Skylar Astin and Ben Platt Celebrate Independence Day in New PITCH PERFECT 2 Video

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How about a little a cappella with your beer and BBQ this 4th of July?  The sequel to the fall 2012 hit, Pitch Perfect, is still over 10 months away, but two Treblemakers took a moment to indulge us with some sweet, sweet harmony in honor of the holiday.  The boys had a habit of stealing the spotlight from the Barden Bellas in the first film and now with Jesse (Skylar Astin) and Benji (Ben Platt) leading the group, there’s no doubt the same will be true in round two.

Adam DeVine is back as Bumper in Pitch Perfect 2, but it’s hard to imagine him going right back to being Treblemaker #1 after ditching the guys for John Mayer, and especially after Jesse and Benji got the chance to show off their skills, too.  Longing for a little of that magic?  Hit the jump to catch the Pitch Perfect 2 video of Astin and Platt singing “America the Beautiful” a cappella.

Christopher Walken Joins THE FAMILY FANG; Adam DeVine Returns for PITCH PERFECT 2; Oona Chaplin and Britt Robertson Take THE LONGEST RIDE

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Christopher Walken is set to join director Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang, which stars Bateman and Nicole Kidman.
  • Adam DeVine will return to reprise his role in Elizabeth Banks’ directorial debut Pitch Perfect 2, alongside returning cast members Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow.
  • Oona Chaplin and Britt Robertson have joined The Longest Ride, the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation that will be directed by George Tillman and stars Scott Eastwood.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse Talks NEIGHBORS, His Character’s Unique Attribute, THIS IS THE END, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, SXSW, and More

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Opening next weekend is director Nicholas Stoller’s extremely funny R-rated comedy Neighbors.  The film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a married couple with a newborn baby who must deal with a fraternity—fronted by Zac Efron—when it moves in next door.  Response to the pic’s premiere at the SXSW Film Festival was highly positive, and the theater I was in loved the film.  It’s definitely something you should see with a big audience next weekend.  Neighbors also stars Dave FrancoChristopher Mintz-PlasseJake JohnsonIke Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Jerrod Carmichael, and Lisa Kudrow.

Yesterday at the New York City press junket I landed an extended video interview with Christopher Mintz-Plasse.   During our wide ranging conversation he talked about how much fun he had making Neighbors, seeing it drunk with a great audience at SXSW, deleted scenes, his characters unique attribute, an Easter Egg you should look for in the film, Zac Efron’s work in the film, how the film pushes boundaries, and more.  In addition, we also talked about Pitch PerfectSuperbadHow to Train Your Dragon 2, TV shows, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Helen Mirren in Early Talks for THE GOLDEN LADY; Jessica Alba in Negotiations for THE VEIL; Brittany Snow Returns for PITCH PERFECT 2

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Here’s a look at today’s latest movie casting news:

  • Helen Mirren is in early talks to star in The Golden Lady, written by Alexi Kaye Campbell and directed by Simon Curtis.
  • Jessica Alba is in negotiations to star opposite Thomas Jane in Phil Joanou’s horror-thriller, The Veil, scripted by Robert Ben Garant.
  • Brittany Snow is set to reprise her role in Elizabeth Banks’ singing sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, which stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.
  • Fiona Dourif (True Blood) will star in writer-director Stuart Sauvarin’s indie psychological thriller, Origami Fox.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Elizabeth Banks to Direct PITCH PERFECT 2; Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Likely to Return

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The Pitch Perfect sequel is forging ahead, albeit with a different director at its helm.  Elizabeth Banks, who conceived of the idea for the first film in addition to producing and co-starring in it, will make her feature directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2, replacing the first film’s director Jason MooreTHR reports that Banks will also return in an acting capacity for the Universal Pictures follow-up in addition to producing the pic, with Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson likely to return.  Plot details for Pitch Perfect 2 are unknown at this time, but Kay Cannon will also be returning to write the script.

This is a big get for Banks and also excellent news in a world where too few films are directed by women.  The very funny actress/producer has previously directed a few shorts, but Pitch Perfect 2 will be her first time taking the helm of a major feature film.  The first pic was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2012, so here’s hoping the humor and chemistry holds over for the sequel.  Bringing Kendrick and Wilson back onboard is an excellent—and crucial—start.  Watch the trailer for the first film after the jump.

