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December 21, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
From the department of really fantastic decision-making: MTV has tapped actress Rebel Wilson to host their annual movie awards. The "Bridesmaids" breakout announced her new gig - set to air live on April 14 from Los Angeles - with a promo clip that has Rebel all chained up. Held hostage by friend and fellow funnyman Matt Lucas in the clip, which you can watch below, Wilson is chained and beaten for information, presumably pertaining to the...
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February 6, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are getting the band - or rather, the a cappella group - back together. The two "Pitch Perfect" stars have signed on to reprise their roles as members of the  Barden Bellas in the sequel "Pitch Perfect 2," Universal Pictures announced Thursday. Last week, the studio announced that Elizabeth Banks will make her directorial debut on the sequel, which is being written by "Pitch Perfect" scribe  Kay Cannon. In the original 2012 musical comedy, Kendrick played a college freshman and aspiring music producer who reluctantly joined a female singing group and helped to revamp its old-school approach.
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October 1, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
As an adolescent, Rebel Wilson thought she was destined for a black-and-white existence as an actuary, computing equations in a cubicle. The young Australian was painfully shy, so much so that she recalls her social anxiety as bordering on being a serious disorder. Then one day, her mother, tired of her daughter's isolated behavior, dragged her to an acting class and slammed the door behind her, leaving the 14-year-old to fend for herself among a group of extroverted strangers. "It was so embarrassing," Wilson recalled over breakfast recently near her West Hollywood home.
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October 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Rebel Wilson got into the Halloween spirit early this week when she appeared on "Conan" on Tuesday night wearing her preferred trick-or-treating costume: a yellow chicken suit. Wilson, who stars in the ABC comedy series "Super Fun Night," may appear on a network with a strong family bent, but her preferred brand of comedy is decidedly adult. She shared with Conan O'Brien some of the jokes she has had censored both on her show and at the Teen Choice Awards. For "Super Fun Night," she confided that "dolphin rape" was a subject ABC would not allow on its airwaves.
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October 2, 2013 | By Scott Collins
She stole scenes in "Bridesmaids" and "Pitch Perfect," but now Rebel Wilson is trying to make it as a TV star.  On Wednesday ABC will premiere "Super Fun Night," which features the zaftig Australian actress as an accident-prone single woman on the prowl. Wilson created the comedy, which is produced by Conan O'Brien's production company.  The network is making a big bet on the show, putting the premiere right after its No. 1 comedy, "Modern Family. " And Wilson has a proven connection with young viewers, winning an MTV Movie Award for her work on "Pitch Perfect.
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October 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Rebel Wilson got into the Halloween spirit early this week when she appeared on "Conan" on Tuesday night wearing her preferred trick-or-treating costume: a yellow chicken suit. Wilson, who stars in the ABC comedy series "Super Fun Night," may appear on a network with a strong family bent, but her preferred brand of comedy is decidedly adult. She shared with Conan O'Brien some of the jokes she has had censored both on her show and at the Teen Choice Awards. For "Super Fun Night," she confided that "dolphin rape" was a subject ABC would not allow on its airwaves.
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September 25, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Ever since her scene-stealing turn as a kooky roommate in “Bridesmaids” last year, Rebel Wilson has been a face to watch in Hollywood. The 28-year-old this year uprooted from her native Australia to West Hollywood, where she's been busy working on a slate of films. She's already had two films in theaters this year - “What to Expect When You're Expecting” and “Bachelorette” - and on Friday, her a capella comedy “Pitch Perfect” begins its slow nationwide rollout. Wilson says she is quickly saying goodbye to her anonymity, even though she's new in town.
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October 2, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
We've come a long way, maybe, since Camryn Manheim made her famous "this is for all the fat girls" acceptance speech at the 1998 Emmys after winning for her portrayal of Ellenor Frutt in "The Practice. " Since then, Brooke Elliott won critical praise for "Drop Dead Diva," Melissa McCarthy picked up an Emmy as the female lead in "Mike & Molly" and Lena Dunham, though plus-sized only by Hollywood standards, has done everything but play ping-pong in the nude on "Girls" to help HBO viewers reconsider their absurdly conditioned views on the female form.
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February 28, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Will Ferrell may be lacking in Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes, but he's about to kick off a tradition on the upcoming MTV Movie Awards. The actor is getting the first-ever Comedic Genius Award on the telecast April 14. Is 45 too young to be given a lifetime achievement award? Maybe so, but MTV's key demo is teenagers, so middle-age might as well be the end of life as far as they're concerned. In a statement, MTV President Stephen Friedman said, "Over the course of his extraordinary, 17-plus-year career, he has entertained audiences across the globe with an impressive array of laugh-out-loud performances on air, online and in films.
