September 18, 2015
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“Pitch Perfect 2″ represents the rare female centric comedy franchise

A few years ago, a musical comedy of sorts came almost out of nowhere to become a hit. It was Pitch Perfect, a film that managed to defy minimal expectations and forge not just a hit single (Cups), but also now a movie franchise. Yes, this weekend Pitch Perfect 2 hits theaters, riding high on fan excitement after the last one made over $100 million worldwide on a budget of merely $17 million. This time around, the now franchise has loftier goals, but if the early buzz is to be believed (I see it later on tonight), this one is just as good, if not better. If so, we’ll have the rare female-centric franchise out there to combat the many testosterone laced ones already in the marketplace.
In case you didn’t see the first one, this is a music-filled comedy about The Bellas, the all-girls singing group at Barden University. Pitch Perfect centered around the entrance of Becca (played by Anna Kendrick) into the group, which took them up a notch. This time around in Pitch Perfect 2, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition in order to gain some respect after an embarrassing prior performance and the loss of some members to graduation. Kendrick leads the cast, which also includes Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Britney Snow, Alexis Knapp, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Katey Sagal, John Michael Higgins, and Elizabeth Banks, who also directs. Besides Banks making her directorial debut (taking over from Jason Moore), scribe Kay Cannon returns to write this one.
Clearly, one of the biggest charms of this series is watching the actresses all interact with each other. With Kendrick in the lead role and especially with Wilson being so out there, there are a ton of nice moments that really do charm you. Throw in Banks’ supporting role (her interactions with Higgins are often priceless, making him one of the few male roles of note in these movies) and there’s a strong ensemble cast on display. This time around, it’s easy to assume/expect that Sagal and Steinfeld will be welcome additions to the franchise. They could very well be part of why Pitch Perfect 2 winds up working as well as the first one did.
The other big selling point is the music. This is almost like karaoke in a way, as the Bellas participate in A cappella tournaments that basically invite you to sing along. Pitch Perfect […]

Elizabeth Banks will fly as Tinkerbell If you believe in fairies, then clap.
Because Elizabeth Banks is getting ready to don wings and a short-green skirt for her role as Tinkerbell in a live-action version of the Disney character.
Titled “Tink,” the live-action romantic comedy has Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and McG developing the project as producers.
The film will follow the mischievous nature of the Tinkerbell character. The idea was hatched by Banks with Max Handelman, who not only co-runs the actress’ production label, Brownstone Prods, but is her husband as well.
Elizabeth Wright Shapiro, who has already worked with Banks on a number of projects, is on board to write the script.
Screenplays that Shapiro has penned on Banks’ behalf include “Keiko,” which Banks is attached to direct per Variety.
Shapiro has also penned “Allies With Benefits,” which Scott Free is producing.
Banks’ Brownstone label was recently behind the Disney Bruce Willis headliner “The Surrogates.” The label is quite busy with other projects, “Forever 21″ at DreamWorks and “Pitch Perfect,” at Universal.
Banks’ upcoming acting gigs include Paul Haggis’ “The Next Three Days,” opposite Russell Crowe, and “The Details,” with Tobey Maguire.
At one point, Disney attempted to re-boot “Tinkerbell” as an animated film with Brittany Murphy as the voice. Project proceeded forward as a straight-to-video franchise sans Murphy’s vocals.
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