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Annie (December 7, 2014)

BRIEF PLOT DESCRIPTIONannie

Based on the classic hit broadway show “Annie” this film updates the story to modern day New York, eschewing Daddy Warbucks for politician Will Stacks who takes in foster kid Annie for a political publicity stunt.

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GENERAL FILM INFORMATION

GENRE: Musical Comedy
TAGLINES:
–It’s a Hard Knock Life
–Family is the greatest gift of all
SETTING: New York City, New York; USA
FILMING LOCATIONS: New York City, New York; USA
PRODUCTION DATES: September 18, 2000 – Late November, 2000
U.S. RELEASE DATE: December 7, 2014
RUNNING TIME: 118 minutes; 1 hour 58 minutes
RATING: PG

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WRITER – SCREENPLAY: Will Gluck, Aline Brosh McKenna
WRITER – STAGE PLAY BOOK: Thomas Meehan
WRITER – COMIC STRIP “LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE”: Harold Gray
DIRECTOR: Will Gluck
PRODUCER: Jay Brown, Will Gluck, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, Tyran Smith, Will Smith, Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter
CO-PRODUCER: Jeffrey Wetzel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Celia D. Costas, Alicia Emmerich
EDITOR: Tia Nolan
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Michael Grady
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Marcia Hinds
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Greg Kurstin
SPECIAL EFFECTS BY: Brainstorm Digital
COSTUME DESIGNER: Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
MAKE-UP BY: Louise McCarthy, Joanna McCarthy
HAIR STYLIST: Nathan J. Busch II, Jon Jordan DiBartolomeo
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Marcy Media, Olive Bridge Entertainment, Overbrook Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures
DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures Releasing
ASPECT RATIO: 2:39:1

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CAST – IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE :: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME

Will Stacks…Jamie Foxx
Annie…Quvenzhané Wallis
Grace…Rose Byrne
Guy…Bobby Cannavale
Nash…Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Lou…David Zayas
Hannigan…Cameron Diaz
Tessie…Zoe Margaret Colletti
Mia…Nicolette Pierini
Isabella…Eden Duncan-Smith
Pepper…Amanda Troya
Annie’s “Dad”…Dorian Missick
Annie’s “Mom”…Tracie Thoms
Social Services Inspector…Mike Birbiglia
Mrs. Kovacevic…Stephanie Kurtzuba
Harold Gray…Peter Van Wagner
Waiter at Domani…Ray Iannicelli
Michael J. Fox…Michael J. Fox
Ms. Giannetti…Jill Nicolini
YaYa L’Occitane…Raushanah Simmons
Pickle Stevens…Brad Bong
Cleve Sweetzer…Andrew Fleming
Stacks Mobile Reporter…Ty Jones
Mary Gillen…Jessica Sherr
Woman on Street…Donnamarie Recco
Teacher…Victor Cruz
Red Haired “Annie”…Taylor Richardson
Stacks’ Store Woman…Mimi Bessette
Chase Teen…Ryan DeLuca
Chase Teen…Danny Flaherty
Man in Line…Gordon Joseph Weiss
Focus Group Woman…Patricia Clarkson
Sanitation Engineer…Brendan Burke
Woman at Stacks’ Building…Allison Jean White
Animal Care & Control Volunteer…Sia
Street Rat…Taryn Gluck
Street Rat…Alexandra Gluck
Auditioning ‘Dad’…Derrick Baskin
Auditioning ‘Mom’…Pernell Walker
Stacks’ Technician…Lannon Killea
Stacks’ Technician…Molly Prather
Guy in Bar…Bobby Moynihan
Andrea Alvin…Mila Kunis
Simon Goodspeed…Ashton Kutcher
Moon Goddess…Rihanna
Fish Goddess…Scarlett Benchley
NY1 Reporter…Pat Kiernan
Reporter…Beth Rowe
Domani Reporter…Lytle Harper
Biking Girl…Brittany Connors
Biking Guy…Aldous Davidson
Guggenheim President…Lance Kerfuffle
Photobomber…Kevin Cannon
Grace’s Assistant…J. Kaitlin Becker
Stacks’ Pilot…Alan D. Purwin
Stacks’ Pilot…Ben Skorstad
Auditioning Woman #2…Gia Henderson
Guitarist…Mark Whitfield
Conductor…Matthew Rush Sullivan
‘Tomorrow’ Girl…Sade Demorcy
Overture Singer…Brittany Parks
Tap Dancing Classmate…Emma Wetzel
Tap Dancing Classmate…Eliza David
Tap Dancing Classmate…Hannah Green
Tap Dancing Classmate…Tymell Hubbard
Tap Dancing Classmate…Joseph Mancini
Tap Dancing Classmate…Josh Price
Tap Dancing Classmate…Alex Rubiano
Tap Dancing Classmate…Sofia Rubino
Tap Dancing Classmate…Olivia Belasco
Tap Dancing Classmate…Sandy Marti
Annie’s Classmate…Jared Brito
Movie Premier Guest…Angelina Colletti
Homeless Person…Shari Council
Waiter…Deshane Granger
Classroom Kid…Amyrh Harris
Premiere Movie Guest…Nadia Jewel
Girl in Line for Stacks Phone…Savannah McCauley
Pedestrian…Phil Oddo
Classmate…Jacqueline Quinn
Stack Analyst…Nina Rosenthal
Themselves…Temple University Diamond Marching Band
Friend of Orphans (uncredited)…Carson Allsteadt
Waitress (uncredited)…Angelica S Alvarez
Annie’s Classmate (uncredited)…Kayla Ayler-McCormick
Theater Patron / Party Guest (uncredited)…Dylan Bibb
Red Carpet Fan (uncredited)…Richard Bird
School Child (uncredited)…Helen Brackel
Movie Fan at Film Premiere (uncredited)…Ashley Brooke
Stacks’ Technician (uncredited)…Jerome Brooks Jr.
Boy on Basketball Court (uncredited)…Brady Bryson
Dancer on the Street (uncredited)…José Báez
Background (uncredited)…Michael Carey
Red Carpet Celebrity (uncredited)…Courtney Cooper
Movie Fan at Film Premiere (uncredited)…Olivia Coronel
Pedestrian (uncredited)…Mario Corry
Background Singers (uncredited)…Marmee Cosico
Paparazzi (uncredited)…Chris J. Cullen
Blue Collar Pedestrian (uncredited)…Marc I. Daniels
Movie Fan at Premiere (uncredited)…Charles DelGatto
Fan (uncredited)…Jessica Doehle
Press Photographer (uncredited)…Tim Falter
Wealthy Investor (uncredited)…Laurie Folkes
Political Aide (uncredited)…Samantha Gelnaw
Movie Premiere Guest (uncredited)…Chetna Goel
Pedestrian (uncredited)…Karen Goeller
Street Teen (uncredited)…Hunter Goligoski
Young Professional (uncredited)…Matthew Gooley
Stacks Employee with Sandy (uncredited)…Kyle Julian Graham
Featured Extra – Stacks Literacy Dedication (uncredited)…Solomon Hailemichael
Red Carpet Celebrity (uncredited)…Meg Hudson
Dancer (uncredited)…Alexandra Nicole Hulme
Annie’s Classmate (uncredited)…Jazmin Kamali
Mother at Movie Premiere Event (uncredited)…Zivile Kaminskaite
Celebration Guest (uncredited)…Kenneth Kopolovicz
Friend of Foster Kids (uncredited)…Hannah Kurczeski
Dancer (uncredited)…Jenny Laroche
Wealthy Donor (uncredited)…Danny L. Martin
Subway Lady (uncredited)…Doris McCarthy
Annie’s Classmate (uncredited)…Bianca C. McCormick
Foster Kid (uncredited)…Jalina Mercado
Friend of Foster Girls (uncredited)…Madlyn Mondoil
Movie Premier Friend (uncredited)…Finian Montague
Movie Premier Friend (uncredited)…Maeve Rose Montague
Movie Premiere Guest (uncredited)…Booch O’Connell
Red Carpet Fan (uncredited)…Evie Paller
Red Carpet Fan (uncredited)…Nora Paller
Extra (uncredited)…Eric Paterniani
Red Carpet Fan (uncredited)…Haley Pine
Backpacker Mom (uncredited)…Victoria Prather
Young Girl #1 on Basketball Court (uncredited)…Ge-Nye Robinson
Tall Boy #1 on Basketball Court (uncredited)…Germir Robinson
Movie Premiere Guest (uncredited)…Alyssa Ruland
Pepper’s Dream Mom (uncredited)…Karah Serine
Businesswoman Pedestrian / Subway Rider (uncredited)…Nancy Ellen Shore
Dancer (uncredited)…Nick Silva
Maria (uncredited)…Paulina Simkin
After-School Kid (uncredited)…Zariah Singletary
Woman with Cellphone (uncredited)…Bea Soong
Schoolgirl (uncredited)…Julianna van Golen
Schoolboy (uncredited)…Theo van Golen
Soup Kitchen Guest (uncredited)…Bill Walters
Red Carpet Fan (uncredited)…Miriam Weisbecker
Stacks Press Photographer (uncredited)…William Henderson White
Private Security / Guggenheim Museum Benefit (uncredited)…Darren Whitfield
Annie’s Classmate (uncredited)…Justice Winter
Ceremony Attendee (uncredited) …James Zeiss

