Switching focus from director to star
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It's true Kendrick has a trio of musicals coming up. And we'll break down details on each below. But it's highly unlikely this exhaustion means the end of Kendrick's musical career. The outspoken star has been performing them professionally since 1998, when she made her Broadway debut in High Society at the tender age of 13. It's far more probable that this statement, made at a special distributor screening of The Last Five Years at Lincoln Center on Monday night speaks more to just how taxing her performances in two of these three productions has been.
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Talking to Yahoo, Kendrick was frank:"I never want to sing again, honestly. Itís hard as ****. The Pitch Perfect [sequel] is going to be fine, ten girls have to be able to sing the songs so itís going to be fine, but doing The Last Five Years and then Into the Woods straight away, I was like, I donít want to have to think about my voice so much. I want to be able to drink beer whenever I wantÖ.Honestly, after Pitch Perfect I wouldnít have ever wanted to do a musical. I would have intentionally tried not to do a musical, but when itís The Last Five Years and Into the Woods, you canít really say no."" (Emphasis Yahoo's)
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Anna Kendrick made a name for herself in Hollywood by balancing roles in the blockbuster franchise Twilight and the Academy Award-nominated dramedy Up In The Air. But she became an unexpected singing sensation when she brought her quirky cup game to Pitch Perfect. Since then, roles in musicals have come her way fast and furious, and frankly she's had enough of it.
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Fincher remains heavily in-demand in the industry, though this will be a test of the usually-flashy auteur: Sorkin previously revealed that the screenplay would have only three scenes, each taking place behind the scenes at one of Jobsí product launches. Thatís ambitious, for certain, though knowing Sorkinís gift of gab and Fincherís sharp experience (this would be his next film following Gone Girl), it would easily land on the radar of most anticipated projects of 2015, particularly considering Isaacsonís book plumbs the depths of Jobs as a person, suggesting this would essentially be something of a spiritual sequel to The Social Network: what happens when the difficult genius needs to pretend to be everyoneís friend in order to push product? THR claims an A-Lister is sought for the role: if Fincher commits, expect that name soon.
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The untitled project, which is being produced by The Social Network producer Scott Rudin (who is also overseeing the tech-based Console Wars), has kept a fair distance from the other biopic about Steve Jobs, the obnoxiously-titled jOBS. That film, from director Joshua Michael Stern and writer Matt Whitley, crashed and burned at the box office earlier last year after a muted festival reception, with only $35 million in box office receipts. The picture only carried a $12 million budget, so weíd be talking a huge hit if Open Road didnít make a strong advertising push. Regardless, now that itís basically disappeared from our collective memory, Sorkin and Fincher are free to keep this film from essentially being their White House Down to jOBSí Olympus Has Fallen.
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So hey! Are you ready to be uplifted again?? THR reports that the duo are reuniting once again, with Fincher in early talks to direct Sorkinís script about the late innovator Steve Jobs. Sorkin was working from a biography by Walter Isaacson, which painted Jobs are the ruthless maverick at the head of Apple who nonetheless struggled to form inter-personal relationships and benefitted from the slave labor in Third World countries. Sorkin and Fincher likely wouldnít bite if the project stayed away from those darker elements.
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Four years ago, The Social Network captured the zeitgeist of young America, portraying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerbergís rise to fame as a demonic young opportunist who would sell out his friends for the right price. The union between director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was a novel one: Sorkin believed that progress would make slaves of humanity and natural kindness, taking to an extreme the idea of American Exceptionalism being a form of Social Darwinism. And Fincher, the black-hearted auteur, knew how to get at the primordial ooze seeping out of every pore of the over-privileged and under-loved, turning a success story into a diseased tragedy of technology over man.
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Speaking with IGN, the studio head confirmed that they have started to meet with a bunch of different filmmakers who could potentially helm Doctor Strange, but that some of the finer details mentioned in the previous report aren't true, Feige saying that the names mentioned and the info about which way the studio is leaning is false. He added that they are currently looking at directors from all kinds of backgrounds, and that there's really only one requirement: they have to "do something that [they] think is really cool."
Switching focus from director to star, Feige also talked a bit about how they are going about choosing their lead actor. After dispelling Johnny Depp rumors that have been around for a while, the exec explained how they plan on searching for the right performer for the part and that a big name might not even really matter:"I would say that we're pretty transparent, right? Doctor Strange would be our -- well, depending on when we make it, it could be our 13th, 14th, 15th movie, right? I think if you're looking to track our decision-making and how we've done things, we have a pretty wide track record now where you can sort of see. So, no, a movie star is not required, but that doesn't mean a movie star wouldn't be great. It just depends."