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By now many of you are well aware, filmmaker Jon Schnepp is currently working on his Kickstarter-funded documentary, "The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?", which focuses on Tim Burton's Superman movie that was close to being made in the '90s that would've starred Nicolas Cage ("Left Behind"). When the project first began, even before Tim Burton ("Big Eyes") was involved, Kevin Smith ("Clerks") wrote the first draft, but when Burton signed on he ditched it. During the long process of making Superman Lives Burton brought in screenwriter Wesley Strick to write his vision and then later on Warner Bros. hired screenwriter Dan Gilroy to rework the script so that the budget could be more manageable. Movies.com recently chatted with Gilroy about that film. Movies.com: Is there a favorite script of yours that never came to be? Gilroy: I had some pretty high-profile ones. You know, »
My first journey to Austin, TX and the geek holy land of Fantastic Fest was a whirlwind. Book ended with exhausting, 14 hour drives, the trip as a whole was just mind blowing, inspiring, and so much fun. Bonding with new and old friends, finding some of your personal heroes in the crowd to say hello and snap a picture with, and being able to brag about seeing things before anyone in the rest of the world is but a fraction of the magic. There’s also the Alamo Drafthouse itself which was the newly renovated flagship South Lamar location. This place was like a dream come true for me! The sound system and picture quality in every theater was among the best I’ve seen outside of an IMAX, and every movie was extremely loud like they should always be. There was an amazing swarm of a wait staff to »
- Mike Hassler
Dave Davies previews the new point and click adventure Randal’s Monday…
Randal’s Monday should be a Kevin Smith fan’s dream, a nerdy, geek-fest of a point and click adventure (arguably the nerdiest of genres), the perfect way to celebrate 20 years since the release of Clerks. However, the preview of Nexus Games Studios’ latest adventure sadly appears to over geek the pudding.
Playing as the titular hero, voiced by everyone’s favourite Video Store slacker himself Jeff Anderson, the game plunges you into a Groundhog Day-esque storyline revolving around your kleptomania, your best friend’s suicide and a golden ring which holds power over those who possess it.
It’s clear from the outset that Mr Smith’s involvement has been little more than providing the original character (a different Randal to the Randal here) and allowing a “cameo” from himself and Jason Mewes. The dialogue, although »
- Gary Collinson
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Kevin Smith's indie indie, Clerks, the writer and director posted a little journal entry on Twitter. This is from a pre-production journal for the film that was dated 3/4/93, which was less than 2 weeks before he started shooting the movie that would become a cult classic. Here's what he wrote:
"We start shooting the end of this month, Almost all of the details are in place, and I'm about ready to put this thing to bed. The principals are good, the bit parts are funny, and I've demoted myself from second lead Randal to non-speaking Silent Bob. Yes, I am humble in spite of myself."
The 1990s brought us a surge of incredibly talented filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, and Smith. Clerks was made on a $27,000 budget, it premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 1994, and people loved it. The movie »
- Joey Paur
Today sees the release of Zombeavers, in which a group of spring breakers are terrorized by a horde of killer beavers. It’s sounds ridiculous (because it is, of course) but these bloodthirsty little buggers continue a long tradition of awesome animals on the big screen. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a countdown of some of cinema’s greatest ever beasts.
10. Flying Monkeys – The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
What’s more terrifying than an evil pointy-nosed witch? Try an evil pointy-nosed witch with an army of flying monkeys! In the original Oz books, the winged simians were mischievous but intelligent creatures, but by the time they received their big screen debut they’d mutated into the stuff of nightmares.
