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Ben Platt Dishes on Benji, Improv & More in 'Pitch Perfect 2'

Ben Platt Dishes on Benji, Improv & More in 'Pitch Perfect 2'

Actor Ben Platt, who is definitely one of JJJ‘s faves, is spilling secrets about Pitch Perfect 2.

Okay, so not a ton of secrets, but enough to hold us over until the release date of May 15th, 2015. Check out what he shared:

On Benji: “At first, it was very much a cookie-cutter, nerd character. It literally said: McLovin type. [Pitch Perfect director] Jason [Moore] said, ‘I really want to make sure this character isn’t just like a forgettable nerd character like in every other teen movie and I want him to be an interesting specific guy.’ We decided the magic thing was an interesting, specific narrative we could latch onto and made that more his focus so he wasn’t just a nerd with all these interests.”

On Benji in PP2: “It was tough. I had to learn to put the bird in a little tube and the bird’s in my cape. In the second film, there’s more animals. Benji, in a way, is one of the hearts of the first one because he’s someone that you’re rooting for and finally, he has this moment in the end — it’s a very nice payoff for the character.”

On making PP2 different from the original: “Nothing will ever be like Pitch Perfect because it was such a surprise and came out of nowhere. We didn’t know it was going to be a big deal. We just thought it was this little, fun thing we were doing and gave it our best in this little, indie, cult-y comedy. There will never be another moment like that, but I think we’ve done a really good job in the sequel. We didn’t change anything that’s not broken.”

On Elizabeth Banks directing: “Elizabeth Banks is very cool about making sure we all get to throw our own material in and improv. She knows when moments are good for bits and when to let things keep rolling.”

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Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow & More 'Pitch Perfect 2' Stars Complete ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - Watch Now!

Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow & More 'Pitch Perfect 2' Stars Complete ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - Watch Now!

Rebel Wilson drinks a colorful beverage while walking to the set of her upcoming movie Grimsby on Monday (August 18) in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 28-year-old Australian actress filmed a kissing scene with her co-star Sacha Baron Cohen in the middle of a giant crowd.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Rebel Wilson

Meanwhile, Rebel‘s Pitch Perfect 2 co-stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Skylar Astin, and Elizabeth Banks all recently took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Anna and Hailee then nominated Rebel, so we’ll see if she follows through!

Watch Anna‘s below and the rest inside!

10+ pics inside of Rebel Wilson, plus the rest of the ice bucket videos… More Here! »

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We Wish We Were in This 'Pitch Perfect 2' Cast Pillow Fight!

We Wish We Were in This 'Pitch Perfect 2' Cast Pillow Fight!

What better way to celebrate the end of production on Pitch Perfect 2 that a big pillow fight?! That is exactly what the ladies did and it was all captured in this super cute photo posted to Anna Kendrick‘s Instagram account.

“All these b–ches wrap tomorrow and leave me behind…… I totally HATE them,” she captioned the pic. Looks like she’ll have a few more days on set alone!

Rebel Wilson also posted the picture on her Twitter account, saying “This is how we release stress on the set of Pitch Perfect 2.”

Here is who can be seen in the pic (from L-R): Rebel, Ester Dean, Kelley Jakle, Brittany Snow, Hana Mae Lee, Hailee Steinfeld, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, and Shelley Regner.

Pitch Perfect 2 will be hitting theaters on May 15, 2015.

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A Capella Group The Filharmonic Joins 'Pitch Perfect 2'

A Capella Group The Filharmonic Joins 'Pitch Perfect 2'

Look who else has joined Pitch Perfect 2The Filharmonic!

According to THR, the six-member group of VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, Barry Fortgang, Jules Cruz and Niko Del Rey, have joined the pic alongside the Pentatonix.

The Filharmonic‘s style is described as an “urbanesque hip-hop sound with 90’s nostalgia”. The all-male group is linked through their Filipino heritage, and their passion for a wide variety of performance styles including pop, a capella, jazz, opera, theater and classical.

The group most recently appeared on NBC’s The Sing-Off — check out their performance of Bruno Mars‘ “Treasure” below!


The Filharmonic: “Treasure”

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, & Hailee Steinfeld Spill 'Pitch Perfect 2' Plot Details (Video)

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, & Hailee Steinfeld Spill 'Pitch Perfect 2' Plot Details (Video)

Some of the Barden Bellas pose with The Today Show‘s Natalie Morales in this new behind-the-scenes photo from the set of Pitch Perfect 2!

Stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Hailee Steinfeld sat down for an interview where they kept fairly mum about the plot of the sequel.

“We are actually doing all of our own stunts in the movie,” Rebel joked. “There are a few I can’t get into because they will spoil it, but [to Anna] that bit when you’re dangling from the helicopter, and [to Hailee] that bit with the shark.”

The girls’ co-stars Elizabeth Banks said, “Because the people loved the first film so much, I definitely feel a lot of responsibility to the fans, to my fellow actors, and I mean, shouldering it every day. But it’s going great. [The Bellas] have gotten too big for their britches, possibly, literally. And they’ve sort of forgotten about the music a little bit.”


Pitch Perfect 2 Set Interview

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Pitch Perfect 2's Skylar Astin & Ben Platt Wish America A Happy Birthday

Pitch Perfect 2's Skylar Astin & Ben Platt Wish America A Happy Birthday

Skylar Astin and Ben Platt put on their best suit jackets to sing a happy birthday song to America.

The Pitch Perfect 2 stars sang “America The Beautiful” for director Elizabeth Banks on the Louisiana set on Thursday afternoon (July 3), just ahead of the country’s 238th birthday.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Skylar Astin

The video ends with a message: “Happy Fourth of July from Pitch Perfect 2.”

Who else thinks the Bellas could so up the Treblemakers here?


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Pentatonix Joins 'Pitch Perfect 2' As Rival Group to Bellas!

Pentatonix Joins 'Pitch Perfect 2' As Rival Group to Bellas!

Great news! The hit singing group Pentatonix have just joined the cast of Pitch Perfect 2, EW reports!

The popular group, who won the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, will play rivals to the Barden Bellas!

The band – Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado, and Kevin Olusola – just spent their first day on set.

“We’re wearing some pretty interesting things,” Scott Hoying said. “You can definitely tell it’s the five of us, but what we’re wearing and who we’re portraying is definitely not Pentatonix.”

“You’re going to love it,” Mitch Grassi added.

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