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Both Pitch Perfect films brought $40 Million to Louisiana’s economy. Below is Gold Circle Entertainment’s press release discussing the economic impact of the Pitch Perfect series in Louisiana:


 

New economic data reveals that the productions of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 spent a combined $40 million in Louisiana and hired close to 800 resident Louisiana workers while filming. The productions also combined to purchase over 7,000 hotel room nights. The Pitch Perfect franchise is a homegrown original film series from Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Entertainment that was produced by Gold Circle and Brownstone Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures worldwide.

While the productions of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 utilized vendors throughout the entire state, both movies were shot entirely in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge locations such as Louisiana State University, the Old Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, the Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge Community College, Southern University and Baton Rouge Magnet School. Pitch Perfect 2 also constructed a complete concert stage in Highland Park and hosted over 3,000 extras nightly for nearly one week.

Overall, Louisiana’s motion picture and television industry is thriving. A recent statewide economic and fiscal impact analysis conducted by HR&A Advisors, Inc. details that the industry – driven by the Louisiana State Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit – supported up to 33,520 jobs and generated up to $1.2 billion in personal income and $4 billion total economic output in 2013.

MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd stated, “The economic impact from productions like Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, along with the entire local motion picture and television industry, spans across all of Louisiana, providing jobs for local workers and business for local vendors. These figures are the latest reminder of the sheer number of hardworking men and women in Louisiana behind every scene in these two entertaining and popular movies.”

Partner of Gold Circle Entertainment and Executive Producer of the Pitch Perfect films Scott Niemeyer states, “Louisiana’s diverse shooting locations and developing infrastructure, combined with its competitive incentive program and wealth of indigenous talent, made the state the ideal home for the Pitch Perfect franchise. Our decision to shoot these films entirely in my home state of Louisiana, with support from the local workforce and collaborative business community, is a testament to the stability of the region’s creative economy and a nod to a prosperous future for the state’s entertainment ecosystem.”

Key economic impact figures from the productions of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 include:

  • Combined $40 million expenditures in Louisiana while filming
  • Employed almost 800 Resident Louisiana workers
  • Purchased over 7,000 hotel room nights

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REVIEW: Pitch Perfect 2 | The SceneCast

by Micah Haley on May 15, 2015

Pitch-Perfect-2--Super-BowlMicah, David and Beth review Pitch Perfect 2, the new film that stars Anna Kendrick, Hailee Seinfeld, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Ben Platt and more, including Elizabeth Banks, who is also making her directorial debut.

The SceneCast is the official podcast of Scene Magazine, the entertainment magazine. Find out more at sceneent.com. Email us at scenecast@sceneent.com.

SHOW NOTES

0:54 – Intro
2:07 – A Look Back at Pitch Perfect
7:15 – Pitch Perfect 2 review
18:05 – Spoilers for Pitch Perfect 2

The Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack can be found in iTunes here.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

In a post-apocalyptic world, Max is thrown into a society where people fight till the death. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star as the two team up in their fight for survival. George Miller returns as director. 120 min. Rated R.

Pitch Perfect 2

Shot in Baton Rouge, the second installment of Pitch Perfect goes global. The Bellas are back in this comedy to rule the world of a capella. 115 min. Rated PG-13.

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Soundtrack Available for Purchase

by Jordan McGuire on April 24, 2015

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Pitch Perfect 2, the follow-up album to soundtrack smash Pitch Perfect, is available for pre-order today. The Barden Bellas are back! Here’s the press release:

The Barden Bellas are back to pitch slap the world. Pitch Perfect 2, the highly-anticipated sequel to the smash hit and platinum-selling soundtrack, Pitch Perfect, will be available for pre-order today, iTunes, Amazon CD, Amazon LP.

Once again creating exclusive a cappella mash-ups and medleys from the upcoming Universal Pictures film Pitch Perfect 2, the soundtrack from Universal Music Enterprises is available on all formats: digital, CD and vinyl on May 12, with the movie hitting theaters nationwide on May 15. The comedy is helmed by Elizabeth Banks, co-star and producer of Pitch Perfect, and produced by Paul Brooks, Max Handelman and Banks. Writer Kay Cannon returns to the team to pen the next chapter.

“Flashlight,” the first single off the album, penned by superstars Sam Smith and Sia, among others, will be hitting radio stations nationwide today. Other standout tracks include a “campfire version” of “Cups,” a ’90s medley and the song “Crazy Youngsters,” written and performed by cast member Ester Dean.

