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Kevin Smith Absolutely Loves Justice League

Kevin Smith Absolutely Loves Justice League
Warner Bros.' fourth Dceu installment, Justice League, didn't exactly deliver what the studio was expecting, from both a critical and commercial standpoint. The movie didn't fare well with critics, especially after a controversial move to withhold the Rotten Tomatoes score for a day, earning just a 40% rating on Rt. And when it hit in theaters, it posted the worst Dceu opening weekend thus far, earning $93.8 million. But the movie did earn a famous fan in director Kevin Smith, who sung the movie's praises during his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. Here's what the director had to say below about one of his favorite parts of the movie, which made his "heart soar." If you haven't seen Justice League yet there may be some mild Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.

"I saw Justice League twice already. I liked it. I liked it. There's stuff in it that I really dug,
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Kevin Smith Posts His Verdict Of Justice League: “There Are Moments That Made My Heart Soar”

As Justice League begins to dust itself down in preparation for a crucial second weekend, Warner Bros. executives will be crossing their fingers in the hope that audiences will still flock to see the Zack Snyder-directed tentpole – you know, despite the avalanche of middling reviews.

Financially, it’s been a similar story for the Justice League of America; at only $94 million, the starry mega-film endured the lowest domestic opening of any movie in the DC Extended Universe thus far, which doesn’t exactly bode well for Justice League‘s box office ambitions.

$600 million is said to be the current target if it’s to really turn a profit, though it’s hard to see Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s big-budget blockbuster as anything other than a misfire – no matter which way you spin the box office numbers.

And though he’s well aware of the film’s shortcomings,
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Batman Vs. Two-Face Blu-Ray Review

When it comes to characters that we love, you’ll probably agree with me in saying that we all possess some vague memory of how we were exposed to them. As a lifelong fan of Batman, I can at least remember that Adam West was my introduction to the Dark Knight (or Bright Knight, in this case). Honestly, I can’t properly recall if it was via the TV show from the ’60s or the Super Friends animated series, but either way, he was my first Batman.

Having confessed that, you can imagine that I was quite thrilled when West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar reprised their roles of Batman, Robin and Catwoman, respectively, in last year’s Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. Not only did returning in animated form allow them to defy Father Time, but it also showed us what that world looks like when freed of
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Batman Vs. Two-Face Release Date Confirmed, Bonus Features Revealed

Last year, Warner Bros. treated us with the awesome Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, which saw the likes of Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar reprise their roles of Batman, Robin and Catwoman, respectively. Being essentially the beginning to a fourth season we never received, it surpassed expectations by retaining the feel of the classic 1960’s television series, while also featuring grandiose action scenes that could’ve never been accomplished on the budget of the show.

Having said that, we’re thrilled to see that its sequel, Batman vs. Two-Face, looks like it may be even better. In addition to the return of the aforementioned actors, expect William Shatner to lend his pipes to the dichotomous Harvey Dent, a character who never actually appeared on the TV show itself during its original run.

As for the rest of the major players, here goes: Jeff Bergman (Joker, Bookworm, Desmond Dumas), Sirena Irwin (Dr.
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Adam West & William Shatner Reunite for Batman vs. Two-Face

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Burbank, CA (August 14, 2017) – Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment bring together two of pop culture’s all-time heroes – TV’s original Batman and Captain Kirk, Adam West and William Shatner, respectively – to voice the title characters in the full-length, animated feature film, Batman vs. Two-Face. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will make the all-new movie available October 10, 2017 on Digital and October 17, 2017 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp).

As the sequel to the 2016 hit animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the all-new Batman vs. Two-Face finds Batman and Robin back in classic 1960s action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history. But when the mutilated master of multiplicity, Two-Face, begins staging a daring crime wave across Gotham, the Caped Crusaders must work double-time to discover his mysterious secret identity before they can halt his evil-doing – all the while combating the likes of Catwoman,
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Batman Vs. Two-Face Blu-ray Special Features Include Adam West Tribute

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Batman Vs. Two-Face Blu-ray Special Features Include Adam West Tribute
Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment bring together two of pop culture's all-time heroes, TV's original Batman and Captain Kirk, Adam West and William Shatner, respectively, to voice the title characters in the full-length, animated feature film, Batman vs. Two-Face. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will make the all-new movie available October 10, 2017 on Digital and October 17, 2017 on Blu-ray&#8482 Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp). The first Batman vs. Two-Face trailer was released last week, which you can check out again below along with the Blu-ray and DVD artwork.

As the sequel to the 2016 hit animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the all-new Batman vs. Two-Face finds Batman and Robin back in classic 1960s action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history. But when the mutilated master of multiplicity, Two-Face, begins staging a daring crime wave across Gotham, the Caped Crusaders must
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Late 'Batman' Actor Adam West Honored at Comic-Con

There are typically a lot of Batmen at Comic-Con, but only one was the subject of a star-filled tribute.

Filmmaker Kevin Smith, producer James Tucker, actors Ralph Garman and Lee Meriwether, and about a thousand fans paid tribute to the late Adam West at the pop culture convention Thursday night.

West played Batman in the 1960s TV series and later voiced the character of Mayor West on Family Guy. He died last month at age 88.

Smith said he was about 4 years old when he first saw West in Batman on a black-and-white TV.

"He defined my youth,"...
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Late 'Batman' Actor Adam West Honored at Comic-Con

Late 'Batman' Actor Adam West Honored at Comic-Con
There are typically a lot of Batmen at Comic-Con, but only one was the subject of a star-filled tribute.

Filmmaker Kevin Smith, producer James Tucker, actors Ralph Garman and Lee Meriwether, and about a thousand fans paid tribute to the late Adam West at the pop culture convention Thursday night.

West played Batman in the 1960s TV series and later voiced the character of Mayor West on Family Guy. He died last month at age 88.

Smith said he was about 4 years old when he first saw West in Batman on a black-and-white TV.

"He defined my youth,"...
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Watch the Bat-Signal Light Up L.A. in Honor of Adam West

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Watch the Bat-Signal Light Up L.A. in Honor of Adam West
Earlier this week, we reported that Los Angles mayor Eric Garcetti and police chief Charlie Beck will light the iconic Bat-Signal on the Los Angeles City Hall, in honor of the late great Adam West, who passed away last week at the age of 88, after a long battle with leukemia. In case you couldn't make it to downtown Los Angeles last night, we have a new video of the Bat-Signal being lit, along with excerpts from the speeches given by Eric Garcetti, Charlie Beck and surprise guest Burt Ward, who played Robin in the original Batman TV series alongside Adam West. We have photos from the event as well. Here's what Burt Ward had to say in his speech.

"My friend Adam would want every single one of you to be incredibly happy, and to be joyous, because he spent his entire life as a performer, making people happy, making them laugh,
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Burt Ward Remembers Adam West: ‘He Knew Batman Meant Something to People’

Burt Ward Remembers Adam West: ‘He Knew Batman Meant Something to People’
It took a generation, but Adam West finally got his due as a hero among superheroes.

West, who died June 9 at the age of 88, became synonymous with Batman after he donned the mask and cape for the 1966-68 series that was a smash for ABC. The half-hour show was so of its era — a pop art painting writ large as a tongue-in-cheek action comedy — and so popular that for a brief period, ABC aired the episodes twice a week.

The campy attributes made it easy for the industry to dismiss the show as a mindless TV confection aimed at teenagers who read comic books. West famously struggled in the years after “Batman” to move his career forward. But he never succumbed to bitterness. His lean years in the 1970s only made him more appreciative of the recognition and the work that came later in life.

“He never felt he’d missed out,” says
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When the Police Academy gang made a horror movie

Simon Brew Jun 20, 2017

Steve Guttenberg headlines what's supposed to be a reunion of the Police Academy cast. Life doesn't always work out as promised, though...

To the nearest $1m, the final Police Academy movie – Police Academy: Mission To Moscow – took a tidy $1m at the box office. It brought to a tragic end a movie franchise that had delighted surely a few people in its latter years, and certain given the office photocopiers a workout, as jokes were religiously recycled en masse. The Hangover series would put a better gloss on the recycling jokes schtick, and repeat the trick across its sequels many years later, to better commercial return.

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See also: What went wrong with Police Academy: Mission To Moscow.

Police Academy producer Paul Maslansky – who also tried to turn Ski Patrol into a series, foiled by the fact that barely anyone went to see the first and only one – has talked about rebooting Police Academy since. Most of the original cast are still with us, too, save for the brilliant David Graf (Tackleberry), Bubba Smith (Hightower), and George Gaynes (Commandant Lassard). Basically, a chunk of the core ensemble are available, and have been waiting for the call to return for a fresh Police Academy adventure. But the call, unfortunately, never came.

Hence, Lavalantula.

