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A solid cast bodes well for this unnecessary remake of the 1982 movie (based on the 1970s musical), but the filmmakers' decision to turn the catchy songs into bland pop numbers is the real mistake. It leaves the entire film feeling empty, highlighting director Will Gluck's clunky direction, which includes coaxing Cameron Diaz to a squirm-inducingly over-the-top performance. Young children probably won't mind, but as the movie lurches awkwardly from one messy set piece to the next, the lack of a decently arranged musical number makes everything look dull and witless.
In Harlem, 10-year-old Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) is an orphan living in a foster home with four other girls, run by the greedy Miss Hannigan (Diaz). Smart and quick-witted, Annie longs for a day when she can be reunited with her parents. Then she has a run-in with Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a workaholic mobile phone executive who's running for New York mayor. Will's advisor Guy (Bobby Cannavale) suggests that he take Annie in temporarily to boost his poll numbers, and once settled in his spacious penthouse apartment she immediately charms Will's assistant Grace (Rose Byrne) and driver Nash (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). And she begins to work her way into Will's heart as well.
From here, Gluck completely misses the point of the play, trying desperately to crank up a ridiculous scam subplot into some big final-act action mayhem. But this never gains any traction at all because it's clear what has to happen in the story. Indeed, the best thing on screen is the strong chemistry between Foxx and Wallis, who find moments of genuine humour and connection even in the silliest slapstick. And they seem almost reluctant every time they have to dive into yet another insipidly revamped song. Pop star Sia worked on them, but loses all the charm in the attempt to turn each one into a chart-topping clone. Fans of the original music will enjoy the brief riffs of the originals audible here and there, and they'll leave the cinema wanting to revisit the old numbers instead of these Frankenstein versions.
Continue reading: Annie Review
When the 42-year-old actress was once again probed about tying the knot someday, she responded, "I've never said never to anything."
In the midst of rumours claiming she is engaged to Good Charlotte's Benji Madden, Cameron Diaz has once again been forced to answer questions about getting married in the near future, but this time the 42-year-old actress did admit walking down the aisle isn't out of the question.
Diaz is open to marriage in the future
Although in the past Diaz has adamantly stated she is "not looking for a husband or marriage," the blonde beauty seemed to have a change of attitude when talking with E!News about relationships in general.
Continue reading: Cameron Diaz Says She “Will Try Anything Once” When Discussing Marriage
The cast of 'Annie' lead New York City in a collective happiness in a moving video.
If anything's going to cheer you up today, let it be the heartwarming video for Sia's rendition of 'Annie' song 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile'. Released ahead of the movie re-boot, it's got us all a little bit choked up.
Sia never fails to make us smile
As part of the soundtrack for the new film, Sia has recorded an exceptionally uplifting update on the original song which first featured in the 1977 Broadway run. In the run-up to the new movie's release, an adorable promotional video premiered on 'Good Morning America' alongside the track, featuring the colourful cast doing their best to get commuters and shoppers to smile while out and about in New York City. With signs reading 'Smile' and other encouraging messages, the young actors hand out drawings of smiley faces to strangers as well as free lemonade in return for smiles, high fives, flowers and, for the dedicated joggers of the city, bananas and water.
The 42 year-old actress isn't going to let society influence what she should do in her personal life.
In the past Cameron Diaz has clearly stated why she doesn't want to settle down with a husband and child, but as recent rumours claim she is engaged to Good Charlotte's Benji Madden, the Hollywood actress hints that starting the family isn't out of the question.
Diaz isn't worried about having children or marriage, she is just "living"
As Diaz covers Marie Claire's November 2014 issue she still asserts that tying the knot isn't an absolute necessity. "I'm not looking for a husband or marriage or not not looking for that stuff," she told the mag. "I'm living, not thinking what I should or shouldn't be doing with my life."
After the 42 year-old actress was spotted wearing a sparkling gold ring, many are left wondering if the Good Charlotte rocker has finally popped the question.
Cameron Diaz has caused much speculation over her and Benji Madden's relationship as it is now rumoured that the pair have become engaged after the Hollywood actress was recently photographed wearing a sparkly, gold ring.
Diaz arriving at the Hollywood Costume exhibition luncheon
Diaz was spotted wearing the new piece of bling on her left hand on Wednesday (Oct 8th) in Los Angeles while attending the Hollywood Costume exhibition luncheon, this has led many people to think that she will finally tie the knot in the near future.
Continue reading: Has Cameron Diaz Become Engaged To Benji Madden?
The latest rumour doing the rounds has the ‘Sex Tape’ actress and Good Charlotte guitarist ready to walk down the aisle.
So is Cameron Diaz ready to settle down with boyfriend Benji Madden? Well someone should probably ask her, because a photo of the actress wearing a 'certain type' of ring seems to be getting many ready to buy a hat for her big day, despite there being no confirmation from the actress herself.
Is Cameron headed down the asile?
