Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On New Movie Pitch Perfect II by Elizabeth Banks

Pitch Perfect 2

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Pitch Perfect 2
Pitch Perfect 2 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Elizabeth Banks
Produced by
Written by Kay Cannon
Based on
  • Characters created
    by Kay Cannon
  • Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory
    by Mickey Rapkin
Music by
Cinematography Jim Denault
Edited by Craig Alpert
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • April 20, 2015 (Las Vegas premiere)
  • May 15, 2015
Running time
115 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $29 million[2]
Box office $117.8 million[3]
Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 American musical comedy film directed by Elizabeth Banks and written by Kay Cannon. It is a sequel to the 2012 film Pitch Perfect, which was loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin's non-fiction book, titled Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory. The film centers on the fictional Barden University and The Bellas, an-all female a capella singing group. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, and Alexis Knapp. It was released on May 15, 2015 by Universal Pictures. The film received generally positive reviews and has grossed over $117 million, surpassing the total gross of the original film ($115.4 million) in just five days.


Following an incident involving Fat Amy having a wardrobe malfunction at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Barden Bellas are suspended from the circuit of a capella performing. In order to regain their status, the Bellas enter the international competition—a colossal task since no American team has ever won.


The Barden Bellas

  • Anna Kendrick as Beca Mitchell, the senior co-leader of the Bellas, known for creating the unique modern-day sound of the Bellas. She is an aspiring record producer and is now an intern at Residual Heat, a record label. She is dating Jesse Swanson, a senior leader of the Barden Treblemakers.
  • Rebel Wilson as Patricia "Fat Amy", an overweight senior Bella from Australia and Bumper's love interest.
  • Brittany Snow as Chloe Beale, the three-time super senior with a Type A personality who is the co-leader of the Bellas.
  • Ester Dean as Cynthia-Rose Adams, a lesbian senior Bella.
  • Alexis Knapp as Stacie Conrad, a senior Bella known for being overly sexual.
  • Hana Mae Lee as Lilly Onakurama, a senior Bella known for her quiet speaking voice, odd remarks, and beat-boxing.
  • Kelley Jakle as Jessica, a senior Bella.
  • Shelley Regner as Ashley, a senior Bella.
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Junk, a freshman legacy Bella who is aspiring in writing songs. Her mother was also a Barden Bella.
  • Chrissie Fit as Florencia "Flo" Fuentes, a senior Bella who joined the group her sophomore year when she came to Barden University from Guatemala.

Additional characters


In December 2012, Skylar Astin revealed that he and Rebel Wilson had had meetings with Universal Studios about the potential sequel.[4] In April 2013, it was confirmed that a sequel would be released in 2015.[5] Elizabeth Banks directed the sequel, and Kay Cannon returned as screenwriter.[6] Paul Brooks produced for Gold Circle Films, alongside Banks and Max Handelman.[6] Deke Sharon returned as vocal producer.[7] As in the first movie, they ran a month of "a cappella boot camp" before filming.[8]


Anna Kendrick and Wilson returned, playing the characters they originated in the first film.[9] Brittany Snow reprised her character.[10] On April 24, Chrissie Fit was added to the cast.[11]
On May 1, Hailee Steinfeld was added to the cast, playing a new member of the Barden Bellas.[12] On May 5, Adam DeVine was reported to return in the film.[13] On May 14, Katey Sagal was added to the cast, playing Steinfeld's character's mother.[14]
On May 29, Flula Borg was added to the cast.[15] He played the leader of a European a cappella group, Das Sound Machine, that competed with the Bellas.[16] It was confirmed on June 18, 2014 that Christopher Shepard was added to the cast.[17]
It was confirmed on June 19, 2014 that Pentatonix would play the role of a rival group to the Barden Bellas.[18] It was later confirmed that The Filharmonic from season 4 of The Sing Off would make a cameo appearance as a rival group from the Philippines.[19] On August 24, 2014 it was announced that Penn Masala,[20] the all-male Hindi a cappella group from director Elizabeth Banks's and producer Max Handelman's alma mater The University of Pennsylvania, would be featured as a team from Southeast Asia.[21] On June 25, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen was confirmed added to the cast.[22]


On May 21, 2014, principal photography took place at Louisiana State University (LSU) campus in Baton Rouge.[23]

Friday, March 27, 2015

Who Was George Washington and Who is Annapolis Montuwa?

by richard e whitelock on February 6, 2015
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This book is just right for kids in the 1st grade through 5th or 6th. At this age, they haven't heard much about the Revolution or our Founding Fathers, so George is a great book to start with. There are lots of drawings and the reading is easy. The story is even better and books of this reading level will get the facts straight and at the same time encourage our kids to read on. Nice job, I would buy the entire series and read them to my kids at night, at least as often as I read Harry Potter to them.

