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Quvenzhane Wallis set to star in 'Counting By 7s'

14 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

EW has confirmed that Quvenzhané Wallis is attached to star in The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Olympus Pictures’ big-screen adaptation Holly Goldberg Sloan’s bestselling novel, Counting By 7s. Deadline first reported the news.

Wallis will play the novel’s central character, Willow Chance, a young girl who rebuilds her life with a surrogate family after her parents are killed in a car accident.

After her Oscar-nominated turn in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Wallis has had a full schedule, having just wrapped production on Fathers and Daughters, a drama with Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried, and providing her voice in animated film The Prophet, »

- Teresa Jue

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Quvenzhane Wallis To Star In Bestseller ‘Counting By 7s’

16 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Olympus Pictures have optioned Holly Goldberg Sloan’s bestselling novel Counting By 7s. They’ve attached Oscar-nominated Beasts Of The Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis and will build the movie around her. The bestseller centers on Willow Chance, a bright young girl who, after the death of her adoptive parents, is taken in by an unlikely surrogate family and an unfit guidance counselor. In the wake of tremendous loss, she rises to build a community that she heals and that heals her.

“I am honored to play the role of Willow in Counting by 7s,” Wallis said. “I love the message behind the story. I am excited to be a part of it and to see it come to life.” Wallis just wrapped her first big studio film in the musical Annie, and also will star in the upcoming adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Quvenzhané Wallis & Jamie Foxx Intro Brand New 'Annie' Trailer w/ New Footage

22 September 2014 2:26 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Here's the latest trailer for the upcoming remake/reimagining of the Broadway musical "Annie," with the stars of the movie - Quvenzhané Wallis as the title character, and Jamie Foxx - introducing it for Regal Cinemas. Also featuring the acting talents of Rose Byrne, Cameron DiazBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye Agbaje, Dorian Missick and Tracie Thoms, the Sony Pictures project is set for a December 19, 2014 release. Filmed in New York City, under Will Gluck's direction, the project hails from Will & Jada Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, in partnership »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Annie Adopts Turnaround Arts to Support Struggling Schools

15 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

In advance of the release of the highly anticipated motion picture Annie, in theaters on December 19, 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment is helping to support Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Turnaround Arts works with local program partners to provide intensive arts education resources to clusters of high-poverty schools across the country, leading to increases in attendance, academic achievement, and student engagement. As part of a collaboration with Annie to promote arts education, Turnaround Arts will receive support, and Turnaround Arts schools who want to put on the Broadway classic will get resources and assistance in staging their production.

The initiative kicked off Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Minneapolis, where Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, and filmmaker Will Gluck visited Northport Elementary, a Turnaround Arts school, where they met the first-through-fifth graders and worked with students preparing to audition for their school production of “Annie. »

- Mike Tyrkus

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New Poster for Jay Z & Will Smith's Annie Remake Starring Jamie Foxx & Quvenzhane Wallis

10 September 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie, opening in theaters on December 25th, 2014. 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, 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 ( »

- Pietro Filipponi

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New poster for Annie remake

10 September 2014 5:31 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony have released a new poster for their remake of Annie directed by Will Gluck (Easy A) which sees Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) taking on the lead role alongside Jamie Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) Cameron Diaz (The Counselor), Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class), Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World). You can watch the trailer here.

Here’s the poster:

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 »

- Luke Owen

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New Annie Movie Poster

9 September 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Time to “stick out your chin and grin and say…” The new poster for Sony Pictures’ upcoming movie Annie was revealed today.

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, 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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The Annie Poster and the Good Kill Poster Have One Thing in Common

9 September 2014 2:46 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The color red.  Sony Pictures has released a new Annie poster that features the film's cast (after a teaser poster a few months back that only displayed the tagline).  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 ByrneBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas.  Annie opens on December 19th You can also check out the teaser poster for Good Kill, the new film from writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) starring Ethan Hawke.  I didn't love Niccol's last film In Time, but I'm a fan of most of his other work so I'm really pulling for this one.  Good Kill premieres tonight »

- Evan Dickson

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'Annie' Poster Unites the Cast

9 September 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures has released a domestic and an international poster for Annie that brings the main cast together, featuring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhan&#233 Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale.

