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Movie stills and new posters from Rebel’s new film, Pitch Perfect 2 have been added to the gallery. The film opens in theaters this Friday. Be sure to go see it!

9 May 2015   No Comments

Rebel and the cast of Pitch Perfect 2 attended the Los Angeles premiere of the film earlier today. Rebel looked beautiful as usual. You can check out the photos in the gallery. Dont forget to catch the movie in theaters on Friday.

*EDIT* Thanks to Gabby, we have over 300 more photos of Rebel from the premiere added to the gallery. Check them out.

9 May 2015   No Comments

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LATIMES.COM – “I’m gonna really embarrass myself here,” Howard Stern cautioned his satellite radio listeners. “But I watched ‘Pitch Perfect,’ and I liked it.”

That 2012 comedy about a female a cappella group beloved by teenage girls? It was the shock jock’s guilty pleasure.

Universal Pictures executives giddily passed around audio from Stern’s show, taken aback by the film’s unlikely fan. But his surprising confession was just one of many unlikely developments that led to the studio greenlighting a highly anticipated sequel to what was only a modest box office success. It’s the kind of story that happens rarely in Hollywood these days — the true word-of-mouth hit.

The scope of the phenomenon is likely to be felt as soon as “Pitch Perfect 2″ opens May 15. In its opening weekend, the film could make more than half what the first movie did during its entire run.

The young females came first; opening weekend, the audience was 81% female, with 55% under age 25. They drove the majority of the ticket sales for the film during its domestic run, where it grossed $65 million — a healthy sum for a $17-million production, certainly, but not blockbuster money. The demographic fully embraced the picture’s girl power-centric storyline and the soundtrack’s creative spin on Top 40 hits.

High-schoolers began hosting sing-a-long slumber parties. Kids were driving their parents batty trying to master “Cups,” the film’s most popular song, with a rhythmic portion that requires hand-clapping and a paper cup.

In case you weren’t one of those fangirls, a quick primer: “Pitch Perfect” follows the Barden Bellas, an a cappella group whose members bond as they try to pull their act together for a national singing competition. There’s the artsy girl who works at the school’s radio station and remixes the group’s songs (Anna Kendrick). The plump goofball who insists her group mates call her “Fat Amy” even though her name is Patricia (Rebel Wilson). The neurotic overachiever so obsessed with a cappella that she uses “aca” as an all-purpose prefix, as in, “Aca-awesome!” (Brittany Snow). They’re a ragtag group of underdogs, but together they make it work.

The film was based on a book by GQ editor Mickey Rapkin, in which he gave a behind-the-scenes look at collegiate a cappella groups from schools such as Tufts University and the University of Virginia.

But it wasn’t until the film’s afterlife that things really got crazy.

When “Pitch Perfect” was released on home video around Christmas 2012, it started to become clear that the movie had connected with more than just teen girls. Copies were flying off the shelves at brick-and-mortar outlets, which is when Kay Cannon, the film’s screenwriter, said she realized, “We had really hit.”

“I went shopping for the holidays at Target, and they had several racks of the DVD to choose from,” she recalled. “But they were all sold out.”

And when HBO began offering “Pitch Perfect” to subscribers the next June, the movie attracted nearly 26 million viewers, making it the network’s top performer in 2013 above such box office behemoths as “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Ted.”

8 May 2015   No Comments

BILLBOARD.COM – Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson & the rest of the gang are joined by newbie Hailee Steinfeld for another round of a cappella-related mirth, directed by Elizabeth Banks.

Reprising the kind of musical performances, campus hijinks, stinging humor and sassy sisterhood put in place by its eminently likeable predecessor, Pitch Perfect 2 remixes the elements and comes up with something even slicker and sharper. As the film’s Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) might say, they’ve crushed it.

