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Up in the Air: NBR Awards, Sad Brad Smith Music Video, Promo pic, Reviews

Anna won the prestigious National Board of Review Award as Best Supporting Actress for Up in the Air, while Up in the Air nabbed Best Picture and Best Screenplay! Anna spoke to the Tampa Bay Times about her glee in finding out the news whilst aboard a plane, of all places, trying to keep her cool next to Sigourney Weaver :D The awards will be handed out Jan. 12 in a New York gala hosted by Meredith Vieira. {St. Petersburg Times}

Sad Brad Smith’s music video “Help Yourself” from the Up in the Air soundtrack is now out with a few more looks at Anna’s character. Sad Brad is the same guy that interviewed Anna on the Myspace Artist on Artist interview that we posted a while back. You can view it in HD at Up in the Air’s Facebook page or Youtube below:

Screencaps: Sad Brad Smith “Help Yourself” X 23

There is also one more Up in the Air promotional shot out from Paramount:

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And the verdict for the limited release opening weekend of Up in the Air? Don’t even get me started on all the positive REVIEWS! (oops, too late) ;) :

NY Times:

  • One of the pleasures of “Up in the Air” is that its actresses — including Anna Kendrick, who plays Bingham’s colleague Natalie — share the frame with Mr. Clooney as equals, not props. The ferocious Ms. Kendrick, her ponytail swinging like an ax, grabs every scene she’s in, which works for her go-getter (go-get-him) character, who is sent out on the road with Bingham as part of an efficiency campaign. She’s a monster for our times: a presumed human-resources expert who, having come of age in front of a computer, has no grasp of the human. By contrast Bingham, who fires people face to face with a small smile and pat speech, comes across as the good guy, though only if you forget what he does for a living.

  • L.A. Times :

  • If Alex invades Bingham’s life in the personal sphere, Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) does in the business arena. A whip smart young numbers cruncher hired by Bingham’s boss (a fine Jason Bateman), Keener wants all future firings to be done via video conferencing, and Bingham has to take her on the road with him if he hopes to keep his job. Kendrick, memorable in Jeff Blitz’s “Rocket Science,” is the film’s secret weapon, and her tightly wound character is a comic triumph.

  • Rolling Stone:

  • Natalie (Anna Kendrick), who dismisses Ryan as “old,” is a 23-year-old firebrand out of Cornell hired by Ryan’s boss (Jason Bateman, making slime so tasty you hunger for more) to lay off workers more efficiently: by computer. That’s when Ryan takes her on the road to prove her wrong. Kendrick (Bella’s perky bud in the Twilight series) is a revelation. Watching her lose her fiance and her tightly held control is hilarious and heartbreaking.

  • Roger Ebert:

  • Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) is a bright, ambitious new graduate who has taken a job with Bingham’s company because it’s near her boyfriend. Bingham takes her on the road to teach her the ropes. Alex is him now, Natalie is him then . . . Farmiga is one of the warmest and most attractive women in the movies, or at least she plays one. You may not guess all she’s thinking. Kendrick’s Natalie is so brim-full of joy at the dawn of her career that it shines even on ending those of others. Nothing better than making your boss happy.

  • Blast Magazine:

  • The cast in this film deliver a pitch-perfect performance. Newcomer Anna Kendrick has been receiving praise for months, due in part for her acting but also undoubtedly to the amazing fact that she’s so young. . . .Anna Kendrick will doubtless receive an Oscar nomination.

  • Have you seen Up in the Air yet? Be sure to write up your own review in the Anna Kendrick Net FORUMS :D !

    Anna Helps with Toy Drive on Today Show; MORE Press!

    Anna was indeed on The Today Show bright and early today, braving the cold New York weather to talk to Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira; getting lots of laughs as she speaks George, her success and stress:

    Anna also helped out with the Today Show’s Christmas Toy Drive, here are the first photos:

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    You didn’t think I’d let you get away without more articles did you? Here’s the latest batch, including a new photoshoot!

    Daily News:

    “She’s not in the book at all,” Kendrick notes. “She mainly exists as a way to make George Clooney’s character explain himself. Otherwise, the entire film would be inner monologue, which would be pretty boring.”

