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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
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 »
Annie has revealed its first teaser poster.
The Quvenzhané Wallis-starring musical remake will release its debut trailer tomorrow.
Wallis plays Annie - who is now described as a foster kid rather than an orphan - with Diaz as her wicked foster mum Ms Hannigan.
The film will feature the play's original songs as well as music by Jay Z.
Annie will be released on December 19 in the Us and February 6, 2015 in the UK. Watch a preview of tomorrow's full trailer below: »
It will be an on-screen reunion for the two former stars of That ’70s Show. Mila Kunis is set for a guest appearance on an episode of Two And A Half Men in April opposite her real-life beau Ashton Kutcher, CBS has confirmed. She’ll play Vivian, a beautiful, free-spirited world traveler who shows up on Walden’s (Kutcher) doorstep. Walden feels an instant connection with her, convinced she’s “the one.” The problem is, Walden was about to propose to someone else. Kunis is best known on TV for her roles in ‘70s Show and Family Guy. Her film credits include 2010′s Oscar-nominated Black Swan, Oz The Great And Powerful, Ted, Friends With Benefits, Date Night, The Book Of Eli, Extract, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Max Payne. She can next be seen in Jupiter Ascending opposite Channing Tatum, and Third Person, which will be released in June. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are together in life -- and work (again). The husband and wife-to-be, who first costarred together on the sitcom That '70s Show, are set to reunite onscreen in an upcoming episode of Kutcher's CBS smash, Two and Half Men, the network announced on Tuesday, March 4. Friends With Benefits actress Kunis, 30, will guest star on her fiance's show as Vivian, "a young, beautiful, free-spirited world traveler who shows up on Walden's doorstep," a press release about the casting news stated. (Walden [...] »
Mila Kunis is set to guest star in an upcoming episode of "Two and a Half Men," which is broadcast on Thursdays (9:01-9:31Pm, Et/Pt) on CBS. She will play Vivian, a young, beautiful, free-spirited world traveler who shows up on Walden's doorstep. Walden feels an instant connection with her, convinced she's "the one." The problem is, Walden was about to propose to someone else. Kunis is best known for her roles on "That '70s Show" and the animated series "Family Guy." In 2010, Kunis starred in the critically acclaimed Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated feature film Black Swan . Kunis's other film credits include Oz The Great And Powerful , Ted , Friends With Benefits , Date Night , The Book Of Eli , Extract , Forgetting Sarah »
A lot of people will agree with me when I admit that my first reaction to Abhishek Bachchan and Farah Khan coming together on the show was “how will that be now?” I was unsure if the pairing of guests was right, but this was surprisingly different than what I thought, as these two esteemed celebrities seated themselves comfortably on the couch of Koffee with Karan to chat about films, married life et al.
Abhishek Bachchan is known for his ‘cool dude’ ways, and he was nothing different here. He has been a part of the Dhoom franchise with Uday Chopra right from the beginning, so did he feel overshadowed when Aamir became a part of Dhoom 3? “Aamir is a senior actor and he is brilliant, but when it comes to Dhoom, the film belongs to Jay and Ali,” he said. Talking about his stunning wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, he »
- Samreen Tungekar
After deftly handling supporting roles in action fare like Man on a Ledge and The Last Stand, actress Genesis Rodriguez is set to make her mark as a scream queen in the upcoming Blumhouse thriller Home.
The actress will star alongside Topher Grace in the thriller, which centers on a man (Grace) who inherits a creepy old mansion from his parents and begins to believe that it is haunted. It’s not much of a spoiler to say that he’s right, and lots of horrifying supernatural events ensue. It has not been confirmed which character Rodriguez will be playing in Home, though I imagine that she’ll be taking on the role of the love interest of Grace’s protagonist.
- Isaac Feldberg
Jelena fans were crushed when they heard about Selena and Niall’s date in London on Feb. 16. But apparently Selena had an ulterior motive for saying yes to the One Direction hottie, a source tells HollywoodLife.com Exclusively.
Selena Gomez is interested in One Direction‘s Niall Horan – but maybe not for the right reasons! The pair reportedly made out during their steamy London date, but a source tells HollywoodLife.com Exclusively that Selena had her ex Justin Bieber on her mind the whole time!
Poor Niall! It turns out he was just Justin bait to Selena, who wanted to hook up with the One Direction singer to make her ex jealous.
Justin: 'Selena Gomez Is A Drunk' Justin Brags About Selena's V-Card Take Our Poll
“She knows it’s going to piss Justin off because he »
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Written and directed by Joel & Ethan Coen (A Serious Man), the 2013 music-filled drama Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates New York City’s Greenwich Village folk scene in the pre-Dylan year of 1961.
Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac, Drive) is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of Greenwich Village to an empty Chicago club—on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul—and back again.
There’s the one night stand, and there’s the long-term relationship.
Both have their place in the modern world of dating, but can the former become the latter, the heat of the moment transforming into the ever-burning fire?
