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Merrick here...

THIS piece in Variety says that Will Smith is looking into the possibility of producing an ANNIE musical with Sony.  The theoretical project would star Smith's daughter Willow, who has recently been ramping up a singing career of her own...

Word is Jay-Z (who worked with Willow on the song embedded above) may be looking to collaborate on the movie.  At this time few other details are known - nor is it clear if the picture would be a period piece, or a modernized iteration.  

There have, of course, been countless interpretations of ANNIE, including a hugely successful 1977 Broadway musical which brought us songs like "Tomorrow" and "It's A Hard-Cock Life" - I mean "It's A Hard-Knock Life."  Said musical was eventually adapted for the bigscreen in a generally flat and grating manner by director John Houston in 1982.  

Harold Gray's LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE daily comic strip, which started all of this, debuted in 1924.  A subsequent radio adaptation famously caught the ire of young Ralphie Parker in A CHRISTMAS STORY.  


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  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I whip my hair, motherfuck?

    by Le Grande Zombi

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Because, as we all know...

    by FusionAddict

    ...there were plenty of rich white guys in World War II-era America who wanted to adopt black kids. Or is Daddy Warbucks going to be black as well? Because, as we all know, there were plenty of rich black guys in World War II-era America.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by Han Cholo

    Someone had to say it.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    His kid starred in a remake to tdtess and karate kid, now his daughter is in a remake (and she was also in I am Legend, an omega man remake). I guess Big Willie Style encompasses having your kids do pos versions of movies from long ago.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    All Hail Our Anti-Thetan Overlords

    by Aquatarkusman

    It's Big Willie's World!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by girl

    i can't wait to see this

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    I bet they're gonna use gay-z's Hard Knock Life for this.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    WILL Smith named his daughter WILLOW.....

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

    I guess the empty thought machine runs rampant in Hollywood...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    In this version, Annie will martyr herself to save the world.


    She will singlehandedly liberate the concentration camps and drop the bomb on Japan in one fell stroke, dying gloriously in a lovingly lit and tender closeup.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Will Smith is Jango Fett.


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Meanwhile, DJ Jazzy Jeff has conceived a star vehicle for his kids.


    An irreverent "urban" remake of A Serbian Film.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Annie, 82

    by Munro Kelly

    Annie isn't a bad movie, it's biggest problem is that it needed 15 to 20 minutes cut out. The direction could have used a little more pep but it wasn't bad. The cast was perfect, the children and the adults.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Bitch if you want - I'll wager this will be better than Huston's version.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    (Huston, the man, not the city.)

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by Merrick

    I agree.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    writefortheedit & Merrick

    by Le Grande Zombi

    The shit swirl I released into the bowels of the toilet this morning is better than Huston's version of ANNIE.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Will Smith producing Lassie reboot starring his dog

    by carlanga

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by roguechef664

    We've "Re-imagined" so much crap now that we have to get a 'hood "Annie"?!?!?!? Please, Hollywood. Leave the crap in the toilet where it belongs.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi

    Are you riffing off my last post or are you on the same psychic, shit-obsessed wavelength as me. Fortunately, ANNIE is no classic imo. Hoodify away, mothah fuckahz.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Catchy Song

    by Le Grande Zombi


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    God to reboot The Passion with His Son in the lead.


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Cher to reboot A Touch of Evil with her Chas Bono as Hank Quinlan.


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Sorry... It'

    by Le Grande Zombi

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Father Geek to reboot Mask with Harry as Rocky Dennis.


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    CHOPPAH to reboot FALSE DAWN starring SON_OF_CHOPPAH

    by Le Grande Zombi

  • Jan. 20, 2011, noon CST

    I vote for Lil Orphan Annie without pupils

    by lochkray

    Just like in the comic strip. Gawd, that was an odd artistic choice. Like it was a whole cast of blind characters. Creepy.

  • Mark my words, motherfuckers.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, noon CST


    by melchior42

    I suppose I will play Devil's Advocate here... It's been a while since I've seen it, but I think a contemporary update of Annie could work. A hip-hop version might actually be phenomenal if done correctly. There is a lot of talent here behind the scenes and I'd like to see the project move forward. My only worry is Willow, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Jaden not horrible in Karate Kid. Buuut video above does not instill within me confidence.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    The Smiff Kids are SMUGNESS personified...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    I guess growing up with the Fresh Prince as your dad will do that.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Do we really need to urbanize Little orphan annie?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Instead of a red fro she'll have dreads, and her daddy will be in jail for stealing TV's. and she'll be able to rap about her dreams and free style dance like MJ by the way, I don't condone child or women abuse, but I would love to square kick willow smith right in the face with a steel toe boot

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    How many black girls are named annie?

    by macheesmo3

    I mean seriously!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi

    Easy: ANNIE = ANITA

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    I hated Annie my whole life until

    by sweeneydave

    I showed it to my 4 year old daughter for the first time. Seeing the joy that it brought to my little girl, caused me to fall completely in love with it. It's strange how your perspectives can completely change when your own children are involved.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Yeah, sweeneydave

    by Le Grande Zombi

    It's called toddlertardification. I've got a bad case of it too... Just ask my friend, Thomas the Tank Engine.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Jay Z

    by niccageshairpiece

    I think he did a hip hop version of It's A Hardknock Life or used the chorus in one of his songs ( if you wnat to call them that ) a few years ago. This will be a turd and a half.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    So we'll get a Willow Smith sample of Dr Evil's sample of Jay-Z's sample?

    by dr_buggerlugs

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Hahaha, This is toally horrible

    by D o o d

    I can imagine the already annoying Willow busting out contemporary R&B/pop idol crap in the movie. How anyone can even think that this would be better than the original is BEYOND me!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Sing along, ok?

    by Le Grande Zombi


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    ANNIE does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Munro Kelly, I agree with what you say about ANNIE (is there more than one movie version?)perhaps being slightly overlong.<p> But I think it's a very wall made movie - Albert Finney as warbucks, Tim Curry as the bad guy, and I don't know the name of the actress who played the alcoholic dame that ran the orphanage but she was excellent too.<p> The Dojo is known to enjoy all genres and that includes musicals... "Anyone see that Bears game?"

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I miss the days when Will Smith Made Movies...

    by DJJester

    He was a good (not a great) action star, a good (not a great) comedic star, and now... he's the money behind his kids???? *sigh* There was a time when you could rely on having some good mindless fun every year when the next Will Smith movie came out.. MIB, ID4, even Wild Wild West (not a great movie but fun enough).

