It seems like a normal day, but then the Rapture happens. While not something that’s particularly well-known in the UK, the Rapture is popular with the more fervent evangelical sections of US Christianity. It basically says that when the end of the world begins, the righteous will be whisked off to heaven, leaving everyone else behind to deal with the apocalypse. [Read more...]
The cast for Rob Marshall’s movie version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into The Wood. The latest to join talks for the film is Anna Kendrick who will be Cinderella in the movie, according to Variety.
The movie is about a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who head into the woods to confront an evil witch (Meryl Streep), whose curse prevents the couple from ever having children.
Along their way they encounter various fairytale characters such as Anna Kendrick’s Cinderella and the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp). Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are playing Cinderella and Rapunzel’s vain princes, with Tracey Ullman playing the mother of Jack the Giant Killer, while Christine Baranski is Cinderella’s mean stepmother. Cinderella is described as a young woman trying to find her place in the world.
Rob Marshall is directing from a screenplay by James Lapine. Shooting is scheduled to begin this autumn.
Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here is proving slightly controversial, with some not liking the idea of him going to Kickstarter to get funding. The voices of discontent grew after it was revealed that after raising $2.6 million from crowd-funding – with none of the donors having a financial stake in the film – he then got another $8 million from traditional sources.
Whether Braff was right or not, he’s now busy filling out the cast. Mandy Patinkin signed up earlier this week, and now TheWrap reports that Anna Kendrick has also signed up to star.
The film is about 35-year-old Aidan (Zach Braff), an actor who is struggling to provide for his family. When his ailing father (Mandy Patinkin) can no longer afford to pay for his young children’s private school, Aidan reluctantly agrees to home school them, learning a lot about himself in the process.
Josh Gad is set to to play Aidan’s brother, who falls for a young woman (Kendrick) who enjoys cosplay. It’s also been suggested Jim Parsons and Braff’s Scrubs co-star Donald Faison should appear.
Kendrick’s next movie is the comedy Rapture-palooza, which hits cinemas this summer. It’s about the people left behind when the biblical Rapture comes, taking the righteous to Heaven and leaving everyone else to deal with the end of times. A new poster has now popped up online, which you can see below.
David Ayer has made a career writing and/or directing movies about gangs and the police, such as Training Day, S.W.A.T, Street Kings, Harsh Times and now End Of Watch. The movie is an attempt to bring a bit of mockumentary-style realism to the cop flick, although as viewers will soon realise, it’s actually a mix of mockumentary and extreme shaky cam (either that or Jake Gyllenhaal’s character doesn’t mind getting a friend to videotape him having sex with Anna Kendrick). [Read more...]
It films were marked purely on originality, Pitch Perfect wouldn’t do very well. It’s Bring It On meets Glee, with a plot that delves into pretty much every cliché of the underdog competition subgenre it can find. Thankfully though, Pitch Perfect has an excellent trump card, which is that it’s very, very funny.
Beca (Anna Kendrick) heads for college, but she doesn’t want to be there. She wants to go straight to LA and get into the music business, but her father has told her she has to get a degree first. He does eventually make one concession though – if she throws herself into university life and joins at least one club, he’ll support her move to LA after the first year if she still wants to go. [Read more...]
Anna Kendrick has had success in the States turning to music with the a capella comedy Pitch Perfect (which reaches the UK in December), and it seems she’s sticking to tunes with the romantic comedy musical The Last Five Years.
Moviehole reports she’s signed up for the movie, which Richard LaGravenese is planning to direct, based on Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed stage version. The film is looking for buyers at the American Film Market.
The site says, ‘The show, inspired by the playwright’s own personal life, used a form of storytelling in which the young woman’s story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and the male’s is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters did not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect. It was all quite genius.’ It’s not clear if the film will follow the same structure.
Kendrick will play struggling young actress Cathy, while her novelist husband Jamie is yet to be cast. The film chronicles the duo’s relationship, all through comedic songs sung by the actors.
Marvel Studios is gearing up for the superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which goes into production after Thor: The Dark World wraps later this year. As a result, the studio is currently searching for the female lead, with Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air), Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), and Imogen Poots (Fright Night) considered the front runners, according to The New York Post.
It isn’t officially known which character one of these actresses might play, although the speculation is that it’ll be Sharon Carter, who’s the niece of Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell in the first film, and who is the Cap’s love interest in The Winter Soldier comic book arc.
Chris Evans is slated to return as Steve Rogers/Captain America, with Anthony Mackie signing on earlier this month to star as The Falcon. Samuel L. Jackson is expected to return as Nick Fury, while Sebastian Stan be back as Bucky Barnes, who transforms into the title villain, The Winter Soldier.
Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are directing from a screenplay by Captain America: The First Avenger scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. It’s due for release on April 4th, 2014.
It all looks a bit Glee, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the first trailer for Pitch Perfect has arrived. The film is rebellious student (Kendrick), who is unhappy to be at a university at which her father is a professor. However she discovers her voice and becomes the secret weapon for the school’s female a cappella group. Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Adam Devine and Christopher Mintz-Plasse also star.
Loosely based on the classic pregnancy helpbook (although God knows why they’re making movies now based on self help books), What To Expect When You’re Expecting is the sort of film that’s most likely to appeal to women, but they’re making a bid to get men interested with this latest trailers, which concentrates on the dads dealing with parenthood. The film follows several couples through the dubious joys of pregnancy. Elizabeth Banks, Cameron Diaz, Joennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Chace Crawford, Rodrigo Santoro and more star. The film is due out in May.
After the cult success of Roger Dodger and P.S., you wouldn’t have thought it would take eight years for director Dylan Kidd to plot a follow-up, but it’s only just now that he’s got around to putting together Get A Job, for which he’s currently busy casting.
While no one’s signed on the dotted line yet, Variety reports that offers are out to Anna Kendrick and Bryan Cranston for the movie, with Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jay Pharaoh and Roger Dodger star Jesse Eisenberg also circling (although the latter would only be onboard for a cameo role). It seems there’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario going on, as while Get A Job could shoot as early as next month, CBS Films won’t greenlight the movie without a good cast, but the stars can’t fully sign on until the money’s in place. That should all get sorted though.
The film, based on a spec script by Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel, follows a college graduate and his friends who have to lower their expectations about life as they enter the real world during a recession.