Quvenzhan&#233 Wallis steps into the title role as the young orphan Annie, whose chance encounter with a New York mayoral candidate, Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), changes her life forever. Cameron Diaz plays Annie's cranky foster mother Miss Hannigan, with Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale playing Will's top political advisors in director Will Gluck's musical adaptation of the hit Broadway play, arriving in theaters December 19.

Academy Award nominee Quvenzhan&#233 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 »

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‘Annie’ Gets A Smiley New International Poster

9 September 2014 11:03 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

This Christmas, Annie takes center stage in a brand new movie adaptation of the classic musical. From Will Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment and hip-hop megastar Jay-z, Annie stars Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne and rising star, the Oscar-nominated Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild).

The story is based around business tycoon and mayoral candidate Benjamin Stacks (Foxx), who launches a campaign to take in Annie, a young girl who has been living with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Diaz) since her parents left her as a baby.

A brand new international poster for the flick has just been released, which you can see below.

Annie hits cinemas on the 26th December in the UK.

Source: Sony Pictures »

- Paul Heath

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Al Pacino Confirms Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Still in the Works

9 September 2014 10:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

It's been nearly four years since we've heard anything about Martin Scorsese's mobster drama The Irishman. In that time, the director has delivered Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street and a forthcoming HBO documentary called The 50-Year Argument. Soon he'll be busy with his drama Silence starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, and some have wondered if Scorsese would ever get around to the film about Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a reputed criminal responsible for more than 25 mob murders and potentially being involved with the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. Thankfully, it's still coming. Speaking with The Daily Beast (via The Film Stage), Al Pacino confirmed the film is still happening, but didn't offer any timetable of when production might begin. In addition, he revealed that "Boardwalk Empire" and Win Win star Bobby Cannavale (who will be seen in the remake of Annie this year) will »

- Ethan Anderton

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Bobby Cannavale Joins Al Pacino & Robert De Niro In Martin Scorsese's Gangster Picture 'The Irishman'

9 September 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It seems like Bobby Cannavale might be Martin Scorsese's new favorite actor. The great, underrated character actor won an Emmy for playing the merciless villain Gyp Rosetti on the third season of "Boardwalk Empire," which in turn got him the lead role in Scorsese and Terence Winter's next HBO project, the still-untitled drama set in the music industry in the early 1970s. But it sounds like Cannavale, who'll next be seen in "Annie," "Spy" and "Ant-Man," will be working on a big-screen project with the filmmaker. Al Pacino's doing the interview rounds at the Toronto International Film Festival, and The Daily Beast asked him about the status of "The Irishman," the long-gestating Martin Scorsese-directed gangster picture that would reteam Pacino with Robert De Niro, along with Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel. According to the star, the project's still pushing forward, and the quartet of actors have been joined by Cannavale. »

- Tess Hofmann

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‘Annie’ Exclusive Poster Premiere

8 September 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Everybody’s favorite orphan is back in theaters this holiday season as Annie gets a modern musical makeover that will have your whole family singing along. Check out this exclusive Annie movie poster premiere and then see how long it takes you to get "Tomorrow" out of your head!     This new vision of the Broadway classic features an all-star cast that includes Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne and Academy Award®...

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Toronto Film Review: ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

7 September 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sitting shiva makes the heart grow fonder (and the libido rage and the repressed grievances runneth over) in “This Is Where I Leave You,”. Repping a concerted effort by “Night at the Museum” and “Cheaper By the Dozen” helmer Shawn Levy to spread his wings beyond the gilded cage of family-friendly tentpoles, this alternately manic and mawkish adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s 2009 novel aims for “Kramer Vs. Kramer” and “Terms of Endearment” territory and ends up somewhere closer to a Semitic “Home For the Holidays” or “August: Osage County.” But a tremendous ensemble cast gives the pic a significant boost, especially when they’re allowed to act rather than merely act out. Opening wide Sept. 19 following its Toronto Film Festival bow, “This” occupies an increasingly rare space on a major studio’s release slate: a literary adaptation that’s neither tween-centric nor awards bait, but which could generate some modest »

