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'Annie,' Starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Sets Oscar-Friendly Release Date for December 2014

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 24, 2013 at 1:39PM

Columbia Pictures has changed the release date of upcoming musical film "Annie," starring Quvenzhane Wallis (Oscar nominated for 2012's "Beasts of the Southern Wild"). It is now slated for December 18, 2014. Wallis could very well be an Oscar contender in next year's race.
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Quvenzhane Wallis on the set of "Annie"
Quvenzhane Wallis on the set of "Annie"

Columbia Pictures has changed the release date of upcoming musical film "Annie," starring Quvenzhane Wallis (Oscar nominated for 2012's "Beasts of the Southern Wild"). It is now slated for December 18, 2014. Wallis could very well be an Oscar contender in next year's race.

So what's the competition that December? Scheduled to open December 12 is Ridley Scott's biblical "Exodus" and Brad Bird's sci-fi fantasy "Tomorrowland," and on December 17 is "The Hobbit: There and Back Again (3-D/2-D theaters and IMAX 3-D). Sony is probably trying to get away from another mighty musical, Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" on December 25,  which also brings "Night at the Museum 3" and Angelina Jolie's World War II drama "Unbroken." 

"Annie" is a modern telling of the Tony-winning classic musical, set in Harlem and directed by Will Gluck ("Easy A," "Friends with Benefits"). Gluck is currently working on a new pass of the film's screenplay, which was penned by actress Emma Thompson and then rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Cinderella").

Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale and his Emmy date Rose Byrne also star. Will and Jada Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, in partnership with Jay-Z (who, per Shadow and Act, will be working on the soundtrack), are producing.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.