    Stiff and threatening at first, Natalie is persuasively humanized as the film unfolds.

    “She always was empathetic to me,” Kendrick says. “At the beginning, people don’t respond to her because they see her as bratty and she challenges the story’s hero. But I love her independence, her strength and her drive. However misguided she might be, I love that she’s unapologetically ambitious, has been strong and works hard.”

    Not unlike the actress herself, right?

    “There’s part of me that wants to be that strong and confident,” Kendrick admits. “It’s so fun for me to play, when there are so many times in my real life when I’ve wished that I’d stood up for myself.” {Looking ‘UP’}

    Movieline:

    Something theater fans may know that film buffs haven’t realized yet is that you have a theater background — in fact, you’re one of the youngest people ever nominated for a Tony, and it was for your very first role in High Society. What do you remember about winning that part? My parents had started driving me to New York when I was 10, and it’s a six-hour drive there and a six-hour drive back, so after a while, they started sending me and my brother down on Greyhound buses. So I went down on a Greyhound bus to audition for High Society and when they asked me to stay for callbacks, I had to get a hotel room and stay in the city. My parents had to fax a credit card to this hotel room and they told my brother and me not to leave the hotel and to only go out for auditions and then come straight back — of course, we said we would, and then went straight to Bleecker and MacDougal to have breakfast, because we thought we were the coolest kids in the world. [Laughs] We kept having to stay and stay, so my brother and I were alone in New York City, and then we were on a Greyhound bus back when I found out that I got the job. Everyone was sleeping on the midnight bus, and I was trying not to scream because I was 12 and I was going to be on Broadway.

    Did you feel at that point like you wanted to commit to either film or theater? I feel like people want there to be this mystery between film and theater, but I just kind of went where I got jobs, you know? After Camp, I got A Little Night Music at the New York Opera, so I went and did that. After that, I got this pilot and I went to LA. That didn’t work out, but Camp came out and it just felt like this was something I should try to do. It certainly wasn’t easy — it wasn’t like I said, “All right, I’m ending stage and starting my film career” — I just went to LA to try to work. There have definitely been more than a few moments in my life where I’m wondering where the next paycheck will come from and how I’m gonna pay rent.

    Your next film coming up is Edgar Wright’s action comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, where you play Michael Cera’s sister. Like Twilight, that’s a cast filled with up-and-coming young actors. Did you know many of them before you started shooting? Not really — I knew Mae Whitman a little, and Aubrey Plaza and I hung out a little bit because we’d met at the Christmas party. The thing I can say that I love most about that cast is how completely un-self-aware and funny all the girls are. They definitely could have just gotten a bunch of little starlets to play all these characters. Because it’s a comic book adaptation, they could have gotten a bunch of hot girls with no talent, but every single girl is so on point and so funny.

    Speaking of self-awareness, you’re about to navigate a lot of awards and events for this film. Are you ready for that? Do you feel you have to put on a suit of armor and march through? A little bit. It’s strange — even doing interviews, I feel really strange about giving up so much of the stories and moments that used to be mine. They’re not mine anymore, they belong to everybody else now. I don’t know if that sounds really melodramatic, but I care about these films so much that it’s strange to talk about it and worry that you’re coming off as disingenuous. I’m trying to stay focused and say what I mean, and it’s hard. The last thing I want to do is give mechanical answers about a film that I really, really love and I’m really proud of. {Up in the Air’s Anna Kendrick on Getting Hired, Not Fired}

    MTV:

    Reitman declared that he would never judge an actor’s talent based on the vampire saga. He fell for Kendrick’s skills after taking in “Rocket Science,” a 2007 indie comedy in which the actress plays the hyper-articulate debate-team queen.

    “When I saw her in that movie, I just thought, ‘This girl has a different voice from everyone of her generation,’ ” Reitman said. “She oddly talks like someone from the 1940s, and she’s so witty and smart and sharp, and I needed a girl who could go toe-to-toe with George Clooney, and she was the one.”

