IMDb > James Lassiter > News
Quicklinks
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDeskmessage board
Filmographies
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
Biographical
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDeskmessage board
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

Connect with IMDb



2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2000

1-20 of 24 items from 2014   « Prev | Next »


The Sun Comes Out In The New Annie Trailer

19 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

At this point, you might be forgiven for feeling a serious case of remake-fatigue. It seems every other film these days is a re-boot or a re-imagining of some beloved classic or other, with very little in the way of originality on display. With the release of its new trailer, however, it seems that it would be inadvisable to dismiss the upcoming new adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Annie, as one of those tedious revisits. This one actually looks kind of awesome.

Annie is a comic book character. Well, a comic strip character, to be exact. Created by Harold Gray in his ‘Little Orphan Annie’ comic strip which debuted in August 1924, Annie was first adapted for radio in 1931, while David O Selznick produced a film adaptation for Rko in 1932. It was not until 1977 that Annie made her first ever appearance on Broadway, however – with its now iconic musical format »

- Sarah Myles

Permalink | Report a problem


International Trailer Hits for ‘Annie’

14 April 2014 11:12 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Sony Pictures has released the international trailer for “Annie,” starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz.

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 teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, »

- Kellvin Chavez

Permalink | Report a problem


New International Trailer for Annie Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, and Jamie Foxx

14 April 2014 10:16 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for director Will Gluck’s new musical adaptation Annie.  The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  This international trailer has a few bits of new footage that show Foxx playing things a bit more comedic and loose than some of his past few roles, with one scene in particular evoking his In Living Color days.  I’m still not crazy about the overly auto-tuned nature of the songs, but Gluck’s last two films (Easy A and Friends with Benefits) have been pleasantly surprising, so I’m interested to see how the full feature plays out. Hit the jump to watch the new Annie trailer. »

- Adam Chitwood

Permalink | Report a problem


Jaden Smith’s ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Draws Breck Eisner to Direct

7 April 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony has signed Breck Eisner to direct its sequel to “The Karate Kid,” its hit 2010 actioner starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

The rebooted “Kid” grossed $343 million worldwide with Harald Zwart directing. Jerry Weintraub, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz produced.

Eisner’s credits include “Sahara” and “The Crazies.” He’s also attached to Summit’s fantasy-actioner “The Last Witch Hunter,” starring Vin Diesel.

Eisner is repped by CAA and Management 360.

News was first reported on Deadline.com.

»

- Dave McNary

Permalink | Report a problem


Sony to adapt Max Brooks' Wwi graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters

7 March 2014 11:31 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony has picked up the rights to The Harlem Hellfighters, an upcoming graphic novel from Max Brooks (World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, The Zombie Survival Guide).

Set for publication in April, The Harlem Hellfighters tells the story of the U.S. Army's African American 369th infantry division, who fought with distinction across Europe during the First World War, only to face discrimination upon their return to home soil.

The adaptation will be produced by Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter on behalf of Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, with Brooks writing the script. Here's the book synopsis:

"The Harlem Hellfighters is a fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, bestselling author Max Brooks tells »

- Gary Collinson

Permalink | Report a problem


Sony Picks up Rights to Max Brooks’ Upcoming Graphic Novel, The Harlem Hellfighters

7 March 2014 6:21 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Max Brooks' last adaptation to hit the screen - World War Z - ended up with a global box office take of over half-a-billion dollars.  Now Sony is hoping lightning strikes twice for Brooks, as they've picked up the feature rights to his upcoming graphic novel, The Harlem Hellfighters.  Based on the 369th Infantry Regiment (the first African-American regiment called upon to fight in World War I), the graphic novel follows the soldiers from basic training to the trenches of France, where they spent more time in combat than any other American unit.  Hit the jump for more. News of Sony's acquisition of The Harlem Hellfighters comes via Heat Vision.  Overbrook Entertainment, founded by Will Smith and James Lassiter, will produce alongside Josh Bratman. Here's the synopsis from the upcoming graphic novel, illustrated by Caanan White, and due out April 1st (via Amazon): The Harlem Hellfighters is a »

- Dave Trumbore

Permalink | Report a problem


Will Smith, Sony To Adapt Graphic Novel 'The Harlem Hellfighters' (On 369th Infantry Regiment)

7 March 2014 4:45 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Will Smith via his production company Overbrook Entertainment, along with partner James Lassiter, will produce an adaptation of the upcoming graphic novel, The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, which Sony Pictures picked up the rights to. The graphic novel, which won't be available for sale until April 1, 2014, is an interpretation of the real-life story of the 369th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army that saw action in World War I and World War II. The 369th Infantry is known for being the first African American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary Force during World War I and was nicknamed "The Harlem Hellfighters" (hence the title of the graphic »

- Courtney

Permalink | Report a problem


Sony Acquires ‘World War Z’ Author’s ‘Harlem Hellfighters’ for Overbrook

7 March 2014 4:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures acquires the rights to the Max Brooks’ graphic novel “The Harlem Hellfighters” and set Overbrook Entertainment to produce.

Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter will produce for Overbrook. Brooks will adapt the script.

Set to be published in April, the story centers on the 369th Infantry Regiment, an African-American regiment from Harlem, N.Y., that fought in France during World War I and became one of the most decorated regiments of the war.

Known more for his genre fare like “World War Z,” the graphic novel is more grounded but is expected to be just as compelling.

CAA, brokered the deal, reps Brooks and Overbrook. Brooks is also repped by Brillstein Entertainment and lit agent Ed Victor.

»

- Justin Kroll

Permalink | Report a problem


'The Harlem Hellfighters' Graphic Novel Adaptation Lands at Sony

7 March 2014 4:03 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures has acquired the film rights to World War Z author Max Brooks' upcoming graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters.

Max Brooks will write the screenplay adaptation himself, with Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter producing for Overbrook Entertainment. The graphic novel, which will be published in April, follows the 369th Infantry Regiment, an all African-American troop based out of Harlem who fought in France during World War I, and were one of the most decorated unites in the war. Take a look at the graphic novel's official description.

"In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched triumphantly home from World War 1. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, »

- MovieWeb

Permalink | Report a problem


Sony Nabs Max Brooks' Wwi Graphic Novel 'The Harlem Hellfighters'

7 March 2014 1:43 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sony has picked up rights to The Harlem Hellfighters, Max Brooks' upcoming graphic novel based on the true story of an African American Wwi Army infantry unit. Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter will produce for Overbrook Entertainment. Photos: 'Night of the Living Dead' to 'World War Z': The Evolution of Zombie Films Hitting stores on April 1 via Broadway Books, The Harlem Hellfighters is based on the Army's 369th infantry division, an African American unit fighting in Europe during World War I. Breaking down racial barriers, the unit spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a

read more

»

- Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit

Permalink | Report a problem


Annie Trailer Hits And Internet Falls Over Itself Getting Out Cute Hyperbole

7 March 2014 1:02 PM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

A long time from now (pre-Christmas if nothing goes wrong) a new version of Annie is coming to theaters, and the release of the trailer has been met with virtually unprecedented internet gushing. Just about everyone seems to be falling all over themselves to make sure they are on record cheering for the upcoming film, the trailer itself, and the undeniable cuteness of Quvenzhané Wallis.

It’s all a bit suspicious. Check the trailer yourself below, and let me know what you think, but something strange seems to be happening with the release of this trailer.

First, when is the last time everyone, everywhere had anything to say about a trailer beyond, “Here it is,” or similar? Sure, once in a while you might get something like the trailer for a Marvel movie with some sort of teaser trying to suck you into watching it with vague details about who gets revealed. »

- Marc Eastman

Permalink | Report a problem


New 'Annie' Trailer, Photos - Sound Off. Is it really this bad?

6 March 2014 10:47 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The trailer is up for Sony's contemporary approach to "Annie" and performances look completely overdone and unrealistic from both Cameron Diaz and lead Quvenzhané Wallis. This just doesn't seem to have the magic of a beloved musical which has left a soft spot in so many of those who watched the stage version or the `981 film which starred Albert Finney (now Jamie Foxx) and Aileen Quinn. The way the trailer starts off with Diaz is just appalling, and it's pretty much downhill from that point onwards. We've had a butchered "Karate Kid" from Overbrook, and now here comes "Annie" to finish us off. Will Gluck directs as well as writing the script alongside Aline Brosh McKenna. The film is produced by Will Smith, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Laurence "Jay" Brown, Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith and Gluck. »

Permalink | Report a problem


‘Annie’ Gets A Teaser Poster And First Trailer!

5 March 2014 10:40 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Updated! The official trailer for Annie has just dropped, and you can watch it below!

