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I missed last week’s column, as you no doubt guessed. I’m proud to say that I have the most brutal of excuses; I had my teeth pulled. Two back molars, to be precise. I contend that there are few things as metal as a dental extraction. Unless you’re a big baby and you opt to get put under (more on that later), you’re totally aware for the whole thing. Needles jabbed into your gums? Check. Bone-deep hammer-blows ringing straight through your jaw and into your skull? Check? Uncontrolled loss of blood of the hot and fresh variety? Check. And the most unrelentingly intense part? Watching as they sew shut the gaping wound in your mouth. Nothing quite as surreal as watching that needle and thread go in your mouth, then out through your raw flesh, then in again a few more times. It’s like ‘Enter The Void »
- Chris Melkus
This upcoming month, there are two interesting genre titles playing on Fearnet that you should take note of; 'Eden Lake' and 'Dahmer.' Why? Because they both represent early movies for actors that have proved to be outstanding performers in the arts long before they honed their craft. In the case of 'Eden Lake,' the film is fronted by Michael Fassbender, long before he played Magneto in the 'X-Men' films, stole the show in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' & played the android David from 'Prometheus' with such cold, calculated perfection. Also, you can catch 'Dahmer,' the bio pic from director David Jacobson, which stars Jeremy Renner in one of his first cinematic lead roles. Now he's an Avenger in the Marvel Universe! So it got me thinking about other examples of successful stars you may have totally forgotten were in genre films. »
- Rob Galluzzo
Produced by Jason Mewes, written by Kevin Smith and directed by first time filmmaker Steve Stark, Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie follows the convenience store stoners from Clerks as they win the lottery and transform themselves into costumed avengers.
“Most comic book movies have a budget of $100m or more,” said Smith. “This is what a comic book movie looks like at $69,000. Yes, the budget was only $69,000, and yes, that naughty number was insisted upon by our producer, Jason Mewes.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Golf: Wgc-Cadillac Championship
6pm, Sky Sports 4
Opening day's coverage from Doral, Florida of the elite event featuring top ranking players from the Official World Golf Ranking, PGA and European tours. PGA world number one Tiger Woods was victorious here last year, and will be looking to continue an impressive run of form on this course – the 2013 championship was his seventh overall. Stiff competition should be provided by Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, who won the tournament in 2013. Gwilym Mumford
Angela Rippon, Helen Skelton and Joe Crowley return, donning their factor 40 and heading off in search of pressing consumer issues for holidaymakers. The perils of hotel balconies are given startling illustration from Lee Charie, who survived a fall in Thailand, »
- Gwilym Mumford, Ben Arnold, Bim Adewunmi, Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, Rachel Aroesti, Hannah J Davies, David Stubbs
The third annual Sun Valley Film Festival (Svff) in Idaho begins next week starting off with a screening of the Ed Harris and Annette Bening drama "The Face of Love." In addition to the narratives, documentaries and shorts that will be premiering, Svff will also hold a special screening of Kevin Smith's "Clerks" in honor of its 20th anniversary. The festival runs March 13-16. Check out the full lineup of films below (descriptions courtesy of Svff): Opening Night "The Face of Love" Directed by Arie Posin and written by Posin and Matthew McDuffie Cast: Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams, Amy Brennerman, Jess Weixler Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Harris), Nikki (Bening) meets a man who seems his exact duplicate and yet he is a stranger. Romance blossoms between Nikki and this alluring doppelgänger, but she can't bring herself to tell him the »
- Eric Eidelstein
First Marijuana Commercial to Air on American TV Watch the ad here before it broadcasts later this month. By. Leigh Lumford When Jay (and Silent Bob) rapped about smoking weed while loitering outside of a convenient store, it epitomized the drug dealer stereotype. It seems like Marijuana Doctors took inspiration from Kevin Smith for the first ever marijuana commercial to air on American TV. The groundbreaking, yet corny, ad is set to air on major networks in select states, but luckily we all have a sneak peak now. Broadcast through Comcast, the country's largest cable provider, Marijuana Doctors are working on bettering the image of everyone's favorite "gateway" drug. The ad features a wife-beater clad dealer pushing sushi in an alley fully equipped with sashimi lining his coat. As the classic stereotype plays out, the voiceover chimes in, "You wouldn't buy your sushi [...] »
- Leigh Lumford
Back when I was a humongous fan of Archie comics, there was an attempt to make the brand more hip, maybe even attract more male readers (I’m sure I was a real rarity in being a boy who preferred Riverdale to Gotham City). The publisher introduced a bunch of sci-fi-themed series like Jughead’s Time Police, Dilton’s Strange Science, Explorers of the Unknown and the future-set Archie 3000. They were more cheesy than cool and didn’t last very long. More than 20 years later, Archie has abandoned the Comics Code Authority (they were the last holdout) and are even doing stuff aimed at more mature readers, such as the popular, audience-expanding zombie-based book Afterlife of Archie. Now the New York Times reports that the princess of hipness, Lena Dunham, will be writing a four-issue Archie miniseries to release in 2015. Dunham is the latest in a not-so-new trend of comic book publishers bringing on movie and TV »
- Christopher Campbell
Mark Kermode: eating people runs in the family in this laudable Us remake
Americanised remakes of "foreign language" horror movies (from The Vanishing to The Ring to Let Me In et al) have tended too often to gut the cultural meat of the originals, leaving nothing more than a saleably glossy reanimated husk. While this English-language "companion piece" to a modern Mexican classic may not rival the fetid air or alarming impact of its source, it makes a firm fist of respectfully reinventing the key themes of Jorge Michel Grau's ravenous gem. The result is an ambitious (if somewhat uneven) slice of downbeat American gothic which interweaves grim melancholia with pointed satire, doomy portent and moments of gnawing revulsion.
