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On last night's fall season finale episode of "Dancing With the Stars," Quvenzhané Wallis gave America a sneak peek at what to expect in theaters, from the upcoming remake/reimagining of the Broadway musical "Annie," which she stars in, along with Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje, Dorian Missick and Tracie Thoms. Wallis and company performed live, to the film's classic "It’s a Hard Knock Life" tune. Watch it all unfold below. The Sony Pictures project is set for a December 19, 2014 release. Filmed in New York »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Paul W.S. Anderson has continued his explorations in 3D cinema with his latest film, Pompeii. It’s a simplistic love story in the vein of Titanic, two mismatched, class-divided lovers contrasted against one of history’s worst natural disasters. The story concerns a Celtic gladiator named Milo (Kit Harrington), who witnessed the slaughter of his family by the Roman Empire, under the command of Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland). Soon, after being spotted as a promising business prospect for Pompeii’s gladiator games, Milo is sent to the titular city. While on the way, he first meets Cassia (Emily Browning), the melancholic (by way of Kate Winslet in Titanic) daughter of the wealthy class. After arriving in Pompeii, Milo meets fellow slave and gladiator Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and they soon become friends, bonded by their captivity. Corvus, now a senator, arrives in Pompeii to broker a land deal, and with all the players now arrived, »
- John Lehtonen
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If you’re in London, go and see Merchandise at The Laundry. That’s what I’ll be doing, so recommendations don’t come much bigger. If you can’t make it though, this generous French TV session is the next best thing.
It’s true – Belle & Sebastian have gone dance! The Party Line is the first taster from new album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance and it finds the Glasgow tweesters finally entering the 21st century with perky electropop beats resembling Css and New Young Pony Club circa 2006. Bless ’em.
Shoegazing heroes Ride are reforming and will be playing Primavera 2015. At least that’s the inference taken from a »
- Sam Richards
Entertainment One has released a first-look image of Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach’s upcoming biopic of the Roman Holiday and Spartacus screenwriter, who found himself blacklisted back during the McCarthy witch-hunts in the 1940s…
Trumbo is set for release next year, with a cast that also includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Diane Lane (Man of Steel), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World), Helen Mirren (The Queen), John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis), Alan Tudyk (), Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire), Dean O’Gorman (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) and Louis C.K. (Louie).
- Gary Collinson
Here's the new clip from the upcoming remake/reimagining of the Broadway musical "Annie," which stars Quvenzhané Wallis as the title character, with Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje, Dorian Missick and Tracie Thoms joining her in front of the camera. The Sony Pictures project is set for a December 19, 2014 release. Filmed in New York City, under Will Gluck's direction, the project hails from Will & Jada Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, in partnership with Jay-z (who's also working on the soundtrack). »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The first image from Jay Roach’s dramedy biopic, Trumbo, has been released, offering a darned good look at leading man Bryan Cranston’s awesome moustache. Taking on the titular role, Cranston plays screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who back in the day was shunned by Hollywood for his involvement in the Communist Party.
The film takes place during the height of the cold war, during which time a group of ten screenwriters and directors were cited for contempt of Congress after refusing to testify about their ties to Communism. Trumbo was one such scribe, who shunned Congress’ House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947 and was subsequently punished as a result.
Not only did the industry refuse to accommodate him, but he also spent eleven months in prison. Later in life, he managed to circumnavigate Hollywood’s shackles by writing under a pseudonym. Suffice it to say, his experiences never hindered his »
- Gem Seddon
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastAnnieRelease Date: December 19thStudio: Sony/ColumbiaGenre: MusicalDirector: Will GluckWriters: Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKennaCast: Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Cameron Diaz, David Zayas, Adewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeStudio Description: Annie is a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan. But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Analysis: Stubbornly, Disney and Sony each scheduled family-friendly musicals in late December this year. Over a month ahead of release, the presumptive winner is Into the Woods: Disney is an absolute powerhouse right now, and it's »
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Bitsie Tulloch, and Albert Brooks all join Will Smith in the yet-to-be titled drama on concussions in the NFL, which is based on the GQ article “Game Brain,” written by Jeanne Marie Laskas, and which follows Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist, who single-handedly made the first discovery of Cte (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) in a pro football player, raising public awareness for the degenerative disease. The article tells a whistle-blower tale, humanizing the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports, and the political, cultural and corporate interests that »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Here's the latest trailer for the upcoming remake/reimagining of the Broadway musical "Annie," with the stars of the movie - Quvenzhané Wallis as the title character, and Jamie Foxx - introducing it for Regal Cinemas. Also featuring the acting talents of Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje, Dorian Missick and Tracie Thoms, the Sony Pictures project is set for a December 19, 2014 release. Filmed in New York City, under Will Gluck's direction, the project hails from Will & Jada Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, in partnership »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Will Gluck’s rendition of Annie looks cheesy to the max, but there’s just something about that story and those songs that’s undeniably appealing and packs the power to put a smile on your face regardless of flat humor and tacky dialogue. Plus, this latest trailer has little to no Cameron Diaz in it and that definitely works to the piece’s benefit. We’ll get to see what Quvenzhané Wallis is capable of post-Beasts of the Southern Wild when Annie hits theaters on December 19th. The film also stars Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and David Zayas. Hit the jump to check out the new Annie trailer. Here’s the official synopsis for Annie: A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck »
- Perri Nemiroff
The sun will come out December 19, as an all-star cast lines up for Annie. Columbia Pictures has released a final trailer for this updated take on the Broadway musical sash hit, featuring Quvenzhané Wallis as the iconic orphan and Jamie Foxx as the big daddy who saves her from a life of impoverishment.
