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FILM CLIP #3 "Riff-Off: Songs About Sex" (VO)
Beca (Oscar®- and Tony-nominated actress ANNA KENDRICK of Up in the Air, ParaNorman) is that girl who’d rather listen to what’s coming out of her headphones than what’s coming out of anyone’s mouth. Arriving at Barden University, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she would never have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect. When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college music competitions. This could wind up either the coolest thing they’ll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both. Loaded with new takes on old favorites, to hits of right now that are seamlessly mixed together, mashed-up and arranged like you’ve never heard before, Pitch Perfect is directed by JASON MOORE, who opened our eyes to the very misbehaved life of puppets in the surprise Broadway sensation Avenue Q. Joining Kendrick as the unconventional members of Barden’s all-female a cappella group, The Bellas, are REBEL WILSON (Bridesmaids) as Fat Amy, the super-confident, self-professed best singer in Tasmania; ANNA CAMP (The Help) as Aubrey, a stubborn traditionalist who masks her anxiety with bitchiness; BRITTANY SNOW (Hairspray) as Chloe, the eager-to-please morale booster of The Bellas; ALEXIS KNAPP (Project X) as Stacie, the oversexed musical dynamo; singer ESTER DEAN (Ice Age: Continental Drift) as Cynthia Rose, the tomboy who proves herself as a vocal force to be reckoned with; and HANA MAE LEE (television’s Mike & Molly) as Lilly, who is as meek as a mouse but eager to break out and freestyle her riffs. SKYLAR ASTIN (television’s Girls) joins the cast as Jesse, who competes for Beca’s affections just as hard as he does the championship title, and ADAM DeVINE (television’s Workaholics) plays the self-obsessed Bumper, lead singer of rival group The Treblemakers. British performer FREDDIE STROMA (Harry Potter franchise) comes aboard as Luke, Beca’s smoking-hot manager at the campus radio station, and newcomer BEN PLATT joins the production as Benji, Jesse’s magic-loving roommate who is a bit too eager to become a part of The Treblemakers. UTKARSH AMBUDKAR (television’s House of Lies) and newcomer MICHAEL VIRUET co-star as Donald and Unicycle, additional members of The Treblemakers. The wonderfully odd commentators of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCAs) are played by accomplished comedic performer JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS (Best in Show, Yes Man) and actress/producer ELIZABETH BANKS (The Hunger Games, Role Models). Moore’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography JULIO MACAT (Wedding Crashers, Our Family Wedding), production designer BARRY ROBISON (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Change-Up), editor LISA ZENO CHURGIN (One for the Money, Priest) and costume designer SALVADOR PEREZ (Think Like a Man, Zack and Miri Make a Porno). CHRISTOPHE BECK (This Means War, The Watch) and MARK KILIAN (The Matrix Reloaded, Red) compose the music, and JULIANNE JORDAN (New Year’s Eve, Hop) and JULIA MICHELS (Hope Springs, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) join as the executive music producers. SARAH WEBSTER (Apollo 18, television’s Endgame) serves as Pitch Perfect’s music supervisor, while AAKOMON JONES (Dreamgirls, The Rum Diary) choreographs the film. Pitch Perfect is written by KAY CANNON (television’s 30 Rock, New Girl) and based on the book by MICKEY RAPKIN. The film is produced by PAUL BROOKS (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Life As We Know It), MAX HANDELMAN (Surrogates) and Banks, and it is executive produced by SCOTT NIEMEYER (The Fourth Kind). Building Musical Sets: Sounds of the Film A number of songs were reimagined by only using vocals during performance sequences, from the vocal version of Universal Pictures’ title theme to the ICCA finals. The Bellas, who go from “traditional” to the 21st century, have a song list that includes “The Sign” (Ace of Base), “Turn the Beat Around” (Gloria Estefan), “S&M” (Rihanna), “No Diggity” (Blackstreet) and “Party in the U.S.A.” (Miley Cyrus), and mash-ups of “Just the Way You Are” (Bruno Mars) and “Just a Dream” (Nelly), among others. Reigning national champions