News.com.au – REBEL Wilson has revealed that her greatest professional triumph was tinged with personal tragedy after her father died early into production of her US network TV show Super Fun Night.
The Aussie comedian had been riding high on the back of movie successes including Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect when, championed by leading US comedy figure Conan O’Brien, she was rewarded with the major-network star vehicle about a single lawyer and her friends.
But just as she started work last year on the sitcom, which she conceived, wrote, produced and starred in, family tragedy struck.
“What a lot of people maybe didn’t know was that my father passed away in the second week of production of the show,” she said, tearfully.
In addition to losing a family member, Wilson was also wrestling with Super Fun Night’s rocky journey to the screen. The CBS network passed after initially showing interest and when it was picked up by ABC, the original pilot episode was rejected, and the second episode was aired as the premiere.
Although it debuted to a healthy 8.23 million views last October, the numbers dropped off steadily, with just 2.67 million tuning in for final episode in February.
ABC declined to pick up the show for a second season in May, although Wilson said the network gave her the option to “retool it”.
Wilson, who is now filming the sequel to Pitch Perfect, is now philosophical about the show’s cancellation, a rare speed bump in a career trajectory that has seen her rise from stand-up and sketch comedy in Australia to starring in big-budget Hollywood movies alongside the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Ben Stiller and Amanda Seyfried.
“I really tried my best and I knew it was something different and that the concept of the show was really solid,” she said. “But I think people were expecting me to play the brassy, outrageous character all the time and the conceit of Super Fun Night was of a different character, a straighter character.”
Wilson’s resume in Australia included broader and more confronting characters such as Toula in Fat Pizza and Jennie Cragg from Bogan Pride and agrees that the American TV watching public has a different sensibility to that of her homeland.
“I think my style of comedy is very Australian but it has American influences and British influences as well,” she said. “Perhaps my tone was a little (off) to some of the American audiences. Some people are like ‘would you try again?’ but I think I will stick with movies for the time being. I think the pace of that is much better for me going forward as a writer. It’s insane to write and perform and do seven pages of TV comedy a day.”
In addition to filming Pitch Perfect 2 in Louisiana, Wilson earlier this year completed scenes for A Night At the Museum 3 in London and Vancouver and also recently signed up for a role in her friend Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie, Grimsby.
Despite being cancelled, Wilson said she was still proud of Super Fun Night and has nothing but respect for those who work with the “insane schedule” of network TV in the US.
“I learned so much on that show,” she said. “Network TV is crazy in America — the speed at which it all happens is super crazy. We did eight-and-a-half hours of content in eight months — that’s kind of like doing four movies back to back from writing to editing to them being out to the public.
“We did really well though — our average rating was 1.8 (million) and we won the People’s Choice Award for Best New Comedy. I think it had a lot of potential — it was just probably not what people wanted to see me do at this point but it was a show that was locked in. I actually wrote the pilot for that during the first Pitch Perfect movie.”
VCPost.com – The sequel to musical comedy “Pitch Perfect” is set to be released on 2015. Here’s what we know about the movie so far.
“Pitch Perfect 2″ will be directed and co-produced (with Paul Brooks, Max Handelman) by Elizabeth Banks, who will also be playing Gail. The script will be penned by Kay Cannon.
The crew started filming on May this year at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
The plot for the upcoming movie is yet to be revealed, but what we do know is that stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will be reprising their roles. This time, they will be seniors at Barden University.
Last month, Benji Platt (Benji Applebaum) tweeted a photo captioned “What better way to spend my first day on set for #PitchPerfect2 than by doing a scene with my roomie @SkylarAstin,” revealing that the love story between Jesse (Skylar Astin) and Beca is still very much alive.
Joining the cast are Danish actress Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, Hailee Stenifield as Emily, Brittany Snow as Chloe, Alexis Knapp as Stacie, Anna Camp as Aubrey, Adam DeVine as Bumper Allen, and Hana Mae Lee as Lilly.
American a cappella group Pentatonix–the five-person ensemble became an instant favorite after winning NBC’s singing competition “The Sing-Off”–will also join the cast, playing a rival group to the Barden Bellas.
Pentatonix will not be playing themselves. Member Mitch Grassi told Entertainment Weekly that they wore “pretty interesting things during filming.” “You can definitely tell it’s the five of us, but what we’re wearing and who we’re portraying is definitely not Pentatonix,” Grassi added.
“Pitch Perfect 2″ will hit theaters on May 15, 2015.
TheDenverChannel.com – Australian actress REBEL WILSON has contacted police over allegations her name and image have been used to promote a weight loss product without her permission.
The Pitch Perfect star was alerted to an online promotion which allegedly suggested she uses a pumpkin-shaped fruit from Indonesia to lose weight, and included ‘before and after’ snaps.
In a message to a Twitter.com follower, Wilson writes, “This is some scam, I have no idea what that is or why they are using my image,” before warning all her fans, “Hey guys, just to be clear, if you see an ad for some weight loss product with my name and picture on it, it is 100 per cent not me. Some bs (bulls**t) scam!”
