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After becoming the third youngest actress to receive an Oscar Nomination for her debut in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhané Wallis followed that role with a part in this year's Academy Award–winning 12 Years a Slave. Now, the young actress is ready to tackle a classic role in the upcoming remake of Annie.
The movie's first trailer reveals that it's still a hard knock life for Wallis' Annie, who escapes from the orphanage of Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) to live with the rich Daddy Warbucks — this time re-imagined as a politician named Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx). However, unlike the previous 1982 adaptation, this Annie is armed with modern updates on the 1977 musical's classic songs as well as new tracks written by Jay-z, who also served as one of the movie's producers.
- Ryan Gowland
The big-budget remake of beloved musical "Annie" is nothing if not ambitious.
Developed by Jay-z, who memorably sampled "Annie" for his huge hit "Hard Knock Life," and Will Smith, who originally designed the project as a vehicle for his daughter, Willow, this new version of "Annie" will feature a largely African American cast and be set in present day New York Quvenzhane Wallis, fresh from her Oscar nomination for "Beasts of the Southern Wild," is the new Annie and Jamie Foxx plays a character based on the Daddy Warbucks part from the original. And based on the just-released first teaser for the Christmas release, it's going to sleekly modernize the material while keeping all of those classic "Annie" elements that make it such a beloved musical.
We get to see a little bit of everything in the teaser -- the scope and complexity of the musical numbers, which have an agreeable crayon-colored look, »
- Drew Taylor
Sony has released the first trailer for director Will Gluck's (Easy A) musical remake Annie, which stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) as the eponymous youngster alongside Jamie Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Cameron Diaz (The Counselor), Rose Byrne (Insidious), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World) and Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine); check it out after the official synopsis...
Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis 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, »
- Gary Collinson
Coming from Easy A director Will Gluck, this new version of Annie puts a spin on the uplifting musical tale of the most famous red headed orphan in the world, with Quvenzhané Wallis taking on the lead role. Updated to the modern, this new trailer presents a very different feel that what we are used to, with Cameron Diaz's Miss Hannigan clearly relegated to pop culture spouting comic relief. But the inspirational music is in place (though with a bit more auto-tune than I would have liked), and Wallis has the right amount of charm to make this perfect Christmas viewing for the family (though we'll have to wait till February on this side of the pond). Released: 19th December (U.S.)/ 6th February 2015 (Irl/U.K.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Listen, I wanted to be down with the new "Annie" remake. I like Quvenzhané Wallis -- who doesn't? I like Cameron Diaz, too -- especially in vampy, unhinged mode. (Say what you will about "The Counselor," but she's going for broke in it.) Casting her as Miss Hannigan made so little ostensible sense that you figured there had to be some secret, counter-intuitive payoff there. And director Will Gluck made "Easy A," so at least the man knows sparky. ("Friends With Benefits," not so much, but forgive, forget, etc.) And finally, nostalgists may wince, but John Huston's 1982 "Annie" is kind of a bloated, out-of-its-time relic -- there's ample room for improvement there. But this... this. It's only a trailer, so I don't wish to leap to any conclusions, but let's just say that Huston's film also left ample room for deterioration, and Gluck appears to be exploring those options. »
- Guy Lodge
Sony Pictures just unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming "Annie" film, which is produced by Will Smith and Jay-z, and stars Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale and Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Check it out below. Wallis is playing Annie, the character that originated in a daily comic strip in 1924. Annie is a little girl who, after escaping from an orphanage, is taken in by the rich Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks. Foxx is playing Warbucks, but his name has been changed to Benjamin Stacks. "Annie" is directed by Will Gluck (Friends With Benefits, Easy A) and is set tohit theaters on December 19th. Trailer: »
