This just in from Entertainment Weekly:
It’s official: ABC is confirming what I first reported last month: Courteney Cox will reunite with her former Friends costar (and real-life BFF) Jennifer Aniston in the show’s second-season premiere on Sept. 22.
Who will she play? Keep reading for all the exclusive details straight from exec producer Bill Lawrence…
“She’s going to play Courteney’s shrink named Bonnie,” reveals Lawrence, referring to Cox’s character, Jules. “Kind of a get-too-involved-in-her-life-type of therapist. Those guys are so close in real life they kind of do that for each other anyway. Bonnie has the life Jules wishes she has.”
Cougar Town is a favorite around here and we are so happy to get this news!
I usually don’t play the numbers game with Jens films, but it has gone beyond the absurd this time.
Actual Numbers are from Box Office Mojo.
UPDATED WITH ACTUAL – Tue, Aug 24, 2010
|1. The Expendables||3,270||$5,189|
|2. Vampires Suck||3,233||$3,774|
|3. Eat Pray Love||3,082||$3,930|
|4. Lottery Ticket||1,973||$5,399|
|5. The Other Guys||3,472||$2,927|
|6. Piranha 3D||2,470||$4,092|
|7. The Switch||2,012||$4,193|
|8. Nanny McPhee||2,784||$3,020|
|10. Scott Pilgrim vs.||2,820||$1,845|
This is the actual order when the average per theater total is used instead of the gross:
|1. Lottery Ticket||1,973||$5,399|
|2. The Expendables||3,270||$5,189|
|3. The Switch||2,012||$4,193|
|4. Piranha 3D||2,470||$4,092|
|5. Eat Pray Love||3,082||$3,930|
|6. Vampires Suck||3,233||$3,774|
|8. Nanny McPhee||2,784||$3,020|
|9. The Other Guys||3,472||$2,927|
|10. Scott Pilgrim vs.||2,820||$1,845|
You cannot compare the gross take of one film showing at over a thousand more theaters any more than you can compare the performance of a 500 horsepower engine to one with only 200 horsepower. It’s simple grade-school arithmatic.
Only $37.00 per theater separates the number 3 and 4 spots, a virtual tie for third place.
UPDATE: Difference between 3 and 4 is $101.00 using final weekend numbers.
If ‘The Switch’ had another 1000 theaters it would have finished with a gross of over 12 Million for the week end and landed in the third place.
The Switch didn’t under perform, Disney and Miramax dropped the ball.
And with a production budget in the neighborhood of $16 Million it made back half of its cost to produce in 3 days.
And yet you have US Weekly proclaiming “Jen Aniston’s ‘Switch’ Bombs at Box Office”.
The film’s shoddy opening weekend led several media outlets to pose questions like, “Jennifer Aniston: Exactly why is she a movie star?” and “Why don’t Jennifer Aniston’s friends help her more at the box office?”
All this is absolute nonsense. And the LA Times and CNN should be ashamed for being so superficial in their reporting, just parroting the tabloid press with the “poor Jen” headlines.
As to the Bill Simmons ESPN article that Patrick Goldstein of the LA Times quotes, Bill Simmons and his sources obviously get all of their Jen news from the likes of Star, Us Weekly and the National Enquire, the epitome of all that we have come to love about journalism in the 21 century; BS is entertainment and the LA Times and CNN are really just that, Entertainment.
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum and Juliette Lewis, “The Switch” is produced by Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. Nathan Kahane, Jennifer Aniston and Kristin Hahn are executive producers.
“The Switch” is based on the short story “Baster,” written by Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides, author of “The Virgin Suicides” and “Middlesex.” Screenwriter Allan Loeb discovered the story when it was originally published in The New Yorker in 1996 and believed it would be a great premise for a film. Loeb subsequently developed the screenplay with producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Productions.
Producer Nathan Kahane, president of Mandate Pictures (“Juno,” “Stranger than Fiction”), had an opportunity to read the script and became an enthusiastic fan. “We felt it had a totally fresh approach to a very unique subject, so we reached out to Albert [Berger] and Ron [Yerxa], whom we have worked with in the past, to let them know we were extremely passionate
about partnering with them on this film.”
Although…I don’t think Chelsea knows how to use perfume, well…never mind…
Great interview at ‘The Switch’ Premiere from Amy Kaufman at the LA Times.
Jen is stunning in a Lanvin dress, with Josie and Lottie shoes at the Los Angeles Premiere of ‘The Switch’.
“‘The Switch,’ in my view,” says Berger, “is really about a guy, Wally, Jason Bateman, who has very strong, unrealized feelings towards Kassie, Jennifer Aniston, who he thinks is his best friend.
But, what the audience realizes is that there’s much more to it for him and it’s one of those movies that takes the character a while to catch up to what the audience may be suspecting early on. It’s a very recognizable situation.
There are a lot of dynamics in relationships where a character has to grow into his own feelings and I think that’s very much the journey of Wally in this movie.”
Aniston is also an executive producer on the film, along with her Echo Films partner Kristin Hahn.
“Jennifer, who’s a real pro, was able to wear those two hats in a very positive way for the film,” says Berger.
“She’s graceful, generous and is able to exert her influence on behalf of the production in subtle but good ways.
Kristin Hahn, Jen’s partner, is a very capable producer and it has been a real pleasure making the movie with them.”
“I’ve found Jennifer to be amazingly earthy, charming, direct, very easy to talk to,” adds Yerxa.
Jennifer Aniston found herself drawn to the part for several reasons:
“I thought it was a really beautiful, great story that was kind of unconventional and it’s also one of the first movies that our production company Echo Films will be coming out with. I also wanted to work with Jason Bateman.”
Finding the right child to play Sebastian was a big piece of the puzzle for the filmmakers. Directors Speck and Gordon and casting director Doug Abel did a search for two months in both the New York City and Los Angeles areas with a lot of open calls at grade schools, resulting in many work sessions, callbacks, and screen tests to find the right fit for Sebastian.
Finally, in Los Angeles, they found talented six-year-old Thomas Robinson. Both directors are justifiably proud of the work they put in bringing Thomas through the casting process and then nurturing and guiding him to deliver a fine performance on screen.
Says Speck, “We had seen Thomas on tape and knew we had to meet him in person, so we flew to LA and had a great work session with him.”
Adds Gordon, “He had the perfect balance of vulnerability and introspection that the character demands, and he happens to look a lot like Jason Bateman.”
Jen and Jason answer questions from fans on Moviefone Unscripted for The Switch.
The premier is tonight and Jen will be on several TV shows this week. Here is the list as it stands today.
Check your local listings for time and availability and check out our forum for the latest updates here: