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Ryan Reynolds' cat is telling him to kill in exclusive 'The Voices' trailer


Sweet, simple Jerry needs to tell the truth about cats and dogs: They talk to him, and his tabby, Mr. Whiskers, thinks he should murder that pretty girl at the office. That’s the plot of The Voices, the 2014 Sundance horror-comedy from Iranian filmmaker Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis).

Ryan Reynolds plays the disturbed warehouse worker who gets along with everyone at his bathroom factory, but whose best friends are Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, his loyal and ever-cautious bull mastiff. (Reynolds provided the voices for both.) But Jerry is a good-looking fella, so when the office girls get a good look at him and develop competing crushes, he has to step out of his comfort zone and speak to actual human beings. And try not to kill them, despite what Mr. Whiskers tells him. “Mr. Whiskers, he makes me do bad things,” says Jerry, in the exclusive trailer for the new movie.

The R-rated film, which also stars Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton, and Jacki Weaver, arrives in theaters and VOD on Feb. 6 READ FULL STORY

Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan sing in 'The Last 5 Years' trailer

Finally, here’s a trailer for a movie musical that doesn’t try to hide the fact that it is indeed a musical: Anna Kendrick (soon to be seen belting in Into the Woods) and Jeremy Jordan are falling in and out of love all the while singing their hearts out in the trailer for The Last 5 Years.  READ FULL STORY

See Anna Kendrick sing 'On the Steps of the Palace' in 'Into the Woods'

Anna Kendrick was tweeting her Peter Pan Live! commentary Thursday night, but on Friday, a peek at her own upcoming musical performance in Into the Woods emerged. And she sounds pretty fantastic in it.  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Anna Kendrick in talks for 'The Accountant'

• Anna Kendrick is in early negotiations for The Accountant, which stars Ben Affleck. Gavin O’Connor will direct the assassin thriller, which Whiplash’s J.K. Simmons is also in talks for. The film follows a man who is an accountant by day, lethal assassin by night. Kendrick’s role is unknown at this time. Bill Dubuque wrote the script. Production kicks off in January. [Variety]

• The Social Network’s Armie Hammer has signed on for The Birth Of A Nation. The film tells the story of Nat Turner, an African-American slave who became a revolutionary, and headed the Virginia insurrection. The rebellion freed slaves across various plantations; 60 white men, women, and children died in the process. Turner was eventually hanged, but his legacy remained. Hammer will play Samuel Turner, the son of Nat’s first master, Benjamin Turner. Nate Parker will star alongside Hammer, and will also make his directorial debut with the film. [Deadline]

• Mad Men’s Linda Cardellini has been cast in Daddy’s Home. Sean Anders is directing the comedy, which stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The story follows a radio executive (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepdad to his wife’s two children. His plans, however, go awry when their real father (Wahlberg) returns. Cardellini will play the wife of Ferrell’s character. Brian Burns wrote the script, which was revised by Anders, John Morris, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay, and Etan Cohen. Ferrell, Henchy, and McKay are producing through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner along with Morris. [THR]

Anna Kendrick serenades Jeremy Jordan in 'The Last 5 Years' clip


“You don’t have to get a haircut,” Anna Kendrick sings to her beloved in The Last 5 Years, “you don’t have to change your shoes.” And you don’t have to wait until the film’s 2015 release to get a taste of Kendrick as Cathy.

The Last 5 Years, directed by P.S. I Love You‘s Richard LaGravenese, is adapted from Jason Robert Brown’s Off-Broadway hit that follows a couple’s five-year relationship told almost exclusively through song—and also told from two different timelines. Cathy’s parts begin at the end of the relationship while Jamie’s (Jeremy Jordan) begin at the start of it, and the two story lines don’t collide until Jamie proposes. READ FULL STORY

Anna Kendrick musical 'Last 5 Years' lands TIFF sale, February release

Your next Valentine’s Day date may be a tearjerker.

In one of the first major acquisitions of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the Weinstein Company’s boutique label RADiUS has picked up the North American rights to The Last 5 Years, the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the cult favorite Off-Broadway musical by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown. The movie is slated for a Valentine’s Day 2015 release. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Emilia Clarke to headline indie psychological thriller; Plus Jason Momoa, Anna Kendrick, more

 Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke will play the lead in the psychological thriller Voice From the Stone, based on the Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra by Silvio Raffo. Eric D. Howell will make his feature directorial debut with the story adapted by Andrew Shaw set in 1950s Tuscany about a nurse (Clarke) who gets caught up in an evil force inside the castle where she is taking care of a young boy dealing with the trauma of his mother’s sudden death. Shooting is scheduled to begin in Italy in November. [The Hollywood Reporter] READ FULL STORY

Anna Kendrick and Melanie Lynskey lead very different lives in Joe Swanberg's 'Happy Christmas'


It may not be revolutionary to note that twentysomethings are different from thirtysomethings, but in director Joe Swanberg’s latest, Happy Christmas, he takes that idea to the next level when Anna Kendrick’s hard-partying Jenny moves in with her brother (Swanberg), his wife (Melanie Lynskey), and their young child.

Though Jenny might neglect responsibility at every turn, her presence actually helps Kelly (Lynskey) confront the state of her own artistic aspirations, allowing Swanberg to explore the very real tensions that emerge when one party in the relationship takes on the lion’s share of domestic responsibilities. “I’m excited about the feminist issues that the movie tackles. I hope especially women come to the movie and see something that they relate to and that it gets husbands and wives talking about what those family roles are and maybe how to make them work for both people,” Swanberg told EW in a conversation about the intensely personal film and his fascination with all different varieties of female characters.

Check out the Q&A after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Anna Kendrick gets drunk in 'Happy Christmas' trailer


Drinking Buddies fans, show yourselves! (Everyone’s hand should be raised.)

The trailer for director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, 24 Exposures) next project is here. Just as in 2013’s Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas stars Anna Kendrick. This time around, Kendrick is joined by Swanberg, Melanie Lynskey, and Lena Dunham in a dramedy about a hard-partying twenty-something who, after a breakup, moves in with her brother’s family over the holidays. That move prompts her sister-in-law (Lynskey) to rethink how her own life is going and what she wants from the future.

“It was interesting in this because my character doesn’t know when to shut up,” Kendrick told EW about on-set improv. “That’s a lot easier than listening in improv.”

Watch the trailer for the film, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, below: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Anna Kendrick finds 'Mr. Right'; Plus, Nick Offerman, more

• Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) will play a woman looking for love in the Max Landis-scripted Mr. Right. She thinks she may have found the one till she discovers that he’s a hit man…but, you know, a reformed one. His past catches up with him and suddenly both of their lives are in jeopardy. Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back) has also joined the cast, but it was unclear from the report whether he is her Mr. Right. Paco Cabezas (Tokarev) will direct the pic, which is scheduled for a fall shoot. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

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