Columbia Pictures released a brand-new trailer for the upcoming musical comedy Annie, and in it we get a fun, lighthearted look at the world of orphans who are forced to be political pawns in order for a wealthy man to maintain his grasp on power and influence over the population. [21] In August, it was announced production was to begin in Spring 2013. 344 replies. From a poem to a play to a number of high-profile films, Annie has been a very popular orphan. Eden Duncan-Smith as Isabella Sullivan, the second oldest of Annie's foster sisters. Zoe Margaret Colletti as Tessie Marcus, one of Annie's foster sisters, who is the second youngest and is in the same grade as her. Currently voted the best answer. When Annie is asked to read a speech during a charity event, she runs out and reveals that she does not know how to read despite being 10 years old and attending school. [39], Annie opened on December 19, 2014 and earned $5.3 million on its opening day. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. [49] Matt Zoller Seitz called Wallis "the first Annie to bring something both culturally and personally new to this role", and praised the rest of the cast too, including Foxx and Byrne. Favorite Answer. [47] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says that she "overacts the role to the point of hysteria". [48] Cameron Diaz's performance received polarized reviews, with critics praising her effort, but ultimately calling it too "vampy",[48] as well as "strident and obnoxious". Annie also helps Grace and Will realize that they like each other romantically. [48], The performances were more positively received by some critics. Despite being a sequel to a musical, A Royal Adventure has no songs. Answer has 6 votes. [10] Ben Sachs of the Chicago Reader gave the film three out of four stars, praising the "surprising amount of bite: the filmmakers openly acknowledge the similarities between the Great Depression and the present, and the populist message, however overstated, always registers as sincere." While attempting to save a Shiba Inu from bullies, Annie is nearly run over but is saved by Will Stacks, a germaphobe cellphone mogul running for Mayor of New York City. The fate of Annie's birth parents is left open, whereas in previous versions Hannigan reveals that they died sometime previously but Annie has not been told. While the film incorporates notable songs from the original Broadway production, written by composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Martin Charnin, the songs themselves were rearranged by Sia and Greg Kurstin to reflect its new contemporary setting. In 1930, the cartoon was adapted into a 15-minute radio program that ran for 12 years and had around 6 million listeners. Oscar winner Jamie Foxx stars as the wealthy man who saves Annie from her foster home, only now he's called William Stacks instead of Oliver Warbucks. [44], PopMatters magazine rated Annie with a three out of ten, saying, "In its aggravatingly choreographed frenzy, the party scene epitomizes Annie: it's trying too hard both to be and not be the previous Annies, it's trying too little to be innovative or vaguely inspired. ), This page was last edited on 26 October 2020, at 08:41. 1 Answer. [14][15], Sony Pictures first announced the film in January 2011, with Jay-Z and Will Smith serving as producers and Smith's daughter Willow attached to play the lead role. IGN.com praised Wallis and Foxx for being "on-point" throughout much of the film, as well as Rose Byrne, calling her the "surprise" of the film. Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan.The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre). and which one was the most popular. The story was then adapted into a Broadway musical of the same name in 1977, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, and was a smashing success. Both films were poorly received by critics. Annie spends Fridays waiting outside Domani's restaurant, believing her parents will come for her because a note written on a receipt from Domani's says they will return. The film officially premiered at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on December 7, 2014. From a poem to a play to a number of high-profile films, 'Annie' has been a very popular orphan. Thinking Will arranged this, due to the kidnappers believing Will, not Guy, paid them, an upset Annie chastises Will, who tells her he didn't know about the scheme. All three versions of "Annie" that have/are being made into films are based on the 1977 musical. Quvenzhane Wallis, who became the youngest actress ever to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination in 2013, stars as Annie. In 1995, director Ian Toynton made a low-budget sequel called Annie: A Royal Adventure! 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[28], In July 2013, Rose Byrne joined the cast as Grace Farrell, Stacks's faithful assistant[29] and in August, Boardwalk Empire star and partner of Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale joined the cast as a "bulldog political adviser" to Will Stacks. While Hannigan is complicit in deceiving Stacks and Annie that Annie's birth parents have been found (conspiring with Stacks' campaign manager Guy Danlily), they are not impersonated by Hannigan's brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lily as in the original version. Annie received two Golden Globe Award nominations in the categories of Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (for Wallis) and Best Original Song. The 1982 film with Aileen Quinn. Annie learns that there is nothing more about her than what she already knows. As of September 19, 2013, principal photography had begun. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy. Cartoonist Harold Gray then adapted the story into a daily newspaper comic strip called Little Orphan Annie. When a city inspector checks on Miss Hannigan's treatment of the girls, Annie takes advantage of the situation; she manages to copy her social security number from his clipboard and heads off to get her information. [38], Annie was released on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on March 17, 2015 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. ® & © 2020 CBS Studios Inc. © 2020 CBS Television Distribution and CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's names appear in the end credits of MoonQuake Lake, a fictional film within the film; the scenes were actually directed by Lord and Miller. [16] In February 2011, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy became front-runner to direct the film,[17] but by March, he had declined. [32][33] Shooting was done at Grumman Studios. Amanda Troya as Pepper Ulster, the bossiest and oldest foster girl. The site's critical consensus reads, "The new-look Annie hints at a progressive take on a well-worn story, but smothers its likable cast under clichés, cloying cuteness, and a distasteful materialism.