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01.20.2011

THE KARATE KID apparently did not satiate Will Smith's need to mine the 80s for movies to remake for his kids. Smith is developing a remake of the musical ANNIE, which would star his daughter Willow and potentially her real life father as her adopted movie father, Daddy Warbucks.

Willow had something of a novelty hit last year with the obnoxiously catchy ditty "Whip My Hair" and would likely bring a new stack of songs to Smith's revamped musical. Word is that Smith is already collaborating with Jay-Z, who made the leap to hip-hop's A-list after his 1998 release of "Hard Knock Life", on the film's soundtrack.

On paper, it's a no-brainer and almost hard to fault Smith and Sony Pictures for developing the idea but ohmygod this is already annoying the shit out of me. I mean, let's be honest: despite it's presence in pop culture, ANNIE is already one of the most obnoxious musicals (due in no large part to the fact that the lead, Annie, is written as a precocious and "spunky" little twit, with her tousled mass of orange hair. We were supposed to sympathize with her, the poor Little Orphan Annie, victim of the nasty Miss Hannigan, but the way the character was written (and subsequently performed), it was hard to ever feel for her.

All this said, we really have been waiting for the first great hip-hop musical and Jay-Z is just the guy to bring it to us. He's the only reason I'm hating the notion of this idea on sight.

Extra Tidbit: I just think of that girl from the original musical signing "Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I luv ya, tomorrow!" and I want to puke.
Source: Variety

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8:22PM on 01/20/2011

I don't care

but Will Smith needs to STOP IT.
but Will Smith needs to STOP IT.
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8:18PM on 01/20/2011

Strange

Every time Will Smith's name is mentioned in a Joblo article, it has at least 25 negative comments. And I just don't understand why. This article is fairly new, and it ALREADY is getting more hate than the Lethal Weapon remake. That is just wrong.
Every time Will Smith's name is mentioned in a Joblo article, it has at least 25 negative comments. And I just don't understand why. This article is fairly new, and it ALREADY is getting more hate than the Lethal Weapon remake. That is just wrong.
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8:20PM on 01/20/2011
Because he is over-rated.
Because he is over-rated.
9:08AM on 01/21/2011
And hasn't been involved in anything halfway decent in a WHILE . . .
And hasn't been involved in anything halfway decent in a WHILE . . .
9:01PM on 01/21/2011
One could also make the arguement that Tarantino is highly over-rated...yet, people on this site go crazy over anything he does. To me, he hasn't done anything half-way decent since...since...(Hmmm..)
One could also make the arguement that Tarantino is highly over-rated...yet, people on this site go crazy over anything he does. To me, he hasn't done anything half-way decent since...since...(Hmmm..)
7:50PM on 01/20/2011

Geee....

Do the words "Wild Wild West" mean anything to anyone here?!
Do the words "Wild Wild West" mean anything to anyone here?!
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5:18PM on 01/20/2011
God no. This has "bad" written all over it. Epic Fail.
God no. This has "bad" written all over it. Epic Fail.
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3:34AM on 01/21/2011
Your avatar and screenname are awesome!
Your avatar and screenname are awesome!
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3:59PM on 01/20/2011
First of all ANNIE is a ginger.I'm not being racist,but if a character is written to look one way it must look that way.That's why I'm against Ryan Reynolds as GREEN LANTERN.

Nothing against Will helping his kids get into the business,but I'd rather hear more on what's up with him.
First of all ANNIE is a ginger.I'm not being racist,but if a character is written to look one way it must look that way.That's why I'm against Ryan Reynolds as GREEN LANTERN.

Nothing against Will helping his kids get into the business,but I'd rather hear more on what's up with him.
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7:40PM on 01/21/2011
How does Ryan Reynolds not look like Hal Jordan?
How does Ryan Reynolds not look like Hal Jordan?
3:53PM on 01/20/2011

agreed

yeah the traditional annie with red hair was so annoying.
yeah the traditional annie with red hair was so annoying.
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3:39PM on 01/20/2011
So what are they gonna call this piece of this shit? Little Orphan Shaniqua?
So what are they gonna call this piece of this shit? Little Orphan Shaniqua?
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3:02PM on 01/20/2011
I'm guessing not everyone has heard that Willa will be remaking 'Parents Just Don't Understand.' I SO wish I was joking about that . . .
I'm guessing not everyone has heard that Willa will be remaking 'Parents Just Don't Understand.' I SO wish I was joking about that . . .
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2:21PM on 01/20/2011
Not too well-versed in musicals, so I don't know if this is a good idea or not. But I can't help but feel slightly disgusted about Will Smith milking his kids for all their worth. Whatever happened to letting them do their own damn thing???
Not too well-versed in musicals, so I don't know if this is a good idea or not. But I can't help but feel slightly disgusted about Will Smith milking his kids for all their worth. Whatever happened to letting them do their own damn thing???
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1:51PM on 01/20/2011
I can see it now. Little Orphan Annie becomes a nuisance at the orphanage because she "whips her hair back and forth" (cue musical number) constantly. Daddy Warbucks comes along and sees her possibility, adopts her and gives her a recording contract, preceeding to exploit the hell out of her.

Oh wait...this sounds kind of familiar already...
I can see it now. Little Orphan Annie becomes a nuisance at the orphanage because she "whips her hair back and forth" (cue musical number) constantly. Daddy Warbucks comes along and sees her possibility, adopts her and gives her a recording contract, preceeding to exploit the hell out of her.

Oh wait...this sounds kind of familiar already...
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3:03PM on 01/20/2011
Still trying to come up w/ the perfect casting for the evil lady at the orphanage.
Still trying to come up w/ the perfect casting for the evil lady at the orphanage.
1:47PM on 01/20/2011
I can see it now. Little Orphan Annie becomes a nuisance at the orphanage because she "whips her hair back and forth" (cue musical number) constantly. Daddy Warbucks comes along and sees her possibility, adopts her and gives her a recording contract, preceeding to exploit the hell out of her.