The musical Annie has been a mainstay of the theater scene ever since it premiered on Broadway back in 1977, but now the latest version is here to once again take the leap from the stage to the silver screen. The debut trailer for the new movie version of Annie has arrived online courtesy of Yahoo! and you can watch it for yourself above. Directed by Will Gluck, the director of Easy A and Friends With Benefits, the new take on the classic Broadway musical stars Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) as Annie, a young orphan girl living in a foster home in New York City. While her day to day life is made exceptionally hard by her foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), her fate changes when she meets Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a millionaire tycoon who is in the middle of a race to become the mayor »
After a breakthrough performance in the Best Picture nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild, young actress Quvenzhané Wallis is getting musical in this contemporary adaptation of the classic musical Annie. With a story that puts the adorable orphan in the care of Will Stacks, just in time to help his New York mayoral campaign, everything about this updated, urban on the material feels too phony, and so do Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. Wallis is cute as Annie, and she's certainly grown up a bit since her indie debut, but this film doesn't look like anything special, and the singing sounds way too artificially poppy. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Will Gluck's remake of Annie, originally from Yahoo: Annie is directed by Will Gluck (Easy A) who also wrote the screenplay with Alice Brosh McKenna (We Bought a Zoo, The Devil Wears Prada) and Emma Thompson. Putting a »
- Ethan Anderton
What happens when Jay-z and Will Smith get together to do something? Whatever the hell they want, and they decided to use their producing powers to bring orphan "Annie" back to the big screen. The first trailer is here to show you that a lot has changed since the 1982 original. "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" star Quvenzhané Wallis takes the lead role, Jamie Foxx plays the rich Benjamin Stacks (ha), Cameron Diaz is the mean Miss Hannigan, with Rose Byrne and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje rounding things out. And leading the charge behind the camera is "Easy A" director Will Gluck in his biggest, most ambitious gig yet. Here's the official synopsis: 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 »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
Directed by Will Gluck (Easy A) and starring Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, the first trailer and teaser poster for Sony's remake of the Broadway musical Annie has arrived. Wallis stars in the title role as she is eventually rescued from an orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan (Diaz) by a wealthy businessman named Benjamin Stacks (Foxx). Check out the trailer and poster below and look for the film in theaters on December 19. sb id="892113" height="343" width="610" Academy Award nominee Quvenzhane 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 »
- Brad Brevet
Check out an exclusive clip from SXSW world premiere "Sequoia," starring Aly Michalka ("Easy A") as a young woman battling a dangerous illness who plans one last trip to a bucolic national park. The film bows at the Austin fest on March 9 in the narrative spotlight section."Sequoia" is helmed by first-time feature filmmaker Andy Landen, a graduate of USC's film school. Dustin Milligan ("Slither"), Todd Lowe ("True Blood"), Demetri Martin ("In a World"), Sophi Bairley ("The Poker House"), Joey Lauren Adams ("Blue Caprice") and Lou Diamond Phillips ("La Bamba") also star.Here's the official synopsis:a lively young woman with a life threatening illness visits Sequoia National Park with the intention of ending her life – but her plans are complicated by her colorful family and the unexpected possibility of romance with an introspective musician. »
- Beth Hanna
Anyone interested in this new Annie adaptation? I.m not exactly surprised that it was brought to the table to update. It.s something that fans of film and theater are familiar with. Geez, most kids these days actually know the song .Tomorrow. without even having seen the film. Though I.m not a massive fan of musicals, I do like some of the actors that will be starring in the project like Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, and Bobby Cannavale. Director Will Gluck also did a great job with Easy A. So »
- Niki Stephens
There's nothing wrong with the "Community" opening credits. But in Season 5, maybe the show needs a bit of a revamp? Industrious fans of the show have taken care of this handily, creating "Community" credits in the style of "Parks and Recreation," "Arrested Development" and more.
First up, an appropriately quirky "Arrested Development"-style opening credits sequence:
It's only fair that NBC companion "Parks and Recreation" gets a shout-out.
Same for "30 Rock":
"Breaking Bad" is off the air, but the "Community" parody of it gets to live on ...
In a blast from the past, there's a "Full House" version too. Note: Stick around until the end -- that's the credit that makes this all worthwhile.
Finally, taking a cue from a scene in the movie, "Easy A," here's a dizziness-inducing version.
Want to see "Community," "Walking Dead"-style? Click here to be entertained.