  • Remake movies and cast your own children in the leads?! WTF?!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Oh, dear...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Will Smith...liked him up until around 1999, then his "Fresh Prince" hip-hop attitude starting getting really old, really fast. "Wild Wild West" didn't help either. Have no tolerance for his talentless kids, however...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by ObiBen


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST



    Watched that again recently. The first section is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended scenes with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Albert Finney's destiny lay in movies that were more about music than drama, for much of the next decade. I was so hopeful when Erin Brockovich came out that it heralded the return of both Finney and Roberts as genuinely great dramatic actors. But it was a false dawn for both.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Didn't BOSTON LEGAL do an episode about this?

    by SpyGuy

    A little black girl wants to be Little Orphan Annie so Alan Shore brings in none other than Al Sharpton to give his typical shtick about how black people should be able to play white characters without mentioning anything about how white people should be able to play black characters.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    My daughter used to love Annie (the movie) also - and you gotta

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    give it to Albert Finney, doing Warbucks as practically a Houston impression, and Carol Burnett and Tim Curry were excellent in their song and dance roles. The rest...?? Makes as much sense as Robert Altman directing a Popeye musical...wha? wha? wha?...actually there's a lot of Popeye to love, but what were the studios thinking back in the early 80's? John Huston and Robert Altman directing big, BIG budget musicals??

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    "do we even need to Urbanize Annie?"...

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ...why not? <p> I loved "The Wiz". Other than the general hate on for Will Smith and his progeny, who are gulity by association, what's the problem?

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    that willow smith song is god fucking awful

    by smudgewhat

    i know it's for 12-year-olds but fuck me it's in my fuckin ears and sound is an invasion of my body.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    also, i am tired of 'sassy' 12 years olds

    by smudgewhat

    or however old she is. sit the fuck down & learn your math bitch

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    I know I shouldnt be laughin at ur Mask comment the_choppah

    by MRJONZ72

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST


    by FilmFan311

    The remake of the remake of the re-imagining of the remake of the remake of the remake. Will Smith and Hollywood can fuck off yet again.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Stories about orphans just don't bring people in anymore

    by Kamaji

    Is it me, or did that period around the 20's-40's in the 20th Century become a time of plucky, cute orphans who could do incredible things? These days, orphan stories don't really electrify the masses.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    We don't need to "urbanize" anything!

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Since when did the United States become "BET: The Country"? <p>OH NO I DIDN'T GIRLFRIEND, DAT'S WHAT MES TALKIN' ABOUTS, YOUS A HO YO, HE A PIMP, MES A GANGSTA, ETC... <p> The Spirit of Rod Serling help us all...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    You know... I used to like Will Smith.

    by Triple_J_72

    But now? ... You don't wanna know how I feel.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    'bout time

    by AugustusMacReady

    Too much time has passed since THE WIZ.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Will Smith Talkbacks....

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ...or any talkback, for that matter featuring a black performer is always a fun time. Never fails to justify my general cynicism on humanity.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    L. Ron "Crazy as a Loon" Hubbard and Co. have alot invested in making the Smith kids big stars. Way to whore your kids out, Smith.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Because anyone who doesn't like Will Smith is clearly racist. There's no other reason why anyone could conceivably dislike Will Smith... <p> I swear to Christ, the IQ of the some of the people who post on these sites...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    From West Dickensian Orphanage born and raised. . .

    by Tarantinos_Forehead

    Cleaning the floors is where i spend most of my days.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Great video, clever. Not so sure about the song, but it was catchy.

    by chadiwack

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Must be nice....

    by Chip

    To have a dad that can bankroll whatever vanity project you wish to indulge in.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    catsammich: correction


    Must be nice to have a dad that can bankroll whatever vanity project HE wishes to indulge in.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    ID4 Part II

    by DougMcKenzie

    Tom Cruise produces and directs a sequel starring his son Connor as a marine saving the world from Will Smith's rampaging ego. I read something saying that Will Smith is considered to be the only actor in Hollywood guaranteed to make your film money, as he has never had a flop. This gives him a huge cachet with studios who will let him do whatever he wants until he does have that flop.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    by Alec.Eiffel

    Why is it that everyone around here seems to equate black people with the "hood"? You know not all black people are cartoonish stereotypes, right? Plus, as someone above mentioned, Annie was already a "hood" story.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Yes fa_tass_dinomolester....

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ..because stating ones dislike for an actor based on past performances or weird personal behavior is the same as the vitriol obviously based on race baiting or sarcasm laced with stereotypical turns of phrase. <p> "I swear to Christ, the IQ of the some of the people who post on these sites..."<p> ...truer words...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    "BET: The Country" - LOL, that was good. And I agree with you completely, I'm tired of Will Smith hawking of his own movies (remember he felt he owned a weekend every summer), let alone this pushing his children on us. Then there's the fact that with each film his character's become closer and closer to being Jesus (I Am Legend, Hancock, Seven Pounds). His braggadocio used to be kind of funny, now it's just obnoxious.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Was SEVEN POUNDS a hit???

    by Rebeck2

    Cuz that's not how I remember it.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    tere arent that many rich black guys today hell the only black billionaire out there is oprah

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Oh, do shut up you clueless twat. If you view "hip-hip/BET" lunacy as inseparable from actual "Black people/culture", and therefore criticism for it inherently racist, that says a lot more about you than it does about anyone else. Someone better tell LeVar Burton! <p>rebeck, thanks and I agree about Smith's rapidly growing massive's a sad state of affairs. Previous generations got "superstars" like Orson Wells, Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, ETC. We get Will Smith, Shitty LaBeef and Seth Rogan. FUCK!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    yeah legrandzombi

    by JaredP

    and last year jaden smith had that stupid remake of karate kid now he thinks hes the new shit in town

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    I whip my lunch back and forth.

    by blackwood

    That song is stuck in my head now. Like rabies. I am not opposed to remaking ANNIE; also not opposed to making Annie black. I just want them to do a genuine musical, not something that will be tossed on the growing pile of unnecessary 'urbanification' projects that seem to think the best way to tell a 'black' story is to take a 'white' story and put black people in it.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Hey Choppah, I would absolutely go to see...