I like reading about how America looked back in the day and exactly how folks spent their time. Washington and his early days were spent as a privileged citizen. He became a very good horseman and was well respected. His early years as a military leader for the colony were not great. But he did show signs as a leader if not an expert military tactician. He was victorious 3 out of 9 major confrontations with the British. So his war record was not exactly good except for one major accomplishments- he outlasted the British and accepted their surrender at Yorktown. My 1st and 2nd graders were very disappointed that he didn't cut down the cherry tree, so I now leave that out of my presentations. The main thing they gain from this book is that America was all but "one and done" when it came to waging war and gaining their independence. But through trust and outstanding leadership, not only did Washington end the war victoriously, but he was elected our first president. And had he not attended the writing of our constitution and led the representatives, I doubt seriously that the 13 colonies, now states would have ever agreed to become the United States of America back in 1787.

Washington was our leader. The people trusted him and followed his lead through many harrowing experiences.
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By carla kuester on March 31, 2014
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So fun and simple to read with a fledgling General...would recommend for all who love a true American Hero...especially those who want to impart their love for GW on the kiddos.
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By Jennifer on March 17, 2014
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I bought these for my third grade classroom. They are great for the biography genre and then to use for report writing. The three years I've used them so far the kids LOVED them. Easy for their reading levels, informative, and people they have heard of in their lives. They would read their own and then read other that they had heard of. Could have left these books out 1/2 year and they would have still been reading them. 

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

poetry all the way: books by ann darr, vasko popa, may swenson, carol moldaw, billy collins, john boyes

"As Popa penetrates deeper into his life, it begins to look like a Universe passing through a Universe. It is one of the most exciting things in modern poetry, to watch this journey being made."—Ted Hughes
Building on surrealist fables and traditional folktales, personal anecdotes and the tribal myths of his Serbian homeland, Vasko Popa created one of the most original poetries of the twentieth century.

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Vasko Popa (1922-91) was born in Vrsac in the Serbian Banat. He was elected to the Serbian Academy in 1972 and the Académie Mallarmé in Paris in 1977. He lived in Belgrade where he worked as an editor for the publishers Nolit. Morton Marcus has published ten volumes of poetry and one novel, including The Santa Cruz Mountain Poems, Pages From A Scrapbook of Immigrants, When People Could Fly, Moments Without Names: New & Selected Prose Poems, Shouting Down The Silence: Verse Poems 1988-2001 and Pursuing The Dream Bone. His latest book is Striking Through The Masks: A Literary Memoir.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

selma, a 2014 movie about Martin Lurther King Jr.

2014 Movie
Selma is a 2014 American historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and Martin...
  • November 11, 2014
  • Historical drama
  • Ava DuVernay
  • 128 mins
  • $13,500,000
  • $20,000,000


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    Produced by 

    Nik Bower ... executive producer
    Christian Colson ... producer
    Ava DuVernay ... executive producer
    Dede Gardner ... producer
    Paul Garnes ... executive producer
    Kiran Bhakta Joshi ... executive producer
    Jeremy Kleiner ... producer
    Cameron McCracken ... executive producer
    Diarmuid McKeown ... executive producer
    Nan Morales ... executive producer
    Brad Pitt ... executive producer
    Oprah Winfrey ... producer

    Cinematography by 

    Bradford Young

    Film Editing by 

    Spencer Averick

    Casting By 

    Aisha Coley

    Art Direction by 

    Kim Jennings

    Set Decoration by 

    Elizabeth Keenan

    Costume Design by 

    Ruth E. Carter

    Makeup Department 

    Louisa V. Anthony ... hair stylist
    Pierce Austin ... key hair stylist
    Andrea C. Brotherton ... third hair stylist
    Char Coats-Crump ... makeup artist
    Theresa A. Fleming ... background hair
    Melissa Forney ... hair department head
    Myke Michaels ... special makeup effects artist
    Seleena Miller ... makeup artist
    Judy Murdock ... key makeup artist
    Bill Myer ... special makeup effects artist
    Fawn Ortega ... makeup artist
    Travis Pates ... special makeup effects artist
    Beverly Jo Pryor ... makeup department head
    Kellie Robinson ... makeup artist
    Keitric Starks ... makeup artist

