February 18, 2014 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
As our Breakout Stars of 2013 are already off onto bigger and better things, it’s time once again to turn our attention to the new stars we will be meeting in 2014. From actors who’ve been steadily working for years still waiting for that breakout role, to others who may be hitting another level in an already impressive career, to those who will appear in their first Hollywood movies this year, these are 20 of the guys and girls we think people will be talking about in 2014.
Faces to Watch: The Guys | Faces to Watch: The Girls
February 14, 2014 | Posted by Linda Ge
Deadline reports Brittany Snow, who played graduating senior Chloe in “Pitch Perfect,” will return for the sequel, “Pitch Perfect 2,” joining returning co-stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. I get wanting as much of the original cast as possible back, but isn’t a bit contrived to bring back people who clearly have already left the storyline organically at the end of the first film?
The plot of the sequel hasn’t been revealed yet, though Elizabeth Banks, who will also be directing the sequel to the first film she produced as well as starred in, did recently tell reporters the timeframe is four years later, when Kendrick’s Beca and Wilson’s Fat Amy are now the experienced senior members of the Barden Bellas, rather than the brand new freshmen they played in the first film. So how does Snow’s Chloe fit into that? Maybe should could make a cameo visit to her alma mater, but making her as central to the plot as she was in the first film would seem kinda forced. Of course, we know nothing at this point, so it’s just conjecture. Can we also have Anna Camp and Skyar Astin back, while we’re at it? “Pitch Perfect 2″ will be released on May 15, 2015.
Prior to “Pitch Perfect,” Snow was perhaps best known for her role as Meg Pryor, the idealistic teenager at the center of 1960s family drama “American Dreams,” which ran for three seasons on NBC in 2002-2005. She’s also taken on lead roles in teen oriented films like “John Tucker Must Die” and “Prom Night” and, in a return to the network that put her on the map, is set as the lead of NBC’s comedy pilot “An American Education.”
February 14, 2014 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Whether it’s blossoming, falling apart or completely non-existent, there’s no doubt that romance is a touchy topic for all of us. With today being Valentine’s Day, it’s kinda hard to avoid facing our relationship status or lack thereof. Perhaps that’s why EW.com has chosen this Hallmark occasion to unveil a new sneak peek of Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in Richard LaGravenese‘s adaptation of “The Last Five Years.”
“The Last Five Years” is based on Jason Robert Brown’s 2002 Drama Desk award-winning cult musical of the same name, which starred Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott. It follows the beginning, middle and eventual end of a relationship between a struggling actress named Cathy (Kendrick) and a rising novelist named Jamie (Jordan). But rather than a chronological order in the timeline of the couple’s relationship, Cathy’s story begins at the end of the relationship, while Jamie’s starts at the beginning.
Kendrick immediately connected to the material, telling EW: “I definitely see myself in Cathy and I see myself in Jamie. The thing that I loved about Cathy was this feeling that her partner was starting to take up more emotional space in the world and that meant that she had to shrink down, like that she represses herself to a degree that she ends up exploding. I thought it was so true to so many situations that I see my friends go through. It definitely echoes the things that I’ve experienced.”
Kendrick – who was nominated for a Tony for her performance as Dinah in “High Society” – will also star in both Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the Broadway musical “Into the Woods” and the Elizabeth Banks-directed “Pitch Perfect” sequel. “It happened that they were making two of the most incredible musicals with some of the most incredible roles,” she told EW. “To do Last Five Years and Into the Woods is such a dream that obviously I wasn’t about to be, like, “Well, I don’t really want to do another musical right now.”
“The Last Five Years” has yet to find distribution yet, but for now, you check out the latest image below.
February 6, 2014 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Universal Pictures has officially announced that Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will both return for the Kay Cannon-scripted “Pitch Perfect 2,” the sequel to the 2012 musical comedy hit “Pitch Perfect.”
Although the official plot has not yet been revealed for “Pitch Perfect 2,” it’s easy to assume that it will likely be a follow-up to the events of the first film, which focused on a freshman (Kendrick) at Barden University who found herself joining an all-girls singing group and competing in campus competitions. Elizabeth Banks, who acted and co-produced in the first film, will be taking over Jason Moore’s role as director. As for other potentially returning cast members – namely Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin and Anna Camp – their involvement has not yet been confirmed. No word either on when filming will begin, but with a May 15, 2015 release date, expect it to be very soon.
Kendrick has built up a pretty noteworthy list of supporting performances over the past few years. With roles in Todd Graff’s “Camp,” Jeffrey Blitz’s “Rock Science,” Jonathan Levine’s “50/50″ and even the “Twilight” franchise, things were only looking up. Her big break came when she landed a juicy supporting role opposite George Clooney in Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air,” which earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod. Her ability to carry a film was tested and proven triumphant with “Pitch Perfect,” which was a box office success and spawned a hit song you may have heard plenty of. Since then, she seems to be heading towards the leading lady route having nabbed starring roles in films like Dylan Kidd’s “Get a Job,” Rob Marshall’s “Into the Woods,” and Richard LaGravenese’s “The Last 5 Years.”
Likewise, Wilson has also made the transition from supporting actress to leading lady. In addition to her breakout scene-stealing role as Fat Amy in “Pitch Perfect,” the Australian comedian also made a name for herself playing supporting parts in Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette,” Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids,” and Brian Dannelly’s “Struck By Lightning.” The success of “Pitch Perfect” helped Wilson launch her own television comedy on ABC, titled “Super Fun Night.” Next up, she will be playing historical figures alongside Robin Williams and Ben Kingsley in Shawn Levy’s “Night at the Museum 3″ and will lend her voice for Jennifer Yuh’s animated action-adventure “Kung Fu Panda 3.”
December 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The Sundance Film Festival today announced their out-of-competition Premieres lineup, generally made up of the most high profile and star-studded new films to be screening for the first time in Utah. Among the highlights are “I Origins,” the latest from Brit Marling (is it really Sundance if Marling isn’t there?), Shailene Woodley’s follow-up to last year’s award-winning “The Spectacular Now,” Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard,” and Anna Kendrick in her third Sundance film this year, thriller “The Voices” with Ryan Reynolds (Kendrick also has Joe Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas” and horror comedy “Life After Beth” in the competiton lineup).
Other notable Premiere selections include futuristic thriller “Young Ones” starring Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, dramedy “Laggies” starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Moretz as unlikely BFFs, musical comedy “Frank” starring Michael Fassbender, mining drama “Little Accidents” with Elizabeth Banks and Boyd Holbrook and Anton Corbjin’s John Le Carre adaptation “A Most Wanted Man,” which had been set for a 2013 release.
The full lineup, as well as the Documentary Premieres lineup, can be viewed below.
December 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Film Festivals, Images
The last time Joe Swanberg and Anna Kendrick did a movie together, it turned out to be the wonderful “Drinking Buddies,” so mark follow-up “Happy Christmas” down as highly anticipated. The film was just announced to have its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and we have the first photo of Kendrick and Lena Dunham.
Swanberg directed and stars in this one, with Kendrick in the role of a young woman who breaks up with her boyfriend and crashes Christmas at her sister (Melanie Lynsky) and brother-in-law’s (Swanberg) house. It’s not clear who Dunhma plays, but perhaps a friend of Kendrick’s character or, judging by the first photo, a babysitter for her sister’s kid. Mark Webber also rounds out this awesomely quirky indie cast.
This one is mostly improvised, just like all of Swanberg’s films, and will compete in the US Dramatic category at Sundance next month. The first photo of Kendrick and Dunham is below.
September 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The gang’s all here in the first set photos from Rob Marshall’s big screen adaptation of Sondheim musical “Into the Woods.” Just Jared got the photos of Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, James Corden, Billy Magnussen and just about the entire cast (sans Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp) filming in front of England’s Dover Castle today.
The gang seem to be mostly dressed for celebration and fans of the stage musical will recognize this could likely be a big party scene in the first act which brings most of the characters together. Kendrick’s Cinderella appears to be wearing her wedding dress, while Pine as her Prince, Christine Baranski as her stepmother and even Corden’s Baker are dressed to the nines as well. Meanwhile, Blunt as the Baker’s wife and Daniel Huttlestone and Tracy Ullman (as Jack and his mother) appear to be dressed for the opening scene where their neighbor characters are first introduced.
