8 items from 2014
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
Box office is one way a film makes its cash: but what are the others?
I know you’ll have noticed this by now, but it’s definitely called show business for a reason. It’s not show show art, show entertainment or even show exhibitionist impulse. Unless movies make money, the money to make movies would dry up pretty quickly. But where does this money come from?
Actually, that’s an easy one. It comes, almost entirely, from you and me and people like us. The real question should be how does this money get from our back pockets and into the coffers of the big movie studios.
Some of the pathways are incredibly obvious, some perhaps a little less so. Let’s take a look at 16 of the ways that movies make money.
1. Ticket sales
I had just started working in a cinema when Jurassic Park was released. »
Stars (the voices of): Jason Mewes, Eliza Dushku, Marc Bernardin, Ming Chen, Kevin Conroy, Matt Cohen, Brian Faraldo, Walter Flanagan, James Franco Jr., Neil Gaiman, Ralph Garman, Ben Gleib, Bryan Johnson | Written by Kevin Smith | Directed by Steve Stark
Anti-heroes Jay and Silent Bob are back in a new animated feature that sees chaos commence when the duo win big on the lottery and use their money to do what anyone would do… become superheroes.
Based on the Bluntman and Chronic comics which themselves were inspired by Smith’s two stoner anti-heroes Jay and Silent Bob, Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie is one of Kevin Smith’s SMODCast productions – you know, those that Smith and his cronies have total control over. And it shows here. With no one to reign in Smith and co. the jokes hit – and miss – every target under the sun; some aimed at Smith and his characters, »
- Phil Wheat
While Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, available this week On Demand, may satiate appetites for the View Askewniverse, fans still want to know when they can expect the next live action movie, which will be Clerks III. It's a sequel that will end the big screen adventures of Jay and Bob, though according to star Jason Mewes, the pair may live on in yet a second animated movie.
Clerks III was supposed to not only be Kevin Smith's final View Askewniverse movie, but also his final movie as a film director. He planned to retire after this chapter in his life came to a close. But as they do, plans changed, and he got sidetracked. Instead of doing Clerks III as his next movie, he moved onto the horror thriller Tusk. After shooting was completed on that low budget indie, he then decided to make another small horror movie with Anti-Claus. »
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are getting animated in Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, an all-new adventure in the View Askewniverse. Stoners Jay and Bob hit the lottery jackpot and use their cash windfall to become crime-fighting superheroes in this latest outing, now available On Demand. We recently caught up with Jay himself, Mr. Mewes, for a chat about the movie. It was originally conceived as a tour-only treat for fans, but once they realized shows were selling out, and not everyone could see it, they decided to bring it home. We discuss this, the inevitable groovy cartoon sequel that Jason is currently writing, and the destiny of the long awaited Clerks III. And for all you Todd and the Book of Pure Evil fans, don't worry! He also gives us an update on this cult classic Canadian TV show that continues to amass a huge following here in the states. »
Stoners Jay and Silent Bob hit the lottery jackpot, and use their cash windfall to become crime-fighting superheroes in the feature film Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. Starring Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, written by Kevin Smith and directed by Steve Stark, this new animated movie will be available On Demand on May 6, 2014! Check out the first poster and trailer.
Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie comes to theaters May 6th, 2014 and stars Ming Chen, Matt Cohen, Kevin Conroy, Eliza Dushku, Brian Faraldo, Walter Flanagan, James Franco Jr., Neil Gaiman. The film is directed by Steve Stark. »
Kevin, Walt, Bryan, Mike, and Ming are back - behind the counter and in front of the microphone - as AMC’s unscripted series Comic Book Men returns to entertain audiences by following the antics in and around master fanboy Kevin Smith’s Red Bank, New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. The sixteen half-hour episodes will continue to document the daily banter of the Stash staff and customers as they geek-out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and iconic celebrities and personalities from the fanboy world »
On the premiere episode, “Superman’s 75th,” The Man of Steel is turning 75, and the boys from The Stash plan to celebrate in style! The guys transform The Stash into the ultimate Superman fortress of party-- complete with a giant Superman "S" ice sculpture as the center piece! Walt and the boys get dressed as characters from Superman lore. Meanwhile, Walt teases that he’s invited a special mystery guest--and the party flips when Dean Cain shows up! Kevin, Walt, Bryan, Michael and Ming are back behind the counter and in front of the microphone as “Comic Book Men” returns for the second half of season three on Sunday, February 9th at Midnight Et/Pt on AMC. The show follows the antics in and around master fanboy Kevin Smith’s Red Bank, New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash as customers geek-out over mind-blowing pop culture »
8 items from 2014
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