“Flashlight,” is performed by multiplatinum-selling, GRAMMY® nominated artist Jessie J. The music video for “Flashlight” is directed by Hannah Lux Davis (Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang,” Ariana Grande and The Weeknd’s “Love Me Harder”), and was filmed at a college campus…complete with a stirring live performance from Jessie J and a rousing nighttime flashlight finale that is sure to bring audiences to their feet. You can watch the video after 7:30 p.m. EST, here

Jessie J’s debut album, Who You Are [LAVA], marked the debut of a global icon when it reached #1 and was certified multiplatinum in more than 15 countries. Who You Are also yielded an astonishing six Top 10 singles, including the hit “Domino.” To date, she has sold more than 3 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide. Her latest album, Sweet Talker [LAVA/Republic Records], debuted in the Top 10 after its October 2014 release and includes hits such as the double platinum smash hit “Bang Bang” with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, and “Burnin’ Up,” featuring 2 Chainz.

Julianne Jordan, one of the soundtrack’s producers and executive music producers of the film, explains, “With this soundtrack, we wanted to keep the unexpected fun, fly-by-the-seat-of-your pants spirit of the first one but take it to another level. We believe we accomplished that with the arrangements, more out of the box song choices and mashups.”

“Creating the song moments to illustrate the story was so exciting,” says Julia Michels, soundtrack producer and the film’s other executive music producer. “Working with Elizabeth Banks from start to finish was a great experience, and we are so proud to be a part of the Pitch Perfect team again.”

Pitch Perfect has sold almost 2 million albums worldwide. In the U.S., it was the top-selling soundtrack of 2013, 6th overall album of 2014, and the second-highest selling soundtrack of the decade, behind the Frozen soundtrack, and spent 36 of 37 weeks on the chart, and 16 weeks in the top 20.

The hit single, “Cups” has sold more than 3 million downloads, spending 50 weeks on the Top 200 tracks chart, and ended 2013 in the top-50 biggest-selling digital tracks. It has been viewed almost 200 million times worldwide on VEVO.

Album producers include Julianne Jordan, Julia Michels, Jason Moore and The Underdogs, with Jordan and Michels serving as executive music producers on the film. Tony Award-winning Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot) is one of the movie’s vocal arrangers/producers, along with Ed Boyer (The Sing Off), Deke Sharon (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella co-founder), Alana Da Fonseca (Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) and The Underdogs—whose track record includes collaborating with Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks, among others. The Underdogs earned Grammys for Best Pop Album (Justin Timberlake’s Justified) and Best R&B Album (Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E.), among others.

Visit the Baton Rouge-shot Pitch Perfect 2‘s official website here.

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TRAILER: Baton Rouge-Shot ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

by Jordan McGuire on February 11, 2015

The newest trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 is out. They’ve left the small confines of a university and are going global. The Barden Bellas are crushing vocals and will compete in a worldwide a cappella competition. World get your face ready cause you’re about to get pitch slapped.

Workaholics star Adam DeVine returns in this hilarious sequel. DeVine, along with Clay Matthews from the Green Bay Packers, will guide their all-male a cappella groups to stardom. Also, The Filharmonic will be seen in the new film and will test DeVine and his Treblemakers.

Pitch Perfect 2 was shot in Baton Rouge and was directed by Elizabeth Banks. The melodic film stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Hailee Seinfeld. It will be released May 15.

For more information on the film, visit the official website here www.pitchperfectmovie.com.

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The Filharmonic Joins ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

by Samantha Roberge

In Pitch Perfect, everyone fell in love with the all guy a cappella group the Treblemakers. In the new comedy sequel Pitch Perfect 2, the Treblemakers may be in for some trouble. Universal has added a new a cappella group to the film, The Filharmonic. This group of guys appeared on the latest season of […]

‘The Today Show’ Visits the Set of ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

by Michelle Preau

The Today Show’s Natalie Morales paid a visit to Baton Rouge to sit down and dish with the cast of the upcoming sequel Pitch Perfect 2. “The Bellas have a new main rival this time around and I will not say who they are,” says director and star of the sequel Elizabeth Banks in an […]

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Stars Rock the Fourth of July

by Arthur Vandelay

Over the holiday weekend, Pitch Perfect 2 triple threat Elizabeth Banks posted a patriotic video of returning stars Skylar Astin and Ben Platt harmonizing “American the Beautiful.” Banks, who is currently directing, producing and starring in the musical sequel, uploaded the video to her Facebook page for fans to enjoy. Astin and Platt are wearing their signature […]

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Adds Danish Star Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

by Rachel McMullen

Yet another newcomer is slated to join the cast of Pitch Perfect 2. The latest actress announced to head to Baton Rouge is Danish actress Birgitte Hjort Sørensen. Sørensen joins Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin and Adam DeVine, who have all returned for the highly anticipated a capella sequel. Recently, Sorensen starred […]