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19 items from 2008

Chances Are

18 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

"Stop fidgeting!" Emma Thompson chides Dustin Hoffman, who can't seem to sit still. The energetic 71-year-old actor is in constant motion, whether looking for a pen so he can write down movie recommendations, re-enacting a pivotal scene from The Graduate, or stealing soap from the hotel bathrooms (more on that later). Hoffman takes her good-natured scolding in stride and promptly sits down next to her on the couch and behaves. It would appear that in addition to her acting and writing skills, Thompson can also direct.The duo first met on the 2006 film Stranger Than Fiction, and Thompson reveals that when she first saw her co-star, her world came to a standstill: "I thought, 'There's Dustin Hoffman. And I'm going to be working with him. How extraordinary that is.' You didn't realize how much I loved you as an actor. Or maybe you did, maybe you assumed. And rightfully so. »

- Jenelle Riley

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'Twilight' Finishes Friday with $33 Million with 'Bolt' and Bond Battling for Second

22 November 2008 12:34 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Twilight's on top and Bond has his eye on Bolt

Photo: Summit / Disney / Sony Steve Mason has updated his Fantasy Moguls early Friday estimates and after Twilight's reported $7.5 million take thanks to midnight screenings the estimate for the teen-vamp flick bumped to $33 million, and impressive opening to be sure, but how big will the drop be from Friday to Saturday? No matter how you look at it, should the $33 million stick and not drop too far it will actually mean Twilight will move ever so slightly ahead of current 16th place opening record holder Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ($32.3 million). The three-day weekend total is a bit more difficult to predict. Many have already said (taking Friday expectations into account) Twilight is expected to hit in the high $50 million range with a chance at $60 million. Mason at Fantasy Moguls is typically quick to inflate numbers after a big opening »

- Brad Brevet

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Box-Office Wrap-Up: Nov. 7 - Nov. 9, 2008

9 November 2008 1:54 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Whoa. It was the biggest box office weekend since August, when a little film called Dark Knight was on the prowl. Thus I say the economy is fixed. Whew. Glad that's all over. #1 movie predicted correctly: 1 Week In A Row 1. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Between this and Kung Fu Panda I'm not sure why there aren't more Pixar/Dreamworks debates. For instance, Wall-e made nearly$150m less than Panda. How come we're not calling them geniuses? Result: 63.5 million (My rank: #1, $10.8m off) 2. Role Models Yep, the nation was ready for comedy. Give it a few more months and we'll be ready for real movies again. Result: 19.2 million (My rank: #2, $3.8m off) 3. High School Musical 3: Senior Year Odd. This went from a 64% to a 39% drop in its third weekend. It will hit $170m worldwide on Mondy, not too shabby for renting out a high school and teaching some kids to sing. »

- Laremy Legel

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'Madagascar 2' Opens Big, 'Models' Surprises and 'Porno' Holds Strong

8 November 2008 3:55 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Photo: DreamWorks Animation For the last week I have been working on a major overhaul to the backend systems of RopeofSilicon and it has caused me to feel a little out of touch with the world of movies recently. The election on Tuesday was another wrench in the works making it feel like a mid-week holiday only to have Friday sneak up on me out of nowhere. So here I sit on a late Friday night/early Saturday morning and finally feel like I am catching up only to realize the weekend box-office is a blur to me. I wrote the reviews and expected Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa to land big, but the numbers mean nothing to me. However, I think if I focus hard enough I can guide »

- Brad Brevet

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AMC Seeks Best Monster Hunters

31 October 2008 7:53 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

While we disapprove of AMC’s decision to air their movies with ad breaks, we do admire their original series, Mad Men, and their various online features.  Today, in honor of the holiday, they have launched the Master Monster Hunter Tournament. Readers are being asked to nominate their favorite hunters and the top 16 will be facing off in a voting death match between November 10 and December 12.  Finalists are being named on November 6 so you have a week to give this some deep thought as you munch your Halloween treats.