As Dorothy and her gang find themselves in a darkened forest, the Wicked Witch of the West sends her sinister army to monkey-nap them, and they are returned to the Witch’s castle pronto. »
- David Agnew
As part of the indie wave in the early '90s that brought us filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and more, Kevin Smith will long have his own little corner in cinematic history - and it's all because of Clerks. The black-and-white dark comedy about two men in a convenience store earned critical acclaim festival back in 1994, and to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary, it's director has posted a little note about its origins on Twitter: From my Clerks pre-pro journal, an entry dated 3/4/93 - less than 2 weeks before we started shooting at Quick Stop. pic.twitter.com/2761hKu9tK. KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 19, 2014 Smith's handwriting is a bit rough, so if you can't make out what this diary entry says, you can read it in clear text below: "We start shooting the end of this month, Almost all of the details are in place, and I'm about ready to »
Set visits provide a good source for rumors, but don't necessarily amount to much in the endgame. For example, Kevin Smith was fortunate enough to drop by the set of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, but I somehow doubt we're going to see that image of a portly Stormtrooper running after the good guys. However, an older rumor has resurfaced about Batman V Superman that actually carries with it some logic. Furthermore, there is news about an integral scene »
- Sean Wist
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd Megazine #353…
Welcome to you squaxx dek thargo to the review for Megazine issue #353 in which we have a new starter with Judge Dredd: Dead Zone – Invisible, an ending from with the Man from the Ministry and our tales in Lawless and Uprising are continuing on. So let’s not hang around here whilst there’s scrotnig things to read!
Judge Dredd: Dead Zone – Invisible
With Invisible we’re following the hapless couple (Yodie and Belle) that stumbled into the grave-robbing/murder excellent story of the last few issues; it was in the final couple of chapters that Yodie discovered a possible piece of alien technology. The alien tech is built in the form of a bracelet, which Yodie now wears and Dredd and Co. are desperate to get hold of in what appears too be for the couple’s safety. Yodie in fear has »
Fantastic Fest at the Alamo Drafthouse is the most wonderful time of the year as a genre cinema fan, and The Golden Briefcase hosts Tim and Jeremy look forward to it as much as Christmas. Both returned to Austin back in September for the fest this year and present one epic recap episode. This year's schedule was chock-full of delicious samplings such as Kevin Smith's Tusk, Drafthouse Films' ABCs of Death 2, Miike's Over Your Dead Body, Sono's Tokyo Tribe and tons more (see all of our Fantastic Fest reviews here). This massive episode includes all of the live discussions from Fantastic Fest and interviews with filmmakers including Nicolas Winding Refn, Liv Corfixen and Alex Aja, director of Horns. Don't miss it, listen in now! All in all this year's line-up (including The Babadook, Goodnight Mommy, It Follows, Nightcrawler) was one of the best we’ve seen yet »
- Tim Buel
A longtime employee of L.A.’s New Beverly Cinema says Quentin Tarantino’s new management has forced her out and is ruining the beloved repertory theater. Julia Marchese, one of a few staffers who stayed on through Tarantino’s takeover last month, was told she would be co-manager of the New Beverly when it re-opened this month after renovations. She says this week she was demoted and unceremoniously forced to quit by Tarantino’s longtime personal assistant Julie McLean, who is now acting as General Manager.
“I went through the last six weeks really thinking Quentin was going to make it better,” Marchese told me today. “The thing that’s most shocking to me is that he’s allowing it and I can’t even talk to him about it. To not even be allowed to state my case is unfair.” She says through the Tarantino-led renovations and October 1 re-opening, »
- Jen Yamato
Every year, one event rocks New York to its very core in a way that is so profound and so special that it grows in audience attendance every fall when it rolls along. That event, of course, is the hugely popular New York Comic Con and thousands of faithful pop culture fans and cosplayers flock to the Big Apple to partake in the annual celebration. It is an event that draws in crowds from all over the world and features many individuals and companies showing off their latest products in the hopes that those who come to the convention will purchase whatever they’re selling. But Nycc isn’t just about pushing merchandise and entertainment, it is about togetherness and every October, geeks come to New York and they conquer.
If you are unfamiliar with Nycc, then it’s pretty simple. It is a comic book, movie, TV, video game »
- Randall Unger
This story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Cable TV's subscripted landscape is getting a little less crowded. As more networks re-evaluate aggressive expansion plans and refocus efforts on where they found initial success, AMC has pretty much shuttered its reality operations — sparing only its companion talk show to The Walking Dead and Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men. The rest of its current, upcoming and potential unscripted series, including an already-ordered sophomore season of arm-wrestling competition Game of Arms and two projects Smith was developing, were wiped from the slate in early
- Michael O'Connell
After donning tusks for Kevin Smith, Justin Long is back in the saddle – but this time he won’t be morphing into anyone or anything else. For Robert Gray’s indie thriller The Lookalike, that responsibility lands firmly on Gillian Jacobs’ shoulders.
