Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas took home four Razzies, while Cameron Diaz’s roles in The Other Woman and Sex Tape earned her the Razzie for Worst Actress, and Michael Bay was named Worst Director for Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Ben Affleck won the debut of the Redeemer Award for having gone from Razzie-winner for Gigli to Oscar® favorite for Argo and Gone Girl. Full disclosure: this year I was a voting member for the Razzies.
OK, as I look outside on this dreary, dreary day, all I can think is “The sun will come out tomorrow…” Baltimore’s France-Merrick 2015 Broadway Season starts off with one of my all time favorite musicals, Annie. After listening to the abominable soundtrack for Sony’s recent modern take on Annie, it’s nice to see a return to innocence and the music we all know and love. No one asked for a hip-hop dance mix of “Tomorrow”!
Annie is a reimagining of the Broadway musical-turned-movie based on the classic comic strip Little Orphan Annie. It’s the story of an orphan who becomes the adopted daughter of an unscrupulous, wealthy man who straightens up and flies right because of her.
In the comic strip and musical, the wealthy man was billionaire Daddy Warbucks – so named because he made his fortune selling arms to all buyers. While war profiteers will always be with us, here he’s a telecommunications mogul named Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx). Annie is played by Oscar®-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
As part of the run up to the release of Annie, Sony Pictures Entertainment has become involved in helping support Turnaround Arts – a feature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Turnaround Arts helps provide arts resources to high-poverty schools which, in turn, helps those schools to keep up attendance and maintain the sir students’ interest in furthering their education.
As part of their collaboration, Sony is providing support and resources for schools whose students are putting on their own productions of the Broadway classic. Annie’s stars, Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis visited one such school, Northport Elementary, where Wallis said, “I was excited to visit the school today. We had so much fun and I’m glad that they are preparing for their own production of Annie. Every Annie can be different, which is one of the reasons why it is so great to be a part of.”