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“The Maze Runner” is hurtling towards theaters this weekend, with the sleek look of a young adult franchise in the making.
The adaptation of James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic bestseller mixes a dash of “Lord of the Flies” and a dollop of “The Hunger Games” in its story of a group of teenagers who must outrace some nasty creatures and a dangerous, perpetually shifting labyrinth as they struggle to survive.
Audiences seem to be responding to futuristic saga and the film is on track to debut to north of $30 million across 3,500 locations, 350 of which will be Imax theaters and the same number of premium large format screens.
“That young adult audience is fickle, but if they’re properly marketed to then suddenly you’ve got a big hit on your hands,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.
Fox, which is backing the $34 million production, is being more conservative and »
- Brent Lang
While the rest of the Fall fests busily unleash their big Oscar contenders, Fantastic Fest offers a rejuvenating week of counter-programming, turning Austin, Texas into a breeding ground for independent genre film. Founded by Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League, Fantastic Fest celebrates its 15th birthday this year with 80 films in eight days, with a surfeit of world and North American premieres. The festival kicks off Thursday, September 18 with the Us premiere of Kevin Smith's turn to horror "Tusk," which met applause in Toronto earlier this month. And Fantastic Fest will close, red carpet and all, with Dan Gilroy's wildly acclaimed "Nightcrawler," starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a nocturnal La journo, another film out of Tiff. Comb the festival schedule and you'll find hidden gems that have been quietly making their way along the festival circuit, and films that will be seen for the first time. Writer/director Jennifer Kent's Sundance gothic creeper "The. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Youth will be served at the box office this weekend, when the sci-fi thriller “The Maze Runner” is expected to beat out two wide openers that target older moviegoers: Liam Neeson‘s “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and the comedy “This Is Where I Leave You.” Fox's young adult saga, adapted from James Dashner's bestselling book trilogy, could top $30 million in its debut say the analysts. “Tombstones” is looking at the mid to high-teen millions for Universal Pictures, they say, while Warner Bros. is targeting a $15 million debut for its R-rated “This Is Where I Leave You.” Kevin Smith's horror. »
- Todd Cunningham
Exclusive: Xyz Films and General Film Corporation has sold North American rights of the Toronto Film Festival film The Dead Lands to Magnet Releasing. The New Zealand-set action-thriller was directed by Toa Fraser, scripted by Glenn Standring and produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Standring. James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare and Rena Owen star. Magnolia’s Magnet will release in theaters next year and the deal was brokered by Magnet’s Peter Van Steemburg and Xyz’s Nate Bolotin.
Pic was shot in Auckland and the central North Island of New Zealand. Rolleston stars as a Maori chieftain’s teenage son who must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by the band of villains, Hongi’s only hope is to »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Justin Long may play a man who gets transformed into a human walrus by a deranged former sailor in Kevin Smith's "Tusk" - but as the actor himself tells it, the upcoming horror-comedy actually wasn't his most difficult movie to shoot. So what was? "'Herbie: Fully Loaded'," said Long during "Tusk's" recent press junket. "For reasons that have nothing to do with prosthetics." Okay, so he was kind of joking (ahem). Needless to say, "Tusk" was pretty difficult in its own right. "To try to do a convincing horror movie performance is so exhausting," Long continued. "It's just physically and emotionally draining. So I would say it was that, it was very tiring. And going to these [dark] places...to sit in that for several days at a time, is like, it's not fun. And had it not been for Kevin and the tone that he creates on set, »
- Chris Eggertsen
“Oh my Lord, this is gonna be so fun for me because I am so baked!”
That was how filmmaker Kevin Smith introduced his latest movie, “Tusk,” to a packed house at the Vista Theatre in Hollywood at a special screening Tuesday night. Fresh off its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, where critics and audiences hailed the quirky flick as a return to form for Smith, A24 opens the film in theaters nationwide this Friday.
The horror-comedy tells the story of a podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long) who travels to Canada in search of an interview and is instead held captive by a madman (Michael Parks) who aims to surgically transform him into a walrus.The idea actually came about after a man in Brighton, England, put out an ad offering free rent to anyone willing to dress in a walrus suit and pretend to be said animal for two hours a day. »
- Jenelle Riley
From the singular mind of writer/director and podcaster Kevin Smith, and conceived from one of Smith’s own Smodcast’s, Tusk is a story unlike anything that has ever been committed to screen before. A tale that is equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Tusk will stay with you long after the credits roll.