- Scott Foundas

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Salma Hayek sizzles on the Toronto red carpet at 'Prophet' premiere

6 September 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Salma Hayek has arrived at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, hitting the red carpet for the premiere of her ambitious animated project, "The Prophet," based on the bestselling poetry book by Kahlil Gibran. Hayek and her kiddie co-star Quvenzhané Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild," the upcoming "Annie") walked the red carpet for the photographers and fans. Check out the photos here: »

- Dave Lewis

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Sex Tape movie review: for shame

4 September 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Color me absolutely astonished that this is genuinely sweet and wholly sex-positive. Unfortunately, it’s also completely unfunny. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of what passes for comedy in Hollywood

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Annie (Cameron Diaz: The Other Woman, The Counsellor) and Jay (Jason Segel: This Is the End, The Five-Year Engagement) need to spice up their bedroom time: they’re still madly in love with each other, but their busy lives — including two rambunctious gradeschoolers — have left them just plain physically exhausted. So they decide to video themselves running through all the positions in The Joy of Sex. It works: they have a wonderful night. But a mishap with the Cloud and some iPads that they had given away as gifts — to family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances — sees the file accidentally distributed to all those other devices. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Three R's with Cameron Diaz in 'Bad Teacher'

4 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »



No Respect.

Glenn here to help you guys ease back into the school year with the help of Cameron Diaz as Miss Halsey in Bad Teacher. Lord know we could have all used a teacher like her in those first few days, watching movies and napping.

Anyone seen Stand and Deliver? Show of hands. You kidding me? Edward James Olmos? Lou Diamond Phillips?

For as hilarious as I find this film - yes, I know it's a minority opinion, but I guffaw wildly and it's surprisingly rewatchable - nothing quite beats the moment when Diaz enters the building she thought she'd escaped forever and remembers the hell that is being a middle school teacher (or, in her case, any teacher at all). You and me both, Cam.

There's only so many times swearing and cursing can be funny (hell, kids-say-the-darndest-things style of humor was played out years before »

- Glenn Dunks

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Film Review: 'Sex Tape'

4 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »


Sex Tape (2014), the new Us comedy from Jake Kasdan, starts off on the front foot with some funny sight gags and its leads fully invested. However, just as it seems the film is going to pick up its pace, it loses its metaphorical erection, and becomes as limp as a Singapore noodle Newly coupled Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) spend their college downtime having sex in almost every room of their university, even the student library. Telling each other that they are not only in love but want to continue their sexual arrangement till death do they part, they're a perfect match. That changes when Annie falls pregnant and the two get married, and soon enough that vital spark in the bedroom is lost.


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Sex Tape Review

3 September 2014 6:27 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Having previously teamed up for 2011’s Bad Teacher, director Jake Kasdan reunites with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel for R-rated comedy Sex Tape. Though it starts strong and finishes well, script flaws mean it’s unfunny for the majority of its run time, squandering the potential of a great cast and an entertaining premise.

Segel and Diaz play Jay and Annie, a married couple whose sex life has dulled in the ten years they’ve been together. With the kids out of the house, the two eventually decide to rekindle their intimacy by making a video of themselves trying out every position in ‘The Joy of Sex’. Though the gambit works, Annie and Jay soon discover that their private video has gone public.

That’s a perfectly fine setup, and the opening act is a strong one too. Crucially the film doesn’t begin, as so many others in the genre do, »

- Amon Warmann

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Sex Tape review: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel have an iPad mishap

2 September 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Jake Kasdan; Screenwriters: Kate Angelo, Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller; Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe; Running time: 94 mins; Certificate: 15

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel get themselves into a rather tricky position in Sex Tape, in more ways than one. The two bounced off each other pretty well in Bad Teacher and apparently, that was enough to convince director Jake Kasdan to throw them together again and cut loose with some cheeky nudity and a naughty premise and the end result is a flabby, largely unfunny comedy. Awkward...

Right away, the couple are seen getting up close and very personal, but those were the good old days fondly recalled by Annie (Diaz) who now writes a parenting blog between chores, sleep and sexual frustration. Her now-husband Jay (Segel) has resorted to booking appointments for possible nookie and when they do find the time, it's all friction and no sparks. »

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