Elizabeth Banks To Direct ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ For Universal

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 1:11pm PST

Elizabeth Banks Pitch Perfect 2Actress and producer Elizabeth Banks is making her feature directorial debut with Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the 2012 $115M hit about a college student who joins an a capella group. Banks, … Read More »

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Freddie Stroma Stars In Alien Invasion Thriller ‘The Visitors’

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 12:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Freddie Stroma will star in The Visitors, the indie feature written and to be directed by The Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters). The film is a dark and edgy sci-fi thriller that revolves around a group of … Read More »

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‘Idol’ Producer Developing A Cappella Competition Reality Series

By | Saturday April 20, 2013 @ 7:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A cappella singing is hot at the moment following the success of feature Pitch Perfect, about competing college a cappella groups. So American Idol producer 19 Entertainment and its parent company CORE Media Group have signed an exclusive deal with Varsity Vocals, the collegiate a cappella organization that organizes the International Championship of A Cappella, to develop a show built around the competition and the college students who participate in it. I hear Varsity Vocals president Amanda Newman announced the partnership at the ICCA International finals tonight in NYC. Also looking to take advantage of Pitch Perfect‘s success is Universal sibling NBC, which recently announced the revival of its a cappella competition series The Sing Off. Read More »

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Universal Pictures Acquires Pitch From ‘Pitch Perfect’ Star Rebel Wilson

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 4:31pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled comedy based on a pitch from Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson. She hatched the original idea and is attached to write, produce and star. After starring in Universal/Gold Circle’s sleeper comedy Pitch Perfect, Bachelorette and before that Bridesmaids, Wilson will next be seen in the Chris Colfer-written Struck By Lightning and the Michael Bay-directed Pain & Gain, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. Read More »

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What A Weekend! Sony Has Best Ever #1 + #2 Films: ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Sets Records; Uni’s ‘Pitch Perfect’ Tops Screen Average; Walden’s ‘Won’t Back Down’ Flops

By | Sunday September 30, 2012 @ 7:27am PDT

SUNDAY AM, 4TH UPDATE: Hollywood finally can celebrate better box office which breaks a 5-week losing streak. Friday and Saturday overperformed for an ‘up’ weekend: $110M total moviegoing, which is +20% better than last year. And Sony Pictures has $66.2M – or … Read More »

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‘Pitch Perfect’ Music Video Features Mike Tompkins And Cast Of Hundreds

By | Tuesday September 18, 2012 @ 8:04pm PDT

Here’s the official music video for Universal Pictures’ Pitch Perfect featuring Mike Tompkins in an a cappella version of Nicki Minaj’s Starships. It features Tompkins, the film’s cast and over 300 user generated video submissions. Tompkins, who’s repped by Maker Studios, produces all his own sounds using only his … Read More »

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Universal Platforms Crowd-Pleaser ‘Pitch Perfect’ September 28

By | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 6:02am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Universal Pictures will move up from an October 5 release date on Pitch Perfect and try to build word of mouth by platforming the picture in select theaters across North America on Friday, September 28. Studio and Gold Circle Films did this after strong feedback from early screenings that have already been held and which elicited high amounts of social media traffic — 90% of it positive according to monitoring company Fizziology. While major studios usually move like battleships (no pun intended) and don’t veer from wide-release plans, the feeling was that there was buzz to be built here. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Pitch Perfect’

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 6:45pm PDT

Pitch Perfect explores the world of competitive college a cappella singing. It marks the feature directing debut of Jason Moore, who directed Broadway’s Avenue Q. He also directed episodes of Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Brothers & Sisters and Everwood. Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Adam Devine, Skylar … Read More »

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Release Date Roundup: ‘Life Of Pi, ‘The Internship’, ‘Perks Of Being A Wallflower’, ‘Pitch Perfect’

20th Century Fox moved up the release date of its Ang Lee-directed drama Life Of Pi from Christmas week to November 21. That’s the date Warner Bros had staked out for its Alfonso Cuaron-directed sci-fi drama Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock, which recently was pushed to sometime in 2013. Now Lee’s 3D adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling novel will land there, and the studio hopes it will play into the holiday season. Pi centers on a 17-year-old zookeeper’s son and his arch rival, a bengal tiger, who are stranded together on the open seas after their ship is pummeled by a storm.

Related: Fox World Premieres Stunning Footage Of Ang Lee’s 3D ‘The Life Of Pi’: CinemaCon Read More »

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