Just wanted to give you a heads up - Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane` Wallis - the stars of the new version of Annie - based on the comic strip Li'l Orphan Annie - premieres tomorrow (or today), December 19th.
|ANNIE - 2014|
I just had the privilege of previewing it, and it's great for kids and adults alike. And New Yorkers will especially love it, because of all the contemporary backdrops and the accolades paid to the City That Never Sleeps.
The little ingenue, Quvenzhane` Wallis - who plays in the title role of Annie, opposite Jamie Foxx as Will Stacks, a media/cellphone mogul, the 21st version of Daddy Warbucks - is as cute as a button.
Other cast members - Rose Byrne as Grace, Stack's Right Hand Assistant; Adewole Akinuoye-Agbaje, Stack's Body Guard/Chauffer; Bobby Cannavale the overly ambitious campaign manager; David Zaya as Lou the Bodega Owner; Cameron Diaz as Hannigan the horrible foster mother; and -would you believe it? - the Temple University Marching Band!! (I kid you not!)
The traditional songs from the original movie musical are augmented by newer songs that will have you singing along. I especially loved the tribute to New York!
Take your kids, grandkids, neighbor's kids - or just take yourself! You'll totally enjoy it.
Kudos to Jay Z Carter, and those with the courage and insight to create this updated version (yeah, we know there were some haters out there who didn't want Quvenzhane` to play Annie but even they have to admit she did a fantastic job!)
I'm not a movie critic (per se), but I give it my own version of two thumbs up!
Stay Blessed &