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Hot Trailer: ‘Annie’

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 9:11am PDT

Here’s the latest look at the Quvenzhané Wallis starrer Annie, Columbia Pictures’ take on the Tony-winning Broadway musical-turned-feature. We see more of Rose Byrne (Neighbors) in this one along with fewer musical numbers. Wallis stars as the precocious foster kid from Harlem who is taken in by mega-rich mayoral hopeful Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx). Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne co-star. Will Gluck directs from a script he co-wrote with Aline Brosh McKenna and Emma Thompson. Gluck also is producing with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown, Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith, and Caleeb Pinkett. Pic opens wide on December 19.

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Hot Trailer: Quvenzhané Wallis In ‘Annie’

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 8:09pm PST

Here’s our first look at Columbia Pictures‘ take on the Tony-winning Broadway musical-turned-feature. Beasts Of The Southern Wild breakout Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Annie as the precocious foster kid from Harlem who is taken in by mega-rich mayoral hopeful Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx). Cameron Diaz — who took the Miss Hannigan role after Sandra Bullock passed — Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne co-star in the pic, which reimagines classic tunes including “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” Will Gluck directs from a script he co-wrote with Aline Brosh McKenna and Emma Thompson. Gluck also is producing with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown, Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith, and Caleeb Pinkett. Jeffrey Wetzel and Olive Bridge Entertainment’s Alicia Emmrich are co-producers. Have a look:

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Dorian Missick Cast In ‘Annie’; Morgan Freeman To Narrate IMAX Docu; Fran Kranz Joins ‘Mojave’; ‘Mortdecai’ Adds Guy Burnet

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 5:56pm PDT

Southland‘s Dorian Missick has been cast in Columbia’s Annie remake. He and Tracie Thoms will play Annie’s “fake parents” in the pic which stars Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx. Will Smith and Jay-Z are producing the Christmas 2014 release which begins filming in NYC this Fall. Missick recently shot the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Beware the Night with Eric Bana and Joel McHale. He’s repped by Innovative Artists, MJ Management, and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder.

WB has tapped Morgan Freeman to narrate Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. The IMAX 3D docu adventure features lemur expert Patricia Wright and tracks the species indigenous to the lands of Madagascar. The pic reunites Freeman with writer/producer Drew Fellman and director David Douglas (Born to Be Wild 3D). Island of Lemurs opens in select IMAX and IMAX 3D screens April 4. Freeman is repped by CAA and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods, Much Ado About Nothing) is joining William Monahan‘s Mojave opposite Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, and Walton Goggins. The Atlas Independent indie follows a near-suicidal artist who escapes to the desert only to encounter his doppelganger-like antagonist, a homicidal drifter. Read More »

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UPDATE: Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje Joins ‘Annie’; Agnes Bruckner Stars In ‘There Is A World Somewhere’; Derek Cianfrance To Helm ESPN Film

By | Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 3:02pm PDT

AnnieAdewale Akinnuoye Agbaje has joined the cast of Annie, a reimagining of the Broadway musical. He will play Nash, the tough but lovable bodyguard and driver for Stacks (Jamie Foxx) and a good friend of Annie. He starts shooting tomorrow. Agbaje appears in the upcoming films Thor: The Dark World and Pompeii, and his credits include Bullet To The Head and G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. He is repped by APA and Kritzer, Levine, Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment.

Related: Columbia Shifts ‘Annie’ Release By A Week

Agnes Bruckner will star in and executive produce the indie drama There Is A New World Somewhere. She’ll play Sylvia, a struggling artist who returns to her hometown and meets an enigmatic stranger who becomes the catalyst for a road trip through the Deep South. She toplined Lifetime’s The Anna Nicole Story, and her feature credits include Breaking the Girls and Blood & Chocolate. She is repped by APA and Oren Segal of Radius Entertainment.

Derek Cianfrance will direct ESPN: Those Guys Have All The Fun for Focus Features. The film is based on James Andrew Miller’s 2011 oral history of the Disney-owned sports network. Cianfrance’s helming credits include The Place Beyond Read More »

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Columbia Shifts ‘Annie’ Release By A Week

By | Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 9:52am PDT

Columbia Pictures has moved Annie‘s release back to December 19, 2014 from its original Christmas Day release. For now the Quvenzhané Wallis-starrer has the December 19th date to itself. Will Gluck directs the reimagining of the stage musical and is rewriting the current script, revising a screenplay written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical, which is based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Pic also stars Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz. Gluck is producing with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith via Overbrook Entertainment, along with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media.

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Bobby Cannavale Joins ‘Annie’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment have set Bobby Cannavale to star in Annie. He joins Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne in the Will Gluck-directed film. Cannavale is coming off Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and turned in an epic villain performance in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He’s Emmy nominated for that and a stint in Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. He will play a bulldog political adviser to Foxx’s character as he makes a mayoral run in New York. The film is set for release Christmas Day 2014.

Gluck is producing with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment, and by Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media. Gluck is currently revising the film’s screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna. It’s based on the comic strip and the musical stage play Annie, with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. The film is being overseen at the studio by Andrea Giannetti and Devon Franklin. Read More »

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Cameron Diaz Signed For ‘Annie’ To Play Miss Hannigan After Sandra Bullock Passes

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 8:27pm PDT

Cameron Diaz In AnnieEXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Sony’s Columbia Pictures just concluded the negotiations with Cameron Diaz today for the updated moppet movie musical starting production in the fall for a Christmas 2014 release. Sandra Bullock had been in talks for the role in Annie but pulled out recently. Beasts Of The Southern Wild‘s Quvenzhane Wallis, who became the youngest actress ever to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination, is on board to play the iconic orphan, and Best Actor Oscar winner for Ray, Jamie Foxx, is Daddy Warbucks in the classic comic strip-turned-musical being produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z and directed by Will Gluck. I think Diaz is an inspired choice to play the mean lady who runs the orphanage after the actress strutted her nasty in Sony’s Bad Teacher and a few other choice roles.

