The latest look at the modern-day adaptation of Annie starring Quvenzhané Wallis, puts Wallis’ rendition of “Tomorrow” front and center. So good luck getting that out of your head. READ FULL STORY
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First, an emoji version of “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” and now this: Have a listen to Sia’s version “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile.”
With its references to the likes of “Saville Row,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” is one Annie song that clearly needed a modern update for the new movie remake (scheduled for a Dec. 19 release), which takes place in the 21st century. But did it need this modern update? Your guess is as good as mine. Let’s just say it’s very hard to do a time step to this version. READ FULL STORY
Yes, the first trailer for Will Gluck’s modern-day spin on the beloved 1977 musical Annie was… a little jarring. Daddy Warbucks had become a mogul and mayoral candidate played by Jamie Foxx; Miss Hannigan was a trashy blonde with Cameron Diaz’s face who yearned for the arms of George Clooney; the few bars of Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin’s iconic songs we heard bore the unmistakable stamp of Auto-Tune.
But this time around, you’ll know what to expect when you check out the movie’s second full-length trailer — which makes the clip’s pop culture references (there’s a running Batman joke) and Diaz’s mugging go down a little easier. Also: Somewhere along the way, Foxx’s character’s name was apparently changed from Benjamin to William Stacks. And he goes by “Will,” not “Bill.” (Wonder who realized that Benjamin Stacks was just a liiitle too on the nose?) There’s still stuff in here bound to bug purists – lyrics from “It’s The Hard Knock Life” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” have been altered slightly — but at least the story’s heart seems to be intact. Also: Turns out the movie’s version of Warbucks is bald after all! Will that satisfy you?!
Adjust your expectations — it’s safe to say “We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover” won’t be making an appearance — and watch below:
It’s a hard knock life for Annie in the new official trailer for Will Gluck’s modern-day update of the classic comic and musical.
Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout Quvenzhané Wallis stars as the orphaned heroine who gets rescued from Miss Hannigan’s (Cameron Diaz) care to be used as political bait for Jamie Foxx’s wealthy Benjamin Stacks.
For those fond of John Huston’s 1982 classic, this new take on Annie might be a little bit of a shock. The costumes and sets are bright and over the top, “Tomorrow” sounds ever so slightly Auto-Tuned, and the current pop culture references seem to fly fast and furiously.
Check out the trailer after the jump. READ FULL STORY
It didn’t take Cameron Diaz long to make a splash on Twitter. Since belatedly joining the social network last week, she’s attracted more than 214,000 followers. She’s bound to pick up a few more with her most recent tweet on Tuesday, which included a selfie and an introduction. “I want you to meet someone. Her name is Ms. Hannigan. She ain’t nice and she ain’t pretty.”
Diaz, of course, is playing Miss Hannigan in the upcoming remake of Annie, which stars Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx. Wallis will certainly be different from the traditional red-headed orphan of old, and Diaz will understandably be a little different, too. But I think we know all that we need to from her cockeyed stare and bling-y H-Bomb necklace. I love you, Miss Hannigan. READ FULL STORY
• Fresh off a memorable turn as Sally Hawkins’ sensitive mechanic boyfriend in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Bobby Cannavale is set to try out the world of big-screen musicals in Annie, in which he’ll star alongside Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne. He’ll play a political strategist who is helping Jamie Foxx‘s Benjamin Stacks run for mayor. Easy A director Will Gluck is taking another pass at the script before he begins shooting. The Emmy-winning actor (for Will & Grace) can also be seen in Lovelace; Jon Favreau’s Chef, alongside Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.; and the upcoming Al Pacino movie Imagine. [Deadline]
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Cameron Diaz will reportedly play the boozy shrew who manages the run-down orphanage in Annie, the upcoming cinematic adaptation starring Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) as the adorable orphan and Jamie Foxx as an updated Daddy Warbucks named Benjamin Stacks. Deadline reported that the Bad Teacher star would join the musical, which is being directed by Will Gluck (Easy A) and produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z. Sandra Bullock reportedly had been in talks for the role, which was most famously played by Carol Burnett in the 1982 movie-musical.
Casting Net: Cillian Murphy to go 'In the Heart of the Sea' with Ron Howard; Plus, Sandra Bullock will not join 'Annie', more
• Cillian Murphy, best known for his work with Christopher Nolan in Inception and the Dark Knight movies, has joined the cast of Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea. Based on the Nathaniel Philbrick novel about the whale ship Essex, Murphy will play the role of Matthew Joy, the second mate aboard the doomed ship. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) also stars. Murphy is currently filming Transcendence, and recently wrapped Cry/Fly with Jennifer Connelly and Mélanie Laurent. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Sandra Bullock (back) in talks to play Miss Hannigan in 'Annie'; Plus, Tom Hanks for a Dave Eggers adaptation, more
• Sandra Bullock passed once on starring in Will Gluck’s update of Annie, but reports surfaced Wednesday that talks may have started up again. The Oscar-winning actress would play the part of Miss Hannigan, the cruel, often drunk head of the orphanage that houses Annie (Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis). Carol Burnett played the role in John Huston’s 1982 version of the musical. Bullock can be seen next in The Heat (June 28) with Melissa McCarthy, and then in Alfonso Curaón’s Gravity (October 4) with George Clooney. [The Wrap]
• Tom Hanks is re-teaming with his Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) to turn the Dave Eggers novel A Hologram for the King into a film. Hanks will star in the film as Alan Clay, a downtrodden American businessman who tries to make it in Saudi Arabia. Hanks can be seen next in Paul Greengrass’s Somali pirates drama Captain Phillips, which hits theaters on October 11. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
• Michael Fassbender (Shame) is attached to play the title role in a film update of Macbeth, William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about a scheming nobleman intent on ruling Scotland. The play has been adapted for the big screen a number of times, including Orson Welles’ 1948 version in which he also played the character of Macbeth, and Roman Polanski’s 1971 version which starred Jon Finch. Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) will direct the Fassbender update which will reportedly use the original language. The part of Lady Macbeth has not been cast yet. [Screen Daily]
• Jamie Foxx is in talks to star in Will Gluck’s (Easy A) film update of Annie, alongside Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis. The Django Unchained star would play Benjamin Stacks, an update on the Daddy Warbucks character, famously played by Albert Finney in the 1982 John Huston film. Foxx is no stranger to musicals, having appeared in both Dreamgirls and Ray. Will Smith and Jay-Z are producing the film, which is aiming for a 2014 release. [THR]
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