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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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DeLorean Is Making a Real-Life Flying Car

After being promised flying cars for the last 30 years, DeLorean is stepping up to change the game yet again and you won't need roads with this new vehicle. Except there is some competition this time around since Larry Page, Airbus, and Uber are all racing to develop a fully functioning flying car. Paul DeLorean, the nephew of John DeLorean has revealed his plans for a two-seater vehicle called the DeLorean Dr-7 and it doesn't look like the classic DeLorean that we all know and love from Back to the Future, but it sure looks pretty cool. Doc Brown's words at the end of the first Back to the Future movie are finally becoming true.

Wired reports that the new DeLorean Dr-7 flying car will be made of incredibly light materials and will include a special battery that will allow up to 120 miles in a flight, which is more than the
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Kevin Smith Says Without Jeff Anderson, There Is No Clerks 3

The entire fate of Clerks 3 depends on one actor.

Lrm and Review Nation was told by Kevin Smith that Jeff Anderson was the previously unnamed actor who refused to be in Clerks 3. He was already suspected and implied by the Internet community, but this is an official confirmation by the director since the announcement of the cancellation of the film.

Anderson is well known as Randal Graves, the best friend to Dante in Clerks and Clerks II. He was the wise-ass slacker who worked in the video store, who managed to convince consistently Dante to ditch his responsibilities and get into trouble.

He reprised his role multiple times, not only in the sequel, but also in the animated series Clerks, the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and The Flying Car short. He has also appeared in Smith’s other works, including Dogma and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
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Wolverine & The X-Men #27Au Review (Age of Ultron Tie-In)

If you’re a fan of the Jason Aaron/Wolverine & the X-Men series like me, prepare to be disappointed with this issue as it has nothing whatsoever to do with it. It has Wolverine in it but no other X-Men, just Sue Richards, and it’s written by Matt Kindt.

This is one of the weirder tie-ins to the Event in that I’m not quite sure what the point of it was. With other tie-ins like the Black Widow one, it explained how she came to be deformed, which the main series had avoided mentioning. With the Fantastic Four tie in, we found out what happened to the rest of the Four. There was a point to these tie-ins.

With this one, you need to have read Age of Ultron #6 to understand what Logan and Sue are doing in Fury’s flying car in the past. But if you’ve read that issue,
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GTA V: 5 Cheat Codes We Want To See

Remember the heady days playing on GTA: San Andreas on the PS2, when you could press Circle, Circle, L1, Circle, Circle, Circle, L1, L2, R1, Triangle, Circle, Triangle and an army tank would happily drop from the sky right in front of your feet?

Since the dawn of next generation consoles, and with that, a boom in online head to head modes, cheat codes on platforms such as the PS3 and Xbox 360 have been consigned to the past – partly because such codes would give gamers an unfair advantage over human opposition – something which wasn’t possible on past generation consoles, and partly because it would detract from earning “trophies”.

However, one game that did stick with the fabled cheat codes was the GTA series. Cheat Codes have been present in Rockstar’s popular Sandbox title since GTA III and have remained in some capacity ever since, even on GTA IV
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Latest Flying Car Makes First Test Flight (Video)

Latest Flying Car Makes First Test Flight (Video)
The flying car, a concept aeronautical engineers, inventors and dreamers have pursued for about as long as cars and planes have been around, just came a step closer to mass-market reality.

Terrafugia Inc., the Woburn, Mass., company developing the Transition “roadable aircraft,” said it completed the first test flight of its production prototype at Plattsburgh International Airport in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The same vehicle has also been through road tests aimed at demonstrating its ability to convert easily from driving to flying.
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6 Futuristic Technologies From Films That Should Exist

As you may have recently heard Nike is about to release a limited run of the Nike Air Mag trainers featured in Back to the Future Part II (1989). You should remember those, they were the awesome power lacing ones. Somewhat disappointingly the trainers being released by Nike don’t actually feature the power laces, however they do light up and all the profits are going to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease.

