Weekend Box Office – THE HELP Jumps to First with $20 Million, Topping All New Releases

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After two weeks on top, Rise of the Planet of the Apes swapped places with last week’s number two The Help on top of the weekend box office.  That left places 3-5 for the major new releases, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Conan the Barbarian, and Fright Night.  Even One Day managed only a middling per-screen average in its smaller release.  Details after the jump.

Title Friday Total
1 The Help $20,479,000 $71.8
2 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $16,300,000 $133.8
3 Spy Kids 4 $12,020,000 $12.0
4 Conan the Barbarian $10,000,000 $10.0
5 Fright Night $8,300,000 $8.3
6 The Smurfs $8,000,000 $117.7
7 Final Destination 5 $7,705,000 $32.2
8 30 Minutes or Less $6,300,000 $25.8
9 One Day $5,127,567 $5.1
10 Crazy, Stupid, Love $4,950,000 $64.4

Friday Box Office – THE HELP and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Stay on Top

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None of this week’s new offerings were able to seize the top box office slots from a pair of overperforming holdovers on Friday.  The Help came in on top with $5.8 million, a mere 24% decline from last Friday.  The impressive hold bumped Rise of the Apes, champion of the last two Fridays, down to second with $4.7 million.  We finally get to the new movies in third place: Spy Kids: All the Time in the World opened to just $4.0 million from 3,295 locations; Conan the Barbarian dipped under the $4 million threshold for $3.7 million from 3,015 locations.  Fright Night rounds out the top five, earning $3.1 million from 3,114 locations.  Check back tomorrow for the weekend totals.

Title Friday Total
1 The Help $5,800,000 $57.1
2 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $4,650,000 $122.1
3 Spy Kids 4 $4,000,000 $4.0
4 Conan the Barbarian $3,700,000 $3.7
5 Fright Night $3,050,000 $3.1

Director Robert Rodriguez Talks SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD and SIN CITY 2

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In 2001, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez launched the Spy Kids film franchise, a live-action, gadget-filled comedy adventure where kids became spies and families were the heroes. Now 10 years later, with new spies and cool new gadgets, the latest installment in the film franchise takes things to a whole new level with 4D Aromascope, making the moviegoing experience that much more interactive for audiences. This time around, the film focuses on former secret agent Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba), the younger sister of Gregorio Cortez (Antonio Banderas), whose spy-hunting television reporter husband (Joel McHale) knows nothing about her past. When the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet, Marissa is called back into action and her stepkids, Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), are forced to put their bickering aside and join together, as a family, to help their stepmom save the world.

At the press day for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez talked about being able to relate to the notion of wanting to stop time to be with your family, how Jessica Alba being a new mom inspired both her character and the story itself, why he wanted to add a fourth dimension to the experience of seeing the film, and that he didn’t tell any of the actors about his idea for the Aromascope. He also talked about why he feels the need to direct the sequels to his films, and how they’re trying to finish the Sin City 2 script so that they can get the cast attached and start filming. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Jeremy Piven Talks SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD, Saying Goodbye to ENTOURAGE, and Why He Joined Miley Cyrus in SO UNDERCOVER

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Now that his hit HBO series Entourage has finished filming its final season, actor Jeremy Piven said that he’s just trying to impress his nieces. Taking a variety of roles in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World – the most notable of which is the mysterious Timekeeper – is sure to help him, in that regard. In the film, Timekeeper is angry at the world for squandering time and wants to steal it back, believing that he could do more valuable things with it. He feels that families don’t use their time together wisely and, as such, he is a super-villain with family values.

At the film’s press day, Jeremy Piven talked about the appeal of playing a handful of different characters that show his range, all in the same film, being the misunderstood villain, how comfortable he is with green screen work, and how much fun he had working with Jessica Alba. He also talked about how totally fulfilled and grateful he is for his experience on Entourage, how satisfying it was to humanize Ari Gold, his desire to return to the theater for the right role, and how he’s hoping to impress his nieces again with a role opposite Miley Cyrus in the upcoming feature So Undercover. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Joel McHale Talks SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD, COMMUNITY, Seth MacFarlane’s TED, More

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In Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Joel McHale plays Wilbur, a famous spy-hunting television reporter who is married to retired secret agent Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba). The thing is, neither him nor his twin step kids (Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook) know about Marissa’s past. But, when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet, Marissa is called back into action and the kids learn that their boring stepmom was once a top agent. Thrust into action, the world’s most competitive 10-year-olds quickly learn to put their bickering aside and make use of some mind-blowing gadgets to help save the world.

