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Sony Pictures released an international 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 to hit theaters on December 19th. Trailer: »
Plucky orphan Annie made her Broadway debut over thirty years ago, and started out as a comic book strip character fifty years before that. But Sony’s Annie makes her young and new again, by transporting the action to modern-day New York City. Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) plays Annie herself, who’s under the […]
- Angie Han
With a new spin on an old musical, Sony Pictures have released the international trailer for Annie. Directed by Will Gluck (Easy A and Friends With Benefits) the new musical stars Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Cameron Diaz.
Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild) takes centre stage as orphan Annie. She is a feisty, young and vibrant girl living life in the Big Apple with her cruel foster mother, Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). Annie’s luck soon changes when she crosses paths with hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), who takes in Annie and soon develops a paternal bond for the girl. The film is a modern twist to the old 1982 version, which originally stared Aileen Quinn, Carol Burnett, Tim Curry and Albert Finney.
The trailer shows all the elements of the old classic, and will no »
- Ciham Messouki
Fans of the 1982 musical Annie – which starred Aileen Quinn as the titular little orphan – were likely up in arms when word broke that Will Smith was producing a modernized remake of the film (itself, based on the famous Broadway stage musical), with his daughter Willow Smith in line for the lead role. As it turns out, Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) ended up joining the film, along with an ensemble cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne.
We’ve already had our first glimpse at the film, with the release of its first trailer. Now Sony Pictures has released the international version of the theatrical preview, and while it doesn’t feature a whole lot of new footage, it does give some indication regarding what tone the film is ...
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc.
- Kellvin Chavez
Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for director Will Gluck’s new musical adaptation 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. This international trailer has a few bits of new footage that show Foxx playing things a bit more comedic and loose than some of his past few roles, with one scene in particular evoking his In Living Color days. I’m still not crazy about the overly auto-tuned nature of the songs, but Gluck’s last two films (Easy A and Friends with Benefits) have been pleasantly surprising, so I’m interested to see how the full feature plays out. Hit the jump to watch the new Annie trailer. »
- Adam Chitwood
Sony Pictures has debuted the international trailer for Annie , which hits theaters on December 19. Directed by Will Gluck the new version stars Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Cameron Diaz. 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 »
Former Les Films Séville executive Anick Poirier will lead the new division as vice-president of international sales, effective April 1.
Séville International will build on the company’s success with arthouse films from Québec and new films from around the world.
Poirier will report to president of eOne Films International Harold van Lier and will lead the new division from eOne’s Québec-based Les Films Séville offices.
She will work closely with Les Films Séville president Patrick Roy and his team, eOne Films Canada’s Bryan Gliserman and Mark Slone and their teams, as well as eOne teams on the ground in Spain, the UK, Benelux and Australia/New Zealand.
The development follows comments by Lier earlier this year that eOne Films International was shifting focus to commercial »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Sundance London - the UK-based offshoot of the Park City festival - is to return to the O2 Centre for the third consecutive year, showcasing features and documentaries first shown at the Utah festival in January.
Frank, the comedy scripted by Jon Ronson and starring Michael Fassbender is the opening night film; its screening on 25 April will be followed by the feature-length cut of Michael Winterbottom's The Trip to Italy. Other programme highlights include American comedies They Came Together, David Wain's romcom spoof starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, and Obvious Child, about an over-sharing female stand-up.
A total of 21 full-length films will be shown, with an emphasis on musical documentaries, including Finding Fela, Alex Gibney's study of the Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. A discussion called Hybrid Vigour: When Music, »
- Catherine Shoard
The Sundance Film Festival may serve as a solid proving ground for wrenching dramas about to break into the big time – think Winter’s Bone, Beasts of the Southern Wild, or Fruitvale, and that’s just top-of-head, recent memory stuff – but the January fest also provides a venue for some very funny comedies with big star power and fresh ideas to bolster them. Sure, it’s easy to find plenty of tearjerkers in the festival’s stacked program, but lots of comedic talents also bring some lighter fare to the festival each year. Yet, that doesn’t always mean that what makes audiences giggle in Park City will translate to a mainstream crowd some months down the road – so here’s hoping that the latest satirical comedy hit from this year’s Sundance will win over bigger crowds when it hits theaters later this year. This year’s Special Jury Award winner for Breakthrough Talent, Justin Simien »
- Kate Erbland
Quvenzhané Wallis, nominated for an Academy Award for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” has sparked a racist backlash over social media after she was tapped to play Annie in a film adaptation of the Broadway musical. Wallis is joined in the cast by Jamie Foxx, who plays an updated Daddy Warbucks, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale. The backlash has been roiling ever since the first movie trailer was released March 5. ...Read More »
Chicago – Before “Snow Angels”, “Prince Avalanche”, or even “The Sitter”, director David Gordon Green flexed his film school muscles in his unabashed inauguration, “George Washington”. Eying its body, the 2000 film shares qualities other first-timers huff when trying to be taken seriously by the arthouse crowd. Especially with the films that were assuredly motivated by Green’s work like 2012’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “George Washington” celebrates storytelling instruments like whimsical young voiceover, shots that are equally distinct & questionable, and the raw potential of non-actors.
