Film Review: ‘Annie’

Ronnie Scheib, MSN, December 14, 2014

While there are several possible good reasons to remake the Depression-set musical “Annie” in 2014, none of them seem to have informed Will Gluck’s overblown yet undernourished treatment. More of a facelift than an update, the pic dusts off some old songs, adds a few desultory stabs at new ones, and stuffs the frame with shiny upscale gadgets that scream “modern.” Featuring a multiracial all-star cast with few pretensions to dancing expertise, the film replaces choreography with metronomic editing, while one-note overstatement drowns out character development. Even without the Sony hacking scandal that caused it to leak online early, “Annie” would seem headed for a lackluster Christmas bow.

The film begins promisingly with a pre-credits sequence wherein Gluck acknowledges the obvious parallel between the Great Depression and the currently widening rich/poor divide: A schoolroom show-and-tell produces a standard-issue, red-haired “Annie A,” only to replace her with an afro’d “Annie B” (Quvenzhane Wallis, the Academy Award-nominated waif from “Beasts of the Southern Wild”). Wallis’ Annie proceeds to conduct the class in an interactive historical performance piece celebrating FDR’s New Deal, no less. But this hint of modern-day hard times, it turns out, is evoked only to be treated as a quaint conceit.

Annie

In Gluck’s 21st-century version, Annie lives with other girls not in an orphanage but in a Harlem foster home run by bitter, alcoholic Colleen Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), lamenting her failed career as a backup singer. Poverty, in this squeaky-clean Gotham, relies entirely on sterile set decoration; a rat under a transparent plastic bowl looks more like an artifact than an actual denizen of Miss Hannigan’s apartment.

Racing through the streets for her dog, Sandy (here named after the hurricane, in an utterly superfluous example of contemporization), Annie careens into the film’s reincarnation of Daddy Warbucks, aka Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a cell-phone billionaire running for mayor, who absentmindedly saves her from an oncoming car. When a video of the rescue goes viral, Stacks’ opportunistic campaign manager (Bobby Cannavale) arranges a photo session with the adorable moppet, which Annie savvily parlays into room and board in exchange for future photo ops.

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  • Katherine McChesney

    It will tank at the box office. An affirmative action black billionaire living in a penthouse is unbelievable.

    • IstvanIN

      Cell Phone billionaire would be unlikely to be black, but a rapper/drug dealer might be possible if he had enough self-control to not spend it all on Courvoisier, Newports and hos.

      • john maverick

        sho nuff

      • Speedy Steve

        You forgot to mention Bruno Maglis, Cristal, and Bentleys.

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          Bentleys …
          I remember reading about one of those interchangeable, overpaid, ignorant bakkaball heroes who bought a $300K Bentley convertible and then “customized” it with chrome wheels.

          • WR_the_realist

            Were those the wheels where part of it keeps spinning after the car stops? Putting those on a Bentley would be a real class act.

          • Michigan Patriot

            He didn’t give money to even a black only charity ?Ooopps, that’s Whitey’s altruistic duty.

      • scottthestrategerist

        Why not just make him an athlete or hip hop performer?

        • ElComadreja

          Or more realistically a drug dealer and/or pimp.

          • bilderbuster

            Minister or community activist.

          • ElComadreja

            All four at once isn’t a stretch.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Movies where popular white characters are turned black usually flop (The Wiz, Catwoman, The Honeymooners, etc.).

      One irony: this film and the 1982 original celebrate FDR, whom the Little Orphan Annie creator Harold Gray loathed and would regularly ream in his comic strips.

    • Speedy Steve

      I don’t know about unbelievable, but I’d certainly put it under the genre of science-fiction.

  • james AZ

    The story about Annie is white. Black need make own story.

    • MekongDelta69

      “Black need [to] make [their] own story”

      They do – every single night on the news.

      • Only when the mainstream media inadvertently includes a perp’s name in one of their puff-pieces. When it turns out to be “N’DeShitavious Jackson”, everyone with two firing brain synapses instantly knows.

        • benvad

          Where in the HELL! Do they come up with these names, for Christs sake.

        • Mybad

          What is the name of the girl playing black Annie? Case in point. I can’t say it let alone spell it.

        • ElComadreja

          There was an actual Shitavious involved in some crime a few years back. I remember the story but I forget the exact nature of his monkeyshines.

          • Shitavious J. Cook, Decatur, Illinois. He and three others like him ganged up in mahogany mob and murdered a 15 year old white boy.

      • jim

        If that is true, then why are they remaking films instead of creating their own? Blacks are free to make their own stories if they wish, but it would appear they are as incapable of that as they are of anything else they have attempted.

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          Maybe they could convince Disney to re-release “Song of the South.”

        • scottthestrategerist

          Wait! I have one! How about “Beverly Hills Cop?” Doesn’t that count as a good (i.e. funny, watchable) black film? 🙂

        • ElComadreja

          All blacks are capable of doing is screaming about “racism” and committing crime.