At the film’s press day, Joel McHale talked about being one of the busiest guys in show business, juggling filming Spy Kids 4 with his NBC comedy Community and E!’s The Soup, how playing Jessica Alba’s husband felt like winning a prize in an auction, and how he’s not much of a practical joker. He also gave a little preview of what’s to come for fans of Community, and talked about being directed by Seth MacFarlane for Ted and acting with Steve Martin for The Big Year. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Jessica Alba Interview SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD

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In Spy Kids: All The Time In The World, actress Jessica Alba plays Marissa Cortez Wilson, a woman who is married to a famous spy-hunting television reporter, has a new baby, and is the mother of twin stepkids. A retired secret agent, Marissa keeps the secret form her husband Wilbur (Joel McHale), and his 10-year-olds, Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), until the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet and she’s called back into action.

At the film’s press day, the very pregnant Jessica Alba talked about identifying with her character’s experience of being a new mom, why she enjoys collaborating with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (they’ve also done Machete and Sin City together), what it’s like to balance work and motherhood and always feel like she’s sacrificing one for the other, and how none of the physical work she’s done has been as challenging as her TV show Dark Angel, so she’ll be seeking out an action movie once she’s ready to get back to work after having her second child. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Smell the New Trailer for SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD

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Robert Rodriguez’ Spy Kids: All the Time in the World may be so stupid that it’s brilliant.  There’s a talking dog voiced by Ricky Gervais.  Jeremy Piven’s hair is inexplicable.  The jokes are lame.  The kids don’t seem like they can act.  I don’t think there’s a single set that isn’t CG.  But the masterstroke is “Aroma-Scope” which makes the 3D film “4D”.  We’ve already explained how “Aroma-Scope” works but seeing it in this trailer makes it look even dumber than previously imagined.  I wonder if you’ll use it when the kid’s bag of vomit hits a bad guy in the face.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Jessica Alba, Alex Vega, Daryl Sabara, and Joel McHale.  Spy Kids: All the Time in the World opens August 19th.

SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD To Be Released in 4D “Aromascope”

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When Spy Kids 3D: Game Over came out in 2003, series director Robert Rodriguez was on the leading edge of the current 3D movement. With this summer’s release of the fourth movie in the franchise, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World will add a fourth dimension of experience…smell. In what Dimension Films is calling “Aromascope,” moviegoers will be provided a card with 8 different scents that can be sniffed at corresponding times throughout the film. Rodriguez gives his full endorsement to the technology in the official press release, saying:

“Families are going to love the interactivity of this new addition to the movie going experience. And best of all, you won’t have to pay extra for 4D Aromascope, which will be provided to every theater whether it be 2D or 3D.”

Since the spy kids from the first three movies (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara) are all grown up now, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World will introduce two newcomers, Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook as Rebecca and Cecil Wilson. Spy Kids also stars Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Jeremy Piven and Ricky Gervais as the voice of Argonaut, a robotic dog. For more on the pic and another example of filmic “smell tactics,” hit the jump. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World hits theaters on August 19th.

New Posters for DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD

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New posters have been released for the horror flick Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Robert Rodriguez’ Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.  The Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark poster is a tad generic and I preferred the early teaser poster, but I understand why studios don’t go with illustrated posters for live-action movies.  There could be confusion from the audience that the film is animated.  Best to go with floating heads.

Speaking of floating heads, the Spy Kids poster is terrifying.  Yes, it uses the same style as the previous Sky Kids posters, but for God’s sake: there’s a dog’s head popping off its body and you can see its (admittedly mechanical) spine!  Jeremy Piven’s face dominates a quarter of the poster space!  Hit the jump to be cool to a poster for a horror film and horrified by a poster for a family film.  Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark opens August 26th.  Spy Kids: All the time in the World opens in 3D on August 19th.