    by eustisclay

    ...Chazz Bono as Hank Quinlan. Really, I read that and laughed my ass off. In a way, I don't really care about this. Wasn't crazy about the original movie and I am more supportive of a remake that is based on a flawed film(or just plain bad.) A few years back I bought the Dunwich Horror in a bargain bin. I'd heard some bad things about it, but I was surprised at how good it was. But the fx at the end were terrible. This is the type of lesser known and executed film that I would like to see remade. Buuuut, am so sick of remakes, it'sd getting to the point where one a day is announced(or even 2, with Lethal Weapon being rebooted, jeez). The other day they announced a Mr Peabody movie ferchristsakes, like is anyone really waiting for that? I read where Russell Brand said that the difference between his Arthur and the original is that the old one was "more edgey", and would be more like Big. Fuck's that mean? No drinking or whorring? I suppose that this Arthur is just a grown up boy, peter pan syndrome or whatever. well, if you're gonna neuter Arthur what's the point? People will argue for remakes saying that plays do it all the time(well, duh, it's live, it's not like I can go see, say, Richard Harris in Camelot, he's kinda dead. But most of the films that are remade are available on home video, they are almost always better and more and more people have really great home theater systems, so why bother. So to those who bring up the excuse of plays being redone all the time, I ask, why not books? I mean, oftentimes a classic film is successful primarily from the vision of the director, just likke an author(hence auteur), so why don't we see James Patterson's Carrie? Or Dennis Lahane's The Postman Always Rings Twice? Is it because the book is readily available and would be ridiculous?). Others support remakes by saying that hollywood has always done it. Well, true, but in the past there wasn't home video and before that, no tv. So many times people were not aware something had been done before. Also, while there has always been remakes, it wasn't done to this extent. Go back to the 60's, 70's or eighties and look at the top 25 or so films in any given year. Hell, make it the top 100, I doubt you will find many remakes. and finally, if you're gonna do remakes, at least do them the way I've always loved them, take something from the 60's or before and sex it up in a way it hadn't been done before. Instead, most recent remakes(excluding Pirranna, bless its sick, t&a obsessed little heart) are kinder gentler versions.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    "hip-hip/BET lunacy from actual Black people/culture"..

    by AnakinsDiapers

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    If anything, the orphans' ethnicity should be Chinese!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Rich people buying those kids in convenient 6-packs n shit...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Because the Smiths are black you tack on 'Yo'?

    by jimmy_009

    I don't remember Will Smith, his kids, or Annie ever adding Yo to the end of a sentence. In fact I'm pretty sure Will Smith would avoid that kind of thing. But oh well, black people say yo after everything right?

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    "hip-hip/BET lunacy from actual Black people/culture"..

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ...That seems to be your thing not mine. I thought the talkback was about an Annie remake? Is it a BET production?<p> If every talkback about , say...Pacino or Dinero degenerated into Jersey Shore references and other negative stereotypical italian japes, i'd see a problem.<p> Doesn't happen. The worst you'd see is comments on the mens work. "Dinero isn't even trying anymore". "Pacinos' just does the same thing over and over."<p> Any talkback featuring any black peformer on this site not Denzel and the same comments surface.<p> I'll not lower myself to calling you a twat or something. You can have that.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    This is not a racist discussion

    by D o o d

    Stop being so sensitive. The hate is on will smiths annoying offspring and his mission to make them famous! I haven't seen this much push by a parent, because god forbid they wanted to become a teacher, doctor or just plain jane!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by PleaseWipeMyAss


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    I actually really love the 80's Annie

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    I enjoyed the Jaden Karate Kid, but after that video I have no faith in Williow doing a good remake.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    "Because the Smiths are black you tack on 'Yo'?"

    by BangoSkank

    If anything I could say this cab was rare, but I thought, nah, forget it, yo homes to Bel-air! I pulled up to the house about seven or eight, and yelled to the cabby "Yo, homes, smell you later."

  • Fuckin' Merrick. Lay off, pal!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Let's just make things nice and sparkling clear...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    ANNIE is the whitest of the white musicals. It's fucking WHITE white. 'bout time ta gangsta-ize that mothahfuckah! Aaaaaw HELLZ yeah. I WHIP MY HAIR, MOTHAHFUCK! WHIP MY HAIR, MOTHAHFUCK!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Will Smith, please STOP!

    by GQSioux

    So is he going to start rebooting and urbanizing classics with his kids from now on?

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    So the black community is embracing headbanging now?

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Seriously? Fascinating, Captain.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    The black community is now embracing headbanging?

    by Le Grande Zombi

    20+ years late.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    ANNIE a classic?

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Surely you jest.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    good sense_does_not_exist_in_this_dojo

    by good sense_does_not_exist_in_this_dojo

    So...are we gonna remake In the Heat of the Night with his son in the Sydney Poitier role? Wake me up when the nightmare ends and the American Idol loving public finally gets tired of this ridiculousness.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Poverty in film is only believable if white characters are poor.


    Black people usually have all that bling and those Bentleys, right? All from welfare fraud, of course, and drug dealing.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Will Smith's persona isn't highly reminiscent of a character on BET? That's news to me... <p>And thanks for having me have "twat", I'm delighted that you're not "lowering yourself to my level" of being PC to the point of absurdity. <p>BTW, DeNiro doesn't annoy everyone endlessly, (aside from those "Fock the Fockers" things), which is why you don't see the same level of vitriol aimed at him...which might change after "Limitless" however...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    By "persona"

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    I mean a highly smug, loud, obnoxious boob who speaks in a stereotypical "ghetto" manner and raps consistently, just to make myself perfectly clear...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    And also, that's what

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    "urbanize" means...aiming something at people who won't want the original because it doesn't have rap in it.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Finally, there's also the little fact

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    that Smith was complicit in ruining adaptations of "I, Robot" and "I Am Legend", two classic sci-fi stories...might be why he's not everyone's favorite on AICN...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Beyond the blatant nepotism...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    which is admittedly rampant in Hollywood, I think the hot button which raises some racial "issues" is that Will keeps putting his children in arbitrary remakes of films with a primary difference only seeming to be be race. The Wiz (albeit a tenuous comparison, but since it's been thrown around a bit...) doesn't have that problem, as the whole film/musical was done with the design to present a commonly-known story through the very different cultrual/ethnic lens: costume/character design, musical tone, setting (An Oz based on run down areas of NYC? Brilliant). If Will and his kids were doing more films like The Pursuit of Happyness, I doubt people would be making so much of a stink. Here's hoping Annie brings something creative to the table to warrant it's production, other than Will wanting to boost the family ego.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Next: Kevin Spacey to play Dr. Martin Luther King

    by Anacott_Steel

    In a biopic directed by Oliver Stone called "The Dream". It's only fair people.

