Movie Exclusive – First Official Teaser Trailer for “Annie” Remake

The first official teaser trailer for the Annie remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne has been released!

In this new teaser, we get to see some of the subtle changes that have been made to the story and the overall feel of the updated music. We also get our first look at some of the major dance numbers that will be featured throughout the film.

Originally the awaited movie musical was going to be released December 25, 2014. However, the release date was changed to an earlier date and it will now hit theaters on December 19, 2014.

What do you think of tis first official trailer? Do you like the updated feel of the classic musical? Are you looking forward to seeing the movie when it hits theaters? What do you think of the cast behind this Annie reboot?

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Source: YouTube

Award Season Exclusive – SAG Award Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 20th Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards were officially announced this morning.

Two panels of 2,100 members from across the country select the nominees and from there, all of the SAG-AFTRA members are given voting information to select the winner. The ceremony will be broadcasted live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, January 18, 2014. 

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Here is a complete list of nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards:

Feature Films:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Judi Dench, Philomena

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruel, Rush
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
August: Osage County
Dallas Buyers Club
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Primetime Television:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Peter Dinkledge, Game of Thrones
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Veep

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game Of Thrones
Homeland

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock
Arrested Development
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Jeremy Irons, The Hollow Crown
Rob Lowe, Killing Kennedy
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Angela Bassett, Betty & Coretta
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton & Taylor
Holly Hunter, Top of the Lake
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

SAG Honors for Ensembles:
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
All Is Lost
Fast & Furious 6
Lone Survivor
Rush
The Wolverine

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game Of Thrones
Homeland
The Walking Dead

What do you think of the nominations? Are you surprised by any of these nominations? Do you have specific actors, films, or television shows that you are rooting for? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Source: The Wrap

Movie Exclusive – “Annie” Reboot Gets a Release Date Change

Those familiar with the musical theater and Broadway world know the classic story behind the hit musical Annie. Columbia Pictures has been working on a major motion picture reboot over the past few months with Will Gluck directing.

The release date for this anticipated movie musical was originally set for December 25, 2014. However, the release date was recently changed to a slightly earlier date and the movie will now be hitting theaters on December 19, 2014.

Annie has an amazing cast behind it including Jamie Foxx and Benjamin Stacks, which is the Daddy Warbucks character. The talented and young actress, Quvenzhané Wallis will be playing the title character of Annie. Plus, actresses Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne are also part of the cast as Miss Hannigan and Grace Farrell respectively.

Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis on the set of "Annie"
Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis on the set of “Annie”

Are you excited to see this Annie reboot? What do you think of the cast behind this project? Be sure to check back in for more Annie exclusives as the film continues production!

Sources: IMDbPro, Box Office MojoInstagram, and Twitter

Film Festival Coverage – Official Schedule and Guest List Released for TIFF

One of the biggest film events of the year, and the biggest film event in Canada, is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)! So far it looks like it is going to be an amazing festival and a recently announced lineup revealed there are some highly anticipated films set to premiere.

Today there were some exciting new announcements made regarding the official schedule and the stars that will be attending the festival. The Toronto International Film Festival website has the official schedule available for you to download and read through here. On the first day of the festival, films such as Blue is The Warmest Colour, The Big Chill, Unbeatable, The Fifth Estate are premiering.

Entertainment Tonight Canada shared the exclusive guest list and announced who would be attending the prestigious  festival.  As it is every year, the TIFF Red Carpet is going to be absolutely star-studded. The guest list includes, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard, Alice Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zac Efron, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, James Franco, Chris Hemsworth, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Firth, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Mila Kunis, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, Daniel Radcliffe, and Owen Wilson.

