Weekend Box Office – THE EXPENDABLES 2 Leads Crowded Field with $28.7 Milion

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The Expendables 2 was the easy winner this weekend with an estimated $28.7 million – though that figure fell short of its pre-release expectations. Sparkle and ParaNorman also came in a bit under projections but, overall, the box office managed to stay ahead of 2011’s totals… exactly the kind of exciting end-of-summer we were all imagining, right?

Title Weekend Total
1. The Expendables 2 $28,750,000 $28.7
2. The Bourne Legacy $17,019,000 $69.5
3. ParaNorman $14,008,000 $14
4. The Campaign $13,385,000 $51.6
5. Sparkle $12,000,00 $12
6. The Dark Knight Rises $11,140,000 $409.9
7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green $10,909,000 $15.1
8. Hope Springs $9,100,000 $35
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 $3,850,000 $38.7
10. Total Recall $3,500,000 $51.7

Friday Box Office – THE EXPENDABLES 2 Takes First with $10.5 Million

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In a very crowded field of late-summer contenders, one film stood alone on Friday. The Expendables 2, sequel to 2010’s paean to 1980s action, took in $10.5 million on Friday – twice as much as The Bourne Legacy in second place. Playing in 3,316 locations, the sequel is expected to earn about $30 million by Sunday: a bit less than The Expendables saw on this same weekend two years ago. Two other new releases did well enough to make it into Friday’s top five: ParaNorman, the stop-motion animated feature from the creators of Coraline, earned an estimated $4.5 million from 3,429 runs while Sparkle, the musical drama co-starring the late Whitney Houston, realized $4.6 million from a more-modest 2,244 locations. Both films are expected to fall in the $13 million range after their first three days. Outside of the top five, The Odd Life of Timothy Green earned an estimated $3.4 million while The Dark Knight Rises crossed the $400 million mark in domestic ticket sales. We’ll have complete details tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1. The Expendables 2 $10,500,000 $10.5
2. The Bourne Legacy $5,300,000 $69.4
3. Sparkle $4,600,000 $4.6
4. ParaNorman $4,500,000 $4.5
5. The Campaign $4,175,000 $42.4

CJ Adams Talks THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

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Despite all the famous character actor faces in The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Diane Wiest, M. Emmet Walsh, David Morse, Common…), the true star of the film is, perhaps not surprisingly, the titular twelve-year-old boy himself.  CJ Adams has the more than herculean task of not only acting opposite some great actors but also of carrying the very film.  The entire picture hinges around his performance – and one’s willingness to accept that this precocious kid can change the lives of all he interacts with, let alone the fact that the kid’s got leaves growing out of his ankles.

In the following interview, CJ Adams discusses the process of getting the starring role, what it was like to work alongside such famous faces, and how he interprets who the mysterious Timothy Green really is.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Jennifer Garner Talks THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

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Magical realism is not a genre you see much of on film.  Every once in awhile a Midnight in Paris or a Benjamin Button will come along, but for the most part the intermingling of the supernatural with decidedly human stories remains a somewhat neglected sub-genre.  The Odd Life of Timothy Green, a welcome addition to the underutilized genre, uses a magical plant grown child as the starting point for a drama about a fading community and a burgeoning family.  In the film, Jennifer Garner stars as Cindy Green, one half of probably the nicest couple in film history, who along with his her husband Jim (Joel Edgerton) literally wishes a child into existence.  The newfound parents then have to grapple with the responsibilities and missteps that come with their unforeseen parenthood.

In the following interview, Jennifer Garner discusses the nostalgic undercurrents for ‘traditional’ family values in Timothy Green, the ‘missteps’ of parenthood and what type of genre/character she would like to play next (a musical).  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Director Peter Hedges Talks THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

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Magical realism is not a genre you see much of on film.  Every once in awhile a Midnight in Paris or a Benjamin Button will come along, but for the most part the intermingling of the supernatural with decidedly human stories remains a somewhat neglected sub-genre.  The Odd Life of Timothy Green, a welcome addition to the underutilized genre, uses a magical plant grown child as the starting point for a drama about a fading community and a burgeoning family.

In the following interview with writer/director Peter Hedges, he discusses how difficult it was to get a studio behind such a project, the thematic undercurrents of familial responsibility in his filmography (Pieces of April, Dan In Real Life) and the different processes he undergoes for novels, screenplays and theatrical plays, among many other topics of conversation.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Joel Edgerton Talks THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, THE GREAT GATSBY and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty

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The versatile Joel Edgerton has carved out a nice character actor resume, bouncing from genre to genre – crime flick Animal Kingdom to the MMA fighting Warrior to the body horror remake/prequel The Thing.  This Wednesday – Edgerton stars in the all-encompassing family/supernatural film The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Edgerton stars as Jim Green, one half of probably the nicest couple in film history, who along with his wife Cindy (Jennifer Garner) literally wishes a child into existence.  The newfound parents then have to grapple with the responsibilities and missteps that come with their unforeseen parenthood.

