Just in time for Mother’s Day, Disney has unveiled a brand-new trailer for its family-oriented fantasy The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton star as a loving couple who finally give up on their dreams of having a child, only to find an adorable Manic Pixie Dream Son on their doorstep the next day. Because I tend not to love kids, I find that set-up more frightening than enchanting. If you like this kind of stuff, though, you could probably do worse than this movie. Watch the video after the jump.

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Frequent collaborators Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller may have toned down their raunchy humor for The Muppets script, but they could be diving back into adult-themed material with Sex Tape. Stoller is in talks to direct the raunchy comedy, written by Kate Angelo, while Segel has been offered the male lead. Though neither has officially signed on just yet, given the material and their proclivity for working together, it seems reasonably likely they’ll ultimately board the project together.

Less certain is who’ll play Segel’s co-star, should he sign on. Though Reese Witherspoon is Sony’s top choice, the A-list actress is apparently a long shot. Happily, the studio already has a shortlist of other strong candidates, which include some of the usual suspects. More details after the jump.

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On day two of the 38th annual Telluride Film Festival and I caught the amazing new Pixar film LA Luna, Wim Wenders 3D documentary Pina about the famous modern dance choreographer, and the first surprise premiere screening of the festival, Jim Field Smith‘s dark dramedy Butter, a top Black List screenplay about a midwest butter carving championship which stars Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry and Hugh Jackman.
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This is kind of a catch-all casting break, as it goes all over the map. I’d love to tie the four stories that follow to a theme beyond ‘these people are all in new movies,’ but if that theme exists, I’m afraid it escapes me now. So, after the break you’ll find:

  • Sienna Guillory appears to be confirmed to return as Jill Valentine in the fifth Resident Evil film,
  • comedian Gabriel Iglesias will spin records (or CDs, more likely) in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
  • Olivia Wilde takes what formerly belonged to Jennifer Garner,
  • and James Hong will play Ryan Reynolds, sort of, in R.I.P.D.

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I can’t quite figure out The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and About a Boy screenwriter; Pieces of April director) directs Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as a couple who buries all their hopes and desires for a child in a box in the back yard. The next day they’re rewarded for their efforts by the appearance of a boy who claims to be their son. Have their wishes come true, and without all that pesky dealing with potty training and teething? Where did the boy come from? And with that premise, which could be horror as easily as fairy tale, what kind of film is this? (Hint: Disney is releasing it.)

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So, Jeremy Renner has finally given up one of the roughly five million roles he’s been linked to since he became Hollywood’s hottest rising star. The Playlist reports that Sam Rockwell is currently in negotiations to replace Renner as the lead in Better Living Through Chemistry, an indie drama by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier. Rockwell would be playing an unhappily married pharmacist who enters an affair with a trophy wife customer (Jennifer Garner). As their prescription drug-fueled romance escalates, things spin out of control and the two begin plotting to kill her husband.

Much as I like Renner, I’m equally happy to see the talented Rockwell in the part. Moore and Posamentier are building up quite the cast — in addition to Rockwell and Garner, the film is also set to star Dame Judi Dench and Michelle Monaghan.

After the jump, Justin Timberlake picks up a new gig, and Wizards of Waverly Place actor Gregg Sulkin joins fellow tween faves Booboo Stewart and Harry Shum, Jr. in Quentin Lee’s new film.

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Disney has obtained the movie rights to Agatha Christie‘s amateur sleuth character Miss Marple, who has appeared in twelve of Christie’s novels. Traditionally, Miss Marple has been an elderly English woman who enjoys knitting and weeding, and whose harmless-looking exterior hides a sharp, logical mind. In fact, a large part of the fun of the character is the discrepancy between the assumptions you’d make from her outward appearance and her true nature as a shrewd detective.

Naturally, then, the obvious casting choice for the role of Miss Marple would be Alias star Jennifer Garner. Wait, what?

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‘Arthur’ Trailer #2

Warner Bros has released a second movie trailer for the remake of Arthur. Russell Brand plays an “irresponsible charmer” named Arthur Bachwho will lose his limitless fortune if he doesn’t accept an arranged marriage. I’m still not sold on two things: 1. The need for this remake and 2. that this movie is funny enough to warrant a $10-$15 movie ticket. The only reason I’m curious to see the film is the involvement of Luis Guzman and the Batman/Robin bit that is teased in the advertising. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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