Disney will release “Into the Woods” on December 25, 2014 and it was just announced that Sony is moving its adaptation of “Annie,” which had previously been set to open head to head against the rival musical, ahead one week to December 19, 2014. Crisis averted, Broadway fans: You can see both. A couple of images from the “Into the Woods” set today are below, and head over to Just Jared, who has many, many more.
September 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming has begun under Rob Marshall on Disney’s big screen adaptation of Sondheim musical “Into the Woods,” and with that comes one last piece of casting news. Broadway star Lilla Crawford, who recently starred as the titular orphan in the revival of “Annie,” will play Little Red Riding Hood opposite Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and more in the twisted, comedic take on fairy tales.
The dark and twisted take on fairy tales sees a childless baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) trek into some magical woods to find the witch (Streep) who put the spell on them. Also heading into the woods are Little Red Riding Hood (Crawford) on her way to grandma’s house, Jack (“Les Miserables”‘ Daniel Huttlestone) off to sell a cow (only to get some magic beans in return), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) to sneak her way into a ball and more iconic characters. Depp will have a bit role as a sexy version of the Wolf who preys upon Little Red and Chris Pine will play Cinderella’s Prince. “Into the Woods” is set for a Christimas Day, December 25, 2014 release, where it will go head to head against Sony’s remake of “Annie” starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx.
Crawford won the coveted role of little orphan “Annie” in James Lapine’s 2012 revival of the classic musical on Broadway. She left the show in July of 2013 due to unknown reasons, but it appears her feature film debut here in “Into the Woods” may have been the culprit.
July 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Tammy Blanchard and Lucy Punch will terrorize Anna Kendrick in Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Sondheim musical “Into the Woods”, according to Deadline. The two will play Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters, Florinda and Lucinda, respectively, alongside Christine Baranski as their equally wicked mother.
Blanchard, like Kendrick, Baranski and James Corden (The Baker), took place in the reading of the screenplay back in October of 2012, though most other roles have gone to more high profile actors. In this twisted fairytale retelling, Emily Blunt plays the Baker’s wife and one half of the couple whose inability to conceive a child leads them on a quest to satiate the witch who cursed them. Meryl Streep plays that witch, while Johnny Depp will have a small role as the big bad wolf who stalks Little Red Riding Hood (one of the last roles left to be cast). Chris Pine plays Cinderella’s Prince, while Broadway star Billy Magnussen recently replaced Jake Gyllenhaal in the role of Rapunzel’s Prince. Filming begins in September and the film is set for a December 25, 2014 release, where it will go head to head against Will Gluck’s remake of “Annie.”
Blanchard is a Tony nominee (“Gypsy”, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”) as well as an Emmy winner (“Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”), while on the big screen she has appeared in “Moneyball” and Woody Allen’s latest, “Blue Jasmine.” Punch is no stranger to the evil stepsister character, having harassed Anne Hathaway in a much lighter fairy tale retelling, “Ella Enchanted.” She was most recently a series regular on the charming but cancelled Fox comedy “Ben & Kate.”
July 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Relative unknowns – and Broadway stars – Billy Magnussen and Mackenzie Mauzy are joining Rob Marshall’s star-studded “Into the Woods” musical, according to Deadline and The Wrap. Magnussen is replacing Jake Gyllenhaal, who dropped the film in order to do a long-gestating indie that became a go. The duo will now play Rapunzel and her Prince and join a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine.
The dark and twisted take on fairy tales sees a childless baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt) trek into some magical woods to find the witch (Streep) who put the spell on them. Also heading into the woods are Little Red Riding Hood on her way to grandma’s house, Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) off to sell a cow (only to get some magic beans in return), Cinderella (Kendrick) to sneak her way into a ball and more iconic characters. Depp will have a bit role as a sexy version of the Wolf who preys upon Little Red and Pine will play Cinderella’s Prince. Little Red remains the last of the lead roles still left to be filled. Filming begins in the fall in London and the film already has a December 25, 2014 release date.
Magnussen made his Broadway debut back in 2007 and was nominated for a Tony this year for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” On screen he appeared in Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress” and guest-starred on “Boardwalk Empire” and “Law & Order.” Mauzy made her Broadway debut in the original production of “A Tale of Two Cities” and has also appeared in “Next to Normal.” She is also a soap star, having appeared on both “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Guiding Light.”