New to Blu-ray: ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE MASTERPIECE COLLECTION, ROSEMARY’S BABY Criterion, THE CAMPAIGN, and More

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This week on Blu-ray is light on quantity, but there are a couple of great works headed our way.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for all the details.

Weekend Box Office – THE BOURNE LEGACY in First with $40.2 Million; THE CAMPAIGN Second with $27.4 Million

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Yesterday it looked like Universal’s The Bourne Legacy might get as high as $45 million by the end of its first weekend. That was not to be; although the re-born Bourne did open to a very respectable $40.2 million from 3,745 locations. Also falling in the ‘respectable’ range with $27.4 million was The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. The comedy did well enough from 3,204 locations to keep The Dark Knight Rises in third.

Title Weekend Total
1. The Bourne Legacy $40,266,000 $40.2
2. The Campaign $27,440,000 $27.4
3. The Dark Knight Rises $19,540,000 $390.1
4. Hope Springs $15,600,000 $20
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 $8,200,000 $30.5
6. Total Recall $8,100,000 $44.1
7. Ice Age 4 $6,750,000 $144
8. Ted $3,290,000 $209.9
9. Step Up Revolution $2,850,000 $30.1
10. The Watch $2,200,000 $31.3

TOP 5: THE BOURNE LEGACY, Joss Whedon to Write and Direct THE AVENGERS 2, THE CAMPAIGN, RED DAWN, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Deleted Scenes

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Considering the 2012 election cycle is currently in full swing, I feel compelled to lend my endorsement to a truly worthy candidate: The Campaign. As someone who unashamedly enjoys a majority of Will Ferrell‘s manchild cinematic escapades, I expected to like the pic. That said, I’m now putting The Campaign just behind Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Elf in my personal “Ferrell Top 4″: something I didn’t expect to be writing the day after seeing it. Sure, the film borrows a ton from Talladega Nights and Ferrell’s take on President Bush. It also manages to combine relevance, irreverence, and humor in a way many mainstream comedies can only promise and ultimately fail to deliver on.

Political endorsements aside, this week’s Top 5 contains a considerable share of The Bourne Legacy coverage, Joss Whedon returning to write/direct The Avengers 2, The Campaign interviews with Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, and more, the first trailer and new poster for the Red Dawn remake, and the news that some of Bane’s backstory was left on The Dark Knight Rises‘ cutting room floor. A brief recap and link to each awaits after the jump.

Friday Box Office – Solid Debuts From THE BOURNE LEGACY and THE CAMPAIGN Knock THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Down to Third

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After three weeks on top, The Dark Knight Rises fell to third place on Friday behind a pair of new releases. First up was The Bourne Legacy, the fourth entry in the successful Universal franchise previously associated with Matt Damon. Now with Jeremy Renner in the lead, The Bourne Legacy earned an estimated $14 million from 3,745 locations on Friday. Weekend projections for the revamped Bourne are close to $45 million: well above initial expectations. Friday’s runner-up was The Campaign, the R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. It hasn’t been the best year for star-studded comedies (see The Watch) so expectations were scaled back to a modest $23 million opening. After earning an estimated $10.3 million on Friday, however, it looks like The Campaign will come closer to $28 million by Sunday. Finally, Hope Springs took a cue from last summer’s surprise hit The Help by opening on Wednesday. With a Friday estimate of $4.7 million from 2,361 locations, the Meryl Streep dramedy is on track for a five-day cume of $20 million.   We’ll have full details tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1. The Bourne Legacy $14,000,000 $14
2. The Campaign $10,300,000 $10.3
3. The Dark Knight Rises $5,600,000 $376.2
4. Hope Springs $4,700,000 $9.2
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 $2,850,000 $25.2

THE CAMPAIGN Review

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Earlier this year, I wrote about how The Five-Year Engagement over-indulged its actors’ improvisational comedy, which caused scenes to run on for far too long.  Director Jay Roach wisely dodges this problem by cutting his new film, The Campaign, down to a lean 85 minutes.  There’s clearly plenty of more material as stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis‘ strong chemistry and comic mastery play brilliantly off each other, especially when the humor gets particularly crass.  It’s a film that can deliver big laughs, and yet it features an odd concoction of broad comedy that grazes up against targeted political commentary.  The brew tastes a bit off as it highlights a missed opportunity to truly take advantage of the political arena.

