Nine-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout Quvenzhane Wallis has officially signed on to star in Sony Pictures big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie.
This new take on the classic tale was conceived by Will Smith‘s Overbrook Entertainment production company and rapper Jay-Z‘s Marcy Media as a starring vehicle for Smith’s daughter, Willow.
After the 12-year-old aged out of the role, Wallis, who was previously in talks to star in the film, stepped in to take her place.
Will Gluck (Easy A) will direct the film, slated to release during the holiday season of 2014.
“With the recent Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhane Wallis is a true and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star,” said Sony production president Hannah Minghella. “She’s an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her.”
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Rock act Imagine Dragons will headline the Hollywood Palladium and Red Rocks on a 13-day tour this summer.
The group’s album “Night Visions” marked them as a breakthrough act, which reached No. 2 in the Billboard 200. In its 25th week on the chart, single “Radioactive” currently sits atop Alternative Songs.
See Imagine Dragons’ summer dates below:
May 7: Charlotte, NC (Time Warner Cable Arena)
May 8: Raleigh, NC (Red Hat Amphitheater)
May 10: Boca Raton, FL (Sunset Cove Amphitheater)
May 11: St. Augustine, FL (St. Augustine Amphitheater)
May 16: Denver, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheater)
May 20: Orem, UT (Utah Community Credit Union Events Center)
May 21: Boise, ID (Idaho Botanical Garden)
May 23: Edmonton, AB (Shaw Conference Centre)
May 24: Calgary, AB (BMO Centre)
May 29: Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Palladium)
May 31: San Francisco, CA (America’s Cup Amphitheater)
June 1: San Diego, CA (Open Air Theatre – San Diego State University)
June 3: Phoenix, AZ (Comerica Theatre)
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Even against the Grammys, The Walking Dead’s midseason return of the AMC zombie drama delivered 12.3 million viewers and a 6.1 adults 18-49 rating, the biggest the show has seen.
If the encore telecast is included, the viewership would reach 16.6 million. Some television shows, including dramas, usually struggle to meet even a 3.0 rating.
“When you look at numbers like this, the first thing that comes to mind is how grateful we are to the fans of the show,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “They embrace The Walking Dead in a way that we wanted to believe was possible but we never take for granted. The cast and crew put everything they have into making this show. They’re a phenomenally talented group who truly give their all. We congratulate everyone involved.”
The Walking Dead’s average for its third and current season in the demo is higher than top broadcast shows like Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory and NCIS.
Click here to read Entertainment Weekly’s interview with showrunner Glen Mazzara about the episode.
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Carly Rae Jepsen’s single “Call Me Maybe” went viral last year, with U.S. soldiers lip-syncing to it, Abercrombie & Fitch models showing off their abs to it, and even dogs barking the song. Pop artists Katy Perry and Selena Gomez enjoyed the song immensely. Achieving double platinum status in Canada, the hit is nominated for song of the year and best pop vocal performance at the Grammy’s on Feb. 10.
“I was gunning maybe for top 10 on iTunes. That was my little, mini secret goal,” said Jepsen. “
The song had a nine-week arc at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts and has sold over 6.7 million tracks in the U.S, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Despite Jepsen’s double platinum hit “Good Time,” performed with Owl City, her album Kiss sold 226,000 copies.
“I think with a song being as big as “Call Me Maybe,” there’s always that challenge of how do we push past that and show people that there is more to offer,” she said. I’m confident whether it’s with this album or the next, I’ll be able to prove that.”
“Call Me Maybe” competes in this year’s song of the year category at the Grammy’s, along with number one hits from fun., Kelly Clarkson and critically acclaimed music from U.K. singer Ed Sheeran and R&B performer Miguel.
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“I am dead, but so’s the show,” said Charlie Sheen on the Late Show with David Letterman Monday night, revealing that he’d like to return to Two and a Half Men for its last episode.
Although he referenced this, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler told TV critics last week that they don’t intend to end the show after its current season, but its renewal has not yet been finalized.
Letterman asked Sheen if he feels embarrassed by his behaviour in spring 2011. “Of course. Have you seen some of those interviews? That stuff’s out there forever, man,” said Sheen.
However, it’s unknown if Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, whom Sheen called a “sad silly fool,” “an a-hole p-ssy loser,” and a “low rent, nutless sociopath,” would welcome Sheen back to the show.
Angus T. Jones will not appear in the last two episodes of the CBS comedy Two and Half Men before the holiday hiatus, with sources saying that him urging viewers to “stop watching the show” has nothing to do with his absence.
Jones earns $300,000 per episode and has been part of the sitcom since the show’s première in 2003. The episodes to be shot this month will air in early 2013.
The video for the Forerunner Chronicles went viral on Monday. Jones revealed his discomfort with the content on the show. “If you watch Two and a Half Men, then please stop watching it,” he said. “I’m on Two and a Half Men and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth. People say it’s just entertainment. Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to television, especially with what you watch.”
Two and a Half Men has had its share of controversy in the past, with Jones’ statements coming less than two years after Charlie Sheen made comments about executive producer and co-creator Chuck Lorre, leading to Sheen’s termination from the show. Earlier this year, co-creator Lee Aronsohn resigned after making comments about female comedy writers in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Jones said he wished to leave Two and a Half Men after its 10th season and attend college.
“My character does Skype calls. One scene Skype calls,” he said in an interview with E! Online. “It’s easy but it’s boring.”