Related: ‘Annie’ Release Set For Christmas Day 2014

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Sandra Bullock Might Do ‘Annie’

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 3:36pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Sandra Bullock, after passing on Annie last month, is back at the table and might play Miss Hannigan opposite Jamie Foxx and Beasts Of The Southern Wild‘s Quvenzhane Wallis for Sony Pictures. We all chased this when Sony first offered Bullock the role of the manipulative orphanage manager but were told that Bullock rejected the overture. The Wrap had the good sense to follow it, and talks have reopened.

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‘Annie’ Release Set For Christmas Day 2014

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 9:43am PST

Sony said when it announced that Quvenzhané Wallis will play the lead role in Annie, the reimagining of the stage musical being directed by Will Gluck, that it planned a winter holiday 2014 release. Now it has booked the pic for December 25, 2014. The slate is still pretty bare for that date, with only Fox’s Night At The Museum 3 claiming a place so far during the frame. Gluck also is rewriting the current script, revising a screenplay written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical, which is based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. He is producing with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith via Overbrook Entertainment, along with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media. The pic will shoot later this year.

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‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’s Quvenzhane Wallis To Play ‘Annie’

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment have found their title character for Annie. They’ve set Oscar nominated Beasts Of The Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis to play the role, in a film to be directed and produced by Will Gluck. Also producing are James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith producing through Overbrook, with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media. That was the role that Willow Smith was going to play, but she grew out of it during the film’s long period of development. The contemporized re-imagining of the Broadway musical will shoot later this year for holiday 2014 release. Gluck, the helmer who directed Easy A and Friends With Benefits for Sony-based Screen Gems, signed on last month. Gluck has been revising a screenplay written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical and its book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin. That’s based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Wallis is up for Best Actress today–youngest ever in that category–for her cute as a button portrayal as Hushpuppy in Beasts Of The Southern Wild. She was six when she made that film and is now nine, but is even more adorable, if that is possible. She’s repped by ICM Partners. Here is the official word from Sony:

Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media,  director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have cast Academy Award®  nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, in the title  role of Annie, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia  Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.

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Jane Lynch To Join Broadway’s ‘Annie’ As Sub For TV-Bound Katie Finneran

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 12:07pm PST

The Emmy-winning Glee star will make her Broadway debut taking on the role of evil orphanage matron Miss Hannigan this spring in the Broadway production of Annie, currently playing at the Palace. Jane Lynch is stepping in for Katie Finneran, the original actor in the role, who is taking time off to shoot NBC’s new Michael J. Fox comedy series, which has a 22-episode order for a fall 2013 launch. It hasn’t been determined when Finneran is leaving; the Sony Pictures TV series already has shot its pilot and the show is being done out of NY but no schedule has been set. Lynch, whose stage experience includes a turn with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City, is set in the role from May 16-July 14. Finneran, a two-time Tony winner, starred on Fox’s sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter and landed the co-starring role in the Michael J. Fox sitcom last month, playing Fox’s narcissistic, single and jobless sister. The series is inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease. A former lead anchor for a local station in NY, Mike decides to go back to work after a new medication helps him manage the effects of … Read More »

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Will Gluck Helming ‘Annie’ Remake For Sony, Will Smith And Jay Z

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 11:19am PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Sony Pictures is setting Will Gluck to helm Annie, the re-imagining of the Broadway musical. The helmer who directed Easy A and Friends With Benefits for Sony-based Screen Gems takes on a high-profile project that will be produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through their Overbrook Entertainment banner, and by Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media. Willow Smith is no longer attached; she was 9 when development began and she has outgrown the role of Annie.

Gluck will revise the film’s screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical and its book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin. That’s based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. The movie is contemporized and will shoot in the fall for a 2014 release. Read More »

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‘Glee’s Ryan Murphy No Go For ‘Annie’

By | Friday March 25, 2011 @ 9:44pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Glee’s Ryan Murphy, who was Sony Pictures and Will Smith’s choice to direct Willow Smith in the re-imagining of the Broadway musical Annie, has dropped out of contention. Talks broke off and he’s not doing the film, I’m told. The project was recently set at Sony Pictures by Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith in the joint venture they formed with Jay-Z to generate films. Willow, who is Smith’s daughter, will play the lovable orphan.

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‘Glee’s Ryan Murphy Courted To Direct ‘Annie’ With Willow Smith

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Glee creator Ryan Murphy is Sony Pictures’ top choice to direct a re-imagining of the Broadway musical Annie, with Willow Smith playing the lovable orphan. The project was recently set at Sony Pictures by Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith in the joint venture they formed with Jay-Z  to generate films. Sony Pictures has made the approach to Murphy, but it’s early days.

Though Willow Smith is a relative newcomer to  the screen (she has I Am Legend and Kitt Kittredge: An American Girl on her resume), she scored a hit record with Whip My Hair!, and Sony’s bet on her brother Jaden in the Overbrook-produced Karate Kid remake resulted in a big hit. Murphy is also well regarded at Sony, where he directed Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts and made a $5 million … Read More »

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