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Matt Damon Adds Frances McDormand To Directorial Debut; Talks Influence From Working With Master Filmmakers

19 December 2011 4:44 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since breaking out with Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon has gone from huge franchises (Bourne, Ocean’s films) to smaller independent projects (Margaret, Gerry) to prestige films (The Departed, Syriana) to bigger gambles like this year’s The Adjustment Bureau, all while having some fun (Stuck On You, Dogma). He will now be taking his career to the next level (as his pal Ben Affleck has done with success in The Town and Gone Baby Gone), by directing his first feature.

This fall we got some new details on the untitled drama developed by author Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are) and co-written with The Office‘s John Krasinski. They will both star in the film that follows “a salesman who arrives in a small town only to have his whole life called into question.” We finally have some more insight into the project, as Damon stopped by Kcrw »

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Close Up – Ben Affleck’s Irresolute Career

2 December 2011 5:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We take time for granted and it’s odd how a year can completely change your life.

Ben Affleck was struggling to get his acting career off the ground with only bit parts in relatively ignored films bar, in what would become a recurring role with Kevin Smith, Mallrats and Chasing Amy. It has been said that it all it takes is a good idea and that’s where Ben Affleck and Matt Damon come in with their Oscar-winning film, Good Will Hunting.

It may have been the film that started their careers, that accelerated them to stardom but it doesn’t mean it was all simple and handed to them on a platter. In fact, their script was rejected multiple times especially from one studio who kept suggesting that they change things without reading it. In fact, they knew it wasn’t being read because they unnecessarily added a »

- Ashley Norris

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The problem with Kevin Smith

29 November 2011 2:39 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

One of the more difficult aspects of being a diehard film fan is that it is almost inevitable that the disassociation from reality one experiences in watching a movie can sometimes carry over past its conclusion. In other words, who among us hasn't come to enjoy a character/film/franchise to the point that you think (or would like to think) that said character or characters aren't so different from their real life players? Would it not be grand if Harrison Ford really was a devilish rogue with deadly whip skills? Or if you peered across a bowling alley and saw Jeff Bridges ordering a White Russian?

Sadly, the truth is often far from the fevered imaginings of obsessed film fans. Film's main artistic goal is to entertain by telling a story; actors are merely the entertainers that guide us through these stories. No matter how many times you watch »

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10 possible Doctors for David Yates' Doctor Who movie

15 November 2011 3:42 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

While speculation rages about how much substance there is to talk of a big screen Doctor Who movie, we've decided to offer our casting services...

Settle down, now. Give your gnashing teeth a rest, and just admit that even if the prospect of Harry Potter director David Yates doing a big-screen reboot of Doctor Who drives you to distraction, you've still thought about it. Admit that you've considered who the Doctor would be in a big Hollywood-backed reboot.

Completely disregarding the argument about whether a new cinematic continuity is a good idea or not, any Whovian is going to have considered the idea before yesterday's scoop. As we're obviously all agreed that Christopher Walken should voice the Daleks (because that would be incredible), we've rounded up some of our favourites to take on the controls of the Tardis.

There are a few caveats to the list, naturally. It wouldn't be »

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The Thing You Didn't See

11 November 2011 1:30 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

To call the premake of The Thing a mixed bag is a bit of an understatement. Even after all these weeks have passed, we still can't shake the feeling that there was behind-the-scenes turmoil we may never be privy to. The film for the most part was a decent combination of CGI and practical effects--that is, until the third act, when some sort of switch was flipped and we got an entirely different movie.

In any event, Make-Up Artist Magazine scored some really cool concept art and images from the film that feature some sick looking beasties. Hit up the link below for the rest after you're done checking out the sampling we have here.

"Vincent Guastini's special make-up effects credits include Requiem for a Dream, Dogma and Saturday Night Live; he also contributed to the recent prequel of The Thing, although you wouldn’t know it from watching the film. »

- Uncle Creepy

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The Thing Prequel – Unused Concept Art

11 November 2011 12:52 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

A common complaint about this year’s The Thing prequel was the lack of practical effects and overabundance of CGI, in great contrast to the John Carpenter original. Though this wasn’t initially the case, as way back when the idea was a SyFy channel original project under the supervision of Frank Darabont.