International Trailer for SPY KIDS 4: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD

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The trailer for Robert Rodriguez’ Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World has gone online.  The film stars Jessica Alba as Marissa Cortez Wilson, a retired spy who returns to the espionage alongside her two step children Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), the new “Spy Kids”, to defeat the evil Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven).  Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, and Daryl Sabara are all set to return and they’ll be joined by series newcomer Joel McHale.  Even though I enjoyed the first two Spy Kids films, this one looks like a challenge.   Bad guys getting hits with bags of vomit doesn’t exactly have the same charm as a Spy Kid having a watch that does everything but tell time.  I know these are movies for kids, but they used to be movies their parents could also enjoy and I’m not really seeing that in this international trailer.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World opens in 3D (I’m not sure why the trailer says “4D” unless all theaters magically got glasses-free 3D screens) on August 19th.

First Look at Jeremy Piven in SPY KIDS 4: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD

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Dimension Films has released the first image of Jeremy Piven as the villainous Timekeeper in Robert Rodriguez’ Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.  Apparently, when the Timekeeper isn’t busy trying to rule the world, he working at his local theater company’s production of Guys and Dolls.

Hit the jump to check out the image along with the film’s synopsis.  The film also stars Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook, Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, and Danny Trejo.  Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World opens in 3D on August 19th.

First Image from SPY KIDS 4: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD

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The first official image from Robert Rodriguez’ Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World has gone online.  The sequel/reboot stars Jessica Alba as former spy Marissa Cortez Wilson.  Marissa is called back into action when the villainous Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet.  The eponymous espionage children are Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook) who get into the spy game as they accompany their step-mom on the adventure.  I’m slightly surprised that the new film also features a spy toddler, but I guess if you want to reboot a franchise, you have to get new cast members as young as possible.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, and Danny Trejo. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World opens in 3D on August 19, 2011.

Images of Jessica Alba on the Set of SPY KIDS 4: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD

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Jessica Alba is channeling superhero chic on the set of Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World in Austin. Despite the Texan heat, she looks pretty cool in her badass black pantsuit, a likely crossover from the closets of Catwoman and the Black Widow.

Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara, stars of the Spy Kids trilogy, can also be seen with Alba and are clearly no longer kids. In this fourth installment, their characters Carmen and Juni Cortez will instead be arming the new Spy Kids with some incredible gadgets worthy of James Bond’s M.

Jessica Alba is playing Marissa Cortez Wilson, a retired spy who returns to service alongside her two step children, the new Spy Kids, to defeat the evil Timekeeper, played by Jeremy Piven. Community’s Joel McHale also stars as Marissa’s spy hunting reporter husband. Hit the jump to see the photos and read the full synopsis.

Jeremy Piven Joins SPY KIDS 4: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD; Banderas, Trejo, Vega, and Sabara to Return; Synopsis Revealed

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The Weinstein Company has just sent out a press release informing us that Jeremy Piven has joined the cast of Robert Rodriguez’ Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.  Piven is set to play the villainous “Timekeeper” who threatens to take over the world.  In addition, Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, and Daryl Sabara are all set to reprise their roles from the previous films.  They’ll join the previously-announced Jessica Alba and Joel McHale.

The Weinstein Company has also revealed the film’s official plot synopsis, which you can check out after the jump.  Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World is due out in 3D on August 19, 2011.

Joel McHale Joins Robert Rodriguez’ SPY KIDS 4

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Joel McHale (Community) is in final negotiations to star alongside Jessica Alba in Robert Rodriguez’ Spy Kids 4Variety reports that McHale will play “a spy-hunting reporter married to Alba’s character, the stepmother to his kids.”  As we previously reported, Alba’s character is a former spy and two of her three kids are the titular espionage children.  McHale’s character was previously described as “nerdy”.  Filming on the 3D sequel/reboot is set to begin next month in Austin and the movie is due out on August 19, 2011.

McHale wrapped filming on two films this summer: What’s Your Number? with Anna Faris and The Big Year with Steve Martin.  The second season of Community premieres on September 23rd at 8/7c on NBC.

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