This is a film that centres on Steve Guttenberg, a washed-up movie star of the 90s who’s taken on a bug movie for $10,000. Going by the name of Colton West, we learn that he’s been the star of such movie franchises as Crazy Cops and Red Robot, and I know even typing this that nobody really cares. Instead, you’ve been drawn to this film for the same reason I was: it’s the cast of the Police Academy movies, just in a sort-of-horror film. Asda – and other supermarkets selling DVDs are available – had this next to Star Wars: Rogue One in my local store. One coin toss later, and Rogue One could wait.

It turns out, of course, that it’s a dose of trash that’s been doing the rounds for a little while. Spun out of the Sharknado series, Lavalantula was first shown on Syfy in the Us back in 2015, and I’ve barely found mention of it since. That notwithstanding, I armed myself with some of those new strawberry and vanilla Calippos (6/10 from me for them), and settled in.

Purveyors of The Asylum and Syfy attempts to recreate the feel of B-movies will know what they’re getting here. A perfunctory bit of plot, to get to some special effects that have been produced with second hand computers bought off Ilm. That’s less snooty than it sounds, mind. Lavalantula, a word that only seven of the 49 human beings who have ever tried managed to pronounce correctly the first time, is a solid audit as to what $20,000 or so’s worth of effects can buy you. Some lava and half-decent spiders is the answer. Given that London Has Fallen, for one, cost $105m to make and had effects that looked like Call Of Duty a generation back, Lavathingy does offer a decent recent in that sense. Don’t get carried away and start giving it awards or anything, though.

Thing is, it’s easy to look down on micro budget stuff like this. Yet who knows where the next big filmmaker is going to come from? Jennifer Yuh Nelson cut her teeth on the basic animated movies that used to go straight to bargain stores, and now she’s one of the highest grossing female directors of all time, courtesy of the Kung Fu Panda series. The late Jonathan Demme was one of many schooled by the low budget ways of Roger Corman – a model that Jason Blum has expanded on for his Blumhouse outfit, offering filmmakers low budgets in exchange for final cut – and whilst The Asylum has lower ambitions, everyone needs a break, right?

In this case, it’s director Mike Mendez, who worked on the likes of NCIS and CSI before giving the world Big Ass Spider! Here, he knows the trade off is he has to shoot lots of explanatory conversation scenes to stretch the budget (he does throw in a Raiders Of The Lost Ark boulder-rip-off at one moment, though, as well as a just on the right side of legal Pirates Of The Caribbean homage), reckoning he has but 10 minutes out of 80 that he can spend on effects. At one stage, he decides to have a man dressed as a spider fight a spider. Sadly, it’s less fun that it sounds.

The other concession to budget is you don’t actually get the cast of Police Academy for very long. This is less forgivable. Sure, you get shirtless Guttenberg stealing a bus, and in his own way giving us his own spin on Last Action Hero. His character also needs to reconnect with his son for reasons that are of no human interest. But everyone else? They’re shuttled in for quick cameos. You get them at the start, and then Winslow and Ramsey finally return an hour later. But by then, they’re plotting how to beat the big spiders, and – presumably fearing legal interest – the references to glories old are all but gone.

I can’t be the only person who put the DVD in to hear Michael Winslow recreate his collection of noises. But we get, what, five minutes with him in all? It’s like a Police Academy reunion where everyone but Steve Guttenberg got given the wrong time. There’s the odd concession and acknowledgement of the series elsewhere in the film - “they took out the Blue Oyster. I loved that place,” says pretend Captain Jack Sparrow (really) at one stage – but for Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook and Winslow, the DVD packaging may as well provide you with a spotter book, so you can at least tick ‘em off once you see them.

Still, Ralph Garman is good fun here as the aforementioned Jack Sparrow knock-off, and 24 fans who wonder just what happened to that fella who played Tony Almeida Isn’t Dead Really will get their answer, as Carlos Bernard duly picks up his cheque. 24: Legacy couldn’t come along quickly enough, though.

On the plus side too, there’s little question that everyone’s in on the gag.

But when you yearn for the film to at least have an equitable number of laughs as a Police Academy sequel, it’d be fair to say a little alarm has long been going off. By the time the film is directly mirroring and quoting a moment from Jurassic Park, that old adage of invoke the memory of other, better films at your peril has long been proved.

The cheapest moment, incidentally, and this is a competitive contest, is the Basil Exposition-type Doctor/Professor/scientist character, clambering into a helicopter with the full chopper sound effect going. Only for the camera to leave the fact that the rotors aren’t turning fully in shot.