The Treblemakers’ repertoire of songs include “Don’t Stop the Music” (Rihanna), “Let It Whip” (The Dazz Band), “Mickey” (Toni Basil), “Right Round” (Flo Rida), “Bright Lights Bigger City” (Cee Lo Green) and “Magic” (B.o.B). “When we were casting the movie, I knew that I wanted the actors to all do their own singing,” explains Moore. “The story is about everyone bringing their own special voice, the way that they sound and the way they perform into the movie, so I needed genuine performances. What’s interesting about this genre is that there are no drums and there’s no piano to cover up the mistakes, so everybody has to be able to carry the musical tune and do what it takes to make the overall sound work.” In the early stages of building their crew as the filmmakers searched for music arrangers, they kept coming across two names. With so many musical performances and arrangements weaved throughout Pitch Perfect, the filmmakers chose music arranger and music director ED BOYER, whose credits include FOX’s Glee and NBC’s a cappella competition The Sing-Off, and music director DEKE SHARON, who also worked on The Sing-Off, to join the team. “They are the godfathers of a cappella,” explains Banks. “They are also in the book ‘Pitch Perfect.’ Ed and Deke sing on a lot of our tracks, and they’re the most authentic people in the business.” Filming and song recording took place in Baton Rouge, and the filmmakers had the added benefit of a recording studio on set. Says Banks: “The on-site recording studio helped us manage everybody’s time and allowed us to coach the actors through everything. We needed to be able to change things on the fly, make edits to songs or make complete song changes.” Boyer and Sharon’s expertise in the world of a cappella was a huge asset. Says Boyer, “Deke and I were the resident a cappella nerds.” Sharon and Boyer’s work together dates back to 2001, when Boyer, who was still in college, asked Sharon to come to his alma mater and produce his group’s CD. However, arranging music sequences for a film would prove much more challenging for the music directors. Explains Boyer: “Usually, the only rule of arranging is to take a piece of music, match it to a group of singers and have it sound good. What’s new about this, for us, is that there’s a movie plot in the mix. We have to take into account what’s occurring and which actors are being highlighted in the scene. Musically, things get moved around to match what’s happening with the visuals and what’s been happening with the plot.” Continues Sharon: “We helped cut down the songs to be the right length and then taught that music to the musicians and the singers and then recorded the music. We also went through the process of editing and mixing it to make sure that it all worked for the movie itself.” Says Moore about having Deke and Sharon work on this film: “We were so lucky to have them on the movie because the art of creating this kind of sound is so specific. They helped us choose songs for the movie and made demos of the arrangements so we knew that they would work in a cappella form. Each actor’s skill has to come out in creating a sound. One person was really good at sounding like a guitar, another person was really good at beat-boxing, and we started to use those skills and integrated them into the way that the music is made. Having Ed and Deke on-site and working with the actors was crucial to getting it to seem organic and real.” The soundtrack of the comedy includes a mix of contemporary and current music, a few classics and different styles of popular music, a process that the music directors found similar to putting together puzzle pieces. Finding the perfect marriage between the song choice and the group style was an important primary consideration. Says Sharon about choosing the music: “It was clear from the outset that we wanted to have a number of songs that were very current, as well as some older classic hits that parents who bring their kids to the movie (or someone who doesn’t listen to current pop radio) would enjoy. We have a little hip-hop woven in, some rock and some pop. Some cheesy songs were important because, of course, The Bellas historically haven’t done current music; they’re stuck in the ’80s. Finding the songs that worked from that period, and the guilty pleasures