In the following interview, Edgerton discusses approaching the magical/fantastical elements of the story versus playing the reality of the situation, the importance of the family unit and his future projects: Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Rosemarie Dewitt Talks NOBODY WALKS, NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, and More at Sundance

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Nobody Walks, directed by Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me), was one of the many films that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Written by Lena Dunham and Russo-Young, the ensemble drama stars John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, India Ennenga and Justin Kirk.  In the film, “Krasinski plays Peter, a Hollywood sound designer who’s agreed to help Martine (Thirlby) with her experimental art film as a favor to his wife (DeWitt). Martine, a beautiful and driven 23-year-old artist, comes to stay in the family’s pool house at their posh Silver Lake home, and her arrival ignites raw emotions and desires throughout the entire family.” Ennenga plays the daughter.  Since premiering, Magnolia picked up the film for domestic distribution, so you’ll be able to see it at some point down the road.

During my interview with Rosemarie Dewitt we talked about being at Sundance, who she plays in Nobody Walks and what it’s about, how the story changed along the way, karaoke and more.  In addition, since Dewitt just finished shooting Neighborhood Watch (which stars Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade), she talked about who she plays and what it’s about.  We also talked about Your Sister’s Sister and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Hit the jump to watch.

Presentations for D23 2011 Announced; Includes THE AVENGERS, THE MUPPETS, JOHN CARTER, BRAVE, FRANKENWEENIE, and More

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Disney is probably done with Comic-Con for good.  The studio now has its own convention, the D23 Expo, and they’re using it to promote their upcoming films.  This year, D23 will have presentations for The Avengers, The Muppets, John Carter, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie, Oz the Great and Powerful, and more.  The presentations will include appearances from Jason Segel, Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Macdonald, Jennifer Garner, Jack McBrayer, unnamed cast members from The Avengers, “and other surprise guests.”

Hit the jump for the full press release, which also announces presentations from the Pixar Creative team, a behind-the-scenes look at Monsters University, an advanced screening of The Lion King 3D and more.  The D23 Expo runs from August 19 – 21st at the Anaheim Convention Center.  Collider will be on hand to cover the event.

Trailer and Poster for Still Creepy-Looking Disney Film THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

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We posted this trailer yesterday but Disney asked us to take it down because it was “incorrect”.  Today it’s up on Yahoo! Movies and it’s almost exactly the same so here’s what I wrote yesterday:  The trailer for The Odd Life of Timothy Green stars out innocently enough.  Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a couple who are unable to conceive a child.  They write down their hopes and dreams for the child they’ll never have, put the writing in a box, and bury the box in their backyard.  In the middle of the night, they awaken to find a dirt-covered young boy in their house and he’s calling them “mom and dad.”  If that actually happened, you would not be uplifted.  You would be freaked out beyond all reason.  Furthermore, we’re now going to have scores of child molesters burying their wish lists and hoping for a case of sprouted boy.  Is that what you want The Odd Life of Timothy Green?  IS IT?

If you missed the trailer yesterday you can check it out after the jump along with the poster.  Watch the trailer and be horrified with me.  The Odd Life of Timothy Green is set to open August 15, 2012 and believe me, I question the wisdom of running a trailer for a movie that’s over a year away.

Trailer for Creepy-Looking Disney Film THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

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The trailer for The Odd Life of Timothy Green stars out innocently enough.  Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a couple who are unable to conceive a child.  They write down their hopes and dreams for the child they’ll never have, put the writing in a box, and bury the box in their backyard.  In the middle of the night, they awaken to find a dirt-covered young boy in their house and he’s calling them “mom and dad.”  If that actually happened, you would not be uplifted.  You would be freaked out beyond all reason.  Furthermore, we’re now going to have scores of child molesters burying their wish lists and hoping for a case of sprouted boy.  Is that what you want The Odd Life of Timothy Green?  IS IT?

Hit the jump to check out the saccharine and unnerving trailer.  The film will likely open sometime next year. [Update: We've removed the trailer at the request of the studio.  This version was leaked and the "correct" version will be released tomorrow on Yahoo! Movies.]

Joel Edgerton to Star Opposite Jennifer Garner in THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

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Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) will costar with Jennifer Garner in Pete Hedges’ fantasy fable The Odd Life of Timothy Green.  Per THR, “the story centers on a childless couple, unable to conceive, who bury all their wishes for a baby in a box in their backyard. One day, they wake up to find that a child is born, but the child is not all that it appears.”  Really?  The Backyard Box Baby isn’t “all that it appears?”  Go figure.  Hedges wrote the script based on a story by Ahmet Zappa.

Edgerton will be seen in theaters next April in the horror remake/prequel The Thing with Mary Elizabeth Winstead (click here to read Steve’s on set interview with Edgerton).  He’ll also be appearing alongside Tom Hardy in Gavin O’Connor’s boxing drama Warrior, which is about two brothers (Edgerton and Hardy) forced to fight each in a mixed martial arts tournament.

Jennifer Garner Joins ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN; Mark Wahlberg or Joaquin Phoenix May Co-Star

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Jennifer Garner is attached to star in The Odd Life of Timothy Green, the latest from director Peter Hedges (Dan in Real Life).  The film is a “modern-day fable [that] centers around a child-prodigy musician and his parents.”  Garner will play the mother, while Disney has made an offer to Mark Wahlberg for the role of the father.  Vulture reports that Wahlberg is expected to pass, and that Joaquin Phoenix is on the “next step” of candidates to be offered the part if he does.

Jennifer Garner recently signed on to star opposite Jeremy Renner in Better Living Through Chemistry.  She can also be seen in next year’s political satire Butter, and in the remake of Arthur starring Russell Brand.

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