The Daily Mail just reported that the delightful Anna Kendrick has officially split up with her longtime love, Edgar Wright. Heartbreak is always devastating, but Anna is so lovely and Edgar is such a funny and talented director (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Shaun of the Dead) that this is especially sad.
But there’s always a silver lining to every dark cloud. When one celebrity romance is over, that means another one can begin! Read more…
If there are any two things we love more than Anna Kendrick and Jennifer Lawrence, it’s having impure thoughts about Ryan Gosling and throwing farts in other people’s faces. Are we right…ladies? Looks like JLaw and AKen conspired this week to bring our many loves together, leaving only one question: whose “real girl” attitude do we love more? “Ugh – NEVER going to a Ryan Gosling movie in a theater again. Apparently masturbating in the back row is still considered “inappropriate,”Kendrick posted to Twitter on Sunday, which also explains why she wasn’t at the Golden Globes. We (along with the rest of the internet ) have taken quite a shine to the Pitch Perfect’ star’s filthy tweet, though we realize now it’s only as good as the rest of Anna’s excellent bon mots. For example: “Thought for the day: If I were going to take a naked picture of myself, I would at least clean my room first.” Anna’s just saying what we’re all thinking, guys!
Oh sorry! You might have thought that sound was a weeping tea kettle or an asthmatic mouse or Garth from Wayne’s World having an emotional meltdown, but it was actually us trying to stifle our sobs while watching Anna Kendrick and Kristin Chenoweth sing “For Good” from the musical Wicked. Those two are like tiny, hilarious angels! Luckily for us, a fan shot the gorgeous duet at Trevor Live in Hollywood last night. The evening of song and dance and quiet, happy crying benefited the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth and oh god, here come the waterworks again!
Obviously we knew the original Wicked cast member and Pitch Perfect star would crush the already tear-jerking song. It’s almost enough to erase the memory of tween Anna singing that Cabaret song from our minds! Almost! Kendrick and Chenoweth were joined at the event by a host of other performers and famous audience members, from Amy Poehler to Sarah Hyland to Katy Perry, all of whom hopefully remembered to bring some Kleenex in their tiny purses. We can’t even talk about how good Kristin’s hair…looks…without…getting…misty. Oh, why fight it? Look upon their adorableness and weep:
If you’ve looked at the last two posts — the trend-spotted and the worst-dressed list — about the Elle Women in Hollywood event, you’d know a best-list was en route. Only, it’s not. Because we can’t decide whether the ensembles these ladies wore were just plain cray or really chic, and we’re going to tell you why so that the final verdict is yours. Cate Blanchett, as usual pushes the envelope in this printed Proenza Schouler dress with Roger Vivier shoes and clutch and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry. It’s not hard to see why we’re split between cray and chic. Does the whole outre outfit come together, or does the print clash, especially with the black Vivier shoes. We heart Emma Stone forever, and we’ve seen and loved those houndstooth Ferragamo heels before at the The Amazing Spider-Man press conference in Tokyo four months ago. But those intense bangs with the hot pink Valentino with the Peter Pan collar and cuffs — twee or werkin’ it? The steely Calvin Klein Sarah Jessica Parker wore begs the same questions. Is the architectural bodice — and you can say this with us now — cray-cray or chic?
The next lot has Kristen Wiig, Anna Kendrick and Jayma Mays. Kristen’s hair looks so shiny and healthy and we adore the green Calvin Klein dress on her, which is clearly, in the chic category. But do those clunky Nicholas Kirkwood platforms take the whole thing to cray-town? Anna’s black with gold embroidery strapless Badgley Mischka dress is ace, especially with that metallic Mulberry clutch and Brian Atwood pumps. But does the sheer paneling at the waist it take it ’80’s cray territory? Lastly, Jayma’s electric blue Alexandra Vidal dress is spot-on trend thanks to the peplum and the color goes wonderfully with her hair and coloring. That purple Rebecca Minkoff clutch is crazy cool too! But … do her multi-colored, bondage-like Brian Atwood sandals look a little cray to you? So much chic and so much crazy, our heads are spinning. Busy Philipps, Rashida Jones and Erika Christensen after the jump! Read more…
Well…Anna Kendrick sure can sing, right guys? That’s the one thing we can say about this vintage video of the Pitch Perfectstar belting out Cabaret’s “Life Upon The Wicked Stage” at Carnegie Hall’s “My Favorite Broadway: Leading Ladies” as a 13-year-old. Ignoring the fact that a grown woman sings this song in the musical (which we could not), there are about 1 million upsetting details about the video that make us happy and surprised that Anna Kendrick turned out to be a semi-normal adult. Details like…
That bizarre outfit: Was there a gas leak in the wardrobe department? Though really, what would have looked more appropriate next to Madonna-style satin lingerie? Oh, right…nothing.
The Japanese subtitles: Unless the subtitles explain something about the video we don’t know (for example, perhaps it was filmed in Nathan Lane‘s nightmare), any Japanese viewer would have to be twice as confused as we are.
