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Greta Gerwig Fangirls Over Justin Timberlake in Letter Asking to Use His Music in 'Lady Bird'

Greta Gerwig Fangirls Over Justin Timberlake in Letter Asking to Use His Music in 'Lady Bird'
For Greta Gerwig, flattery got her everywhere.

While on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the Lady Bird director presented the personal letters she wrote to Justin Timberlake, Alanis Morissette and Dave Matthews, asking permission to procure the rights to their hit songs.

The letters worked and Gerwig was able to have Timberlake's "Cry Me a River," Morissette's “Hand in My Pocket" and Dave Matthew Band's "Crash" play in her movie. Upon reading these notes to the musicians, it's clear why they agreed to let her use the tunes.

In her letter to Timberlake, the 34-year-old star begins, "I mean, what can I say? You’re Justin Timberlake.”

Gerwig goes on to note that she bought “both the CD and cassette” of the Justified album in 2003 because her "car didn’t have a CD player."

"You were the soundtrack to my adolescence," she gushes in her note to the 36-year-old pop star. "Between *Nsync and your
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Kevin Smith Donating Residuals from Weinstein-Made Movies to Women in Film

Kevin Smith Donating Residuals from Weinstein-Made Movies to Women in Film
Kevin Smith's allegiance to Harvey Weinstein dissolved earlier this month amid reports that the now-disgraced movie mogul had sexually assaulted or harassed dozens of women in the industry over the years.

And on October 13th, the filmmaker decided to take action to show his solidarity for those who have suffered abuse – at the hands of Weinstein or otherwise.

"My entire career is tied up with this man," Smith said during his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. "It's been a weird fucking week. I just wanted to make some fucking movies, that's it.
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Kevin Smith Is Donating Weinstein Movie Residuals to Women's Charity

Kevin Smith Is Donating Weinstein Movie Residuals to Women's Charity
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
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Kevin Smith ‘Ashamed’ Harvey Weinstein Financed His Films

Kevin Smith ‘Ashamed’ Harvey Weinstein Financed His Films
Kevin Smith is the latest entertainment figure to speak against Harvey Weinstein following a New York Times investigation exposing three decades of sexual harassment allegations.

“He financed the first 14 years of my career — and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed,” Smith wrote on Twitter in response to a user asking his thoughts on Harvey.

He financed the first 14 years of my career – and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed. https://t.co/T0hInW7EqJ

— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 9, 2017

The filmmaker did a number of movies, including “Clerks,” “Chasing Amy,” and “Dogma,” under Miramax, an entertainment company operated by the Weinstein brothers.

On Sunday, the board of the independent film studio Weinstein co-founded voted to fire him, leaving Weinstein Co. in the hands of his brother, Bob Weinstein, and chief operating officer David Glasser. Meanwhile
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Kevin Smith on Harvey Weinstein: ‘Now I Know While I Was Profiting, Others Were in Terrible Pain’

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Kevin Smith on Harvey Weinstein: ‘Now I Know While I Was Profiting, Others Were in Terrible Pain’
Kevin Smith has joined the growing chorus of filmmakers, actors, and others within the film industry to speak up about Harvey Weinstein, who was fired yesterday after numerous accusations of sexual harassment were leveled against him.

Read More:Lauren Sivan Opens Up About Alleged Harvey Weinstein Incident: ‘I Could Not Believe What I Was Witnessing’ — Watch

Asked about Weinstein on Twitter, the “Clerks,” “Dogma,” and “Chasing Amy” director replied, “He financed the first 14 years of my career – and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain.”

“It makes me feel ashamed,” he added. Weinstein, then the head of Miramax, bought “Clerks” at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and helped launch Smith’s career. They worked together for more than a decade after that, first at Miramax and then at the Weinstein Company; following the disappointing box-office returns of “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” their relationship took a downturn.
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Kevin Smith Says He's "Ashamed" Harvey Weinstein Financed His Work

Kevin Smith Says He's
Filmmaker Kevin Smith broke his silence about Harvey Weinstein on Monday morning.

"He financed the first 14 years of my career — and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed," Smith wrote on Twitter in a reply to a fan who asked him how he felt about Weinstein's hard fall from grace.

Smith, a writer, director and Silent Bob actor, did multiple films under the Miramax moniker, including both Clerks films, Mall Rats, Chasing Amy and Dogma.

Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax, was ousted from his own company, The Weinstein Co., on Sunday following a New York...
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Brand new Justice League trailer, Avengers 4 set photo, Bill & Ted 3 update, Blade Runner 2049 opens poorly and more – Weekend News Roundup

Heroes

Warner Bros. released the final trailer for next month’s Justice League over the weekend, which opens by exploring the loss of Superman, before focusing on the formation of the team as Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg do battle against Steppenwolf and his army of parademons. Check it out here.

Fast And Furious Universe

Universal Pictures have announced a little shake-up for their Fast & Furious franchise, pushing back Fast & Furious 9 to 2020 while setting a release date of July 26th 2019 for the Hobbes/Shaw spin-off starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham. Read more here.

Hawkeye’S New Look

Last month it was rumoured that Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton will be adopting the Ronin identity for Avengers 4, and while that’s yet to be officially confirmed, the latest batch of set photos from the superhero blockbuster do offer a glimpse of a new look for Hawkeye,
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Kevin Smith turned down a Dogma sequel

While Kevin Smith has toyed with the idea of Clerks III and Mallrats 2 in recent years, once View Askewniverse movie he won’t be revisiting is his controversial 1999 comedy Dogma.

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,
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Kevin Smith turned down making Dogma 2

David Crow Oct 6, 2017

Kevin Smith revealed how he recently turned down an offer from Harvey Weinstein to make Dogma 2.