Nominations to date:

Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) Riddick Seth Gecko, From Dusk Till Dawn Blade (Wesley Snipes), Blade, Blade II, and Blade: Trinity Jay & Slient Bob (Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith), Dogma Ashley (Bruce Campbell), Evil Dead Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 Jack Crow (James Woods), Vampire$ Hellboy (Ron Perlman) Alice, Resident Evil Dr. Alan Grant from Jurassic »

- Robert Greenberger

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Five Movies That Kevin Smith Should Direct

30 October 2008 10:12 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Oct 30, 2008 Chances are - unless you live in a fundamentalist, anti-technology commune in Utah or unless all your friends are vigilant about keeping a swear jar - someone you know is a fan of Kevin Smith. Even if you missed the original indie firestorm created by Smith's low-budget debut, Clerks, back in 1994, there's a good chance that you've witnessed some part of the writer/director/actor's impressive resume in the subsequent 14 years. Since Clerks, he's written and directed Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey ...Read more at »

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Kevin Smith's Career Trajectory

30 October 2008 5:12 AM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Kevin Smith has had an unusual career since bursting onto the indie scene with 1994's Clerks. Fourteen years later, he's still making movies, yet he continues to fester in a strange purgatory between studio and independent releases. Nearly every smaller release of his career has been followed with a larger studio release that disappointed at the box office. His high point financially came with 1999's Dogma grossing $30.6 million. And while that may have been impressive in comparison to Smith's prior efforts, it barely covers the marketing budget for most major Hollywood releases.

After very publicly announcing he was leaving the sophomoric humor behind to concentrate on the more mature Jersey Girl, Smith immediately retreated to direct Clerks II after Jersey Girl took a ruthless critical and commercial pummeling. With the wide release of Zack and Miri Make a Porno this week, the director is again attempting to bring his world to the masses. »

- Jeff Otto

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Kevin Smith on the Origins and Original Cast of 'Zack and Miri'

29 October 2008 7:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Comedy, Fandom, Interviews

"I liked the idea of doing something about porn, but mainstream porn had been done and done very well by Paul Thomas Anderson in Boogie Nights. So no point in doing that. I'm not trying to go in there and throw my d*ck down and be all like, 'I'm better than Paul Thomas Anderson.' We all know I'm not." -- Kevin Smith

Last month, I traveled to Red Bank, New Jersey and enjoyed a very cool lunch with a very cool dude by the name of Kevin Smith. While we scarfed down some tasty Italian food, I recorded roughly an hour and a half of our conversation -- all of which would be way too much to read in one post. Thus, I've decided to break some stuff up into sections and post them separately, then I'll be back with much more in »

- Erik Davis

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Box Office: Zack and Miri and Molly

29 October 2008 5:03 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

The sequels were king this past weekend with High School Musical 3 and Saw V pulling in large groups from wildly different demographics (or at least one hopes so). Last week's other new release Pride and Glory came in with a less than stellar fifth place. Here's the top five:

1. High School Musical 3: Senior Year: $42 million

2. Saw V: $30 million

3. Max Payne: $7.6 million

4. Beverly Hills Chihuahua: $6.8 million

5. Pride & Glory: $6.2 million

We've got two new releases this week hoping to pull in both laughs and shrieks. We've also got a couple expanding into wider release.

The Haunting of Molly Hartley

What's It All About: After surviving a murder attempt committed by her psychotic mother, Molly Hartley tries for a new lease on life at a new private school, but she learns that something truly evil is in store for her on her 18th birthday.