Originally Make-Up Artist and huge fan of The Thing mythos, Vincent Guastini (Requiem For A Dream, Dogma, Thinner) was in talks to design some of the practical creature effects for the film. Ultimately this work was phased out of the film, but some of the concept art and designs have hit the web (via Make Up Mag) and now’s your chance to see The Thing that could have been:

See the rest and tell us, would this direction have made for a better film? Did you like the 2011 version? Let us know in the comments!

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- Elvis

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Casey Affleck Has 'No Idea' What 'Paradise Lost' Will Look Like

2 November 2011 11:10 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Director Alex Proyas is undertaking a pretty gargantuan feat in his attempt to adapt John Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost" for the big screen. In fact, it's so gargantuan that even its stars can't wrap their mind about what it's going to look like.

The project has gathered an impressive cast to play some of the most famous Biblical characters of all time. Bradley Cooper will play Lucifer, Camilla Belle and Diego Boneta will play Eve and Adam, and Casey Affleck will play the archangel Gabriel. It will be interesting to see how Proyas manages to bring the classic to the big screen using modern inventions like CGI. We're assuming that the angels in this film will look a bit more impressive than the one's in Kevin Smith's "Dogma," for instance. (No disrespect intended, Matt and Ben!)

So what exactly will "Paradise Lost" look like? When MTV caught »

- Terri Schwartz

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to reunite on gangland thriller

25 October 2011 7:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The pair are set to collaborate on a biopic of notorious American criminal Whitey Bulger, said Damon in a recent interview

The Oscar-winning writers and stars of Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, are set to reunite for a gangland biopic based on the life of infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, Variety reports.

Damon will portray Bulger, a notorious figure who doubled as an FBI informant and was reportedly the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in Martin Scorsese's The Departed. He was recently captured in Santa Monica after being on the run for 15 years. At the time he was wanted for 19 murders and had been on the FBI's most wanted list for 16 years.

Affleck, who has made an assured move behind the camera since filming Gone Baby Gone in 2007, is being tapped by studio Warner Brothers to direct. It will be his fourth film: his other »

- Ben Child

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Affleck & Damon Re-team

25 October 2011 3:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Fans of Good Will Hunting and/or Dogma rejoice; it seems the old team of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are finally getting back together for a biopic of Boston crime boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. Nothing has been set in stone as of yet, but it appears Affleck will direct and Damon will star as Bulger, the notorious criminal who evaded the law successfully until his capture earlier this year.

Affleck and Damon came to prominence in an uplifting Hollywood success story; as two struggling actors, they decided the only way to get the kind of roles they wanted was to create them. Their screenplay for Good Will Hunting won an Oscar and they’ve been huge stars ever since. While Damon has gone from strength to strength as an actor, Affleck has honed his craft as a director. Gone Baby Gone and The Town were both well received and »

- Josh Mills

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Will Re-Team for Whitey Bulger Movie

24 October 2011 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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Back in that long-forgotten year of 1997, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were the bestest of beffies. The adorable scamps -- and lifelong friends -- co-wrote 'Good Will Hunting' together, co-starred in the film and won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Since then they've obviously remained close, but never really collaborated again (though they did appear together in 'Dogma' and 'Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back' for Kevin Smith). It was rumored that Matt and Ben would re-team for 'The Trade,' about a pair of real-life wife-swapping New York Yankees from the '70s, but with that having hit some legal snags, the pals have focused on a new project: the life and arrest of Whitey Bulger.

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- Christopher Rosen

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Red State (Kevin Smith, 2011) Review

20 October 2011 8:14 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

by Jason Lees, MoreHorror.com

Between writing for this site, work, and being a poor college student and single father, I don’t have much time for variety when it comes to my personal entertainment. I love movies, especially my horror movies, so if I’m going to take the time to watch something, it’s almost always in my genre or something that my kid likes. Having said that, I’m also a huge Kevin Smith fan. I was in college (the first attempt) when his Clerks came out and it was the eye opener to indie cinema that changed the way lots of people saw film. Whether he wanted to or not, Smith became the poster boy for indie cinema.

