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In the early days of Miramax, the success of Kevin Smith and Harvey Weinstein seemed to be intertwined. Weinstein, after all, was the guy who gave the aspiring director a shot when he picked up his self-financed indie “Clerks”, and wound up backing Smith’s next few films, including such successes as “Chasing Amy”, “Mallrats” and […] »
- Brent Furdyk
As more and more women keep coming forward with their stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, many of the male filmmakers and actors he's worked with over the past few decades have spoken against his actions, including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and even a brief statement from Quentin Tarantino last week. Today we have word that another filmmaker, Kevin Smith, whose career was launched with Clerks, distributed by Harvey Weinstein's Miramax, is taking it to another level. The filmmaker announced on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast that he will be donating all of the residuals from the movies he made with Harvey Weinstein to a women's charity.
After the original sexual harassment allegations surfaced earlier this month, Kevin Smith released a brief statement on Twitter, stating that Harvey Weinstein financed the first 14 years of his career, and that he "feels ashamed" that "others »
Speaking at a Q&A at the New York Comic Con, Smith was asked whether he had any interest in a sequel, shooting down the possibility by responding: “Fuck no. I don’t think we need a Dogma 2. And I am sure as shit not going near any religious movies at this point.”
Smith went on to reveal that the Weinsteins had recently approached him about doing a reissue of the movie, as well as sounding out a potential sequel:
“Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein own that movie personally, and what happened is Harvey called up a few months ago and he’s like, ‘We still have Dogma, and maybe we need to make a sequel. I’m like ‘Oh, »
- Gary Collinson
"It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... Sylvester Stallone?!" Christopher Reeve cast such a long shadow after his incredible portrayal of Superman it took years to get another actor into the cape. (And lookalike actor Brandon Routh's performance in Superman Returns was nothing short of homage.) But before Christopher Reeve, and in many developmental stages along the way, under the guidance of directors like Tim Burton, Brett Ratner, and McG, a handful of major movie stars came close to securing the role of DC's Last Son of Krypton. Here, we're looking at 15 actors who were almost Superman.
Paul Newman, the late screen legend who starred opposite Robert Redford in the cinematic classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, among other notable roles, turned down Superman not once, not twice, but three different times. He was offered the lead role, as well as the roles of Lex Luthor and Superman's dad, »
Thanks in part to a very mystical social media maven, Unshaven Comics has recently enjoyed a bit of a renaissance on our Facebook page. With an increase of likes and, more important, engagement, I’ve been able to hold some really great conversations with our glut of fans. Most recently (as of my writing this), I brought up the question of our favorite artists. I did so because, to me, nothing immediately draws us all into the world of comic books before the art… pun wholly intended.
It’s the depiction – be it overtly bright and heroic or gothic and moody – of worlds impossible to live in that ultimately usher us into the pulp. The writing may, in turn, drive us further into our individual fandoms, but I’ll always believe that the visuals of comic bookery are inherently tied to our collective appreciation. Individual artists will hold our attention more than others. »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Back in February, it was confirmed that the highly-anticipated Jay & Silent Bob Reboot will be Kevin Smith's next movie, with the director also returning to play Silent Bob alongside Jason Mewes' Jay. Today we have word that another important member of the director's "View Askiewniverse" is coming back, with Brian O'Halloran, who played Dante Hicks in Clerks and starred in several of Kevin Smith's movies, returning for this reboot. Here's what the actor had to say, hinting that he'll play Dante, and a number of other characters he's portrayed in the director's movies.
"Yes, I'm definitely going to be a part of that. We're going to have a couple of very funny bits with the Kevin Smith characters that I've portrayed. I've portrayed a number of them at this point, so I think we're going to bring a variety of them back."
Among some of the other »
Mark Harrison Sep 28, 2017
How a 1994 indie hit from Kevin Smith gave birth to an unlikely franchise...
In 1993, Kevin Smith made a movie. Clerks was shot in black and white over the course of three weeks, at night, in the convenience store where Smith worked during the day, on a shoestring budget of $27,575. Smith funded the film himself by dipping into his savings, selling all his comics and maxing out several credit cards.
Even though it became an indie phenomenon when it was picked up by Bob and Harvey Weinstein's Miramax (who gave it a new soundtrack using a post-production budget that was ten times the cost of principal photography) at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, it doesn't have 'franchise starter' written all over it.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back star Jason Mewes has read Kevin Smith's script for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and says that it's "amazing." According to Smith, the new movie is expected to begin filming this fall and is expected to contain many cameos from Smith's past body of work including Clerks, Mallrats, and Chasing Amy. Jay and Silent Bob haven't been seen on the big screen together since 2006's Clerks II and fans have been asking about their return ever since, but the timing was never right.
In 2001's standalone Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the titular characters learned that Hollywood was planning to make a big budget motion picture about their comic book alter egos, Bluntman and Chronic. The movie revolves around them taking an epic road trip to prevent the movie from happening with a whole bunch of crazy cameos from Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher, »
It’s hard to have grown up in the 90s with the grunge movement, hacky sacks, Discman players happening, among many other fads, and to have not been familiar with Kevin Smith‘s slacker films. Between 1994 and 1999 Smith basically became the spokesman for a generation of basement dwellers with his classics which included “Clerks,” “Chasing Amy,” “Mallrats” and “Dogma.”
What bound all of those 1990s movies together was its fierce no-bull attitude towards youthful isolation.
- Jordan Ruimy
Jay and Silent Bob are finally returning to the big screen after over a decade hiatus, last appearing in Clerks II in 2006. Jay and Silent Bob are, of course, the dynamic duo created by Kevin Smith, who also plays Silent Bob, appearing in most of his movies since his very first film, Clerks, in 1994. Since Clerks, the pair have popped up in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma, culminating an Avengers-type film that brought Smith’s entire View Askewniverse together in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The pair have been absent this past decade as Smith tried his hand at more serious fare in Jersey Girl, avoided the pair all together in Zack and Miri Make A Porno, did a studio film in Cop Out, tried horror with Red State, and got just downright bizarre with Tusk and Yoga Hosers.
