11 June 2015

HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – This story first appeared in the June 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

There will be more, dear pitches, but it won’t be cheap. With Pitch Perfect 2’s massive $160.9 million in domestic box office (and counting), Universal and Gold Circle are moving ahead on a third installment.

Sources say negotiations have begun with Kay Cannon, who wrote the first two movies, to return for a third. It remains to be seen whether co-star Elizabeth Banks, a steward of the franchise as one of its producers, will return to the director’s chair.

How a story would reunite the core Barden Bellas now that (spoiler alert) most have graduated college will be easier than making deals for such stars as Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, who sources say were paid about $2 million each for Pitch 2, which cost $29 million to make. That’s a step up from their fees for the original 2012 film, which were in the low-six figures for Kendrick and less than $100,000 for Wilson, whose Fat Amy became the breakout.

Deals for a third movie will be costly because options aren’t in place for the pair. In contrast, say sources, Universal and Gold Circle were smelling a franchise when they made sure to lock in series newcomer Hailee Steinfeld for a follow-up.

6 June 2015

Rebel and her fellow co-stars from her new film ‘How to be Single’ attended the NY Mets game in NYC. Rebel got the chance to throw out the first pitch for the game. Rebel and Leslie Mann had some fun on the mic as well. Check out the photos in the gallery.

5 June 2015

PEOPLE.COM – Rebel Wilson just got her biggest new fan – seriously, he’s 6′ 8″ and weighs 250 lbs.

After a heartbreaking loss in the first game of the NBA finals last night, LeBron James told reporters one thing that cheered him up recently: seeing Pitch Perfect 2.

“I went to the movies last week at a regular movie theater,” James said, speaking about how, despite his superstar status, he still likes to do normal things.

“What is the movie with the girls and they’re singing,” he asked, before remembering, “Pitch Perfect 2, which is unbelievable.”

He added, “Fat Amy is awesome. I love her. Wherever you are, you’re awesome.”

Turns out Rebel Wilson, who plays Fat Amy in the films, heard the compliment, and thanked LBJ via Twitter.

“Thanks KingJames for the shout out today, your taste in movies is as amazing as your basketball!”

One of James’ teammates, Iman Shumpert, is also a movie buff – but his latest theater going experience wasn’t as positive as James’.

Shumpert recently watched Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in San Andreas, a movie that centers around a massive earthquake destroying the same Bay Area where half the NBA Finals will be played.

31 May 2015

PEOPLE.COM – After a rink-side Rangers game date on May 16, Rebel Wilson was spotted with rumored new boyfriend Mickey Gooch, Jr. again having a cozy dinner on Tuesday.

The Pitch Perfect 2 star, 35, and the comedian-actor were seen having an “incredibly low-key dinner” at trendy New York restaurant Beauty & Essex, according to a source.

The actress, in a T-shirt and gingham pencil skirt, and Gooch “appeared very cuddly” while enjoying a variety of dishes, including the tuna sashimi, kale and apple salad, oven braised chicken meatballs, doughnuts and the eatery’s famous Elvis Presley Sundae.

31 May 2015

THEWRAP.COM – Christian Ditter is directing the New Line film, which also stars Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann

Comedian Mickey Gooch Jr. has joined the ensemble cast of New Line’s romantic comedy “How to Be Single,” which teams him with his real-life girlfriend Rebel Wilson, TheWrap has learned.

Christian Ditter is directing the movie, which also stars Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann, Alison Brie, Nicholas Braun, Jason Mantzoukas, Jake Lacy and Damon Wayans Jr.

Gooch will play a character named Big Boy in the film, which follows a group of single New Yorkers who each have their own views and approaches towards dating, as chronicled by a young female author writing a book about bachelorettes.

Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein adapted the popular novel by Liz Tuccillo, while Dana Fox wrote the most recent draft of the script. Fox is also producing “How to Be Single” with Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen and John Rickard.

Production is currently under way in New York, and New Line will release the film next February.

Gooch has drawn comparisons to Jack Black and Zach Galifiankis thanks to his sarcastic sense of humor and strong comedic timing. As the head of his own production company Skit Bags, he has also executive produced and directed some of his own projects, including the short films “Magnus” and “Landing Afoot,” as well as Mike Hermosa’s upcoming indie comedy “The Head Thieves.”

Gooch is represented by Atlas Artists.

28 May 2015

I have added some new candids of Rebel from the set of her new upcoming film How to Be Single. She stars alongside Leslie Mann and Dakota Johnson. Thanks to my good friend Ali for some of the HQ photos.