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Hurricane Irene Puts Damper on Box Office, 'The Help' Finishes Top

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Hurricane Irene battered the north eastern part of the U.S. over the weekend, and in the process also dealt a blow to the box office numbers, as movie lovers were forced to stay indoors.

The Help managed to top the weekend box office numbers, garnering and estimated $14.3 million in its third week.

Coming in second, was Columbiana, which opened with an estimated take of $10.3 million.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($9 million), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark ($8.7 million) and Our Idiot Brother ($6.6 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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ABC Bans Commercial for Comedy Movie 'Our Idiot Brother' 

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- ABC is refusing to broadcast its commercial for the comedy Our Idiot Brother unless certain portions are edited out of a trailer, the Weinstein Company said Thursday.

The Hollywood Reporter says the network objects to scenes that appear to show a drug deal, a clip of Paul Rudd's character squeezing a juice box as he pretends to urinate, and several references to "getting high and smoking."

ABC told the Hollywood Reporter, "The ABC Television Network approved and accepted multiple spots for Our Idiot Brother, and has aired spots for this film. The network did not accept spots that violated our long-established Ad Guidelines."

ABC actions prompted Harvey Weinstein to release a new uncensored trailer for the movie, which opened Friday. The spot that ABC is refusing to air is already appearing on television in its current form on several broadcast and cable networks.

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'Colombiana,' 'Our Idiot Brother,' 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Colombiana: Avatar actress Zoe Saldana plays an assassin seeking revenge against the mobster who murdered her parents when she was a child.  Rated PG-13.

-- Our Idiot Brother: Paul Rudd's Ned is a slacker who interferes with his three sisters' lives after his girlfriend breaks up with him.  Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, and Rashida Jones also star.  Rated R.

-- Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: A young girl discovers a portal to some hellish monsters while exploring her father's new mansion.  Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison star in this Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick.  Rated R.

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Movie Review: ‘Our Idiot Brother’

Ablestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Paul Rudd's Ned is the nicest stoner on the planet. Not that stoners aren't nice people -- they're just stoned -- but Ned is different. He's so nice, he sells marijuana to a cop in uniform. Guess that’s the part that makes him an idiot.
Once Ned gets out of jail, he needs a place to stay. That's when we meet his three sisters, played by Elizabeth Banks, an ambitious tabloid journalist; Zooey Deschanel, a (surprise!) quirky lesbian in a relationship with Rashida Jones; and Emily Mortimer, formerly the "hot" sister whose sex appeal has slowly disintegrated in lockstep with her marriage. Ned's irresponsible behavior and inability to grow up was once cute and endearing.  However, within days of reconnecting with his family, this slacker/hippie (slackie?) manages to tear that family apart, possibly causing irreparable harm.
That premise might not sound funny but the killer ensemble cast in Our Idiot Brother will keep you laughing.  Every performance is original and truthful, particularly the ladies.  If you have no idea who any of these incredibly gifted actresses are, then you need to see this film, because they're all at the top of their game here.  Our Idiot Brother is also the perfect fit for the affable and consistent Rudd, as well as for anybody interested in seeing an intelligent, independent ensemble comedy.

Four out of five stars.

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