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While the film is still in pre-production, Universal Pictures has decided to push back the release of “Pitch Perfect 3” from July 21, 2017 to December 22, 2017.
In its place Universal has put its other female-centric comedy “Girl Trip” starring Regina Hall, bowing on July 21. The pic was originally set to open Aug. 11, 2017.
Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson have already closed deals to return, with Kay Cannon on board to pen the script and Elizabeth Banks set to direct.
No plot details have been released. The original film was adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s book “Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory.”
Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Banks and Max Handelman of Brownstone Productions are returning to produce.
“Girl Trip” will be directed by Malcolm Lee and follows four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. Will Packer will produce.
The filmmakers hired Aakomon “AJ” Jones, famous for choreographing dance moves for Justin Bieber and Usher, to choreograph Pitch Perfect. Though he was new to choreographing for a cappella groups, Jones’ hip-hop and mainstream dance background was the style the filmmakers felt would blend perfectly with the group performances.
“Aakomon is an amazing choreographer who came to our project with some mandates,” says Banks. “He had to make a cappella seem cool, but he also had to make it realistic. If you watch the actual ICCA finals on YouTube, the kids do amazing choreography. We wanted to make sure that we took people and brought them to the next level. He created choreography that everyone was able to learn. We had a lot of confidence that AJ would know how to break it down for our actors.”
Moore wanted to make sure that the dancing in the movie was not dated. “The songs the guys are singing in the movie are Flo Rida and Rihanna, so we needed something that matched the music that they were singing and not just a lot of snapping and step touching. AJ and his incredible assistant, KYNDRA ‘BINKIE’ REEVEY, were able to come in and take the ideas of a cappella, which is old-school, and make it feel new. Sometimes singing and dancing at the same time is hard, and the actors were each singing a different part while they were dancing. It was a Rubik’s Cube puzzle for them to make everyone look like they could dance together effortlessly while still making the sound with their mouths.”
Jones, Moore, Sharon and Boyer discussed specific points in each scene where dancing would take place and where each character would be staged. Knowing what was happening during the story line and collaborating with the music directors were of the upmost importance. Says Jones: “What’s great about Ed and Deke is that they said that if we felt a certain way about the arrangements, we should give them feedback. On this film, we were able to go directly to the music directors and ask them to make tweaks to some of the sound. They made a first pass of the arrangement and then went back and forth with Jason about the sounds and how it felt. Then they got it to us, and we’d work on it together.”
Jokes Wilson of the choreography: “I felt like they could have used some of my signature moves because I had a lot of moves. I suggested the sprinkler to AJ and Binkie. ‘What about the cancan girl? What about the pancake shake?’ Which is a move I invented. And then they said, ‘We’ve choreographed for Usher so we know what to do.’ I said, ‘Okay, I’m putting my faith in your hands.’ One time they gave us a lesson in how to dance like a stripper. It was traumatic.”
Jones’ background is hip-hop, a genre of dance he felt was perfect for the film’s audience. “That’s the reference that I pulled from, as far as material and vocabulary,” says the choreographer. “Whether it’s a dance that everyone’s doing right now that just hit the streets, or a nod to a cleaner line that would be impressive to the eye on stage, there’s a vast array of styles in the film. There’s hip-hop, a bit of locking, a bit of jazz and some ballet.”
Knapp explains the dance rehearsal process: “After we warmed up, we’d knock right into it. We learned the choreography step-by-step, and it was amazing to see AJ creating it in his head as we went along. The guy’s talented.”
Though none of them were trained professional dancers, Knapp’s fellow actors echo their praises for their choreographer. “AJ is incredible,” sums Camp. “He listened to us and worked with each girl individually as to what her level of dance was. He’s a very patient man.”
Admits DeVine: “I was kind of worried about doing all the dancing because I’m not a dancer at all. But AJ had a lot of confidence in me. He didn’t give me a lot of moves because that would be a lot to remember, but he was encouraging and told me to make some of it up as I went along.”
Brooks was blown away the first time he saw the cast’s performances. “They gave me goose bumps. I found myself singing along and tapping my feet. I’m an Englishman and we’re acutely shy, so for me to even go halfway there is a big thing.”
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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.
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.
Anna Kendrick is in talks to star in Pitch Perfect, a romantic comedy set in the world of collegiate a cappella groups.
Rebel Wilson is already cast in the project, which revolves around a goth-like and rebellious student (Anna Kendrick), unhappy to be at a school at which her father is a professor, who discovers her voice and becomes the secret weapon for the school’s female a cappella group.
The film will be directed by Jason Moore and is based on a book written by GQ magazine’s Mickey Rapkin. The romantic comedy is shooting this fall in New Orleans.
Pitch Perfect comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Rebel Wilson. The film is directed by Jason Moore.