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As Will Gluck's new film version of "Annie" opens, an adorable red-haired moppet stands in front of her class reading a plucky book report. As she finishes, her teacher rolls his eyes and calls on the next student, Annie B. With that very post-modern move, things are handed over to Quvenzhane Wallis, who approaches her first scene the way she approaches literally every single second of the film: big smile in place, bouncing rather than dancing, and sing-talking her way through songs that demand a much better singer. Harsh, perhaps, but from start to finish, "Annie" feels like a movie made by people who are deeply embarrassed to be working on a musical, and that's a problem. Wallis, who is an appealing young performer, simply doesn't have the chops for what has traditionally been one of the more demanding leads in a musical for a young performer, and Gluck, »
- Drew McWeeny
Sony Pictures has released five clips and more than ten minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Will Gluck's modern reimagining of the Broadway classic Annie. The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) as the spunky, street-smart title character, a foster kid living with the cruel Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) until she's taken in by the hard-nosed New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move. There's an undeniable cheese factor to Annie, but there's also no doubt Quvenzhané Wallis can carry a film, and it's nice to see Jamie Foxx loosen up a bit. As someone who grew up on the original I'm excited to hear what they do with play's poppy musical numbers, especially given Jay Z's involvement as producer. Hit the jump to check out the new clips from Annie and get a behind-the-scenes look at the on-set hijinks. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Tenacious, self-assured, and persistently positive, Annie – the iconic character whose relentlessly optimistic search for a family has inspired generations – comes to the big screen with a contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie. Take the whole family to the advance screening on Saturday, December 13 at 10am in the St. Louis area.
For more info: http://www.slcl.org/content/annie-read-today-brighter-tomorrow
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, »
- Movie Geeks
A middle school assembly took an exciting turn when the cast of Annie surprised them with a sing-a-long they'll never forget.
The fifth and sixth grade students of Warren Lane elementary school in Inglewood, Calif. thought that they were just singing the songs of Annie for a typical assembly, but a couple bars into "It's the Hard Knock Life," they were surprised by their celebrity guests.
Video: Meet the New Annie
The new, contemporary version of the fan-favorite stage musical casts Quvenzhane in the title role: 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 »
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
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.
- Kellvin Chavez
Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment are teaming up with Fox for a half-hour comedy TV series based on Mr Smith's 2005 box office hit romcom "Hitch." The TV version is being pitched as a "workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics." Smith and wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, will executive produce the project along with James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett, Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont. Kaplan and Elfont will pen the script. As for casting, we'll have to wait to find out. No announcement on that yet. Although I seriously doubt that Will plans to reprise his role for the small screen. Whether one should even expect a similar »
- Tambay A. Obenson
If you, like me, thought that TV networks were already planning to remake every single movie that’s already existed, you’re wrong. Two new remakes were announced yesterday, both wildly different than the other and both also coming from Fox. The first is a remake of the 2005 Will Smith film Hitch, while the other is Frankenstein, a modern day, sci-fi interpretation of the character from Mary Shelley’s classic novel. The single-camera Hitch comedy will be written by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made of Honor), while Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will executive produce the potential series, which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is described as “a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics.” Fox has already given the Hitch remake a script commitment. Meanwhile, Frankenstein comes from Homeland‘s Howard Gordon and Crisis‘ Rand Ravich and has received a pilot order from Fox. »
- Chris King
According to Entertainment Weekly, the series will consist of half-hour, single-camera episodes in "a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics".
Will and wife Jada Pinkett Smith will both serve as executive producers for the series, alongside Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who will pen the script, and Overbrook Entertainment's James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett.
The film managed to rack up $370 million at the box office worldwide.
Watch a trailer for Hitch below: »
Fox has put into development a new half-hour TV series based on the 2005 hit comedy film Hitch, which starred Will Smith. The actor is attached to executive produce the new series, which has received a script commitment by Fox.
Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made of Honor) are writing the pilot script, which is described as a workplace comedy that explores dating and "sexual politics." The original movie starred Will Smith as a professional matchmaker/ date doctor, whose life is turned upside down when he meets the girl of his dreams (Eva Mendes). Kevin James and Amber Valetta co-starred in director Andy Tennant's comedy, which earned $370 million worldwide during its theatrical run.
Will Smith will executive produce alongside his wife and their Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter and Caleb Pinkett. The producers previously were working on TV adaptations in 2007 and 2010 at CBS and Fox respectively, with different writers, but neither incarnation moved forward. »
The date doctor is coming to television. EW has confirmed that Fox is developing a comedy series based on 2005's Hitch, starring Will Smith and Kevin James. The half-hour, single-camera series is being described as "a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics." Will Smith and Jada Smith will executive produce alongside Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who will write the script, and Overbrook Entertainment's James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett. Hitch raked in close to $370 million worldwide at the box office. It follows Smith's Alex "Hitch" Hitchens, a professional dating consultant put to the test when Albert Brennaman »
- Emily Blake
In 2007, I Am Legend, which starred Will Smith ("Six Degrees of Separation") as 'Dr. Robert Neville', earned Warner Bros. $586 million at the worldwide box office. Then in 2012, Warner Bros. decided that they wanted a follow-up and hired Grace of Monaco screenwriter Arash Amel to pen a prequel, that would've featured Will Smith's 'Neville' just before the outbreak. That attempted failed to get a greenlight from WB, and it was scrapped. Fast forward to this past April, Warner Bros. purchased a the spec script A Garden At The End Of The World that was written by an unknown screenwriter, Gary Graham. The script has been described as a "sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers." WB noticed that Graham's script could work as a follow-up to I Am Legend with some tweaking and here and there. WB then approached the original I Am Legend producers Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter »
Are you ready for a new 'Tomorrow'? In anticipation of Annie debuting in theaters just in time for Christmas, we have a special music video that finds enthusiastic New Yorkers singing the iconic show tune. You can even record yourself singing 'Tomorrow' for a chance to be a part of the fan-cut version that is set to debut soon. Just record yourself singing along with Quvenzhané Wallis and share it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #AnnieMovie!
A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations, Annie is a new, contemporary vision from Columbia Pictures and Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck. He teams with a star-studded ensemble of producers that include James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, and Jay-z, Laurence "Jay" Brown, and Tyran Smith for a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards.
Academy Award »
For years, Warner Bros. has been exhausting itself trying to come up with ways to make a sequel to its 2007 hit I Am Legend, despite the unwillingness of star Will Smith to return for a follow-up. Now, it appears that the studio has finally found a way to turn the post-apocalyptic tale into a new franchise – thanks to a spec script written by a former Apple employee.
Gary Graham wrote A Garden At The End Of The World, described as a “sci-fi version of The Searchers,” while working at an Apple store in midtown Manhattan. After he posted the spec script on the Black List website, CAA and manager Brooklyn Weaver came across it and promptly signed him, sending the script around Hollywood.
- Isaac Feldberg
Warner Bros is planning an I Am Legend reboot.
When Warner Bros noticed the similarities to I Am Legend's themes and mythology, they decided to attempt a redraft.
Four films have been adapted from Matheson's 1954 novel, which centres around the lone survivor in a world overrun with creatures resembling vampires. »
Warner Bros. Pictures have decided to turn the Will Smith-led 2007 film adaptation of the classic horror story "I Am Legend" into a potential new franchise. This means rebooting the property sans Smith.
The studio has taken Gary Graham's spec script "A Garden At The End Of The World," a project described as a sci-fi version of John Wayne's "The Searchers," and have decided to retrofit it for the 'Legend' reboot. There is reportedly enough similarities Graham himself was brought in to do it.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. has long tried to find a way to make I Am Legend 2 work, but could never quite crack the story. Now, they've completely given up on a sequel, and instead are rebooting the movie without Will Smith's involvement in the hopes of launching a whole new franchise.
Warner Bros. believes it has found a way to continue on using the I Am Legend brand without the star, who has been reluctant to commit to sequels outside of the Men In Black franchise. They plan to take a spec script they recently acquired titled A Garden at the End of the World and retrofit it so that it falls in line with the story of the last man on earth. The screenplay was bought back in April from Gary Graham, who was working at an Apple store in Manhattan when he published the script on the Black List website. »
Warner Bros. has long been keen to make another I Am Legend movie, but it proved a tough nut to crack and Will Smith is reluctant to return to the franchise. The studio may have found a way around all that. Deadline reports that WB will retrofit the spec script A Garden at the End of the World, written by Gary Graham, into an I Am Legend reboot. Graham worked at the Apple store when he submitted his script, described as a "sci-fi version of The Searchers," to the Black List website. Warner Bros. took notice and saw enough similarities that they recruited Graham to rewrite A Garden at the End of the World to fit the I Am Legend universe. It is not specified how Graham's new script will link to I Am Legend or when in relation to the apocalypse the new film is set, but there are »
- Brendan Bettinger
Exclusive: After years of trying, Warner Bros finally has found a way to extend its hit Will Smith last-man-on-Earth blockbuster I Am Legend into a potential new franchise. The studio is working on a reboot that isn’t meant to star Smith, who has been reluctant to do sequels and so far has avoided a reprise in Independence Day 2. Warner is retrofitting A Garden At The End Of The World, a spec script that the studio bought back in April from Gary Graham, who was working at the Apple store in midtown Manhattan when he posted his script on the Black List website and got the attention of CAA and manager Brooklyn Weaver. They signed him and sent his script out. Amid several bids, Warner Bros acquired what was described as a sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers. When Graham was brought in to rewrite his script, the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Time to “stick out your chin and grin and say…” The new poster for Sony Pictures’ upcoming movie Annie was revealed today.
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
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