  •'s because your parents don't love you.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I love the hate on Will Smith...

    by Hipshot

    Now that he is powerful enough to create images. Watching the racism crawl out from under your flat rocks is wicked amusing. Like "urbanize" isn't even a code word any more. The venom gushing when he created "Karate Kid" for Jaden prompted a huge flood of bile: it would be dreadful, a bomb, so forth. Well, critics and audiences liked it fine, and it earned silly bank, and the martial arts were a mile better than anything Ralph Macchio could have dreamed of. All industries have nepotism--Clint Eastwood TRIED to get Karate Kid for his son Kyle, even promising to direct, and it didn't come to be. But he tried. So Smith now has the power to create solid leading roles, and I hope he remakes every classic you ever cared about, and successfully to boot. You guys are sooooo petty and vindictive. Get a life.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I'm all for this remake.

    by Le Grande Zombi


  • In Roots 3-D, which will directed by Michael Bay from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci. It's only fair people.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    I'd argue the issue of Macchio's Karate quality, hipshot...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    ...but I have a sneaking suspicion that wasn't the major point of your post!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Pretty sure...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Someone who uses the phrase "silly bank" will be the target audience for this film. <p> Also, I love how no matter how HORRIBLE something is, there are always people on the internet who run forward to declare it genius!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Next: Emma Stone & Minka Kelly to topline "Color Purple" remake

    by Anacott_Steel

    They will play the roles of Celie & Shug. Also starring is Cam Gigandet, who will play Albert, Sara Rue as Sofia, and Jackson Rathbone as Harpo. The new setting is the rural south circa the 1960's. The reboot is being directed by Catherine Hardwicke from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, as only women can do a woman's story justice! It's only fair people.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    "Roots 3D"


    There's a "Whip My Hair" joke in there somewhere.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Fuck Will Smith

    by AsimovLives

    Fuck Will Smith and fuck his kid up their fucking asses!

  • The 200 million, possibly in 3-D project is being directed by Ron Howard. It's only fair people.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    knobules - I laughed and laughed at that

    by prince_fufu

    Also, is there any way to read these talkbacks without having to click on every headline???

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    You know what this thread needs?


    It needs asimovlives wishing an anal assault on Will Smith and his kids. Oh wait, there it is. Never mind.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Her white eyes...

    by Dead_Geek

    .. will really stand out. :p

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Jake Lloyd to star in Little Orphan Ani.


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Joe Pesci to star in Little Orphan Anisette.


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Keira Knightley to star in Little Orphan Anorexic.


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Oh, God...

    by Disgustipitated

    Why...? Is there no one with any ounce of creativity...or sense anymore?

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Next: Will Smith eying son Jaden for another 80s remake

    by Anacott_Steel

    Will Smith will produce "Lil Equalizer", a big screen remake of the tv show, which ran from 1985-1989. Jaden Smith will play DeMarcus McCall, a tough teen from the hard streets of Detroit who, when sneaking out of his house past bedtime, or skipping school (or skool) helps those in need. The role of Mickey Kostmayer (McCall's sidekick & partner) will be played by Justin Beber. McG will direct from a screenplay by John Brancato & Michael Ferris. Also, Dr. Dre will urbanize the theme music made famous by Stewart Copeland of "The Police" fame.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    So Will Smith takes forgotten movies

    by Nerd Rage

    and uses them as revamped vehicles to make his kids superstars. Is this egotistical or fucking genius? I'd do the same thing if given the opportunity. Only a fool wouldn't.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    "Of NOT being PC"...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Damn this site's lack of an "edit" function and my inability to self-edit! Oh, fuck it.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi

    I'd rather see a movie about Little Orphan ASI! He is the heart and soul of TALKBACK. Never forget that.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    when my son wants a movie, i take him to best buy..


    i dont fucking make one so he can star in it...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by Lucius Woodhouse

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi

    The only thing that surprises me is that the Smiff family and Jar Jar Abrams haven't teamed up. THIS REEKS OF BREWERY TREK, I TELLS YA!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3 p.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi

    "THAT is why you fail..."

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Rob Marshall's Annie (1999)

    by frankenberry

    There was already one Annie remake: the ABC TV movie directed by Rob 'Chicago' Marshall. Too bad the 1982 version is the one everyone remembers, cause the 1999 version is vastly superior.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    The Wizard of Asi


    Pay no attention to the ranting and raging madman behind the curtain.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Ohhhhh .... ANNIE! I get it now!


    I thought everyone meant ANNE! the upcoming Anne Frank musical from the minds of Bono and Julie Taymor.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST



    my black ass! Huston's Annie destroys all versions including the broadway from which it originated. Albert Finney--ICONIC! Tim Curry--ICONIC! Bernadette Peters--SLUTTY AND ICONIC!! Carol Burnet--FLOOZY AND ICONIC!! it is this version that all will be judged. and fail!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    I once got to smell Bernadette Peters.


    It was a seminal moment in my life. GET IT?????

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    if i wanted to see a black orphan i'd hang out with madonna


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Asi The World Turns


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Asi You Like It


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    DJ Asi Jeff -- now wonder he hates Will Smiff.


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen this many ASIs


    since my trip to the Grand Canyon. Get it? No? CHOPPED

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Asiton Kutcher


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Asiton Martin


    You know when your tires need to be changed, because they sound like this... "JAR JAR TREK SUCKS"

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    "Cr-Asi Train" by Asi Osbourne


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Was Asi in the Stasi?