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There will also be many directors, producers, and other production team members present at the festival to support their work. Some of the directors that are on the guest list include Atom Egoyan who directed Devil’s Knot and Jason Reitman who directed Labor Day. Paul Haggis will be attending to premiere his film Third Person and Oscar-winning director Ron Howard will be there to premiere his documentary Made in America. In addition to these talented directors, Jason Bateman will be debuting Bad Words and Ralph Finnes will be unveiling The Invisible Woman. Denis Villeneuve will show his film Enemy, Steve McQueen has 12 Years A Slave already generating buzz, and Eli Roth will bring The Green Inferno. Finally, Bill Condon has claim to the opening spot of the festival for his highly awaited and controversial film, The Fifth Estate.

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Be sure to tune in for more exclusive coverage of TIFF! Are you looking forward to the festival? Are you surprised by this year’s guest list? Are you interested in seeing any of the films that will be premiering at the festival? 

Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada and TIFF.net

Movie Exclusive – First Official Poster for Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks”

Entertainment Weekly has shared an exclusive new poster for Disney’s next major live-action feature, Saving Mr. Banks. Even though this poster is quite simplistic, it represents the overarching theme and main conflict of the film.

Tom Hanks is playing the iconic role of Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is playing the role of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. The author was originally against turning her beloved novel into a film and very protective of her work, but Walt Disney was determined to show her what he could do with the story. During the process of making Mary Poppins, Travers was very involved and opinionated, having something to say about every aspect of the film.

Saving Mr. Banks also stars Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, and Kathy Baker. This film looks fantastic and I am personally looking forward to seeing it later this year. If you have not seen the first official trailer yet, be sure to watch it here!

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What do you think of this new poster for the film? What do you think of the cast involved? Do you think the first trailer revealed too much of the storyline? Saving Mr. Banks has two premiere dates with a limited release on December 13 and a wide release December 20, 2013!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

 

Movie Exclusive – Stunning First Trailer for “Saving Mr. Banks”

Those of you who are fans of Disney and all of the great movies produced by the major company will be excited to hear about the company’s next project, Saving Mr. Banks. And you may also be excited to hear a trailer and an exclusive first still have finally been released!

In my opinion, Disney could have another Oscar-winning film on their hands with this one. Not only is does it feature a 1961 Disneyland, when the park was just six years old, but it has an amazing cast and a strong story. And in addition to those amazing qualities, writer-director-producer John Lee Hancock is directing the film.

The story follows Walt Disney and Austrilian-born British author P.L. Travers, who wrote the novel Mary Poppins. As they go through the creative process of bringing Travers’ novel to life on screen, she is very protective of her work and has very strong opinions about almost every aspect of the film. However, Disney is trying to find a way to ensure Travers is proud of the project and as the process continues he finds out the truth behind her motivation for Mary Poppins.

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Tom Hanks is portraying Walt Disney, Emma Thompson portraying P.L. Travers, and B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman are portraying the musical Sherman Brothers. For those of you who may not know, the Sherman Brotthers were responsible for writing most of the music in the Mary Poppins film.

Plus, actors Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Bradley Whitford, and Kathy Baker are all part of the cast. Watch the stunning and wonderful new trailer for Saving Mr. Banks here.

What do you think of this new trailer and the still? What do you think of the cast behind this film? Do you think Saving Mr. Banks could be a potential award contender?

Sources: Moviefone and YouTube

Movie Exclusive – Jamie Foxx in Talks to Star in New “Annie” Adaptation

News has surfaced that actor Jamie Foxx is currently in negotiations to star  in a new film adaptation of the classic musical, Annie. If Foxx gets the role, he will be starring along side actress Quvenzhane Wallis, who is playing Annie.

Foxx is reportedly in the running for playing Benjamin Stacks, who is very similar to Daddy Warbucks, the traditional character Annie fans are familiar with.

This new adaptation is “an update” from the original musical and comic book strip and it is being distributed by Sony Pictures. Plus, this remake is being directed by Will Gluck and is produced by Will Smith, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Jay-Z. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gluck has worked with screenwriters Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna on recent revisions of the script.  

Sony is aiming for production to start this fall and a 2014 release date. However, the film is still in early development so hopefully more news will become available as production continues!

What do you think of this potential casting choice? Do you think they should stay closer to the original musical and original story of Annie? Would you be interested in seeing this film when it releases?

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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter