The new ANNIE remake now called HIP HOP ANNIE. I hope it flops.
I really do.
And with JayZ behind this just guess whho is in talks to play Grace Farrell?
JayZ said 'Hard Knock Life' is actually about living in the Ghetto
Holy hell, this is the WORST fuckin' news I've heard in YEARS!
When they do the fourth film version in another 15 years, they should make Annie and Warbucks Japanese and end with them singing "We'll Get Internment For Christmas This Year."
[quote]And with JayZ behind this just guess who is in talks to play Grace Farrell?
Do Jay Z and Timberlake have a bro-mance?
In this version, Daddy Warbucks made his fortune selling crack.
I understand that instead of an orphanage, the show will be set in a home for unwed mothers, in which the titular character, Annie Tyme, will open the festivities by singing," My son will come out tomorrow."
Y'all are trippin' hard about Annie not being hip hop. Bitch was a orphan with vacant drug eye balls and a self-proclaimed 'hard knock life'.
They want to modernize Annie for today's audience, they are adding rap music to the songs.
Justin Timberlake is playing Daddy Warbucks in this abortion. I have inside info.
I agree! Sophisticated NY theater queens: does anyone know Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, or Tom Meehan? WHAT were they thinking of to sell the rights (and do NOT tell me they need the $$$.)
Anyone remember the CARMEN JONES remake they did over ten years ago, starring a young Beyoncé and Mekhi Phifer, and it was titled CARMEN: A HIP HOPERA. :-/
Instead of being in an orphanage, Annie will be in a crackhouse.
I thought it was going to be called Tannie
Great move. That'll guarantee a huge white audience opening night.
Let's not forget Brandy Norwood in R+H's Cinderella!
I'm so sick of classics being modernized,and revised to fit in with this modern low rent piece of shit society we are living in. My sister and I went to New York City when I was 10 years old many moons ago. We went to see Annie on Broadway ,and then we went to have dinner at Delmonico's after the show. The whole experience was truly exciting for me and it is something I will I will always treasure. remakes like this is trash ,and it is not true to the vision of the creator of Annie. What next, are they going to modernize all of the art work by Rubens, Monet, etc.? This pisses me off! leave things ALONE!! If they don't like it then screw off!!! If Annie was good enough for people in the last 80 years, it should still be acceptable.
r17 Annie != Monet
R18, OK, what next?! they are going to turn Mickey Mouse into a smart ass with his pants hanging below his ass?! Better?
It is not a terrible idea yet.
It is more likely to end like "The Wiz." It also was not a great or bad play, but a terrible execution on film.
Annie is not such an iconic musical that it is untouchable. It could be given much more life. I have my doubts given the producers and talent involved, but the rags story and cartoonish urban characters should translate well to "Hip Hop."
Keep the songs, krump up the dancing and get low, inject some Motown, Minaj and Jay-Z into the music and it could be great entertainment. Why not?
Mo'Nique IS Mame! With a special appearance by Gabourey Sidibe as Gooch.
My phone hasn't rang..
R20= Will Smith
I always thought "Annie" was total shit anyways, so any changes that occur to it can't be all that bad. That Carol Burnett movie was easily one of the worst transcriptions of a Broadway hit, right alongside "Mame". This is hardly an untouchable classic.
r19 I'm fingering myself just thinking of that.
Who will play Daddy Warbucks right-hand man?
How about they do a black remake of MY FAIR LADY with Beyonce Knowles playing Eliza Doolittle and she has to learn to not speak in Ebonics anymore?
r27 Get that shit goin,' dawg!
Bill Cosby as Henry Higgins!
R27, Your idea is a total fail. Remember the Eliza trying to act like a lady at the horse race? Would they replace it with pit bull fighting? There would be protesters . . .
[quote] Would they replace it with pit bill fighting?
Is Fandango selling tickets, yet?
Stop with the racist crap.
If you know the story and score at all, Annie should make a good black modern musical. The songs alone about broke down kids, scamming women looking for easy street, and a young nappy head girl wanting a bald headed rich daddy should appeal to even you bigots.
Tomorrow is only a day away. MLK.
"Annie" is not Rogers and Hammerstein.
