In case you’ve been in hiding, Sony is backing a Will Smith and Jay Z produced reboot of Annie with Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis as lead characters. This isn’t the first time Annie has been repackaged for a younger, more diverse audience.

New York Premiere of 'Annie'

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Jay Z struck platinum in 1998 with a single powered by a sample of “It’s A Hard Knock Life” for his similarly titled album. As a well-timed tie-in for the current movie, Thomas Golianopoulos orchestrated an oral history of Jay Z’s “Hard Knock Life” for Grantland filled with gems. Here are 10 Little Known Facts About Jay Z’s “Hard Knock Life” from the article.

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