A Modern Take On Our Old Favorite Annie and a $100 Giveaway

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How many of you can vividly remember running through your house singing "Tomorrow" and wishing you had Punjab as your own butler so he could do magic tricks for you all day? I even wished I had red curly hair! I was surprised to realize I hadn't even sat down with my own kids to watch one of my childhood favorites, Annie.  But just in time to save the day, there is a new Annie coming out on Digital HD on March 10 and Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 17, 2015.  We were lucky enough to have a prescreening in our cozy living room this past snowy weekend.

First of all, I was excited about the cast. Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, and the ADORABLE new Annie herself, Quvenzhané Wallis. I was excited to watch some of my favorites step into these classic roles. My daughter is 7 and my son is 6, and they were excited about the modern feel right off the bat.

This is such a touching story with lots of lessons that opened up opportunities for meaningful discussions with my children. We had some heartfelt talks about foster kids and what it must be like to grow up without your parents. If you aren't familiar, Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) - advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around.

Check out a few videos and a preview here.

I love that the movie has the same message as my old favorite, but is presented in a modern way that my kids really responded to. Of course, Sandy, Annie's trusty pooch companion was one of their favorites as is probably the case for lots of kids. My favorite part was when they were in the movie theater. It was our first glimpse of the real man, Will, and we saw his personality and even some love. My son is super excited to clean our floors next weekend like the girls did in the "Hard Knock Life" scene. I am trying to explain that it will be a disaster, but he isn't convinced! My daughter loved the part when Miss Hannigan came clean to the girls and asked for their help to rescue Annie.

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The extras were a blast for all of us! Check out the extra fun you get with your purchase:

                    5 sing-a-long tracks

                        Deleted song “Something Was Missing"

Bloopers

                        A Day on the Set with Quvenzhané

                        It’s a Hard Knock Camp: Auditions and Training

                        Moonquake Lake, on set!

                        Annie Trivia

                        Tomorrow Around the World

                        Sandy Outtakes

Photo Gallery

                        Music Video “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”

                        The Making of Annie

                        Director’s Commentary

After all of this background, my daughter now thinks she can be an actress! I fear we will be singing these songs in our sleep after their repeated play. Check out Annie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for even more behind-the-scenes info and goodies. Now, who is ready for a chance to win?

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$100 VISA Gift Card Giveaway

Leave a comment telling me your favorite part of the new Annie movie. Each comment will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card!

In this long cold winter we have to believe, The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow... it has to eventually, right?

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Comments

  1. My favorite part is when Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) saves Annie from being hit by a car

  2. nicole dz says:

    My favorite part would have to be the bloopers, always love these, great to get the extras.

  3. nicole dz says:
  4. My girls and I just loved this remake! I loved the modern spin on the songs (hard knock life, maybe and I think I’m gonna like it here were always my favorites!)

  5. My favorite part was when Annie sings It’s A Hard Knock Life!!

  6. I like when Jamie Foxx says he won’t even notice having Annie at his apt, that it will be kind of like owning a turtle.

  7. My favorite part is that my daughter has someone that looks like her playing the part of Annie!

  8. I haven’t seen it yet… but it sounds like my niece and I have something to watch on our next movie night!

  9. shelly peterson says:

    My favorite part was when she sang the song “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” I also liked it when she cooked and they spit the food out.
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  10. shelly peterson says:

    tweeted
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  11. Mami2jcn says:

    My favorite part is “It’s a Hard Knocked Life”.

  12. Mami2jcn says:

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/575621888610820096

  13. Great movie, traditional values in a modern world. Wonderful.

  14. Julie Wood says:

    My favorite scene is when Annie Sings and dances to the song-I think I’m Going to like it here-through the Smart House, and plays a gorgeous white and glass piano!

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  16. Lisa Brown says:

    My favorite part was when Annie, was when she arrived at the smart house and was running around, enjoying herself, and starts to sing: “Think I’m Gonna Like It Here”; it is a catchy tune and an enjoyable seen to watch.

  17. Lisa Brown says:
  18. Stephanie says:

    i liked A Hard Knock Life

  19. Stephanie says:
  20. Deb Harris says:

    I haven’t seen it yet but would love to win it for movie night with my grandchildren. When my daughter was young the song the sun will come out tomorrow & the dancing & singing with the girls were favorites. I like the idea of updating but think those would still be favorite parts. You can’t help but join in!

  21. Where they are in the helicopter and he shows her “her city”

  22. Adrianne says:

    My favorite is definitely their version of “It’s a Hard Knock Life”. Love it and I’m so excited to see this movie!

  23. Adrianne says:
  24. I have not seen the movie yet, but I think I will like the songs.

  25. I like the It’s A Hard Knock Life Scene.

  26. Favorite part was all the scenes with Annie and Jamie Fox together. Love them both!

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  27. I haven’t seen it yet, but I loved the original so I’m sure this one is even better!