Relocating the grim action of 2010's Somos lo que hay from the teeming, hot suburbs of Mexico City to remote sodden backwoods of the Catskills, this third feature from »
- Mark Kermode
The Good Wife: More4, 9pm
The fifth season of the legal drama continues tonight - and it's all hit the fan! Tonight's episode will see Diane uncovering Alicia and Cary's plan to leave and start their own law firm, leading to Alicia being fired by Will. After hearing of his wife's firing Peter helps Alicia secure a client to make her new company look as appealing as possible. One to watch!
The Smoke: Sky1, 9pm
Kev and Mal witness a tragic incident on the Tube, but their differing reactions highlight Mal's failings as a friend. As well as his friendship with Mal, Kev's relationship with Trish is still on the rocks and he is sure that she is going to leave him. However, a call-out with rookie Dennis serves as a distraction when the two get separated from the rest of the team and have to improvise a dangerous rescue. »
From March 13 to 16, the Sun Valley Film Festival in Idaho will roll out the red carpet for filmmakers and movie lovers in Hollywood’s original ski Shangri-La. This third edition of the festival will serve up a film slate of over 50 features and shorts, along with new programs, galas, concerts and more. On Thursday, March 13, Idaho Governor Cl "Butch" Otter and First Lady Lori Otter will open the fest and introduce the opening night film, "The Face of Love," starring Ed Harris, Annette Bening, Amy Brenneman, Robin Williams and Jess Weixler. The fest's curated slate includes 11 narratives and 15 documentary features from 11 countries. There will also be a special 20th anniversary screening of Kevin Smith's breakout 1994 indie "Clerks," with cast and crew in attendance. Other new films in the lineup including Cannes hit "Blue Ruin," "War Story" starring Catherine Keener and "Words and Pictures" starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Justin Long has been tapped to star in Fox’s comedy pilot “Sober Companion.” The “He’s Just Not That Into You” actor will play Jeremy, an upbeat, eccentric sober companion who uses unconventional methods to keep clients clean. David S. Rosenthal and Jennie Snyder Urman will executive produce and write the CBS Television Studios pilot, which started as a multi-cam sitcom and is now a single-camera show. Also read: Pilot Season 2014: TheWrap’s Complete Network Guide Long, who was recently on Fox’s “New Girl,” just completed filming two feature films: “Tusk,” for director Kevin Smith, and “Comet, »
- Tony Maglio
He’ll star as Jeremy, a perennially upbeat, maddeningly eccentric sober companion who uses unconventional methods to keep clients clean.
Long recently clocked some time with Fox viewers as “Paul” on New Girl, and recently completed shooting the feature film Tusk for director Kevin Smith. Long also had an arc on CBS’ Mom last year and was on FX’s 2012 series Unsupervised. »
- James Hibberd
You only have to listen to the Tinsel Town Stiffs section of Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman's Hollywood Babble On to know that not a week goes by where the entertainment industry doesn't lose one of its stars. This year alone we have seen tragic loses in James Avery and Philip Seymour Hoffman and yesterday we lost one of the true greats in comedy of the last few decades. On February 24th 2014, Harold Ramis passed away at the age of 69. We lost one entertainment's brightest stars.
