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Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, is bringing its members two brand new comedy specials from one of the funniest and most influential comedians of all time: the one and only Chris Rock. Marking the multiple Emmy Award-winning comedian’s return to stand-up after an eight-year absence, Rock will tape two all-new specials that will debut on Netflix around the world. The first show will tape in 2017, following a new world tour being planned now.
"Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty. There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent.”
“I'm very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix. I can't wait to get back on stage. »
- Kellvin Chavez
As big a star as Ben Affleck is, I’m sure he gets the credit that he deserves. Not only is he an A-list Hollywood talent, he’s an acclaimed and award winning filmmaker. Affleck is part of superhero blockbusters, prestige fare, and everything in between. Throw in his charity work and you have a dynamic star. For a while, he was seen as a bit of a punching bag, but another Oscar and some very solid choices later, that decidedly is no longer the case. He’s rightfully taken his place as one of the industry’s biggest names. I just don’t think he’s always seen in that light, which is a shame. Affleck is a two time Academy Award winner, taking home an Oscar early in his career for co-writing Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon, then winning one a few years ago for producing his latest directional outing Argo. »
- Joey Magidson
Right now you can see Yoga Hosers in select theaters if you’re in the mood to see the latest insane romp from Kevin Smith. The filmmaker behind Clerks, Dogma and most recently the weird horror movie Tusk has said that he set out to make a movie that he would have wanted to watch if […]
- Ethan Anderton
Maybe the reason why we get so upset when Kevin Smith makes an underwhelming movie isn’t just that we know he can do better. Films like “Clerks” and “Dogma” display the indie-film icon’s talent, but his extended Q&A sessions show how down-to-earth he is. It’s easier to imagine actually talking to the writer-director and saying, “Kev, violently transforming Justin Long into a walrus doesn’t sound like your best idea — maybe don’t go through with that one,” than it would have been to tell someone like Baz Luhrmann not to make “The Great Gatsby.” Even so, »
- Michael Nordine
Preacher will become a landmark series. People will look back at this ‘R’ rated piece of ephemera in years to come and remember what was done here. As an example of everything being done right there are few comparisons which readily spring to mind. Only Breaking Bad from a tonal perspective comes close, while others may say Arrow, Grimm and Supernatural. But this programme is not so easily categorised and all the better for it.
A perfect example are those old Western flashbacks featuring a grizzled cowboy, Indian tree decoration and female violation with a side order of child spectator. These are part homage with a red rating, verging on the caricature in content, but carried off with style due to Graham McTavish and that characterisation. Lack of context to a present day has made it more and more incongruous and therefore inherently intriguing. »
- Amie Cranswick
“Vigilante Diaries” follows The Vigilante (Paul Sloan), a plays-by-his-own-rules renegade crime fighter that has gone missing and has caused turmoil between the Mafia, drug cartels, and shadowy Special Ops teams. Vlogger Michael Hanover (Jason Mewes) eventually catches up with him to track his disappearance, but when The Vigilante takes down the wrong bad guy, it sets off a chain of events they had never anticipated. The film also stars Michael Madsen (“Reservoir Dogs”), Michael Jai White (“Spawn”), Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (“The A-Team”), and more. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Paul Sloan and Michael Madsen share nasty threats over video chat.
Read More: Watch: Michael Madsen Tries to Stop His ‘Death in the Desert’ in Exclusive Clip
The film is directed by Christian Sesma, who specializes in low-budget, independent genre fare. He began his career with the 2005 action short “6:30,” before following it up an indie horror feature “On Bloody Sunday, »
- Vikram Murthi
Louisa Mellor Jul 1, 2016
Not every artist is happy to have their song featured in a particular TV show or film. Here are 17 times the rights were refused...
It's not only political campaigns that inspire musical artists to exercise the power of veto on the use of their songs. For reasons of finance, reputation, ego, taste and more, the following TV shows and films weren't able to secure the use of the recordings they originally sought...
This Express piece quotes an Empire Magazine interview with Martin Scorsese’s long-time editor Thelma Schoonmaker in which she relates how the original plan was to have Frank Sinatra’s original recording of My Way play over the end credits of modern gangster classic Goodfellas instead of the Sid Vicious cover that was eventually used.
Yoga Hosers (2016)
Directed By Kevin Smith
Starring Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Adam Brody, Justin Long, Natasha Lyonne, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, Tony Hale, Ralph Garman, Tony Hale, Harley Morenstein, Tyler Posey, Austin Butler, Jason Mewes and Vanessa Paradis.
Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an ancient evil presence that is threatening their major party plans.
As a director, Kevin Smith has taken a rather divisive career turn in recent years. Gone are the days when the Fatman on Batman was an indie darling churning out critically acclaimed hits like Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma, and in his place is a podcaster who no longer cares about film conventions with outings like Red State and Tusk. This is a director who said he was retiring from the game to focus on podcasts, and now finds himself prepping another sequel to Clerks, »
- Luke Owen
The eagerly awaited Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 launch Photo: Richard Mowe
The grande dame of global filmfests, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (15 - 26 June), which for uninterrupted longevity beats both Cannes and Venice, unveiled its bumper 70th edition programme today with more than 160 titles embracing 46 different countries and including a UK bow for Pixar’s Finding Dory.
Mark Adams, the event’s artistic director, assured that “although the brochure is now out there, we are still working away furiously behind the scenes, finalising guests and confirming details.”
Edinburgh International Film Festival director Mark Adams announcing the 2016 line-up. Photo: Richard Mowe
He was, however, prepared to drop few names in to the mix: actress Kim Cattrall, who was in Edinburgh in 2011 for Meet Monica Velour, will return for an In Person session while indie director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma) will also appear on stage with his daughter Harley Quinn whom he »
- Richard Mowe
The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival, which runs June 15-26, will showcase 161 feature films from 46 countries, including 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 U.K. premieres. Artistic director Mark Adams, unveiling the selection Wednesday, said there was “something for everyone,” and the festival would “challenge, provoke and entertain audiences.”
Highlights include the U.K. premiere of Disney-Pixar animation “Finding Dory,” In-Person events featuring the likes of Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of “Tommy’s Honor” and “Whisky Galore!” Classic include “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” with John Williams’ score performed live by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic “Highlander,” celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.
- Leo Barraclough
Good news, Capcom fans! From now until May 17, you can net yourself a whole bunch of excellent titles from the studio’s vast back catalogue for just a fraction of their total worth.
As usual, the games you get depends on how much money you decide to part with. See below for the full breakdown of each threshold.
If you pay $1 or more, you’ll get access to:
Strider Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 1: Penal Colony Lost Planet 3 Complete Pack Bionic Commando Rearmed
In addition to the above, you’ll also receive the following:
Coupon: 40% off Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Coupon: 30% off Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Paying more than the average (currently stands at $8.80 as of writing) will unlock the following four games, with more to be added over the rest of the remaining period.
- Joe Pring
Full disclosure: I was an early adopter of Kevin Smith movies. To this day, I have a tendency to name cats after his characters, and randomly quote Clerks at people, mid-conversation. For me, the filmmaker has yet to make a movie that tops 1999’s Dogma – but every time he delivers a new one, I still find myself hoping that it will be the one to become my new Kevin Smith favourite. Will Yoga Hosers claim that title? The new trailer would suggest, probably not. It does indicate, though, that Kevin Smith still has plenty of motivation to continue shaking up his own brand, by telling original stories in fresh and innovative ways.
Starring Harley Quinn Smith and Lily Rose Depp, Yoga Hosers focuses on two teenage girls named Colleen, who find themselves at the forefront of a battle against an ancient evil while working at their local convenience store. »
- Sarah Myles
When was the last time you saw a movie about jewellery and robots? The answer to that unusual question is something Google Play are banking on for Bling, the first animated film to be distributed via the platform. Best of all it’s free!
Concerning the calamity that ensues when a hopeful man’s engagement surprise is mistakenly acquired by a supervillain, it features attention-grabbing elements such as positronic primate Kit, voiced by Jay and Silent Bob star Jason Mewes.
Putting on our best suit, and with our best inquiries boxed up and ready to be sprung, we took Mr Mewes to the nearest restaurant in the hope he’d accept our proposal. Along the way we couldn’t help but talk about his most famous role and working with friend and quietest Bob in history Kevin Smith for the past couple of decades…
What was your reaction when you were told about the concept? »
- Steve Palace
Reading through the Euro Palace blog I’ve stumbled upon an article which talks about how some movies would make great video slot machines. No wonder they have chosen the slots as a topic – Euro Palace specializes in real money games, and slot machines are the games of choice at such venues. They’ve chosen The Bucket List, any James Bond movie, Mortal Kombat, Kick-Ass and Pulp Fiction for their list. Their reasons are plausible, and they are right – any of the above would make a great slot machine. But let me add five more to the list – hoping for developers to listen. So, here is my five cents, well, erm, movies.
