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Universal Takes ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Off Release Schedule; ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ To Take Its Place
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Pacific Rim

Despite what has been said about the delay or possible cancellation of Pacific Rim 2, director Guillermo del Toro said that they were going to turn in a screenplay and a budget within a few weeks. A small sign of optimism to say the least, but given the current relationship between Legendary and Universal, things weren’t looking good for the mecha vs kajiu sequel. And now the most recent reports are confirming some of our worst fears.

Universal will be pulling Pacific Rim 2 from its release date of August 4, 2017, and will be replacing it with Pitch Perfect 3. More on the story below.

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Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Return For ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ In 2017
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Pitch Perfect 2

With Pitch Perfect 2 grossing $260 million worldwide since its release, Universal Pictures has already put Pitch Perfect 3 into development. Last week, it was reported that Kay Cannon (the screenwriter to penned the first two scripts) was coming back to write the third installment. However, leads Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson weren’t optioned for a third film, which meant that if they were to return, they would need to have new deals inked. Elizabeth Banks is also unconfirmed to return, but seeing as how she was the creative force behind the sequel’s success, there could be an offer made to her soon.

Now we are getting word that Kendrick and Wilson are indeed coming back for Pitch Perfect 3, and that the film has been scheduled for a July 21, 2017 release. More on the story below.

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Moving Forward With Kay Cannon Returning To Script
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Pitch Perfect 2

A $69 million dollar weekend opening for a music comedy sequel is rare, but it happened to Pitch Perfect 2, and with the film already grossing over $250 million worldwide, Universal Pictures has already decided that we need to be pitch slapped once more. The studio has announced that there will be a Pitch Perfect 3, with Kay Cannon – screenwriter of the first two movies – in talks to return to write the script for the third.

Rich Moore who directed the first Pitch Perfect film did not return to direct its sequel. He was replaced by Elizabeth Banks, who also served as a producer on the first film. It is unclear if she will return to direct Pitch Perfect 3.

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Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 2
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Pitch Perfect 2
Directed by: Elizabeth Banks
Written by: Kay Cannon
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Katey Sagal, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Flula Borg, Hana Mae Lee, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine, Chrissie Fit, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, John Michael Higgins
Universal Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 115 Minutes
Release date: May 15, 2015

Pitch Perfect was the unexpected hit of 2012. The film took the world by storm with its hilarious collegiate a cappella groups covering of foot-tapping chart topping top 40s songs, witty humor, and its simple yet sweet underdog story. It was rather easy at the time to write the film off based on those things alone, but because it was just so much fun to watch, the Pitch Perfect became one of the top box office grossing films. Three years later, we are now getting a sequel that was expected to be an exciting follow-up to the original. Unfortunately, it falls short of that. Still, Pitch Perfect 2 is every bit as cheery as its predecessor, it just doesn’t know how to express itself like the original film.

Here Elizabeth Banks makes her directorial debut after having produced the first one. Using a script from Kay Cannon (who also returns), the sequel makes a few changes, with some of the original characters looking towards a future beyond collegiate a cappella singing, while others are just stepping foot into it.

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Interview: Elizabeth Banks, Producers Talk Selecting Songs, Secret DVD Extras
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Elizabeth Banks in Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect has become a cultural phenomenon. It has been three years since the surprise hit took the world by storm, with fans singing Cups and adding the “aca” prefix to almost every word imaginable. Now we have a sequel. Making her directorial debut is Elizabeth Banks, who was a producer and champion of the first film. In Pitch Perfect 2, the Barden Bellas have to perform against the world’s number one a cappella group, Das Sound Machine, at the World Championships in Copenhagen.

Banks, along with producers Max Handelman and Paul Brooks, talked about the sequel, selecting the right songs to fit in with the themes and narrative – secret songs that will only appear on the DVD, the awesome fans, and much more.

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Interview: Rebel Wilson Talks Stunt Work, Being An Inspiration & More
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Rebel Wilson in Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2 brings back the multi-cultural quirky Barden Bellas to the big screen. In the film, the all-female a capella group suffers a humiliating performance, and must find away to restore their reputation. Rebel Wilson returns to reprise her role as the unfiltered highly confident Fat Amy, and we had a chance to sit down and talk to her at the press conference for the film.

During that time, we learned about some of the physically demanding stunt work she had to do, some intimate scenes that didn’t make the cut, not holding anything back for the sequel, being an inspiration to young girls, and much more.

Read the entire interview below.

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Trailer: Barden Bellas Run This World
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Pitch Perfect 2

The first trailer and Super Bowl spot for Pitch Perfect 2 only provided a sampling of the plot of the upcoming a capella sequel starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. The tone for both were a bit somber and gave us a few chuckles, but the latest trailer brings back a lot of what made the original so funny with witty and sometimes raunchy humor (courtesy of Wilson), and banter between film director and star Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins.

Hit the jump to see the latest trailer for Pitch Perfect 2.

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Super Bowl Ad Pitch-Slaps Some Sense Into The Green Bay Packers
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Pitch Perfect 2 starring Anna Kendrick

Super Bowl XLIX would be the last place you would think you’d see an ad for Pitch Perfect 2, starring Anna Kendrick. But with the first film’s popularity, there is really no reason to question the decision. The latest TV spot is more or less like the teaser trailer that was released earlier this year, with a few hints of new footage and jokes. And since it is the Super Bowl, it only seems fitting that the ad feature some players from a football team – in this case, the Green Bay Packers.

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Trailer: You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
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One of the most surprisingly hilarious films of 2012 was Pitch Perfect. The film had a sweet blend of witty humor and top 40 pop songs mashups that even had some haters tapping their foot to the beat of the music. Now Anna Kendick and Rebel Wilson are back for some more in Pitch Perfect 2. The first film saw the Barden Bellas beat the odds to become the first female a capella group to win a national title. In the sequel, the Bellas will enter themselves in a world wide competition where no American team has won.

The first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 has comedy, cameos, the return of familiar faces, and of course music. But there are some emotional layers that can be heard as well, as hinted by the very first song sung in the trailer. Hit the jump to check it out.

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