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As one of America’s greatest ever stand-up comedians, George Carlin spent five decades shining the light on social and political issues, delving into unknown territory and always telling the truth. His brand of comedy shocked, stimulated, educated and ultimately amused his audience. He was a lover of the English language and possessed wicked memorising skills, constructing routines such as ‘Modern man’, hardly taking a breath as he rolled from word to word. A precursor of modern day stand-up, Carlin never stopped grafting away at his craft, producing twenty albums, fourteen HBO specials, writing three best selling books and touring across America with over a hundred live dates a year.
Born on May 12th, 1937, in Manhattan, Carlin was brought up by his mother alone, after his father left when George and his brother were still young. He was raised a Roman Catholic, something that he could not help but rebel »
Jay & Silent Bob Get Old, out on DVD 19 November is the live recording of their sold out shows in the UK and to mark the release we have 5 DVDs to give away!
Better known as their alter-egos Jay and Silent Bob, the unique duo performed a series of sold out shows, bringing to life their hugely successful smodcast ‘Jay and Silent Bob Get Old’. Chronicling their early years and friendship, it became a rare opportunity for UK fans to get up close with the pairs’ unique, uncensored brand of storytelling.
Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of laughs and bewilderment from the London, Manchester and Edinburgh shows in this packed out Double DVD. Also included are exclusive bonus sketches.
To be in with a chance of winning, »
As fans are waiting to see who will helm the new Star Wars film, some filmmakers have decided to give their reaction to this subject. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, below we have reactions from directors such as J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Shawn Levy (Real Steel), George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and Kevin Smith (Dogma). More below. Jon Favreau: "The idea of another trilogy that further shrouds the Force in mystery as its secrets are lost to time – that’s extremely compelling. I want so bad for it to be good. Can you imagine?" George Nolfi: "Star Wars literally defined ‘the magic of movies’ to me as a child. No other film had more impact on my subconscious desire to become a filmmaker. I can’t imagine a larger event-film for our generation than a sequel to Return of the Jedi. »
If you ever have any doubts about true love in Hollywood, look no further than Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The Boston boys' bromance has spanned more than three decades now and shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, Ben and Matt were spotted Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif., heading to a business meeting together. Ben, 40, and Matt, 42, won a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award in 1999 for Good Will Hunting. They also costarred in the 1999 flick Dogma and, as we all know, have remained Bff as both of their careers continued to take off. Both men are happily married—Ben to Jennifer Garner, Matt to Luciana Barroso. And although Ben primarily lives in L.A. and Matt in NYC, they always keep »
Dean Haspiel strikes me as a creator who’s constantly growing. He’s an artist, he’s a writer, he’s won an Emmy for TV design work, and in the last year he’s started up a new project, Trip City, a “Brooklyn-filtered literary arts salon” with an eclectic mix of comics, stories, realism, sci-fi, and more. Now, don’t get me wrong – I obviously love superhero comics, and the people who create them, but I also love creators who can and do cross genres and try new things. Dean is clearly one of these.
While Dean is perhaps best known for his work with Harvey Pekar (e. g. American Splendor and The Quitter) and for his “last romantic anti-hero” Billy Dogma, his current project that’s caught my attention is Trip City, via the sample booklet Dean shared with me at Baltimore Comic Con. While there’s no »
- Emily S. Whitten
If it doesn’t hit you when you’re watching his characters swing back and forth on fast dialogue, it may hit you when you check out his Q & A’s. But, eventually, it should hit you like a hockey player being slammed against the glass; Kevin Smith is not an ordinary filmmaker. He’s sometimes argued to be the independent movie genre’s savior with his 1994 release of Clerks, a film that, to this day, is looked at with a particular reverence. His characters are off-the-cuff, observing, age-captured philosophers who throw pervasive, sexual dialogue into their every day conversations the way you’d salt french fries. Also a long time lover of comics, he’s responsible for comic runs on Batman, Green Arrow, and Daredevil, among others. If you haven’t caught on, Kevin Smith is easily one of the heroes of modern day film making and comic book writing. »
- Cameron Domino Carpenter
Ahead of venturing off to make the studio features Cyrus and Jeff Who Lives at Home, director brothers Mark and Jay Duplass shot the small indie comedy The Do-Deca-Pentathlon. Before it could be completed, the filmmakers were forced to move onto their other projects, and it sat dormant for a couple of years. The film was eventually completed, and released theatrically to rave reviews in July of this year. Now, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon finally comes home on Blu-ray and DVD this week. To celebrate the release, we caught up with its two stars to find out more about the making of this tale of brotherly love gone awry.
