Beyonce Annie cast

The reviews are in for Sony's remake of the Broadway musical, Annie, which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, Dec. 19.

Calling Annie 2014 "visual ugliness", Hollywood Reporter writer David Rooney wrote that director Will Gluck (with the blessings of producers Jay Z and the Will Smiths) pulverized "every ounce of charm out of the musical in a strained effort to drag it into the social-media age."

In the original 1977 Broadway musical (based on a comic strip), little orphan Annie and the other orphans sing for their supper at a big city orphanage.

But in noting that the film's star, 11-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, can't sing a note, Rooney compares her to "those overconfident children of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith."

The overwhelming impression from this very loose remake — directed with a stunning lack of musicality by Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends With Benefits) — is that the creative team doesn't actually like the material much. If not for gushing testaments in the press notes, you might be tempted to think they're embarrassed by it. Source

Rooney did go easy on actor Jamie Foxx, who can sing.

Of the cast, Foxx escapes most unscathed, despite having to do more spit-takes than Danny Thomas. He's also the only one of the principals who can actually sing, though on his solo, "The City's Yours" (a distinctly minor addition to the canon of Big Apple anthems), he goes for an embarrassing sexy-soul-daddy sound that's out of character. Even in a movie Auto-Tuned to within an inch of its life, Wallis clearly is no singer. And Byrne, who can usually be relied upon to add some sparkle, is as wan here as her feeble vocals. Source

  • YoSoyXamaycan

    Still will take my daughter to go see this.

  • YoSoyXamaycan

    Is that cleavage? Oye.

  • sdsthomas

    Yes, I can't wait to take my girls!

  • spiceykay

    I was going to post this downstairs but I saw the new post. I don't know if Kevin Hart will get cast in many more movies because of this email hack issue. Yes you want to get paid for your work but I personally think not mentioning it on your social media pages is shooting yourself in the foot. He is basically hot because he keeps getting movies that seem to do well in the box office and once they stop getting the ticket sales expected he will have a hard time getting films.

  • Vanna is the root of all evil

    I wanna :hump: Jamie geeze

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    We going.

  • KK76

    Still going to see it too. Did anyone else see Top 5? My top 5: Biggie, Jay, Talib, Nas, Common.

  • SOTHERNGRL

    Why they didnt like Annie? Its cause she black aint it. That not nice sir :nono:

  • SummerBaby

    he goes for an embarrassing sexy-soul-daddy sound
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    :lol:

  • Time to Waste

    :eyeroll:
    Seems like that reporter has a personal issue with Will Smith.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqU4jzOjp3s Afiya says FOH :chase:

    I'm glad they changed "Tomorrow" somewhat, that is an annoying song :smh:

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    YoSoyXamaycan says:

    Is that cleavage? Oye.
    ________________

    :facepalm: with tan lines too. lawdt.

    come hell or highwater we still going to see it on saturday. my kids weekend program is taking them and I said I wanted to go to. so suck it, Rooney!

    this aint even the first remake and at least Annie has eyeballs! used to hate that the comic strip character didnt.

  • sassyshe

    Morning all

    Seems like said reporter has issues. Some classics I do agree should be remade so that kids can identify. He wants the original he can catch a broadway show

  • SOTHERNGRL

    I am at a total loss (that nothing new) but what does Will Smith or Jay Z have to do with this? Did they do the music I hear Hard knock life on the commercial. :shrug:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqU4jzOjp3s Afiya says FOH :chase:

    So Jay and Bee was at Taylor's bd party...did Taylor's people pay them to attend? :think:

  • kamadiva

    I was going to take LilDiva, but her Godmother called Dibs on her for the movie...prolly wants to "use" her as a cover to go see it!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    A young man from my hometown was killed. Passenger in car. Shot in head. "Friends dropped him off at the ER like they did Leon in The Temptations.

  • kamadiva

    Did yall see First Daughters, Malia and Sasha at the White House Holiday Special! They look so cute and growing up :thumbsup: beautifully!

  • kamadiva

    @ SOTHERNGRL - I was wondering the same thing. I didn't know they was involved.

  • Ni ni

    The previews look a mess. Some classics should be left alone. Why not just do a musical movie, get creative and come up with a your own title :shrugs: . Hollywood is too lazy nowadays.i was wondering if the lil girl could sing or if they just stuck her in the movie.

  • Unshakable

    @ZoeLove,

    Sorry to hear that. Did you know him personally?

    @topic,

    I am happy for Lil Quay Quay's success. I hope she doesn't get turnt out by Hollyweird. And no ma'am to that cleavage. :nono: You have all the time in the world to bust it wide open when you're grown For now, just enjoy beng a kid.

    OAN,

    I plan on going to see Selma.