      • Speedy Steve

        Bait Car and COPS come immediately to mind.

      • DaveMed

        Haha! Perfect!

    • ElComadreja

      Outside of slavery, crime, indolence, violence, drunkenness and drug addiction they have none. Oh yeah, long long ago they actually made some halfway listenable music but they seem to have even lost that questionable redeeming feature.

    • bilderbuster

      Blacks aren’t the ones who make these offensive movies year after year.

      • nettie

        I’ve been noticing many movies today portray the black person as the boss, the professional or the smart person, while the whites are portrayed as stupid or evil. Who is controlling these films? Annie has a white villain.

        • bilderbuster

          They’re being condition that that is normal. Who’s behind this?
          Well who owns Hollyweird lock, stock and barrel and claims European Christians have persecuted them for the last 2000 years?

    • Michigan Patriot

      Never ! No I.Q. to support that quest ;plagiarism is easy way.

  • superlloyd

    Looks like garbage for the muti cult idiot brigade.

  • IstvanIN

    Blacks can not think of anything beyond banging on a drum or making obnoxious rhymes which is why they must appropriate our culture.

    • Cid Campeador

      And their attempt has been for the most part, a total failure.

  • I hated the white version of Annie. Why would I even entertain watching this mess?

    • benvad

      A point well taken.

  • Bunky

    Yeah.
    The karate kid as an AA … that was a piece of crap just as this is.

    • Jaden Smith. Son of Will Smith. I’m sure Jaden won the part purely on skill and acting ability alone. He’s the Jeb Bush of actors.

      • Speedy Steve

        I beg to differ, sir. He’s the Neil Bush of actors.

      • Tarczan

        Didn’t one of our posters have an experience with them and comment on it a while ago?

    • Scott

      The really stupid part of that particular remake is that karate is Japanese by way of Okinawa. The remake with the black kid was set in China and has Jackie Chan, who is Chinese, as his teacher. It should have been called the Kung Fu kid.

  • [Guest]

    For authenticity’s sake, they should titled this movie Quvenzhané instead of Annie.

    Despite her Academy Award, I’d never before heard of Quvenzhané Wallis.

    I see from looking her up, though, that her parents are named Venjie and Qulyndreia and her siblings are called Qunyquekya, Vejon, and Venjie Jr.

    What a negro-style alphabetical train wreck.

    I hope the movie flops.

    • Julius Caesar

      Those names just can’t be real…but I know better than to underestimate the stupidity of blacks.

      • scottthestrategerist

        My mother was a teacher, and while she wasn’t well read, she did tell me, based upon her actual observations, “Blacks just make up names for their kids.”

        • ElComadreja

          That’s exactly what they do. Since they have the collective IQ of a turnip it results in some unintentionally hilarious names.

    • Biff_Maliboo

      I’m becoming more and more convinced that Diversities choose children’s names based solely on their Scrabble point value.

      • exlib93

        You made my day!

      • TruthBeTold

        I might consider that a viable theory but how many blacks play Scrabble?

        • benvad

          Ain’t that the truth.

        • Scrabble is probably easy for blacks, as they can use “words” like “squeent” and “thrunkle”. If you think I am joking, those were two a mulatto guy tried using while playing with us at the Engelwood federal detention center back in late 2000. We later borrowed a copy of Webster’s and insisted that any word used must be in that dictionary. Unfortunately for him, this also meant he couldn’t use any expletives, even though everyone knows “f***” is a real word. I turned that one into “f***er” and then “motherf***er” on a triple word score, which earned me a dirty look from the other white guy playing.

    • E7 sharp 9

      I be hooked on phonics mutha f***a

    • ClaveDark

      They should have called it Shanniequa.

    • benvad

      Ha ha ha.

    • Mybad

      I think that blacks buy that old game called “Boggle” and toss those letter dice around to come up with these names…or the bag of Scrabble letters.

    • Paleoconn

      I posted before reading yours. We think alike!

  • mattj458

    Absolute garbage. Lead role in new Malcolm X movie to be played by Pauly Shore.

    • scottthestrategerist

      No, that would be racist. Malcolm X should be played by a black man. I nominate Ahmed Best, the actor who played JarJar Binks. You’re not a racist, are you?

    • Speedy Steve

      I can think of a better black movie: Mugger Blood. It was one of the series of The Destroyer where Remo Williams and Chiun visit the Bronx. Classic stuff!

    • bilderbuster

      Directed by Woody Allen.

  • Mary

    Utterly unsurprising that in ghetto Annie, two significant characters remain White. The villain (Miss Hannigan character) and the assistant/budding love interest of the nouveau Daddy Warbucks (Grace Farrell character). This remaking of an American icon is a disgrace.

  • MekongDelta69

    Of COURSE the evil character HAS TO BE White.

