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‘pitch perfect’ trailer: 9 great puns to celebrate the a capella comedy

Posted in enterainment by kase on June 27, 2012

Grab a four-pack of wine coolers, guys, it’s time for a college a capella show!

The trailer for “Pitch Perfect,” starring sneaky child Broadway star Anna Kendrick, would-be “John Tucker” murderess Brittany Snow and “Bridesmaids” scene-stealer Rebel Wilson, dropped recently and dang did it drop it like it was hot. The movie follows an all-female a capella group at the fictional Barden University (a thinly veiled LSU) on its quest for glory and soaring notes, all the way to an eventual showdown with a rival all-male group — full of hot and mysteriously attractive jerks, of course.

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elizabeth banks, ‘people like us’ star, on effie trinket, first ladies and ‘catching fire’

Posted in enterainment, journalism, moviefone by kase on June 26, 2012

It’s the classic story: Boy meets Girl. Girl falls for Boy. Boy reveals that he’s Girl’s long-lost half-brother and that he has a $150,000 cash inheritance for her son.

Such is the mess where Elizabeth Banks finds herself in “People Like Us,” which hits theaters this Friday. Here, she plays Frankie, a single mom trying to make ends meet. Starring alongside Banks is Chris Pine as Sam, the half-brother Frankie’s music-producing dad chose over her and her mother. After their father dies, Sam entangles himself in the lives of Frankie and her son, all the while wondering when to reveal his true identity — and the bag of cash he’s been dragging around with him.

Of course, Banks is only playing a part — one of many this year. On top of “People Like Us,” the actress also starred in “The Hunger Games,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Man on a Ledge,” and had a recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock.”

Banks recently sat down with Moviefone in New York to answer our burning (sorry) questions about “Catching Fire,” “People Like Us,” and reveal the particular set of skills she has that would help her as a Hunger Games tribute.

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elizabeth banks: charlie kaufman’s ‘frank or francis’ ‘fell apart at the last minute’

Posted in enterainment, journalism, moviefone by kase on June 26, 2012

Elizabeth Banks has been a busy woman this year: she has already appeared in three films and several episodes of “30 Rock,” with “People Like Us” and “Pitch Perfect” coming up. Her schedule shows no signs of slowing down, either, with several projects listed on her IMDb page for 2013.

However, one movie of hers that may notbe coming to a theater near you is “Frank or Francis.” Banks told Moviefone that the highly anticipated film, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, is currently at a standstill.

“We didn’t get to shoot that movie,” she said during an interview ahead of the release of “People Like Us.” “It was ready to go, and, as many movies do, it fell apart at the last minute.”

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great scots! ‘brave’ review

Posted in enterainment, the daily by kase on June 22, 2012

Even if “brave” doesn’t necessarily describe any of the characters in Pixar’s most recent offering, the film’s existence itself is courageous. Imagine this: a story about a princess, with no princes and no pink, nary a ballgown to be found! Such is the case with “Brave,” directed first by Brenda Chapman, then by Mark Andrews (and written by both of them), and co-directed by Steve Purcell.

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the route of the problem: nebraska and the keystone xl pipeline

Posted in journalism, politics, the daily by kase on June 21, 2012

In the long-stretching debate over the Keystone XL Pipeline project, Nebraska lies at the heart. Pipeline developer TransCanada has proposed a new route to alleviate environmental concerns in the state — a path environmentalists say is just as destructive as the original plan.

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snooki and jwoww on their spin-off, being bad neighbors and girls

Posted in enterainment, journalism by kase on June 20, 2012

There are apparently three thingsJersey Shore‘s top guidettes, Snooki and JWoww, can’t or won’t talk about: politics, HBO’s Girls, and basically anything that happens on their new Jersey Shore spin-off. “Wait and see!” was a popular response to questions about Snooki & JWoww, which premieres tomorrow on MTV and finds the BFFs sharing a pad in Jersey City, coping with Snooki’s surprise pregnancy and engagement, boy drama, and, of course, the uphill battle to obtain the perfect tan. Vulture tried to extort details about the upcoming season but managed to learn about Snooki and JWoww’s opinions on meatballs, their nicknames, and why being neighborly is for bumpkins.

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aubrey plaza gets a promotion

Posted in enterainment, journalism, the awl by kase on June 8, 2012

There’s a reason Aubrey Plaza keeps getting cast as interns — as eyerolling Pawnee Parks Department lackey April Ludgate on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and as the defeatist, toilet-scrubbing Seattle Magazine intern in the upcoming Safety Not Guaranteed, and in real life as well, in NBC’s famed page program. According toSafety director Colin Trevorrow, the 27-year-old actress is an everygirl, a face for the masses of underpaid, overeducated young workers of the world.

“Aubrey represents a whole generation of young women who are very disaffected,” Trevorrow said. “Not just women, a whole generation. And disaffected for a reason. They don’t see anything out there for them, and this is not a world for them, and they have every reason to want to go back to a time when everything was a little bit easier and there were more opportunities and they weren’t treated like shit as an intern somewhere.”

Read more behind the jump, or at Splitsider, where this profile was originally published. (more…)

martin short on ‘madagascar 3′, souvenirs from the set and finding characters in the laundromat

Posted in enterainment, journalism, moviefone by kase on June 6, 2012

Martin Short’s elastic face has morphed into many memorable characters, including Jiminy Glick, Ed Grimley and an impressively passable Katharine Hepburn. The latest persona the comic slipped into, however, required no facial contortion: Short-voiced Stefano, a friendly Italian sea lion who performs in the circus in “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.”

Moviefone spoke with Short ahead of the film’s June 8 release about his favorite characters, what you might find in his garage, and his “bitchy sarcastic side.” (Don’t worry, we didn’t pull a Kathie Lee Gifford and awkwardly ask him about his personal life.)

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