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Anna Kendrick Career Milestones

Anna Kendrick Career Milestones

Born: Anna Kendrick
Birth Date: August 9, 1985
Birth Place: Portland, Maine, USA
Height: 5′ 2″ (1,57 m)

Anna Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, to Janice (Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a teacher. She has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who has also acted. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent.

For her role as “Dinah” in “High Society” on Broadway, Anna Kendrick was nominated for a Tony Award (second youngest ever), a Drama Desk Award, and a Fany Award (best actress featured in a musical). Her spectacular performance landed her the Drama League and Theatre World Award.

She was a lead performer with Cabaret’s Kit Kat Club at “Carnegie Hall Live” in Great Performances: My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (1999) (1999) (TV). She also had the privilege of working with director Scott Ellis and choreographer Susan Stroman at the New York City Opera House with Jeremy Irons amongst many more celebrity status actors, playing the role of “Fredrika” in “A Little Night Music”.

Anna work-shopped “Jane Eyre” & “The Little Princess” for Broadway and starred in the feature film Camp (2003) with director Todd Graff. Anna Kendrick can next be seen in Summit Entertainment’s dramatic comedy 50/50 with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The young starlet has a slew of other new projects lined up including a starring role in End of Watch opposite Jake Gylenhaal; the crime drama will be directed by David Ayer.

Anna Kendrick Career Milestones

She is also voicing a character in the Focus animated 16 feature Paranorman as well as starring in the apocalyptic comedy Rapturepalooza (Lionsgate). Kendrick has also joined the cast of the recently announced romantic comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting (Lionsgate), based on the bestselling book series.

In 2010, Kendrick starred opposite George Clooney and Jason Bateman in the lauded film Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman. Kendrick earned a best supporting actress Oscar nomination and was honored as best supporting actress by The National Board of Review and best breakout star at the MTV Movie Awards. She also earned nominations from the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards, the Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors Guild.

In Summer 2010, she was seen in the action packed, genre bending film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World opposite Michael Cera. Kendrick was also seen in the blockbuster Twilight and the sequels The Twilight Saga:New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. She will also appear in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, in theaters November 2011.

Anna Kendrick also notably starred in PictureHouse’s Rocket Science directed by Jeffrey Blitz. Her performance as an ultra-competitive high school debate team member garnered critical acclaim and the film received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. For her work in the film, Anna was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Kendrick made her feature film debut in director Todd Graff’s Camp, a darling of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Her performance in the cult hit earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, as well as a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Annual Chlotrudis Awards. An accomplished theater veteran, Kendrick began her career as Dinah Lord in the 1997 Broadway musical production of “High Society”, for which she received a Tony Award® Nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. At 12 years old, the honor made her the second youngest Tony nominee in award history. Kendrick also garnered Drama League and Theatre World awards as well as Drama Desk and FANY award nominations.

Kendrick’s additional theater work includes a featured role with the New York City Opera’s production of “A Little Night Music”, starring Jeremy Irons, “My Favorite Broadway / The Leading Ladies: Live at Carnegie Hall”, and Broadway workshops of “Jane Eyre” and “The Little Princess.” She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Weekend Box-Office: Dolphin Tale Leaps Into Lead

Weekend Box-Office: Dolphin Tale Leaps Into Lead

On strong word-of-mouth, Dolphin Tale managed to leap over Moneyball and The Lion King (in 3D) to take first place on its second weekend in theaters. 50/50 faltered but was tops among newcomers, though faith-based movie Courageous had the most impressive showing at far fewer locations. Dream House disappointed in its debut, while What’s Your Number? tallied one of the worst numbers for a super-saturated (3,000+ theaters) release ever.

Dolphin Tale eased just 26 percent to an estimated $14.3 million, which brought its 10-day total to a solid $37.5 million. It had a better hold than Soul Surfer and was about even with last Fall’s Secretariat, albeit with a much higher total than either of those movies at the same point. Still, it couldn’t hold a candle to The Blind Side (which actually improved in its second frame), though that was a holiday weekend so it isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison.