that people like but don’t respect, was important.” “Every time I heard a great song on the radio, I’d scribble it down,” says Brooks. “I probably did that for six weeks and drove everybody mad. What I learned was that some songs that are great songs don’t necessarily lend themselves to the world of a cappella. At the end of the day, we had great music supervisors, who did all the heavy lifting. I listened to them and said, ‘That seems really great; let’s buy that.’” For his feature film debut, Moore enlisted Broadway’s TOM KITT to craft some of the vocal arrangements of Pitch Perfect’s show-stopping riff-off, as well as the signature sound of The Bellas prior to their performance at the end of the film. Kitt, who was formerly in an a cappella group, is a composer, conductor, orchestrator and musician who received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the Tony Award-winning Next to Normal, and also worked on American Idiot and Broadway newcomer Bring It On: The Musical. When Beca comes onto the scene, she utilizes her deejay skills to create mash-ups and to layer songs for The Bellas to sing. Her goal? Take the group out of its usual snoozy tunes and bring the girls into the 21st century. Executive music producers Julianne Jordan and Julia Michels worked with Sharon and Boyer on music choices, and they commissioned music producers L.A. Outfit to create the mash-ups. “The mash-ups were some of the first things we picked songs for and some of the last ones that were finalized,” explains Sharon. “Sometimes we’d have the arrangements exactly how we wanted them creatively, but if a song didn’t clear, we would have to adjust the arrangement. There were constant moving parts, and the mash-ups ended up coming together as the last piece of the puzzle. Any time you change one of the songs in the mash-up, then the whole rest of the movie changed as well.” All the music for the on-camera performances had to be cleared before the movie was shot. Jordan and Michels were able to call on their career-long relationships in the music business to help secure current hits and iconic catalog songs. Copyright © 2012 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS. All Rights Reserved.
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FEATURETTE #9 "Meet Fat Amy" (VO)
PITCH PERFECT Brownstone Productions, Gold Circle Films' Comedy, Music directed by Jason Moore starring Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt.
Ashley, Stacie, Fat Amy, Aubrey, Cynthia Rose, Beca, Lilly, Denise, Chloe and Jessica blow away the competition.
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INTERVIEWS #1 Anna Kendrick "Beca" & Brittany Snow "Chloe" (VO)
FILM CLIP #2 "Chloe tells The Bellas that she has nodes" (VO)
FEATURETTE #2 "Burrito Drive-By" (VO)
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FILM CLIP #1 "Jesse flirts with Beca at the party" (VO)
INTERVIEWS #3 Skylar Astin "Jesse" & Anna Camp "Aubrey" (VO)
INTERVIEWS #5 Elizabeth Banks "Gail" / (Producer) & Jason Moore (Director) (VO)
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FILM CLIP #5 "The Bellas remix 'Just the Way You Are'" (VO)
B-ROLL Part #1 (VO)
INTERVIEWS #2 Rebel Wilson "Fat Amy" & Adam Devine "Bumper" (VO)
FEATURETTE #5 "Meet Stacie" (VO)
FEATURETTE #1 "A Look Inside" (VO)
FEATURETTE #3 "Mike Tompkins" (VO)
INTERVIEWS #4 Ester Dean "Cynthia Rose" & Alexis Knapp "Stacie" & Hana Mae Lee "Lilly" (VO)
FEATURETTE #4 "On The Set With Ester Dean" (VO)
FILM CLIP #4 "The Treblemakers perform 'Right Round'" (VO)
FEATURETTE #6 "Meet Aubrey" (VO)
FEATURETTE #8 "Meet Beca" (VO)
FEATURETTE #7 "Meet Bumper" (VO)
FEATURETTE #10 "Bellas Vs Trebles" (VO)
PREMIERE #1 Ben Platt (VO)
PREMIERE #2 Paul Brooks (VO)
PREMIERE #3 Skylar Astin (VO)
PREMIERE #4 Jason Moore (VO)
PREMIERE #5 Freddie Stroma (VO)
PREMIERE #6 Michael Viruet (VO)
PREMIERE #7 Kay Cannon (VO)
PREMIERE #8 Anna Camp (VO)
PREMIERE #9 Adam DeVine (VO)
PREMIERE #10 Anna Kendrick (VO)
PREMIERE #11 Brittany Snow (VO)
PREMIERE #12 Alexis Knapp (VO)
PREMIERE #13 Hana Mae Lee (VO)
PREMIERE #14 Kelley Jakle (VO)
PREMIERE #15 Elizabeth Banks (VO)
PREMIERE #16 Ester Dean (VO)
PREMIERE #17 Rebel Wilson (VO)
