sex shops within walking distance from my hotel in Berlin,” she posted. “Grocery store would have been a bonus but I’m not gonna get greedy.”

Acording to The Voices‘ IMDB page, the flick follows a “disturbed factory worker who hears advice from his pet dog and cat is implicated in the accidental death of his co-worker.”

Anna’s next role will be in the psychological thriller The Voices, starring alongside Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton :D:

Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick have been set to star alongside Ryan Reynolds in The Voices, the Marjane Satrapi-directed psychological thriller that is being co-produced by 1984 Private Defense Contractors and Mandalay Vision. Filming is about to start in Berlin, with script by Paranormal Activity‘s Michael R. Perry. Reynolds plays a lovable but strange bathtub factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden murderous turn, Jerry’s evil “talking” cat and benevolent “talking” dog lead him down a fantastical path that ultimately brings him to salvation.

Arterton just wrapped Runner, Runner opposite Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, and was last seen in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Kendrick is coming off the sleeper hit Pitch Perfect. Both are repped by CAA.

1984 Private Defense Contractors’ Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna are producing with Mandalay Vision’s Matthew Rhodes, and Roy Lee. Mandalay’s Adam Stone will have a producing credit and Cathy Schulman is exec producing.

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