    “This was Anna’s role,” he explained. “I wrote this for Anna. As soon as I saw ‘Rocket Science’ and I recognized her voice, I started writing for her.” {‘Up In The Air’ Director Raves About Anna Kendrick: ‘I Wrote This Role For Her’}

    Georgia Straight:

    “I was more intimidated by Vera than by George because she plays one of those women who could eat you for breakfast,” she says. “But it was great to watch them work together and to see how warm they both were. Watching her work is like watching a gymnast, so the day our characters were all in the same room was a good day.” {Up in the Air’s Anna Kendrick soars with George Clooney}

    Boston Herald:

    “I thought she was special. She seemed almost a transplant from the ’40s, the way her wit works and the speed of her speech. I needed an actress who could represent all the bright girls who think they have the world figured out and are frustrated,” Reitman said.

    As she looks at a possible future as a leading lady, her “Air” leading man could serve as a guide.

    “I have seen some co-workers have their lives altered drastically and privacy taken away from them,” she said.

    “George gives me hope about being able to maintain dignity and sanity and being kind to people. He’s been very famous for a very long time and he’s still awesome.” {Anna Kendrick walking on ‘Air’ after working with George Clooney}

    Moviefone:

    It must have sucked having to spend so much time with George Clooney. [Laughs] He’s great. We’d be sitting in the car on days where we were supposed to be not speaking to each other, and we’d turn on the radio between takes. [A very persistent flight attendant comes over and shoves a plate of little chocolates at Kendrick, who declines, nicely, twice; she laughs]. I lost my train of thought. Oh yeah, so the Detroit station was doing George Clooney trivia questions because they knew he was there, and in between takes I’d be trying to answer them and getting them all wrong.

    Did you have a plan for the way her physical appearance changes?
    Yeah, she really starts to kind of break at the seams at a certain point and you can feel the breakdown coming. And that’s where she starts to kind of lose it. I remember one hair being out of place as she started to fall apart and feeling very vulnerable as Natalie, and feeling so strange that I didn’t look perfect.

    Are there actresses that you look to for inspiration?

    It’s funny because I actually love actresses who look like they feel really natural. I like Patricia Clarkson, Laura Linney, Frances McDormand. Those are actresses where the second they show up on screen you’re like, oh my gosh, this movie just got so much better. It’s always a nice surprise when you go into a movie and you didn’t realize that Patricia Clarkson’s in it. And she just blows you away. I didn’t realize she was in ‘Lars and the real Girl,’ and she just blows you out of the water. She could phone it in and still be incredible. She just brings something so unique to each role.

    Is there anything you’re dying to do?

    There will always be a part of me that wants to do a movie musical. I feel like you’re doing yourself a disservice when you say something like that, because you never know if that thing is gonna come along and be right, but I’d be lying if I said that that wasn’t true. I mean, I graduated from high school early so I could move to New York to do ‘A Little Night Music’ out of the New York City Opera.

    {Anna Kendrick on Failing Clooney Trivia and Nailing ‘Up in the Air’ Role}

    Screencrave:

    With Twilight I didn’t read the books until after I was cast and I was kind of glad that I didn’t because Jessica’s so traditionally catty in the novels. When I auditioned I just kind of figured the only believable way for somebody like me to be pretending that she’s the most popular girl, or she’s the queen bee is to play up how needy that is, and how desperate that actually is. I think that’s what they liked about it, and what made it funny. I’m glad that I didn’t read the novels beforehand.

    I feel like I have the best of both worlds. I’m a part of this thing that is such a big deal to a lot of people but then I completely recognize that I don’t play a very instrumental part of. Then I got to go and play at the grown ups table, and act as though I wasn’t completely out of my league. It was nice to even shoot them at the same time, people have asked if that was challenging but I liked shooting them at the same time because it meant that I kind of got to leave the rigid Natalie world and play this incredibly vacuous high school girl for a couple of days and then go back into Natalie mode. {Anna Kendrick’s Breakthrough is Up in The Air}

    HollyScoop:

    Up in the Air just landed the Best Film honors from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.The National Board of Review’s film picks have been golden in recent years – the panel’s choice for best movie went on to win the Oscar for Best Feature in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