    I hope it flops big time.

    • BulgAryan

      Could be Chinese: Qu Wen Zhan

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Who’s Punjab this time around?

    • TruthBeTold

      I’d be shocked if he was Indian.

  • Yet another reason – as if we needed any – to stay clear of the theaters next year.

    • DaveMed

      I avoid theaters like the plague. For multiple reasons, but most of all, because I son’t want to support the scum who produce and act in today’s movies.

      • Tarczan

        The possibility of Hollywood producing a movie that I enjoy is very low. The last two were “Patton” and “Hoosiers”. I figure why waste my time and money. I went about ten years ago and hated the movie, and I didn’t like sitting there and being bombarded with ads when I paid money.
        If I think about it I’ll remember another few films I liked.

        • DaveMed

          Gods and Generals?

          • Tarczan

            I’ll watch it sometime. Thanks.

          • DaveMed

            It’s a bit long, but it gives the South an unabashedly fair hearing. Good soundtrack, as well.

            If the idea of Southerners invoking God and Scripture does not appeal to you, you will not enjoy the movie.

          • Tarczan

            I will watch for it on the cable. I basically go on reading spells and then run out of good books and then watch TV. I’m on a TV spell now. It sounds as if I would like it.

  • italian guy

    George Takei is making a petition to boycott the movie Akira because it has an all-white cast, right now libtards on Reddit are going crazy about it and they are spitting poison toward White people and “whitewashing”, no one said anything about this remake though, I wonder why?

    Anyway it’s funny how Europeans are forced to include non-whites like it’s our duty to take care or pander to them, I didn’t experience segregation or the racial situation in America, but I think separation is the only answer against this anti-white madness.

    • Alexandra1973

      I can’t help but remember the mirror-universe episode of Star Trek where Takei’s character, Sulu, was trying to proposition Uhura. Hm.

      (Spock did look cool with that goatee though.)

      • LHathaway

        What was Sulu’s line to Uhuru, “You take a lot of chances, Missy”? drenched in anger or rage. What is the word for Sulu’s expression?

        • The line I liked the most from that episode was James Doohan (“Scottie”) discovering a claymore in the armory of swords. Was it “Ach, yer a beauty!”? I do not remember.

        • Speedy Steve

          Homosexual micro-aggression? Or cattiness? Saucer of milk at table 4.

  • E7 sharp 9

    Now if the Warbucks character had an empire built from heroin and crack…

    • phillyguy

      that’s the new show on Fox called Empire

  • pcmustgo

    Actually, that’s not a REAL afro, those are Mulatto curls!!!!!!!!

  • dd121

    I saw Peter Pan the other night on TV. It wasn’t great but at least the main characters were white. Some of the minor players were incongruously black. A black Annie is a no-go for me. Just like a black Nordic god is a no-go.

    • phillyguy

      just like the black Dorothy movie they made 30 years ago which was a flop

      • dd121

        I suspect Annie will flop too. If they remade Roots (I never watched this propaganda piece) and cast the slaves with white people, I don’t think that would go over too big either.

    • throttler

      I think it is creepy when Peter Pan is played by a woman. He is a male.

      • dd121

        I can accept that because that’s how that part has always been cast. Negroes, no.

      • bilderbuster

        Peter Pansy starring Ellen Degenerate.

  • pcmustgo

    Notice the “evil white woman” warden, played by Cameron Diaz. Rich evil whites and poor blacks! Well, to be fair, NYC is full of swpl rich white people and poor blacks/browns, their nannies/maids, etc. Not much of a middle class here.

  • FozzieT

    Next up: “De Sounna Music”, an all black, rap based version of the classic musical. You’ll delight to songs like “Ho, a Beeyotch,” and “Mug Every Whitey.” And it will be adorable when the Von Trappazious family children introduce themselves: “Shitavious!” “D’Quarious!” “Shaniqua!” “Quvenzhane!” “Latrine!” “Chlamidya!”

    • phillyguy

      and instead of singing in the beautiful Alps they will be singing at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro

    • A delightful musical. My mother loves musicals and that one is her favorite. I got it on DVD for her last year, as that way we can all watch it at Christmastime, but without having a three-hour movie turned into four hours by the seemingly endless commercial ads. Historically, it was flawed in some respects. Georg Ritter von Trapp was a much older man, his wife was nowhere near as pretty as Julie Andrews, and they left Austria before the 1938 Anschluss. He had been a conservative monarchist and saw the writing on the wall quite early. He had actually been a successful U-boat commander during World War One in the Austro-Hungarian navy, and sank the French armored cruiser “Marseilles”, the flagship of the French Mediterranean fleet with a torpedo attack at almost suicidally short range.

      • FozzieT

        Thanks for the info! I took the family to Salzburg and the nearby Lake District a few years ago. Did the Sound of Music tour, hiked in the Alps. A great European vacation for children, because they love the movie, and plenty to do besides museums and cathedrals.

