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★★☆☆☆Not even the promise of sunshine can save the one-note exercise in musical adaptations that is Annie (2014). Helmed by Will Gluck (of Easy A (2010) notoriety), this adaptation of the 1977 Broadway musical delivers on sights and sounds, but sadly, there is little meat on these bones. Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and Gluck have updated not only to a modern New York City, but they have also tweaked the plot to near fallibility. Most noticeable is a more racially diverse cast, a musical score that has been sufficiently urbanized and a more whip-smart yet oh-so-doe-eyed Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis). Annie lives in foster care rather than a bustling orphanage and with only a few girls to keep her company.
- CineVue UK
<< Continued from 'Forecast: Will Moviegoers Show Up One Last Time for 'The Hobbit'?Playing at 3,783 theaters, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is also aiming to be the final chapter in its franchise: the poster's tagline reads "One Final Night To Save the Day."After opening on this same weekend back in 2006, the original Night at the Museum wound up earning a massive $250.9 million. Two-and-a-half years later, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian wasn't quite as impressive, earning $177.2 million (down 29 percent from the first movie).There's been a five-and-a-half year gap between the second and the third installment, which begs the question: does anyone care about this series anymore? Star Ben Stiller has been down this road before with Little Fockers, which opened six years after its predecessor. That didn't work out so well, as Little Fockers wound up earning 47 percent less than Meet the Fockers. »
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She’s not an orphan in this latest version of her musical-comedy adventure: Annie is a foster kid. At least, the “It’s a Hard Knock Life” song substitutes “when you’re a foster kid” for “when you’re in an orphanage” in the lyrics… which are pretty much the only bits of the lyrics that are intelligible (other than “it’s a hard knock life”). There’s something very desperate and frenzied in this 21st-century updating of the story of the spunky little parentless girl who wins over a gazillionaire, and it’s not, oddly, anything to do with the economic echoes today of the original stage »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (Faaaf) announced its nominees for the 15th Annual Black Reel Awards Wednesday morning. Justin Simien's "Dear White People" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma" led the way with 10 nominations each. They were joined by "Belle," "Beyond the Lights" and "Top Five" in the organization's best picture category. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 22, 2015. And learn more about what's going on this season at The Circuit. Motion Picture Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" "Beyond the Lights" "Dear White People" "Selma" "Top Five" Outstanding Actor Chadwick Boseman, "Get on Up" David Oyelowo, "Selma" Nate Parker, "Beyond the Lights" Chris Rock, "Top Five" Denzel Washington, "The Equalizer" Outstanding Actress Rosario Dawson, "Top Five" Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Belle" Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Beyond the Lights" Tessa Thompson, "Dear White People" Quvenzhané Wallis, "Annie" Outstanding Supporting Actor Nelsan Ellis, "Get On Up" David Oyelowo, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Opening this weekend is Will Gluck‘s modern reimagining of the Broadway classic 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. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas. For more on Annie, watch the trailer or these five clips and eleven minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. At the recent New York City press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale. They talked about collaborating with Will Gluck, contemporizing the film, the new songs, if a lot of friends that wanted to visit them on the set, how much fun they had making the film, and a lot more. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
2 stars out of 4 Maybe it’s the cheery soundtrack or that iconic red dress. Or maybe it’s just “Maybe.” But bet your bottom dollar that girls of all ages have a special connection with the movie-musical about an orphaned girl and the man who makes her dreams come true. The 2014 remake of 1982’s Annie, originally based on the classic Broadway musical, fails to honor that special connection. Co-producers Will Smith and Jay Z shook it up and turned it into a slick, out-of-tune miss that’s desperately [...] »
When it came time to chat with Annie stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie) and Jamie Foxx (Mr. Stacks), we thought we’d turn to our junior correspondent, five-year-old Zoe, whose love of all things Annie knows no bounds. Zoe watched the new movie (in theaters December 19) and then met its stars for a chat about all the important things… according to a five-year-old, that is. Since Zoe is just learning how to read and write, the following was transcribed by her father, our...