Katee Sackhoff Talks RIDDICK, Shooting in Montreal, Her Record Collection, Getting Cut from PITCH PERFECT, OCULUS, Conventions, Twitter, and More

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Opening this weekend is writer-director David Twohy’s Riddick.  The R-rated film finds Vin Diesel’s character being hunted by mercenaries, and once again, they’re hopelessly outmatched by the anti-hero who can see in the dark.  But the mercs and their bounty are forced to team up when lethal alien monsters attack.  If you’re a fan of Pitch Black, you’re going to be very happy watching Riddick.  The film also stars Matt NableKatee SackhoffJordi MollaDave BautistaRaoul TrujilloBokeem Woodbine and Nolan Gerard Funk.

At the recent press day in Los Angeles I landed an exclusive interview with Katee Sackhoff.  She talked about making the film, what surprised her about the filming process,  how she was cut out of Pitch Perfect (but still gets residuals), the best part of attending conventions, Twitter, what she collects, Oculus, and much more.

Universal Planning PITCH PERFECT Sequel for Release in 2015

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While Rebel Wilson’s hosting gig at the MTV Movie Awards this past Sunday may not have been a hit with everyone, her performance with fellow Pitch Perfect cast members must have struck a chord.  Universal announced today during its presentation at CinemaCon that sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit is now in development for a planned 2015 release, and original writer Kay Cannon (30 Rock) is back on board as well.  Pitch Perfect focused on the world of collegiate a capella groups, detailing the struggles of an all-female group, the Barden Bellas, who desperately want to redeem themselves at the national championships.

The cast featured Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hanna Mae Lee, and Ben Platt.  No word on if the entire cast, director Jason Moore, or producer and cast member Elizabeth Banks are returning, but as development progresses, we can expect those announcements to be released.  Hit the jump for more.

PITCH PERFECT Blu-ray Review

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Though formulaic to a fault, Pitch Perfect is the sort of film where you know pretty much everything that’s going to happen, but you enjoy the ride anyway.  Anna Kendrick leads a charming ensemble of girls who are in an a cappella singing group that competes in nationals.  Is it Bring it On meets Glee? Yes, but… it works.  Our review of Pitch Perfect on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Adam’s Top 10 Films of 2012

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It became clear around September that putting together a Top 10 list this year was going to be incredibly difficult.  We’ve been provided with an embarrassment of riches throughout the year, and so the prospect of whittling it down to a list of my ten favorites proved daunting.  2012 seems destined to go down in history as “one of those years” like 1999, 1994, or 1977, where a large number of the year’s offerings will stand the test of time.  Though this list expresses what films I connected with most out of the past 12 months, there are at least 10 or 15 other movies that I also really enjoyed waiting just outside the wings.  If forced to pick my ten favorites from 2012, though, this is what I’ve come up with.  Hit the jump to take a look.

New to Blu-ray: PITCH PERFECT, TOTAL RECALL, RESIDENT EVIL Collection, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Trilogy, and More

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This week on Blu-ray we’ve got quite a few 2012 releases—some big, some small—as well as the HD upgrade of the kid-favorite Ninja Turtles trilogy.  Here’s a look at what hits shelves this week:

Weekend Box Office – TAKEN 2 Grabs First with $50 Million; FRANKENWEENIE in Fifth with $11.5 Million

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It’s a weekend box office worth celebrating, with grosses up more than 50% from 2011. That success was almost entirely due to Taken 2, which delivered an estimated $50 million from 3,661 runs for one of the highest October debuts of all time. On the other end of the spectrum, Disney’s Frankenweenie failed to impress; opening in fifth place with an estimated $11.5 million from 3,005 runs despite weeks of heavy promotion.