Oh wait...this sounds kind of familiar already...
I can see it now. Little Orphan Annie becomes a nuisance at the orphanage because she "whips her hair back and forth" (cue musical number) constantly. Daddy Warbucks comes along and sees her possibility, adopts her and gives her a recording contract, preceeding to exploit the hell out of her.

Oh wait...this sounds kind of familiar already...
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1:06PM on 01/20/2011
Does anybody here even know anyone who looks forward to ANYTHING involving ANY of the Smiths any more?
Does anybody here even know anyone who looks forward to ANYTHING involving ANY of the Smiths any more?
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1:09PM on 01/20/2011
Just typed ANY 5 times.
Just typed ANY 5 times.
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12:53PM on 01/20/2011
Jesus this sounds like it's gonna be annoying. Does anyone else remember when Will Smith was actually good at picking projects and not just using his status to pawn his kids off on the world?
Jesus this sounds like it's gonna be annoying. Does anyone else remember when Will Smith was actually good at picking projects and not just using his status to pawn his kids off on the world?
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11:56AM on 01/20/2011
I just threw up in my mouth a little bit
I just threw up in my mouth a little bit
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11:43AM on 01/20/2011
I wish my dad could get me into movies. I'd ask him to remake JAWS. I'd play the shark and Coolio would do the music.
I wish my dad could get me into movies. I'd ask him to remake JAWS. I'd play the shark and Coolio would do the music.
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11:33AM on 01/20/2011
I must say Im not adverse to this I did play a black Rooster Hannigan this past summer! Im just saying & it was amazing!It was a different take on the role but still a great show! Not to mention our Warbucks couldn't go on one night and I played Warbucks! Again I was not you typical Warbucks but I wasn't a bad Warbucks!I would love to see this project move forward! I think it will have some surprise elements to it that we all might not expect, as many of the project Will Smith takes
I must say Im not adverse to this I did play a black Rooster Hannigan this past summer! Im just saying & it was amazing!It was a different take on the role but still a great show! Not to mention our Warbucks couldn't go on one night and I played Warbucks! Again I was not you typical Warbucks but I wasn't a bad Warbucks!I would love to see this project move forward! I think it will have some surprise elements to it that we all might not expect, as many of the project Will Smith takes on!

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11:21AM on 01/20/2011
I recall the collective opinion being equally negative when news hit that his son was doing a Karate Kid remake, and that movie turned out...pretty good, actually. Not amazing, but certainly not a pile of shit.

Also, when did Annie become such prized, untouchable material? The musical is famous, and it's okay, but we're not talking about Fiddler On The Roof here. And the previous film adaptations, well, kinda sucked.

So Imma have to say...who gives a shit? Young girls will eat this up
I recall the collective opinion being equally negative when news hit that his son was doing a Karate Kid remake, and that movie turned out...pretty good, actually. Not amazing, but certainly not a pile of shit.

Also, when did Annie become such prized, untouchable material? The musical is famous, and it's okay, but we're not talking about Fiddler On The Roof here. And the previous film adaptations, well, kinda sucked.

So Imma have to say...who gives a shit? Young girls will eat this up and will probably benefit from the positive message.
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1:54PM on 01/20/2011
The positive message that a rich older man taking interest in little girls can make their problems go away? Pervert.
The positive message that a rich older man taking interest in little girls can make their problems go away? Pervert.
10:38AM on 01/20/2011

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Please proofread your articles. I know this isn't the New York Times, but damn....

That said, Will Smith's entire family needs to go away. Horrible idea.
Please proofread your articles. I know this isn't the New York Times, but damn....

That said, Will Smith's entire family needs to go away. Horrible idea.
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4:17PM on 01/20/2011
Here's one Stephen Fry to explain to you why it just doesn't matter, at all: [link]
Here's one Stephen Fry to explain to you why it just doesn't matter, at all: [link]
10:27AM on 01/20/2011
Does Smith not have any other movies he'd rather be doing?
Does Smith not have any other movies he'd rather be doing?
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10:21AM on 01/20/2011
God help us, This will be an EPIC FAIL! why would you want to remake that SHIT! jesus christ on a saturday
God help us, This will be an EPIC FAIL! why would you want to remake that SHIT! jesus christ on a saturday
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10:16AM on 01/20/2011
Oh for fucking fuck fuck sake!
Oh for fucking fuck fuck sake!
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10:10AM on 01/20/2011

Sing along to tomorrow

"This movie should be trashed forever. Let this movie please die forever. Please just let it die. The release date for it should be never. It will never make any money today. No way! I will loath it. I will hate it. I will avoid it. Forever. Please just go the hell away."
"This movie should be trashed forever. Let this movie please die forever. Please just let it die. The release date for it should be never. It will never make any money today. No way! I will loath it. I will hate it. I will avoid it. Forever. Please just go the hell away."
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9:40AM on 01/20/2011

While we're at it, why not have him star in a remake of American History X?

Lol wut?
Lol wut?
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9:41AM on 01/20/2011
Like seriously.
Like seriously.
9:35AM on 01/20/2011

Stupid me

I know is is stupid, but I might watch this. My kids like new karate kid better then old, and would want to see this. I think the soundtrack would be great.

I am ashamed I feel this way.
I know is is stupid, but I might watch this. My kids like new karate kid better then old, and would want to see this. I think the soundtrack would be great.

I am ashamed I feel this way.
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9:30AM on 01/20/2011
WTF!!?? That's all I got on this....
WTF!!?? That's all I got on this....
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