The rumours of Diaz and Madden’s engagement came after Diaz was spotted wearing a ring described by E! as gold “with a thin band and sparkling stone set in a swirly setting on her ring finger” while attending the Hollywood Costume exhibition luncheon.
Continue reading: Are Cameron Diaz And Benji Madden Engaged?
Steve Martin has been awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award which he will receive in a special ceremony in June 2015.
Steve Martin will receive the "highest honour in film", the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The AFI announced the news on their website on Friday (3rd October).
Steve Martin has been awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award.
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'Sex Tape' actor Jason Segel has shared his most embarrassing moment ever - and it doesn't involve the bedroom.
Ok, so as we said yesterday, Sex Tape really isn't that bad. It's not the best comedy of the year - not by far - and it has a shaky premise (who in their right mind buys iPads for the entire family and connects them all to a personal iCloud account?), but it has likeable stars in Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel and isn't as dumb as its trailers make out.
Another criticism of the movie has been its tameness - this is barely blushing stuff, not the full-blown embarrassment we were promised. Besides, Segel has a far more embarrassing story than accidentally sending your own sex tape to friends and family.
Continue reading: Think 'Sex Tape' Is Embarrassing? Jason Segel Has Done Way Worse
Although it presents itself as a rude sex comedy, this movie is actually a prudish exercise in simplistic moralising. A glut of sweary dialog and leery innuendo is certainly no replacement for properly adult-oriented humour. At least Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel are relatively reliable as actors who can keep their characters likeable, but even they struggle with the trite material. And as a cowriter, Segel only has himself to blame.
Diaz and Segel play Annie and Jay, a couple whose courtship consisted mainly of having lots of sex in as many unusual places as they could think of. So it's hardly surprising that marriage and parenthood feel like a disappointment. They never have time for sex now, so when Annie's blog improbably wins a lucrative publishing deal, they celebrate by leaving the kids with the grandparents for a sexy night on their own. To get things going, they decide to film themselves on their iPad, oblivious to the fact that the video is synchronised to all of the iPads they've given to their family, friends and clients over the last few months. So now they're in a mad dash to find them all and delete their sex tape.
Honestly, does anyone actually give iPads to everyone they know? This is such a naggingly stupid premise that it leaves everything that happens feeling utterly inane, especially their contrived ignorance about how the Cloud works. Diaz and Segel bring enough charm to the film to keep the audience watching, playing even the lamest jokes as if they're hilarious. And as they race between their friends and family members, each side actor gets their cameo-style moment in which they can try to steal the show. Although even here director Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) hedges away from the genuine gross-out comedy, which leaves first-rate comical performers like Corddry, Lowe and Black looking a bit lost.
Continue reading: Sex Tape Review
Cameron Diaz has commented on the celebrity nude hacking scandal currently rocking Hollywood.
Actress Cameron Diaz has hit out at the celebrity nude photo hacking scandal that has dominated the headlines this week, calling it "a major violation."
Diaz expressed her sympathy for the celebrities who were targeted
The actress made the comments whilst appearing on ITV's 'This Morning' to promote her new film Sex Tape, which sees her and Jason Segel play a couple who must retrieve a number of iPads they gave to friends as wedding favours in order to delete a sex tape they recorded which has been sent to the devices. This plot is particularly relevant to the current real life situation, which many are blaming on Apple's iCloud.
Continue reading: Cameron Diaz Comments On Celebrity Nude Hacking Scandal
In a week when Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton had explicit pictures and videos leaked onto the internet, Sony releases 'Sex Tape'
It's difficult to figure out whether the illegal leak of hundreds - possibly thousands - of explicit images of celebrities is a good or bad thing for Sony and the release of Sex Tape. That question would probably have been far less difficult to answer had Cameron Diaz been on the list alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian. All publicity is good publicity, right?
Cameron Diaz in 'Sex Tape'
Anyway, we imagine Sex Tape would probably have fared relatively well in the UK anyway and despite the internet (and those awful trailers) having you believe otherwise - this may even be worth the ticket price.
Continue reading: 'Sex Tape' Probably Isn't As Bad As You Think. Really.
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' has zoomed past its production budget to establish itself as a true hit of 2014.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes confirmed itself as one of the biggest cinematic success stories of 2014 this weekend, holding off three new releases to top the box office for a second successive week with £36 million. The critically acclaimed movie swatted away competition from all corners, with horror The Purge: Anarchy, children's animation Planes: Fire and Rescue and comedy Sex Tape all failing to land significant blows.
Andt Serkis [R] shoots 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
Following on from 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 'Dawn' benefitted from hugely positive reviews to take around half of its opening weekend haul of $72.6 million. The movie has grossed $138.9 million so far.
'Sex Tape' suffered from poor reviews, and things got worse at the box-office.
Sony's Cameron Diaz starrer Sex Tape opened to just $5.7 million on Thursday, tracking towards a $16 million overall weekend. The comedy, which cost $40 million, suffered frightfully bad reviews and scored just 19% on reviews aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes.