    Production Management 

    Paul Garnes ... unit production manager
    Cheryl Miller ... production supervisor
    Tim Pedegana ... post-production supervisor

    Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

    Christopher Blackmore ... additional second assistant director
    Christy Busby ... second assistant director
    Myron Hoffert ... first assistant director
    Rebecca Rogers ... Additional 2nd AD
    Lisandra Soto ... additional assistant director
    David Waters ... second assistant director

    Art Department 

    Hunter Barcroft ... property assistant
    Sam Carter ... set dresser
    Marcus Cooley ... on-set dresser
    Scott Dougan ... assistant art director
    Christopher Ferris ... construction coordinator
    Brenda Findley ... art department coordinator
    Carol Francoso ... on set painter
    Erick Garibay ... assistant property master
    Nick Gjoka ... set dresser
    Charlie Guanci III ... armorer
    Julia Heymans ... assistant set decorator
    Erica Hohf ... art researcher
    April Hopkins ... assistant property master
    Lauri Lannan ... set decoration coordinator
    Joel Messamore ... props
    Robin L. Miller ... property master
    Rob Nagy ... art department assistant
    John J. Passanante ... key scenic painter
    Jessie Pellegrino ... set decoration coordinator
    Daniel F. Simmons ... set dresser
    Jason Sweers ... lead graphic designer
    Wendy Weaver ... set decorating buyer: LA

    Sound Department 

    Christopher Assells ... sound effects editor
    Bobbi Banks ... adr: editor
    Zane D. Bruce ... foley artist
    Willie D. Burton ... sound mixer
    Aaron 'Cujo' Cooley ... boom operator
    William R. Dean ... sound effects editor
    Jorge Del Valle ... sound utility
    Samuel Ejnes ... mix technician
    Paul Hackner ... sound effects editor
    Lauren Hadaway ... dialogue editor
    Shane Hayes ... adr mixer
    Greg Hedgepath ... supervising sound editor
    Andy Koyama ... sound re-recording mixer
    Kory Kruckenberg ... pro tools engineer
    Hank Martin ... sound utility
    Chris Navarro ... adr mixer
    Gretchen Thoma ... foley artist
    David A. Whittaker ... dialogue editor
    Antony Zeller ... foley mixer

    Special Effects by 

    Caius Man ... special effects coordinator
    Scott Willis ... special effects foreman (as Sparky Willis)

    Visual Effects by 

    Scott Anderson ... visual effects editor
    Bijay Awale ... senior roto artist
    Vishal Baikar ... lead visual effects artist
    Wayne Billheimer ... visual effects executive producer: ILM
    Pranav Bookare ... digital artist
    Justin Tatsuo Chan ... visual effects production coordinator: ILM
    Nikhil Chawale ... digital artist
    Patrick Clancey ... digital opticals
    Benjamin Conner ... compositor
    Unmesh Desai ... digital artist
    Jyoti Bhalchandra Deshpande ... visual effects production manager
    Ankit Dhanorkar ... digital artist
    Ganesh Durgade ... lead visual effects artist
    Gus Duron ... digital opticals editor
    Mathias Frodin ... digital compositor
    Nathan Grubbs ... digital compositor
    Chase Handley ... visual effects coordinator
    T.C. Harrison ... digital artist: Industrial Light & Magic
    Dipesh K.P. ... project lead
    Aman Khadgi ... roto artist
    Susan MacLeod ... visual effects supervisor
    Gyanendra Maharjan ... roto artist
    Rajeev Maharjan ... roto artist
    Roshan Maharjan ... roto artist
    Suroj Maharjan ... roto artist
    Ajoo Manandhar ... roto artist
    Shira Mandel ... digital compositor
    Kumar Mohan ... digital artist
    Amitav Nakarmi ... visual effects producer
    Manesh Nepali ... roto artist
    Jeff Penick ... digital compositor
    Prasanna Pradhan ... roto artist
    Sushil Rai ... roto artist
    Yasodha Rai ... visual effects coordinator
    Lauren Ritchie ... visual effects producer
    Sandeep Shahi ... roto artist
    Anup Shakya ... visual effects supervisor
    D.J. Shea ... compositor
    Josh Shuman ... senior compositor
    Dane Allan Smith ... visual effects producer: Daneiam
    Charuhas Sonar ... visual effects producer
    Dottie Starling ... visual effects supervisor
    Prajwal Tamrakar ... roto artist
    Bob Tingle ... video assist/vtr playback
    Jenon Kaji Tuladhar ... data wrangler
    Yogeshwar Yoge ... digital artist