Why It Might Do Well: Hellooo! »

- Matt Bradshaw

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Exclusive: 30 Minutes with Kevin Smith

28 October 2008 2:43 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Getting a chance to interview Kevin Smith is one of those moments where you know you aren't going to have enough time, that is if you know the man at all and have ever heard him speak. Hell, if you have ever seen "An Evening with Kevin Smith" you already know what I am talking about, he told a story about Prince that lasted over 40 minutes and each and every minute of it was entertaining. Considering the fact that I had 30 minutes with the man, when one-on-one interviews are traditionally only limited to 15 minutes or so, you would think I would be ecstatic, but we only got to about 50% of my questions since we went off on so many tangents. It wasn't until six minutes in that we even got on topic, which is Zack and Miri Make a Porno, opening this Friday, October 31. I had seen Max Payne that »

- Brad Brevet

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Zack and Miri's Money Shots - Webisode #2

10 October 2008 5:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Earlier this week we brought you the first introductory episode of "Money Shots", the behind-the-scenes series on the making of Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno. A few more episodes have been released since then, including this second one titled "Kevin & Seth". In this episode, Seth Rogen chats with director Kevin Smith on set and learns how to be more like Ben Affleck. As everyone hopefully knows, Kevin Smith worked with Ben Affleck on Chasing Amy, Jersey Girl and Dogma (among other cameo roles) before. Which is why this is a funny (and painful) conversation to watch. Check it out and enjoy! Watch the second episode of "Money Shots" from Zack and Miri Make a Porno: [flv: 480 288] Head over to Quick Stop for an archive of all the "Money Shots" episodes! Zack and Miri Make a Porno is both written and directed by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, »

- Alex Billington

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Toronto Review: Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno

9 September 2008 4:42 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

To say I enjoyed Zack and Miri Make a Porno would be inaccurate. I loved it, every last second, right down to the mushy story about love and relationships that Kevin Smith gets to in the end. It's hilarious, it's saturated with sex, and it's charming, too. To be honest, I think Kevin Smith has actually taken a gigantic step forward, away from his previous films like Clerks and Dogma, and ventured into new comedic territory that used to only be reserved for Judd Apatow. I thought Seth Rogen might not be able to keep up his consistently strong comedic performances, but he's outdone himself and even topped Pineapple Express this time. Zack and Miri isn't exactly as reflective as Clerks II, but it's definitely sweeter. If you haven't figured out what the film is about simply from the title, then I don't think I should be explaining it to »

- Alex Billington

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'Zack and Miri' Make Great Buzz in Toronto

8 September 2008 9:32 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

The latest balls-out (literally) comedy from Kevin Smith, titled Zack and Miri Make a Porno, has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and buzz so far has been pretty damn positive. We'll have a review for you soon, but I will say (after having seen it) that the flick does not disappoint -- it's filthy, raunchy and foul-mouthed, but it packs a ton of heart and more than a few hilarious moments. Definitely an audience film, so see it in the theater and have fun. (p.s. Craig Robinson steals this mofo hands down!) In the meantime, here's what some folks are saying:

"Call this one definitely better (and certainly more smoothly shot and cut) than Clerks II, heads and shoulders above Jersey Girl, a bit funnier than Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, livelier and more entertaining that Dogma, almost as intimate and touching as Chasing Amy, much »

- Erik Davis

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The A.V. Club At Tiff '08: Day 4

8 September 2008 6:53 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Zack And Miri Make A Porno Director/Country/Time: Kevin Smith, USA, 102 min. Cast: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Mewes Program: Special Presentations Headline: Kevin Smith makes a good movie Noel's Take: I gave up on Kevin Smith after Dogma, coming to the conclusion that I was done with indifferently shot, choppily edited slacker comedies in which all the dialogue was essentially one long monologue split between a handful of one-note characters. I was annoyed by Smith's self-aggrandizing attempts to build his "askewniverse," and by his vision of a world in which regardless of gender, race, religion or social status, everyone was adept at raunchy sex talk. So bear all that in mind when I say that Zack And Miri Make A Porno was pretty darn enjoyable. Having not seen a Smith film in roughly a decade, I have »

- Scott Tobias, Noel Murray

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Kevin Smith makes a porno with `Zack and Miri'

28 August 2008 9:20 PM, PDT | | See recent FantasticFest news »

Zack and Miri Make a Porno will have it's Us Premiere in Austin, Texas as the opening night film of the 2008 Fantastic Fest. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, August 30 on or the Paramount Theater box office.

