The Kennedy Center Honors aired Sunday night, and while we’re still waiting for someone to put Snoop Dogg’s portion of the tribute to honoree Herbie Hancock on YouTube — he had the black-tie crowd standing and chanting! — some highlights have surfaced. Watch a few below from the tributes to Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel, and Carlos Santana. READ FULL STORY
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Actress Olivia Wilde has a few things in common with her faux-surname inspiration, Oscar Wilde, as we learned from today’s Reddit AMA with Wilde and her Drinking Buddies director, Joe Swanberg. She’s rather funny. She was raised by writers. And she’s far from shy about discussing politics.
Drinking Buddies, a comedy about co-workers at a Chicago brewery, is currently out in theaters, iTunes, and On Demand. The tone of the AMA stayed on an even keel with the film, mostly focusing on light-hearted, lusty, first-date-y conversation topics like favorite things and dream superhero roles. Wilde, who starred as Dr. Remy ”Thirteen” Hadley on House from 2007 to 2012, was virtually pelted with questions ranging from her time on popular the medical drama, but also answered questions on the awesomeness of Drinking Buddies co-star Anna Kendrick, her favorite beer, and what it takes to parallel park (hint: a paired anatomy). Sadly, I don’t think we’ll ever get to know what her fiance, SNL‘s Jason Sudeikis, smells like.
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Last week, we learned that Anna Kendrick is in talks to play Cinderella in the big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods — a fitting choice, given the actress’ musical-theater (and Sondheim-specific) roots.
Pitch Perfect and the song “Cups” (which is at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 a full nine months after the movie’s debut) introduced Kendrick’s singing skills to the mainstream, but she’s been perfecting those pipes for 15 years. The actress earned a Tony nomination for her first big role, as Dinah in Broadway’s High Society, when she was just 12 years old — the third-youngest nominee ever. She also played Fredrika in a New York City Opera production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music in 2003.
But the real musical highlight came in her first film role, in 2003′s Camp, when a 17-year-old Kendrick stole the movie with a way-beyond-her-years rendition of the Company classic “The Ladies Who Lunch” — yet another Sondheim masterpiece. At the movie’s musical-theater summer camp, Kendrick is the nerdy Fritzi, who desperately attempts to befriend confident bad girl Jill only to exact musical (and medical) revenge on the queen bee instead, via some Woolite poured in her Snapple (seriously). See the magic below:
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MTV Movie Awards host Rebel Wilson revived her Pitch Perfect fan favorite Fat Amy tonight in a much-anticipated musical reunion. Though Perfect‘s headliner Anna Kendrick (who blew away the world with her “Cups” audition from the film) was absent, there was an aca-Avenger-esque assembly of stars including Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Esther Dean, Adam Devine, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ben Platt, and Brittany Snow.
The mash-up included a Wilson-sung rendition of Miley Cyrus ballad “The Climb,” the Treblemakers’ Astin spitting rhymes on Eminem’s ”Lose Yourself,” and a roof-raising finale courtesy of a “Thriftshop”/”Girl on Fire” blend with Dean showing off her Alicia Keys-level pipes. Oh yeah, and there was a very intense strapless black catsuit reveal by Wilson.
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Rebel Wilson tweets about possible 'Pitch Perfect' reunion performance -- Here's what we'd want to hear
Pitch Perfect fans, we have some aca-mazing news! Not only is Rebel Wilson hosting this year’s MTV Movie Awards, but it looks like she was taking notes during this year’s Oscars. And that can only mean one thing: a musical performance!
Wilson recently tweeted about her attempts to reunite the Pitch Perfect cast on the MTV Movie Awards stage: READ FULL STORY
See the cast of Off Broadway's 'The Last Five Years' perform the song 'Shiksa Goddess' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
So you can’t wait for Jeremy Jordan (Smash) and Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) to star in the just-announced Richard LaGravenese-directed big-screen musical The Last Five Years? Well, this month Off Broadway’s Second Stage is staging a revival of composer Jason Robert Brown’s 2002 chamber musical, which follows an aspiring writer and a struggling actress through the ups and downs of twentysomething love in New York City. Brown’s show has garnered a cult following since it premiered a decade ago, thanks in part to its ingenious structure: His story unfolds chronologically from their first meeting, while hers is told backwards from the dissolution of their marriage.
And if you really, really can’t wait to see something of The Last Five Years, here’s an exclusive clip of Adam Kantor (Ezra from The Good Wife) belting the heck out of the number “Shiksa Goddess” in rehearsals. You’ll also catch a glimpse of costar Betsy Wolfe (most recently of Broadway’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and Brown himself. He’s directing the Second Stage revival, which starts performances March 7 for an April 2 opening.
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While talking to E! Online on the red carpet at the SAG Awards, Tina Fey mentioned that she thought Mariah Carey could star in her Mean Girls musical. (She told EW of her plans to turn her hit film into a musical back in our September cover story.)
“Maybe she can play Amy Poehler’s part,” Fey joked, after discussing Mariah’s knowledge of the film.
Mariah Carey as Mrs. George? She certainly has the singing voice for the role. But who else would we cast in our perfect production of Mean Girls? READ FULL STORY
The little a cappella movie that could was released on DVD this week – and not a moment too soon, as I can’t wait to re-watch Beca, Jesse, Fat Amy and all the rest sing their way through their college trials and tribulations. I – and many, many others – loved the movie when I saw it in theaters and can’t wait to see it again. But when I heard the news that Pitch Perfect may be getting a sequel, I screamed “NOOO!!!” out loud.
According to a report from Movieweb, both Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy) and Skylar Astin (Jesse) have had talks with Universal about reprising their roles. No other details were immediately available. EW reached out to a rep for Universal, who didn’t respond to a request for comment.
To me, this is a bad idea that will turn into a half-hearted attempt to recreate the buzzy magic of the original. However, if Pitch Perfect 2: This Time It’s Pitchier really has to happen, it needs to avoid the pitfalls of the Mean Girls and Bring It On sequels – the two movies to which Pitch Perfect is most often compared. Those films practically repeated the plots of the originals, with a whole different cast of characters. And spoiler alert, they did not need to bring it on again.
Instead, a Pitch Perfect sequel should follow another franchise: High School Musical.
It’s aca-awesome, for sure. But aca-accurate?
Pitch Perfect is finally in wide release this week, and the buzzy collegiate a cappella movie already has quite a few fans. With my colleague Lanford Beard, I checked out the movie last weekend, was completely charmed, and instantly wanted to know anything and everything about collegiate a cappella.
The movie obviously takes some liberties, but here at PopWatch, we were curious to learn how close the Beca (Anna Kendrick) singing experience was to the real thing. So we called up Drew O’Shanick, a third-year student at University of Virginia and member of the a cappella group the Hullabahoos, who actually cameoed in the film (for those that have seen, they’re the group that briefly sang “Final Countdown” as part of a montage). The Hullabahoos were also one of the groups featured in the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory, on which the movie is based.
No big plot points are given away in this very scientific (Read: Please don’t take this seriously!) exploration, but a SPOILER ALERT! to those that haven’t yet seen the film and don’t want to know anything. READ FULL STORY
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