Kevin Smith and the stars of Comic Book Men are practically a New York Comic Con institution at this point. Having appeared during the first day of the con’s festivities every year since its second season, Smith, Walter Flanagan, Mike Zapcic, and the rest of the guys returned yet again for their Comic Book Men Season 7 Nycc panel.

This year, the conversation veered from the new season—which features among other things cameos by the likes of Mike Coulter, Rosario Dawson, and a strangely cuddly The Exorcist doll of Linda Blair—to the longtime Jersey history shared by the men. Yet no Kevin Smith con experience is complete without at least a solitary reference to projects the Clerks director has in the pipeline… and those he turned down. Indeed, during
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Ben Affleck – A Gentle Reminder Ahead of Justice League

Martin Carr on Ben Affleck

With Justice League tracking a huge box office opening, Joss Whedon busy lightening tone and Zack Snyder stepping away permanently, there are others who have become lost amongst the kerfuffle. One is an Oscar-winning screenwriter and Best Picture winner, hounded by paparazzi and internet rumour mills for his continued role in Warner’s DC universe. Not only did he give us a new and surprising Batman, but was also hailed as the best thing in a film which others refer to politely as disjointed. He is Ben Affleck.

Amongst the white noise of reshoots, lacklustre reviews for Live By Night and his Batman commitment issues, some might have forgotten what Affleck has achieved. Sure he might have made amends for his Daredevil with that pitch black Bruce Wayne, but the media hop-scotch which has come with The Batman has undone some of that. However with
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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Brings Back Clerks Star for Multiple Roles

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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Brings Back Clerks Star for Multiple Roles
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
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Clerks - an unlikely multimedia franchise

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.

Long considered a Gen X touchstone, Clerks is a funny and filthy slice of life movie, which equates a working day for Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) to his namesake's Inferno.
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Kevin Smith Gearing Up ‘Jay And Silent Bob Reboot’

Kevin Smith Gearing Up ‘Jay And Silent Bob Reboot’
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.

Continue reading Kevin Smith Gearing Up ‘Jay And Silent Bob Reboot’ at The Playlist.
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Kevin Smith's Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Begins Filming This Fall

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,
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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Begins Shooting Very Soon

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Begins Shooting Very Soon
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.
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Production Begins on First Installment of Kevin Smith’s Horror Anthology Film Killroy Was Here

Ringling College of Art and Design just announced a partnership between the school and filmmaker extraordinaire Kevin Smith (Clerks, Red State, Tusk) for Kevin's latest project called Killroy Was Here. And according to Smith, the anthology will be a monster movie with grisly moments.

Press Release: "Sarasota, Fl, June 15, 2017 (Globe Newswire) -- Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that Kevin Smith -- iconic filmmaker, author, actor and director of Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and recent horror films Red State and Tusk; has returned to Sarasota to shoot the first installment of his latest horror anthology film Killroy Was Here. This project is being done in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design and Semkhor Productions, the executive producer.

Like many recent Kevin Smith projects, Killroy stems from a conversation taken from one of his popular weekly podcasts.

“This is a monster movie in
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Kevin Smith Filming Horror Movie ‘Killroy Was Here’ at Florida College

Kevin Smith Filming Horror Movie ‘Killroy Was Here’ at Florida College
Kevin Smith has started shooting horror movie “Killroy Was Here” in Florida in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design and Semkhor Productions.

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,
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These are The Stars of Home Alone 27 Years Later

If there’s one thing that might make you feel extremely old today it’s the fact that Home Alone was released in 1990. Saying “1990” doesn’t even seem that bad until you realize that it’s 27 years ago. I have a very hard time believing I was only 11-years-old when this movie came out, but here we are, it’s 2017 and Home Alone remains one of the highest grossing movies of all-time. I think that Salma Hayek said it best in the movie Dogma: Serendipity: I’m responsible for nineteen of the twenty top-grossing films of all time. Bethany: Nineteen? Serendipity: Yeah,

These are The Stars of Home Alone 27 Years Later
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Stage Musical Based on Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” to Bow in May 2018

Alanis Morissette: Morissette’s Twitter account

Alanis Morissette’s breakout album “Jagged Little Pill” is set to reach a whole new generation. The 1995 album serves as the basis of an upcoming stage musical of the same name, debuting at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. in May 2018. “Waitress’” Diane Paulus will direct from a book by Diablo Cody (“Juno,” “Young Adult”). Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”) will provide orchestrations and arrangements. Thrillist broke the news via Twitter.

It's all I really want

— @misterpatches

“This team that has come together for this ‘Jagged Little Pill’ musical is my musical theater dream come true,” Morissette said. “The chemistry between all of us is crackling and I feel honored to be diving into these songs again, surrounded by all of this searing talent. Diablo and Diane are already taking these deeply personal songs that are part of my soul’s marrow to a whole other level of hope, freedom, and complexity.”

“‘Jagged Little Pill’ defined a generation,” Paulus added. “Yet the raw, emotional honesty of Alanis’ songs feels more needed now than ever.”

The seminal album has sold over 33 million copies worldwide. Featuring songs like “You Oughta Know,” “All I Really Want,” and “Ironic,” it nabbed nine Grammy nods and won for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. Since then, Morissette has released five other albums. Also an actress, she has appeared in films like “Dogma,” series such as “Sex and the City” and Jenji Kohan’s “Weeds,” and theater productions of Eve Ensler’s “The Vaginia Monologues” and “The Exonerated.”

The “Jagged Little Pill” musical is expected to eventually open on Broadway, but no official date has been set yet.

Stage Musical Based on Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” to Bow in May 2018 was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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