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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 »
Bet your bottom dollar you can't resist Quvenzhané Wallis in this first trailer for Annie. The 10-year-old actress, an Oscar nominee in 2012 for Beasts of the Southern Wild, is ebullient as the young girl plucked from an orphanage by a wealthy politician, played by Jamie Foxx - much to the dismay of the cruel orphanage owner Miss Hannigan, played by Cameron Diaz. This is the second film adaptation of the 1970s Broadway musical, which was in turn based on a 1920s comic strip. But it's been totally updated, from the glitteringly modern New York City skyline to the sly Facebook »
- Tim Nudd
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
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
No one knows for sure why Andrew Garfield dropped out of appearing at the Oscars, but sources are now saying that the actor was supposed to present with Miles “Batkid” Scott, but that the actor threw a hissy fit at rehearsal because he didn’t like his lines. However, there are still rumors that Emma Stone had a personal crisis that needed addressing. [Us Magazine] The trailer for the update of Annie dropped last night. The film features Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and a very over-the-top Cameron Diaz. [YouTube] Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis may have finally gotten engaged after knowing each other for more than 15 years, but they are still »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Sony has released the first trailer for director Will Gluck's (Easy A) musical remake Annie, which stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) as the eponymous youngster alongside Jamie Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Cameron Diaz (The Counselor), Rose Byrne (Insidious), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World) and Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine); check it out after the official synopsis...
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 Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday we got a look at the poster for the new, Will Smith and Jay-z-spearheaded version of warbling orphan musical Annie, which was the herald for this first trailer. To get a proper flavour for what the new version of the story looks like, take a gander below.In what could be called a remix of the 1981 film, this Annie finds Beasts Of The Southern Wild’s breakout young star Quvenzhané Wallis as the titular moppet, this time a foster child in a home run by the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). The idea that her parents might be out there somewhere adds a little spice to the tale, even as the trailer appears to give most of the story’s turns away (for the three people who didn't already know what's coming).The updates continue beyond Annie’s situation and the modern-day setting, with Jamie Foxx as tough-nosed »
Updated! The official trailer for Annie has just dropped, and you can watch it below!
Well, we’re promised an official trailer for the upcoming Annie remake tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow… but for now we have to settle for an Et preview of said trailer. It’s A Hard Knock Life isn’t it? Okay, I’ll stop now. Here’s the lengthy synopsis.
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, »
- Paul Heath
You may need to pretend there's something in your eye, because Quvenzhané Wallis's version of "Tomorrow" is just as sweet as you would imagine. Based on the Annie remake's first trailer, the Beasts of the Southern Wild actress plays the titular orphan across from Jamie Foxx's Benjamin Stacks, a politician/monster who plans to leverage his affection for Annie to appeal to his constituents. Oh, and Cameron Diaz might be in it for a split second as Miss Hannigan. It's hard to tell. Rose Byrne costars as Grace, Stacks's assistant/decent human being who understands that children need to be loved. Our question is, are we going to get an Obama cameo to replace the original musical's Fdr guest spot? »
- Halle Kiefer
You know when you taste something really bad, and then you try to get other people to taste it just so you can have someone to commiserate with? That's how I feel right now about the trailer for the new "Annie" movie, because oh my god, it is so bad and you must watch it immediately: Right? I know. I knooow. This movie is going to be bad, huh? Probably? Here are five reasons why I think so: 1. Cameron Diaz Cameron Diaz is one of those actors who I like in some things and then in other things I'm like, "huh, I wonder what happened there." Based on this trailer I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is more of a "huh, I wonder what happened there"-type Cameron Diaz performance. 2. Quvenzhane Wallis Don't get me wrong, Quvenzhane Wallis is adorable, and from what I hear »
- Chris Eggertsen
The sun has finally come out and spread itself all over this delightful little debut trailer for Annie, based on the musical (and 1982 movie) you fell in love with mere seconds upon exiting your mother's womb. That's about as long as it took for us to get all swept up in the story of an orphan who's whisked away to live with a billionaire, and the revamped 2014 version looks to recapture at least some of the magic from the original. Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout star Quvenzhane Wallis plays Annie this time out, with Cameron Diaz tasked with portraying the despicable Miss Hannigan, whose version feels more family friendly than the one Carol Burnett played back in the early '80s. This time around Jamie Foxx plays a billionaire who takes an orphan...
- Erik Davis
Sony has released the first full trailer for its “Annie” reboot, which stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. There's plenty of singing, dancing and attitude, with one of Annie's fellow orphans asking Miss Hannigan (Diaz), “who's George Clooney?” Also read: Jamie Foxx Dishes Out Dangerous Amounts of Electroshock Therapy in New ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2' Trailer (Video) 10-year-old Wallis, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” may not boast a head full of red hair, but she sure can belt out signature tune “Tomorrow.” Will Gluck directed the movie, which »
- Jeff Sneider
It's a hard knock life -- for die-hard Annie fans. The first trailer for Columbia's modern-day update of the classic musical debuted Wednesday, offering a preview of what theatergoers can expect come Christmastime. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies Like the classic 1977 musical, Annie centers on 11-year-old little orphan Annie (Beasts of the Southern Wild's Quvenzhane Wallis), who has a chance encounter with wealthy businessman Benjamin Stacks (Jamie Foxx), an update on the Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks character. Turns out Benjamin, who's running for mayor, needs a feel-good story to boost his stock;
- Philiana Ng
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
Remember when Jay-z sampled “It’s a Hard Knock Life” from the musical Annie for his song “Hard Knock Life,” and everyone was like, “Wow! Jay-z is brilliant! He shaved two whole words off the title of that song!” That was all the way back in 1998, but Jay-z hasn’t forgotten the little orphan who inspired him to transform from a rascally little red-headed girl from to the streets into a ludicrously rich media mogul.
Instead, he got together with his good buddy Will “Big Willie” Smith and decided to produce a remake of Annie in which the titular orphan and her benefector, Daddy Warbucks Will Stacks, are both black. It was a sad day for musical-loving racists.
The official synopsis of the remake is below:
- Jeremy Clymer
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: »
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