  • Time to Waste

    :wail:
    Memph Bleek got married this weekend.
    He was my brown skinned back up :lol:

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    Shake- not really. My mom coached tall back in the day and he was on her team.

    Time- Girl he was my boo. I used to record videos when 106 was fresh. Had IsThat Your Chick on repeat.

  • Anna

    kamadiva says:

    I was going to take LilDiva, but her Godmother called Dibs on her for the movie…prolly wants to “use” her as a cover to go see it!
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    My Grand will be my cover to go see it.

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    Ni ni the ppl who respect the original wont go see it. this is for the new kids. theyve been playing the other two versions back to back on one of them channels like AMC

    Jamie up there channeling Wanda from living color :rofl:

  • Vanna is the root of all evil

    OAN,

    I plan on going to see Selma.

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    Me too the movie looks great it's bout time

  • inter_loop

    I thought is was odd too to see Jay-Z and Beyoncé at Taylor Swiff's personal birthday party. You barely see Jay-Z and Beyoncé at the BET Awards, let alone the NAACP Image Awards. Something's fishy about that.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkcCHR-7FNA Man, I just don’t care™

    Still going to see it too. Did anyone else see Top 5? My top 5: Biggie, Jay, Talib, Nas, Common.
    ______________________

    :huh:
    COMMON? :eek:
    :rofl:

  • Torae

    This movie was adorable it wasn't unbearable to watch. My 8 year old loved it and she dosent watch movies if they aren't cartoons. I enjoyed the movie as well. Maybe people slammed it because she's a black Annie. There are not many movies where the main character is a little black girl. Count how many movies where a black girl is the focus. I'll wait....

  • Vanna is the root of all evil

    Memph Bleek got married this weekend.
    He was my brown skinned back up :lol:

    ---
    K Michelle was just argoing with Elle Varner over him who he marry that fast. He is a cutie

  • Vanna is the root of all evil

    I thought is was odd too to see Jay-Z and Beyoncé at Taylor Swiff’s personal birthday party. You barely see Jay-Z and Beyoncé at the BET Awards, let alone the NAACP Image Awards. Something’s fishy about that.

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    They been like that for years. They are crossover artist they can't mess with us too much or they will appear bias. Money talks

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    COMMON?
    _______

    :nono: fix ya face nah. this is how ppl feel when you dote over Kim K.

    let ppl have their (weird) preferences :)

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    How about my Seahawks!!! *giggles in hand* at Man

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    K Michelle was just argoing with Elle Varner over him
    ___________________

    :facepalm: wow she really do love em ALL. K leaves no stone unturned. sheesh!

  • Unshakable

    @Torae,

    If we include adult films, here is my list:

    That disney movie with the Cajun/Creole flavor
    Monster's Ball
    Obsessed
    What's Love got to do with it
    Love Jones
    Love & Basketball
    The Colah Purpah

    I know I may be reachin, but every lil bit helps :rofl

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqU4jzOjp3s Afiya says FOH :chase:

    :stop: I thought Memphis was married to Toya (Wayne's ex) :confused:

  • http://youtu.be/dXBaJfVr9us MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    :hi: Taking a quick mental break :) Got to put together some crap. LIKE LITERALLY. :eek: Put together a bunch of thank you gifts for folks that really need to be thanking us for our business. Anyways my son was in the car and bust on singing TOMORROW. I have no idea who taught him.Of course I find it adorbs. Him singing tomorrow >> :eek:

  • San ah make ya dance

    Calling Annie 2014 “visual ugliness”, Hollywood Reporter writer David Rooney wrote that director Will Gluck
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    This piece of shyt

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    They were arguing over Meek Mill

  • http://youtu.be/dXBaJfVr9us MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    K Michelle was just argoing with Elle Varner over him
    ___________________
    I thought it was Meek Mill? :dead: I guess we all confused like F it.. they all nonMFFactors with Ms in they name

  • Blanche Devereaux

    Ill watch it when it gets to Redbox. Blanche 5 is going with my granny so I won't be wasting MY coins...I'm a Broadway snob though but I have a feeling folks just mad BC she's black.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    Toya married to Memphitz, the fact I know this..

  • San ah make ya dance

    I thought Memphis was married to Toya (Wayne’s ex) :confused:
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    :lol: Not the same person

  • Smonae

    Wasting Time :happy:

    I'm still gonna take my little one to see this movie :shrugs:

  • Ms Peaches

    this aint even the first remake and at least Annie has eyeballs! used to hate that the comic strip character didnt.
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    :rofl:

    I will be taking my granddaughters hopefully Friday.