Director Jay Roach Talks THE CAMPAIGN, His Fascination with Elections, the Challenges of Cutting Down a 3.5 Hour Rough Cut, and More

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Last week, Warner Bros. invited us to attend the press junket for The Campaign.  The R-rated comedy stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two politicians who keep finding hilarious new lows in order to win a district election in North Carolina.   For more on the film, click here for all of our previous coverage.

During my on-camera interview with director Jay Roach, we talked about his fascination with elections, the movie’s element of satire in a big broad comedy, the length of the film’s first cut, the challenges of cutting so much great material, and his potential future projects including the Steve Carell comedy Brigadier Gerard, and a serious film about Nikita Khrushchev‘s visit to the United States.  Hit the jump to check out the interview, click here for my interview with Ferrell and Galifianakis, and click here for my interview with Dylan McDermottThe Campaign opens Friday.

Dylan McDermott Talks THE CAMPAIGN, Working with Actors Who Are Constantly Improvising, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, and More

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A couple weeks ago, Warner Bros. invited us to attend the press junket for The Campaign.  The R-rated comedy stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two politicians who keep finding hilarious new lows in order to win a district election in North Carolina.   For more on the film, click here for all of our previous coverage.

During my on-camera interview with Dylan McDermott, who plays an intense political operative, we talked about where he drew inspiration for his character, working with actors who are constantly improvising, a particularly scene where everyone kept cracking up, his upcoming White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen, and more.   Hit the jump to check out the interview, and click here for my interview with Ferrell and Galifianakis.  The Campaign opens Friday.

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis Talk about THE CAMPAIGN, the Worst Thing about Working Together, ANCHORMAN 2, and More

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Last week, Warner Bros. invited us to attend the press junket for The Campaign.  The R-rated comedy stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two politicians who keep finding hilarious new lows in order to win a district election in North Carolina.   For more on the film, click here for all of our previous coverage.

During my on-camera interview with Ferrell and Galifianakis, we talked about setting the film in the South, taking the movie to Comic-Con, memorable stories about politicians, Galifianakis’ future regarding stand-up comedy, an update on Anchorman 2, and the worst thing about working together (it involves peach juice).   Hit the jump to check out the interview.  The Campaign opens Friday.

THE CAMPAIGN Giveaway

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Opening next weekend is director Jay Roach’s (Austin Powers) political comedy The Campaign, and we’ve been provided with some swag from the film to giveaway to some of our lucky readers.  For those unfamiliar, Will Ferrell stars as an incumbent congressman who is surprisingly challenged by a green and inexperienced character played by Zach Galifianakis in a North Carolina race.  Ridiculousness ensues.  Hit the jump to find out how to enter and to see what you can win.

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL, THE CAMPAIGN Set Visit, CLOUD ATLAS Trailer and Images, THE WATCH Interviews, Batman by the Numbers

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As you’re likely aware, the 2012 Summer Olympics kicked off in London yesterday. In other words, it’s time for me to care about competitive swimming and gymnastics for the first time since the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. To all of our readers, especially those internationally-based, I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on the Summer Olympics. Is it an event that evokes your inner-patriotism and love of otherwise obscure athletic feats? Do you take great joy in defeating the ol’ U.S. of A. in something other than Math and Science scores? Sound off in the comments.

This Saturday brings us the Man of Steel teaser trailer set to John Williams‘ original Superman score, coverage from our visit to the set of Will Ferrell and Zach GalifianakisThe Campaign, an extended trailer and first official images from Cloud Atlas, interviews with the fellas of The Watch, and Brendan’s latest By the Numbers installment covering The Caped Crusader from Batman: The Movie to The Dark Knight Rises. Unless you’re a Top 5 noob (in which case, welcome aboard!), you know that a brief recap and link to each can be found after the jump.