Moneyball dipped 36 percent to an estimated $12.5 million. That’s a bit steeper than The Social Network’s 31 percent decline, though it’s still very solid in its own right. The Brad Pitt baseball drama has scored $38.5 million through 10 days in theaters.

After ruling the charts for the past two weeks, The Lion King’s 3D re-release fell nearly 50 percent to an estimated $11.1 million and had to settle for third place. That week-over-week decline is a bit steep, though it’s not entirely unexpected considering the Blu-ray hits stores on Tuesday and most advertisements pegged the re-release as a two-weeks-only affair.

The movie’s total has now reached $79.7 million, which brings The Lion King’s overall total to $408.2 million. On Saturday, it passed Spider-Man to move in to the Top 10 all-time, and it should be able to climb a few more spots before the end of its run. Thanks in part to The Lion King’s impressive performance, Walt Disney Pictures passed the $1 billion mark on Saturday, making it the sixth straight year that the studio reached this milestone.

50/50 opened to an estimated $8.86 million from 2,458 theaters, which is the lowest debut ever for a Seth Rogen movie. Considering the grim subject matter, though, that’s not an entirely awful start, and an “A-” CinemaScore should translate in to decent word-of-mouth in coming weeks. The audience was 54 percent female and 57 percent under 30 years old.

50/50 had a hot young cast, and strong reviews and word-of-mouth, but all of that only goes so far. The marketing was ultimately too lukewarm: by attempting to off-set the cancer plotline and dreary gray palette with random jokes and the uplifting tagline “Beat the Odds,” the movie’s story and characters were diluted and instead it came off as a somewhat sad buddy comedy. It could hang on well moving foward, though it will be tough to match star Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s 2009 hit (500) Days of Summer ($32.4 million).

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‘Contagion’ tops the box office

'Contagion' tops the box office

The thriller starring Matt Damon knocks “The Help” out of first place for the first time in three weeks.

“Contagion” infected enough moviegoers to catch the top spot at the box office. The Warner Bros. pandemic thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an A-list cast that includes Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow coughed up $23.1 million in its first weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The film’s contagious opening marked the beginning of the fall movie season by exceeding the studio’s estimates. “I think Steven Soderbergh made a compelling movie that tapped into that fear that many of us have about illnesses, viruses and pandemics,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. general sales manager. “It’s like a train or car accident. You can’t look away. You prefer not to think about it, but when it’s presented to you, you want to learn more.”

Despite the breakout success of “Contagion,” it was the lowest grossing weekend of the year so far for the film industry, according to Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. Dergarabedian said that’s typical for the weekend after Labor Day and expected business to pick up in the coming weeks as the Academy Awards race begins.

“There are some great titles that are on the way,” said Dergarabedian. “I see several promising films — Oscar contenders like “50/5/” ‘The Descendants’ and ‘Ides of March,’ and even potential big moneymakers like “Real Steel”

“The Help” the acclaimed DreamWorks Pictures drama distributed by Disney about black Southern maids speaking out during the civil-rights movement, slipped to No. 2 with $8.7 million after three straight weeks at the top, bringing its domestic total to $137 million.

“Warrior,” the Lionsgate mixed-martial arts drama starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, punched up a $5.6 million debut in the No. 3 position. David Spitz, head of distribution for Lionsgate, said he expects <“Warrior” to mirror the simmering success of “The Help.”

“The film has gotten unbelievable reviews,” said Spitz. “The audience reaction we’re getting on the movie is consistent. People like the film. It’s a slow burn. We think we’re going to be in theaters for a long time.”

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Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2011

Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2011

Summer is coming to an end, and with it the summer movie season draws to a close. The time for crowd-pleasing blockbusters is over, and in their place the multiplexes fill with serious, award-worthy films. You know the type: highbrow dramatic works about sparkly vampires, swashbuckling cats, and singing frogs.