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    I like Ian McKellan's appraisal of Will Smith...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    I love in this, how when the interviewer mentions Sir Ian worked with Will Smith some years ago, he just kind of pauses, looks visibly annoyed, and goes "yeah" rather grumpily. Must have been a delightful experience! <p>

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST



    ASI-tralian for...SUCKY MOVIE

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Classy Freddy Asi


  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    I'm with sweeneydave

    by oisin5199

    I loved the movie when I saw it in the theatre as a kid, and my daughter has seen the film more times than anything else we own. It's fun, family entertainment. Carol Burnett is hilarious and who doesn't love Bernadette Peters? And Tim Curry when he was skinny? Merrick has no soul! And obviously, no children.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I have a sneaking suspicion

    by Le Grande Zombi

    ...that Will Smiff doesn't dig cool, talented, old, white gay dudes too much. His loss.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I agree oisin5199


    You really have to be a fan of the 80s movie. Oh what the hell, this movie just plain stinks! The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. Here's how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K's Pod People was easier to follow! Maybe a few good things about this: Albert Finney looks enough like Daddy Warbucks should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Punjab description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, "I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !" That is from the mythos of the comic. After the opening credits, we should see the process of Annie becoming the hero who goes on to fight for adoption, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Anyone catch Jay Pharoah's hilarious...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Will Smith impersonation on SNL last week? They did a mock commercial advertising The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire Series Boxset and Pharoah ripped Will a new one. Devastating and funny as hell.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    "Asi Hates" by Motorhead


    If you like good movies, I tell you I'm your man You win some, lose some, it's - not - the same to me There's no pleasure in Bay, don't even dare mention JJ I don't share your taste, it's all just fucking waste! Shit Asi Hates! Shit Asi Hates Yearning for new Nolan, loving some Fincher, Hate going with the flow, it's not a game to me, Jar Jar or Bay, garbage mocking you, Zack the Hack is shit, Zack the Hack makes shit, Shit Asi Hates! Shit Asi Hates! You know I'm born to view, and Brewery Trek's for fools, But that's the way I like it baby, I just wanna hate forever! And don't forget Crapformers! Jar Jar and Mikey Bay, you all love to suck on 'em, Watch 'em and weep, waste your fucking time, I see it in your eyes, you know I'm fuckin' right, The only thing you see, you know it's gonna be, Shit Asi Hates! Shit Asi Hates!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise should reboot Willow...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...with himself and Scott Caan as the midget/hobbit/dwarfy dudes. They won't even need to use forced perspective like in the LOTR flicks.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Jesus, Choppah...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    You outdid yourself there. Well done.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    So no Sly Stallone??

    by Crude

    The title of this thread confused me greatly.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Natalie Portman's creepy laugh

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    "Yo"? Kinda racist guys. 80% funny, just 20% racist.

    by Onin Solstice

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Not "creepy." "Dorky."

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Dare I type, "Geeky."

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Choppah does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Holy shit you're on fire.<p> Keep up this level of chopping and the rain forests will have disappeared by the end of the week.<p> If Asi wants to buttfuck Will Smith and his entire family then let him - he's earned that right. Alert the Portugese authorities after the fact... for now don't chop... just let Asi work.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Lot of dorks and geeks are creepy

    by Bobo_Vision

    So all of the above are correct. <p> For evidence of creepy dorks, see AsimovLives.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    That means a lot coming from the Dojo.


    One love, Cobes.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Is Conrad Bain still alive?

    by daggor

    If so, his agent needs to start making calls, pronto!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Only racist

    by daggor

    if The Smith clan stops talking like that.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4 p.m. CST


    by moto

    Probably one of the most stereotypical and borderline racist things on AICN that I've seen... not from a talkbacker, but from a AICN staff member. The stage has had many African-American Annie's in its time and I'm not understanding how you can post something like that. What does it mean? What was your intention? Think about shit like that before you post something. Ignorant... subtle... but ignorant nonetheless. Beyond that, I'm honestly not understanding people's issue with this? You complained about Will Smith casting his son in a remake of The Karate Kid... UNTIL it fucking killed at the box office and offered an excellent film. One reason you might spew is that the original Annie comic strip and the movie had Annie as a white orphan. So you could scream about Smith fucking with the source material... but honestly, are you REALLY that connected with the source material? Is this a real fanboy franchise? Give me a break. Negative reactions are nothing more than racism. If fucking Jeff Bridges' young daughter or granddaughter was being cast in a Annie remake that he was doing, I seriously doubt you idiots would be having a problem with it. What's worse than witnessing utter ignorance? When an individual has no clue they're being ignorant. Accept responsibility MERRICK. I'm sure you're a cool guy and didn't have bad intentions. But be smart enough to see that you offered a subtle stereotypical and border line racist topic heading and update it. Please.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Can we urbanize Battlefield Earth instead?

    by lock67ca

    Please, All Powerful Xenu, make him stop!!!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    merrick has every right to show cynicism about this ANNIE


    willow has no credentials to her name and is being thrust upon not because of her talent but because her daddy is the producer..sure this has happened before and it wont be the last but we can call bullshit anytime this happens..

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Sensitivity does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    moto, calm down! Your political correctness gauge is bleeping like you're in the air ducts with an Alien!<p> Saying 'Yo' isn't a black thing it's a rap thing. Did you read this article? Did you watch the music vid for 'Whip My Hair'? Have you listened to any of Will Smith's music (CODE RED is a fucking great album btw, not at all like his later more corporate sounding stuff, I'll happily admit i'm a fan).<p> I'm not usually one to stick up for the aicn mods but in this case I don't think Merricks been insensitive - I think you're being over-sensitive my friend.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    They should make William S. Burroughs SPARE ASSED ANNIE

    by Jeff8A thats a will smith project I'd pay to see

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Jesus Merrick, dick jokes?

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    btw, for anyone who thinks Will Smith's music stinks from soulless pop hits like 'Miami' and 'Wicky Wild Wild West', download a track called 'Shadow Dreams' to hear him rapping over acoustic guitar - the guy is mightily talented.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    My take, Chops