6 Clips, 10 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage, and Over 25 New High Resolution Images from THE CAMPAIGN

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Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis will duke it out in the upcoming comedy The Campaign, and six clips, 10 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and over 25 new high-resolution images from the pic have been released.  Ferrell stars as an incumbent congressman who is surprisingly challenged by the green and inexperienced Galifianakis in a North Carolina race.  Jay Roach (Recount, Austin Powers) directs the pic, which takes the ridiculousness of American politics to another level.  Ferrell and Galifianakis appear to be having a blast, and I’m looking forward to seeing the two take on the world of politics with gusto.

Hit the jump to check out the cilps, featurettes, and images, and if you missed any of our set visit coverage click here.  The film also stars Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox, and John LithgowThe Campaign opens on August 10th.

THE CAMPAIGN Restricted Trailer Features More Family Confessions at the Dinner Table

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A new restricted trailer for director Jay Roach’s The Campaign has debuted.  The political comedy features Will Ferrell as a slick incumbent who is at odds with the oddball dark horse (Zach Galifianakis) in a Congressional election race.  While you can learn a lot about the film from our recent set visit and interviews with Ferrell, Galifianakis and Roach, the new restricted trailer goes back to the old Ferrell comedy stand-by: the family dinner table.  It’s not quite as funny as the kids from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, but there are some good one-liners.  Hit the jump to check out the new restricted trailer before The Campaign comes to your town on August 10th.

20 Things to Know from THE CAMPAIGN Set Visit

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As we gear up towards one of the most heated elections in our country’s history, people are getting a little (OK, a lot) stressed out:  political pundits are viciously attacking one another—and Batman movies—in the press, candidates are slinging mud via increasingly-aggro campaign ads, and voters on both sides of the aisle seem poised to tear one another limb from limb.  Seems like we could all use a good laugh right about now, doesn’t it?  Good news is, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, writer Chris Henchy and director Jay Roach’s The Campaign is here to provide that much-needed dose of anger-deflating political comedy.

I visited the set of the film a few months ago, and have returned with 20 things you need to know about The Campaign before it opens next month.  Wanna know more?  Meet me after the jump.

Will Ferrell Talks Reshooting Scenes to Make His Hair Look Good, Bonding with Zach Galifianakis Over Their Southern Roots and More on the Set of THE CAMPAIGN

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On August 10th, Warner Bros. releases the Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis political comedy, The Campaign, and—based on what we’ve seen thus far—director Jay Roach might have a monster hit on his hands.  The film looks topical, hilarious, and like it pulls no punches while skewering politicians on both side of the aisle.

Back in February, Collider and a few other members of the online press were invited to the film’s set in New Orleans.  While there, we had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Will Ferrell to learn more about his Campaign character, and found him to be one of the nicest celebrities I’ve ever encountered.  What’d he have to say for himself?   Find out after the jump, folks!

Zach Galifianakis Talks Working with Will Ferrell, His “Non-Sexual” Character, and Disliking Children on the Set of THE CAMPAIGN

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If you’re a standup comedy fan, you’ve probably been aware of Zach Galifianakis for some time: his off-kilter stage presence, bizarre on-stage stunts, and wholly unique…uh…“look” have made him a bit of a standout on the standup comedy scene for many years. It wasn’t until Todd PhillipsThe Hangover came along that everyone else started paying attention, but—miracle of miracles—once exposed to the guy’s unique talents, they decided to keep paying attention, and the comedian’s been on a bit of a winning streak ever since.

All the way back in February, I traveled to New Orleans with some other online press for a visit to The Campaign set. While there, the group sat down with Galifianakis to discuss introducing his infamous “Seth Galifianakis” persona on film, working with Will Ferrell, and what he thinks of the current state of politics. Catch all that (and more) after the jump, folks.

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