Pitch Perfect was a hit that no one saw coming. With its mix of a cappella sweetness and gross out comedy raunch, it surprised everyone – at least everyone who didn’t see it.
So, sequel. Because, hit film. And now there’s a trailer for the sequel – and it looks like it has the same mix of sweetness and raunch that made the first one a hit. Check it out after the jump.
Pitch Perfect 2 stars Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, Hana Mae Lee, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, Hailee Steinfeld, and Katey Segal (among others). It premieres on May 15, 2015.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 could have gone wrong in so many ways that it’s a genuine relief to be able to say it’s infinitely better than the book – at least, so far. It’s smart and thought provoking while having considerably more action that I was expecting. In fact, it’s the best film in the series, so far.
Paramount Digital Entertainment has greenlit the comedy series Personal Advisors from Brownstone Productions, the production company run by Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman – who were responsible for the sleeper hit Pitch Perfect. The pilot was written by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Alex Reid.
Resident Advisors is a workplace comedy set in a college dorm, so, a ‘hormonally-overloaded, sexually active, out of control workplace.’ The series stars Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars’ Dick Casablancas), Jamie Chung (Believe, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Alison Rich (College Humor Originals), Andrew Bachelor (House of Lies), Graham Rogers (Revolution) and features Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect).
Further details await on the other side of the jump.
Pitch Perfect moves the kind of kids we see on Glee into college and focuses them on competitive cappella singing. Then it kicks up the humor and drama by adding sufficient crudity-with-a-heart to just barely avoid an R-rating and combining that with inventive arrangements of contemporary (and not so contemporary) hits.
Alex Kurtzman’s debut as a film director (he’s co-written Transformers, Star Trek, ten episodes of Alias), People Like Us, is inspired by true events. It’s the story of an ambitious hustler working in ‘barter, the original money’ who learns a shocking truth after a very bad day.
From DreamWorks Pictures comes People Like Us, a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (Star Trek) as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father’s last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about his family – and re-examine his own life choices in the process.
The film also stars Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D’Addario, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Duplass and Michelle Pfeiffer.
From these clips (above and below the jump) it would seem that it’s given to understatement. People Like Us opens on June 29th and looks like it should do well as counterprogramming for those suffering burnout from the usual deluge of summer blockbusters.