    by Le Grande Zombi

    How can anyone say this ANNIE was fantastic? It rates somewhere between MAMA MIA and FAME. Huston's ANNIE was a sloppy, disjointed, largely soulless romp in NYC. The mere fact that some are defending it so forcefully and arrogantly bespeaks either a lack of taste and judgment or pure stubbornness on their part. The story was confusing and purposely upsetting at times. It's Huston's way of letting us know who's in charge. We get it, Huston. You da man now. So throw in elephants and a triumphant Miss Hannigan along with it. Pull an Alderaan. People will just have to choke on it. The cinematography was poor, sir. What's "cute" is that some of you dolts are professing it to be brilliant. Really? All that community theater song numbers with spinning lights in almost every scene was brilliant? No, it was sophomoric. The scenes were dull. Almost every one. The set design, the costumes, the makeup... little of it managed to inspire awe or feelings of glee. And the audience reacted accordingly. Not one person clapped during or at the end of the movie back when I first saw it. And I went to the very first showing in Manhattan in 1982. True Musical Theater lover time, right? The music was one-note, unlike Charles Strouse's far superior score. While it boasted its epic-ness, it lacked any subtlety or finesse - something Strouse achieved beautifully. It made DOCTOR DOOLITTLE's score seem positively brilliant by comparison. The acting was a poor substitute for the brilliantly portrayed characters of the original cast. The chemistry was simply missing, once again, from a ANNIE cast. No subsequent cast has been equal to the original cast on Broadway, and frankly it seems doubtful this group of actors will be either. Finney's Daddy Warbucks wasn't as spot-on as some have claimed. He wasn't nearly intense and crotchety enough. Burnette was but a poor imitation of Vicki Michelle's legendary rendition. Aileen Quinn as Annie was grating for most of the movie. She was unlikable and hard to watch due to her horrible skin and Huston's penchant for close-ups. Really, closeups are not a good thing for that Quinn kid. It just shows she HAS no "good side". Curry was wasted. His character was a mess and didn't even rate proper exposition. Where the hell was he for all those years? He was an afterthought, like much of Huston's production. No, there are myriad reasons for ANNIE fans to be disappointed by Huston's' foray into ANNIEdom. Much like Singer's puzzling take on Superman. Well, we know Smiff is going to riff on ANNIE. Let's just hope he doesn't decide to reveal that Annie is really a 10 year old prostitute. Or a rapper. Or worse, a rapping, 10 year old prostitute.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    "Yo" is out dated you morons.

    by Nerd Rage

    But I guess if it were a black movie being remade into a white one you would've put "like totally radical" in there somewhere, right? Fucking dipshits.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Not, "War Eagles", or "The Elementals", unfortunately, but an unmade, fourth "Sinbad" story Ray originally developed with Charles Schneer! WOOPEE!! YAY! <p>

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    nerd rage, I encounter

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    people who use "yo" all the time. But nice try!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi

    These people you know are white, aren't they? I know white people who use the expression "you go, girl" too, but that doesn't mean it isn't a stale expression in the black community. nerd rage is right.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    both Black and White...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    So what if you heard "yo" recently from some clown?

    by Nerd Rage

    It doesn't make the word current or appropriate for movie articles about black actors. Not at all. Do you put "totally radical" in article titles about white actors?

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Like Michael Jackson "Black & White"

    by Le Grande Zombi

    or REALLY black people and white people. Might I ask in what city and state you live?

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Both Black people and White People...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Michael Jackson was more of "yellowish albino". <p> nerd rage, you're totally incorrect. I can assure you that a lot of people bopping around New York City (in their teens-30's) use the work "yo" regardless of race. <p> legrandezombi, I'm referring to people I encounter in NYC, as mentioned above.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    It'll never get made, but the article was a nice diversion, anyway.

  • It's like a middle aged man cruising a college bar.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Can't say I've heard a "you go, girl" recently...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi

    In what capacity are they using "yo"? 1. "Yo! How you doing, man?" 2. "What you doing, yo?" 3. "How's yo momma?" Numbers 1 and 3 are classics. Number 2 is outdated, and I haven't heard a black person use that form in years.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    "You go, girl"

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Favored by white, middle aged to elderly, fairly affluent women in the South...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Well, I still hear #2...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    so, apparently it's not that outdated. I hear 1 as well...not so sure about 3.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Resisting temptation to make a #2 joke...

    by Le Grande Zombi

    But seriously: these black folks who use #2 -- who are they? How old? What social class? As a former New Yorker, I'm intrigued...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    I lasted maybe 10 seconds on that song posted here...

    by bubcus

    ... couldn't stand it. Had about the same reaction as accidentally drinking sour milk. Leave Annie alone. Do something original. And stay away from my paint!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Lower class, usually teens-30's, and various people I encounter around town. <p> But as nerd rage made the claim that "yo" is outdated, why doesn't he provide proof for that? Not that I nor anyone else on AICN adhere to the rules of logical argument, but the person who makes the claim is supposed to prove it, as opposed to the person refuting the claim having to disprove it. But it's probably a bit late in the day to bring that up! :P

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Here's to hoping she performs in a room with a low ceiling fan

    by HypeEndsHere

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    And it's also

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    white people who use "yo" as well, usually dumb teens and 20-year-olds who have mistaken MTV/BET for reality and want to appear "ghetto", Sweet Serling save us!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Re: "Yo" in article headline

    by Merrick

    I was merely trying to have fun with the notion of ANNIE music realized by Jay-Z (many "yos" in his song "Can I Live II" for example). Absolutely no racism intended or inferred in any way, shape, or form.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    "Welcome to (the) Earf-anage!"

    by Dr Gregory House

    "The sun will come out to-morrow, bet your bottom dollar, I make THIS look good."

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Annie, 82

    by Chris

    Carol Burnett just wasn't mean enough. I love Bernadette Peters in everything, but I had to take my little sister to see this.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    So I assume this "fettiular" is a brilliant, eloquent, delightful, sultry Adonis then? Why thank you! <p> Now tottle off back to your Star Wars cartoon...

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by JonChambers

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    How about a GOOD movie version of the play instead?

    by FeralAngel

    I've seen the play, it's surprisingly a lot of fun. Saw the movie version. SUCKED. We need a good version of the ORIGINAL play, not a "The Wiz" version, thank you. Fie upon this project. Do not want.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    I'd much rather see Lars Von Trier adapt "Annie."


    And he should cast only people with really pronounced disabilities.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Holy crap!

    by dukeroberts

    Boston Legal DID do an episode about a little black girl who sued because she wasn't cast as Annie. I think it was in her school play. I believe she lost the case. Denny Crane did not represent her.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Willow? I guess that is what his said during conception

    by Larrylongballs

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Denny Crane was based on THE_CHOPPAH.


    Denny Crane ... Denny Crane.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Hard Cock Life? You are not funny, Merrick.

    by Timmy Chicago

    Not in the least.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Janet Hubert needs to kidnap Willow...

    by mjgtexas

    and hold the kid for ransom until Papa Smith apologizes for firing her for no apparent reason other than an out of control ego that seems to have only metastacized two decades later.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    "Yo!" = Racist

    by helowsyos

    Whould you have said that if it was Eminem?

