August 30th, 2014 · Cake
· By Lindsey
The 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival has announced it’s slate of films that are selected and “Cake” is part of Special presentations selection. The festival will run from September 4-14 and the movie will have it’s first screening on September 8, followed by more screenings on September 9 and 13. It was also announced that a second movie of Anne, titled “Cake”, will screen during the festival. Anna is expected to attend the festival according to the official guest list.
Cake | Special presentation
While struggling with her own trauma, a woman in a chronic-pain support group (Jennifer Aniston) begins to investigate the suicide of a fellow group member (Anna Kendrick) and develops an unexpected relationship with the woman’s husband (Sam Worthington), in this highly anticipated drama also starring William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.
The 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival has announced it’s slate of films that are selected and “The Last Five Years” is part of Special presentations selection. The festival will run from September 4-14 and the movie will have it’s first screening on September 7 followed by a second screening the next day. It was also announced that a second movie of Anna got selected: “Cake“. Anna is expected to attend the festival according to the official guest list.
The Last Five Years | Special presentation
A struggling actress (Anna Kendrick) and her novelist lover (Jeremy Jordan) look back on the last half-decade of their relationship from very different viewpoints, in this adaptation of the hit Broadway musical from writer-director Richard LaGravenese.
August 30th, 2014 · Cake
· By Lindsey
The Wrap reported earlier this year that Anna joined the cast of “Cake“. The movie wrapped up filming earlier this year and is already completed.
Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy. Britt Robertson, Lucy Walters (“Shame”), Camille Mana (“Smart People”), Manuel Garcia Rulfo (“Bless Me, Ultima) and Oscar-nominated actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste (“Secrets & Lies”) will join Jennifer Aniston in the indie movie “Cake,” TheWrap has learned.
Daniel Barnz (“Won’t Back Down”) will direct from Patrick Tobin’s script, which was voted to the 2013 Black List.
Aniston will play an acerbic woman named Claire who becomes fascinated by the suicide of Nina (Kendrick), a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina’s suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina’s husband (Worthington), Claire also grapples with her own very raw personal tragedy.
Messina will play Aniston’s ex-husband who still cares about her deeply, while Huffman will play the facilitator of the support group. Kendrick will appear as a ghost who taunts Claire. Mana will play Claire’s nurse, who has no patience for her demands.
The Wrap reported earlier this year
Veteran indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg has wrapped production on his latest movie “Digging for Fire,” which has added Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Jenny Slate and Mike Birbiglia to previously announced cast members Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sam Rockwell and Brie Larson, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.
Johnson and DeWitt star in the film, while Rockwell, Larson and Bloom have significant supporting roles. Kendrick, Birbiglia and Slate have smaller roles in the film.
Swanberg directed from a script he co-wrote with Johnson, and the duo also produced along with Alicia Van Couvering.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but one interesting nugget of information is that Ben Richardson (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) shot “Digging for Fire” on 35mm.
Kendrick recently reteamed with Swanberg on “Happy Christmas” after working with him and Johnson on “Drinking Buddies.” She’ll soon be seen as Cinderella in Disney’s “Into the Woods.” She’s repped by CAA and attorney Todd Rubenstein.
The movie is currently in post-production and is expected to be released in 2015.
Deadline reported earlier this year that Anna joined the cast of “The Hollars” alongisde John Krasinski who will star and direct.
The Office alum John Krasinski has lined up The Hollars as his next directing effort after helming his first feature, 2009’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men — and he has enlisted Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins, and Margo Martindale to join him. Krasinski also will star in the lead as John Hollar, an aspiring NYC artist who takes his girlfriend (Kendrick) back to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s (Martindale) brain surgery. There he’s forced to navigate the crazy life he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, his father (Jenkins), and his over-eager ex flood back into his life ahead of the operation.
The pic is produced by Krasinski’s Sunday Night banner and scripted by James C. Strouse in what’s described as a blend of Steel Magnolias and Garden State. Tom Rice and Ben Nearn are producing for Sycamore Pictures, which recently produced The Way Way Back and Begin Again. Groundswell’s Michael London is also a producer. Sunday Night’s Allyson Seeger is exec producing alongside Strouse and Groundswell’s Janice Williams. Panorama is handling international sales and will put the project in front of buyers at Cannes. WME is handling domestic sales and reps Krasinski, who is also repped by attorney James Adams. Strouse is repped by ICM Partners. Jenkins and Martindale are repped by Gersh; CAA reps Kendrick.
