The Marc Pease Experience, The Next Rushmore, Signs Anna Kendrick

April 14, 2007
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Ok, maybe not as good as Rushmore, but it sounds like it may have a unique ring to it, and it does also star Jason Schwartzman. Just a few days ago I made sure to mention of my favorite independent stars of Sundance, Olivia Thirlby, and now again I'm doing the same with a new one - Anna Kendrick. She starred in the hit movie Rocket Science, a high school dramatic-comedy, which wasn't by far my favorite of the fest, but I thought it was definitely one of the most original. She just signed to star alongside of Ben Stiller in Todd Louiso's upcoming comedy The Marc Pease Experience.

Anna KendrickNow this is why I call it the next Rushmore, listen to the story. The film is about Marc Pease (played by Schwartzman yet again), a man 10 years out of high school and still living in the past, when he was the star in his high school's musicals (sound familiar?). The film progresses over one day's time, in which Pease's former teacher and mentor Mr. Gribble (played by Ben Stiller) oversees the opening night of another show. Kendrick plays a high school senior romantically involved with both Schwartzman and Stiller's characters and was nominated for a best actress Tony (in the movie) for the musical "High Society."

As much as I hate Ben Stiller, I'm actually quite interested in this. The concept alone is what sounds best, and it's got a cast that I believe will pull it off better than anyone. The director Todd Louiso also did another comedy in 2002 called Love Liza starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, but he's best recognized as an actor in a lot of other comedies, including School for Scoundrels and Snakes on a Plane (as the doctor figuring out antidotes).

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