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This Rotten Week: Predicting Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Annie and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Reviews
Getting a bit of a late jump on the week as I usually like to have this out on Sunday. But these films required so much dissection and analysis that I simply couldn’t give them short shrift (or believe whatever you want about the delay). This time around we’ve got hobbits, orphans and nights at the museum.
Remember when 5 of Sony’s theatrical releases somehow made their way online in the wake of the studio’s networks getting hacked? Well, the federal government has started investigating, and while the guilty party hasn’t been exposed yet, one of the prime suspects is apparently North Korea.
Remember when the computer systems for Sony Pictures got hacked? Well, it turns the situation has evolved into more than just a minor setback. Four of the studio’s movies that haven’t been released yet have suddenly found their way on file sharing sites, and they are being downloaded by potential customers.
That hope is particularly strong given how absolutely adorable Oscar nominee Wallis looks in this lead role and how much she deserve the lion's share of this film's promotional spotlight. At one point she sees herself on the Jumbotron and remarks, “Woah, my hair is GIGANTIC,” and it's the sort of moment that solidifies her as the only Annie you'd ever really want.
The sun'll come out this Christmas when Will Gluck's adaptation of the beloved musical Annie sings its way into our hearts. Sony released an international trailer for the feature film, which stars Quvenzhané Wallis as the title character.
Directed by Will Gluck, the director of Easy A and Friends With Benefits, the new take on the classic Broadway musical stars Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) as Annie, a young orphan girl living in a foster home in New York City.
We have more than a year to wait to see Will Gluck’s remake on the popular stage and feature musical Annie, but the sun has already begun to come out for this project, as evidenced by the above photo, which shows some of the cast looking as though they’re mid-song.
Sharing on Twitter, Diaz herself says Hannigan "ain't pretty." This might be true. The dye-job is rough, while her hair is frizzy. The jewelry is remarkably cheap and garish looking. The makeup is severe to say the least. Still, this Ms. is far from the frazzled, drunken mess we remember from the 1982 version.
Bobby Cannavale, Broadway veteran and standout actor in pretty much anything he touches, is finally bringing some rarely seen musical talent to the big screen. Well, we hope so at least. Deadline reports that Cannavale has joined the cast of the upcoming Annie remake, but as a character who isn't part of the original musical
Should she take the part, she’ll be the fourth big name involved with the project, and would take on the role of Grace, assistant to “Daddy” Warbucks, renamed Benjamin Stacks for the film and played by Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx. Any way you look at it, this is going to be a big movie for Sony.
Some women are dripping with diamonds, some women are dripping with pearls. Come Christmas 2014, Cameron Diaz will be dripping with "Little Girls." The actor has reportedly signed on to take on the role of the oft-inebriated and negligent orphanage caretaker Miss Hannigan in Will Smith and Jay-Z's upcoming take on the popular stage and feature musical Annie. Diaz's casting news follows word that Sandra Bullock was up for the role, but then backed out.
Alright, maybe little girls spend more fantasizing about planning Annie someday, but for adult actresses, the pickings don't get much better than Miss Hannigan. The blowsy, funny, washed-up drunk who's put in charge of a girl's orphanage, Miss Hannigan gets many of the best songs in Annie, nearly all of the good lines, and is the rare part in musical theater: a really, really good one for a woman who's not under 30
Foxx is currently starring in a huge upcoming Sony tentpole, playing Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and he's of course coming off a huge star turn in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. In this updated version of the Annie story-- which originated with a Depression-era comic strip-- Foxx won't be playing Daddy Warbucks but "Benjamin Stacks,"
Granted, this is a rumor that originated at The New York Post, but bear with us here. They say "Hollywood sources are buzzing" that none other than Justin Timberlake is being considered for the Daddy Warbucks role, the man who adopts Annie from the orphanage as a PR stunt and eventually grows to love her. Timberlake starred for Gluck in Friends with Benefits, and perhaps even more importantly he collaborated with Jay-Z on his new single "Suit and Tie"; Jay-Z is on board to produce and "reimagine" the music for the Annie film
Though she didn't win the Best Actress prize for which she was nominated, Quvenzhane Wallis was an undeniable star at Sunday's Academy Awards, rocking everything from her signature puppy purse to her 9-year-old muscles after her clip from Beasts of the Southern Wild played for the audience. Since breaking out in Beasts at Sundance a year ago Wallis has been an ingenue in the making, but it took until the eve of the Oscars to set up her true follow-up star turn
After grabbing our attention with her strong and Oscar nominated performance in Beast of the Southern Wild, 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis has secured the lead role in Overbrook Entertainment's adaptation of the beloved stage musical Annie. She fills the spot originally planned for Willow Smith, who outgrew the role in the time that's passed since the project first began development.
When Will Smith began developing a remake of the musical Annie with Jay-Z, his intentions were clearly to create a vehicle for his hair-whipping daughter Willow. But when news hit last week that the project had landed Will Gluck as director, it came with word that Willow had left the project. But who could possibly fill the shoes of the force of nature that is li'l Miss Smith? How about the youngest Oscar nominee of all time?
Somehow we have all lived long enough for there to be a movie role that Willow Smith is too old to play. The daughter of Will and Jada Smith had been set for years to make her lead acting debut in Annie, a new adaptation of the stage musical that her dad was on board to produce alongside Jay-Z
Now that Will Smith has returned to acting with a legitimate hit of his own in Men In Black 3, you might think he could stop building up careers for his children who, y'know, could have the chance to be actual kids again. But the siren song of stardom apparently hasn't quit attacking the Smith household
His ground and pound strategy might be a vicious fuck you to his own liver, but it’s also impressive in a go-hard-or-go-home Betty Ford kind of way. It’s inspired some of us to start asking for doubles. More importantly, it’s inspired more of us to argue endlessly over Google Chat and Facebook messages about why certain cinematic drunks are better than others. In the end, we couldn’t come to a consensus; so, we decided to give everyone a chance to defend his or her favorite.
Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee movies may look really stupid from the outside (severely ugly woman uses magic to get kids to shape up? Really?) but the truth is that both films have been fairly well received by critics and have appealed both both adult and young audiences. Beyond that, Thompson is quite the gifted writer, having adapted one of the best Jane Austen movie's, Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility, for the big screen.
Sometimes pop culture throws you a bone and combines all the things that vaguely irritate you into a single project, so it's all sequestered safely in one area
Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment company are partnering with Jay-Z to bring Annie back to the big screen, a feat that has not been attempted since Disney’s 1999 version
Back in the '90s and early '00s, there were few actors more entertaining to watch than Will Smith. Movies like Independence Day and Men in Black were so great that they even