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Jamie Foxx says Quvenzhane Wallis is an “Annie” for Everyone !

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Everyone’s favorite orphan is back … but this time without a head full of red hair and freckles. Oscar nominated actress Quvenzhane Wallis takes on the role of Annie in the remake produced by Jayz and Will Smith. But if you’re thinking this is a black version of a beloved classic, Jamie Foxx says Wallis is an Annie all girls can relate to.

“Whenever I go anywhere, black, white, mainstream”, explained Foxx during the film’s New York junket. “When [people] hear that she’s in it … they say I loved her from “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, so I think that she transcends that color part.”

In this modern version, Wallis plays a resilient foster kid living in uptown NY when she is taken in by a wealthy mayoral candidate played by Foxx. Both Foxx and Wallis sing a number of songs in the film, but the 11 year old actress told us she wasn’t feeling any pressure. “It was really fun and something I was glad to do,” shared Wallis. “I watched the original Annie like a million times.”

And it definitely paid off. Wallis has already nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for her role. But she isn’t the only one who put on a great performance. Cameron Diaz, Rose Bryne and Bobby Cannavale also shine in the film. Don’t believe us? Go see it. Annie is theaters December 19th.

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‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience

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Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.

For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.

“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.

And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.

This past week Gina has been very vocal via social media about gun legislation and the idea behind policy and change following the tragic high school massacre an Parkland, Florida.
Annihilation, also starring Oscar Isaac, hits theaters on February 23.
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