A few years later Smith established a mini-empire with such comedy flicks as Clerks 2 and Dogma. He made movies pretty much for his fans, almost always showcasing »

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Red State – review

1 October 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The maverick moviemaker Kevin Smith has on several occasions satirised the Catholic Church into which he was born, the best known instance being Dogma. Here he takes an angry, slapdash look at Protestant fundamentalism in a movie partly inspired by the 1993 siege of the charismatic David Koresh's Branch Davidians cult by federal agents that led to the deaths of 76 people including children and pregnant women. Smith plays it for laughs, as three randy teenagers are lured to the rural retreat of the Five Points Church by a blowsy middle-aged follower (Melissa Leo) of a mad preacher (Michael Parks). This Koresh-like leader delivers a dead serious 15-minute sermon before ordering his devotees to murder a succession of gays and other offenders, following which a dim federal agent (John Goodman) blunders in and sparks off a massacre. It becomes crude, equal-opportunity comedy when Goodman gets away with it, and post-9/11 legislation allows »

- Philip French

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Kevin Smith Video Interview – Red State

28 September 2011 3:27 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Red State is out in UK cinemas this Friday and our friends from Upbeat got the chance to chat with Writer / Director Kevin Smith about the movie, what we can expect and why we should go and see it. He also goes into detail about how many of the actors were paid very little to be in the movie but did it for the love of the script, or the characters in which they got to play. If you missed our review of Red State, you can click here to check it out and we also have the chance for you to win merchandise from the film.

Red State stars John Goodman​, Kyle Gallner​, Michael Angarano​, Melissa Leo​, Stephen Root​ and Kevin Pollak​.

The 10th film from writer/director Kevin Smith (“Clerks”, “Chasing Amy”, “Dogma”, “Clerks 2″, “Zack & Miri Make a Porno”), Red State unfolds in a small town dominated by a fundamentalist preacher, »

- David Sztypuljak

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Running gags and inside jokes in Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse

28 September 2011 5:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Red State out on tomorrow in the UK, we provide a run-down of the running gags and inside jokes in Kevin Smith’s earlier films…

“See, all these movies take place in this small town called Shermer in Illinois, where all the honeys are top-shelf but all the dudes are whiny pussies.” Jay, Dogma.

A large part of Kevin Smith's career as a filmmaker has been spent telling stories about New Jersey, not to be mistaken for “just making the same movie over and over again.” With an affection for John Hughes, who set a number of hugely popular teen comedies in the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois, Smith followed up Clerks with a number of movies set in the same microcosmic continuity as his first film.

Colloquially named after View Askew Productions, the View Askewniverse encompasses all of Smith's films from 1994 to 2006, with the exception of 2004's Jersey Girl. »

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Red State Review: Kevin Smith’s Real Horror Story

28 September 2011 12:30 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Two months ago I was primed to watch a screening of Red State only for it to be cancelled at the last minute with the director ‘That Kevin Smith’ (his twitter name) citing the reason for his cancelation as him not wanting people who weren’t true fans of his and those who wouldn’t appreciate his movie seeing it for free. This was a press screening.

His less than cordial relationship with the press has been well cited after his instantly forgettable Jersey Girl and more recently Cop Out were rightfully savaged. Nevertheless, apart from the fact a cancellation at zero hour is grossly unprofessional and reeks of fear and insecurity at another savaging, his reasoning is far worse. Despite my disdain for his more recent films, I enjoyed Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and while I may not have cared for »

- Adam Rayner

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Celebrating the performances of Kevin Smith's Red State

26 September 2011 9:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

If there's one thing critics have all agreed on, it's that Red State's cast is uniformly excellent. Here, Mark celebrates the superb actors in Kevin Smith's movie...

This article is spoiler-free, but if you'd prefer to see Red State knowing absolutely nothing about it, proceed with caution.