  • http://youtu.be/dXBaJfVr9us MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    :earphones:
    I'M IN LOVE WITH THE COCO
    *stands in the middle of the blog with airplane arms and sways to the beat*
    I'm in love wit da coco :danban: I got it fo the low low...
    @U HIT YOU WITH DAT THRIENTA OCHO :eek:
    I GOT BAKING SODA! BAKING SODA :hahaha:

  • Smonae

    Who dis chick Bleek done married :pc:

  • San ah make ya dance

    I’M IN LOVE WITH THE COCO
    *stands in the middle of the blog with airplane arms and sways to the beat*
    I’m in love wit da coco :danban: I got it fo the low low…
    @U HIT YOU WITH DAT THRIENTA OCHO :eek:
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    I loathe that song :eek:

  • SOTHERNGRL

    I thought is was odd too to see Jay-Z and Beyoncé at Taylor Swiff’s personal birthday party. You barely see Jay-Z and Beyoncé at the BET Awards, let alone the NAACP Image Awards. Something’s fishy about that.
    —-
    They been like that for years. They are crossover artist they can’t mess with us too much or they will appear bias. Money talks
    ***********************
    ION care about them hanging with the yts but why are they always with yts ion like. This is just like when they were hanging with that damn pale face ho Gwyn Paltrow and that skeleton have a damn husband of hers. Do better B&J witcho yt folks.:nono: Like they give a tinkers damn what EYE think. :rofl:

  • http://youtu.be/dXBaJfVr9us MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    Toya married to Memphitz, the fact I know this.
    __________
    Ya'll just made me physically tired :crying1:

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    That disney movie with the Cajun/Creole flavor
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    The Princess and the Frog!

    Princess Tiana was just on Sofia the First the other day :love: whenever my son is not home me and baby girl lay up and watch this. she likes beasts of the southern wild too for some odd reason.

  • Time to Waste

    K Michelle was just argoing with Elle Varner over him who he marry that fast. He is a cutie
    ----------------------------
    :rofl:
    That was Meek Mill !

  • http://youtu.be/dXBaJfVr9us MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    I loathe that song
    ________
    Me too :heart: But I love it at the same time. I listen to the first minute. That's all I NEED :danban1:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkcCHR-7FNA Man, I just don’t care™

    Memphis Bleek? People care about him? :eek:
    :rofl:

  • San ah make ya dance

    :lol:

  • Time to Waste

    :stop: I thought Memphis was married to Toya (Wayne’s ex) :confused:
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    :rofl:
    :dead:

    That is Memphiz Hits
    Memphis Bleek is a different person!

  • Vanna is the root of all evil

    I'm sorry I git meek mill confused with Memphis bleek. It's too early with all the M names

  • San ah make ya dance

    I need to get in the children biz. Its amazing how much they promote to our kids

  • KK76

    Whatever, Man. Thanks, User. (Sorta.)

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    Blanche Devereaux says:

    Ill watch it when it gets to Redbox
    _________

    chile the bootleg man done got upgraded. said if you got a USB, then he can download the movie for you for $3 or 2 for $5. I thought about Fiya husband and fell out laughing

  • http://youtu.be/dXBaJfVr9us MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    ION care about them hanging with the yts but why are they always with yts ion like. This is just like when they were hanging with that damn pale face ho Gwyn Paltrow and that skeleton have a damn husband of hers. Do better B&J witcho yt folks.:nono: Like they give a tinkers damn what EYE think. :rofl:
    __________
    :cosign: I totally agree. Hang with who you want but let them not be lame.Hang with Amy Poehler... Tina Fey, Angie, Brad, Matt Damon, Clooney, Julia Roberts, Rachel Maddow :kona:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqU4jzOjp3s Afiya says FOH :chase:

    :thankyou: I was so confused :lol:

  • Time to Waste

    San and Smonae :hug:

    Heard Feeling Myself?

  • Vanna is the root of all evil

    K Michelle was just argoing with Elle Varner over him who he marry that fast. He is a cutie
    —————————-
    :rofl:
    That was Meek Mill !
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    I'm telling u its too many of them.

    :hahaha:

  • San ah make ya dance

    :hug: Waster, nah. I'm slack on the music right now :(

  • http://youtu.be/dXBaJfVr9us MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    KK is that you in the dress? :blink:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqU4jzOjp3s Afiya says FOH :chase:

    Mistake, you STILL singing that song :lol: What the hell is is anywayz and who is the artist?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkcCHR-7FNA Man, I just don’t care™

    @KK76
    I'm fantasizing that the "KK" is for Kim Kardashian so I won't tease you too bad.

    But, COMMON SUCKS! No one likes that clown with his "positive messages" and "uplifting" azz music. :no:

  • KK76

    Yes, Taken.

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    Thanks, User. (Sorta.)
    __________________

    aint nothing wrong with Common. you like who you like.

    now liking Kim K at the level Man does is whats weird :lol:

    thats you in the wedding gown? :nun: congrats!

