FRIDAY AM: Second day of Disney’s The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (2,551 domestic theaters) grossed an estimated $1.9M Thursday. The 2-day total is now $4.2M.
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Who needs Comic-Con when you can do it yourself?
That must be exactly what Disney is thinking as it continues its massive second annual Disney D23/ Expo, the “ultimate fan event” taking place all weekend long at the Anaheim Convention Center right next to Disneyland (the name refers to 1923, the year Walt Disney started his studio). It’s an offshoot of the official Disney Fan Club and includes a ginormous exhibition center with every imaginable opportunity to buy Disneyana, numerous fan events and celebrity-sighting opps, and then there was today’s centerpiece: a near-three-hour preview of movies in the pipeline from Disney, Pixar and Marvel (which announced a partnership with the company in 2009 that is just now gearing up).
Call it “Mickey Con”. It’s all a bit overwhelming, so no wonder it takes three days just to get through it all. The event continues through the end of Sunday.
After his major presentation of the new Disney slate in the gargantuan arena in front of 4200 seemingly rabid fans (and a few more restrained press members), I caught up with Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross in the Green Room for an exclusive interview in which he talked about the possibilities of a fifth Pirate.s of the Caribbean film as well as his first comments on the demise of Pirates team Johnny Depp and Jerry Bruckheimer’s about-to-shoot Western The Lone Ranger, which Deadline’s Mike Fleming first reported had been dropped by Disney due to budgetary concerns on the pricey pic. When I asked Ross if there was anything new to report he said, ”Nothing definitive. There is nothing new. I’m hoping to do it, I’m certainly hoping. I think it’s a compelling story and no one wants to work with Jerry and Johnny more than me, so we’ll see how it works.” And about the possibility of a fifth Pirates? The situation is obviously clouded with the Lone Ranger situation, but again he used the word “hopeful.”
Disney’s comedic drama The Odd Life of Timothy Green, directed by Peter Hedges, doesn’t have a release date yet. But Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton star in the story about a happy couple who can’t wait to start a family and who find a young boy on their doorstep on a stormy night.
Ron Livingston should be on everybody’s favorite actor list (not to mention he’s a really smart and nice guy). So I was receptive when his people shot me an email this afternoon that he’s booked two upcoming projects – the indie Ten Year, and the Walt Disney Pictures feature, The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, based on an original story by Ahmet Zappa. Livingston also recently wrapped production on the quirky Queens of Country. The co-star of Band of Brothers and the cult hits Office Space and Swingers, Livingston will always be remembered for playing the boyfriend who broke up with Sex And The City‘s Carrie Bradshaw via Post-It.