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Box office preview: 'The Hobbit,' 'Annie,' and 'Night at the Museum' arrive

It’s the battle of the three wide releases at this weekend’s box office: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Annie are all opening in at least 3,000 theaters each.

These huge releases will kick some of the top five mainstays, like The Hunger Games and Penguins of Madagascar, down on the list, and will kick off what’s likely to be a successful couple weeks at the box office: Unbroken, The Gambler, and Into the Woodsall films opening in at least 2,000 theaters eachare all opening Christmas week.

While Night at the Museum and Annie open Friday, The Hobbit already started arriving in theaters Wednesday and has made $24.5 million domestically.

As for smaller releases, Wild is expanding into over 1,000 theaters this weekenough to earn it a place closer to the top five, but not quite enough to earn it a place in the top five. Here’s the movies that should have top five-worthy weekends though: READ FULL STORY

Watch Cameron Diaz sing 'Little Girls' in 'Annie'

Cameron Diaz is a couple weeks from her big-screen debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie, and now we have a look at exactly what we’re in for.

A new clip from the film her portrayal of the cantankerous caretaker, opening with her delivering a life lesson to her girls about the real world. Let’s just say she’s a glass-half-empty kind of gal…

Then, she breaks into song, bringing the famous track, “Little Girls,” to life. The song is certainly updated musically and thematically (reference to MTV, anyone?). Here’s Carol Burnett’s rendition in the 1982 film for comparison.

Annie hits theaters Dec. 19.

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Sony enlists cybersecurity firm following hacking attack, movie leak

Five new Sony films, including Annie and Fury, leaked online, after the studio was targeted in a hacking attack that began last week. Reuters reported Monday that Sony has hired cybersecurity firm Mandiant to help deal with the aftermath of the attack, and that the FBI is also investigating.  READ FULL STORY

The sun will come out tomorrow, obviously, in new 'Annie' trailer

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

Hear Sia's version of 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile' from 'Annie'


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

New 'Annie' remake trailer: 'Whoa, my hair's gigantic!'

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:


New 'Annie' trailer: Quvenzhane Wallis sings, Cameron Diaz sasses -- VIDEO

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

Cameron Diaz is the H-bomb as 'Annie's Miss Hannigan -- PHOTO

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

Casting Net: Bobby Cannavale heads to 'Annie'; Plus, Patton Oswalt, Rodrigo Santoro, more

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]

Cameron Diaz to play Miss Hannigan in 'Annie' -- Report

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.

Read more:
‘Annie’ gets Christmas 2014 release date
‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ breakout Quvenzhane Wallis to star in new big-screen ‘Annie’
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