  28. i like when annie saw his wigs in the bathroom.

  29. I would like to say when she asks if he is better than her and he responds by saying yes.

  30. I haven’t seen it yet. I need to find the old one sometime, though!

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  31. My favorite part is when Ms Hannigan asked if he thought he was better than her (and he said yes)

  32. Angel Jacklyn says:
  33. Angel Jacklyn says:

    I LIKE WHEN GUY TRIES TO STOP GRACE AND GETS PUNCHED IN THE FACE! LOL

  34. Jasmine R says:

    My favorite part is when Annie attempts to make dinner with whatever she finds in the refrigerator. That’s a cute part! 🙂

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  36. Kim Henrichs says:

    I like when she sees her giant hair on the screen! lol she’s so cute

  37. My favorite parts about this movie are: that it helps kids (and adults) step out of their own lives and think about the circumstances of others, and not in a scary way. It shows that while we all have different life paths, we are all essentially the same – we like cute animals, enjoy fun times and novel ways to clean, and that we all need a little help sometimes – even the grownups. I like the diversity in the modern version. And I like the idea that hopefully, if today wasn’t the day, there’s always tomorrow. To-morrah, to-morrah, I love you, to-morrah….I was that kid too! Great post!

  38. Patricia C. says:

    My favorite part is the end when she is finally adopted.

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  40. Rebecca Graham says:

    I haven’t seen it yet. My favorite part would be watching Jamie Foxx.

  41. Rebecca Graham says:
  42. Madeline says:

    My favorite part was when they sang “Tomorrow.”

  43. Madeline says:

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  44. I felt like Annie’s sister when all she noticed onscreen was her big hair. My daughter is always calling me a poodle!

  45. I loved every time that they sang!!

  46. I like when Stacks saves Annie from being hit by a car.

  47. when she sees her hair is so big! 🙂

  48. I haven’t seen it yet, but would like to hear the songs.

  49. erica best says:

    I love the girls cleaning part

  50. erica best says:
  51. I love the old familiar songs

  52. Karin A. says:

    Have not seen it yet–but the music from it is great.

  53. ELIZABETH P says:

    I liked it when Foxx ate the breakfast she made. #AnnieMovie truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

  54. D Schmidt says:

    We have not seen the movie yet but cannot wait to do so and have a favorite scene!

  55. ELIZABETH P says:

    I liked it when Foxx ate the breakfast she made. #AnnieMovie truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/576903558810894336

  56. Jessie C. says:

    I love Hard Knocks Life.
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  57. Jessie C. says:

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/576923087637123072

  58. Birdiebee says:

    My favorite part is when Stacks saves Annie from being ran over by a van.

  59. Birdiebee says:
  60. i haven’t seen the movie yet but i really like the cast

  61. Susan Smith says:

    My favorite part of Annie is the music. The cast looks great too!

  62. Susan Smith says:
  63. Sarah Hall says:

    I love when she does It’s a Hard Knock Life.

  64. maria cantu says:

    Haven’t seen the movie yet.

  65. I love the song in the movie “Hard Knock Life!”

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  66. tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/577516946507362308

  67. It’s a hard knock life was my favorite part of this one and the original!

  68. My favorite part of the new Annie movie is the cast. I LOVE Jamie Foxx and the new Annie sounds amazing we can’t wait to see this one.

  69. My favorite part was watching Quvenzhane Wallis act. She is wonderful!

  70. I tweeted (Twitter name is Jennai)
    https://twitter.com/Jennai/status/577741135797334016

  71. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I know the music will be amazing.

  72. I haven’t had the chance to see it yet!

  73. My favorite part of the movie is the singing. Always loves that song.

  74. My fave part is their rendition of “It’s a Hard Knock Life”. Love it.

  75. It’s a hard knock life!

  76. Ellie Wright says:

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I love Jamie Foxx so I’m sure his performance will be my favorite.

  77. Ellie Wright says:
  78. Aurelie Red says:

    I loved this remake !
    My favorite part is Annie’s adoption ♥

  79. Aurelie Red says:
  80. I like the song “Tomorrow”

  81. Harmony B says:

    I havent seen the movie yet, so I cant pick a favorite

  82. Harmony B says:
  83. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Love when they sing hard knock life. Classic!

  84. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  85. I have not seen it yet, but I’ve always loved the music featured in the movie and am curious to see how they change it up in this new version.

  86. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like when Annie sings It’s A Hard Knock Life.

  87. Thomas Murphy says:
  88. Katherine says:

    The singing of It’s A Hard KNock LIfe

  89. Katherine says:
  90. Tabathia B says:

    When the assistant sat outside the restaurant with her waiting for her parents to show up

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  91. Tabathia B says:

    tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/580493847727345664

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