ANNIE Review

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The story of Annie, whether it’s in the comics, the stage play, the 1982 adaptation, or Will Gluck‘s new, updated version, requires relentless positivity to combat its cynical message.  Annie must devote an entire song to the power of optimism because the story basically celebrates the lottery and the benevolence of the wealthy while also trying to show that love is the most valuable treasure of all.  One way to handle that conflict is to put on the biggest smile possible.  The other is the route Gluck has gone with his version, which is to be constantly clever, charming, and embracing a modern twist on the character even if it requires new songs that may not be quite as memorable as “Tomorrow” or “Hard-Knock Life”, but still channel the fun and upbeat attitude of the character.  Filled with great performances from most of the cast, Annie is a funny, joyous update that keeps the musical’s upbeat attitude intact while still dancing to its own tune.

Patty Jenkins to Direct Action-Comedy Remake JACKPOT

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It appears that Monster director Patty Jenkins is now close to making her second feature film in over a decade.  The talented filmmaker was previously attached to helm Thor: The Dark World but subsequently dropped out over creative differences with Marvel.  Her other credits include directing the pilot for AMC’s The Killing as well as episodes of Entourage and Arrested Development, but now THR reports that she’s turning her attention to the action-comedy genre with a remake of the 2011 Norwegian film Jackpot.  Based on a story by crime author Jo Nesbo (Headhunters and The Snowman), the film revolves around four men who win big in a sports pool, only to resort to lethal measures when dividing the winnings proves difficult.

The Expendables and Doom scribe David Callaham penned the screenplay, and Will Gluck (Easy A) is producing.  It’s been too long since Jenkins brought her talents to the feature film world, so I’m happy to see that she’s found a new project.  Watch the trailer for the original film after the jump.

New ANNIE Trailer featuring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale

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Will Gluck’s rendition of Annie looks cheesy to the max, but there’s just something about that story and those songs that’s undeniably appealing and packs the power to put a smile on your face regardless of flat humor and tacky dialogue.  Plus, this latest trailer has little to no Cameron Diaz in it and that definitely works to the piece’s benefit.

We’ll get to see what Quvenzhané Wallis is capable of post-Beasts of the Southern Wild when Annie hits theaters on December 19th.  The film also stars Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and David Zayas.  Hit the jump to check out the new Annie trailer.

First Trailer for ANNIE Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz

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Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Will Gluck‘s (Easy A) new musical adaptation Annie.  The redo stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film is very clearly a modern day update of the story, as it bears little resemblance to the 1982 film adaptation of the same musical.  Wallis appears to be sufficiently charming in the lead role, and Diaz puts an interesting spin on the mean Miss Hannigan sans drinking habit.  Some of the music is rather heavy on the auto-tune, but all-in-all this looks to be a fairly entertaining musical aimed squarely at families looking for an agreeable holiday movie outing.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z, the film also stars Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David ZayasAnnie opens in theaters on December 19th.

EASY A Helmer Will Gluck to Direct Agatha Christie Action-Adventure AGATHA for Paramount

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Director Will Gluck is adding another potential project to his growing development pile.  Gluck most recently helmed the better-than-they-ought-to-be Easy A and Friends with Benefits and is currently prepping to start filming the Annie remake later this year with Best Actress nominee and Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis set as the lead.  Though Annie is next on his docket, Gluck hasn’t stopped searching for other future projects as he has just attached himself to direct the action-adventure film Agatha for Paramount Pictures.

Written on spec by Allison Schroeder, Agatha envisions what happened to mystery author Agatha Christie during the 11 days she went missing in December of 1926.  Plot details are unknown at this time, but the film’s tone is described as “a female Sherlock Holmes meets Romancing the Stone.”  Hit the jump for more on the source incident, Christie’s mysterious disappearance. 

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Star Quvenzhané Wallis in Consideration to Lead Will Gluck’s ANNIE Remake

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Though it was only a few weeks ago that we learned that Willow Smith was no longer going to be starring in the Will Smith and Jay-Z-produced musical remake of Annie, it appears that director Will Gluck (Friends with Benefits) already has his sights set on a pretty big get to lead the film.  EW reports that Beasts of the Southern Wild star (and Best Actress nominee) Quvenzhané Wallis is apparently in consideration to star in the redo, though the magazine cautions that Gluck and the producers have yet to make any firm casting decisions.  Hit the jump for more.

Will Gluck in Talks to Direct ANNIE Remake Produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z; Willow Smith Drops Out

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Development on Sony’s musical remake of Annie continues, and the project has both gained and lost a player.  The project was first announced in early 2011 with Will Smith and Jay-Z producing the redo as a starring vehicle for Smith’s daughter Willow Smith.  Willow is now 12 years old and has since outgrown the lead role, so she is no longer attached to star.  However, movement on the project continues as Easy A and Friends with Benefits helmer Will Gluck is now in negotiations to direct.  Hit the jump for more.

NBC Wins Bid for Michael J. Fox Sitcom

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Well that didn’t take long! It was only last week that we reported on TV networks buzzing over a new sitcom from Michael J. Fox, with director Will Gluck (Easy A) and writer Sam Laybourne (Arrested Development). Now reports have NBC winning a big bidding war to land the project, which Fox will star in.  This bodes well for NBC, which finished third at the end of last season’s network ratings.  The deal is even sweeter for Fox, as the network has committed to a 22-episode run before a pilot has even been filmed.  Hit the jump for more details on how the deal went down and what this means for Fox fans in the future.

Networks Buzzing Over Potential Michael J. Fox Comedy Series

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Reports are coming in that Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future — though does this man need an introduction?) is teaming up with director Will Gluck (Easy A) and writer Sam Laybourne (Arrested Development) to create a single-camera comedy that should be set to air in 2013.  Though the specifics of plot are unknown, sources say that the series may be inspired by Fox’s own life.

Fox has had some inspiring appearances of his own on other TV series lately, including a great Emmy-nominated turn as attorney Louis Canning on CBS’s critical hit The Good Wife, as well as a brief but memorable few episodes as a version of himself on Larry David‘s long-running HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm.  For more on Fox’s upcoming show, hit the jump.

Will Gluck to Direct SKYJACK: THE HUNT FOR D.B. COOPER for CBS Films

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Will Gluck, director of comedies Fired Up!, Easy A and Friends with Benefits, will try his hand at action (comedy) in Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper.  The film is an adaptation of the Geoffrey Gray novel of the same name which tells the tale of D.B. Cooper, who hijacked a Boeing 727 in mid-flight to demand $200,000 and four parachutes.  After jumping out of the plane somewhere over the Pacific Northwest, authorities were never able to catch him.  Gluck is in talks to direct and produce the adaptation while Keith Bunin (In Treatment) will write the script.  Hit the jump for more on Skyjack.


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Director Will Gluck is poised to tackle decidedly different material than that of his previous films. Gluck has found success with the highly entertaining, pop culture-infused pics Easy A and Friends with Benefits, but he’s now attached to direct a slightly darker film. THR reports that Gluck is attached to helm a remake of the 2006 Swiss drama Vitus, called How to Disappear Completely. The story centers on “an academic and music prodigy who suffers under the constant scrutiny of his over-protective parents. His life takes a dramatic turn after an accident causes him to revert back to ‘normal’ intelligence.” Ed Solomon (Men in Black) wrote the script, but Gluck is expected to develop a draft of his own. Hit the jump for more, including the trailer for Vitus.

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS Director Will Gluck to Helm Action-Comedy SECRETARIES DAY

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Sony Pictures has acquired a spec script for an action-comedy called Secretaries Day, and Will Gluck is set to direct and produce. Deadline reports that Sony acquired the spec from Drew Pearce, a scribe who’s becoming more prolific by the day. The writer has been busy working on Iron Man 3 for director Shane Black and was recently tapped to pen Sherlock Holmes 3—which is all but guaranteed to go into production if tracking for A Game of Shadows holds up. The report has no plot details regarding Secretaries Day other than to say it’s an action-comedy, though I’m assuming it involves secretaries in some action-y way (fingers crosses for ninja secretaries). I was a huge fan of Gluck’s past two movies (Friends with Benefits and Easy A) so I’m interested to see what he does with the action-comedy genre.

Aside from Iron Man 3 and Sherlock Holmes 3, Pearce also did some work on Guillermo del Toro’s directorial project Pacific Rim (which is now finally filming), and wrote an adaptation of Marvel’s Runaways and DC’s The Mighty. The scribe first came to prominence with his ITV2 superhero sitcom No Heroics.

New Red Band Trailer for FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

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Since it’s apparently the year of the sex buddy comedy, a new red band trailer for Friends with Benefits has been released. While I’m a fan of Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, and quite enjoyed director Will Gluck’s Easy A, this movie just looks painfully unfunny. The newest red band trailer really doesn’t do much to change my mind. The highlights (ie. only amusing parts) are Emma Stone and Andy Samberg, but it seems they only appear for small cameo-ish roles. However, Hunter saw the film and enjoyed it—he’s even mentioned in the ad—so maybe it works better as a whole. But I’m not holding my breath.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson and Richard Jenkins. Friends with Benefits opens July 22nd.

International Trailer for FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

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Screen Gems kicked off the marketing campaign for Friends with Benefits with a red band trailer, then followed up with a green band trailer.  This new international trailer (the text is Portuguese, so I’m assuming Brazil) lies somewhere in between on the dirty scale.  In fact, I believe if the studio turned this into the MPAA, it would come back stamped in red.  There’s plenty of new footage, but I think I need to forego any further exposure to before seeing the movie.  Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are affable stars, and I trust writer/director Will Gluck (Easy A) with the colorful subject matter.  But this kind of comedy struggles to charm in such short, concentrated bursts.

I don’t have to last too long: Friends with Benefits opens in the U.S. on July 22.  Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins, and Woody Harrelson also star.  Watch the trailer after the break.

Will Gluck in Talks to Direct Adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s SEX ON THE MOON

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Director Will Gluck (Easy A) is in talks to helm the adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s latest book Sex on the Moon. Mezrich is no stranger to film adaptations, as his book The Accidental Billionaires was adapted by Aaron Sorkin into the Oscar-winning screenplay for The Social Network. Social Network producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, as well as executive producer Kevin Spacey are collaborating once again for Sex on the Moon.

24 Frames reports that Gluck, who is busy putting the finishing touches on the Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis vehicle Friends with Benefits, is currently in talks with Sony to direct the stranger-than-fiction story of a 25-year-old NASA scientist who hatches a plan to heist moon rocks in order to impress his girlfriend. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book, which hits stores this July.

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