Below is the AP News story with further info on the film:

By David Germain, AP Movie WriterTue Aug 26, 8:09 Am Et

Kevin Smith likes to watch porn online, not to get his jollies but to marvel at how extreme the art of exhibitionist sex can be.

"I'm a morning porn peruser, and not for the titillation factor. I just find it interesting," said Smith, whose latest comedy is "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," the tale of best friends shooting their own skin flick to dig themselves out of debt. "I'll go read Google news, I'll go read Guardian UK, go read our Web site, and then if I've got nothing else, »

- (Tim League)

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Affleck and Bateman To Star in New Mike Judge Flick

21 August 2008 5:08 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Variety and the majority of the other movie sites running this story all seem to solely be focusing on Ben Affleck's involvement in Mike Judge's Extract, but quite frankly I was enamored enough with Affleck's Gone Baby Gone that I now know I don't want to see ol' Ben in front of the camera as much as I want to see him behind it, at least not as much anymore, but a Judge comedy may get him back to those good ol' Kevin Smith days. His work on Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon was phenomenal, his directing on Gone Baby Gone was kick ass, and as an actor I will always remember him solely from Chasing Amy, Dogma, Mallrats and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. A lot of people rag on Affleck for films like Reindeer Games and Daredevil, but his contributions to the film world »

- Brad Brevet

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More Rock and Shock Guests Announced

17 July 2008 9:44 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Massachusetts' biggest horror gathering and one of our absolute favorite shows adds a bit more meat to the bones of their fifth show, which will be taking place on October 10th-12th in Worcester, Ma. As per usual we've got the early word for you!

Appearing will be:

Jason Mewes - Feast, Dogma, Clerks 1 & 2, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, The Tripper

Brian O'Halloran - Clerks 1 & 2, Brutal Massacre, Mallrats, Vulgar, The Happening

Greg Nicotero - SFX & Makeup master, Day of the Dead, Chronicles of Narnia, The Mist, Hostel

Danielle Harris - Halloween 4 & 5, Prank, Rob Zombie's Halloween

George Wilbur - Halloween 4, 5 & 6

Keep an eye on the official Rock and Shock site for more guest additions in the coming months, not to mention their lineup of kickass bands that will bring the Rock to the Shock. And hey, get your plans in order now by visiting the official Rock and Shock forums, »

- Uncle Creepy

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George Carlin dies at 71

23 June 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

George Carlin, stand-up comedian, actor and author, died Sunday night of heart failure. He was 71.

Known for his irreverent attitude, particularly his satiric and caustic observations on religion and language, Carlin was a popular counterculture figure.

He first came to national attention during the 1960s on "Laugh In," where he created such persona as the hippie-dippie weatherman. Carlin never lost his hippie sensibilities as he retained his beard and ponytail.

Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, went into St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pain and died later that evening, said his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He had performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.

Carlin was inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame in 1994.

In 2004, Carlin was voted the No. 2 "Greatest Stand-up Comedian of All Time" by Comedy Central, behind Richard Pryor. He »

- By Duane Byrge

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More sign on to 'Make a Porno'

16 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Office's Craig Robinson and former porn star Traci Lords have joined Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks and Jason Mewes in Kevin Smith's Zack & Miri Make a Porno.

Ricky Mabe (ABC Family's Beautiful People), Jeff Anderson (Clerks II) and Katie Morgan (HBO's Katie Morgan: A Porn Star Revealed) have also joined the film, which is being produced through The Weinstein Co. and Dimension Films. Production is set to begin Wednesday.

The story centers around two lifelong friends -- Zack and Miri -- who after finding themselves deep in debt enlist their friends to make a pornographic movie with the goal of earning some quick cash.

Michael Cole and Carla Gardini are overseeing the project for TWC and Dimension Films.

The film marks the latest collaboration between Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Smith and producer Scott Mosier. Their previous projects include Clerks, Clerks II, Chasing Amy and Dogma.

Robinson is repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment

Lords, whose feature credits include Novel Romance and Blade is repped by Innovative Artists and Juliet Green Management. »

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