How many fucking times did you hear an Andrea McCardle wannabe belt out "Tomorrow?" on every fucking variety/ talk/ whatever show for the decade after Annie came out? I don't want to go through that again. I don't want to be sent a million links to a million youtube videos of kids doing belting out that saccharine crap all over again. A hip hop version would be an improvement. If nothing else, you wouldn't need to sing to torture your audience.
Even better would be an interpretive dance ballet with no sound whatsoever
R35 = Beyonce Knowles
LMFAO what the fuck, I loved the wiz tho :D
Grace is being played by Rose Byrne.
The title is not Hip Hop Annie. No idea what OP is talking about.
CAMERON DIAZ as Ms. Hannigan? Oh, no.
What IS true is that Jamie Foxx is playing Benjamin Staxx. Get it? Benjamins? That's the term the kids today use for dollars. Bye bye, Daddy Warbucks, hello, Benjamin Staxx.
Shut your slut mouth, I love cameron.
r36 = Beulah Bondi
r40 = Ugh. It's like a walking stereotype of every lame ghetto trope from 15 years ago.
It's actually called, "Little Orphan Annie Hip-Hop" produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith. And, guess who's playing Annie? You guessed it...Willow Smith!
They had people of color in both the movie and TV versions, so what's the problem?
That Hollywood's out of ideas.
I'd rather see a remake of "Little Oral Annie."
R45, not anymore. It's that BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD girl that is cast now, since Willow at almost 13 was deemed too old for the part.
I know some y'all enlightened folks was hoping for Shemar Moore as Daddy Warbucks. His head was too small for the part.
The cast list has been out for a while, yes there are white folks in it. Cameron Diaz is pressing hard to hope for, since Ms. Hannigan has the best number in the whole damn show. But see, the white woman is the villain. It is propaganda. They should have cast an actress though.
But here is where it gets even more black! A coloured girl with a name harder to spell than shani'qua is playing the little miss orphan Annie and there is going to be some original music added by Jay-Z and other hopped up hip hoppers. The sun may not come out at all, y'all.
Those orphans are gonna have a hell of a dance number though and they won't have to piece it together. Rose Byrne is terrific in everything. The cast will be integrated like in the north. It could be good. Who will play Rooster? I think Jamie Foxx will make a fine Daddy. Benjamin's are always in.
Cameron could be fun in this. She has the hip hop in her. I hope they don't take away the bump and grind.
I didn't realize Alphabet Wallis is in and WhipMyHair Smith is out. That makes me more interested. I did love her in BEASTS.
Instead of singing "Lots of chocolate for me to eat," black Eliza could sing, "Wattamellon fo me to eat."
Instead of "Ow wouldn't it be loverly," she would sing, "Mmm mmm, dat shit be lovely!"
r52. Hold on. Let me grab my pen.
LINK, STUPID SHITS!!!
This film has nothing but disaster written all over it, as well as one big stereotype. Anyone surprised that the villain is a white woman. lmao! Who do they think they're fooling?
Someone tell me who commissioned this piece of crap.
The sun'll come out fo' shizzle / Bet yo' black-ass greenback that fo' shizzle / There be sun!
R27, oh my gosh! I'm cracking up laughing! LOL!
Just another FLOP featuring the so-called "A-List" African Americans! Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington!! No One is going to pay to see their shit anymore! That's why they have to co-star with the young white Hollywood stars to get noticed anymore and have wives in their movies who are always half their age!
Example: this new Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg movie! why does old ass Denzel get top billing? Mark Wahlberg is the draw. Denzel ain't shit no more! Who wants to see his old motherfucking black ass?
R49 Colored? Really?
What's wrong with Colored? It's a lot better than pick-a-ninny or negro back in those times. or, even spook. or coon. or jigaboo.
I don't see anything wrong with the term "colored".
It's this generation's Hot Mikado!
It's going to be this generation's animated THE KING AND I!
Christianne Noll hanging head in shame for that piece of shit
WHY is Jay Z so rich and famous? He's a completely awful rapper, he's not as good as Run DMC or even the Beasties, Is saying "yeah-uh, yeah-uh" continuously, actual talent?