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    by redkamel

    that video...and "song"...were the worst things I have ever seen or heard in my life. I couldn't watch more than 30 seconds before I stopped it. Its like...brainwashing for children...meaningless...I...don't even know what to say. I guess I am old. Videos like that make me want to not have children to spare them the pain of being media-tized.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    mypejorativelandwhale I agree, this guy has no class!!

    by helowsyos

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    I used to like Will Smith....

    by lewarcher1949

    until he started cramming his talentless, spoiled sprog down our throats. That "song" is the most obnxious shit I have ever heard.

  • Yea right!!!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Deeply evil

    by Danger Mouse

    Surely Annie is the work of the Anti-Christ. Clearly the most evil film ever made.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    definitely took offense to "yo"

    by Darth Thoth

    just saying

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Stallone says "yo" more than any black person to ever live.

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    So shove your stupid racist headline. dawg.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST


    by Darth Thoth

    i take offense to the way will smith is pimping out his kids. geez. and his daughter's song is an example of everything that is wrong with our popular culture. brainless. and by the way, i can't stand jay-z. average rapper who came along at the perfect time and rode B.I.G.'s style and fame to the bank. he too is everything that is wrong with our world. dude sells crack and then makes music glorifying it and his reward- he's a part owner for a major sports team, owns multiple companies, etc. dude makes a rap career out of misogny and his reward- one of the hottest chicks on the planet. truly our world is going to hell in a hand basket. it's all messed up and backwards. final rant- all these freakin remakes and 3D movies. this crap sucks and i simply can't take it anymore. THANK GOD for home video. the dvd/blu-ray is the greatest invention ever. i can watch QUALITY films instead of being a slave to the crap hollywood is churning out these days. unreal. ok, i'm done.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    other headlines that didn't make the cut:

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    "New Annie to be more darkier than original." "Will Smith plans to colorize Annie." "Annie II: Racist to Bitch Mountain"

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    darth_kong - You must not be black like me!!

    by helowsyos

    That's why you don't care!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Yes, but that "Yo" in the title was uncalled for!!

    by helowsyos

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    ^^^^ virgin alert ^^^^

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Salvia rocks

    by SoftAndPorky

    I don't care what you US bitches say! As the great Terence Mckenna once said: Take it easy, but take it..

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Sounded like SNL's "Shy Ronnie" song

    by Mundungus

    ....I think he pissed his'self

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Do any back people write for AICN?

    by helowsyos

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 2:19 a.m. CST

    You know who Will Smith is

    by Phategod100

    He's that guy who can't go a day without showing you a picture of his kids, Like you really give a fuck. But instead sitting in a cubicle next to this bag of Dicks, We're subject to this ridiculous example of nepotism.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 3:47 a.m. CST


    by blackhole4140

    Was under the impression that those in the geek community would be far more open minded and less judgmental. It's pretty tragic the level of jealousy you guys are exhibiting towards a little girl(she's what, 10?). Why wouldn't Smith put his kids in the entertainment industry? They're obviously talented and it's been hugely successful so far. Yeah, the Willow Smith song is dreadful, but it's intended for elementary school age girls. All their stuff is pretty terrible to our old ears. As others have noted, is Annie really a project close to any of your hearts? Why the outrage? The movie version is 30 years old, so it's not like they're rebooting something from a couple of years ago. The 80's version will still be around, too. Personally, I can't wait for the 3rd reboot of Lethal Weapon(in about 10 years), starring Will Smith in the Glover role and his son in the Gibson part. Mostly just to see the amusing racist/jealous meltdowns.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Wrong on so many levels

    by disfigurehead

    I have never liked Will Smith and I never will. This just cements it.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 6:31 a.m. CST

    such haters

    by BrooklynBred

    Like none of you on here wouldn't turn your kids into stars given the chance. I assume you white folks are beeping about will and jada's parenting and not because they are Black right?

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Crying 'Racism' is a poor defense.

    by fpuk99

    I'm not keen on this movie for two simple reasons, neither of which have anything to do with race. a) I'm tired of re-makes that bring nothing new to the table. As someone said above, this flavour has been done on stage, so isn't 'new'. b) Does anyone on here think that nepotism is good?

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Hey brooklynbred

    by NightArrows

    If you want to be a douche and play the race card, let's flip the table and ask you what you think of Miley Cirus? Does she fill you with awe and have you running to the store to pick up her latest album? Or does she grate on your nerves like she does the rest of us? Consider that and overlay what she is over what Will Smith's annoying little spawn are and you'll get the picture. His kids are annoying. His son can't act for shit, and his daughter is just as bad. Giving a leg-up to his kids is to be expected, it doesn't mean we all have to eat it up. And to those crying about the "Yo" in the title, get a fucking life. Here's a fucking clue: Will Smith was a rap star, Jay-Z is a rap star, both have said "yo" more times than most of you have jerked off to Victoria Secret catalogues. SO put down your little flags of indignation and stop being such over-sensitive pussies. There's enough of that hyper-PC bullshit in this world.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    I agree that "Yo" should be removed, as it's inaccurate.

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Blacks don't finish their sentences anymore with "yo". They now end all their sentences with "know'um'sayin'?" ... HOORAY FOR INAPPROPRIATE HUMOR!

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    You peckerwood ninnies can be PC all you want.


    And I'll continue to be a mothafuckin' Mac daddy.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    I meant "overlay"

    by NightArrows

    I meant to type "overlay what Will Smith's annoying little spawn are and you'll get the picture"

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    What next? A movie for Will Smith's housekeeper?

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Sorry Willow, your real hair is ball of velcro. Not hatin, just sayin.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Unrelated, but funny comic strip:

    by Le Grande Zombi

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    I hope this never sees the light of day...

    by Anna Valerious

    BUT Wanda Sykes recently played Miss Hannigan in a stage version, and if they get her for this one, I would MAYBE see this...

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Hey, BSB? How you doin, yo?

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Seriously -- does anyone still use "yo" in this way. Seems so early naughties to me.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    not liking Miley Cirus isnt "flipping the race card"..

