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Clooney gets his girl

11.21.2008

The role was one of the most highly coveted in Hollywood. It was the female lead in the next movie from Jason Reitman (JUNO) and starring George Clooney. Ellen Page and Emily Blunt read for the part. But in the end it was relative unknown Anna Kendrick who got the role after nailing her audition and beating her Oscar-nominated competition. Kendrick will star alongside Clooney in UP IN THE AIR, which follows a bored businessman whose only motivation is to reach one million frequent flier miles. Kendrick's character is described as being a "young woman who finds herself pulled into the orbit" of Clooney's Ryan Bingham. There isn't really a major female character in the book but she could be either the character's younger sister who's about to get married or a hotel employee named Laurie (anyone out there read the script?). Reitman, who will direct from a script he adapted from Walter Kirn's novel, will begin filming AIR early in 2009. Kendrick can be seen this weekend in a small part in TWILIGHT (she plays the human best friend of Bella).

Extra Tidbit: I'll take Kendrick over Page any day.
Source: THR

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4:51PM on 11/23/2008
I have had a mad crush on Anna Kendrick for years. If you can stand to watch the horrible film Camp, she gives a decent performance there, showcasing her amazing vocal ability. She also is the second youngest person ever nominated for a Tony award. This is very exciting.
I have had a mad crush on Anna Kendrick for years. If you can stand to watch the horrible film Camp, she gives a decent performance there, showcasing her amazing vocal ability. She also is the second youngest person ever nominated for a Tony award. This is very exciting.
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10:45AM on 11/23/2008
I haven't seen this chick until now, so I don't really know too much about her acting chops but I'm sure there not bad.

I think Ellen Page is great, as is Emily Blunt.
I haven't seen this chick until now, so I don't really know too much about her acting chops but I'm sure there not bad.

I think Ellen Page is great, as is Emily Blunt.
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1:59PM on 11/22/2008
this chick over page any day. i dont see how somemone can find page attractive, she looks like a 12 year old boy.
this chick over page any day. i dont see how somemone can find page attractive, she looks like a 12 year old boy.
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2:33PM on 11/21/2008

Gorgeous

Never heard of Kendrick but she looks like a future movie hottie.
Never heard of Kendrick but she looks like a future movie hottie.
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1:31PM on 11/21/2008

Good Choice

She's a solid actress, check out "Camp" or "Rocket Science" if you don't believe me. I like Ellen Page, but I'm happy to see Kendrick get a shot at the big time.
She's a solid actress, check out "Camp" or "Rocket Science" if you don't believe me. I like Ellen Page, but I'm happy to see Kendrick get a shot at the big time.
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1:30PM on 11/21/2008
Not a Clooney fan at all. Though I did like him as Booker............
Not a Clooney fan at all. Though I did like him as Booker............
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1:00PM on 11/21/2008
And I'll take Page over Kendrick any day.
And I'll take Page over Kendrick any day.
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11:14AM on 11/21/2008

WHEEEEEEE!

Kendrick can act. She was WONDERFUL in Rocket Science (I believe she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her role, as well).

I was really hoping I'd start to see her popping up in bigger movies after her amazing job on Rocket Science and was kind of bummed I hadn't heard her name being attached to any projects (I didn't know she was in Twilight. Now I might actually have to go see that movie. Blech.)

Glad to hear she won out on a pretty coveted role against more
Kendrick can act. She was WONDERFUL in Rocket Science (I believe she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her role, as well).

I was really hoping I'd start to see her popping up in bigger movies after her amazing job on Rocket Science and was kind of bummed I hadn't heard her name being attached to any projects (I didn't know she was in Twilight. Now I might actually have to go see that movie. Blech.)

Glad to hear she won out on a pretty coveted role against more established actresses.
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11:02AM on 11/21/2008

Hmmm......

For the record Mike, Kendrick has nothing on Ellen in my book.
For the record Mike, Kendrick has nothing on Ellen in my book.
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10:28AM on 11/21/2008
Clooney is good, Kendrick looks good, the film sounds good but the title is no good.
Clooney is good, Kendrick looks good, the film sounds good but the title is no good.
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10:18AM on 11/21/2008

Nice!

If she can act, awesome. Hollywood needs to take more chances.
If she can act, awesome. Hollywood needs to take more chances.
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