Anna Kendrick (born 09.08.1985)
Anna Kendrick is an American actress.
Childhood: Anna Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine. Her parents are Janice, an accountant, and William K. Kendrick, a history teacher. She attended Longfellow Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School and Deering High School.
Acting career: Anna Kendrick made her acting debut in the Broadway musical 'High Society' in 1998 and was nominated for a Tony award. She made her movie debut in 'Camp' in 2003; a film which was co-produced by Danny DeVito. In 2007, she appeared in 'Rocket Science' opposite Reece Thompson. In 2008, she was in the vampire movie 'Twilight' alongside Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. 2009 saw her in 'The Marc Pease Experience' with Jason Schwartzman and Ben Stiller, and 'Up in the Air' alongside George Clooney and Vera Farmiga for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2010, she was in 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' opposite Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and the following year appeared in '50/50' with Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Rogen. In 2012, she was in 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' opposite Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez, 'ParaNorman' with Casey Affleck and John Goodman, 'Pitch Perfect' alongside Rebel Wilson and 'End of Watch' which also starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena.
Personal life: Anna Kendrick dated director Edgar Wright, who directed 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' in 2009, though they split in 2013.
Utterly bonkers, this movie confounds any attempt to categorise it, blending comedy, romance, horror and drama to become a true one-off. And it maintains such a darkly playful tone that it's impossible not to smile even as things turn rather hideously nasty. Against all odds, these contradicting moods come together into something surprisingly involving, thanks to skilled director Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and clever writer Michael R. Perry. Their approach is so inventive that it's impossible to guess what might happen next.
Set in a small industrial town, the story centres on Jerry (Ryan Reynolds), who was set up with a job in a bathtub factory after his release from a psychiatric institute. Overseen by therapist (Jacki Weaver), Jerry is settling in nicely. He has a crush on Fiona (Gemma Arterton) in accounting, even though it's actually her office colleague Lisa (Anna Kendrick) who likes him. But no one realises that he has gone off his meds and is starting to listen to advice coming from his lovable dog Bosco and his evil cat Mr Whiskers. What they tell him to do is pretty horrific, but he thinks that this is the only way to get his life back on track.
Where the plot goes is seriously grisly, but it's played out by the cast and filmmakers in a blackly comical way that's highly stylised, seeing everything through Jerry's warped perspective. The question is whether he's a serial killer, an insane criminal or an emotionally tormented young man. Whatever, the film is a remarkably internalised exploration of mental illness, because the tone refuses to let us off the hook. And because all of the performances are riotously funny, bridging the gaps between the humour, romance and violence.
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Anna Kendrick, Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed and Kevin Hart - 87th Annual Academy Awards held at The Dolby Theatre - Press Room at Dolby Theatre, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Anna Kendrick - Hollywood's biggest stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the 87th Annual Oscars awards ceremony which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 201
Jennifer Aniston delivers an Oscar-calibre performance in this rather over-worked drama, which tries to emphasise heavy-handed metaphors more than the characters themselves. But it's an involving personal odyssey thanks to Aniston's honest acting, and Daniel Barnz's sensitive direction manages to dodge most of the script's more glaring pitfalls.
Aniston plays Claire, a woman who has been in continual pain, both emotional and physical, following the car accident that claimed the life of her young son. Revelling in her bitter sarcasm, she has alienated her husband (Chris Messina), driven her physiotherapist (Mamie Gummer) to despair and so enraged her therapy leader (Felicity Huffman) that she's been thrown out of the group. The only person who patiently sticks by her side is her maid/assistant Silvana (Adriana Barazza), and she's beginning to waver. Then Nina (Anna Kendrick), a therapy-group member, commits suicide, making Claire question why she's still bothering to be alive. There has to be a spark of hope there, and she decides to stalk Nina's single-dad widower Roy (Sam Worthington) for answers.
While the premise seems to set up the usual story about two damaged souls healing each other, the story thankfully doesn't go down that tired route. Instead, Patrick Tobin's script keeps the interaction prickly and unexpected, even as it layers in so much symbolism that it becomes rather exhausting. Claire's physical scarring is clearly indicative of something deeper, as is her array of cruel defence mechanisms. Thankfully, Aniston plays these scenes with a mixture of black comedy and aching sadness that makes the character thoroughly involving and only slightly likeable. Her interaction with Barraza is the heart of the film, beautifully played because their connection remains mainly unspoken. By contrast, Worthington feels almost superfluous; he sharply matches Aniston's cynicism, but is too nice to register very strongly.
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Suspended after an unfortunate incident of accidental nudity during a performance of Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball', the spunky all-girls a cappella singing group the Barden Bellas are subsequently replaced by European champions Das Sound Machine. They've got a lot of work to do if they want to win the World Championships and beat their rivals, and while they've certainly got both the attitude and more than enough talent having previously succeeded at winning the National stakes, whether or not their ideas can bring them further fortune is another matter. Nonetheless, they have each other, and that's the most important thing for them to hold on to right now as now they face more than just embarrassment and Europeans, but prejudice and heavy doubt from the organisers.
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