In what sounds like a brilliant matrix of character, plot and nuttiness, the story follows a couple of gangsters (Jerry O’Connell and John Corbett) who are keen for a deal to go through with crime boss, William Spinks. When the object of his desire, Sadie, is killed, his goons enlist an aspiring actress (Jacobs) via an addict (Long) to fool Spinks and ensure the masterplan goes off without a hitch. Also along for the ride are Scottie Thompson, Gina Gershon, Luiz Guzman and Steven Bauer.
Judging by that synopsis alone, the flick has all the makings of a cult classic right off the bat. As is often »
- Gem Seddon
More than 100,000 comic book fans, pros and exhibitors flooded the streets of the Big Apple last weekend for New York Comic-Con, and if you thought DC All Access was going to miss out on that action, think again! In this week's all-new episode, Blair and Tiffany hit the show floor not in search of exclusives or panel wristbands, but the latest and greatest from the world of DC Entertainment. First, we show you the Justice League: Throne of Atlantis clip that debuted at Nycc, giving us our first extended look at Aquaman in the film. After that, look at some of the new DC and Vertigo titles announced at the con, and hear from some of the creators behind them. Finally, we discuss the unbelievable Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham panel, which revealed new gameplay, new playable characters and new Dlc, with the one and only Kevin Smith! »
At this year's New York Comic Con, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed that Conan O'Brien, Stephen Amell and Kevin Smith joined the incredible cast of Lego® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham. Now you can see all three stars in a brand new trailer that takes you behind the scenes of this year's ultimate superhero adventure for the entire family.
They've also released screenshots for newly announced DC Comics characters including Arrow, Conan, Condiment King, Deathstroke, Music Meister, Polka Dot Man, Green Loontern, Man Bat, Deadshot, and many more, including world-renowned comic book artist and Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee. These are just a few of the characters revealed, so be sure to check out the new images yourself to see if your favorite character is included.
While not necessarily the biggest name of the three, the news of Stephen Amell coming to the game is sure to please fans of DC Comics. Currently starring as Oliver Queen on The CW’s Arrow, Amell will be reprising his role here.
Conan O’Brien and Kevin Smith, meanwhile, will be portraying themselves in the intergalactic adventure. O’Brien will serve as a guide for new players to the series, despite the fact that he knows little about videogaming and describes himself as a “clueless gamer.” Smith, on the other hand, will also portray himself and will lend his assistance to putting an end to Brainiac’s scheme.
Other additional characters announced for Lego Batman 3 over the »
- Eric Hall
1999 will always be one of my favorite years for movies. This is partially because there were a lot of great movies released that year, but mainly because in 1999 I was in high school, and as we all know, the world was more important and less terrible when we were in high school. Last week, I took a look at which movies from 1999 had aged well, and asked which had aged poorly. The response was overwhelming, insofar as it's overwhelming that anyone likes American Beauty. However, one reader email in particular struck me as a launchpad for an important conversation. Here »
- Darren Franich
With the New York City Comic Con in full swing, Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham featuring the celebrities of Conan O’Brien, Kevin Smith and Stephen Amell (Green Arrow in TV’s Arrow). You can check out all three stars in this special trailer…
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available in the UK on 14th November, 2014 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Ps Vita, Wii U, 3Ds and PC and will be reviewed by Flickering Myth for release.
The post Celebrity characters revealed in new Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham trailer appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Andy Naylor
Conan O'Brien has it good these days. The same weekend he was formally announced as a playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham at New York Comic-Con, he got to appear as a guest on AMC's The Talking Dead following the Season 5 premiere episode of The Walking Dead. Not too shabby for a late night talk show host.
O'Brien isn't the only celebrity that gets bricked for the new Lego game. A new Lego Batman 3 trailer also introduces Stephen Amell as The Arrow from The CW television series, and Kevin Smith as himself, complete with Fat Man jersey. The trailer showcases each of these actors providing voice work for the game as well as a look at their Lego characters in action in the game.
In the Us the $50 million movie from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, written and directed by (David Dobkin (The Change-Up, Wedding Crashers), took an estimated $US13.2 million, less than half Gone Girl.s second weekend.
Downey plays a glib, smart-ass lawyer who returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
The end of school vacation resulted in »
- Don Groves
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