With crime becoming a famous trend for first-time directors hungry for authorship, (Tarantino, Anderson, R. Johnson, Malle, and Godard among others), Green chose the other option, to make an obscure film where the story is background to a thickly atmospheric foreground. (Oddly enough, Malick did both).
But what makes “George Washington” more exceptional than its comparisons is its soul, which can be seen past »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA (March 13, 2014) – Following 12 Years A Slave’s historical Academy Award® win for Best Picture, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today a campaign to celebrate Fox Searchlight’s 20th Anniversary. The “We Have Your Story” anniversary event will spotlight Fox Searchlight’s collection of more than 140 smart, thoughtful and distinctive films including award-winning favorites Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Descendants, The Tree of Life, 127 Hours, Black Swan, Slumdog Millionaire, 500 Days of Summer, Juno, The Last King of Scotland, Once, Little Miss Sunshine, Sideways and Boys Don’t Cry, which together won 23 Academy Awards and garnered 90 Academy Award nominations. The campaign »
- Pietro Filipponi
Sony Pictures has unveiled new images from two very different Cameron Diaz films slated for release this year. First up is director Jake Kasdan’s (Bad Teacher) comedy Sex Tape, which stars Diaz and Jason Segel as a couple who, after discovering that their three-hour intimate video has been stolen, set out to recover the tape and ensure that their reputations aren’t ruined. These images give us a first look at the ensemble beyond Diaz and Segel, as we see Rob Lowe, Ellie Kemper, and Rob Corddry. Sex Tape opens in theaters July 25th. The other Cameron Diaz film is director Will Gluck’s (Easy A) musical redo Annie, in which Diaz takes on the role of the mean Miss Hannigan. The young Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) takes on the title role as an orphan who is taken in by a New York mayoral candidate (Jamie Foxx »
- Adam Chitwood
Oscar-nominated Quvenzhané Wallis stars in the new film version of the musical. Cue Twitter comments that all begin: 'I'm not racist, but …'
Appearance: Headstrong, smartass, black.
Oh, her! She was great in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Yes, she was. And, provided you're into musicals about toothy orphans singing about tomorrow, she'll probably be great in this too.
Well, super. Fantastic, isn't it? Everyone's agreed that Wallis is a fabulous actor, and that she will do a great job as Annie even if the film seems slightly beneath her. »
A long time from now (pre-Christmas if nothing goes wrong) a new version of Annie is coming to theaters, and the release of the trailer has been met with virtually unprecedented internet gushing. Just about everyone seems to be falling all over themselves to make sure they are on record cheering for the upcoming film, the trailer itself, and the undeniable cuteness of Quvenzhané Wallis.
It’s all a bit suspicious. Check the trailer yourself below, and let me know what you think, but something strange seems to be happening with the release of this trailer.
First, when is the last time everyone, everywhere had anything to say about a trailer beyond, “Here it is,” or similar? Sure, once in a while you might get something like the trailer for a Marvel movie with some sort of teaser trying to suck you into watching it with vague details about who gets revealed. »
- Marc Eastman
The 2012 indie drama Beasts of the Southern Wild brought acclaim for both writer-director Benh Zeitlin and star Quvenzhané Wallis, with many interested to see what the young actress would do next. With her next appearance being a supporting turn in 12 Years a Slave, fans were intrigued to learn of her casting as the lead in a remake of the musical Annie. Will Gluck takes the directorial reins this time, along with working on the script with Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna. Joining Wallis onscreen will be Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, and Bobby Cannavale. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
To help create the backwoods Louisiana noir of HBO’s True Detective, season-one director Cary Fukunaga recruited Alex Digerlando, the production designer behind the haunting half-sunken bayou depicted in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Fukunaga had previously worked on a short film made by Beasts director Behn Zeitlin that was also set in a southern Delta community in the aftermath of a flood. Vulture spoke with Digerlando about how he pulled off the detective drama's haunting atmosphere, and asked him to walk us through behind-the-scenes photos of 13 exceptional props and set pieces. The Devil's Nests All of the show’s artwork — from the twig sculptures known as devil's nests to the church paintings — was created by Joshua Walsh, an artist from Detroit who had spent 20 years working in New Orleans. “He’s the son of a family that ran a funeral home, and he’s an avid hunter and taxidermist — basically, »
- Denise Martin
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 upcoming remake of "Annie" just unspooled its first trailer which looks (and sounds) promising. This updated version of the 1977 Tony Award winner for Best Musical has Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") as the winsome orphan and Oscar champ Jamie Foxx ("Ray") as her benefactor. Also on hand is Cameron Diaz as the hard-hearted Miss Hannigan, foster mother to a brood that includes Annie. Dorothy Loudon originated the role on Broadway and won the Tony over, among others, Andrea McArdle, the little girl who first belted out "Tomorrow." While Wallis may not possess as fine a set of pipes as McArdle, she sure is charming in the first trailer for the flick which is Columbia's big Christmas release. (Below, watch the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments section) -Break- Whether it will works it charms on the Oscars will depend on »
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