When you look back at the great comedies of the 1980s, Ramis' name crops up again and again. Caddyshack. Groundhog Day. National Lampoon's Vacation. Stripes. The list goes on. Whether he worked on the project as a writer, actor or director, his legacy of work is hard to deny as anything other than stellar. You never really appreciate »
- Luke Owen
The network used the Olympics as a platform to air a teaser promo for the upcoming series over the weekend, going on to announce that the series will be thirteen episodes in length, with original creator Tim Kring back on board to executive produce the project.
Specifics on characters and storylines are of course being kept under wraps for now, but NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke revealed that they haven’t ruled out the possibility of original cast members reprising their roles. However, her choice of phrasing, “popping back in,” suggests that they will be limited to minor appearances.
The thirteen-episode miniseries will be a new stand-alone arc, and could well prove the perfect format to bring the original concept back to life. »
- Kenji Lloyd
A few weeks back you may have read me talking about the entertainment package that Now TV were now offering alongside movies and sport accessible through their box or online that was £4.99 a month and gave you access to shows from HBO showing in the UK through Sky Atlantic. Unless you have been in outer space for the last month, you may have also heard a little buzz about some small show from HBO called True Detective. Well good news if you heeded my recommendations and invested in a subscription because the first episode of True Detective is now available on Now TV.
I don’t normally review single episodes of anything but I have watched the first episode of True Detective and feel like it should be mentioned, it could well be the best thing to come from television since Game of Thrones. True Detective is an eight part »
- Chris Holt
The sexy Genesis Rodriguez -below ('Man on a Ledge') has signed on for Blumhouse's latest haunted house thriller 'Home'. '+1' helmer Dennis Iliadis will direct the project which saw 'That 70's Show' star Topher Grace pick up the lead role last month. 'Shutter Island' star Patricia Clarkson was previously reported to be in negotiations for a role which still appears to be the case at the moment. No word just yet on the details of Rodriguez's character but for those who can't wait to catch another big screen outing for the beauty will find solace in the fact that the 26 year old will be appearing in Kevin Smith's upcoming hybrid horror 'Tusk'. Blumhouse's Jason Blum and Leonardo DiCaprio and Appian Way partner Jennifer Killoran will co-produce 'Home', whilst Iliadis will helm from a script penned by Adam Alleca. »
It has been ten years since EuroTrip, riding the raunchy teen comedy revival of the late ’90s and early naughts, burst into theaters and exposed an entire generation of teens to a beach full of dangling male genitalia. And even a decade later, those involved with the cult classic are still proud of it — every sex organ included.
At least, that was the vibe taken away from the audience Wednesday night in Hollywood, where cast members Scott Mechlowicz (“Scotty”), Jacob Pitts (“Cooper”), Michelle Trachtenberg (“Jenny”), Travis Wester (“Jamie”) joined producers Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg, and David Mandel and several others for a Q&A session. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Kevin Smith-endorsed comedy marks first acquisition for the UK’s Pulse.
The dark comedy, written and directed by young filmmaker Matthew Johnson and endorsed by cult director Kevin Smith, will be released through Pulse’s own distribution arm in the UK and Ireland this June.
The film centres on movie-obsessed best friends Matt and Owen, who are the key targets for a group of high school bullies they call the Dirties. When the pair is assigned a class project, they set out to make their greatest film to date about their revenge.
Pulse launched its distribution arm in 2012 to handle the domestic distribution of its own film productions as well as other third party acquisitions and is headed by Anna Sissons.
Following on from their first release, Sundance title Shut Up And Play The Hits, Pulse is now »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
After deftly handling supporting roles in action fare like Man on a Ledge and The Last Stand, actress Genesis Rodriguez is set to make her mark as a scream queen in the upcoming Blumhouse thriller Home.
The actress will star alongside Topher Grace in the thriller, which centers on a man (Grace) who inherits a creepy old mansion from his parents and begins to believe that it is haunted. It’s not much of a spoiler to say that he’s right, and lots of horrifying supernatural events ensue. It has not been confirmed which character Rodriguez will be playing in Home, though I imagine that she’ll be taking on the role of the love interest of Grace’s protagonist.
- Isaac Feldberg
Two decades after Kevin Smith shook up the world of independent film with his scrappy first feature, “Clerks,” the New Jersey filmmaker will have his story told using the next wave of indie innovation. In 1995, Smith debuted “Clerks,” a black and white comedy that he made on credit cards and favors, at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie, which told the story of two bored Jersey cashiers, was an influential hit, introduced the world to Jay and Silent Bob, and kicked off a career that would produce many more films and inspire even more aspiring writers and directors. Also read:. »
- Jordan Zakarin
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