Annie follows a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her own way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since, with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a »
The sun’ll come out tomorrow, right? It’s been interesting to watch Will Gluck’s career progress. After years in TV, the writer/director/producer jumped into feature films, making his name on irreverent comedies often in the teen genre, including “Fired Up,” “Easy A” and “Friends With Benefits.” The success of those films have led to the development of a dozen big projects too, including “Stealing The Moon” with “The Social Network” and “Moneyball” producers Scott Rudin, Dan Brunetti and Mike DeLuca. But for his next trick, Gluck flipped the script and instead tried his hand at a big-budget, family-friendly musical remake of “Annie.” Starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, and Cameron Diaz, “Annie” is a modern retelling of the Broadway classic, executive produced by Will Smith and Jay-z among others. Here’s the official synopsis: A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations. »
- Edward Davis
Based on Saroo Brierley's "A Long Way Home," the story follows a street kid from Calcutta (Patel) who is taken in and adopted by a couple in Australia. Garth Davis ("Top of the Lake") is attached to helm the film while Luke Davies penned the script. [Source: THR]
Zeta-Jones stars as the late Griselda Blanco, who instigated and fueled many of the Miami drug wars that took place during the late 70s and 80s. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has joined Will Smith and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the yet-to-be titled drama on concussions in the NFL, which is based on the GQ article “Game Brain,” written by Jeanne Marie Laskas, and which follows Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist, who single-handedly made the first discovery of Cte (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) in a pro football player, raising public awareness for the degenerative disease. The article tells a whistle-blower tale, humanizing the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports, and the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of professional sports. Ridley »
- Tambay A. Obenson
• Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Renee Zellweger, and Djimon Hounsou are set to star in Paramount Pictures' Same Kind of Different as Me, EW has confirmed. Michael Carney will make his directorial debut. He co-wrote the script with Alexander Foard and Ron Hall. Based on the book by Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, the story follows an art dealer (Kinnear) who befriends a homeless man (Honsou) in order to save his marriage to his wife (Zellweger). The unexpected friendship takes the three on an incredible journey, and helps Hall reconnect with his father (Voight). Mary Parent and Cale Boyter »
- C. Molly Smith
Exclusive: Lost star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is tackling another role in a Sony film, this time joining Will Smith in the studio’s untitled NFL concussion drama directed by Parkland‘s Peter Landesman. Akinnuoye-Agbaje starred recently in disaster period pic Pompeii and the upcoming Annie remake for Sony. He’ll play real-life NFL safety Dave Duerson, a three-time Pro Bowl pick who died in 2011 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. At his request, Duerson’s brain was sent to researchers, who determined that the athlete had suffered from the debilitating symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) caused by his football injuries.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Bitsie Tulloch, and Albert Brooks also star in the film which centers on Smith’s forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennett Omalu, whose studies on Cte prompt the NFL to take brain-related injuries seriously. Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing. »
- Jen Yamato
We’re really hoping that the new Will Smith drama, inspired by the controversy over concussion brain injuries in America’s National Football League, scores a proper title soon. But while there’s no word on a name yet, it has added another actor, with Pompeii’s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje joining the cast.Parkland director Peter Landesman is directing the film, which adapts Jeanne Marie Laskas’ GQ article Game Brain. The piece followed Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith in the film), a forensic neuropathologist who made the crucial first discovery of concussive head trauma in an NFL player and strove to bring awareness of the condition to the general public. Described as a sports take on The Insider – putting a human face on a story about a thorny issue and the commercial interests involved in making sure the news doesn’t spread too far – it also boasts the likes of Gugu Mbatha-Raw, »
The soundtrack to the upcoming "Annie" musical remake will be released December 15 ahead of the movie's December 19 release. Quvenzhané Wallis stars as the title character, and is joined by Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje, Dorian Missick and Tracie Thoms. Filmed in New York City, under Will Gluck's direction, the project hails from Will & Jada Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, in partnership with Jay-z (who's also working on the soundtrack). Gluck revised the script which was originally written by Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna. A track »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked online, spoiling Marvel's plan of premiering it during the Oct. 28 airing of "Agents of Shield", but a new plan has been announced: And because we believe that the best way to say thanks is to give you more, we're delivering new Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron action to your TV sets, two weeks in a row! Tune in to "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." this Tuesday, October 28 at 9:00 p.m. Et on ABC to see an exclusive piece from Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Then, on Tuesday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m. Et on ABC, tune into "Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!" for another taste of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron--and much more! In just 24 hours, the first Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer racked up an astonishing 34.3 million global views. If you missed the trailer watch it below. »
- Brad Brevet
Sia's 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile'
Sia’s version of “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” brings the song from 1982 into the modern day to fit into the 2014 film’s updated take on the story about the relationship between an orphan and a wealthy businessman with political aspirations. In the video, Quvenzhané Wallis, who plays Annie in the reboot, gallivants about the city with a horde of other children, holding up signs encouraging the city to smile.
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