However, it’s not like we don’t have notes. With more characters in play in addition to the regulars, returning screenwriter Kay Cannon (a 30 Rock alumnus) and cast-member-producer Elizabeth Banks (directing her first feature) have to scramble hard to keep all the component parts in harmony. That means some endearing elements from the first movie, like the romance between Beca (Anna Kendrick) and her tenor boyfriend Jesse (Skylar Astin), barely get a look in, and the number of cameos from famous faces is beginning to approach Anchorman­-like levels of silliness. But none of that will stop this from being a smash, likely to outstrip the $112-million-plus worldwide takings of its sleeper antecedent in every territory.

The opening sequence finds history repeating itself with an onstage embarrassment. Pitch Perfect started by putting the all-girls campus a cappella singing group the Barden Bellas on the back foot when their leader Aubrey (Anna Camp) sprayed chunks over the audience at the climax of their performance at Lincoln Center. Here, four years on from the events of the first film, the humiliation is even greater when Fat Amy’s spandex outfit splits in the middle of a performance in front of President Obama and the first lady to reveal she’s gone commando, producing a widely reported scandal (“Muffgate”). That mishap gets the Bellas officially reprimanded by the overlords of competitive a cappella’s governing body, represented by podcasting co-presidents Gail (Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins). (The latter’s line in smoothly delivered misogyny — “Let’s hear it for the girls too ugly to be cheerleaders!” — and casual racism throughout is even funnier this go round.)

Although the terms of the disciplinary action prohibit the Bellas from holding auditions, there’s nothing in the ruling that says they can’t take on “legacy” members like eager freshman Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), whose mom (Katey Sagal) was a legendary, five-octave-ranged member of the group back in the 1980s. Another new face is that of Flo (Chrissie Fit), a Central American transfer student who keeps dropping references to her horrifically impoverished childhood into the conversation.

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NEWS.COM.AU – FOR Australian comedian Rebel Wilson, Fat Amy has been the gift that keeps giving.

Not only did all-singing, all-dancing Amy provide Wilson with her breakout role in the 2012 sleeper hit Pitch Perfect, but the larger-than-life (in all senses of the phrase), brassy, gaffe-prone character has become something of a calling card as well.

“I have been getting a lot of jobs from Hollywood directors because they have teenage daughters who love me,” says Wilson with a laugh from the West Hollywood house she shares with Little Britain star Matt Lucas.

Until Pitch Perfect, Wilson had been best known in the US for her small role with Lucas as Kristen Wiig’s creepy brother and sister flatmates in the hit comedy Bridesmaids. Before that though, she’d honed her craft — and particularly her improvisational skills — in Australian TV on shows such as Fat Pizza, Bogan Pride and Thank God You’re Here. When Bridesmaids went ballistic, she booked a year’s worth of work in a week and was the first one cast in Pitch Perfect, the underdog story of a group of college misfits who band together to become a crack a cappella singing outfit.

Now, with a string of movies including What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Pain & Gain and Night At the Museum: Secret Of the Tomb, as well has her own US TV comedy Super Fun Night (which started brightly but was cancelled after one season) behind her, Wilson recognises just how important her formative experiences in Australia were.

“Fat Pizza was actually the perfect training ground because I was ready to improvise 24 hours a day,” she says. “Paul Fenech would be there saying ‘just do something’.

“If I had not had all that experience in Australia I could have bombed my golden opportunity in America. But because I had done all that stuff, I felt very confident when I landed here and I was really ready.”

In a female-driven ensemble cast, Wilson’s Fat Amy and Anna Kendick’s Beca emerged as the standouts of Pitch Perfect and when it took more than $120 million from its $20 million budget (and even more on DVD-digital) a sequel was inevitable. In the second chapter, the Barden Bellas, triumphant at the end of the first movie, are disgraced when Fat Amy has a wardrobe malfunction in front of the US president (“When we filmed it I was actually wearing nude Spanx so no one really saw anything,” says Wilson. “I mean there were a lot of children in the audience.”) Banished from the world of American a cappella, the Bellas have to rediscover their mojo in order to defeat German outfit Das Sound Machine at the world championships.