I am serious, I don't get Jay Z's fame at all. As a native New Yorker, I am even more baffled, because most native New Yorkers demand excellence in pretty much everything we buy!
Is he a great business man? In the same way that talent-free Madonna surrounds herself with talented people? Jay Z also seems completely untalented. I remember reading somewhere that he said, music was just a way to make money, he approached the music business like drug dealing!
He stated he had no real interest in music, this is basically the same statement Madonna made many years ago, she knew she couldn't become a multi-millionaire from dancing, she then chose to sing, even though she realized she didn't have much of a voice.
Jay Z has famous actual singers on his recordings and he uses top notch touring and studio musicians, take all that away, seriously, what is there? He also samples, A LOT. Where is his talent? He's not charismatic like Snoop Dogg or many other rappers who seem to have an appealing image or a schtick which appeals to many.
I don't get Jay Z's appeal, besides minimal talent, he's not a handsome man and is certainly not charismatic. Please, enlighten me!
TIA and spare the snark. If you honestly can not articulute why this man is extremely rich and famous, don't bother.
R58, it is Mark Wahlberg needs Denzel, one of the last A-list stars who can still open movies successfully.
R64, I'm convinced that when Jay Z was dealing drugs, he amassed information on some high level people and has leveraged it.
Wow! Y'all are some straight up racists in here. Not even trying to hide it. Nasty fuckers.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA@ Denzel needing Mark Walhberg....... AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Mark Walhberg looks like a Lollipop Kid on Steroids and acts like one too!!!!
Some you people with your steroetypical perspectives are so deluded it is scary!
Denzel Washington is one of the best actors in Hollywood today.
Denzel Washington is an arrogant asshole! He is also nuts as well. He said in an interview once that he knew what it was like being a slave because he was one himself once.
It's wrong!... [italic]shockingly[/italic] wrong!
Is it time for a new production of "Timbuktu"? They can rename it, "Hello, Mali!"
This sounds so ... WRONG, I actually googled it to make sure it wasn't an elaborate joke made up by OP and the rest of you.
Not all updates are bad ("West Side Story," "Rent"), but their sources were top-notch. Meehan and co. aren't exactly Shakespeare. Can't imagine this will be good. Just can't.
[quote]The title is not Hip Hop Annie. No idea what OP is talking about.
Exactly. OP is a shit-stirring racist prick.
Matt Bomer IS Little Annie Fanny!
[quote]Justin Timberlake is playing Daddy Warbucks in this abortion. I have inside info.
And once again, it's a white man to the rescue of a little black orphan. "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Webster" all over again!
I just cannot believe it. What IS this world coming to? Well, I never!
They should cast America's Sweetheart, me, Sandra Bullock, in the role of the rescuer.
[quote]Wow! Y'all are some straight up racists in here. Not even trying to hide it. Nasty fuckers.
That is not true. Nobody is racist here.
R81 Especially not me. I cast a negro as Punjab, a Sikh who makes up fake Buddha quotes. Don't I at least get credit for that?
R68, most of us aren't. It's just that the racist fucks post their repulsive crap in every thread, so you can't miss them. I'm sure you must've noticed that they can be found in every comments section on every online site. I don't read the comments sections of news articles that mention gay or race issues, because it makes me want to buy an uzi and kill bigots.
We used to run racists off DL along with homophobes and straights (as a general rule, but mostly for the crime of cluelessness or heterocentricity). No banning means now they flourish.
Depressing as fuck to those of us who knew DL back when it was the smart gay corner of the internet.
[quote]They should cast America's Sweetheart, me, Sandra Bullock, in the role of the rescuer.
One dog named Sandy is more than enough, hon.
Da sun be comin' out tommorrow, son!
If Annie is black, Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lily will have to be black, too, or the fake parents plot device won't work.
GIMME AN "N!"
R87: Buddha says: "Shut the fuck up, cracker."
Get R89 off this site please. NOW.
R89 shouldn't be here. He's a baby. He cries all the time, and he wets the bed.
NIGGAHS! BIG NIGGAHS!
They should have got Mo'nique to play Miss Hannigan.