What will come next? Knowing "Community" fans, »
Relax, people, you did not just see Emma Stone's naked bod. Instead, you saw some other young woman's nude body, who at one point opted to take a very risqué mirror selfie which somehow ended up on the Internet and went viral after people thought it was the Easy A star showing off her lady parts. While the mystery lady's Nsfw picture does have a striking resemblance to the actress (of course, the fact that her phone covers half of her face helps a bit), Stone's rep has reportedly shot down the claims, insisting that Andrew Garfield's girlfriend is not the latest victim of a nude photo leak. Additionally, there are more clues to prove that it's not actually Emma »
Nearing its premiere at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, director Andy Landen's romantic comedy-drama "Sequoia" releases its first official trailer. The film, set to premiere at the festival on March 9, stars Aly Michalka (CW's "Hellcats," "Easy A"), Dustin Milligan ("Beverly Hills 90210") and Joey Lauren Adams ("Chasing Amy," "Dazed and Confused," "Big Daddy," and "The Break-Up"). "Sequioa" follows the troubled journey of a terminally ill young woman who plans to end her trek to California's Sequoia National Forest with her own suicide. What she doesn't plan for, however, is the intervention of her dysfunctional family and the unexpected romance that blossoms with the shy musician who takes her to her destination, which may possibly renew her appreciation for life. The trailer presents the film as both sweet and morbid, with Michalka's character running away from her life with a complete stranger (Milligan) who accompanies her along the way to the forest as her family frantically. »
- Ziyad Saadi
One of the standout titles on the SXSW Narrative Spotlight lineup is Andy Landen's feature debut Sequoia. Starring Aly Michalka and Dustin Milligan alongside Todd Lowe, Demetri Martin, Sophi Bairley, and Joey Lauren Adams, Sequoia is the story of a troubled girl with a terminal disease that heads to the woods to call it quits on life, only to meet a dashing young man along the way. We've got the synopsis below followed by the trailer for your viewing pleasure. Set amid the epic grandeur of the California's Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia is drama-romance with a breakout performance by Aly Michalka (Former Disney Channel actor, CW's Hellcats, Easy A, pop music sister act Aly & Aj). Aly stars as a lively young woman with a...
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The naked Emma Stone photo that has blessed the web is -- unfortunately -- Not Emma Stone ... so says Emma Stone.A pic showing a buck-naked red-haired beauty snapping a selfie in the mirror has gone viral ... and damn if it doesn't look a lot like the "Easy A" actress. Several websites have published the photo -- saying it's definitely Stone.But a source close to Emma is adamant ... it's just not her.As for »
- TMZ Staff
Washington, Feb 8: Amanda Bynes, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is reportedly responding well to her treatment and has expressed the desire to move out of her parents' house in California.
A source told Radar Online that the 'Easy A' star's parents, mother Lynn and father Rick, are absolutely thrilled with the progress she has made in such a short amount of time.
The insider asserted that taking a class in fashion merchandising at a fashion school in Orange County has been an incredibly positive experience for Bynes.
The source insisted that living with her parents has been "extremely essential for Bynes' progress and she now wants to move out, which is actually a good sign.
- Abhijeet Sen
Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. rights to "Bad Johnson," a new comedy from Huck Botko ("The Last Exorcism"). The film will hit theaters May 2nd and arrive on VOD April 1st. The comedy centers on a man whose penis gets a mind (and body) of its own. Here's the synopsis, per Gravitas:In Bad Johnson, written by Jeff Tetreault, Cam Gigandet (Twilight, Easy A) plays Rich, a suave Chicago ladies' man who refuses to take personal responsibility for his inability to maintain a lasting relationship. After his constant infidelities alienate yet another girlfriend (Jamie Chung, The Hangover Parts II & III, Sucker Punch), he wishes he could say goodbye to his ‘little friend.’ The next morning he awakes in horror to find that his wish has been granted and his penis has taken human form: A disgusting, selfish, oversexed jerk riotously portrayed by comedian Nick Thune (Knocked Up). Pitted against his alter ego, »
- Nigel M Smith
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