August 1, 2013 12:54 PM
As if Robert De Niro returning to the Mob weren't intimidating enough, he now has canine help. Meet Malavita, De Niro's Mob dog sidekick in upcoming flick, 'The Family'. The German shepherd is very much part of the former Mob family in the dark comedy starring De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. Sony's The Smurfs 2 topped the domestic box office with a $5.2 million opening, slightly behind Turbo and reflecting a glut of family product in the marketplace. At the same time, the CGI/live-action hybrid is off to strong start internationally. Maritime piracy drama "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks, is set to open the London Film Festival, as well as cinema fests in New York and Tokyo. "Captain Phillips" is based on the true story of Richard Phillips, commanding officer of the Maersk Alabama, a container ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.