Well, we’re promised an official trailer for the upcoming Annie remake tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow… but for now we have to settle for an Et preview of said trailer. It’s A Hard Knock Life isn’t it? Okay, I’ll stop now. Here’s the lengthy synopsis.

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 teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, »

- Paul Heath

Permalink | Report a problem


First Annie Trailer & Poster Arrive – Stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx

5 March 2014 5:44 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie.

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, 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 (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 thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.  Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, »

- Michelle McCue

Permalink | Report a problem


Trailer For ‘Annie’ Arrives

5 March 2014 4:19 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Annie, starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz.

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 teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, »

- Kellvin Chavez

Permalink | Report a problem


First Trailer and Poster For Annie Starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz

5 March 2014 4:12 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Will Gluck’s remake of Annie might just end up being 2014′s Les Miserables, and with Christmas release already pencilled in, it has every chance of taking the box office by storm as well.

Focusing on an orphan adopted by the wealthy Daddy Warbucks (renamed Benjamin Stacks and a New York mayoral candidate in this updated version of the classical musical), it’s a heartwarming tale and boasts an impressive cast of actors which also includes Rose Byrne and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

The trailer, poster and synopsis can all be found below.

Let us know what you think of the trailer in the comment section and stay tuned for more news on 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 teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, »

- Josh Wilding

Permalink | Report a problem


First Trailer for Annie Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz

5 March 2014 3:40 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Will Gluck's (Easy A) new musical adaptation Annie.  The redo stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film is very clearly a modern day update of the story, as it bears little resemblance to the 1982 film adaptation of the same musical.  Wallis appears to be sufficiently charming in the lead role, and Diaz puts an interesting spin on the mean Miss Hannigan sans drinking habit.  Some of the music is rather heavy on the auto-tune, but all-in-all this looks to be a fairly entertaining musical aimed squarely at families looking for an agreeable holiday movie outing. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. »

- Adam Chitwood

Permalink | Report a problem


Trailer Teaser for Annie Starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz

5 March 2014 7:45 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The first trailer for the remake of the musical Annie will be headed our way very soon, and a sneak peek has just landed online.  For those unfamiliar with the classic musical, it centers on the eponymous orphan who is adopted by the wealthy Daddy Warbucks.  Quvenzhane Wallis is set to lead the film, and Jamie Foxx will play the Daddy Warbucks character, now called “Benjamin Stacks” and a NYC mayoral candidate in this updated version.  From this brief footage, I like what they've done with Annie's look by translating the original character's curly red hair to a wild and frizzy style.  I'm looking forward to seeing more of the movie even at the risk of having the songs "Tomorrow" and "Hard Knock Life" stuck in my head for the rest of the week. Hit the jump to check out the preview, and check back later today to see the trailer. »

- Matt Goldberg

Permalink | Report a problem


First Poster and Synopsis for Annie Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz & Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje; Trailer Debuts Tomorrow

4 March 2014 4:29 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The first teaser poster for Will Gluck's Annie adaptation comes in advance of the film's first trailer dropping tomorrow.  The poster doesn't provide a look at Quvenzhané Wallis in the title role, or any of the supporting cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, but it does remind us that it will hit theaters on Christmas Day. Be sure to pay us a visit on Wednesday at 7:00 pm Et / 4:00 pm Pt to watch the film's first trailer.  Hit the jump to check out the first poster for Annie along with the film's official synopsis. The first teaser poster for Annie follows after the film's official synopsis below (via Yahoo!): 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 teams with producers James Lassiter, »

- Dave Trumbore

Permalink | Report a problem


DJ Calvin Harris, Irvine Welsh Team Up with Will Smith, Jay-z for HBO Electronic Music Comedy 'Higher'

23 January 2014 2:27 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

HBO is developing a half-hour fictional comedy set in the world of electronic music, according to Deadline. Titled "Higher," the series will be written by "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh and developed by UK DJ Calvin Harris. The potential show will be executive produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Will Smith and Miguel Melendez of Overbrook Entertainment, Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson of Three Six Zero Group, and Harris, Shawn "Jay-z" Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith of Marcy Media -- quite a lineup. This is the second collaboration between Smith and Jay-z, following their new film production of "Annie" this December.  "Higher" continues Harris' successful year, following his Grammy nominations for Best Dance Recording for "Sweet Nothing" and Best Dance/Electronica Album for "18 Months." Harris has sold one million albums and 28 million singles since the album's release last October.

»

- Max O'Connell

Permalink | Report a problem


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2000

1-20 of 24 items from 2014   « Prev | Next »


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners