The summer movie season is finally here, and with it comes the usual glut of big-budget blockbusters. But if you’re in the mood for something a bit more offbeat, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is definitely one to look out for.
Inspired by the collection of prose poetry essays that gives the movie its title, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet turns those poems into distinct segments, each done up in a different, gorgeously unique animation style. All are knit together by a framing device involving an artist (Liam Neeson), his housekeeper (Salma Hayek), and her daughter (voiced by Quvenzhané Wallis).
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Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Nearly two years after she took Sundance by storm with Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhané Wallis is back this winter with Annie. The films are pretty different in most respects — one is a scrappy indie drama, the other a big-budget studio musical — but both are about irresistibly plucky young girls, and that’s where Wallis seems to shine.
She brings the same energy and enthusiasm that made her the youngest-ever Best Actress nominee, and the results so far look totally charming. See one last Annie trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Jamie Foxx got to play a supervillain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 earlier this year, but in this winter’s Annie, he’ll be more like a superhero. Batman, to be specific. Or so his character claims in the new Annie trailer.
Meanwhile, he also seems to think taking in Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) will be kind of like owning a turtle. So if you think about it, the updated Annie is sorta-kinda the heartwarming story of Batman adopting a turtle. Aww. Watch the latest Annie trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Plucky orphan Annie made her Broadway debut over thirty years ago, and started out as a comic book strip character fifty years before that. But Sony’s Annie makes her young and new again, by transporting the action to modern-day New York City.
Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) plays Annie herself, who’s under the not-so-caring care of Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). Her boundless optimism pays off when she crosses paths with Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a billionaire running for political office. Watch the new Annie international trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
Quvenzhané Wallis was an unknown when she was cast in the offbeat indie Beasts of the Southern Wild, but her winning personality and natural talent won her fans and earned her accolades in no time. Now she’s applying those qualities to a more conventional project, Will Gluck‘s updated adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Annie.
The first =trailer offers plenty of chances to see Wallis in action, singing and dancing her way through modern-day Harlem. Not even the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) can keep Wallis’s Annie down, and in seemingly no time at all she’s charmed her way into the life of kindly billionaire Benjamin Stacks (Jamie Foxx). Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Sony may have moved Annie into the present day, but a first-look image reveals they haven’t gotten rid of the sunny charm that’s kept her so beloved all these years.
The picture shows Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne performing the classic tune “Tomorrow” in the streets of New York City. Everyone looks like they’re having a blast, perhaps because it’s tough not to when they’re surrounded by balloons and trailed by an entire marching band. Check it out after the jump.
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The new film from director Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man who was kidnapped and held as a slave for over a decade. In 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Northrup, and we see his horrific journey and what amounts to years of imprisonment as a slave as he is tormented by captors and owners.
The impressive cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis, Lupita Nyongo, Scoot McNairy, Michael Kenneth Williams and Garret Dillahunt. The story is wrenching — if Django Unchained played fast and loose with history, this is the film that attempts to tell the story of a slave’s emancipation from more true-to-life details. The trailer has an air of Oscar bait about it, but the emotions it calls up are undeniable. And knowing the way McQueen’s films work, the trailer could be a much more audience-friendly experience than the final film will be. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Apparently, Sony simply adores the idea of Cameron Diaz being mean to children. The studio recently put in motion a sequel to Bad Teacher, her surprise hit comedy from 2011, and now they’ve got her on board for Annie, in which she’ll play nasty, alcoholic orphanage headmistress Miss Hannigan. She joins Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Sandra Bullock has maintained an immensely popular sweetheart reputation for much of her career, but lately she seems eager to shake things up. A few months ago, she signed on to voice the villainness in the Minions spinoff.
Now she’s looking to stay on the dark side with a role as the nasty Miss Hannigan, in the upcoming remake of Annie. Will Gluck is directing the picture, which also stars Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx. Get the latest on the movie after the jump.
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