    Nadej k Bailey ... stunts
    Raven-Danielle Baker ... stunt performer
    Brent Bernhard ... stunt double: Brandon O'Dell
    Shellita Boxie ... stunt performer (stunt performer)
    Scheryl W Brown ... stunt performer
    Jwaundace Candece ... stunts
    Donny Carrington ... stunt performer
    Tye Claybrook Jr. ... stunt double: LaKeith Lee Stanfield (as Jimmie Lee Jackson)
    Alan D'Antoni ... stunt rigger
    Keith Davis ... stunts
    Jazzy Ellis ... stunts
    Nicholas Hayner ... stunt performer
    John Herndon ... stunts
    Mark Hicks Jr. ... stunt performer / stunts
    Damita Jane Howard ... stunt performer
    Mikeria Howard ... stunts
    Floyd Anthony Johns Jr. ... stunts
    Josh Lakatos ... stunt performer
    Scott Loeser ... stunt performer
    Tim McAdams ... stunt double: Cager Lee
    Keith Meriweather ... stunt performer
    Kevin Morgan ... stunts
    Josh Mueller ... utility stunts
    Dan B. Norris ... stunts
    Blake Pocquette ... Comanche stunts
    Ryan Robertson ... stunt marcher
    Cody Robinson ... stunt player
    Jeremy Sample ... stunt coordinator
    Trinity Simone ... stunts
    Greg Sproles ... stunt performer
    Christopher Tardieu ... stunt performer
    Todd Rogers Terry ... stunt performer
    Tommie Turvey ... stunt performer / stunts (as Tommie Turvey) / stunts
    Todd Warren ... stunts

    Camera and Electrical Department 

    Chris Birdsong ... key grip
    Steven Cueva ... first assistant camera: A Camera 2nd Unit
    Joe Elrom ... digital imaging technician
    Christian Epps ... gaffer
    Matt Evans ... additional loader
    Stanley Fernandez Jr. ... First assistant: "a" cam
    Patrick D. Fields ... grip
    Jordan Francais ... electrician
    Bob Gorelick ... additional camera operator / steadicam operator
    Andrew Hoehn Jr. ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
    Paige Jarvis ... best boy grip
    Bess Johnson ... digital utility
    Carl M. Johnson ... best boy / electric
    Justin Yardley Jones ... key rigging grip
    Dan Marrero ... phantom tech
    Hanna McGugan ... lighting programmer
    David McLendon ... lighting technician
    Atsushi Nishijima ... still photographer
    Tom Novell ... lighting technician
    Jamie Pair ... additional second assistant
    Allen Robinson ... rigging grip (as Allen Christopher Robinson)
    Scott Sealock ... best boy rigging grip
    Griff Thomas ... additional digital imaging technician / phantom technician
    Ken Woodbury ... "a" dolly grip

    Casting Department 

    Brandon Blevins ... extras casting assistant
    Bradley Clark ... extras casting associate
    Chad Darnell ... location casting associate
    Juliana Finch ... extras casting assistant
    Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
    Cierra Harris ... extras casting assistant
    Daniel Jarvie ... casting: extras scout
    Matt Jones ... extras casting associate
    Msaada Nia ... casting assistant
    Belle Eseoghene Omabele ... casting assistant
    Robyn Owen ... associate casting director
    LaQuanda Plantt ... extras casting assistant
    Justice Singleton ... casting assistant (as Jennah Singleton)
    Cynthia Stillwell ... location casting
    Renee' Williams ... extras casting assistant

