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    Interview: 'Our Idiot Brother' Director Jesse Peretz

    When “Our Idiot Brother” was released this summer it kind of fell by the wayside. The tale of an easygoing hippie pot dealer (wonderfully embodied by Paul Rudd) who meddles in the lives of his urbanite sisters (played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer), was smooth, u...

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    Paul Rudd Talks "Our Idiot Brother," Our DVD Pick of the Week

    In our DVD/Blu-ray pick of the week,"Our Idiot Brother," Paul Rudd's second film directed by his good friend Jesse Peretz (they collaborated on the 2001 comedy "The Chateau"), Rudd plays the nicest guy since Forrest Gump opened up his box of chocolates. Ned is a dim if w...

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    Contest Giveaway: 'Our Idiot Brother' DVD & Signed Soundtrack

    Creating a sensation in January at Sundance, the star studded ensemble comedy "Our Idiot Brother" found a fan in Harvey Weinstein who quickly snatched up the film, marking one of the highest profile buys at the festival. The Weinstein Company didn't waste a moment in getting it to thea...

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    Weekend Box Office: Three Straight Weeks At #1 For 'The Help'

    There are all sorts of qualifiers to this summer becoming the most financially robust in box office history. Chief amongst them are both the inferior product, but also the illusion of 3D prices, which do an excellent job of covering up the consistently-dropping attendance numbers. In other words, mo...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'The Help' Defeats Tepid Newcomers And Hurricane Season For Another Week At #1

    Usually, studios will look for any possible reason to blame the weather for a film’s poor box office showing. Heat waves only mean audiences will seek the air conditioning of a theater, at least when something exciting is playing. And people will withstand non-apocalyptic snowstorms simply to get away from the cold while enjoying the blockbuster of their choice. But there aren’t a whole lot of options when almost half of a movie’s proposed locations are under siege by a vicious hurricane. Many large chains didn’t even bother to stay open during Irene’s reign, meaning that these quiet end-of-August releases could find no traction heading into ...

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    In Theaters: 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,' 'Our Idiot Brother,' or 'Colombiana'

    Ah, the dog days of August. Used to be that this month was just another typical dumping ground for films that withered on the vine, but it in recent years, it's expanded a bit to swallow up some of the summer blockbuster fare crowded out of May-June-July. But the last weekend in August? Yeesh. Kids are going back to school, college students are back on campus, and everyone's depressed because summer's ending. That psychological breakdown attempts to explain the box office offerings for this weekend. Katie Holmes gets scared in "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," Sundance comedy "Our Idiot Brother" takes advantage of the roomy playing field, and B-...

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    Review: 'Our Idiot Brother' A Breezy, But Uneven Attempt To Replicate The Judd Apatow Touch

    Judd Apatow's smash hits of "The 40 Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" (not to mention the countless other successful comedies stamped with his producer tag) have spawned a good handful of imitators but few ever get the formula right. What Apatow does so well -- evidenced as far back as "Freaks & Geeks" and "Undeclared" -- is effortlessly find true character moments in the midst of even the raunchiest gags. For example, in "The 40 Year Old Virgin" when Andy returns home after his "bag of sand" gaffe and walks around his house yelling in frustration, it's both hilarious and true -- we've all had those moments where we've said or done something ...

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    INTERVIEW | Paul Rudd Would Like to Play Someone Different, Please

    In Paul Rudd's second film directed by his good friend Jesse Peretz (they collaborated on the 2001 comedy "The Chateau"), Rudd plays the nicest guy since Forrest Gump opened up his box of chocolates. Ned is a dim if well-meaning idealist who gets into some trouble when he sells pot to a cop. Once ba...

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    REVIEW | Paul Rudd Outshines Mediocrity in "Our Idiot Brother"

    Hiding behind a shaggy beard and a stoner grin, Paul Rudd plays an amusingly oblivious shlub in "Our Idiot Brother," but the movie can't keep up with his comic inspiration. Rudd portrays Ned Rochlin, a happy-go-luck organic farmer abruptly busted for selling pot to a police officer. Kicked out of hi...

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    Watch: Paul Rudd Presents 'Our Idiot Brother: The Hangover, Borat'

    There is probably no better (or controversial) marketer or movie hustler in the business than Harvey Weinstein. The man is capable of spinning almost anything into buzz about his movies (see last year's NC-17 rating of "Blue Valentine" which he promptly turned into a rallying point around the film), and putting Harvey into the awards season with a project to shill is like putting together peanut butter and chocolate. It's a no-brainer. And while movies that come out during the rest of the year may not get the full Harvey Weinstein treatment, if they can turn a modest profit and live a long life on DVD and digital, the honcho is more than happ...

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