13 items from 2014
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
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
A few years ago, The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin signed onto write a biopic of tech wizard Steve Jobs. Unlike the preposterous Ashton Kutcher vehicle, it will be split into three, 30 minute scenes. Until now, it was a mystery as to who would direct, however, David Fincher looks set to reunite with Sorkin by helming the project.
During an interview with The Daily Beast last year, Sorkin revealed that, “the entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time... There will be no time cuts. Each of these three scenes is going to take place before a product launch—backstage before a product launch. The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT (after he had left Apple), and the third one being the iPod.”
- Gary Collinson
The untitled project will arrive in Us cinemas on December 25, 2014, reports Collider.
The upcoming romantic comedy stars Cooper as a defence contractor overseeing a project in Hawaii until he joins forces with an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) to halt a missile launch.
Cooper can be seen in American Hustle, which is nominated for 10 Academy Awards.
Stone reprises her role in The Amazing Spider Man-2, with Andrew Garfield. The superhero movie comes to theaters on April 18 in the UK and May 2 in the Us.
Watch a trailer for We Bought a Zoo below: »
Writer/director Cameron Crowe’s untitled next film will serve as a nifty Christmas Present this year. Sony Pictures has slated the untitled picture for release on December 25, 2014, where it will square off against Disney’s musical Into the Woods, the comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and director Angelina Jolie’s war drama Unbroken. Crowe’s picture is described as a romantic comedy and stars Bradley Cooper as a defense contractor overseeing a weapons satellite launch from Hawaii who teams up with (and falls for) an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) to scuttle the launch. The very solid ensemble cast is filled out by Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, Rachel McAdams, and Danny McBride. Crowe’s last directorial effort, 2011’s We Bought a Zoo, also opened on Christmas Day, and I’m eager to see what the filmmaker has cooked up this time around. »
- Adam Chitwood
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writer: Cameron Crowe
Producers: Scott Rudin and Crowe
U.S. Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Excluding his docu-items, Cameron Crowe’s 8th feature — the currently untitled/formerly titled Deep Tiki has the sort of a-lister acting dream team that David O. Russell has become accustomed to. Managing to land cinematographer Eric Gauthier (Into the Wild), we’re curious if this will fall somewhere along the lines of We Bought a Zoo or (we’re doing some free association with The Descendants) might be the second Hawaii-based narrative in line for critical salutations.
Gist: A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.
Release Date: This adventure comedy might be Columbia Pictures’ dark horse Oscar »
- Eric Lavallee
File this Under: "Only In Hollywood" -- the caged lion at Meek Mill's humongous Grammy after-party moonlights as an actor ... and once starred in a movie with Matt Damon, TMZ has learned. Sources connected to the lion tell us ... the lion's name is Felix -- and rapper Meek Mill shelled out $9,000 for the king of the jungle to appear at his Hollywood Hills mansion party for 3 hours. As we previously reported, Mill's party was »
- TMZ Staff
Based on the inspiring true events, Gimme Shelter centers on the courageous story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) and her incredible path to motherhood as a pregnant, homeless teenager. Forced to flee her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson), and turned away by her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser), Apple finds herself on a desperate and isolated journey of survival. In the depths of despair, she meets a compassionate stranger (James Earl Jones), who ultimately leads her to salvation and unprecedented support in a suburban shelter for homeless teenagers. With gained confidence, and the warmth of her new home, Apple breaks from her inhibiting past, embracing the future with clarity and hope.
Hudgens’ immersed herself in the character and delivers a transformative and stunning performance. To prepare, she lived for weeks in pregnancy shelters, interacting with the young, homeless mothers who also appear in the film, completely altering her appearance unrecognizable. »
- Fernando Esquivel
Biopics are a little like the savings bonds of the movie world. They’re dependable and usually low-risk; for every Diana or Amelia or Jobs, you’re sure to find dozens of true-life stories making reasonable returns on their investment. The biopic is both a sturdy workhorse and an easy road to prestige, attracting the highest and mightiest of the film world while still maintaining the “people have heard of this before, probably” branding appeal of an action figure action movie. So naturally, biopics are everywhere, choking our rivers and breeding like rats. And while they might vary a little bit from genre to genre — The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave and Saving Mr. Banks would certainly appear on different shelves in some mythical, non-demolished Blockbuster Video- they’re all burdened down by one gigantic common factor: The Truth. How is it that biopics still haven’t started playing fast and loose with the real-life »
- Adam Bellotto
Over the past week, information and pictures from David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl have appeared across the Internet and now the author has revealed the upcoming film has a totally different final act compared to the book. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she revealed:
“There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I’d spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its eight million Lego pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie… Ben [Affleck] was so shocked by it. He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’”
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this week we got our first official look at David Fincher’s (The Social Network) adaptation of the best selling novel Gone Girl. Today, we have Ben Affleck (Argo) snuggling up to Rosamund Pike’s (The World's End) corpse on the front cover of Entertainment Weekly. The shot is incredibly dark and one can imagine that this image reflects the twisted and chilling tone of the story...
Gone Gone sees Affleck as Nick Dunne, who is the main suspect when his wife (Pike) goes missing on their fifth anniversary. Also starring is Emily Ratajkowski (iCarly), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Tyler Perry (Madea Gets A Job), Missi Pyle (The Artist), Patrick Fugit (We Bought a Zoo) and Scoot McNairy (12 Years a Slave). The film is set for release on October 3rd. »
- Gary Collinson
It’s the rise of the machines as romantic dramedy, and the Singularity as romantic tragedy. It’s the nicest, gentlest sci-fi horror film ever. I’m “biast” (pro): love Spike Jonze’s movies
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s a familiar story of self-discovery and romance. Theodore is a lonely writer who can’t come to terms with his divorce — he keeps putting off signing the papers — and he’s just not interested in dating again. And then he meets Samantha. Their relationship is strictly platonic at first, but she’s smart, funny, considerate, attuned to his needs… and he falls for her, hard. She has no physical presence, of course, just a sexy Scarlett Johansson voice emanating from the smartphone-slash-supercomputer he carries around (as everyone else does in Theodore’s near-future Los Angeles). Sure, she’s an AI, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
13 items from 2014
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