OK, so the fall movie season isn’t just about Oscar-caliber artistry. There are some hotly anticipated crowd-pleasers coming to theaters between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. You’ll get the beginning of the end of the “Twilight” franchise with “Breaking Dawn – Part 1.” Shrek’s pal Puss in Boots will sink his claws into a solo adventure. And after over a decade away, the Muppets are returning to movie theaters in a musical comedy extravaganza. Here are our top ten picks to see in the coming months.

Drive

Release Date: September 16

Nicolas Winding Refn is not your average action director; he makes intense tales of masculinity that are equal parts grindhouse and art house. For “Drive,” which won him a best director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Fest, Refn teams up with Ryan Gosling for a gritty noir about a stunt driver who gets on the wrong side of the mob. It also stars Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and comedy legend Albert Brooks playing against type as a brutal gangster.

Moneyball

Release Date: September 23

In this adaptation of the bestselling book from Michael Lewis, author of “The Blind Side,” Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the real-life general manager of the cash-strapped Oakland A’s. Beane decided that the old ways of choosing players was wrong, and in doing so changed the way baseball is played. It also stars Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman with a screenplay from Academy Award winners Steven Zallian and Aaron Sorkin.

50/50

Release Date: September 30

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Inception”) plays a young guy who’s world is turned upside-down when he’s diagnosed with cancer, and Seth Rogen is his best friend trying to keep his spirits up. He also gets professional help from an attractive young therapist played by Anna Kendrick, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Up in the Air.” The movie is inspired by a true story from Rogen’s own life, and it finds laughs in a heartbreaking situation.

The Ides of March

Release Date: October 7

The awards season gets into full swing with the release of this political drama starring and directed by George Clooney. Loosely based on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential run, Clooney plays a candidate harboring a devastating secret. It costars Ryan Gosling (he’s having a busy year) along with a host of Academy Award winners/nominees — Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Footloose

Release Date: October 14

You like dancing? You like the ’80s? You’ll get both with this remake of the beloved Reagan-era dance flick. Newcomer Kenny Wormald takes on the Kevin Bacon role (let’s hear it for the boy) who romances a small-town girl played by Julianne Hough from “Dancing With the Stars.” It’s directed by Craig Brewer, who made the Oscar-winning “Hustle and Flow.”

Puss in Boots

Release Date: November 4

A feline as adventuresome and stylish as Puss in Boots deserves a movie all his own. In this prequel to the “Shrek” movies, Antonio Banderas returns as the voice of the fearsome furball, and he is joined by Salma Hayek as alluring Kitty and Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty.

J. Edgar

Release Date: November 9

J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI, was the most feared man in Washington, keeping files on reporters, politicians, movie stars, and anyone else deemed a possible subversive. Yet he had a secret life of his own. Leonardo DiCaprio plays America’s conflicted top cop in this biopic directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Dustin Lance Black, who won the Best Screenplay Oscar for “Milk.”

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Release Date: November 18

William and Kate’s royal wedding is about to be the second biggest marriage ceremony of the year. Bella and Edward are tying the knot in the first half of the last “Twilight” tale. But their nuptials will have severe repercussions for themselves and everyone they love. From Jacob’s broken heart, a honeymoon in Rio, and an inexplicable and life-threatening pregnancy, the movie is packed with the gripping moments that Twi-hards have been dying to see on screen. And look for “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” to be on many fans’ list of most anticipated movies of fall 2012.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Release Date: November 18

If you want to know what being a spy is really like, forget James Bond and look to John Le Carre. He actually worked for MI5 and has written some of best works out there on the paranoid world of espionage. This adaptation of his novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” star top British actors Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy, and is directed by Tomas Alfredson, the man behind the creepy vampire flick “Let the Right One In.”

The Muppets

Release Date: November 23

Jim Henson’s creations are back on the big screen for the first time in 12 years. Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) co-wrote and stars as a small-town guy who comes to L.A. to rally the Muppets together to save their beloved theater. Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, and the whole gang are all back, along with human costars Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and a huge array of celebrity cameos.

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