    Clooney shared a win for best actor with Invictus star Morgan Freeman, while his co-star Anna Kendrick was named Best Supporting Actress and writer/director Jason Reitman picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay prize. Clint Eastwood was named best director. {Up in the Air Scores Big at NBR Awards}

    Media: Variety's Q & A Up in the Air Session, Myspace Artist on Artist, Entertainment Weekly

    Two new event photos have surfaced of Anna at Variety’s Screening and Q & A session of Up in the Air in New York and Los Angeles. The sessions should be out soon, in the meantime view photos in the gallery. I’ve also managed to post Anna’s blurb from the New Moon clad Entertainment Weekly and article from Palm Spring Life:

    Some more must-see videos cropping up from Up in the Air Junkets include

    Myspace – Artist on Artist with Sad Brad Smith:

    Artist on Artist with Anna Kendrick and Sad Brad Smith

    Jason Reitman Featurette:

    Jeanne Wolf:

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    I’ve also added more Up in the Air L.A. premiere video interviews below as well as press (including new interviews from Just Jared and MTV).

    Anna @ the Up in the Air Los Angeles Premiere

    As we reported, the Los Angeles Premiere of Up in the Air took place November 30th at the Mann Village Theatre. Guests included Up in the Air stars George Clooney, a very similar dressed Vera Farmiga, and director Jason Reitman with their dates, as well as Cindy Crawford. Celeb power-couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie showed up to the After party! Anna channeled old Hollywood glamour in a snow-white off-shoulder frock and wavy updo.

    Photos

    Videos
    Access Hollywood (anna @ 2:24) :

    MTV :

    AP (anna @ 1:00) :

    ET (anna @ .43 and 2.58)

    Getty Images:

    Press

    • Anna Kendrick Stunning in White at ‘Up in the Air’ Premiere {Celebrity Mania}
    • George Clooney, Anna Kendrick Bask In Buzz At ‘Up In The Air’ Premiere {VH1}
    • ‘Up In The Air’ premieres at Mann Village Theater in Westwood {Examiner}
    • Anna Kendrick Discusses Up in the Air {About.com}
    • Anna Kendrick: How Can We Look Like You? { HollywoodlifeAnna Kendrick: George Clooney Knew To Stay Away! { Just Jared}

    • Anna Kendrick Explains Why ‘New Moon’ Fans Should See ‘Up In The Air’ { MTV}
    • Anna Kendrick: How Can We Look Like You? { NY Post}

    I’ve got lots more MQ’s and HQ photos to add! I’ve also added some more press interviews to our November 30th post. All these new articles and video interviews will be added to our press archive and youtube soon enough. Up in the Air opens in select theaters tomorrow, December 2nd!

    Anna Nominated for Satellite Award! Awards Buzz

    Anna has been nominated for the 2009 Satellite Awards! Anna is up for the Best Supporting Actress Category for Up in the Air, along with Emily Blunt for “Sunshine Cleaning”, Penelope Cruz for “Nine”, Mozhan Marno, and Mo’nique for “Precious”. Co-star George Clooney is nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, while Up in the Air is also nominated for Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Ten Best Films of 2009.

    The L.A. Times:

    The International Press Academy (IPA) announced its nominations for the 14th Annual Satellite Awards on Sunday, and as in past years, the sizable list is a mixed bag of names with considerable Oscar buzz and left-field choices. On one hand, contenders such as Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”), Colin Firth (“A Single Man”), Meryl Streep (“Julie and Julia”), Mo’nique (“Precious”) and Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air”) are all included in the acting categories . . . {2009 Satellite Awards nominees: Off-beat or Oscar predictor?}

    The L.A. Times has also an article on their picks for Supporting Actress Oscar winner:

    However, the star of “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” portrays a monstrous ghetto mama so vile that voters may hold the role against the actress. In that case, this contest is wide open, and several of her rivals have a good shot at an upset, including Julianne Moore (“A Single Man”) and “Up in the Air” stars Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. I think a lot of my fellow Oscarologists are foolishly underestimating Farmiga. Most think that her young, bubbly costar, Anna Kendrick, has a better shot at getting nominated. But beware: Award voters, mostly male and middle-aged (and older), often get excited by mature women who portray the seductress.

    Remember there is also still time to vote for Anna in the People’s Choice Awards, and the televised screening will take place on January 6, 2010. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles premiere for Up in the Air should be taking place shortly!

    Press continued! Videos, Print Interviews, Magazine Scans

    EDIT: Anna was on Making Of, where she mentions the mystery of her Twitter name: Annakendrick47 actually stands for AK-47, a nickname Rocket Science co-star Nicholas D’Agosto christened her on-set ;) .

    Making Of (Thanks Barrett for the tip)! :

    Manny the Movie Guy:

    Coming Soon:


    “It’s a little bizarre to be in the middle of it, but I feel like I had reached a threshold when I signed on to a George Clooney, Jason Reitman movie — so I’ve sort of just plateaued,” said Kendrick. {Exclusive: Up in the Air with Anna Kendrick }

    ABC 7 Los Angeles:

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    It takes a strong actress to share the screen with an actor like Clooney and “Up in the Air” director Jason Reitman had no doubts he’d found the right woman for the job.

    “She is just spectacular. She is from another era,” said Reitman. “She is fast and funny and goes toe to toe with Clooney effortlessly. She is a fearless actress and that’s the quality I love most in an actor.”

    Anna’s planning to just hang on and enjoy the ride she’s on right now and it’s a world that includes her first encounter with Oscar buzz.

    “It’s a little bizarre to be in the middle of it, but I feel like I had reached a threshold when I signed on to a George Clooney, Jason Reitman movie — so I’ve sort of just plateaued,” said Kendrick. {Anna Kendrick trades in vampires for Clooney}

    Parade Magazine:

    Don’t ask her to predict box office success.
    “I can remember when I was offered the role in Twilight feeling like, ‘OK, I’m going to do this movie and it’s about vampires so maybe it will be cool.’ I was telling my friends I was in Twilight and none of them had heard of it. So I was going, ‘Maybe people will like it and maybe we’ll break even if we’re lucky.’ Now, it’s everywhere, a global phenomenon. I’m not exactly sure how that happened.”

    The big lip lock you won’t see in Up in the Air.
    “There was a scene that was cut from the film where I get drunk and I make out with a guy that I meet. I thought that we should just give it a test run before we had to do it in front of the cameras. I wanted to be professional about it. So we went into another room and kind of did a little smooching. Afterward, this guy looked as though he’d been like violated. He was like, ‘Oh, that was very efficient.’ I was like, ‘I’m an efficient kisser? That’s awesome, that’s great news.’”

    Coping with Oscar buzz for her performance.
    “I think surreal is absolutely the right word. It’s very strange for me to sit in my filthy, unwashed Prius, which I’ve had since I was 18, or in my room with my pile of laundry, and feel like there are people talking about Oscar buzz. It’s very strange because I feel like people who get talked about in that way are these kind of perfect human beings. You’re supposed to be really polished and really grownup to get Oscar buzz. There’s almost a feeling like, ‘If you could just see my life and see how often I’m almost falling apart, you’d understand why I think it’s weird.’”

    Getting that Tony nomination at 12.

    “People don’t usually start that young. Believe me, when you’re 10-years-old, and trying to make it, two years is a long ass time not to get a job. There were definitely moments where I was like, ‘What am I doing, where am I going?’ In my own way I was definitely a very serious little girl and there were times when I thought I was being ridiculous, and being a success was a stupid dream. I guess I just knew what I wanted at the age. I think I was more ambitious as a child than I am now.” {Anna Kendrick: Filming ‘New Moon’ Was ‘Nerve-Wracking’}

    Boston Globe:

    Ask [Jason Reitman] about his boyhood and he’ll reveal a mild obsessive-compulsive disorder that compelled him to flip his bedroom light switches in the exact same way every night. He uses that to his advantage now, directing his actors with extraordinary focus and vision.