Join Kevin Smith (the “Jay and Silent Bob” movies, “Dogma”) and Jason Mewes (the “Jay and Silent Bob” films, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”) this week on his movie review show, “The Spoilers,” as he and the Spoilers review “The Watch.” They will, with the help of special guest Len Wiseman (director of the “Underworld” films and “Total Recall”), determine if “The Watch” is really going to be this summer’s big hit comedy. “The Watch” is the newest offering from Ben Stiller (“Zoolander,” “Night at the Museum”) and Vince Vaughn (“Couples’ Retreat,” “Wedding Crashers”), and it stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill (“21 Jump Street,” “Moneyball”) and Richard [ Read More ] »
To help celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year, Leonardo, New Jersey sent two of its highest ranking emissaries, Jay and Silent Bob, to England on a good will tour dubbed Tea Bagging in the U.K.
During their first-ever tour of England, Jay (actor Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (actor/director Kevin Smith) performed live on stage in front of sold-out crowds in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Industrial Entertainment collects four hours of highlights from the tour for the two-disc set, Jay & Silent Bob Get Old. The collection will be available at retail outlets beginning August 14 for a suggested list price of $19.95. It will also be available via digital platforms such as iTunes and Amazon. Jay & Silent Bob Get Old will be available on cable VOD exclusively through Tribeca Film.
While it mostly features Jay and Silent Bob performing live, the set also incorporates animation to illustrate several of the stories they are telling. »
Namco Bandai are set to end the year with a bang, releasing a whole slew of new games to the eager masses. Heading the charge is Tekken Tag Tournament, a return to the series two on two fighting mechanics from 2001. For those with a little more strategic taste in their battles, then Tales of Graces will bed a welcome return of the Tales of series to the PS3. Finally on the horizon is a new RPG from Level 5, creators of the Professor Layton series, called Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch. Design is handled by Studio Ghibli, the animation studio behind Oscar winning animation Spirited Away.
First impressions: Tekken Tag Tournament 2
As far as brutal computerized fisticuffs goes, no series has more claim to being combo king than the mighty Tekken. A computer series that prides itself on its technical finesse over screen filling epileptic lasers (I'm looking at you, »
Mark and Jay Duplass have been making movies together for almost their whole lives. More mainstream viewers may know Mark from The League but you film nerds know that these brother's are machines, turning out films that are funny, smart, devastating and unique. They have no intention of ever slowing down.
I talked with Mark and Jay about their latest triumph The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, Jeff, Who Lives At Home, and future projects. It was truly a pleasure to talk to them, as you wil tell, because we all nerd out pretty hard over movies (isn't that what FilmOlogy is all about?)
First of all, I really loved the film Do-Deca. I thought it was just really, really fresh and exactly what we’ve come to expect from a Duplass brothers movie. When did you come up with the concept for this movie?
Jay Duplass: We actually grew up down the »
- Emily Cheever
The boy who portrayed Harry Potter’s pal, Ron Weasley, is now a man, and he is due to appear in the upcoming films, The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman and Cbgb, in what will be his first major roles as an adult. The 23 year-old actor, who is undoubtedly eager to to lose the label ‘that ginger one what was in Harry Potter’, will star opposite some heavy hitters, who will test his acting prowess in new and unfamiliar surroundings.
Charlie Countryman focuses on Shia Labeouf’s titular everyman character, who falls for Gabi Banyai; a woman who is, unfortunately, already involved with a mob boss. The film is penned by Matt Drake (Project X), will be directed by debutant, Fredrik Bond, and boasts an impressive supporting cast, including Mads Mikkelsen (Coco Chanel And Igor Stravinsky), and the brilliant Melissa Leo (Treme).
Cbgb (a working title) is the story of »
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
Three of Stallone’s best films are about to be into one explosive package on DVD & Blu-Ray! James Mangold’s under-appreciated Cop Land, John Flynn’s Lock Up and the classic Rambo: First Blood will be in a 3-Pack DVD and Blu-Ray set from Lionsgate Home Entertainment in August! Read below for all the fine details!
From the Press Release:
The world’s favorite action superstar, Academy Award® nominee Sylvester Stallone (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Rocky, 1976), is back with the Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of the Stallone 3-Film Collector’s Set from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Just in time for the theatrical release of his highly anticipated action film, The Expendables 2, this collection features three of Stallone’s most memorable hit films Cop Land, Rambo: First Blood and Lock Up, together for the first time. A must-have for Stallone fans of all generations, the collection »
- Andy Triefenbach
Capcom has released predictions of what they believe some of their upcoming games will sell and they have big expectations for Resident Evil 6. According to Capcom, they believe that Resident Evil 6 can sell around 7 million or more units. Capcom believes that Resident Evil 6 will officially become the best selling game in the companies history.
