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Last week, Universal Studios announced that they would release a sequel to the incredibly popular 2012 film “Pitch Perfect.” The release date is set for some time in 2015 with a screenplay written by Kay Cannon, the original head writer. We can assume that most of the cast will return, especially after last weekend’s MTV awards, which were hosted by “Pitch Perfect’s” rising star, Rebel Wilson.

The award show was opened by a “Pitch Perfect” reunion. Together they performed a brand new mash-up ranging from Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” all the way to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” and much more in between. Actors Sylar Astin, Anna Camp, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ben Platt, Brittany Snow, Utkarsh Ambudkar and of course Wilson all took the stage. The only person missing from the stage seemed to be leading actress Anna Kendrick. It is safe to assume that most of the original cast will be returning based on the show’s opener. It is unknown whether Kendrick or Wilson will star in the sequel.
But are we really surprised? I mean, the first “Pitch Perfect” made Universal plenty of cash. This movie is still going strong even after being released back in early October. It made $112 million worldwide, the album has earned over $90 million and it is currently studio’s third highest grossing film ever after “Ted” and “Bridesmaids.”

Kendrick released her own “Cups” music video to the song “You’re Gonna Miss Me” by Lulu and the Lampshades. Her version of the song was made popular by her own performance in the movie. The video was released last week, and although it might seem a little bit belated, it doesn’t matter because it is awesome. Kendrick works in a diner and dreams of leaving her life behind to travel the world while she and everyone in the restaurant keep the beat going with cool cup tricks.

Comedy meets mainstream music — the combination is a recipe for a successful film. If the sequel is anything like the first, it will do just as well with the franchise’s huge fan base. If the “Pitch Perfect 2” can match the first’s comedic writing, impeccable acting, the rise of a cappella music and endless quotes, it will be another smash hit. I look forward to a new set of quotes to go along with the oft-mimicked “pitch slapped” or “aca-awkward.”

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