    “He’s really specific,’’ Kendrick confirms. Best known for roles in “Rocket Science’’ and “Twilight,’’ she appreciated Reitman’s sturdiness on set, maybe because she hails from no-nonsense Maine and with this filmmaker “you always know that if what you’re trying isn’t working, he’s got a plan.’’ {At the top, with an eye on downsizing}

    If that isn’t enough, I’ve also got around to adding scans from magazines out now including Vogue, Popstar, and Film Fantasy:

    You can also find a small Anna-blurb in the latest Entertainment Weekly, which we should have soon ;) !

    Anna to be on Letterman; Videos, Candids

    Anna is set to be a guest star on David Letterman Monday, December 7th! She’ll get to brush shoulders with Barbara Walters, also set to appear on the TV show Monday. Check for your local listings:

    Speaking of interviews, the full Hot Blog DP30 Interview is now up on their site {www.dp30.com}. a full, very interesting 30 minutes with a gorgeous Anna, what’s not to love? She touches up on her childhood in Maine and Broadway, differences between working in film and on stage, and among other things, Taco Bell. A true necessity for any Anna fan ;) :

    There is also one more Up in the Air press junket interview from Talking Pictures:

    Talking Pictures also has one from the American Airlines Press Junket:

    In addition, USAweekend has a follow-up interview accompanying the previously posted article, she mentions her parents’ film influence and her Broadway beginnings:

    Did the early start on Broadway put you on the right path?
    Yeah, I’m sure it did. Even though the rejection is hard to handle at that age, there’s also a fearlessness in you. It’s that age where part of you just wants to disappear, that tricky adolescent phase. It also seemed less frightening to go on stage in front of thousands of people. Had I waited until I was like 20 to give it a shot for the first time, maybe after a couple of bad auditions I would have just given up.

    Was getting a Tony nod even a big deal to you when you were 12?
    I really never wrapped my head around the idea of the history of it all. That ultimately was probably a good thing just because it would have freaked me out if I was 12 years old and fully understood what it meant to be nominated for a Tony Award.

    Did you have an actress you looked up to at that age?
    When I did High Society, I watched the musical film version, but I also watched The Philadelphia Story. It’s impossible to see Katharine Hepburn and not be inspired by her. I’ve looked up to her ever since. She’s special because she’s beautiful, but she’s not gorgeous in a traditional way. The thing that comes across about her on screen is how intelligent she is. She’s a good role model to have.

    Were your parents fans of classic cinema, or did you develop that on your own?
    It was probably a little bit of both. I got a lot of film recommendations from some of the actors and actresses in High Society, and my parents always encouraged me to make intelligent choices in every area of my life. When I was living with my dad when we were doing High Society, we’d go to rent a movie and at 12, I’d want to rent some silly romantic comedy. He’d be like, “OK, we can rent that if we also rent The African Queen.” And then of course, I’d watch African Queen like four times in a row. {Anna Kendrick talks Oscar buzz, Clooney and ‘Up in the Air’}

    I’ve also found an adorable new candid from the AA flight:

    Official Up in the Air Site Makeover, Print Interviews

    The Official Up in the Air website has received a bit of a makeover. You can now preview the soundtrack, view cast info, reviews, photos and production notes:

    There’s a print interview from Newday, where Anna mentions her Youtube fame, reaction to finding out she was working with George, and Twilight phenom:

    You’re known to cult audiences for your knockout performance in the underseen but critically acclaimed “Rocket Science,” and for a YouTube clip of your knockout song “The Ladies Who Lunch” in the movie “Camp” (2003) . . .
    Oh, no!

    Oh, no? What, oh, no?
    [Laughs] No, it’s just funny that for whatever reason only that one number has really resurfaced on YouTube, and it makes me regret that people don’t see the whole movie . I mean, I understand it, and I’m happy people are watching any piece of it, but people really should see the whole movie!