      • bilderbuster

        Didn’t they leave Austria by train?

    • Tarczan

      I was flipping channels last night and they had”Sound of Music Live” on. They had a black nun singing.

  • exlib93

    I understand this movie previewed on an airplane flight…talk about a captive audience!

    • John Smith

      Where are some crazy muslim terrorists wanting to fly into a building when you need them?

  • What happened to good (white) dramas, suitable for families, like “Apollo 13” or “2010: The Year We Make Contact”?

    • exlib93

      I wish I was a fly on the wall during the studio’s initial planning for this movie….they knew it was going to be loser. Did anyone in the boardroom actually have the courage to state the real reason behind making it?

      • bilderbuster

        The Germans never tried to make others speak German.
        Ask the French.

        • exlib93

          Perhaps they realized the French are traditionally proud of their culture and language. What their current leftie politicians are doing over there is a shame. For years I have been wanting to visit France. Now that I have the time and money, I have my doubts about going there.

    • phillyguy

      That’s why I only watch John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn , Clark Gable, when real men were only white.

      • I would like to see a good aviation movie, set during the Korean War. I’d want to see lots of the F-84 “mud-movers” flying, as well as the expected F-86 vs. MiG-15 dogfights. Lots of those old jets are still in flyable condition, so this could actually be done.

        • exlib93

          My dad was 82nd Airborne during the Korean War. He’s been gone almost a year. I credit him for having my own strong opinions, which have gotten me in hot water in the past. Thank goodness I’m retired now.

          • phillyguy

            My late father was also in the 82nd, drafted at the end of the Korean War and did the rest of his duty station in Frankfurt Germany.

        • phillyguy

          one thing the MiG 15 was a beautiful plane, taken off the drawing board of the Germans when the Russians stormed Germany, but it was mainly an interceptor, f-86 was a better dogfighter, and of course we had superior pilots.

          • expitch

            American pilots from the time have repeatedly praised the skill and bravery of Soviet pilots who flew the MiG’s.

          • The F-86 had powered controls and a radar-ranging gunsight. Our pilots were also issued g-suits. The Sabre couldn’t outclimb a MiG or fly as high, and the .50″ caliber machinegun was past its prime by then, but later Sabres received four 20mm cannon instead of the original six .50’s. Many of the US pilots had substantial WW-2 experience, like Francis Gabreski (28 air victories during WW-2 and 6-and-a-half more over Korea). The MiG-15 had two very good 23mm cannon and a third gun in 37mm caliber. The larger weapon had a low rate of fire and a low muzzle velocity, so the projectile trajectories of the two very different weapons didn’t match. Three 23mm guns would have been a better choice. The USSR corrected this with the much later MiG-19, which received two excellent 30mm guns.

        • Tim

          The Bridges of Toko-Ri starring William Holden?

      • throttler

        The Adventures Of Robin Hood, Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk with Flynn are great. I read the book Captain Blood by Sabatini (sp?) because I liked the movie so much.

        • phillyguy

          And also great supporting acting by Basel Rathbone in Robin Hood and Captain Blood,,as Sir Guy of Gisborne says,”I’ll have him dangling in a week”.

          • throttler

            Very true. I like when King John says to Robin,”You speak the language of treason.” And Robin says, “Fluently.” Great line!

    • PesachPatriot

      I went and saw the final film in the hobbit trilogy “battle of the five armies” the evening it premiered…..it did not disappoint(it was my first trip to the cinema in 3 years)….lots of great acting and special effects and no jamie foxx or quvenzanhe whatever that kids name is ruining it….peter jackson and guillermo del toro know how to make a movie….

    • newscomments70

      TMC has some good classic films, on occasion. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than the white bashing media of today. Also, there are no commercials. TVLand used to be a good source of classic TV, until they started creating “new classic TV”. The last time I looked, there was a TVland original sitcom with a blond white woman and a black man in bed; the fake laugh track was screaming with laughter. I’m not sure how this suddenly became equivalent to the “Andy Griffith Show”, but hey, what do I know? I was watching Magnum PI the other day. I liked that show, even with the small amount of token integration. The white-bashing commercials ruined it though. Youtube and hulu are also culprits. They offer extensive classic movies and television, but they infect it with white-bashing, liberal commerials. Netflix isn’t bad, but you must sift through tons of garbage to find what you want.

    • Tim

      That was the first thing I ever noticed back in the early 90`s. The “Basketballization” of the West. Back then I put it down to the ascendency of one “sport” over another (i.e. football) not one race over another…

    • Tarczan

      I did see a fabulous short film over the weekend on the BYU channel. It was an hour and a half film about Handel’s “Messiah” and was filmed on location in Germany, England, and Italy. The film was a historical rendering of Handel’s life and the events and characters leading up to his writing the “Messiah.”