To put this in prospective, Resident Evil 5 sold more than five million copies; closer to 6 actually, so 7 million copies sold is not out of the question. However, I could be wrong considering there is some major hype behind the game, but a lot of fans of the franchise where not thrilled with Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 seems to be moving further and further away from the survival horror genre. In other words, it may be hard to increase sales if you are alienating part of your fan base.
On the other hand, the »
- Matt Mann
2012 promises to be a fantastic year in cinema. Not too long ago, we posted a list of thirty of our most anticipated films of 2012, and so I decided I would keep track of my favourite films released each month. Here are my five favorite films released in March.
1- Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan is one of the most interesting directors working on the international scene, and Once Upon A Time In Anatolia might just be his best movie to date. This being his sixth feature, it won the Grand Prize at Cannes last year and as since received critical acclaim around the world.
In this metaphysical quasi-police procedural, a group of men (including a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor and a murder suspect) drive out in the middle of the night through the Anatolian countryside, »
The film-maker talks about life as a 'fatty' and his altercation with Southwest Airlines that became an international news story
Weight has always been an issue. Two years ago it all came to a head when I was thrown off a flight by Southwest Airlines for being "too fat". The airline suggested I was too big for one seat and that I needed two. Now, I'm the first to admit I'm fat, but I'm not that fat and never have been. Astonishingly, for three awful days, it became the world's biggest story. But more of that later.
The first time I became body-conscious was when I was nine and went to the water park with my cousin. We were having a blast going down the slide when this dude at the top goes, "Sorry, man, pregnant ladies are not allowed on the slide." The first five people behind me were like, »
Are you ready for some Vertical Tank action? Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, the followup to the cult Xbox title Steel Battalion (the game with the standalone $200 controller) is coming to the 360 on June 19th in the U.S. Meanwhile, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is getting a platform-exclusive "Nemesis" mode. This, along with a token included in the release of Dragon's Dogma which will allow users to get the Resident Evil 6 demo 60 days earlier than on the PS3.
More details about both titles as well as a new Steel Battalion trailer and screens after the jump.
Some of you might not remember the original Steel Battalion, the often talked about but seldom-played Xbox exclusive from the middle of the last console's life cycle. It was one of those ambitious concepts that went over big with the enthusiast crowd but pretty much baffled everyone else thanks to the high price of entry with its expensive, »
- Charles Webb
Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash—or simply “the Stash,” if you’re down—is a comic book shop in Red Bank, New Jersey. The sheer existence of the store when so many others are closing, in and of itself, might be noteworthy but what really gives this place some cachet is its owner: Kevin Smith. A comic book shop is a comic book shop, but when it’s in some way connected to the tour de force that I (and other people, probably) like to call Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, who isn’t going to want to visit? The new show Comic Book Men’s appeal is similarly tied to the Jersey Girl director—the unscripted series is set in the Stash and produced by Smith. I like Clerks, I like Chasing Amy, I like most of Dogma, I’ve gone to (and enjoyed) one of Smith’s live Q&A shows, so »
- Amber Humphrey
Were you watching the season 2.5 premiere of The Walking Dead last night? Wasn’t it excellent? Don’t worry, if you haven’t seen it yet, you won’t get spoiled here. We’ll even give you a link to watch it online for free, courtesy of AMC, at the end of this post.
If you were watching, however, you were apparently not alone. Including probably all of the SciFi Mafiosi, there were 8.1 Million viewers last night. Comic Book Men also did well on its series premiere last night. Here is the AMC press release:
Mid-season Two Premiere
Reigns As The Strongest Drama Telecast
In Basic Cable History Against Key Demos
8.1 Million Viewers
5.4 Million Adults 18-49
4.4 Million Adults 25-54
- Erin Willard
Last night, AMC's mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead became the strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history against key demos including 5.4 million adults 18-49 and 4.4 million adults 25-54. These results shatter the previous record, which was held by the season two premiere from October 16th with increases of +12% and +6% respectively.
The show delivered 8.1 million viewers for its 9 Pm premiere and delivered 10.1 million viewers for the night (9 Pm premiere and 11 Pm and 12:30 Am encores). At 10 Pm, AMC also premiered its newest unscripted series, Comic Book Men, executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy), Charlie Corwin's Original Media (La Ink, Storm Chasers, Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Red State). The series delivered 2 million total viewers.
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