New Netflix Movie ‘Yes Day’ is Personal to Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner stars in new Netflix family comedy Yes Day, as a mother who grants her children their wishes for one day. The movie was inspired by Garner’s family life, which has included “yes days.” Garner got the idea after reading books on the subject matter.

To promote the movie, Netflix conducted a quick Q&A with Garner on the origins of the movie and how it relates to her family.

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Garner: “I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s books and I really love everything she stood for as a person, just beckoning loveliness into the world. I read Yes Day! to my middle daughter and she loved it. She used to fantasize about having a Yes Day and I think she might’ve been 3 years old when she said she wanted a Yes Day for Christmas. So, I did it, and I’ve done it every year since, with the blaring, horrible exception being this last year. But a couple years ago, I posted some exhausted picture of myself in the aftermath of one of my Yes Days on Instagram — and the wife of Ben Everard, one of our producers, said this should be a movie. So they contacted me and it was just a no-brainer. Of course this should be a movie! We were off to the races immediately.”

Netflix: What are some of the Yes Days with your family like?

Garner: “We don’t do anything huge. Truth be told, it’s really more about a kid getting to just bend the everyday rules. It’s ice cream for breakfast, sleeping outside in the yard, and … I do something with them called Coach Mom where I make them run laps and do push-ups — for fun, not in a serious way — but they’ll do Coach Kids, and they’ll make me do all kinds of crazy things. My kids’ Yes Days are a surprise, which is different from the movie. We wake up, I’ve cleared my day, I’ve cleared their days, and I just say, ‘Hey, guess what, kids? It’s Yes Day!’ And by then I’ve already planted little things in their mind like, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if we went to the cake decorating place and everyone did a cake?'”

Netflix: Describe the magic of saying, “Yes.”

Garner: “It feels great when you give in to just saying yes. It feels great. Everyone should give it a shot, especially with your kids. I think my knee-jerk reaction is so often ‘No.’ I think my baseline is ‘No.’ For me, it’s all so carefully woven together every day with three kids: all their asks, their friends, their activities, and all the things that they’re trying to do. And you just feel like we can’t, we can’t fit more in. But I think having a Yes Day is just a great way to celebrate families. And it isn’t about doing something huge all the time. For my family, it really is about my kids hearing me say from the beginning of the day all the way through, ‘Yes, what do you want to do? Top priority.’ I put my phone down, and I just focus on them.”

Netflix: What do you hope audiences take away from this film?

Garner: “There is no better time in the world than right now for kids to hear ‘yes’ after the year they’ve had. Camp is canceled, school is virtual, no one’s going to soccer practice. What’s more fun than the wish fulfillment of a day filled with ‘yes’? That’s something that I am just so excited we get to be for people and I hope we can inspire them to have their own Yes Days where they can come up with their own new family traditions.”

Animated ‘Wonder Park’ Rides to Digital June 4, Disc June 18 From Paramount

The animated adventure Wonder Park will be released on digital June 4 and Blu-ray combo pack and DVD June 18 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

It’s the story of a young girl named June who makes an incredible discovery — the amusement park of her dreams has come to life filled with wild rides operated by fun-loving animals. When trouble hits, June and her misfit team of furry friends begin an unforgettable journey to save the park. Wonder Park features the voices of Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Kenan Thompson and Ken Jeong, among others.

The film made $45.2 million at the box office.

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The Blu-ray combo pack includes access to a digital copy as well as bonus content, including the deleted scene “Gus Yodeling”; “The Wonder Chimp Channel”; “The Pi Song Sing-Along”; “Making Noises (It’s Actually a Job?!!)”; “June’s Guide to Wonderland”; “June’s Welcoming Crew”; “Boardwalk Caricatures”; “Drawing Boomer”; “Drawing the Wonder Chimp Pirate”; and “Drawing the Wonder Chimp Princess.”

Season Two of ‘2 Dope Queens,’ ‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts,’ ‘O.G.’ Among Titles Coming in March From HBO Home Entertainment

Season two of “2 Dope Queens,” Jane Fonda in Five Acts and O.G. are among the titles coming in March from HBO Home Entertainment.

Available for digital download March 11 is Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age, which looks at online dating, offering revelations about the billion-dollar industry. The film features interviews with, among others, Jonathan Badeen, co-founder and CSO of Tinder; Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of Hinge; and Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Match Group, which owns Tinder, OkCupid and other dating sites.