      A very good, and inspiring film.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Yeah, and of course the 21st century Harlem foster home is run by a wildly out of place evil, bitter, drunk blue-eyed blonde Irish bitch named Coleen Hannigan, played by Cameron Diaz.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The cast is all black except for the villain. Nice touch.

      • Mary

        And Will Stacks’ love interest. White villain and interracial romance, of course.

    • Speedy Steve

      Yup. Sci-fi.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    “Racing through the streets for her dog, Sandy…”

    Yeah, that point alone rings false for this afro-annie. Frantically searching for lost puppies is for animal-loving Whites to do. Negroes ridicule us for that.

    • She could race through the streets looking for the “John” who stole her crack while she was putting her clothes back on.

  • john maverick

    ” a cell-phone billionaire running for mayor, who absentmindedly propositions her from an oncoming car.”
    edit:more believable

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Good one!

  • Garrett Brown

    So glad this film was an absolute flop. People are getting sick of Hollywood liberal washing/negrofying our classic films.

    • exlib93

      Judging by products of our popular culture, it seems the “creative” arm of the powers that be no longer even have the finesse or sophistication to indoctrinate us properly.

      • I suspect that producers are involved in a sort of “escalation” game here: a cultural race to the bottom. I don’t know if any of them will go bankrupt the way so many newspapers have, but one can certainly hope.

    • newscomments70

      European communist propaganda was actually appealing. You should see it: all white faces, working and singing together…a bountiful harvest, luxury apartment buildings, white couples in embrace. The happiness part was pure bull, but at least they glorified white people, instead of glorifying their extermination.

      • Garrett Brown

        I’ll watch the house wives series full of stuck up white women before I watch this garbage. At least those women are married to white men and have white children and I don’t have to worry about seeing blacks or Mestizos on the show.

      • I have long been a fan of claymation, and during the communist era, the Czechs were damned good at producing it. Russia has – predictably – produced some good war movies, especially once the obligatory turgid, Marxist polemic message was eliminated in post Cold War productions. One movie I would like to see produced is a film adaptation of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s “August 1914”, about the entrapment and destruction of Russia’s Second Army under General Samsonov at battle of Tannenberg.

        Russia also cooperated – I think by loaning some restored aircraft – with the Finnish producer “Finnkino” in the production of “Talvisota”, about the 100-day Winter War in 1939-1940. It is available here on North American-format DVD with English subtitles as “The Winter War” (fortunate, as none of us have a hope of understanding spoken Finnish). It is particularly good in that the producers got the equipment period-correct: I had never seen a Lahti-Salvaronta light machinegun in any movie before.

        Good period dramas are scarce these days; the only recent one I liked that I can think of offhand was “Master and Commander”. I have the books, and have been hoping that more movie adaptations would be produced. A remake of “Moby Dick” is due out next year, but I’ll play “wait and see” on that one. That old Herman Mellville story is based on truth, there really was a large, light-colored bull sperm whale, nicknamed “Mocha Dick” who’d eventually had enough of whalers and started ramming and sinking ships. Off Japan, he rammed and sank one ship and then stuck around and also got one of the rescue vessels. More ships went down to the same whale off Chile.

        • newscomments70

          I have never heard of those productions, I will have to check them out on youtube. One Soviet film I really liked was “The Diamond Arm” 1968. It was a mystery/comedy about an ordinary man who was unknowingly pushed into jewel smuggling. That was a famous movie, released worldwide. It might still be on youtube. I wish Netflix would offer this type of movie, but no such luck.

  • TruthBeTold

    Little Afro Annie.

    • Tim

      Nailed it!…

  • phillyguy

    Ben Franklin wanted to make German the national language. that would have been a good thing at least we would have had a national language

    • TruthBeTold

      That’s myth used by people who don’t want English as our official language.

      There was some town in Pennsylvanian that wanted to German to be used in school and churches or something like that.

      Ben didn’t much like German immigrants and said some nasty stuff about them.

      • I think Ben Franklin once criticized the German language because one must wait until the end of a sentence to find the verb.

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          See if you can find a copy of Mark Twain’s “The Awful German Language.” You’ll enjoy it.

          • Then it was probably Mark Twain who wrote that. Mea culpa. Overall, I think English the more flexible language. It has been described as “The easiest language in the world to speak badly.” Two old family friends are both university professors in Nanjing, China. He speaks Mandarin and she speaks Cantonese, so at home they speak broken English. Over 25 years later, I still chuckle about that.

            I used to be able to write the German “Alteschrift”, but that was when I was 17-18, a long time ago.

          • PvtCharlieSlate

            When I was in college, also a long time ago, in the last of my four mandatory semesters of German, everything we read was in Frakturschrift. The female professor (who was Scottish) had a passion for mid-19th century romantic novels – which were written in a style that dictated that the verb and its prefix must be separated by no less than two pages. At least, it seemed that way.