    Costume and Wardrobe Department 

    Ricardo Richard Alvarez ... key costumer BG
    Zina Arthur ... tailor
    Derron Cherry ... tailor
    Jim Alan Cook ... costumer
    Mercedes Cook ... set costumer
    Terrance Harris ... wardrobe assistant
    Dana Kay Hart ... costume supervisor
    Nhu-Anh Le ... Background Coordinator (as Annie Le)
    Barbara Marko ... Head Fitter / key fitter
    Kevin Mayes ... head tailor
    Frances McCorkle ... costumer
    Gertrude Moore ... tailor
    Christopher Opopo ... set costumer
    Paul A. Simmons Jr. ... assistant costume designer
    Sanford Slepak ... key costumer
    Icy White ... costumer

    Editorial Department 

    Paul E. Alderman ... first assistant editor
    Eileen Godoy ... digital intermediate producer
    Lashawn McGhee ... second assistant editor
    Chris McGuire ... assistant editor
    Mitch Paulson ... supervising digital colorist
    Amy Pawlowski ... digital intermediate editor
    Stephen Regnier ... digital workflow technician: EC3 - EFILM
    Scott Salamon ... dailies producer
    Ian Sullivan ... digital intermediate accountant
    Ed Twiford ... colorist: dailies
    Nicholas Winkelmann ... dailies operator
    Ava DuVernay ... rewrite (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

    Music Department 

    Clint Bennett ... additional music editor / music editor
    Mark Bächle ... orchestrator
    Teese Gohl ... orchestrator
    Joel Iwataki ... music scoring mixer
    Phil McGowan ... score mixing recordist
    Tracy McKnight ... Executive Score Producer
    Jason Moran ... composer: theme music
    Julie Pearce ... music editor
    Robert Puff ... music preparation
    Morgan Rhodes ... music supervisor
    David Sabee ... conductor / orchestra contractor
    Scott Tixier ... strings: violin

    Transportation Department 

    Norman J. Morton ... driver
    Sherry L. Stanley ... transportation
    Andy G. Strauss ... picture car coordinator

    Other crew 

    Rhona Alsworth ... E&O insurance
    Renetta G. Amador ... script supervisor
    Valeria Bullo ... Production Coordinator for Pathe
    Wendy Calloway ... assistant production coordinator
    Elisa Carlson ... dialect coach
    Jaan Childs ... location assistant
    Albert B. Cooper IV ... location scout
    Ian Crockett ... post production accountant
    Lauren Elizabeth Cummings ... production assistant
    Gaia Elkington ... assistant: Christian Colson
    Ethan D. Firestone ... production assistant
    Riley Flanagan ... set production assistant
    Jay Floyd ... clearance administrator
    Erin G. Fuller ... location scout
    Liz Goldsmith ... wrangler
    Charles Guanci Jr. ... armorer
    Nicole Haas ... wrangler
    Wes Hagan ... location manager
    Elizabeth Himelstein ... dialect coach: David Oyelowo, Tim Roth
    Jade A. Holmes ... travel coordinator
    Mary Jasionowski ... production accountant
    Lanaria Johnson ... set production assistant: first team
    Elisabeth Kiernan Averick ... production secretary
    Melanie Manning ... locations scout
    Kamisha McCullough ... second assistant accountant
    Timothy Mckeever ... second assistant accountant
    Carissa O'Hara ... Payroll Accountant
    Kenn Rabin ... archival producer
    Irwin M. Rappaport ... production counsel
    Hernan Rey del Castillo ... location assistant
    Len Rowles ... for: Pathé
    Ken Roy ... studio executive: New Millennium Studios
    Haley Ruth Sands ... accounts clerk
    Aric Sabin ... set production assistant
    Katherine Silva ... second assistant production accountant
    Terence V. Steele ... production assistant
    Cryselle Stewart ... assistant location manager
    Amy Stoller ... dialect coach
    Leif Tilden ... locations scout
    Chantal Turvey ... Head wrangler
    Tommie Turvey ... Horse master / wrangler
    Cynthia D. Williams ... assistant locations manager
    Lesley Wise ... Ingenious Media
    Colleen Woodcock ... for: Pathé
    Daniel Villagomez ... credits administrator (uncredited)


    Gordon Bobb ... thanks
    Rand Holston ... thanks
    Janssen Robinson ... thanks
    Nina Shaw ... thanks
    Ben Weiss ... thanks

    See also

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