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IFC is selling "The Spoils of Babylon," its parody of 1970s-80s miniseries, as a lost artifact of that era of TV. So naturally, there's a fake behind-the-scenes documentary to go along with it.
See below for parts 1 and 2 of "To the Victor Go the Spoils," which purports to recount the insane, three-year process of filming the epic (and also not real) novel "The Spoils of Babylon" for television. The IFC show's stars, including Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins and Val Kilmer, all appear under the names of the "actors" making the miniseries from 1976-79. Not appearing: Will Ferrell (who also executive produces) as author Eric Jonrosh.
The highlight, though, is a bearded Haley Joel Osment (as "Marty Comanche") raving about how awesome the whole experience has been. You can watch the faking-of below; "The Spoils of Babylon" premieres Jan. 9 on IFC.
Kevin Smith’s upcoming odd-ball horror film Tusk is nearing completion. Unfortunately, not in time for the Sundance Film Festival 2014. Instead festival-goers will be treated to a midnight screening of the first trailer.
According to Smith’s blog, Tusk’s filming and editing is mainly wrapped up – apart from a few extra scenes featuring a mystery actor who isn’t available till December or January.
Tusk is based on an episode of SModcast, Smith and friend Scott Mosier’s podcast show. The story about a podcaster who disappears in the woods, is inspired by a Gumtree ad offering free rent to a tenant providing they constantly wear a homemade walrus costume (if that doesn’t sound like the beginning of a horror film I don’t know what does). It will star Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Justin Long and Michael Parks.
Smith has given us a sneak glimpse of »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Though Smith has been rushing the film along in an effort to premiere it at next month's Sundance Film Festival, it looks like he's hit a little speed bump along the way. Read on for details.
As reported by our friends over at Bloody Disgusting, Smith opened up about the progress of the film on the latest episode of his SModcast, revealing that the cameras will continue to roll through the year, possibly even into next year.
“We’ve still got two more shooting days here in Los Angeles to wrap the flick with our fifth Beatle – the performer playing the role of investigator Guy Lapointe,” said Smith. “It’s looking like late December/early January for »
- John Squires
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
Along with some first look photos we posted just last month, director Kevin Smith said he was hoping to bring his indie horror film Tusk to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival for a premiere. However, it turns out Smith has a couple more days of filming to shoot in Los Angeles once an unknown actor becomes available to play a small role in December or January. Since Smith wouldn't have time to finish the film before Sundance (in January) with that schedule, he's going to premiere the trailer for the film with one of the midnight screenings in Park City, which usually features some odd horror and comedy worthy of the late night time slot. Smith also posted a comic style flyer advertising the podcast the main characters host Look! Here's Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment on a poster for their characters' podcast from Tusk: As you can see, »
- Ethan Anderton
The Funny or Die series is executive produced by Ferrell, who also stars in the project as fictional author Eric Jonrosh.
Jonrosh's novel The Spoils of Babylon and its characters become the basis for the show.
• Luhrmann interviewed in May 2013
News of the Napoleon miniseries first emerged in March ahead of Spielberg's tenure as president of the jury for this year's Cannes film festival. The Hollywood icon told Canal Plus he was "developing a Stanley Kubrick screenplay for a miniseries – not for a motion picture – about the life of Napoleon," in conjunction with the late director's family.