      • phillyguy

        Franklin held no ill feelings about the Germans, he printed all their German language prayer books and newspapers, was a frequent visitor to Germantown Pennsylvania which in this day is incorporated in the city of Philadelphia, the reason he proposed German as a national language was he was extremely familiar with the German language, the main reason was it was a slap in the face to the English crown.

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          The Engish Crown at that time was from the House of Hanover. Echte Deutsch.

        • Cid Campeador

          Germantown in Philadelphia hasn’t seen a German in decades. Not a nice place to be as aren’t most places in the City; for that matter MOST cities in this FTA.

        • SolStans

          I hear Germantown is petitioning to be renamed Schwarzwald.

          • phillyguy

            it was renamed Zaire about 35 years ago.

  • phillyguy

    If the dogs lose, the crack dealers kill them. Michael Vick

  • A Jules Verne-style series would also be neat, with Captain Nemo raiding shipping, the Martians landing in their tripodal war machines, machinations by the Strange and Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, and so-on. Nobody will ever do it, unless producers can cast a magical super-duper negro who charges in to save the day… by just charging in.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      I would like to see some of Poul Anderson’s novels made into films. For example: “The High Crusade” and “Three Hearts and Three Lions.” Of course, since they take place in medieval Europe where there were absolutely no persons of color, … wishful thinking.

      • How about Larry Niven’s “Ringworld” as a movie? CGI is good enough these days to manage a Kzin and a Puppeteer.

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          Absolutely YES!!! Especially a Puppeteer! And a herd of Bandersnatch, too!

          BTW, the three movies made from C.S. Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles didn’t have any vibrant diversity that I can remember. What I do remember is the historical accuracy of the scenes that took place in wartime England: the sound of the Merlin engines when two Spitfires overflew a train station and the Heinkel He-111s in an opening scene during the Blitz.

          • SolStans

            It was a shame Walden Media didn’t finish the whole series. The Last Battle would have been epic, and The Magician’s Nephew would have been a great prequel for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

  • Speedy Steve

    Let me take a wild guess, Harvey Weinstein is involved in this propaganda? No? But he is involved in The Imitation Game which is a puff piece for a pederast who committed suicide. Avoid it like the plague.

    • TruthBeTold

      I don’t believe HW was involved. Here’s a list of the producers:

      Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Caleeb Pinkett, James Lassiter, Lawrence “Jay” Brown, Tyrone “Ty Ty” Smith.

      For once it seems blacks put up the money to make the film they wanted.

      • Speedy Steve

        Thank you for the research. I have no intention of boycotting this third generation knock-off. I won’t waste my time and money on it. I’m going to watch Team America: World Police again.

    • Xerxes22

      Harvey ruined “The Gangs of New York” with his constant interference trying to make it more PC.

      • Speedy Steve

        Just about what I’d expect from a propagandist who forgot Samuel Goldwyn’s advice: if you want to send a message, call Western Union.

  • libertarian1234

    If the above pic is representative of the other cast members they won’t have anyone, but a white here and there and the rest will be mulattoes.

    But this isn’t their first attempt at revisionism. First, they declared the Egyptians were black, then most of the Greeks were as well, plus many blacks were part of the Roman Senate, then recently they declared that Santa Claus is black and that Jesus was black too….or at the very least they say he was a moor. (And many other ludicrous claims too numerous to mention.)

    Yet they talk about how much they hate whitey and white society and white ways, but they’re always trying to horn in on our history or our fictional characters.

    Like everything else, obviously they feel that if they don’t have something they can always steal it and lyingly claim it is theirs to their dying breath.

    • exlib93

      I was highly annoyed at the rap music in The Great Gatsby Remake. It’ made ugly a beautiful story.

      We all seem to be growing very weary of this cultural invasion. The people in control are trying to make it seem like “the new normal”, and I for one would throw my beloved television in the trash rather than embrace it.

      • newscomments70

        As soon as I heard samples of the score in the trailer, I knew I wouldn’t watch it. Race traitor Leo DiCaprio (Django) was in it as well. I already threw out my TV.

        • exlib93

          The majority of actors, directors, etc. are race traitors, and I never used to be comfortable with that phrase. There is no other way to describe these out of touch people.

          • Sick of it

            Actresses were once synonymous with wh*res. The more things change…

        • We only have ours for watching DVD movies – which we pick ourselves. We had someone call from CenturyLink last summer wanting us to add DirectTV as a bundled package, and he seemed a but nonplussed when I explained that we hate TV and didn’t want it even for free.

          • newscomments70

            I get that as well. “I see you have no TV in your internet package, I could offer you a great deal, etc”. I say no, and hold my tongue. My hatred for the media is so intense, it can’t expressed in words.

    • Latino Nationalist

      A Black guy once told me his people built the pyramids, Socrate’s was Black, and Africans created math.

      • Tarczan

        Don’t forget G.W. Carver and the peanut.

  • newscomments70

    I wonder how the songs have changed. Instead of “The sun will come up”, will the cast bust into gangsta rhymes about murdering white cops and white babies?

  • Yves Vannes

    I can`t wait until they remake Heidi.

    • exlib93

      They’ll change even its premise…make it about Cab Calloway, singing Heidi-Ho.

      • John Smith

        She probably will be a ho’.

  • Douglas Quaid

    Films like this aren’t meant to make money, they are meant to shame whites. If you think something is wrong with blacking up “Annie” you are supposed to get worried for even harboring such a thought and fear that you might be a racist. If you dare to utter you think it is weird to black up a story that once starred a ginger red head, doubly bad as others will heap shame on you in an effort of prove they are not racist.

    • newscomments70

      True. If you don’t like this movie, even for non-racial reasons, it means you hate little black girls.

      • exlib93

        Yeah, it could be some type of sickening “Litmus Test”, that separates the useful idiots from the enemies.

        • The problem with being a “useful idiot” is that they tend to have short shelf lives after they are no longer useful. Paula Deen donated a big pile of money to the Obama campaign, but that cut no ice at all when the media feeding frenzy began.

      • John Smith

        I do, so sue me.

        • newscomments70

          Liberals want you to grovel…we’re not groveling anymore. The “racist” epitaph no longer has any stigma. So we’re racist, and they’re communist [email protected], what is their point?

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          So Sue Me.
          There’s a new fusion restaurant in town with that name.
          It’s Kosher-Japanese.

  • Canadian Friend

    What is next a black Popeye? a black Christopher Columbus? A black Mick Jagger? A black Marilyn Monroe???

    Hollywood is so sick words escape me.

    • I think there was a movie about a black Popeye – a navy salvage diver. I caught part of it on TV at my mother’s house late one evening and soon switched channels.

    • CallahanAuto

      I’m sure a white Shaft is in the works.

      • throttler

        And a white Super Fly.

  • newscomments70

    I always liked Cameron Diaz. Sadly, I just have to add her to the growing list of celebrity race traitors. Good riddance.

    • John Jackson

      Seriously? You like her? I always wondered why she was famous, guess she does have fans.

      • newscomments70

        I liked her in “There’s something about Mary.” After her plastic surgery and her race treason, I realize she is Hollywood trash.

        • John Jackson

          “Mary” was a good movie “Heavy, what I wouldn’t give to know what heavy feels like” lol – thing is tho, I thought she was the weak link, but, that’s just my personal preference.

          • newscomments70

            I liked the character and her look…but like many celebrities, I had to stop watching after I realized what their political views were. She looks awful now. Instead of aging gracefully, she ruined her face with plastic surgery.

            My favorite character in that movie was “Magda”, though. I lived next to the real Magda in an LA apartment complex. In that particular area, there were many aspiring screenwriters. My neighbor Flo’s personality, history, and look was “stolen”. They just changed a few minute details. It was hilarious to see her character brought to life on the screen.

  • newscomments70

    The pro-black propagana of the past was much more convincing. Black characters were often non-threatening, and whites were not demonized as much. Now the media has launched a full-blown war against whites, in all forms of media and entertainment. I’m not entirely sure what the purpose is. They are only creating extreme hate. Furthermore, they are losing money. Why would someone deliberately produce something that loses money? I imagine they want to brainwash children and increase the animosity against a shrinking, white population. It’s possible these movies are helpful to our cause; they wake people up.

  • John Smith

    Free liquor and a chance to shoot and screw as many white people as he wants – perfect job for a brotha.

  • John Smith

    Another piece of Hollywood trash I won’t be seeing.

  • IstvanIN

    ..played by Gabourey Sidibe.

    • SolStans

      She had a good death this season of American Horror Story.

  • benvad

    I want all whites to boycott anything Black.

    • Cid Campeador

      That WOULD make a big difference.

    • newscomments70

      No argument here. This piece of garbage is easy to boycott, but telling white men to stop watching black sports…that’s another animal.

      • benvad

        That’s the nasty part of this self inflicted disease.

  • benvad

    The only way to make them and their desert handlers feel the most is in the wallet.

  • benvad

    If Jamie Foxx is in it boycott the movie.

  • CourtneyfromAlabama

    Some of the white women I am close friends with at church have been very vocal around me in regards to their disgust over this. It is great to listen to!

  • Alexandra1973

    Should have see Disney’s version of Annie. Daddy Warbucks’ secretary or whoever was a black woman and at the end they get married or something.

  • Red

    This Annie movie is going to fall flat. No one wants to see a remake of this with a bunch of blacks struting around in it.

    The only movie I have recently watched, and liked, is Disney’s Frozen. It’s explicity white. It’s based on a Hans Christian Anderson story.