Ahead of its UK release this Friday, Red State is already proving to be a divisive film. It's perplexed audiences and critics in such a way that most either love it or hate it. In fact, judging by comments made on writer-director Kevin Smith's own Twitter feed, it's intended to perplex. It's also a hundred million miles from anything we've seen from “that Clerks guy” in the past

It's a horror film, and the bulk of the action takes place in middle-America. Specifically, it takes place in Cooper's Dell, which is home to the fictional Five Points Trinity Church. When »

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Top 5 Kevin Smith Comics!

26 September 2011 12:09 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Most people know about Kevin Smith’s film making endeavours, from Clerks to the soon to be released Red State (opens in Friday in the UK) but not many are aware that he has made quite a career for himself as a comics writer, contributing for the major companies such as Marvel, DC, Oni Press and Dynamite. With characters ranging from his own Jay and Silent Bob to Daredevil, and even Batman, he has put his indelible mark on the industry to become a popular writer among fans and critics alike. What follows is my picks for his top 5 comic books. And be warned, here be spoilers……

 

5. Jay and Silent Bob: Chasing Dogma

In 1998, Oni Press released Chasing Dogma to bridge the gap between Kevin Smith’s films Chasing Amy and Dogma, showing what happened to the duo and how they got to the point when we meet them in the latter. »

- Tom White

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"Killer Elite," "Red State," "Household X," More

25 September 2011 2:18 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Not even Moneyball could beat The Lion King 3D at the box office this weekend, as Anthony D'Alessandro reports, but it's for Moneyball that we've got a roundup rolling on and on beyond all reason. IndieWIRE's Peter Knegt notes that "the specialty box office had a clear winner in Weekend," and we've got a roundup on that one as well.

"Wholly unrelated to the 1975 Sam Peckinpah film of the same name, Killer Elite is distinguished by one no-mercy, eye-gouging, testicle-punching brawl, and one whoppingly indifferent screenplay," writes Nick Pinkerton in the Voice. A quick sketch from Time Out Chicago's AA Dowd: Jason Statham "plays an ex-special-ops agent yanked out of retirement when someone kidnaps his mentor (Robert De Niro, in the Liam Neeson role). The guilty party, a deposed dictator with a chip on his shoulder, wants our erstwhile Transporter to knock off a trio of British mercenaries. 'I'm done with killing, »

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Red State (2011)

24 September 2011 7:06 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by: Kevin Smith

Written by: Kevin Smith

Cast: Michael Parks, Michael Angarano, Kerry Bishe, Nicholas Braun, Kyle Gallner

Kevin Smith is best known for his "talkies" - Clerks through Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (and including Clerks 2), and when he strays too far outside those lines - snoozefest Jersey Girl and the braindead Zack and Miri, his popularity plummets. Recently, the best thing that could be said of Smith was that at least he didn't write Cop Out.

Red State, Kevin Smith's newest feature, falls into the latter category. This isn't one of his "talkies". There's a lot of talking, but none of it is funny. This is a very dark movie. Smith says that his inspiration came from watching unedited interview footage of the Reverend Fred Phelps, of the Westoboro Baptist Church. "This is a horror movie," Smith reportedly thought to himself, and Red State was born. »

- Bryan DiTolvo

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Kevin Smith hits out at Harvey Weinstein, critics, and rightwing bigots

23 September 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Red State may be marketed directly at fans of Jay & Silent Bob but it's his most un-Kevin Smith film to date

Kevin Smith is recounting the time he told Harvey Weinstein to shut the fuck up. "I open the curtain at the back and I see Harvey outside, talking," recalls Smith. It was the premiere of his new movie Red State at the Sundance festival and Weinstein, his former boss and mentor, had promised to attend. But instead he was checking the American football scores. "He's talking about the Jets. Loud as fuck. The opening of my movie, first seven minutes. Old Kev just would have gone, 'Harvey, shh, movie's on.' But it disgusted me so much. It doesn't get much more heartbreaking. So I fuckin' lost it, and I went out and said, 'Hey. Shut the fuck up!' And he looked at me with fuckin' hate in his eyes. »

- Alex Godfrey

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