"ANNIE! Get down here, bitch! You brought that white bitch Grace Farrell up in my orphange? Why the fuck did she ring my buzzer? I can't here you, Annie. Since you got so much mothafuckin' mouth and you gon' bring a bitch up in my house... why did that Grace Farrell bitch ring my goddamn buzzer? See, I think right now you think you becomin' a grown woman. 'Cause that shit you pulled with Mr Bundles... I shoulda fucked you up. But I let you walk away. And I let you get yourself together. But, bitch, I'mma let you know, don't you ever pull that shit again. That'll be your last mothafuckin' day standing. I promise you that. You gon' send a white bitch to my mothafuckin' buzzer? Talkin' 'bout living with some millionaire? You're an orphan, bitch! You will never have shit! Don't nobody want you, don't nobody need you! You done fucked around and think you run my mothafuckin' orphanage? And treat the kids like they're your mothafuckin' children? And all of em are goddamn animals, runnin' 'round lookin' crazy as a mothafucka? Bitch, you know what? See, I think you... I think you tryin' me. I think you tryin' to fuck with me. You fuckin' with my business... and you gon' stand up there with yo ginger afro and look at me like you a mothafuckin' woman? I'mma show you what real women do, bitch. See, you don't know what real mothafuckin' women do. Real mothafuckin' women sacrafice! I shoulda left your mothafuckin' ass on the doorstep! 'Cause you ain't shit! I knew it when they put you in my goddamn orphange you wasn't a goddamn thing! You wear that smirk on your face, bitch? Get outta here...! Now smile about that! Smile about that you ginger bitch!"
Lil' O! a hip hop remake of Oliver
Jaden Smith as Lil' O! a runaway from a meth lab run by his abusive foster parents Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux. He gets taken under the wing of the streetwise De Artemis Dodger, Lil' Wayne and deals with the villainous La Faygun, Fifty Cent, MC Psychs, Jay Z, and his bitch Shaniqua, Beyonce.
Why don't they call it "Anne Get Your Gun" then?
Is this all for real?
Why would they change an iconic broadway musical based on a legendary
popular comic strip beloved by millions over a span of 50 some odd
years and turn it into an audience alienating, hip hop mess?
Please tell me that this is not going to actually happen.
R97 = Never saw "The Wiz."
I saw "The Wiz," and as bad as it was, at least it had a completely new score and tried to create something that was a separate entity. That is not the case here. They're taking some of the Strouse/Charnin score and mixing it in with new hip-hop recordings by Jay-Z.
It is somewhat racist for my good fiend Jay Z to cast a white woman as the villain, but Cameron, being single, barren and unrefined, really has nothing better to do.
I've been here for many years, and nobody is racist whatsoever here. People have a crazy sense of humor, but that's all.
You want crazy? How about, for once, listening to MY side of the story about MY version of this picture. Something you whippersnappers won't get from any of your newfangled DVD or Blu-ray commentaries from malcontents and yahoos who weren't even there.
I had just done a terrible WWII picture with Sylvester Stallone and Pele, inaptly titled "Victory". If you think it's easy explaining the concept of an interior monologue to a soccer player, you try it sometime. Years of hard drinking, hard gambling and womanizing had left me without two pennies to my name. Upon the advice of my good friend Orson Welles, who was only getting work because of the generosity of Jim Henson and Paul Masson, I did some voiceover work. Disney hired me to narrate some cartoon movie about a cauldron. It was a bomb, and it almost got the animators fired when Michael Eisner took over. But work is work.
Now, back to "Annie." Ray Stark got the job as producer because David Begelman, the man who bought the movie rights to the show for Columbia, got busted for forging Cliff Robertson's name on a check. The creators of the show didn't want a white-collar criminal producing the movie version of a heartwarming kids' musical about a lovable war profiteer, so he was out. Ray and I worked on three movies together, good ones, and knew I needed the work. So he suggested I play Daddy Warbucks. I told him he was out of his mind. I said, "Ray, I'm 74 years old, I've been having health problems lately, and I can't sing and dance for shit. Unless you want to dub me like they did to Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady," I don't think I'm your man. If Ronnie Reagan weren't president, he'd be perfect for it, though. And I don't really care for musicals anyway. People don't sing and dance in real life, and those who do are usually locked away into institutions." He insisted I would be perfect for the part, saying I'd lived a life just like Daddy Warbucks. Except for a close relationship with Allegra, the daughter of one of my late wives, I failed to see the parallels. He said, "okay, well how about directing it?" I was even more incredulous.
