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Universal Pictures has released, via The Ellen Show, this first trailer for ‘Pitch Perfect 2.’ Starring the likes of Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Kelley Jakle, Elizabeth Banks, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Hailee Steinfeld, Katey Sagalr and Chrissie Fit, the film is set to open on May 15th, 2015. Elizabeth Banks is making her directorial debut on ‘Pitch Perfect 2.’
‘Pitch Perfect’ centered on a freshman (Anna Kendrick) who reluctantly joins a college acappella group called the Bellas and leads it to the finals. The movie grossed more than $115 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. It also over-performed in ancillary markets with the studio estimating it generated roughly $135 million in physical and digital home entertainment sales across North America to date, making it one of the top-performing DVD and VOD titles of 2013. Kay Cannon, who penned the original ‘Pitch Perfect,’ wrote the screenplay for the sequel.
Mike Nichols, who won an Oscar for directing the 1967 film ‘The Graduate,’ has died aged 83. Nichols was also Oscar nominated for his work on ‘Working Girl,’ ‘The Remains of the Day,’ ‘Silkwood’ and ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’. He was one of only 12 people to win all four major US entertainment awards: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. His other honors included the Lincoln Center Gala Tribute in 1999, the National Medal of Arts in 2001, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2010.
Behind-The-Scenes “Actors’ Bootcamp” Featurette For Russell Crowe’s Directorial Debut ‘The Water Diviner’
Entertainment One has debuted this behind-the-scenes featurette for Russell Crowe’s directorial debut ‘The Water Diviner,’ which is set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. In the film, Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Olga Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons.
The supporting cast for ‘The Water Diviner’ includes Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Dorman, Megan Gale, and Dylan Georgiades. The screenplay is by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios. Cinematography is by Andrew Lesnie. ‘The Water Diviner’ is slated for release in Australia and New Zealand on December 26th. It opens on April 3rd in the UK and April 24th in the US.
Screen Gems has set loose this new poster for Jeremy Garelick’s comedy ‘The Wedding Ringer.’ Led by Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, the film arrives in cinemas on January 16th in the US and February 20th in the UK. The likes of Kaley Cuoco, Affion Crockett, Jorge Garcia, Dan Gill, Corey Holcomb, Ken Howard, Colin Kane, Cloris Leachman, Jenifer Lewis, Alan Ritchson, Mimi Rogers, Ignacio Serricchio, Aaron Takahashi, Olivia Thirlby and Nicky Whelan co-star.
Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.
The good folks over at The Wrap are reporting that Tom Cruise is being courted by director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and Summit Entertainment to play the Sean Connery mentor role in their ‘Highlander’ reboot. At this point the outlet add that the interest appears to be one-sided, as Cruise is currently shooting ‘Mission: Impossible 5′ and isn’t focused on future projects at the moment. A Cruise representative points out that the actor is “far from talks” for ‘Highlander,’ adding “He is offered tons of projects.” Likewise, anonymous sources inside the film’s camp said there are no current talks, but they did not deny their interest in Cruise.
‘Highlander’ follows an immortal Scottish swordsman on a quest for revenge against The Kurgan, a barbarian who has chased him across time as they battle for an all-powerful Prize. The 1986 original starred Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod and Sean Connery as his mentor, Juan Ramirez, which is the role that Tom Cruise is being courted to play. Cruise would be a big addition to the film, and it’s safe to assume his potential involvement would ramp up the development process.
Academy Award-nominated ‘The Bourne Supremacy’ and ‘Captain Phillips’ director Paul Greengrass is reportedly attached to direct Sony Pictures’ new big screen adaptation of George Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel, ‘1984.’ ‘Finding Neverland’ writer James Graham is attached to pen the adapted screenplay. The 1949 novel has been adapted twice before for the big screen. The first cinema rendition of the story, directed by Michael Anderson, featured Edmond O’Brien as protagonist Winston Smith. In the actual year 1984, Michael Radford directed a big screen adaptation of the novel starring John Hurt as Winston Smith, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton.