I Love This Video -- Anna Kendrick's "Cups" Gets Music Video from "Pitch Perfect" Director 


We all know Anna Kendrick is a good actress and always a scene-stealer, but who knew that she is destined to become a pop star as well. Her new song "Cups" is burning up the charts. And for those who've seen "Pitch Perfect," you'll remember this acapella goodness from the movie.

Now, Universal Music Group has released a video to accompany the song, and it's cleverly directed by the "Pitch Perfect" helmer, Jason Moore. The picture above was from Kendrick's Instagram during the making of the video.

I guarantee you that you will be practicing flipping cups very soon, thanks to this video! And the next time I interview Kendrick, I'll make her teach me!

Here's the music video for "Cups":



Check out my fun interviews with Anna Kendrick:

"UP IN THE AIR"
"PARANORMAN"
"END OF WATCH"

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"The Purge" Gets New Release Date 


"The Purge" starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey gets a new release date. It was going to open May 31st, but now, will be debuting one week later on June 7th. So there you go thriller fans, you have to wait one more week!

Here's more info on "The Purge":

Release date: June 7, 2013
Genre: Speculative thriller
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, Max Burkholder
Written and Directed by: James DeMonaco
Produced by: Jason Blum, Sébastien Kurt Lemercier, Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller

If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home.

In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.

When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.

Directed by James DeMonaco (writer of Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator), The Purge is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister), Platinum Dunes' partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), as well as Sébastien Kurt Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13).

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Tom Cruise Back On Top -- "Oblivion" Opens With $38.2 Million 


"Oblivion" gives Tom Cruise one of his biggest weekend openers. The sci-fi film sold $38.2 million worth of box office tickets. Overseas, "Oblivion" sold $33.7 million for a worldwide total of $150.2 million.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "42," slipped to No. 2 with $18 million. The Jackie Robinson flick starring Harrison Ford has raised its domestic total to $54.1 million.

The indie favorite, "The Place Beyond the Pines," starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper added more theaters and went up to No. 6 with $4.7 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of April 19:

1. "Oblivion," $38.2 million ($33.7 million international).

2. "42," $18 million.

3. "The Croods," $9.5 million ($23.4 million international).

4. "Scary Movie 5," $6.3 million ($3.5 million international).

5. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," $5.8 million ($40 million international).

6. "The Place Beyond the Pines," $4.7 million.

7. "Olympus Has Fallen," $4.5 million ($7.8 million international).

8. "Evil Dead," $4.1 million ($2.3 million international).

9. "Jurassic Park" in 3-D, $4 million ($420,000 international).

10. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $3 million ($1.5 million international).

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"Oblivion" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does Tom Cruise Get? 


Tom Cruise returns to the big screen for “Oblivion,” a highly entertaining eye-candy from “Tron: Legacy” director, Joseph Kosinski who also co-wrote the script with Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3,” “Brave”) and Karl Gajdusek (“Dead Like Me”). “Oblivion” also stars Melissa Leo, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, and Morgan Freeman. But is “Oblivion” worth your time and money? Check out my review.



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Did You Like This Year's Oscars? Producers Are Set to Return for Oscars 2014! 


Academy President, Hawk Koch, has announced that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, acclaimed motion picture, television, and theater producing team behind Oscars 2013, will return next year for Oscars 2014! The Academy Awards will air live on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014.

“Craig and Neil have the overwhelming support of the Academy's Governors to produce the Oscars again in 2014," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "In order to establish continuity with this year's enormously successful show, we felt it was important to give these consummate professionals the green light now to begin creating another great evening."

Zadan and Meron said, "We are very honored to have been asked to return as Oscar producers for a second year." And they are looking forward to creating a distinctive and entertaining show.

Were you entertained by the Oscar telecast this year? Then you're in for a treat! Here's the rest of the press release:

“Craig and Neil have great relationships, a sense of showmanship, and a passion for our Academy,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “And they’re a pleasure to work with. All perfect qualities for our show."

The February 2013 Oscars hosted by Seth MacFarlane, drew an average audience of 40.3 million total viewers and delivered a 13.0 rating among adults 18-49. The show was TV’s most-watched entertainment telecast in the last 3 years, and grew its overall audience for the 2nd straight year (+3%), surging 11% in adults 18-49 (13.0 rating vs. 11.7 rating) to its best numbers since 2010. In addition, the show scored gains year-to-year with adults 18-34 (+20% - 11.3 rating vs. 9.4 rating), hitting its highest number in 6 years – since 2007. Overall, it was the Oscars second-most-watched telecast since 2005.

Among the innovations that Zadan and Meron plan to bring back to the 2014 show is the Oscar Experience College Search, which allows young filmmakers to assist with bringing the Oscar statuettes on-and-off stage during the show.

The Zadan/Meron Oscars displayed a signature style that incorporated a single concept for the entire evening which linked together the disparate elements of the Oscar show through music, especially classic movie themes and the frequent appearances by MacFarlane to announce the evening’s presenters. The 2013 show was also distinguished by the use of motion picture talent as performers in the show such as the dance numbers performed by Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Zadan and Meron served as executive producers for the 2002 “Best Picture” winner “Chicago,” which won Oscars® in 6 of the 13 categories in which it was nominated. Their credits also include the features “Footloose” (2011), “Hairspray,” and “The Bucket List.” Zadan also produced the original “Footloose” (1984).

Zadan and Meron’s work in television includes the series “SMASH” and such movies as “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Steel Magnolias.”

For Broadway, they recently produced the Tony Award® winning revivals of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Promises, Promises.”

Their work has amassed 73 Emmy® nominations; 12 Tony nominations; and seven Grammy® nominations.

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


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