The movie wrapped up filming a few weeks ago and is currently in post-production.
Deadline reported earlier this year that Anna will star alongside Sam Rockwell in “Mr Right”.
Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick will star in Mr. Right, with Tokarev helmer Paco Cabezas directing a script by Chronicle scribe Max Landis. Kendrick will play a woman whose bad luck streak at finding lasting love seems to end when she meets Mr. Right. That’s until she discovers he is a reformed hit man. When his dark past catches up, their fledgling relationship is tested as they try to save one another.
The film’s financed by Amasia Entertainment’s Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo, who’ll produce with Circle Of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis and Rick Jacobs, with Stephen Emery and Landis the exec producers. Two-year old Amasia co-financed the Halle Berry-starrer The Call and the upcoming Nick Jonas pic Careful What You Wish For. Circle Of Confusion has the Landis-scripted American Ultra in production and La Vida Robot in post. Shooting will begin this fall. Kendrick is repped by CAA, Rockwell by Gersh and Untitled. WME reps Landis (with Circle of Confusion) and Cabezas (with Echo Lake).
The movie is currently in pre-production and is expected to be released in 2015.
The Wrap reported that Anna joined the voice cast of the upcoming animated “Trolls“.
Oscar and Tony Award nominee Anna Kendrick has joined the cast of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature film “Trolls,” TheWrap has learned.
Mike Mitchell will direct the musical comedy, while his “Shrek Forever After” collaborator Gina Shay will produce. 20th Century Fox will release “Trolls” on Nov. 4, 2016.
Kendrick will lend her “Pitch Perfect” pipes to the role of Poppy, the relentlessly upbeat princess at the center of “Trolls,” a fun-filled adventure that will reveal the story behind the beloved, colorful nature of the Trolls’ trademark, gravity-defying hair.
“Anna has proven herself to be a brilliant actress with an amazing singing voice. She’ll inject Poppy with the exact mix of spirit, sass and song that will no doubt give a whole new life to the iconic Troll dolls,” said Mitchell.
Variety is reporting that Anna’s upcoming movie “The Last 5 Years” sold to foreign markets.
Anna Kendrick’s musical “The Last Five Years” has sold out most key international markets prior to its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“Five Years,” adapted and directed by Richard LaGravenese from the Broadway musical, is about a struggling actress portrayed by Kendrick and her novelist lover played by Jeremy Jordan (“Smash”) as they look back on the last half-decade of their relationship from very different viewpoints.
Producers are Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch and Janet Brenner.
The Exchange has closed sales including the U.K. to Icon Film Distribution, Portugal to Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais, Eastern Europe to Voxell Copyrights, China to DDDream International Media, India to Pictureworks, Japan to Broadmedia Studios Corp., South Korea to Sonamu Pictures Co. and Australia/New Zealand to Regency Media.
“Carrying universal themes through the unifying power of song, audiences will fall in love with this film the way we have,” said Brian O’Shea of The Exchange.
Kendrick can currently be seen in “Happy Christmas.” She will appear as Cinderella in Disney’s “Into the Woods” this December.
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Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have signed on to reprise their roles as Beca Mitchell and Fat Amy, respectively, in the Pitch Perfect sequel, the movie’s official Twitter page announced Thursday.
Pitch Perfect 2 will be directed by Elizabeth Banks and written by Kay Cannon, who also penned the script for the first film.
Sundance has released the official lineup for the 2014 festival and two of Anna’s new movies are on the list. First is Life After Beth (which doesn’t show Anna as one of the principal cast so it’s still unclear what, if any, part Anna will play in it):
Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to experience all the things he regretted not doing when she was alive. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite the way he remembered her, and before long, Zach’s world takes a turn for the worse.
The second is Happy Christmas:
It’s almost Christmas, and Jenny just broke up with her boyfriend. Without a real plan, she moves into her brother, Jeff, and sister-in-law, Kelly’s, spacious bachelor-pad basement in Chicago. As she reconnects with old friends and attempts to put her life back together, she continues to self-sabotage by repeatedly getting drunk and high. Kelly becomes fed up with Jenny’s immature behavior but soon realizes that she, too, feels stuck. As Christmas draws near, Jenny and Kelly realize that they can offer each other the solace and support they’ve both been craving.