The original Annie came out in 1982 and starred Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks and comic legend Carol Burnett as Mrs. Hannigan, this remake has made a couple of odd choices in their replacements where Jamie Foxx is in the Warbucks role, as Will Stacks and Cameron Diaz is in the Burnett role. Granted, Finney was also an odd choice back in the original film but he did, at least, look like the comic book character. To be fair, the real star of this re imagining of an old favorite, is the young actress playing the lead role, Quvenzhané Wallis, who is stepping into the tap shoes of Aileen Quinn. This 11 year old possessor of a huge amount of talent, fills the shoes of the original Annie with relative ease and it is her performance which impresses the most.
‘Saturday Night Live’ Cameron Diaz: Yawn
Saturday Night Live had Cameron Diaz as the guest host on Saturday and it was, sad to say, pretty much a yawn fest for the entire show. This was the Annie star’s second time on SNL, the first was back in 2005 when the Sex Tape star was at the peak of her career with Charlie’s Angels, Shrek, and Vanilla Sky as the follow up to her breakout performance in There’s Something About Mary. Time is a harsh mistress and while Diaz is still a great performer, given the right scripts, that young sexy package has been replaced by an older, more mature version of Cameron. The 42 year old actress looks fantastic, but forty something has to work harder to be cute and funny.
The title of this review was going to be Sex Tape Hazardous to Your Health because Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel were so funny it was impossible to not laugh until it hurts. The film was one of those rare comedic offerings that almost had the entire cinema audience rolling in the aisles. Incredibly, the two stars were not alone in pulling no comic punches, the rest of the cast got their chance to put the audience in stitches as well.
Admittedly, the trailers and teasers for The Other Woman looked pretty funny until it became apparent that it was a remake of the 2006 teen comedy John Tucker Must Die, sans Jesse Metcalfe. Looking at the trailers, which crop up regularly on TV, it really does look like the high school comedy but in higher heels.