Critics Slam ‘Annie'; Jay Z and Will Smith Butcher Broadway Classic

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.”

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Celebs Out & About: Gabrielle Union, Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Big Sean, Michael Sam

'Top Five' NY Premiere in NYC

Sultry American actress Gabrielle Union attended the NY premiere of the comedy ‘Top Five’ yesterday.
Photos: Nancy Rivera / Splash News

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Video Premiere: Sia – You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile (‘Annie’ Soundtrack)

Annie 2014

Roc Nation released the music video for “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” off the ‘Annie’ 2014 soundtrack. ‘Annie’ 2014, starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Rose Byrne, is due in theaters on Dec. 19.

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Quvenzhane Wallis Named the New Face of Armani Jr.

Quvenzhane Wallis for Armani Junior

Ten year old Quvenzhane Wallis stole hearts in the 2012 movie “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, for which she earned an Oscar nom. Little Q was the youngest actress to be so honored. She went on to star in the critically acclaimed film “12 Years a Slave”.

The accolades and major accomplishments continue to roll in for Q. She was just named the face of Giorgio Armani Jr., a high end fashion line for children and teens.

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Celebs Out & About: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Karrueche Tran, Quvenzhané Wallis

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Reality TV starlet Kim Kardashian, 33, and music producer Kanye West, 36, were spotted arriving at Spago Restaurant for an intimate dinner for 2 last night. Kanye had that faraway look of a loose cannon with a lit fuse. West was recently charged with assaulting a Paparazzi at LAX Airport. The paparazzo promised to drop the charges if Kanye treated him and his family to dinner. But Kanye reportedly flipped the table over when he saw the $12,000 dinner bill. According to Creambmp.com, the rapper reportedly said “I hope you get a picture of this sh*t,” after flipping the table over. Kanye added: “By the time he pays that off his kids will be taking pictures of my kids-kids taking a sh*t.”
Photo: All Access Photo / Splash News

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Celebs Out & About: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane’ Wallis, Pharrell Williams, Louis Bullock

Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis

Actors Jamie Foxx, center, and Quvenzhane’ Wallis, right, posed with a rugged firefighter during a photo shoot for their upcoming movie ‘Annie’ in New York City. Quvenzhane’ tried on a firefighter hat as she and Foxx took pictures at a neighborhood fire station.
Photo: Asadorian-Mejia/Splash News

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’12 Years a Slave’ Wins People’s Choice Award

12 Years a Slave

The awards and accolades continue to pile up for ’12 Years a Slave’, which won the People’s Choice Audience award from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Deadline.com reports.

’12 Years a Slave’ debuted at Telluride Film Festival, and is already generating talk of Oscar nominations, despite earning the rep of being “too difficult” to sit through.

The Fox Searchlight Film is based on the true story of a free black man from upstate NY, Solomon Northup, who is abducted and sold into slavery. In his 12th year of slavery, Northrup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) has long been forgotten by the wife and children he left behind.

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