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April 14, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman and Jasmine Elist, Los Angeles Times
The young fans who helped turn "The Avengers" into a blockbuster flex their muscles again at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday, as the superhero flick took home the night's biggest prize. At the annual awards show, held at Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, the picture featuring Iron Man, Thor and Captain America was named movie of the year. According to MTV viewers, the movie also contained the best fight scene of the year, while Tom Hiddleston's evil Loki was voted top villain.
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October 2, 2013 | By Scott Collins
She stole scenes in "Bridesmaids" and "Pitch Perfect," but now Rebel Wilson is trying to make it as a TV star.  On Wednesday ABC will premiere "Super Fun Night," which features the zaftig Australian actress as an accident-prone single woman on the prowl. Wilson created the comedy, which is produced by Conan O'Brien's production company.  The network is making a big bet on the show, putting the premiere right after its No. 1 comedy, "Modern Family. " And Wilson has a proven connection with young viewers, winning an MTV Movie Award for her work on "Pitch Perfect.
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October 2, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
We've come a long way, maybe, since Camryn Manheim made her famous "this is for all the fat girls" acceptance speech at the 1998 Emmys after winning for her portrayal of Ellenor Frutt in "The Practice. " Since then, Brooke Elliott won critical praise for "Drop Dead Diva," Melissa McCarthy picked up an Emmy as the female lead in "Mike & Molly" and Lena Dunham, though plus-sized only by Hollywood standards, has done everything but play ping-pong in the nude on "Girls" to help HBO viewers reconsider their absurdly conditioned views on the female form.
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April 14, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman and Jasmine Elist, Los Angeles Times
The young fans who helped turn "The Avengers" into a blockbuster flex their muscles again at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday, as the superhero flick took home the night's biggest prize. At the annual awards show, held at Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, the picture featuring Iron Man, Thor and Captain America was named movie of the year. According to MTV viewers, the movie also contained the best fight scene of the year, while Tom Hiddleston's evil Loki was voted top villain.
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February 28, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Will Ferrell may be lacking in Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes, but he's about to kick off a tradition on the upcoming MTV Movie Awards. The actor is getting the first-ever Comedic Genius Award on the telecast April 14. Is 45 too young to be given a lifetime achievement award? Maybe so, but MTV's key demo is teenagers, so middle-age might as well be the end of life as far as they're concerned. In a statement, MTV President Stephen Friedman said, "Over the course of his extraordinary, 17-plus-year career, he has entertained audiences across the globe with an impressive array of laugh-out-loud performances on air, online and in films.
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December 21, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Australian comedian Rebel Wilson is coming off a banner year in 2012 with a new high-profile gig: host of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. Wilson, who appeared in the box office sensation "Bridesmaids" last year and starred in "Pitch Perfect," "Bachelorette" and "What to Expect When You're Expecting" this year, in addition to voicing a character in "Ice Age: Continental Drift," is on a major career upswing. Two weeks after her hosting gig next spring, she'll appear in Michael Bay's new film "Pain & Gain.
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October 1, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
As an adolescent, Rebel Wilson thought she was destined for a black-and-white existence as an actuary, computing equations in a cubicle. The young Australian was painfully shy, so much so that she recalls her social anxiety as bordering on being a serious disorder. Then one day, her mother, tired of her daughter's isolated behavior, dragged her to an acting class and slammed the door behind her, leaving the 14-year-old to fend for herself among a group of extroverted strangers. "It was so embarrassing," Wilson recalled over breakfast recently near her West Hollywood home.
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September 30, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
“Pitch Perfect” hit a high note at the box office this weekend, as the a cappella comedy did brisk business even though it premiered in only a limited number of theaters. Playing in 335 theaters in 125 cities, the film about a college singing group collected a robust $5.2 million over the weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. After early word-of-mouth screenings at cheerleading camps and college campuses generated an exceptionally positive response, Universal decided in September to open the film in 335 locations a week before its nationwide expansion on Oct. 5. It was an unusual move for a major studio with a commercial film, but one that seems to have paid off. Those who saw the movie this weekend -- a 74% female crowd -- loved it, assigning it an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore.
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September 30, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
“Pitch Perfect” hit a high note at the box office this weekend, as the a cappella comedy did brisk business even though it premiered in only a limited number of theaters. Playing in 335 theaters in 125 cities, the film about a college singing group collected a robust $5.2 million over the weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. After early word-of-mouth screenings at cheerleading camps and college campuses generated an exceptionally positive response, Universal decided in September to open the film in 335 locations a week before its nationwide expansion on Oct. 5. It was an unusual move for a major studio with a commercial film, but one that seems to have paid off. Those who saw the movie this weekend -- a 74% female crowd -- loved it, assigning it an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore.
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