"Come on, John," he said. "We'll put a great cast together, full of people from Broadway. It'll practically direct itself."
"But of all the musicals you could do," I replied. "Why this one? Couldn't you at least get me something with more of an edge to it, or something that doesn't sugarcoat reality?" He admitted he thought the show was an awful travesty of the old "Little Orphan Annie" comic strips, and he could make it better by making it more faithful to the original strip, but with the same plot and the key songs from the show. I agreed with him that the show was awful. "I especially hate that horrendous song about tomorrow being only a day away," I added. "What a non-sequitur. It doesn't even sound a thing like a 1930s song; it sounds more like something by Barry Manilow or the Carpenters, or one of those kinds of groups. Not my cup of Long Island iced tea. A Gershwin tune it is not."
"I didn't like it either," Ray admitted, "but we have to keep it in because it's the standout song."
"The rest of the score must be pretty bad, then. Still, why me?" I asked.
"Listen," Ray said, "I got Willie Wyler to direct "Funny Girl," and he was tone deaf. And he had missed out on doing "The Sound of Music," which he regretted."
"Then why don't you get the director of "Sound of Music" to do it?" I asked.
"Because I know you and I trust you," he replied. "We've got Joe Layton on hand to help out with the songs while you work on the dramatic bits. This movie'll have everything. It'll have two of everything! It'll practically direct itself!"
"But the homosexuals, the ones who love musicals," I warned him, "haven't forgiven me for my falling out with Monty Clift. They all took his side, especially after he died."
"But I made Barbra Streisand a star," Ray pointed out, "and they worship her. She's like Jesus for gay men."
"Even if I accept Barbra Streisand as my lord and savior," which, as a heterosexual and an agnostic of gentile extraction, I was not prepared to do, "I'm still not sure."
Now, I had had a pet project in the works for awhile, a film called "Under the Volcano," from a book by Malcolm Lowry about a man who drank himself to death. My kind of guy. But I was having trouble getting anyone to fund it. Back in my day, we didn't have Kickstarter or IndieGogo or any of that horse hockey. We had to get our funding the old-fashioned way: we negotiated with the people who actually had it.
"I'll pay you a million dollars," Ray said.
"I'll be on the first flight to Hollywood to sign the deal," I said.
Now, when Ray said they'd have two of everything, he wasn't kidding. They built a whole New York City street on the Warner lot in Burbank. It was a marvel to behold, but the way it was built, we only had enough light to make it useful for four hours out of a day. To make matters worse, the production designer died of a heart attack during the shoot! At least I got along with the cast, and what a cast it was. I told Carol Burnett to play Hannigan like she was drunk off her ass, and sure enough, she did. Apparently, she'd had experience with it because her parents were drunkards, too. And Albert Finney played Warbucks better than I ever could. Luckily, the girls all looked good dancing in their scanties. But then after we wrapped, we called everybody back for reshoots two months later. We originally made the "Easy Street" song a big production number with some 400 people, but then when we realized we had five or six equally big production numbers, we scaled this one back and put it in the orphanage where it belonged. We also added a subtext about Hannigan and her brother having some sort of quasi-incestuous relationship. Everyone on this picture had more experience with musicals than I did, even Aileen Quinn, who had done the show on Broadway, so I trusted them. No one knows what happened to all the cut and re-shot footage, and nobody at Columbia today seems to give a damn. They'd rather keep remaking it.
The movie didn't make money because it cost so damn much to make; I've heard it said it was somewhere between $40 and $50 million, which would be chump change today. And we came out around the same time as Spielberg's picture about a short, retarded alien, and everyone wanted to see that instead. All in all, it wasn't my finest two hours and seven minutes, but if anyone enjoys it, I'm happy for them. And I got the money I needed to get "Volcano" off the ground, and Albert and I worked together again on that one. So it wasn't a total loss.
What did you all think of the Rob Marshall TV remake with Audra McDonald and Victor Garber?