Quvenzhane Wallis - A host of stars were snapped as they arrived for Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kid's Choice Awards 2015 which were held at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 28th March 2015
Quvenzhane Wallis - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards which were held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 16th January 2015
Quvenzhane Wallis - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards which were held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 15th January 2015
Predictably, "The Battle of the Five Armies" came out as a clear winner.
So, it looks like The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has taken over the box office while no one was watching. Well, actually, it turns out a lot of people were watching, and the third instalment of Peter Jackson’s fantasy series checked in at $90,6 million domestic at the end of the weekend.
Martin Freeman and co. had virtually no competition at the box office this weekend.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, box-office comparisons to the previous Hobbit films aren't exactly parallel as the first two came out on Fridays, but The Desolation of Smaug launched to $73.6 million last year, while An Unexpected Journey opened to $84.6 million in 2012.
It's difficult to reinvigorate an older franchise, but sometimes this can lead to having to make changes that can lead to controversy.
Remaking a beloved musical is risky business: there's a reason no one has ever made a new movie version of 'West Side Story' or 'The Sound of Music'. And yet filmmaker Will Gluck took on the 1977 stage musical 'Annie', which was previously filmed for cinemas in 1982 and television in 1999.
The biggest controversy was his decision to completely remix the songs, dropping some and adding others, all with a pop-chart feel instead of the catchy musical-comedy style of the original tunes.
Continue reading: 'Annie' Remake Tries To Put A Spin On The Classic [Trailer & Pictures]
A solid cast bodes well for this unnecessary remake of the 1982 movie (based on the 1970s musical), but the filmmakers' decision to turn the catchy songs into bland pop numbers is the real mistake. It leaves the entire film feeling empty, highlighting director Will Gluck's clunky direction, which includes coaxing Cameron Diaz to a squirm-inducingly over-the-top performance. Young children probably won't mind, but as the movie lurches awkwardly from one messy set piece to the next, the lack of a decently arranged musical number makes everything look dull and witless.
In Harlem, 10-year-old Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) is an orphan living in a foster home with four other girls, run by the greedy Miss Hannigan (Diaz). Smart and quick-witted, Annie longs for a day when she can be reunited with her parents. Then she has a run-in with Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a workaholic mobile phone executive who's running for New York mayor. Will's advisor Guy (Bobby Cannavale) suggests that he take Annie in temporarily to boost his poll numbers, and once settled in his spacious penthouse apartment she immediately charms Will's assistant Grace (Rose Byrne) and driver Nash (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). And she begins to work her way into Will's heart as well.
From here, Gluck completely misses the point of the play, trying desperately to crank up a ridiculous scam subplot into some big final-act action mayhem. But this never gains any traction at all because it's clear what has to happen in the story. Indeed, the best thing on screen is the strong chemistry between Foxx and Wallis, who find moments of genuine humour and connection even in the silliest slapstick. And they seem almost reluctant every time they have to dive into yet another insipidly revamped song. Pop star Sia worked on them, but loses all the charm in the attempt to turn each one into a chart-topping clone. Fans of the original music will enjoy the brief riffs of the originals audible here and there, and they'll leave the cinema wanting to revisit the old numbers instead of these Frankenstein versions.
Continue reading: Annie Review
With the upcoming release of 'Annie' on 19th December 2014, the makers have released a medley of some of the musical's songs in promotion.
Director Will Gluck brought his family along to the New York premiere of 'Annie', held at the Ziegfeld Theater, where the movie's eponymous heroine Quvenzhané Wallis also appeared.
In a small New York orphanage, a group of children are united in their hatred for their hatred for their foster mother. But when young Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) falls in front of a bus and is almost killed, she is saved at the last moment by a mysterious man - Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx). Stacks is a politician, who's campaign is helped dramatically by the news that he saved a young orphan's life. After contacting her as part of a publicity campaign, he decides to better his image by adopting her; along the way, both Annie and Stacks realise that they can each learn a thing or two from one another when it comes to love, friendship and family.
Continue: Annie Trailer
The cast of 'Annie' lead New York City in a collective happiness in a moving video.
If anything's going to cheer you up today, let it be the heartwarming video for Sia's rendition of 'Annie' song 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile'. Released ahead of the movie re-boot, it's got us all a little bit choked up.
Sia never fails to make us smile
As part of the soundtrack for the new film, Sia has recorded an exceptionally uplifting update on the original song which first featured in the 1977 Broadway run. In the run-up to the new movie's release, an adorable promotional video premiered on 'Good Morning America' alongside the track, featuring the colourful cast doing their best to get commuters and shoppers to smile while out and about in New York City. With signs reading 'Smile' and other encouraging messages, the young actors hand out drawings of smiley faces to strangers as well as free lemonade in return for smiles, high fives, flowers and, for the dedicated joggers of the city, bananas and water.
Quvenzhane Wallis stars in the new trailer
The youngest ever Oscar nominee, Quvenzhane Wallis – with a touch of autotune thrown in for good measure - plays the iconic and titular role of Annie in Columbia Pictures’ upcoming modernisation of the classic, 1977 Broadway smash, 1982 film and 1999 TV-movie.
Quvenzhane Wallis plays the plucky orphen, Annie, upon whom the film centres
The new trailer gives us a glimpse Will Stacks’ (Jamie Foxx) and Annie’s relationship as they move from life-saving encounter, to mutually beneficial work buddies to father & daughter dynamic, all told via the medium of cute dogs, hip-hop infused dancing and Harlem.
Annie is a young orphan living with her cruel foster mother Miss Hannigan at an orphanage for girls. Having been left on the doorstep as a baby, she has become determined to find out where her parents are to reunite with them. She makes an attempt to escape the hard knock life that is living at the orphanage and discover the location of her folks, but is soon brought back. Things take an unusually lucky turn for her when she is temporarily taken in to the luxurious household of billionaire Will Stacks over the Christmas holiday; though he struggles to connect with Annie, his assistant Grace agrees to help her look for her parents by putting out a generous reward offering for their discovery. However, with such a large sum of money on the table, it's bound to attract a few dishonest and unsavoury characters.
Continue: Annie - International Trailer
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