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- Movie Geeks
Since no one gets to dislike anything in a public venue without drawing accusations of being a “hater,” I feel compelled to unpack my Kevin Smith bona fides: I included “Chasing Amy” in my book “101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men” despite the divisive opinions that comedy sparked in the Lgbt community. I defended “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” as a step forward for queer humor when the film was being pilloried by GLAAD. I've insisted for years that Smith's as-yet-unreleased cut of “Jersey Girl” is both moving and hilarious, featuring a stellar Jennifer Lopez performance that stands alongside »
- Alonso Duralde
Tusk is a bit of a mess. But this is what you get from an idea born on writer-director (podcaster) Kevin Smith's SModcast and molded from both conversations had there and by fan input. It's an uneven horror-comedy that could have easily worked had it not been for the strained humor that takes control of the narrative halfway through. Balancing horror and comedy is hard, as history has proven, but Smith has an especially difficult time here. Tusk works best when it's embracing its outlandish nature and the uneasy laughs that derive from the terrifying notion of a man being transformed into a walrus. On that alone, Smith sails uncharted, exciting waters career-wise. However, he steers the film back around into more familiar territory that will no doubt please fans of his podcast and his earlier films but will disappoint those looking for him deliver a tonally consistent horror film. »
- Ryan Turek
Fantastic Fest kicks off in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 18, and boasts an impressive lineup of films, including the Keanu Reeves-starring hitman thriller John Wick, Kevin Smith’s man-walrus horror fable Tusk, and the world premiere of Joe Lynch’s action extravaganza Everly (of which, much more later in the week).
But the movie screenings at this much-beloved sci-fi, fantasy, and horror event are just the tip of the iceberg—the tusks on the walrus suit, if you will—of the activities which attendees can enjoy. Below, Fantastic Fest cofounder and Alamo Drafthouse head honcho Tim League talks about the treats in store, »
- Clark Collis
Given the amount of secrecy J.J. Abrams prefers to have on and around his movie sets, Star Wars: Episode VII has been an open book. Ok, that.s a slight exaggeration. But between director videos filmed on location, Bad Robot tweets with hidden messages, Kevin Smith.s blubbery set visit and the steady stream of leaked set photos, we know a lot more about Star Wars: Episode VII than anticipated. Still, how much of it is true? Consider this photo (via Badass Digest) of what appears to be Star Wars: Episode VII actor Adam Driver walking on set wearing the trademark suit of an X-Wing pilot. We knew that X-Wing ships would be involved in Episode VII. But the fact that Driver is appearing as a character who would be flying one changes Everything that we thought we knew about J.J. Abrams. planned sequel. What do we believe »
We’ve had a couple of posters for Kevin Smith’s upcoming horror flick Tusk this week [see here and here] along with a ‘From Pod to Screen’ featurette [see here], and now we have a pair of clips from the film, which hits theaters in the States this Friday. Check them out below…
From the singular mind of writer/director and podcaster Kevin Smith, and conceived from one of Smith’s own Smodcasts, Tusk is a story unlike anything that has ever been committed to screen before. A tale that is equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Tusk will stay with you long after the credits roll.
Featuring in the cast of Tusk are Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers), Michael Parks (Red State), Genesis Rodriquez (The Last Stand), Haley Joel Osmont (The Sixth Sense), Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time), Ralph Garman (Family Guy) and Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger). Watch the trailer here.
Tusk opens in the States on September 19th. »
- Gary Collinson
Forget seeing dead people. Haley Joel Osment—dressed as a Nazi—was quite a jarring sight to behold! Fortunately, the former child star, now 26, was in character for his role in Kevin Smith's movie Yoga Hosers. Still, though, as he explained on Access Hollywood, his on-set ensemble was "not a popular look, the armband and everything, but there was a reason for wearing it." "That's why my voice is kind of messed up, because all last week I was in downtown Los Angeles screaming Nazi things, which oddly the internet took notice of," said the Sixth Sense star. "It is kind of funny as back in the day if someone took a picture of you walking around dressed as a Nazi the »
The film stars Long as a radio presenter with a love of interviewing strange and interesting people.
He is lured to Canada to meet the reclusive adventurer Howard Howe (Michael Parks), only to find himself the victim of the walrus-obsessed man's crazed experiments.
The idea behind the film came from a joke on Smith's own podcast. He subsequently asked Twitter followers to vote on whether or not the film should be made.