Wilson goes on to confirm she has alerted police to the situation, adding, “Hey everyone, especially friends in Australia, if you see a post about me relating to some ‘diet’ product: this is a SCAM. Police alerted… They are unlawfully using my name and image. Please ignore.”
KPopStarz.com – Kung Fu Panda 3 release date is scheduled on December 23, 2015. This is DreamWorks Animation’s third installment to the 3D action-comedy martial arts film starring a group of highly skilled animals.
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Huffman, David Cross, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and Jackie Chan will all be returning to reprise their roles in Kung Fu Panda’s third installment. Newly cast members Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaid), Bryan Cranston (Argo), and Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), will join the original team.
Rebel Wilson will be playing a very interesting and fun role in the third installment of the hit franchise Kung Fu Panda. The “Bridesmaid” star will be playing Po’s love interest and she seems nothing but excited about her role, sharing on Twitter:
“Had my first recording sesh for Kung Fu Panda 3 today..crushed it x.”
The lovable panda bear Po will be back in the animal action-comedy film, now facing two highly epic threats that include one supernatural phenom and one that is actually closer to home.
Kung Fu Panda 3 is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, written by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger, produced by Melissa Cobb, and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro.
Originally Kung Fu Panda 3 was scheduled for a release date on March 18, 2016 however, DreamWorks Animation decided have it come out on December 23, 2015.
This is a rather interesting move for DreamWorks as they have been releasing the Kung Fu Panda movies during summer which, grossed $1.2 billion worldwide combined and this will be the first time for the studio to set it on a Holiday. This could be a risk for the studio, however a release date during the Christmas Holiday could also be advantageous hence it will still draw kids to the movie during the break.
DailyTelegraph.com.au – SHE may have made it in Hollywood, but Rebel Wilson has proved she’s just like the rest of us after being “scared sheetless” when being hit in the head with a bed sheet.
The 28-year-old actor and funny woman posted hilarious tweets to her more than 1.8 million followers — about being woken up in the middle of the night after her bed sheet flicked off the mattress and into her face.
“The scariest thing at 4am in the morning is: the fitted sheet on your bed coming off one corner and hitting you smack in the face!,” Wilson wrote.
“I thought I was being attacked by an invisible night monster … Then a minute later realized (sic) what the actual culprit was! #scaredsheetless.”
Wilson is currently filming Pitch Perfect 2 alongside Anna Kendrick and is reviving her role as the character Fat Amy.
It has been revealed she has signed on for the upcoming comedy film Grimsby, alongside Sascha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong.
UpandComers.net – Rebel Wilson is now set to join the cast of Sony’s Sacha Baron Cohen action-comedy “Grimsby,” according to Variety. The story follows a British black ops spy (Mark Strong) who is forced to team up with his idiotic brother (Baron Cohen).
The film was written by Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham with Louis Leterrier (“Clash of the Titans”) set to direct. Wilson joins previously added cast Ian McShane, David Harewood and Annabelle Wallis. Production for the film is set to begin later this summer.
Wilson first began to attract attention following her role in Kristen Wiig-led “Bridesmaids” but her career really took off after starring in aca-comedy “Pitch Perfect”. After a short stint on television leading ABC’s “Super Fun Night” she will be seen this winter in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and is set to reprise her role as Fat Amy in “Pitch Perfect 2″.
TV3.ie – Rebel Wilson has apologised to her Pitch Perfect 2 co-stars for “hitting them in the face” on set.
Rebel Wilson gets a bit vicious with props on the set of Pitch Perfect 2.
The 2012 comedy about a female a cappella group called The Bellas proved so popular that a sequel is hitting screens next year.
Rebel, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Anna Camp are all returning for the second instalment and it seems things have been getting a bit out of control during filming.
“Did happen to throw my neck out on the set of #PitchPerfect2 after crash tackling @EsterDean ! But boy was the shot funny!” Rebel wrote on Twitter.
“and sorry for hitting these Bellas in the face today with our props: @HaileeSteinfeld @kelleyjakle @hanamaelee …cray cray props day x (sic)”
Pitch Perfect 2 also sees 17-year-old Hailee Steinfeld join the A-list cast. The teen actress has been excitedly sharing pictures from the set and can’t wait for the picture to hit screens.
“Pitch Perfect 2 comes out in 365 days. So yes, the countdown begins now. (sic),” she posted on Twitter last month.
Twilight star Anna, 28, reprises her role as lead character Beca in the franchise. She recently spoke to Elle magazine about her part in the movie industry and how she’s never felt worried that she might have being attractive to thank for her career.
“I think I’m lucky that I’ve never had a crisis about whether the only reason I’m successful is because I’m crazy hot. It’s not something that crosses my mind,” she explained to the publication.
Thanks to JJ, we have some new candids of Rebel filming Pitch Perfect 2 in Baton Rouge. Cannot wait for this movie so check the photos out in the gallery.