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Available March 25 for digital download is O.G. Filmed in Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility, an active maximum-security prison, O.G. follows Louis (Jeffrey Wright), once the head of a prominent prison gang, in the final weeks of his 24-year sentence. His impending release is upended when he takes new arrival Beecher (Theothus Carter), who is being courted by gang leadership, under his wing. Coming to grips with the indelibility of his crime and the challenge of reentering society, Louis finds his freedom hanging in the balance as he struggles to save Beecher.

Season two of “2 Dope Queens” will also be available for digital download March 25. The two return in four specials with some of their favorite stand-up comedians, including Rory Scovel, Solomon Georgio, Bowen Yang, Jamie Lee and Pat Brown, along with celebrity guests, to talk music, nostalgia and fashion.

Available for digital download March 25 and on DVD March 26 is Jane Fonda in Five Acts, about the Oscar-winning actress who has lived a life marked by controversy, tragedy and transformation in the public eye. Fonda has been vilified as Hanoi Jane, lusted after as Barbarella and heralded as beacon of the women’s movement.

Finally, due on DVD March 26 is Camping, starring Jennifer Garner and David Tennant as Kathryn and Walt, a not-so-happily married couple. A meticulously planned outdoor trip to celebrate Walt’s 45th birthday is derailed by uninvited guests and forces of nature, turning the weekend in a test of marriage and friendships.

‘Equalizer 2,’ ‘Smallfoot,’ ‘Peppermint’ Take Top Three Spots on Redbox Charts

For the second consecutive week, three new releases topped the Redbox charts the week ended Dec. 16, led by Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 2, a revenge-thriller sequel starring Denzel Washington that earned $102.1 million in North American theaters.

A sequel to the 2014 original, The Equalizer 2 debuted at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

Bowing at No. 2 on the kiosk chart and No. 3 on the digital chart was Warner Bros.’ Smallfoot, a computer-animated musical comedy-adventure from the Warner Animation Group. The film, about a group of Yeti who come across a human and don’t quite know what to make of him, came to home video with a domestic theatrical gross of $82.5 million.

And Peppermint, another revenge thriller – this one starring Jennifer Garner as a mom out to avenge the murder of her husband and 10-year-old daughter by a drug cartel – debuted at No. 3 on the disc-rental chart and No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

The film, released by Universal Pictures, earned $35.4 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the blockbuster action sequel starring Tom Cruise, slipped to No. 4 on both charts after debuting at No. 1 the prior week.

Warner’s The Nun slipped from No. 2 to No. 5 on the kiosk chart and No. 6 on the digital chart.

On the Redbox On Demand chart, Warner’s Crazy Rich Asians took the No. 5 spot, down from No. 3 the prior week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 16

  1. The Equalizer 2 (new)
  2. Smallfoot  (new)
  3. Peppermint (new)
  4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  5. The Nun
  6. The Happytime Murders
  7. Crazy Rich Asians
  8. Mile 22
  9. The Meg
  10. The Incredibles 2

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 16

  1. The Equalizer 2
  2. Peppermint
  3. Smallfoot
  4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  5. Crazy Rich Asians
  6. The Nun
  7. The Happytime Murders
  8. The Meg
  9. Searching
  10. Mile 22

 

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‘Peppermint’ to Hit Digital Nov. 20, Disc Dec. 11 From Universal

The revenge thriller Peppermint will come out on digital Nov. 20 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and on demand Dec. 11 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film made $35.2 million in theaters.

The film stars Jennifer Garner (“Alias,” Juno), John Ortiz (Silver Linings PlaybookAmerican Gangster), John Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield LaneHush), Juana Pablo Raba (The 33, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Annie Ilonzeh (“Person of Interest,” “Arrow”).

The story follows mother Riley North (Garner) who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerrilla.

Special features on Blu-ray, DVD and digital include a behind-the-scenes featurette with Garner and director Pierre Morel and feature commentary by Morel.

‘A Happening of Monumental Proportions’ Arrives on DVD and Digital Oct. 23

Lionsgate will release A Happening of Monumental Proportions, the directorial debut from actress Judy Greer, on DVD, digital and on demand Oct. 23.

The comedy takes place over the course of one day and follows a group of school administrators as they find themselves caught up in a sex scandal that leads to the discovery of the dead body of the school’s groundskeeper. The cast includes Common, Jennifer Garner, Katie Holmes, John Cho, Rob Riggle, Bradley Whitford, Anders Holm and Allison Janney.

The DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.