- Ben Child
Only a few days after the apparently-real, not-fake International Men’s Day, it’s time for your podcast co-hosts to have another one of their typical bro-hangs. And is there a better movie to bro out to than the 2003 film The Jungle Book 2? Possibly! But this movie is the subject of the new Mousterpiece Cinema, and you may not be shocked to learn that Josh and Gabe weren’t too impressed with yet another entry from DisneyToon Studios. That’s in spite of John Goodman and Haley Joel Osment stepping in to voice Baloo and Mowgli, too. But even though the movie’s not too great, the discussion inspired by it is a ton of fun, and yes, because it’s just Josh and Gabe, a bit tangential. You know what they say, though: the tangents are the best part of any discussion! (Ok, we just made that up right now. »
- Josh Spiegel
The family name got him onto film sets (on our end we call that the best film school), but it’s 2012 Chronicle that set the wind in the sails for Max Landis. When the uber film-geek wasn’t ranting about men with wear capes or penning another half dozen projects, he was directing his debut feature with what we can justifiably call a weirdo ensemble: Haley Joel Osment, Alia Shawkat, Casey Wilson, Geena Davis, Lance Henriksen, Scott Bakula, Dustin Milligan, Angela Sarafyan, and future it girl Emily Meade (look for her nuanced perf in Lance Edmands’ Bluebird). Shooting began this summer and all points toward Sundance. The Prod Co., Big Beach Films have been doing comedy right for some time now, and as indie producers they have a direct line to Park City programmers – just about everything they’ve produced since Little Miss Sunshine has preemed in Park City, including »
- Eric Lavallee
Kevin Smith has offered us a first look at the crazy design for his half-human/half-walrus creature for his upcoming horror film Tusk. The film is actually based on a prank article Smith read about a man who was lost at sea for six months with a walrus and was now looking for a roommate. His roommate would be required to wear a walrus costume for 2 hours a day and act like a walrus. The movie will focus on the man turning his hostage into a walrus-man hybrid. The image above came with the following caption,
"Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?" We wrap Tusk this Friday! Will be tough to leave Nc as I'm so in love with my Charlotte crew and this wacky flick we're making!#WalrusYes
Smith actually called up the guy behind the hoax and offered him a producer credit. He then proceeded to turn »
- Joey Paur
Director Kevin Smith's absurd sounding Tusk has released its first image. Although it doesn't show any of the characters, it does offer up a look at a gloriously disturbing diagram of the part man/part walrus hybrid....
Smith took to Instagram to reveal the image noting, "'Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?' We wrap Tusk this Friday! Will be tough to leave Nc as I'm so in love with my Charlotte crew and this wacky flick we're making! #WalrusYes"
Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers, Drag Me to Hell), Michael Parks (Red State, Django Unchained), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense, A.I. Artificial Intelligence) and Genesis Rodriguez (The Last Stand, Identity Thief) star in the surreal film based on the advert for a roommate that only demands for the roommate to wear a walrus costume and only act like a walrus. The film shall be released in 2014. »
- Gary Collinson
Fast and Furious 7 Dwayne Johnson has shared another photo from the set of "Fast and Furious 7" with his character Luke Hobbs about to get involved in a major action sequence. Johnson also recently tweeted that he recently shot a fight sequence with Jason Statham's bad guy character Ian Shaw.
Interstellar A member of the visual effects team on Christopher Nolan's currently shooting sci-fi epic "Interstellar" has tweeted a photo showcasing IMAX camera installed in the nose of a Learjet. The setup is being used to capture footage for the outer space feature starring Matthew McConaughey.
- Garth Franklin
Kevin Smith is a man known for speaking his mind. And when he gets an idea for a film in his noggin these days, he tends to act upon it. Case in point? His latest, Tusk, a horror movie spawned from, of all things, a comical Gumtree advert asking for a roommate willing to dress as a walrus. Smith has taken the idea to its chilling, man-as-sea-mammal conclusion and is nearly finished shooting it. He’s now tweeted the first look at the creature through the medium of an anatomical image. What began as a joke on his Smodcast podcast has now become a reality, with the script following a podcaster (Justin Long) who answers the ad looking to see what type of strange story might be behind it. When he vanishes, his friend and co-host Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) joins forces with his girlfriend (Genesis Rodriguez) to find him. »
Over the weekend, director Kevin Smith released another photo from his indie horror film Tusk, which shows an illustration of a man-walrus hybrid. The filmmaker also reveals that star Justin Long will be put in the walrus suit for the first time this week, so it's possible we may see another photo of the actor in costume later today. The story centers on a man who takes out an ad for a roommate, where he demands that he or she must wear a walrus suit at home and behave like the animal. Take a look at the photo and tweets from the filmmaker, and you can clickHere to check out last week's set photo, featuring the director alongside co-stars Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez.
"Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?" We wrap Tusk this Friday! Will be tough to leave Nc as I'm so in… http://t.co »
Kevin Smith has once more been teasing his fans with yet another behind the scenes snap from his new, and extremely original sounding, horror comedy 'Tusk'. The new pic was Tweeted along with the following text: 'Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?' We wrap Tusk this Friday! Will be tough to leave Nc as I'm so in love with my Charlotte crew and this wacky flick we're making!' The image, which you can view below, is what appears to be a mocked up anatomy diagram which fuses a human and walrus and makes this horror project seem even more sinister. Justin Long ('Drag Me To Hell'), Michael Parks ('Red State'), Haley Joel Osment ('The Sixth Sense') and Genesis Rodriguez ('Man on a Ledge') all star. »
Kevin Smith has taken to Twitter to tease his horror film Tusk with a preview image in the form of an anatomy chart featuring both man and walrus. Smith accompanied the pic with, "Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?" We wrap Tusk this Friday! Will be tough to leave Nc as I'm so in love with my Charlotte crew and this wacky flick we're making!" Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez star in the film. Based on past reports, the film concerns a man who was once lost at sea with a walrus. When the man returns home, he puts out an ad for a roommate. The only thing this man asks is that his roommate wear a walrus costume and act only like the animal. »
Kevin Smith always seems to be threatening retirement without ever actually pulling the trigger. Remember his two-part hockey movie? Or what about "Clerks III?" Well, a recent idea that he has apparently followed through on is called "Tusk." The movie was inspired by a Gumtree ad the director read on one of his podcasts. The ad was for a room, with the only condition being that the lodger dress as a walrus for two hours a day. Smith turned this into a more horrific tale of an old sea captain who slowly turns a hostage into a human/walrus hybrid. Yes, this is actually the plot of the movie, from the director of "Zack and Miri Make A Porno."
Yesterday, Smith posted an Instagram photo of a blood-splattered schematic showing the human/walrus creature. It's a pretty wonderful image, but how it will be executed remains to be seen. Along with the photo, »
- Drew Taylor
Kevin Smith’s twisted independent horror flick Tusk will finish shooting at the end of the week. The unique genre entry reunites the actor/filmmaker with his Die Hard 4.0 co-star Justin Long and Red State headcase Michael Parks. It’s a plot loosely inspired by a crazy ad someone posted online asking for someone to live rent-free in a home – providing they constantly wore a handmade walrus costume! Smith’s adaptation will offer a more intense vision with Parks’ reclusive old seafarer, asked for an interview by Long’s podcast host, targeting this cocky young journalist for a hideous transformation.
Below, Smith has tweeted the “blue print” of Parks mad scientist who will attempt to merge man with walrus! Chances of Fleetwood Mac featuring on the soundtrack?
Source: Kevin Smith
- Craig Hunter
Get ready to get even more curious about Kevin Smith's new film Tusk. Smith has shared another image from the Charlotte, North Carolina, set of his now-filming flick featuring Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) and Genesis Rodriguez. One that gives us a look at the monstrous happenings afoot.
Tusk stars Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, A Case of You) and cult favorite Michael Parks (Red State, Django Unchained). Smith directs from his own script, which evolved from Episode 259 of his long-running podcast with Scott Mosier, »
- Uncle Creepy
“Braveheart” and “We Were Soldiers” writer/director Randall Wallace gets spiritual in the “based on a true story” film “Heaven is For Real”. Apparently it’s about a kid who almost died and went to heaven, then came back and talked to people about it. He then wrote a book. Well, his parents probably helped him, or someone else did (what is he, 3?), and now a movie is being made about it. Cute kid. He’s like a countrified version of Haley Joel Osment. Not my cup of tea, but hey, it looks inspirational and all that good stuff. Might be a good flick for the kids and parents who think movies these days are just too darn violent and whatnot. Please to watch. The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple »
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