‘Wonder’ film wins over cast

Natalie Portman bonds with tyke cast

At Sunday’s preem of “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” pic’s Jason Bateman explained how his excitement for the film nearly caused a minor car crash.

“While driving to the movies, I got a call from my agent saying ‘we got you a Zach Helm script and he is going to direct it.’ Then he said, ‘Oh and by the way Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman are in it,’ which almost caused me to hit a light pole,” Bateman recounted. “So I didn’t really rush to read the script because that was kind of inconsequential. I was on board based on the people involved.”

Following the DGA screening, Bateman was joined by co-stars Hoffman, Portman, Zach Mills and writer-director Helm at Brasserie 8½.

Portman said she read the script after Helm sent it to her in “a white box with a red ribbon,” and said working with the kids in the film wasn’t as bad as she heard it might be.

“The kids are so fun. I don’t understand why people tell you not to work with them. Their presence makes you pay attention to things you normally wouldn’t pay attention to.”

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