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SOUNDTRACK LISTING :: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER

  • Maybe…Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin…Quvenzhane Wallis, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan-Smith, Amanda Troya
  • It’s The Hard-Knock Life…Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin…Quvenzhane Wallis, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan-Smith, Amanda Troya
  • Tomorrow…Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin…Quvenzhane Wallis
  • Only Wanna Be with You…Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Jim ‘Soni’ Sonefeld (as Jim Sonefeld) and Darius Rucker…Hootie & the Blowfish
  • Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)…Robert Clivillés (as Robert Clivilles) and Freedom Williams (as Frederick Williams)…C.C. Music Factory (as C+C Music Factory)
  • The Goldberg Variations – Aria…Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (2014 Film Version)…Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin…Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne and Stephanie Kurtzuba
  • This Head I Hold…Asa Taccone, Danger Mouse (as Brian Burton) and Matthew Compton…Electric Guest
  • You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile (2014 Film Version)…Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin/2014 Music and Lyric by Greg Kurstin, Sia (as Sia Furler) and Will Gluck…Sia
  • The Most Important Piece Of Music Ever Written a/k/a “Stop Reading The End Credits”…Written and Performed by Halli Cauthery
  • Moonquake Lake…Greg Kurstin, Sia (as Sia Furler) and Will Gluck…Sia and Beck
  • Something Was Missing…Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin
  • Little Girls (2014 Film Version)…Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin/2014 Music and Lyric by Greg Kurstin, Sia (as Sia Furler) and Will Gluck…Cameron Diaz
  • N.Y.C….Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin…Halli Cauthery
  • I’m in Heaven…Morgan Dorr, Blake Healy (as Timothy Healy) and John Keefe…Best Of Friends
  • The City’s Yours…Sia (as Sia Furler), Benjamin Levin, T.E. Hermansen (as Tor Hermansen), Mikkel S. Eriksen (as Mikkel Eriksen) and Will Gluck…Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis
  • Make This House a Home…Kevin Bard, Blake Healy (as Timothy Healy) and Rachel Rabin…Rachel Rabin and Blake Healy
  • Opportunity…Greg Kurstin, Sia (as Sia Furler) and Will Gluck…Quvenzhané Wallis
  • Rump Shaker (Album Version)…Aqil Davidson, El DeBarge (as Eldra DeBarge), Randy DeBarge (as William DeBarge), Anton Lamont Hollins (as Anton Hollins), Etterlene Jordan, David Porter, Markell Demont Riley (as Markell Riley), Teddy Riley, Pharrell Williams and David J. Wynn (as David Wynn)…Wreckx-N-Effect
  • Peanut Butter Jelly Time…Herman Kelly, Denise Barnes, Elijah Brown, Jeffrey Fortson, Raymond Hartley and Rose Hutchinson…The Buckwheat Boyz (as Buckwheat Boyz)
  • Easy Street (2014 Film Version)…Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin/2014 Music and Lyric by Greg Kurstin, Sia (as Sia Furler) and Will Gluck…Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale
  • Who Am I?…Sia (as Sia Furler), Greg Kurstin, Kid Harpoon (as Thomas Edward Percy Hull) and Will Gluck…Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhané Wallis
  • I Don’t Need Anything But You (2014 Film Version)…Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin/2014 Music and Lyric by Greg Kurstin, Sia (as Sia Furler) and Will Gluck…Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis and Rose Byrne

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AWARDS

Women Film Critics Circle Awards, 2014

NOMINEE: Quvenzhane Wallis
CATEGORY: Best Young Actress
RESULTS: Nominate

Razzie Awards, 2015

NOMINEE: Cameron Diaz
CATEGORY: Worst Supporting Actress
RESULTS: Nominated

NOMINEE: Annie
CATEGORY: Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
RESULTS: Won

Golden Reel Award (Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA), 2015

NOMINEE: Jon Wakeham, Lisa Jaime, Sherry Whitfield
CATEGORY: Best Sound Editing – Music in a Musical Feature Film
RESULTS: Nominated

