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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
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?
There can be only one.
Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox
- David Ehrlich
It’s only Tuesday, but it’s already been a bad week for sequels: Kevin Smith’s Silent Jay And Bob reboot has come at the cost of his Clerks and Mallrats sequels, which will now only be available on comic book stands, if ever (though maybe that was his plan all along?). The world of continuity has just been dealt another blow, as Guillermo Del Toro appears to have truly and finally called it a wrap on advocating for Hellboy III. The writer-director, who’s endured his share of disappointment and frustration over beloved projects, made sad the announcement on Twitter today.
Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 21, 2017
It seems Del Toro followed up on that scientific poll he took ...
- Danette Chavez
Over the past decade or so, Kevin Smith has had quite the interesting turn in his career. He had his start in the indie world back in the early 1990s with the foul-mouthed micro-budget movie Clerks. The movie went on to get purchased by Miramax, and thus began a career with more twists and turns than an M. Night Shyamalan film. As he made more films, they generally increased in budget bit by bit, and before long, Smith went the traditional Hollywood route with the 2004 movie Jersey Girl, which was an experience that left him a bit unhappy. With that negative experience behind him, he opted to head back to the View Askewniverse with Clerks II.
Smith went on to do many other films and projects, and for a while, it seemed like those characters were done. A couple years back, however, Smith floated the idea that he was working on Clerks III, »
- Joseph Medina
There’s been a ton of talk about how there will be a Mallrats 2 and a Clerks 3. Kevin Smith has been teasing these ideas for years but talks seem to have heated up this month. I have no clue what these movies would look like and if the same characters would be involved. It’d be a little weird to see Ben Affleck in a Mallrats 2 but I’m sure he’d be hilarious. With regards to Clerks 3, anyone over the age of 50 (which would be nearly everyone) in that would just be straight up weird. But it got
Remember How Bad the Acting was in Clerks? »
- Nat Berman
Though he’s not quite as bad at it as Guillermo Del Toro, Kevin Smith has a tendency to announce that he’s doing something and then never follow through on it. Case in point: He revealed earlier this month that he’s developing a Jay And Silent Bob reboot designed to poke fun at Hollywood’s obsession with nostalgia, but along with that news he noted that his plans for a third Clerks movie and a Mallrats sequel series had fallen through.
For fans who really wanted to see those projects come to fruition, though, Smith might still have a way for you to experience them. On a recent episode of his Smodcast podcast (via ComicBook.com), Smith explained that he’s hoping for a way to “put the scripts out there” for Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2, and he thinks he could probably do them both as comic ...
- Sam Barsanti
With the recent news that Kevin Smith is attached to write, direct and executive produce a series based on the Sam and Twitch comic book series, many are left wondering where that leaves the film scripts for Mallrats 2 and Clerks 3. Smith admittedly stated that one of the film's stars passed on the latter project, while no one else was interested in picking up a Mallrats 2 (movie or series). In... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Just over a week ago, we learned from Kevin Smith that he was working on a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back that would take aim at Hollywood’s nostalgia obsession by getting nostalgic himself with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. While that was good news for his most loyal fans, it also came […]
- Ethan Anderton
Having directed episodes of The Flash and Supergirl, Kevin Smith is now turning his attention to another comic book property, with Deadline reporting that he is attached to write, direct and executive produce a TV series based upon the Spawn spinoff Sam and Twitch.
“[Sam and Twitch] were originally introduced in Spawn, and it’s Todd McFarlane’s comic book series about these big-city homicide detectives who face a series of super grizzly crimes that are connected to the occult,” states Bbb America president Sarah Barnett. “I bumped into Kevin Smith at Sundance and he is beyond himself excited about this, about the show.”
Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has also been trying to get a feature film reboot of Spawn off the ground for several years now, while Smith also recently announced a “reboot” in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which he plans on shooting this year after both Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2 fell through. »
- Gary Collinson
To the naysayers who complain about superhero movies being “all the same,” I offer a counterpoint: Logan. There’s minimal franchise cross-promotion. No one-off cameos and no post-credits teases (at least in press screenings). James Mangold honors Hugh Jackman’s final contracted Wolverine performance like a sympathetic hangman, and what a sendoff it is. Jackman rides into the sunset, chewing a smokey cigar while reflecting on his longstanding relationship with Hollywood’s most prolific X-Men renegade. If Logan is indeed Jackman’s final unsheathing of those iconic adamantium claws, it’ll stand as a pitch-perfect goodbye. It’s not just “good for a comic book movie.” Logan is a heartbreaking love-letter to fans, cast and crew, but also a bloodthirsty outlaw tale that blazes with chiseled unrest.