Yet I think I still want that horror movie with the Police Academy cast that I was sold. In fact, what I think what I’d like to see now is a big screen version of the PlayStation 4 game Until Dawn, but with Police Academy characters, to bring a bit of a choose your own adventure element to the fun. Plus, then you get to replay it, changing just a few plot elements next time you play, accurately reflecting one of the core components of the Police Academy business plan.

Guttenberg has since followed this up with a sequel, 2 Lava 2 Tarantula, where only two Police Academy alumni joined him. Another film is coming. But Lavalantula: Tokyo Drift is surely just a meeting and a beermat’s worth of plot away, where all of his co-stars will have deserted him, ready to rejoin him for the fourth film in the series. That’s how this stuff work, right? And then Statham will turn up two films later? Right?

Right?
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‘Lavalantula’ DVD Review

Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Nia Peeples, Patrick Renna, Carlos Bernard, Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook, Ralph Garman, Danny Woodburn, Noah Hunt, Diana Hopper | Written by Neil Elman, Mike Mendez, Ashley O’Neil | Directed by Mike Mendez

Back in 2012 I reviewed a Syfy channel monster movie called Arachnoquake, which saw an earthquake in New Orleans unleash fire-breathing giant spiders. Flash forward to today and we have a Syfy channel monster movie called Lavalantula which… features giant fire-breathing spiders unleashed by an earthquake And erupting volcano in Los Angeles! Retreading old ground? Technically yes. But given that this is a movie by Mike Mendez, there’s guaranteed to be some air of originality about it.

As the cover art states, Lavalantula is something of a Police Academy reunion. Not only does the film star Steve Guttenberg, but also featuress Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsay and Leslie Easterbrook – who buys the farm in truly spectacular fashion,
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‘Yoga Hosers’ VOD Review

Stars: Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Johnny Depp. Justin Long, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Ralph Garman, Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Haley Joel Osment, Vanessa Paradis, Tyler Posey, Génesis Rodríguez, Jennifer Schwalbach, Sasheer Zamata | Written and Directed by Kevin Smith

So, Kevin Smith… A man whose work I’ve really enjoyed over the years (Clerks 2 and Dogma being my personal highlights, though I used to live for Mallrats), took a, let’s say, interesting path with his recent directorial efforts Red State and Tusk. Exploring the horror genre rather than the comedy/drama he became known for, Smith looks to have a new-found passion for filmmaking, seemingly no longer going through the motions with his View Askewniverse – though he has just announced another Jay and Silent Bob flick!

Instead Smith announced the development of a “True North” trilogy: strange genre tales set in Canada, a country that – like Smith – I have an affinity for.
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‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’: Kevin Smith Announces He’s Working on Sequel Project

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‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’: Kevin Smith Announces He’s Working on Sequel Project
Jay and Silent Bob are coming back to the big screen! In a very lengthy Instagram post, creator and filmmaker Kevin Smith announced on Thursday that this past January he penned a script for a project he’s deemed the “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.”

“And so all last month, I had the time of my life laughing while writing ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ — a fun flick in which the Jersey boys have to go back to Hollywood to stop a brand new reboot of the old ‘Bluntman & Chronic Movie’ they hated so much,” Smith explained in the post. “It’s a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business’s recent re-do obsession, featuring an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces!”

Read More: Kevin Smith and Andy McElfresh Cook Up Gourmet Dishes in ‘Wake & Bake’ – Trailer

Since the early ’90s, Smith’s ever-enduring characters have
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“The Lego Batman Movie” is a surprising delight

A lack of expectations can sometimes be a film’s secret weapon. It’s not that I thought The Lego Batman Movie would be bad, but it just wasn’t initially on my radar to any real degree. Go figure then, since this probably my favorite movie of 2017 so far. It works in a tremendous way. Opening this week, it hopes to be as beloved as The Lego Movie was back when it opened. Going by the response I saw last weekend when I viewed it at a press screening, Warner Brothers has absolutely nothing to worry about. This will be a surefire hit. The film is an animated action comedy following Batman (voice of Will Arnett) as he goes about his heroic ways. After an encounter with Joker (voice of Zach Galifianakis) and a huge assortment of cohorts that basically leaves Gotham City villain free temporarily, Batman/Bruce Wayne
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Kevin Smith is pitching Mallrats TV series to Universal Television today

It started out as a movie, but the sequel to Kevin Smith’s 1995 comedy flop (at least in box office terms) Mallrats is now being pitched as a TV show with all of the original cast in place – minus Ben Affleck. Smith has been very public about his plans for the series and has talked about it appearing on sites like Amazon Prime and Netflix, and he announced today he’s off to meet with Universal TV:

Today I start pitching the #Mallrats series with the folks at @UniversalTV. I've got butterflies in my giant stomach. Hope someone wants us.

— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 10, 2016

See Also: Kevin Smith says the Mallrats TV series is a multi-generational family story

Smith has been working a lot in television as of late after directing an episode of The Flash for the second season. He’s just returned to direct an episode for season three
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Shooting Clerks’ Trailer: New Movie Goes Behind the Scenes of Kevin Smith’s Indie Classic

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Shooting Clerks’ Trailer: New Movie Goes Behind the Scenes of Kevin Smith’s Indie Classic
Clerks” has inspired legions of loyal fans in its 22 years of existence, few of them more devoted than Christopher Downie. The 31-year-old filmmaker is set to make his debut feature with “Shooting Clerks,” a film about — you guessed it — the making of Kevin Smith’s debut feature. Featuring several original cast members and the same grainy, black-and-white look, the docu-fiction hybrid is set to make its premiere next month. Watch its first trailer below.

Read More: Kevin Smith on the Future: Why He Wants to Release Other People’s Films and How He Cracked the Self-Distribution Game

Taking a vaguely self-reflexive approach that blends aspects of Smith’s filmography with the more factual behind-the-scenes elements, Downie’s movie counts “Clerks” principals Brian O’Halloran, Marilyn Ghigliotti and Smith himself among its cast. (At 105 minutes, it’s also 15 minutes longer than its source material.)

Read More: ‘Yoga Hosers’: Watch Kevin Smith
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Horror Highlights: New 31 Shirts from Fright Rags, The Windmill, Yoga Hosers on VOD

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Now, Doomhead and friends from 31 can be yours to own! Well, on a T-Shirt, at least, courtesy of Fright Rags. Also in today's Horror Highlights: The Windmill and Yoga Hosers release details.

Photos & Release Details on Fright Rags' 31 Shirts: "Officially Licensed 31 T-Shirt!

Printed on our super soft 4.5oz 100% pre-shrunk ringspun cotton shirts.

Ships in 1-2 business days.

Us customers: Please allow 3-5 days for delivery.

International customers: Please allow 10-14 days for delivery."

The artwork for the 31 shirts is by Joe Guy Allard and Christopher Lovell, respectively. To learn more, visit Fright Rags' website.

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The Windmill Theatrical, VOD, and iTunes Release Details: "A group of unsuspecting tourists awaken a mysterious evil while on a trip through the Dutch countryside."

Directed by Nick Jongerius from a screenplay co-written with Chris W. Mitchell and Suzy Quid, The Windmill stars Charlotte Beaumont, Bart Klever, Patrick Baladi, Ben Batt, Fiona Hampton, Tanroh Ishida,
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Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman read bad reviews of Yoga Hosers

Kevin Smith hasn’t had the best of luck with critics these past few years, and sure enough his latest offering Yoga Hosers is no exception, with the film torn to shreds by the majority of reviewers on its way to 22% on Rotten Tomatoes (although we kind of liked it – read our reviews here and here).

Well, with the Tusk spinoff opening in theaters across North America this weekend, Smith has decided to face the critical backlash head on, teaming up with his Hollywood Babble-On co-host and Yoga Hosers co-star Ralph Garman to sift through some of the most damning reviews. Take a look here…

Yoga Hosers centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith), who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party,
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Kevin Smith on the Future: Why He Wants to Release Other People’s Films and How He Cracked the Self-Distribution Game

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Kevin Smith on the Future: Why He Wants to Release Other People’s Films and How He Cracked the Self-Distribution Game
Few filmmakers are better self-promoters than Kevin Smith, who has mastered the art over the course of two decades. Ever since the breakout success of 1994’s “Clerks,” Smith has developed his public persona as a hilarious foul-mouthed geek in tandem with movies that often reflected that sensibility. Today, Smith remains as visible than ever, less because of his movies than because of countless public appearances, a regular podcast, two television series and social media. He’s less pure filmmaker than self-made media machine.

But Smith still makes movies: He took a hiatus after the self-distributed “Red State,” and has since launched into his so-called “True North” trilogy of wacky Canadian tales. After the absurdist comedy-horror of “Tusk,” Smith premiered “Yoga Hosers” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The movie, which stars his daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp (her dad also plays a small
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