The Blimp Awards (Kids’ Choice Awards) 2015

NOMINEE: Cameron Diaz
CATEGORY: Favorite Villain
RESULTS: Nominated

NOMINEE: Cameron Diaz
CATEGORY: Favorite Movie Actress
RESULTS: Nominated

Image Awards, 2015

NOMINEE: Quvenzhane Wallis
CATEGORY: Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picutre
RESULTS: Nominated

Dorian Award (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)) 2015

NOMINEE: Annie
CATEGORY: Campy Flick of the Year
RESULTS: Nominated

Critics Choice Award (Broadcast Film Critics Association) 2015

NOMINEE: Quvenzhane Wallis
CATEGORY: Best Young Actor/Actress
RESULTS: Nominated

Black Reel Awards, 2015

NOMINEE: Quvenzhane Wallis
CATEGORY: Outstanding Actress, Motion Picture
RESULTS: Nominated

Golden Globes, USA 2015

NOMINEE: “Opportunity”
CATEGORY: Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
RESULTS: Nominated

NOMINEE: Quvenzhane Wallis
CATEGORY: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
RESULTS: Nominated

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EXTRAS

Trivia

Sandra Bullock was originally considered to play Miss Hannigan, but she declined the role, citing once how she “hates musicals and vows to never star in one.” Cameron Diaz then signed on to replace Bullock.

The film was originally envisioned by Will Smith in 2011 as a star vehicle for his daughter Willow Smith; however, the film lingered in development, and by the time production was ready in 2013, Willow had aged too much to play Annie. Quvenzhané Wallis, just off her tremendous success with Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), was chosen to replace Willow for Annie.

Justin Timberlake was allegedly considered to play William Stacks (a.k.a. Daddy Warbucks). However, Jamie Foxx was signed to play the role.

The Italian restaurant that Annie visits every Friday to search for her parents is named “Domani,” which in Italian means “Tomorrow”–a reference to this musical’s best-known song.

This is the third motion picture adaptation of Strouse and Charnin’s Annie. The first was director John Huston’s original big-screen version (Annie (1982)), in which star Albert Finney did a wicked vocal impersonation of Huston. The second was Rob Marshall’s well-regarded and more faithful adaptation (Annie (1999)).

Early on, Ryan Murphy, following the great success of his show Glee (2009), was considered to direct the film. He declined the opportunity.

When Stacks rescues Annie from the truck, the shot includes a building sign “Punjab Imports” (or similar). Punjab was a character in the strip and in the 1982 film version (played by Geoffrey Holder). He wore a turban and was probably a Sikh and added to the exotic, worldly aura of Daddy Warbucks.

In the beginning of the film, the classroom blackboard filled with presidents’ names additionally has Thomas Meehan, the writer of the original musical’s book and Charles Strouse, who wrote the music.

The incumbent mayor is named for the original creator of ‘Little Orphan Annie’, Harold Gray.

In a scene where William Stacks takes Annie and her friends to a movie, the actors for said movie are named Andrea Alvin and Simon Goodspeed, which are nods to the original Broadway production. Andrea McArdle was the first Annie in Broadway and the play premiered at the Alvin theatre. Goodspeed is the theater that Annie premiered at before Broadway.

In late 2014, Charles Strouse (the composer of the original musical’s score) gave an interview to Vanity Fair in which he talked about what he liked and didn’t like about this movie adaptation. One thing he didn’t like was the fact that although Jay Z did consult Strouse in the initial stages of conceiving the remake, and though Strouse said he “was paid handsomely for my share of the rights,” Strouse and the other original creators of the musical did not get to revise and update their own songs or write any of the new songs in the movie. Something Strouse did enthusiastically endorse about this movie version was the casting of Quvenzhané Wallis in the lead role (he called her performance “amazing”) and, more generally, the idea of casting nonwhite actresses in the role–something he said he had been lobbying for since the first Broadway run of the show back in the 1970s.

This movie’s version of the song “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” omits the original’s line “You’ll stay up till this dump shines like the top of the Chrysler Building,” but the film later includes several aerial shots of the actual top of the Chrysler Building instead.

When Guy takes Miss Hannigan for a drink, the band in the bar is named “Leaping Lizards” which is a popular catchphrase from the Annie comic strip.

In homage to the Daddy Warbucks character that Jamie Foxx is playing in the remake, Benjamin Stacks, is actually bald. He just wears a wig to hide it.

Entertainment References (Link to the IMDB)