- Matt Donato
Den Of Geek Feb 16, 2017
Ash Vs Evil Dead season 3 is definitely happening, baby! But a new direction for Ash and the gang is in store...
It's official! Ash Vs Evil Dead season 3 will happen on the Starz network (was there ever any doubt?) so you can expect a whole new season of wise-crackin' Deadite-slayin' insanity from Ashley J. Williams and pals later this year.
The announcement was made at New York Comic Con, and Bruce Campbell himself has also since teased to EW that season 3 will take an epic turn for Ash.
“I can’t say much because we’re going to try and do some crazy shit,” Campbell said. “But we’re probably going to crack more into Ash’s big picture story. »
Caroline Preece Feb 17, 2017
As the fate of MTV's Sweet/Vicious hangs in the balance, here's why TV in 2017 needs many more female voices calling the shots...
If you haven’t heard about Sweet/Vicious, the new comedy/superhero series airing on MTV in the Us, then you’re seriously missing out.
Dishearteningly, despite a growing cult following based on word of mouth, there’s been a distinct lack of noise around the show since it premiered. As of writing this it's ‘on the bubble’ and facing possible cancellation as MTV re-evaluates its scripted drama efforts, and there’s no word of a UK air date. All of this has the potential to limit the number of eyeballs that fall upon the show, »
Rob Leane Feb 15, 2017
Universal play a big part in the story of Mallrats 2 failing to get off the ground...
On Instagram last week, Kevin Smith revealed that Clerks III and Mallrats 2 – the sequels to his cult classic comedies from the 1990s - aren’t happening anymore. And now, in the latest episode of SModcast, Smith has revealed extra details about what happened.
See related Supergirl season 2's timely tackling of hate and prejudice Arrow season 5: trailer and synopsis for The Sin-Eater The Flash season 3: extended trailer for Grodd's return Legends Of Tomorrow season 2: trailer for Camelot episode
The story of Clerks III’s demise remains the same: one of the four core cast members didn’t want to do it, which meant Smith’s hands were tied. I’ve explained why I think it's Jeff Anderson (who plays Randal) that wasn't keen in a different article.
Ryan Lambie Feb 13, 2017
One of the best multiplayer games ever is coming to Nintendo Switch. Here's the opening cutscene for Super Bomberman R...
For years, the Bomberman series has reliably provided one of the most entertaining, frantic and downright swear-inducing local multiplayer experiences on the planet. With little more than a single top-down maze, a bunch of cute characters and a whole lot of explosives, Bomberman's appeal is pretty much timeless.
When Konami absorbed Hudson Soft a few years ago, however, it looked as though Bomberman was in danger of fading into obscurity - but now the series is making a much-deserved return with a new entry on Nintendo Switch. Called Super Bomberman R, it'll offer the time-honoured eight-player competitive mode, as »
Rob Leane Feb 13, 2017
Kevin Smith has always had to fight to get his films off the ground: he started his filmmaking career by maxing out multiple credit cards to self-finance Clerks, and more recently, legend has it, it was only Johnny Depp’s decision to come on board as a wacky supporting character that allowed Smith to secure financing for his walrus-centric horror flick Tusk.
Smith has, across his career, been offered several barmy jobs (he rejected a chance to pen Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian back in the 90s) and he’s also signed up for a lot of projects that never got past the script phase.
The latter camp of could’ve-beens is what we’re talking about today, following that news that Clerks III »
Rob Leane Feb 14, 2017
Among geeky film fans, Kevin Smith needs no introduction. He’s brought us such treats as Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma, and recently he’s had a massive resurgence as a giant in the nerdy podcast world.
So far, two movies have come out of Smith’s podcasting: first was Tusk, branching out from a SModcast episode about a Gumtree advert seeking someone willing to dress up as a walrus in exchange for lodgings. Justin Long starred in that one, with Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith featuring in the supporting cast alongside her best friend Lily Rose Depp and her famous father Johnny Depp.
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