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“Five Armies” will begin showing in the U.S. at 7 p.m. Tuesday and expand to about 3,850 locations on Wednesday.
Despite the potential for franchise fatigue and a U.S. box office that’s down 5% this year, the forecast numbers for “Five Armies” appear impressive even if they are a bit lower than the first two films.
Recent tracking has pegged the third Hobbit movie as high as $80 million for the five days in the U.S. while New Line — which teamed with MGM to finance the $700 million trilogy — is slightly more cautious at about $75 million.
Comparisons with the first two Hobbit films are tricky since both opened in the U.S. on Fridays. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey »
- Dave McNary
Of this year’s success stories, the confirmation of the A-list status of directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller should rank high on the list. First there was the unbridled triumph of this past February’s “The Lego Movie,” followed by the surprisingly great “22 Jump Street.” With only a couple of weeks left in 2014, the directing team aims for 3–0 with their take on the hot Ya genre. Okay, so Lord and Miller aren’t actually making a Ya adaptation but instead are sending up lucrative category with a fake movie called “MoonQuake Lake.” Used as a running joke in Will Gluck’s update of “Annie,” the fake film boasts Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Rihanna as members of its cast. Slashfilm found a short trailer of the fake film on a viral site made for Gluck’s very real film. Watch the trailer for “MoonQuake Lake”—which features RiRi »
- Cain Rodriguez
One of the most memorable parts of Annie is when she gets to go to the movies and experience watching an exciting story unfold right in front of her on the big screen. In the 1982 version of Annie -- which is set in the early '30s -- Annie goes to the theater to watch the classic Camille, starring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor. In the 2014 update, due in theaters this weekend, Annie found herself at the movies to watch a film called Moonquake Lake. So what in the world is Moonquake Lake? Well, it's a fake movie (unlike the very real Camille) and it stars real-life couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, among others. According to its equally-as-fake credits, it was directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys behind The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street, and based...
- Erik Davis
One of the most memorable parts of Annie is when Daddy Warbucks takes her to the movies. In the 1982 version of Annie, which is set in the early '30s, Annie sees the classic Camille starring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor. In the 2014 update, in theaters this weekend, Annie gets to see a movie called MoonQuake Lake. What in the world is MoonQuake Lake? Well, it's a fake movie (unlike the very real Camille) and it stars real-life couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila...
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In the new remake of Annie, there's a movie-lovers treat, and it involves Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Rihanna. The characters in the film go to see a movie, and they - and we - get to see a trailer for MoonQuake Lake, a supernatural romance starring Kutcher and Kunis. Kunis's character apparently has to go home to the moon every night, she's haunted by some kind of lake witch played by Rihanna, and the whole thing is very Twilight. Whatever you feel about seeing Annie, this trailer is a must-watch. »
The beloved musical "Annie" gets a modern-day twist this holiday season, so why not do a little twist to celebrate, right?
Mr. Moviefone (Kevin Thompson) opened up his interview with a little dance number, and stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, and Jamie Foxx didn't hesitate to bust a move. Once the actors' dancing shoes were off, the young (and Oscar-nominated) Wallis revealed her favorite dance number in "Annie" and Mr. Moviefone turned to the topic of Jay-z and Blue Ivy.
"Annie" dances its way into theaters Friday, December 19. »
- Moviefone Staff
"Where there is kindness, there is goodness, and where there is goodness, there is magic." We've already seen pretty much the entire retelling of Cinderella in the most recent full trailer for the new live-action adaptation from Disney and director Kenneth Branagh, but a new international trailer mixes things up with a whole new edit. Unfortunately, this trailer also shows off the greatest hits of the fairytale everybody knows, so it doesn't leave much to the imagination. However, I will say that the sets and costumes are positively gorgeous, and there's likely some technical Oscar love coming for this film eventually. Watch it! Here's the new international trailer for Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella from Disney Nz: You can still watch the most recent Us theatrical trailer for Cinderella right here. Cinderella is directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and written by Aline Brosh McKenna (Annie, The Devil Wears Prada »
- Ethan Anderton
You know what's sad about this trailer for the fake supernatural romance film called MoonQuake Lake? It doesn't look any more ridiculous than a lot of the stuff that Hollywood is pumping out to audiences these days.