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ABOUT THE CAST: After having spent the last several years writing hit singles for some of music’s biggest names, five-time Grammy Award-nominated ESTER DEAN (Cynthia Rose), one of the music industry’s most in-demand and sought-after hit makers, is finally ready to step into the spotlight. She has penned top-10 singles across all genres, and in 2012, she has been adding roles on the big screen and her own self-titled EP to her already impressive list of accomplishments. A true personification of the phrase “triple-threat,” Dean possesses an infectious and unique personality that has made her transition from behind the scenes to in front of the camera a natural one. Signed to Interscope Records and managed by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, Dean is a standout star possessing one of music’s most distinctive, versatile voices—that spans from raspy to demure without losing its ultra-emotive tone. Dean began 2012 with an appearance on the Machine Gun Kelly track “Invincible” and set about making sure that 2012 would be a banner year for her as an artist. While working in the studio with numerous artists, she also recorded her upcoming solo EP. Dean teamed up with fabled production team Swedish House Mafia on the track “Bam Bam,” which features her signature vocal style, mixed with a driving rhythm section and one of her trademark hooks. The studio is not the only place Dean has demonstrated the full extent of her range. Dean voiced Female Siren in the smash film Ice Age: Continental Drift, to which she also lent her writing talents for the title song, “We Are.” The Oklahoma-born artist has demonstrated an ability and versatility to craft catchy pop hits since 2009, when her first single, “Drop It Low,” featuring Chris Brown, became an instant Billboard Top 40 success. Originally recorded for the LeBron James documentary More Than a Game, the single showed Dean’s undeniable vocal talent and electric personality. Following hot on the heels of her successful introduction as a vocalist the previous year, 2010 proved that Dean’s talents extended far beyond the recording studio when she lit up the charts with her work as a songwriter. Her collaborations with Rihanna (“Rude Boy,” “What’s My Name?”), Katy Perry (“Firework”) and Robin Thicke (“Sex Therapy”) all rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard charts, with “Firework” and “What’s My Name” having the honors of simultaneously being No. 1 and No. 2. Dean also contributed to albums by Usher, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Monica, netting a total of five Grammy nominations in the process. Dean’s success continued into 2011, when she co-wrote the infectiously upbeat “Super Bass,” which appeared on pop sensation Nicki Minaj’s album “Pink Friday.” The song further solidified Dean’s standing as one of the most respected and sought-after songwriters in the business, with “Super Bass” reaching No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Soon after, she appeared on the soundtrack for the film adaptation of the beloved Dr. Seuss story “The Lorax,” with the song “Let It Grow.” Her foray onto the big screen continued with the animated comedy Rio, in which she sang “Let Me Take You to Rio” and “Take You to Rio.” With so many accomplishments already under her belt, and many more to come, Dean is just getting started and looking forward to reaching an even wider audience.
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Brownstone Productions, Gold Circle Films' Comedy, Music directed by Jason Moore starring Anna Kendrick "Beca", Skylar Astin "Jesse", Ben Platt "Benji", Brittany Snow "Chloe", Anna Camp "Aubrey", Rebel Wilson "Fat Amy", Alexis Knapp "Stacie", Ester Dean "Cynthia Rose", Hana Mae Lee "Lilly", Kelley Alice Jakle "Jessica, Wanetah Walmsley "Denise", Shelley Regner "Ashley", Caroline Fourmy "Mary Elise", Nicole Lovince "Kori", Adam Devine "Bumper", Elizabeth Banks "Gail". Writers: Kay Cannon, Jeff Roda. Based on the Book by: Mickey Rapkin. Produced by: Paul Brooks, Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman. Executive Producer: Scott Niemeyer. Director of Photography: Julio Macat, ASC . Costume Designer: Salvador Perez. Music by: Christophe Beck, Mark Kilian. Executive Music Producers: Julianne Jordan, Julia Michels. Music Supervisor: Sarah Webster. RELEASE DATES: 8 MAY 2013 (FRANCE) / 5 OCTOBER 2012 (USA)