We do have hope that one day the power laces will be incorporated. Whilst we wait for those I thought we should look to other films for other fictional technologies that scientists, engineers and designers should really have worked out how to create by now. Just so you know I am not really accounting for real life moral dilemmas that some of these may present. Just the general awesomeness that each presents.

Masks and voice
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Blu-ray review: Kevin Smith 3-Movie Collection (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back)

The newly released Kevin Smith three-movie box set contains the popular director’s three most popular films in beautiful Blu-ray quality. Containing his debut Clerks, along with Chasing Amy and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Smith’s new box set captures a lot of crap you missed the first time around.

Kevin Smith is usually a big hit with internet writers thanks in part to his humble origin, legendary (or hyped, depending on who you ask) beginnings and his rather soft physique. He also represents the film/comic book/video game subculture, which has made serious strides to becoming a mainstream, high covered phenomenon on the verge of losing its trademark and sarcasm.

Or he just makes funny movies.

The legend of Kevin Smith is a classic American success story. A film school reject, Smith decided to break away from schools, books and teacher’s dirty looks and make his
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Blu-Ray Review: Beloved Kevin Smith Films Released in High Definition

Chicago – Very few filmmakers provoke the same kind of passionate adoration as the sometimes-great Kevin Smith, a man who has such a following that he can sell out large theaters filled with people who merely want to ask him questions for hours. Smith is a charismatic, interesting, clever filmmaker and his best work reflect his gregarious personality. Three of his best are captured in “The Kevin Smith Collection,” including two films with all-new Blu-Ray material.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

If you were designing the Kevin Smith set and could only pick three films, what would you choose? The man has directed eight full-length feature films and we can probably cut “Jersey Girl” from consideration from the beginning, leaving seven to choose from. Personally, I would go with three different periods of his work and choose “Clerks,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” but then that
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Kevin Smith 3-Movie Collection (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) – Blu-ray

Blu-ray Review

Kevin Smith 3-Movie Collection (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back)

Directed by: Kevin Smith

Rating: R

Due Out: November 17, 2009

Who’S It For? With the fan-based nature of his movies, if you like these titles from writer/director Kevin Smith, then you probably own them already. It’s really up to you if you want to shell out ninety dollars to have their latest incarnation, though none of them really demand a high definition presentation except for maybe the more Hollywood Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The documentaries about each movie are fun watches, but perhaps you should put this on your wish list before your immediate shopping list.

Movies:

Clerks

Kevin Smith embraces the suckage of work by finding the amusing nature of the weird sh*t that can go on during one shift. Slaving away at a beat down convenience store on
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Kevin Smith 3 Movie Collection Blu-ray Review - Clerks, Chasing Amy and Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back

I remember when Clerks was announced. It was a Sundance favorite and trailered along with Pulp Fiction. Having had some counter experience, and being a Star Wars nerd, Clerks looked like sweet elixir. And I went to see it opening weekend (in a double feature with Stargate), and was in the Kevin Smith. Revisiting his films Clerks, Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back on Blu-ray in the Kevin Smith collection is a chance to wrestle with what makes Kevin Smith great and somewhat terrible. My review after the jump.

Clerks is one of those films that - at the time - you wanted to root for. It was a small film from a filmmaker who scrapped together his pocket change and made a film, and the history of films like that which received a theatrical release were always encouraging. Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, etc. Now, now that
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The Kevin Smith Collection Comes to Blu-ray on November 17th

You can bring three of director Kevin Smith's films home on Blu-ray in either one handy collection or separately as well. The Kevin Smith Collection will be released on Blu-ray on November 17. The three-disc Bd set will include Clerks, Chasing Amy (both making their Blu-ray debut) and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back and will be priced at $89.99 Srp. You can also purchase each individual film in Bd for $39.99 Srp. We don't have any cover art images as of yet, but we'll update this story as soon as we have them. In the meantime, take a look at the special features below.

Clerks

- "Oh, What A Lovely Tea Party: The Making Of Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" (New to Bd)

- Introduction By Kevin Smith (New to Bd)

- Classic Commentary

- Enhanced Playback Track

- Intro To The First Cut 2004 Commentary

- 2004 Commentary (with New Authoring)

- Clerks
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