1. Ocean’s Eleven
What better source of inspiration for a video slot machine than a story about a gang robbing three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously? The movie has the visuals and the selection of movie stars to make a perfect video slot, »
Although only one month has passed in 2016, fans have already had to say goodbye to a number of beloved Hollywood icons in such a short period of time. One of the many legends we lost last month was Harry Potter star Alan Rickman, who passed away at the age of 69 after battling cancer. Over the weekend, Harry Potter fans from around the world gathered at Universal Studios Orlando, where a new video was taken, courtesy of Inside the Magic, to pay tribute to the late actor by raising their wands.
This homage to Alan Rickman took place at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016, an annual event that has taken place ever since the theme park opened at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter section back in 2010. Since this was the first public event that took place after the late actor's death, it's not surprising that fans turned out in droves »
I Hate wine! Seriously, no kidding, I cannot drink it, smell it and I don’t like to talk about it. The origin of this distaste for fermented grape juice? It was when I was in the Navy (there he goes again!) I was on liberty in Brindisi, Italy (Bill remembers!) We were in a restaurant on a bright, sunny Italian Sunday afternoon. We ordered food and wine. The wine came in pitchers, not bottles. I don’t recall the food ever arriving, don’t remember leaving the restaurant, going back to the ship, none of that, complete blackout.
Literally one minute in the restaurant, the next lying face down in my rack strangling on my own sick. I won’t go into any more sordid details, I’ll spare you that. Sufficient to note I was in trouble with the Navy, had gotten horribly sick on a liberty boat, »
- Sam Moffitt
Silent Bob is speaking up on YouTube. Kevin Smith, known for directing cult favorite films like Clerks and Dogma, has partnered with production company and multi-channel network Defy Media to launch his own channel on YouTube, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Smith is known for his boisterous opinions about nerd culture, and his first series with Defy Media underscores that particular idea. It’s called Fat Man on Batman, and it serves as a video version of Smith’s podcast of the same name. Here’s the latest episode, released on January 18th:
Defy Media will assist Smith with the promotion, growth, and ad sales of his YouTube channel, while also offering him a production space for his podcast. In addition, Smith has teamed up with longtime collaborator Jason Mewes for What’s in the Box with Jay and Silent Bob, a series distributed through Defy’s newly-launched subscription service, »
- Sam Gutelle
Smith, who directed Rickman in Dogma, has shared memories and photos from the set, and expressed his sadness at the actor’s death
Smith directed Rickman as the voice of God in his 1999 film, Dogma, and in a Facebook post recounted how Rickman was “the first non-friend who signed up to the flick, but he became a great friend in record time”.
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- Catherine Shoard
Beloved British actor Alan Rickman was mourned by millions after he died from cancer on Thursday, but one of the most heartfelt tributes came from director Kevin Smith. Rickman, who lost his battle with cancer at age 69, starred in Smith’s 1999 comedy “Dogma” as Metatron, a.k.a. the Voice of God, garbed in a scruffy grey hoodie and angel wings. “One of my favorite people who ever lived has died,” Smith wrote in a Facebook tribute. “Alan was the first non-friend who signed up to the flick, but he became a great friend in record time.” Also Read: Alan Rickman, »
- Debbie Emery
The great Alan Rickman, who died at age 39 after a short battle with cancer, has had unforgettable roles in Die Hard, Sense and Sensibility, Truly Madly Deeply, and the Harry Potter series. But I'd argue that millennials first became obsessed with him after watching one of his under-discussed roles of the late '90s. The role is Metatron, and the movie is Dogma. I saw Dogma at age 13, and that's exactly the age when many millennials discovered the droll, sinister, but undeniably bad-ass screen presence of Alan Rickman. As one of God's spokespeople in the Catholicism-spoofing comedy, he's both downtrodden and wryly cool. You trusted him as a voice of reason in a movie that dared to throw an actual shit monster at you. Dogma is also irreverent and playfully philosophical in a way that appeals specifically to, say, teens who are learning to defy their parents' staid beliefs for the first time. »
- Louis Virtel
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