It’s a perennial question, one that introduces a host of others: does it matter who says “I love you” first? How long should a couple wait before moving in together? When should best friends get involved, and should it be with positive encouragement or by playing devil’s advocate? (And does it matter if the friends’ romantic lives carry their own problems?)
In the insightful, hilarious romantic comedy About Last Night– arriving just in time to become the latest Valentine’s Day movie classic — four Los Angeles singles get a thorough workout in the ups and downs of today’s dating world. On yet another night of playing wingman to »
- Movie Geeks
Thirty-three years ago today, the world was given a gift: Justin Timberlake. The singer, actor, and all-around dreamboat has given us so much in his 33 years, from his collaborations with The Lonely Island to his chart-topping albums. To celebrate this special day, we rounded up 33 reasons why we think the birthday boy is the bee’s knees. Ain’t nobody love you like we love you, Justin.
1. Because he was part of, nay, the star of, the best boy band of all time.
2. Because “D*** in a Box.”
3. Because he went to Taco Bell after winning three People’s Choice Awards. »
- Ariana Bacle
Chicago – “That Awkward Moment” posits its cheeky hashtag of a title concept as one relating to when Friday night flings yield from becoming Saturday daytime couplings (to paraphrase Woody Harrelson’s wisdom in “Friends with Benefits”).
But the film itself, in its low-standard glory, stretches this idea to a wider definition: that of failing, obviously and publicly, in a specifically non-cool variety of embarrassing. Thankfully, two of its main attraction rising stars have a few duds to spare - this film certainly counts as one of them.
The problem for the film’s three employed New York bachelors begins with a pact, the kind of expression of brotherhood that has caused more problems than solutions in dude comedies of past (“American Pie,” “Wedding Crashers,” “The Hangover,” among others). Book cover designers Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (“The Spectacular Now’s” Miles Teller) decide to stay single to support their »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The thrill has been mostly gone for romantic comedies since Meg Ryan’s heyday. Once the playground for Tracy and Hepburn, Nora Ephron, Woody Allen, Preston Sturges and Julia Roberts, the genre has lost its fizz, thanks to joyless rom-com duds such as “Fool’s Gold,” “New Year’s Eve” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?.” Movies such as “No Strings Attached” and “Friends With Benefits” fumbled when they tried to injecting sex into the stale genre; though bromances disguised as romantic comedies such as “Knocked Up” managed to find the box office success that has eluded traditional romantic comedies. »
- Brent Lang
Mila Kunis is taking pregnancy vitamins, according to a new report! Pregnancy buzz surrounds the ‘Friends With Benefits’ star, who reportedly loves talking about having babies with her boyfriend, Ashton Kutcher.
Mila Kunis and her boyfriend Ashton Kutcher have reportedly been trying to get pregnant for months, and according to new report, Mila has even started taking pregnancy vitamins! The actress has reportedly gained some weight, fueling pregnancy buzz even more!
Ashton and Mila have always wanted kids, they were just waiting for the right time to start their family.
Ashton & Mila’s Kiss Cam Moment Take Our Poll
“Mila and Ashton have been trying for a baby for months” a source told Ok! magazine. “She’s gained 10 pounds and is taking pregnancy vitamins. The buzz is that she is looking like she could be carrying a baby. Lately, »
- HL Intern
Those merry pranksters David Wain and Michael Showalter aim to do for the factory-made Hollywood romantic comedy what their “Wet Hot American Summer” did for the summer-camp movie in “They Came Together,” a lively comic jamboree that’s sometimes smarter than it is funny and hits about as often as it misses, but is, on balance, a good deal of fun. Led by game, frisky performances from Amy Poehler and regular Wain alter ego Paul Rudd, alongside many other “Wet Hot” alumni, this spirited exercise in genre implosion doesn’t come anywhere near the inspired heights of that film or Wain and Rudd’s terrific “Role Models” (2008), but should pacify fans still pining for that long-promised “Wet Hot” sequel. Lionsgate can expect modest niche B.O. when it opens pic June 27.
On one level, “They Came Together” feels as though it might have been incubated during the making of Wain’s previous feature, »
- Scott Foundas
Enlisted is something of a throwback comedy that would have fit rather well in a lineup from the mid-80s. That shouldn’t be surprising considering recent trends, but this one also tries to blend elements of more recent, irreverent comedies, and while it has some solid moments, the combination makes it hard to predict how well it will be received.
Geoff Stults, fresh out of two sit-coms that should have been around longer, plays Pete Hill, a soldier who had a stellar career ahead of him, until he punched a superior. He now finds himself in Florida leading a Rear Detachment unit. Rear D is, according to the show, where those who can’t cut it as real soldiers end up, and where Pete’s two brothers spend their time in the military. Of course, Enlisted isn’t going to leave it at that, and will ultimately play up the importance of Rear D, »
- Marc Eastman
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