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(2014)

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Sandra Bullock was originally considered to play Miss Hannigan, but she declined the role, citing once how she "hates musicals and vows to never star in one." Cameron Diaz then signed on to replace Bullock.
The film was originally envisioned by Will Smith as a star vehicle for his daughter Willow Smith; however, she had to drop out because she was too old to play Annie. Quvenzhané Wallis, just off her tremendous success with Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), was chosen to replace Willow for Annie.
Justin Timberlake was allegedly considered to play Benjamin Stacks (a.k.a. Daddy Warbucks). However, Jamie Foxx was signed to play the role.
This is the musical debut for the following people: writer/director Will Gluck, producers Jay Z and Will Smith, and actors Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne.
Although due to be released just before Christmas, the movie was released online 3 weeks early by hackers. They hacked Sony in protest against an upcoming movie about North Korea. This, along with 4 other movies released, is expected to cost Sony millions of dollars in lost revenue from ticket sales.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, owner of Columbia Pictures, slated Annie (2014) for a December 19, 2014, release, where it will face big competition from an another film musical, Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods (2014), directed by Rob Marshall and made by Walt Disney Pictures. Rob Marshall and Walt Disney Pictures collaborated with Columbia Pictures on the successful and well-regarded Annie (1999) in 1999.
When Will Stacks is serving mashed potatoes, he quotes another show produced by Will Smith, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Early on, Ryan Murphy, following the great success of his show Glee (2009), was considered to direct the film. He declined the opportunity.
This is the third motion picture adaptation of Strouse and Charnin's Annie. The first was director John Huston's original big-screen version (Annie (1982)), in which star Albert Finney did a wicked vocal impersonation of Huston. The second was Rob Marshall's well-regarded and more faithful adaptation (Annie (1999)).
Unlike the other film adaptations of Annie, producers Jay Z and Will Smith envisioned this version as "a modern re-imagining of a beloved musical".
The Italian restaurant that Annie visits every Friday to search for her parents is named "Domani," which in Italian means "Tomorrow"--a reference to this musical's best-known song.
The incumbent mayor is named for the original creator of 'Little Orphan Annie', Harold Gray.
This is the second musical film for Jamie Foxx since Dreamgirls (2006) and Bobby Cannavale since Romance & Cigarettes (2005).
In a scene where William Stacks takes Annie and her friends to a movie, the actors for said movie are named Andrea Alvin and Simon Goodspeed, which are nods to the original Broadway production. Andrea McArdle was the first Annie in Broadway and the play premiered at the Alvin theatre. Goodspeed is the theater that Annie premiered at before Broadway.
Producer Jay Z once had a hit in 1998 with "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)", using samples from "It's the Hard Knock Life" in the 1982 film.
In the beginning of the film, the classroom blackboard filled with presidents' names additionally has Thomas Meehan, the writer of the original musical's book and Charles Strouse, who wrote the music.
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When Stacks rescues Annie from the truck, the shot includes a building sign "Punjab Imports" (or similar). Punjab was a character in the strip and in the 1982 film version (played by Geoffrey Holder). He wore a turban and was probably a Sikh and added to the exotic, worldly aura of Daddy Warbucks.
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In late 2014, Sony Pictures was the victim of a major hack of their computer systems in which confidential corporate information and several unreleased complete movies were posted for public consumption. Among reams of other information, DVD-quality downloads of this movie appeared online before its official cinematic release.
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This movie's version of the song "It's the Hard-Knock Life" omits the original's line "You'll stay up till this dump shines like the top of the Chrysler Building," but the film later includes several aerial shots of the actual top of the Chrysler Building instead.
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In late 2014, Charles Strouse (the composer of the original musical's score) gave an interview to Vanity Fair in which he talked about what he liked and didn't like about this movie adaptation. One thing he didn't like was the fact that although Jay Z did consult Strouse in the initial stages of conceiving the remake, and though Strouse said he "was paid handsomely for my share of the rights," Strouse and the other original creators of the musical did not get to revise and update their own songs or write any of the new songs in the movie. Something Strouse did enthusiastically endorse about this movie version was the casting of Quvenzhané Wallis in the lead role (he called her performance "amazing") and, more generally, the idea of casting nonwhite actresses in the role--something he said he had been lobbying for since the first Broadway run of the show back in the 1970s.
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Features singers Sia and Rihanna in a cameo role.
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Released on the same day as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). Both are remakes of earlier films. Annie (1982) was directed by John Huston, who also played Gandalf in The Hobbit (1977).
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On the Second and Third Installments of the Austin Powers Trilogy, Doctor Evil performs his own renditions of Will Smith's "Just the Two of Us" and Jay Z's "It's a Hard Knock Life". Coincidentally, Will Smith and Sean "Jay Z" Carter co-produced Annie (2014) and "It's a Hard Knock Life" borrowed sound bites from the 1982 version of "Annie".
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Guy takes Miss Hannigan for a drink, the band in the bar is named "Leaping Lizards" which is a popular catchphrase from the Annie comic strip.
In homage to the Daddy Warbucks character that Jamie Foxx is playing in the remake, Benjamin Stacks, is actually bald. He just wears a wig to hide it.
In the film Bad Teacher (2011) Cameron Diaz is seen wearing a Annie wig. Oddly enough her character Elizabeth Holsey also dislikes children and has a bad attitude and her job consist to always be around children. She would later replace Sandra Bullock as Miss Hannigan in this remake. In which she also has a bad attitude and is always surrounded by children.
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