    Frozen has only been out for a year and is already the fifth highest grossing film of all time, and the highest grossing animated film. It’s truly refreshing to see all white characters, which is why I believe is the main factor in it’s success.

    • John Jackson

      Yeah, except now I’m hearing rumors that the main character is meant to be a lesbian, could just be a rumor, but nothing would surprise me.

      • Kalashnikov

        Having seen the movie about 6000 times I didn’t get that vibe at all.

        • John Jackson

          Oh, I’m not saying it’s my theory, just google it tho lots of LGBT types are latching onto it.

  • PvtCharlieSlate

    Like putting ice in a red wine or catsup on Beef Wellington.

    • Paleoconn

      Aside: I haven’t seen the word catsup in many years. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    • Dittos here for memory lane, but you had me thinking about the beef Wellington, and that was 33 years ago. I have made saucisson de Lyon, which I also well remember from that same year. Cooking at home is a nice substitute for the laboratory chemistry work I once did.

      In my last experiment, I used some really tough, stringy javalina – wild peccary – one of my friends had shot in Arizona. I sliced the meat quite thin, beat it up with a tenderizing hammer and marinated that in a mixture of the juice I had drained from a package of sauerkraut and some jalapeno powder for three days (I dry out the stems, cores and seeds and grind those as a spice) before pan-frying it. It was almost falling apart by the time I was done. Very good. Since antelope is tough and stringy as well, I’d like to try the same thing with that.

  • Paleoconn

    The title should be Quvenzhane. Much more vibrant.

    • [Guest]

      To make it still more vibrant, all the dialogue should be in ebonics.

      • Sick of it

        No no, then some of us might go see it for its comedic value.

      • Paleoconn

        If this movie grosses more than $5 mil, I will walk around in blackface for a whole day.

  • Sick of it

    Another series of movies to boycott. I refuse to see most that come out as it is.

  • Epiminondas
  • exlib93

    Ever see an Egyptian person freak out when they hear of the “Blacks were Egyptian” theory? I have.

    • The Egyptian Minister of Antiquities once did basically just that at the notion. Egypt imported slaves down the Nile from what is now the Sudan, and interbred with those, but we can regress history to a point before they were doing that, and then what do we have? DNA workup of King Tut’s remains show he was basically white.

  • MartelsGhost

    Love how those people who are constantly lauded as being so “original” and “creative” showcase their abilities by stealing someone else’s work and replacing all the original characters with photo-negative versions over and over and over and over and over ad ifinitum……………………..

    Annie, even the original, was far removed from the original material, but for some great performances by Carol Burnette and Tim Curry it would hardly have been considered a success.

    But this modernized overly PC bizarro version is just bad. All around bad.

    So when is hollywood going to remake Roots starring an all Chinese cast? When is Shaft going to be remade staring Matthew Broderick as the title character? How about Coffey staring Tori Spelling? When will the Jeffersons be remade for TV staring an Irish family? See I can do original and creative too…………………

    • Speedy Steve

      That’s what hip in Hollyweird these says. They remake movies that used to feature only White people, and make them look like The Mod Squad.

  • BulgAryan

    Coming soon: a black James Bond (Idris Elba), as the hacked Sony emails suggest.

    • MannyR

      I’ve heard rumors of this and let me be clear, the day a Black James Bond hits theaters is the day the franchise ends.

  • sddasasd

    Pretty dumb headline. The original Annie technically had an afro too.

  • Alucard_the_last

    I’m still waiting for a realistic negro film. I guess I’ll just have to watch COPS, The First 48 Hours and Forensic Files until Hollywood finally does the right thing.

  • ElComadreja

    When will blacks stop ripping off our culture?

    • newscomments70

      I assume that this was produced and financed by white and Jewish liberals. I don’t blame it so much on the blacks. They won’t even watch the film in signficant numbers. Like Red Tails, the film will flop. Even some liberal media predicts the film will do badly.

  • PesachPatriot

    This is actually fairly tame and tasteful compared to what some of the welfare and middle class 13 percenters put on their cars with far less of a budget than mr. james…..my personal favorite in my town is a 1992 chevy impala thats lime green with spinning 24 inch rims…..

    • bilderbuster

      I’ve seen that car in my town too.

      • Kalashnikov

        Oh god, me too. The saddest part is we likely live hundreds or thousands of miles apart.

  • Speedy Steve

    LaQueefah

  • Speedy Steve

    Remember the Pueblo?

  • Michigan Patriot

    Blacks are so creative, never plagiarize; just asked MLK,Jr. . Just the other night a t.v. new version of : The Sound of Music story has a black woman as the mother superior of the Austrian convent; click off time,asap !

  • OhWow

    Starring in the new Jackie Robinson movie as Jackie Robinson, is Seth Rogen!

  • Kyle Asher

    The comment section with the original article is fairly anti black Annie. Very promising indeed.