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ..because most likely any negative comments would be directed toward her work and not be filled with sarcastic vitriol designed to denigrate her race or culture in some manner.<p> if you can't see that in a hell of a lot of the comments in every single talkback about a black performer, then i don't know what to say. <p> And using the "PC is evil" blanket to cover that ugliness up is all good and well, but i'll take the hit and call it what it is regardless.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Recently at dinner...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny Asian waiter at a nice steakhouse, upon presenting my salad, asked "Do you want some pepper, yo?" I don't really know how this relates to either side of the "argument," but it's just really awful having to hear that come out of anybody's mouth. At the time when the usage was more prominent, I would jokingly say it was a word particle teenagers added to end their sentences--similar to how the Japanese will add "ka" to the end of a sentence to indicate that a question is being asked. Sorry. Slow day at work, yo.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Yet remain culturally sensitive.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    yo, let's get out of here

    by Spandau Belly

    word to your mother ice ice baby too cold too cold

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    The sun'll come out tomorrow. Proper.

    by Le Grande Zombi

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Regarding the yo...

    by The_Closet_Nerd

    I clicked on it thinking it would have something to do with Sly Stallone.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Nepotism-it made this country great!

    by Christopher Bynum

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    White guilt is strong in this talkback

    by Immortal_Fish


  • Jan. 21, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Yo whaddup, homies!


    Straight CHOPPin' up in heyah, y'all. WORD.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    helowsyos, if Joey Lawrence was in this it would have been "Whoah"

    by deelzbub

    Will Smiff earned this "YO" Step off, Jazzy Jeff

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Waaaaah wacism! Waaaaaah wacism!

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Dat dude said "yo" on da subject line. He wacist! Shut the fuck up and go cry somewhere else.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    "to make his kids superstars"

    by Subtitles_Off

    Jebus Chrissy! You dumb-asses sure have lowered your standards! Li'l Bratling is just turning her head around quickly. THAT'S superstardom, now? Will Smiff can do whatever he wants. He's irrelevant to me and always has been. ANNIE? Who but a racist homo would give a s#!t? A non-racist homo, maybe? "Will Smith does not use the expression 'yo'." BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! "Yo, Clint. I got ANNIE, what you got?" "Well, I am going to direct A STAR IS BORN with Beyoncé." "Aw, hellz naw! You a playa, yo!" "Vocabulary to your matriarch, my unrelated African-American friend who is like a sibling."

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    I tried to listen to Whip My Hair

    by Christopher Bynum

    and turned it off after 5 seconds. Seriously, the sounds fat people make when they take a shit after a mexican buffet is catchier than Whip My Hair-or at least they're funnier.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    About Will Smith not using "yo"...

    by Immortal_Fish

    Can You Feel Me, "Yo something in your wait, go through it"<P> Human Video Game, "Yo Ready Rock C I wanna play a game of Donkey Kong"<P> Give Me Tonite, "Uh, check, check. Yo, yo, yo"<P> The problem with dealing in absolutes is that it makes a dispute so very easy to prove or disprove.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Will Smith is a crooked douchebag for stealing...

    by The Krypton Kid

    The Karate Kid name. Why do I say this? Because Karate wasn't even used in the movie. He misrepresented the name to guarantee a hit for his kid. Crooked scumbag. Oh, and the movie was superficial garbage that can only dream of sniffing the greatness that is the original.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by Le Grande Zombi

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Using "Yo" at the end of sentences is outdated, Yo.

    by Le Grande Zombi

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    I like the classic, "bitch," at the end of each sentence.

    by Le Grande Zombi

    The Sun'll come out tomorrah, BITCH.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Will they make Sandy a pitbull refugee from Michael Vick's dogfights?


  • Jan. 21, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    John Lithgow and W.D. Richter to make Little Whorfin Annie.


  • Jan. 21, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST



    You sound like a complete tool, yo. Stop embarrassing yourself.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Why is Will Smith referred to as 'Will Smiff'?

    by TallanDagwood

    Why are grown men debating the merits or lackthereof of bubblegum music produced for the pre-teen set when such music for pre-teens has been produced for over 60 years? Will Smith made his name as a rapper, so the usage of 'yo' is not really a pejorative. But Mark Wahlberg also made his name a a rapper, but do we see "The Fighter, yo'? Double standards do exist - even if the intent was not to be racist but humorous.

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Marky Marky ith more fun to make fun of using thimulated lithpth.


  • Jan. 21, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST



  • Jan. 21, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Ok, I'm back; What I miss?


    Nothing. Jebus, this place sucks!

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Yeah. NOBODY gets on Miley Cyrus for being a stupid hick.

    by Subtitles_Off


  • Jan. 21, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    "Here's hoping for a low-hanging ceiling fan."

    by Subtitles_Off

    I don't care if that is really evil. That's funny!

  • Jan. 21, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    The difference between Marky Mark and Will Smiff is

    by Subtitles_Off

    Marky Mark isn't parading his kid around in Calvins.

  • Big difference. Both are prejudicial, and ignorant but only one is reprehensible.

  • As I said above, there is a large difference between the two. Seeing that this is AICN, it is not unheard of for peoples animosities toward certain celebrities - regardless the reason, to manifest itself in such displays of stereotyping for supposed humorous effect. And some are quite humorous. Although playing to stereotypes is a long time tradition, it is disingenuous to not see the distinction between good humor and hostility.

  • Jan. 22, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    I liked Huston's Annie

    by Bramton1

    Of course, I would admit I have some prejudice. My parents showed it to me multiple times when I was young. The administration building at my father's alma mater doubled as Daddy Warbucks' mansion (also formerly Woodrow Wilson's summer home), and I was in awe of that fact. When I was 10, my father had some business to take care off at that building, and I tagged along. It was so cool to be in Daddy Warbucks' home. Later I transferred to that school (not because of the mansion), after I had a little too much fun at Penn State. And when my now wife and I were looking at locations for the post-wedding ceremony pictures, we decided on Daddy Warbucks' mansion.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    And regarding the Karate Kid remake...

    by NightArrows

    It was fucking terrible. Jackie Chan's role was interesting and well done. The rest was garbage. The fucking POINT of the original was that Daniel learned enough Karate to stand on his own and not have his ass kicked into next year, and to stand up to the asshole Cobra Kai on their own turf. NOT to become some fucking über little kung-fu machine with a tournament winning kick that fucking Guile in Street Fighter would have a hard time pulling off, let alone some little douche who'd been "training" for a few months. And a talentless emotionless little douche he was. Fuck that movie right in it's ass. If the kiddies loved it, fantastic. They also love Miley Cyrus, so fuck it.