Kay Cannon

Pitch Perfect

Of all the news coming out of this year’s CinemaCon, the revelation that Universal Pictures is launching a sequel to their surprise hit Pitch Perfect is the one most worth singing about (it’s just convenient that this pun works so well in this context). Details are scarce on the follow-up, but we do know that the film will arrive sometime in 2015 and that original screenwriter Kay Cannon is set to return to pen this new feature. There is no word on other returning cast or crew (please, please, give us more Rebel “Fat Amy” Wilson). As Entertainment Weekly reports, the first film was a massive hit for the studio, pulling in $112m at the box office (with just a teensy $17m budget) and going on to “earn over $90 million across all home market platforms…it currently stands as the studio’s third highest-grossing VOD title ever behind blockbusters Ted and Bridesmaids. On top of that, the Pitch Perfect soundtrack has sold over 636,000 copies and spawned a hit single — complete with its own music video – with Anna Kendrick’s ‘Cups.’” Basically, this thing is money, so of course Uni is going to go the sequel route.

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Pitch Perfect

If we’re being honest with ourselves and one another, we can all just admit to having both seen and enjoyed an episode of Glee at one point. For some, the enjoyment lasted beyond one episode. But the feeling is the same, and it’s not hard to understand why those darn kids love to watch singing, dancing stereotypes fight with the full force of school pride. Plus, those songs are catchy. It’s all part of what makes Pitch Perfect an interesting little project. That, and the fact that it’s led by Up in the Air star Anna Kendrick, who can apparently sing and rap and play the bad girl who just changed schools and it looking to find her way (even after she’s found her rape whistle). According to this first trailer, Beca (Kendrick) finds her way into an a cappella group performing girls-against-boys style all the way to Regionals, or something along those lines. With a script from 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon, there’s a palpable self-aware element shown off in the trailer. This movie knows that it’s premise is ridiculous, and it shall subvert at all turns. Mostly in the form of Rebel Wilson, who played one of the creepy roommates in Bridesmaids. Go ahead, watch the trailer and tell me you didn’t get a few laughs out of her performance.

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