Read our Tusk review - "sheer madness and enthusiasm"
Tusk will be released September 19 in the Us. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »
It’s the film born out of a podcast.
Kevin Smith got the idea for his latest project, Tusk, from an ad on the UK classified site Gumtree. When he read the posting on his SModcast podcast, Smith thought it would be a great idea for a movie like no other and asked his listeners to take to Twitter to voice their opinions on the film using #WalrusYes or #WalrusNo.
Smith has said the resounding support (with only one alleged #WalrusNo vote) pushed him to take his man-becomes-walrus movie into production. The film stars Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment as a pair of podcasters who explore the wacky and weird. When Long’s character Wallace treks across the border to the great White North, he stumbles upon a classified ad by the Most Interesting Man in the World, a traveler with tales to tell (played by character actor Michael Parks »
- Rachel West
I'll be interested to see what audiences think of Kevin Smith's Tusk once it hits theaters this weekend, September 19. As I wrote in my review, I respect the film and the fact Smith is making the movies he wants to make rather than studio garbage, but I wasn't a very big fan of the film overall, finding it rather dumb whereas it could have been a legitimately unsettling horror. Today A24 has released a new clip from the movie, featuring one scene in which Wallace (Justin Long) has a run-in with an odd immigration official on his way up north to Canada where he eventually finds himself held captive by a crazy man in the woods with strange intentions. You can read my review of the film right here and check out the clip below. Let me know if you find this particularly funny, because this was just one »
- Brad Brevet
"Sixth Sense" star Haley Joel Osment started trending last week when he popped up on the streets of Los Angeles looking totally unrecognizable -- and now he's speaking out about his shocking appearance.Sporting a Hitler mustache and speaking in front of Nazi propaganda, the 26-year-old was a far cry from the adorable little moppet who used to see dead people.While it quickly became clear he was in costume for a new Kevin Smith movie, the actor still addressed his look in a new interview with "Access Hollywood Live.""It is kind of funny," he says. "Back in the day if someone took a picture of you walking around dressed as a Nazi the context wouldn't be clear, but luckily on Twitter everyone was like ''Oh, ok it's a Kevin Smith movie.'""It is not a popular look, the armband and everything but yeah there was a reason for wearing it, »
- tooFab Staff
It’s been over three years since Kevin Smith’s last film, “Red State,” hit theaters. A drastic detour from the “Jay and Silent Bob” universe, “Red State” was a darkly comedic horror film that took on militant fundamentalist cults. It might not have been a hit, but it restoked Smith's creative fires, and the director has now returned with this newest feature, “Tusk.” Smith revisits the horror genre, and the setup is — well, it’s different. And, some would argue, very Kevin Smith. In the film, Wallace Bryton (the forever and endearingly goofy Justin Long) meets a recluse who wants to turn him into a walrus. Yep. A walrus. Smith actually got the idea for the script from an ad he read on Gumtree (a classifieds site), which he and co-producer Scott Mosier featured in episode 259, “The Walrus and The Carpenter,” of their SModcast podcast. Smith asked listeners to »
- Zach Hollwedel
In the twenty years since his influential debut feature, Clerks, Kevin Smith has established himself as a singular voice in the American indie landscape with his wry observations of disaffected youth culture. With his 2011 horror film, Red State, and his new film, Tusk, Smith reinvents himself by bringing his comedic chops to a new, disturbing milieu. Wallace (Justin Long) co-hosts a popular podcast with his pal Teddy (Haley Joel Osment), focusing on cruel, mocking cringe humour as part of their mission to keep it “real and raunchy.” After his trip to Winnipeg to interview the “Kill Bill Kid” — a teen whose unfortunate samurai-sword video has gone viral — comes up empty, Wallace decides to make the trip worth his while and find a good story north of the forty-ninth parallel. A handwritten flyer he finds in a bar bathroom leads him to a grizzled old swab (Michael Parks) full »
Title: Tusk Director: Kevin Smith Starring: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Johnny Depp Truly understanding other people’s pain and inability to cope with the agonizing experiences they’ve faced throughout their lives is a challenge many people are unable to understand, until they’ve witnessed their agony first-hand. The new horror film ‘Tusk,’ which was written and directed by Kevin Smith, is a prime and exhilarating example of how people, even as they mature and grow older, can joke, and even take pleasure in, other people’s misfortune. The movie smartly emphasizes that until a person is intimately shown the distressing past of even one other person, and [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
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