Cameron Diaz [L] and Jason Segel [R] in 'Sex Tape'
Elsewhere, the top movie on opening night was horror The Purge: Anarchy, which earned a solid $13 million. The original movie opened last June to a $16 million Friday and went on to gross $34 million on its opening weekend. Anarchy should gross around $27 million by the end of the weekend, three times its production budget.
Continue reading: 'Sex Tape', One Of 2014's Worst Movies, Opens Soft At Box Office
If you have plans to see Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal in 'Sex Tape' this weekend, you may want to think twice after reading five of the worst reviews from critics.
Sex Tape has been universally panned by critics, which is hardly surprising considering its unimaginative title or what it deals with.
Cameron Diaz stars in Sex Tape.
Continue reading: 'Sex Tape': 5 Of The Most Damning Reviews Of The Cameron Diaz Comedy
Even though the 41 year-old actress bares all in the upcoming comedy, she still loves being an actress: "I always take a moment to say, 'We're lucky. This is a great job. A fun job.'"
Cameron Diaz is known for being one of Hollywood's most beautiful women, mainly due to her desirable figure.
So when it comes to stripping off, she has nothing to worry about!
While featuring in several breath-taking snaps for Esquire magazine's August issue, the 41 year-old actress opened up about appearing nude for the first time ever on the big-screen in 'Sex Tape,' starring alongside Jason Segel.
Will Katie Holmes be able to distance herself from her Dawson's Creek role in a slew of upcoming films?
As the former wife of one of Hollywood’s most prolific and instantly recognisable screen icons, it is to be expected that Katie Holmes marriage to Tom Cruise will define much of her career for many years to come. What’s more, despite starring in such well-known and successful films as Batman Begins, Go and Phone Booth, she remains most well-known for her role as Joey Potter in the long-running series Dawson’s Creek.
Katie Holmes is attempting to re-establish herself as an actress.
The series, which details the lives of four teenagers through their growing pangs and adolescent tribulations ran for six seasons and 128 episodes, leaving Katie’s turn as the character Joey Potter left burned onto the minds of much of the American public. So far, efforts to distance herself from the role have been largely unsuccessful but an upcoming slew of films sees Katie making her most concerted effort to redefine herself as a talented and versatile actress.
Continue reading: Everything You Need To Know About Katie Holmes' New Movie
The 41 year-old actress chose not to 'Plead the Fifth', and gave a very honest answer, when asked by Andy Cohen if she had ever been with a women.
Cameron Diaz is very experimental when it comes to the bedroom.
The 41 year-old actress revealed that she has had sexual experiences with other women in the past.
The admission came when appearing on Andy Cohen's 'Watch What Happens Live,' in the famed 'Plead the Fifth' segment.
The female ensemble cast team together to earn $23.7 million on opening weekend and earn the box office top spot.
The female-powered comedy, 'The Other Woman,' proved to be the favourite amongst cinemagoers this weekend as it finally dethroned Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Solider' at the North American box office after reigning No.1 for the past three weeks by earning $24.7 million on opening weekend.
Cameron Diaz starring in 'The Other Woman'
The 20th Century Fox flick, which is a women's revenge plot on a cheating male, stars an ensemble cast headed by Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nicki Minaj and sees 21 year-old Kate Upton land her first starring role.
Is The Other Woman the movie you should go this this weekend? Probably not, even if you do love Leslie Mann.
If you’re thinking about what new movie to see this weekend, The Other Woman might just be topping your list. It looks fun, has two very likeable female leads (plus a Sports Illustrated model) and it’s directed by the man behind The Notebook. Also it might have you think that it holds some kind of great female empowerment message as the three unite against a cheating spouse. But the reality is it looks like The Other Woman might be best left alone this weekend, as the critics are indicating that this one might be a bit too much farce and not enough comedy.
The plot of The Other Woman is actually pretty simple, Kate, played by Leslie Mann, finds out her husband Mark is cheating on her with Carly (Cameron Diaz). Rather than hate each other, the two women actually find out they have a surprising amount in common and become good friends. Then they learn that Mark has another woman, the 20 something Amber, played by Kate Upton. After the extent of his dastardliness is revealed all three women team up to plot their revenge on Mark with schemes such as putting Nair in his shampoo and adding female hormones to his juice.
The Other Woman follows in the footsteps of The First Wives Club, and Bridesmaids.
The 2011 breakout hit Bridesmaids seems to have made a permanent shift in gender dynamics of big Hollywood comedies. No longer happy to exist as idealised love interests, women are finally taking over. Bridesmaids scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy flexed her muscles further opposite Sandra Bullock in the buddy action-comedy The Heat.
And now Cameron Diaz pushes boundaries with her new comedy The Other Woman, which lays to rest the usual bitch-slap storyline. In this film, when a woman (Leslie Mann) discovers that her husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is having an affair or two, instead of take on the other woman in a battle to the death, the wife teams up with his two mistresses (Diaz and Kate Upton) to get even.
Continue reading: Is 'The Other Woman' The New 'Bridesmaids'?
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