Title Weekend  Total
1. Taken 2 $50,000,000  $50
2. Hotel Transylvania $26,300,000  $75.9
3. Pitch Perfect $14,700,000  $21.5
4. Looper $12,200,000  $40.3
5. Frankenweenie $11,500,000  $11.5
6. End of Watch $4,000,000  $32.8
7. Trouble with the Curve $3,870,000  $29.7
8. House at the End of the Street $3,698,000  $27.5
9. The Master $1,840,000  $12.4
10.  Finding Nemo 3D $1,555,000  $38.9

Anna Kendrick Talks PITCH PERFECT, Singing Live on Set, Interacting More on Twitter, Her Love of Reddit, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Jason Moore’s great musical comedy Pitch Perfect.  Written by Kay Cannon (New Girl, 30 Rock), the film tells the story of Beca (Anna Kendrick), a goth-like rebellious teen that dreams of being a music producer, but instead finds herself in an all-female a cappella singing group at Barden University.  Led by great performances from the entire cast and fun takes on classic and new songs, Pitch Perfect is definitely worth your time this weekend.  The film also stars Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks.  For more on the film, here are seven clips and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to sit down with Anna Kendrick for an exclusive interview.  We talked about how she got involved, her reaction to the finished film, the great script, if she was nervous to sing and dance on camera, what it was like to sing live on set, how much changed during production, the rehearsals, The Breakfast Club, what it was like to film in Baton Rouge, End of Watch, TIFF, Twitter (follow Kendrick here), her love of Reddit, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Elizabeth Banks Talks PITCH PERFECT, Returning for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, TINK, and LEGO: THE PIECE OF RESISTANCE

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The hilarious new comedy Pitch Perfect, from director Jason Moore (Broadway’s Avenue Q) and screenwriter Kay Cannon (New Girl, 30 Rock), tells the story of Beca (Anna Kendrick), a young woman who dreams of being a music producer, but who instead finds herself at Barden University in an all-female a cappella singing group. With both new takes on old favorites and hits of right now, The Bellas fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college music competitions. The film also stars Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks.

At the film’s press junket, actress/producer Elizabeth Banks spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how much fun she had playing one of the a cappella competition commentators, how much improvisation she did with co-star John Michael Higgins, just how many outtakes they have, what made her see a movie in the book the film is based on, what she’s most proud of with the finished product, and the guidelines she and her husband use, when it comes to finding projects for their company, Brownstone Productions. She also talked about getting ready to return to the role of Effie Trinket for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the possibility of taking on the role of Tinkerbell for the feature film Tink, and recording a voice for the animated feature Lego: The Piece of Resistance. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Skylar Astin and Anna Camp Talk PITCH PERFECT, Auditions, Favorite Songs in the Film, Improv, Filming Vomit Scenes, Go-To Karaoke Songs and More

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The hilarious new comedy Pitch Perfect, from director Jason Moore (Broadway’s Avenue Q) and screenwriter Kay Cannon (New Girl, 30 Rock), tells the story of Beca (Anna Kendrick), a young woman who dreams of being a music producer, but who instead finds herself at Barden University in an all-female a cappella singing group.  With both new takes on old favorites and hits of right now, The Bellas fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college music competitions.  The film also stars Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks.

At the film’s press junket, co-stars Skylar Astin (who plays Jesse, one of the Treblemakers who also competes for Beca’s affections just as hard as he does the championship title) and Anna Camp (who plays Aubrey, the stubborn and high-strung leader of The Bellas) talked about their audition songs, their favorite songs to sing in the film, their go-to karaoke songs, what it was like to shoot the vomit scenes, how much improvisation went on during shooting, and when they decided they wanted to get into acting.  Camp also talked about her role in the new Fox comedy series The Mindy Project, starring Mindy Kaling, and Astin talked about his upcoming comedy 21 and Over, from the writers of The Hangover, and they both revealed which musical they’d love to be in the movie version of.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – Best September Debut Ever for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA; LOOPER a Hit in Second with $21.2 Million

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After five consecutive weeks of sub-par grosses, the domestic box office rose from the dead this weekend: posting the biggest September debut of all time with Hotel Transylvania and one of the most lucrative frames since July. Looper and Pitch Perfect also had impressive starts. In fact, the only wrong note was struck by the drama Won’t Back Down, which saw one of the worst debuts of all time in more than 2,500 locations.

Title Weekend Total
1. Hotel Transylvania $43,000,000 $43
2. Looper $21,200,000 $21.2
3. End of Watch $8,000,000 $26.1
4. Trouble With the Curve $7,530,000 $25.7
5. House at the End of the Street $7,154,000 $22.2
6. Pitch Perfect $5,210,000 $5.2
7. Finding Nemo 3D $4,066,000 $36.4
8. Resident Evil: Retribution $3,000,000 $38.7
9. The Master $2,745,000 $9.6
10. Won’t Back Down $2,700,000 $2.7

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