16 years ago, #JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack was released in theaters. And this Fall, »
- Nick Doll
Director Kevin Smith is a man juggling many projects all at once. But it looks like he has finally decided on his next feature film. Instead of Mall Rats 2, which by all accounts appears to have been turned into a 10 hour TV show, or the True North trilogy ending thriller Moose Jaws, about a killer moose, he's gong back to the wellspring of his youth. And will literally try to rework that magic with an ode to Clerks he likes to call Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. His plan is to shoot the movie soon.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was the culmination of many films featuring the two lead characters, a journey that started in 1994's Clerks which carried over into such films as Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma. It came out in 2001. And was a hit with audiences. Perhaps it's a fan favorite, but nothing was really ever the same after that movie. »
Welcome to the latest installment in our regular Movies You May Have Missed series here on Nerdly, in which I highlight some of, what I think, are the best movies that have flown under the radar of many or have been “forgotten” in the intervening years since its release. This time round its a fantastic British comedy, Pulp.
Thunder Racers, Infinite Finity, Rat Warriors. Junk Comics’ titles have been referred to as ‘the worst printed material since Mein Kampf’. Tony Leary, the nice-guy owner of Junk Comics, is gearing up for one last roll of the dice. His new superhero title, The Sodomizer, launches at the British International Comic Show, and nothing will stop Tony from making it a success. Nothing except a gang of Geordie criminals who are using a comic company to launder their dirty money. Tony is drafted by the police to identify the culprits and bring them to justice. »
- Phil Wheat
Smith has focused in recent years on horror and comedy with last year’s “Yoga Hosers,” a spinoff from 2014’s “Tusk,” and 2011’s “Red State.” “Killroy” stems from a conversation taken from one of his weekly podcasts.
The phrase “Killroy Was Here” originated in American culture as graffiti during World War II as a bald-headed man with a big nose peeking over a wall with the fingers of each hand clutching the wall. Smith said the new film will be the first installment of a horror anthology.
“This is a monster movie in the sense of a classic morality tale,” Smith said. “No one wants to see you spill the blood of innocents, but when someone crosses the line and goes bad, you get to make them pay in horrible ways, »
- Dave McNary
Earlier this year, fans of Kevin Smith‘s series of films known as the View Askewniverse were delivered some sad news when they learned that both Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2 (which was meant to be turned into a TV series), were both dead. However, the bad news did come with some good as the writer/director […]
The post Kevin Smith Sent Out Golden Tickets to Fans for Roles in ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
If you haven't raced to the local theater for a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 yet, you might want to save this story for later. As it contains Spoilers! Those who have seen the movie, and stayed all the way to the very last of five post-credit scenes, know that Stan Lee's Marvel character has finally been revealed. Yes, his cameos mean something, they're all connected, and he's played the same character in every movie, presumably even those outside of Marvel Studio's cinematic universe including X-Men and Deadpool.
As it stands, Stan Lee has appeared in more Marvel movies than anyone else, including Robert Downey Jr., who reprises Tony Stark for an 8th time in this summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Samuel L. Jackson, who has turned in 7 appearances out of the 9 in his contract. Known for creating some of the greatest superheroes in history and forever the face of Marvel comics, »
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For Eric D. Howell, getting to direct Voice from the Stone has been a journey years in the making.
The Minnesota native has worked his way up in the business, getting his start as a crewmember in Saint Paul on films such as The Mighty Ducks and Mallrats and working lighting for fellow Minnesotan Prince.
"I didn't know enough to be intimidated by him. He kept asking me back," Howell says with a laugh of his younger days working with the late music icon.
Now, the filmmaker is poised to release his feature directorial debut, with Voice from the Stone opening later »
- Aaron Couch
A few years ago, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the death of influential film critic Pauline Kael, I wrote the following:
“I think (Kael) did a lot to expose the truth… that directors, writers and actors who often work awfully close to the surface may still have subterranean levels of achievement or purpose or commentary that they themselves may be least qualified to articulate. It’s what’s behind her disdain for Antonioni’s pontificating at the Cannes film festival; it’s what behind the high percentage of uselessness of proliferating DVD commentaries in which we get to hear every dull anecdote, redundant explication of plot development and any other inanity that strikes the director of the latest Jennifer Aniston rom-com to blurt out breathlessly; and it is what’s behind a director like Eli Roth, who tailors the subtext of something like Hostel Part II almost as »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Stan Lee’s cameo career extended to 17 straight years in the Marvel cinematic universe as it’s been confirmed he’ll be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War. Back in 2000, Lee appeared as the notorious “Hot Dog Vendor” in X-Men who watched in shock as Bruce Davidson’s newly-mutated Senator Kelly emerged from the ocean. Since that time Lee’s been the king of cameos. It’s worth noting my favorite cameo of him was actually in Mallrats because he got a ton of dialogue. And I also loved him when he was on The Big Bang Theory. According to Screenrant Gathering from an Instagram
- Nat Berman
After skyrocketing to success as the co-writer and star of 1997’s Good Will Hunting, Ben Affleck has reached Hollywood’s highest heights—and weathered his share of public breakups, box-office bombs and personal drama.
On Tuesday, he announced he had completed treatment for alcohol addiction. Sources told People that while Affleck and his estranged wife Jennifer Garner aren’t back together, their divorce continues to be on hold for now after the two weathered recent strains.
“I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be,” Affleck wrote on Facebook. “I want my kids »
- Mike Miller
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. »
- Phil Wheat
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