December 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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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.”
July 17, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Anna Kendrick has had to drop out of Zach Braff’s kickstarter project “Wish I Was Here” due to scheduling conflicts, but former “Twilight” co-star Ashley Greene has jumped on board instead.
Multi-hypenate Braff announced the project, which will be his second directorial feature after the 2004 indie hit “Garden State“, back in April. The film will follow Braff’s Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who is still trying to find his identity in his mid-thirties and so spends his days fantasizing about being the futuristic Space-Knight he’d always dreamed he’d one day be. The project hit its $2 million goal in three days and Braff soon had a host of actors attached, including Mandy Patinkin, Kate Hudson (as Aiden’s wife), Donald Faison and Jim Parsons.
The Wrap reports Greene will play a young woman who is into Cosplay and who Braff’s brother, played by Josh Gad, becomes smitten with. Braff described Greene as “beautiful, talented and funny”.
Greene who shot to worldwide fame as Alice Cullen in “The Twilight Saga” will go punk in the soon-to-be-released biopic “CBGB” and will take a turn for the dark side in horror pic “Random”, which also stars Lucas Till and Haley Bennett.
July 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
She may have landed a lead role in a major studio production, but Anna Kendrick is still firmly grounded in her indie roots. She’s joined the cast of currently-filming zombie comedy “Life After Beth”, according to Deadline. Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza star, while John C. Reilly, Paul Reiser, Molly Shannon and Cheryl Hines round out the cast of the film written and directed by “I Heart Huckabees” scribe Jeff Baena.
DeHaan plays a young man who struggles – against all odds – to keep a relationship going with his girlfriend (Plaza) even after she’s killed and then resurrected as a zombie. Reiser will play DeHaan’s dad, while Reilly will play Plaza’s. Plaza and Reilly have been attached to the film since late 2012, but things finally got off the ground and “Life After Beth” is now filming in Los Angeles.
Kendrick broke out in 2009 when she scored an Oscar nomination for Jason Reitman drama “Up in the Air” opposite George Clooney, and is also known for her scene-stealing turns as Jessica in the “Twilight” series. Last year she headlined surprise musical hit “Pitch Perfect” and has been on something of a musical streak since, currently wrapping up filming “The Last Five Years” opposite Broadway star Jeremy Jordan and recently landing the role of Cinderella in Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” opposite Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep.
June 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
She read for the part publicly and now Anna Kendrick is ready to immortalize Sondheim’s Cinderella on the big screen, with THR reporting the actress/singer is now in talks to join Rob Marshall’s adaptation of “Into the Woods.” Earlier today “Les Miserables” actor Daniel Huttlestone joined the cast as Jack, and the star-studded cast also includes Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal.
The dark and twisted take on fairy tales sees a childless baker (Broadway star James 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 (Huttlestone) off to sell a cow (only to get some magic beans in return), Cinderella 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 and Gyllenhaal will play Cinderella’s and Rapunzel’s vain and self-absorbed Princes. Little Red and Rapunzel remain 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.
Kendrick is becoming the go-to musical actress in town after collegiate a capella comedy “Pitch Perfect” turned out to be a surprise hit. Thank goodness she’s got the vocal chops and even the Tony nomination (for “High Society” back when she was 12) to back up her newfound status. She’s currently filming another stage musical adaptation, “The Last Five Years” opposite Jeremy Jordan, and recently wrapped thriller “The Voices” opposite Ryan Reynolds.
June 20, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
An indie rom-com featuring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson and lots of beer? Count us in!
The first trailer for Joe Swanberg‘s “Drinking Buddies”, a tale of two best friends, two couples and too much alcohol consumption dropped today, and it’s looking like the excellent reviews out of SXSW earlier this year are to be believed.
Wilde and Johnson star as Kate and Luke, best friends and both employed at a Chicago brewery. There’s clearly lot of sexual tension and flirting between the two, but they have remained friends, with Luke in a long term relationship with Jill (Anna Kendrick) and Kate at that stage with boyfriend Chris (Ron Livingston) where they’re beginning to decide if it’s serious. The trailer below (courtesy of Apple) explains what happens between Kate and Chris, but I wouldn’t go in to “Drinking Buddies” expecting a neat happy ever after.
“Drinking Buddies” will be available on iTunes on July 25th 2013 before wide release on August 23rd 2013.
June 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Twitter Queen Anna Kendrick has blessed us with this first image from the set of Richard LaGravenese’s indie adaptation of hit Off-Broadway musical “The Last Five Years”, in which Kendrick stars opposite Broadway vet Jeremy Jordan.
The sung-through musical follows the beginning, middle and end of the relationship between young couple Cathy and Jamie. She starts at the end, he at the beginning, and they meet only once for a duet, at their wedding. Kendrick tweeted a picture of her and Jordan sitting in a convertible, which seems to strongly imply the first scene being shot for the film (today is Day One) is Cathy’s song “I Can Do Better Than That”, where she tells Jamie about her best friend’s unexpected pregnancy and marriage at a young age, and how she wishes for herself and Jamie, as a newish couple on the verge of moving in together, will do bigger and better things. Knowing how it all turns out, ouch. LaGravenese previously said the $2 million budgeted indie will shoot for 22 days in New York.
“The Last Five Years” has no distribution yet, but you can see the first photo of Kendrick and Jordan below.