The story is supposed to center on Mila Kunis' character, a girl who has to return to the Moon every night, and Ashton Kutcher plays her love interest. According to Us Magazine, the fake trailer is in the upcoming Annie remake.
- Joey Paur
In preparation for the release of this week’s Annie, Sony have stepped up their marketing game. In what’s an interesting move by the studio – considering the family-friendly film it’s promoting – they’ve rolled out a website for teen sci-fi romance, MoonQuake Lake.
Of course, neither the site or its trailer are real. All a part of Sony’s hip advertising campaign, MoonQuake Lake is actually a film-within-the-film. In Annie, Jamie Foxx’s billionaire Will Stacks treats the young orphan (Qhvenzhane Wallis) and her friends to a trip to the cinema. One of the movies they decide to see is, you guessed it, MoonQuake Lake.
The faux-website materials for the film indicate that the slushy melodrama was directed by The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller. A brilliant touch, but of course, everything you see onscreen in Annie was directed by the film’s helmer, »
- Gem Seddon
Have I mentioned that the "Annie" trailers are terrible? It's true! You know it. I know it. Cameron Diaz knows it. I will say that I've heard some not terrible things about the movie, but I choose not to believe it. Me? I'd rather watch Phil Lord's "Moonquake Lake," the movie-within-a-movie featured in the musical remake that stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis in a story about a space-girl and her Earth boyfriend and also Rihanna as Megan Fox in "Jennifer's Body." There's a water creature too! This is, of course, a spoof of "Twilight" and its assorted Ya brethren, from the flannel shirts and woodsy setting to that horrific dialogue ("Things happen for a reason." "Says the boy who doesn't have to go home to the moon every night.") And thank goodness: this explains Sia and Beck's soundtrack contribution. I was having real trouble with that. (Vulture) »
- Chris Eggertsen
The Broadcast Film Critics Association has today announced the nominations for the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, with Birdman once again leading the pack with thirteen nods, followed by Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel with eleven and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood with eight. All three will content Best Picture along with Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Unbroken and Whiplash.
Check out the full list of nominations here…
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
- Gary Collinson
Finally revealed: the origin of that seemingly random Beck and Sia duet from the Annie soundtrack. It's the theme song to a fake movie within a movie, a wink-wink parody of the Twilight series, called MoonQuake Lake — starring Andrea Alvin (Mila Kunis), Simon Goodspeed (Ashton Kutcher), and Rihanna, playing a scary sea monster. With help from The Lego Movie's Philip Lord, the fake movie appears when Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) takes Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) to a movie premiere — remember "Let's Go to the Movies"? And just in case they're reading this: Sony, I would 100 percent see this movie in theaters. »
- Lindsey Weber
The Golden Globe and SAG nominations are in, and there is one more award show announcing its noms before the Oscars say who's up in January: the Critics' Choice Awards. There are some new names within the Critics' Choice, generally because they also award in the comedy and action categories, but there are also some titles in the main categories not previously nominated, like Unbroken. The Critics' Choice Awards air Jan. 15, so check out the full list here. Best Picture Birdman Boyhood Gone Girl The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Nightcrawler Selma The Theory of Everything Unbroken Whiplash Best Actor Michael Keaton, Birdman Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler David Oyelowo, Selma Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Best Actress Jennifer Aniston, Cake Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything Julianne Moore, Still Alice Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl Reese Witherspoon, Wild Marion Cotillard, »
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