  • San ah make ya dance

    But, COMMON SUCKS! No one likes that clown with his “positive messages” and “uplifting” azz music
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    :lol: Common does have some good music tho

  • http://youtu.be/dXBaJfVr9us MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    Mistake, you STILL singing that song :lol: What the hell is is anywayz and who is the artist?
    _________
    OT Genesis is the artist and it is straight ignancy. Sets out people byke everytime I listen to it. :lol:
    @KK nice photo

  • Blanche Devereaux

    Blanche 5 just said mommy :danban: reminds her of Peanut Butter Jelly Time :hahaha: idk why she is all in my phone. She also said hello :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkcCHR-7FNA Man, I just don’t care™

    Ill watch it when it gets to Redbox
    _________

    chile the bootleg man done got upgraded. said if you got a USB, then he can download the movie for you for $3 or 2 for $5. I thought about Fiya husband and fell out laughing
    ______________________

    :rofl:
    These niggas in ingenious bruh! Got several different genres of movies for cheap knowing you wanna see one of em!

  • KK76

    He writes REAL lyrics and actually tells a story. I was listening to TI's ATM this weekend. Why are they shooting at the reverend and wearing shoes by deception? Garbage lyrics everywhere you look.

  • KK76

    Thanks, Taken.

  • http://youtu.be/dXBaJfVr9us MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    I still want to see Gone Girl :cuss:
    @U let me send you a USB and some $$ and get me some video :rofl: No for real. Are they studio quality?? The bootleg man we know that work out the Jamaican patty shop (i don't even eat that sooooo) movie be hit or miss so i don't even give him my business anymore :winky:

  • San ah make ya dance

    I cant believe people still got a side hustle of bootlegging movies :facepalm:

  • KK76

    @User- Girl, I loves me some Common even though his adam's apple distracts me at times.

  • Time to Waste

    Why did that woman crop North out the pic than post it :facepalm:

  • KK76

    Gone Girl was a good movie. Hilarious and unbelievable.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    The bootleg man we got done went :ghost: he was an upstanding one too (aside from the bootlegging). If it was bad, he said was like me no give you that. He was scary tho. Need anew connect. Movies and a babyItter expensive.

  • http://youtu.be/dXBaJfVr9us MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    He writes REAL lyrics and actually tells a story. I was listening to TI’s ATM this weekend. Why are they shooting at the reverend and wearing shoes by deception? Garbage lyrics everywhere you look.
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    HOLE UP WAIT ON MF MINUTE :ak47: <Tip guns.
    There will be no type of disrespect tolerated about THE KANG PAHTNAH :huh: I;m about my issue.....
    One can exist without the other. You can have positive feel good raps and you can also have ratchet music. NOBODY WILL LOSE THEIR ANGEL WINGS :rules: Tip also speaks the truth on his albums. If you know the lingo and his BANNNNKKHEAD accent :lol:

  • SummerBaby

    Girl, I loves me some Common even though his adam’s apple distracts me at times.
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    :lol: I like Common :yes:

  • Time to Waste

    I still want to see Gone Girl :cuss:
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    Wasn't that book so good.
    I'm gonna wait for it to come on cable; just in case it don't meet my expectations.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

    A fiya tryna get the :trophy: already? :blink: :lol:

    :newpost:

  • http://youtu.be/dXBaJfVr9us MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    Why did that woman crop North out the pic than post it :facepalm:
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    SHE SHOWED THAT BISH WHO WAS THE REAL BOSS

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    San ah make ya dance says:

    I cant believe people still got a side hustle of bootlegging movies
    ______________________

    :lol:
    if you build it they will come. long as ppl buying, somebody gonna keep selling. :shrugs:

    he's a school teacher too. you know teachers get paid in gum.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqU4jzOjp3s Afiya says FOH :chase:

    Me either San (78), just so dreadful :smh:

  • SOTHERNGRL

    Rachel Maddow
    ******************
    :facepalm: MommaSothern keeps her t.v. on MSNBC or whatever channel this comes on. My niece walked in the saw Rachel on and said she gay aint she Granny. Momma was like yeadh baby

  • KK76

    Lol. I like a good dose of ratchet errr now and then, but wth is he talking about?

  • http://youtu.be/dXBaJfVr9us MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    @KK he don't know what they talking about he was high on mollies :kona:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

    Why are they shooting at the reverend and wearing shoes by deception?
    *****

    Shoes by Guisseppe. I see somebody has not been reading their Young Thug lingo manual :huh:

  • San ah make ya dance

    he’s a school teacher too. you know teachers get paid in gum.
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    Trident layers you say :dead:

  • SOTHERNGRL

    Hey @Blanche5 :wave:

  • KK76

    @V- I read the lyrics. Maybe he meant to say Giuseppe, but that's not what it sounds like.