So. much. armpit. hair. We don’t mean to hate on body hair, but it really adds to the Twin Peaks vibe of the whole video. Now that we think about it…every aspect of the backup dancers is jarring. For example…
All the pelvic thrusting.
The lighting design. Did the Joker do the set design and lighting for this show?
The fact that the audience is laughing. Rather than immediately stepping into the lobby to call the police. See, we couldn’t even narrow it down to five!
How is someone singing and playing a little song on a cup so freaking charming? It doesn’t even make sense how charming it is! Whether it’s Anna Kendrick or a normal person in a viral video, someone playing Lulu and the Lampshades‘ “You’re Gonna Miss Me” on a Solo cup is the new plastic bag dancing in the wind: the sum is way more than its parts! Kendrick got her cup song on during last night’s Letterman, explaining how she learned the darling performance on her own time…only to have it made into a Pitch Perfect scene later. “Because I’m a huge loser, I thought the best way to spend an entire afternoon would be watching, like, this video 50 times and teaching myself how to do it,” Anna laughed. “So when they found out that I could do it, they wanted me to do it in the movie.” Uh, loser? How about adorable famous person? We’re with Dave on this one!
Maybe this song-and-cup trick is so cute for the same reason everyone seems to love a cappella right now. The rest of us just bought our tickets to see Pitch Perfect tonight, but those of us who have seen PP already have been swooning about it for weeks. Which do you think is more adorable: Anna’s nervous, slightly sped-up version from last night, the original or what we think is the most well-known imitation of it by Anna Burden? Keep in mind that there are no wrong answers and any video you pick is the right one/ a delight.
It’s one of the best song of the ’90s, but when you have to sing it over and over again, Ace of Base‘s “The Sign” gets old realllll quick. This according to the ladies of Pitch Perfect, who had to sing it constantly as part of the Bellas’ routine in the movie’s a cappella competition. Adorably, a few of the stars are still into the song, but most of them Never.Want.To.Hear.It.Again.
“There are two different scenes that we sing those songs,” Anna Kendrick told VH1 Celebrity. “So the second time we had to shoot that sequence of songs for a couple days in a row, when we had already done it for a couple days in a row, I really wanted to pull my eyes out.”
Brittany Snow, on the other hand, said “Eternal Flame” was her least favorite song. “I’m still all right with I saw the sign,” she said.
“You’re a sick puppy,” Anna replied.
“I know. I liked it.”
After you go see Pitch Perfect, come back and tell us which songs it got stuck in your head forEVER.
Make no mistake, the appeal of Pitch Perfect is mostly in its funny moments — Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Adam Devine and others had us clutching our sides — but what makes it a great movie, rather than a collection of jokes, is the fact that the actors playing these college a cappella singers are actually really talented. When VH1 News’ Kate Spencer sat down with Anna Kendrick, who got her start as a kid on Broadway, and Brittany Snow, whose part in Hairspray showed off her singing gift too, she asked if they were nervous to sing for each other when shooting began.
“We bonded really quickly so I think that we weren’t nervous,” Snow said. “I think its just a nerve-wracking thing to sing in a movie in general.”
Kendrick admitted to feeling some pressure, though. “I remember being nervous to get my harmonies right,” she said. “I didn’t want to be the one who was like, ”Uh, Anna’s screwing us up again, thanks!’ … ‘Cause if my note’s wrong, your note’s gonna sound wrong. … Everybody has to be on it, and you have to be that piece of the puzzle, so I definitely felt pressure to learn my music. It wasn’t like we were getting all Aguliera on each other. Read more…
We’ve spent all of our spare time in the past couple of weeks obsessively Googling the Pitch Perfect cast, until it dawned on us that we could channel all this useless knowledge into an actual blog post. Thus, here we are, presenting you with the 10 very useful bits of surprising trivia you will definitely want to know after seeing Pitch Perfect.
The adrenaline kicking End of Watch opens wide across the country today, staring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as two L.A. cops who get on the bad side of a drug cartel. Costar Anna Kendrick admits to being serious knocked out by Jake’s renaissance man movie-making abilities, and thinks he has it in him to direct a feature film on his own. So what does End Of Watch director David Ayers think of all this? “Absolutely!” he answers emphatically when VH1 News caught up with him at the red carpet premiere. “He gets in everything. He’s brilliant, he’s meticulous, he’s very thoughtful, and he always has the interest of the movie at heart.” David explains that in addition to his stellar acting performance, Jake also acted as his producing partner for the film. “He did a fantastic job,” he adds.
Jake was more modest about his Executive Producer credit, saying that he didn’t do it for the glory but because the finances for the film were so low! “We were asking for favors. I was calling up Eric Garcetti and being like, ‘Can you be the mayor in our movie?’ All the time there’s stuff like that.” In recognition for all of his wheeling and dealing, Ayers award Jake the all-important title. “It was one of the best days of my career so far,” he says of the moment he learned he was being named an Executive Producer. “I love making movies. To me it’s my life, I grew up in that. And to be honored as part of the film making process was just such an honor.” Will Jake follow in the footsteps of fellow acting A-listers like Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie, and George Clooney and make the jump into the directorial part of the film process? We can see it happening!