    What’s next? “Twilight” surely raised your profile.
    It’s funny – I was cast before “Twilight,” actually. “Twilight” is this huge phenomenon, but I’ve yet to get a job from it! [laughs] I was cast in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” [her next film] for ages before “Twilight” came out. And Jason saw “Rocket Science” and didn’t even know what “Twilight” was. He actually texted me after seeing it and said, “Oh, I loved ‘Twilight,’ great job, but I prefer when you play a genius.” As strange compliments go, that’s pretty good! {Anna Kendrick goes from ‘Twilight’ to ‘Up in the Air’}

    Here’s one more interview, this one with The Contender:

    George Clooney has a reputation for being a world-class prankster when the cameras aren’t rolling — is that your experience with him?
    No pranks, but he’s definitely a joker. He was playing Nerf football around my head when I would try to prepare for a scene. He has a teenager’s energy, and it made me feel like the on-set mom, like “C’mon, you guys, focus…”

    Do you know people like your character, Natalie, in real life?
    It’s almost like I know a bunch of girls, myself included, who are almost like Natalie. There’s a frustration that comes along with being female, and there’s a sense that if you can swim with the sharks and be one of the boys — if you can conquer that — that’s where a lot of her personality comes from. I don’t know anyone who’s gone fully into that world, but there is a temptation, I think, in every girl’s life to do so at some point.

    There are a lot of people who are calling you a contender for the upcoming awards season. What is your reaction to the response to your performance?
    I’m beyond thrilled that people like the movie and my performance. But as far as that “buzz” word, it’s really strange. It’s that same feeling — don’t you know I’m from Maine? It almost feels like if people saw how often I’m on the verge of falling apart, there’s no way they’d be using my name in the same sentence as “Oscar.”

    I feel really out of place in gowns and walking down the red carpet and mingling with people whom I perceive as being so polished and good at everything. Logically, I realize that it’s a ridiculous thing to think, but part of me can’t help but feel that I’d get kicked out of parties like that.

    If given the choice, would you rather work on more indie-minded projects like “Up in the Air” or event pictures like “New Moon”?

    You hit the nail on the head with “Up in the Air” — it felt like an indie. I would love to work again with a small cast like this and build a real relationship with the cast, both on and off-screen, as opposed to the proverbial town-meeting feeling of the “Twilight” saga. {The Contender Q&A: Anna Kendrick}

    EDIT: And another from Entertainment Weekly! Wonder if this means they’ll be another Anna-include in the magazine?

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So does the New Moon experience compare to Twilight?
    ANNA KENDRICK: It felt a little bit bigger than last year, but ultimately I think it was about as packed as it could have been for Twilight and if there were more people it just meant that they were packed tighter and a little further away. It felt a little bit like déjà vu. But I was a lot less nervous this year.

    What’s your most memorable fan encounter?

    There was a girl in Vancouver who came up to me in a store and asked me to give something to Taylor the next time that I saw him, and I just said I wasn’t sure the next time I would see him, so I didn’t want to take it. Because I didn’t really know what it was going to be. She said it as though she had it with her, as if she carried it around just in case she ran into a Twilight cast-member on the street. So I was a little too nervous to take it, but I still wonder what it was. {Anna Kendrick talks ‘New Moon’ fever and George Clooney}

    Anna in London … Again!

    nullOnly weeks after her return from London to Los Angeles, Anna is back in the rainy city again. On November 25, Anna attended the Charity Royal Film Performance of Steven Jackson’s new fantasy The Lovely Bones. The event also welcomed the likes of European nobles including Prince Charles of Wales and the Dutchess of Cornwall(!) not to mention Susan Serandon and a slew of internation young talent, including Bones’ stars Saoirse Ronan and Rose McIvor (who was also in the Entertainment Weekly Holiday special).

    null Anna was snapped checking through security at LAX on her way to London on November 23, 2009. Just Jared reports:

    Anna Kendrick shows off her multi-tasking skills as she goes through security at LAX Airport in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon (November 23).

    http://anna-kendrick.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/laxanna06-150×150.jpgThe 24-year-old actress chatted about her first day on the set of Up In The Air with the LA Times. Anna shared, “”I spent every day from the moment I won the part sure I was about to be fired,” she says. “First it was the costume fitting, then the camera test, and then the table read. Each day was the day I knew they would realize they actually wanted Evan Rachel Wood.”

    I’m wondering if there is going to be an Up in the Air premiere in London before the L.A. Up in the Air premiere scheduled for November 30th?