Celebrity Sightings In New York City - September 25, 2013

There’s not too much that need be said about Annie, the classic stage play which gave us “Tomorrow” and the basis for Jay Z’s breakthrough single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”. However, it’s been more than thirty years since the film appeared on the big screen and considering how Hollywood loves its remakes, the new version of the lauded play should easily tug at your heart strings and all sort of other emotions.

In the remake, “Annie” is played by Oscar-nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, stuck in an orphanage handled by Miss Hannigan played by Cameron Diaz. After the kid finds herself saved by a rather rich politician, Benjamin Stacks (played by Jamie Foxx), its more of a media ploy to gain new voters than genuine appeal when he takes her in. I’m pretty sure you can guess where the story goes from there. There’s a bit of new aged vibrancy with the remake, colorful and modern with Foxx and Diaz arguing over being in Harlem (oh hello gentrification!) and he warming up to the kid at the request of his advisor, played by Rose Byrne.

Expect Annie to make you shed tears of heartwarming joy when it lands in theatres later this year.