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Before Ben Affleck became a world-renowned director and well-respected almost-politician, he played bullies in films like "Dazed and Confused" and "Mallrats." That latter effort was Affleck's first movie with director Kevin Smith, and the pair would go on to collaborate five other times throughout the next 11 years. According to Smith, however, it was almost six.
As fans might recall, Smith wanted "Mallrats" star Jason Lee to play Irwin Fletcher in the adaptation of Gregory Mcdonald's popular novel series. (Chevy Chase played the role in the 1985 film version.) That didn't go over very well with Miramax head Harvey Weinstein, who would have produced "Fletch Won" and didn't think Lee was a big enough star.
Around the the same time, according to Smith, »
- Christopher Rosen
Anghus Houvouras picks his top five five directors whose output is getting progressively worse, and rates their chances of redemption...
Some filmmakers age like fine wine. Others ferment. Every filmmaker has an occasional miscue or a film that doesn't live up to expectations. But there are others who consistently work and yet seem to be spiraling down a slippery descent into mediocrity... or worse. Here's a list of the top five filmmakers who have seemed to have lost their way.
It feels like a lifetime since we've seen a Coppola film that is worth the two hour investment. At one point he was the riskiest, most daring filmmaker in the business. He took big risks and reaped big rewards. But then he started turning out junk that barely qualified as mediocre. It was right around the time he released the family friendly drama Jack with Robin Williams »
The news broke last Friday that writer/director Kevin Smith's last movie will be Clerks III - ending off his career with the movie he began it with. From all accounts, the news broke a little earlier than planned, although Smith did reveal some more details about the film's production and plans on the latest episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast with Ralph Garman and long-time producer Scott Mosier. The episode can be heard here, but in case you don't fancy listening to the two-hour long show (although you should as it's really funny and insightful), here are the highlights:
Smith starts off by talking about the genesis of Hit Somebody and how it became a TV show which is taken from episode 99 of Jay and Silent Bob Get Old. He goes into a lot of detail about the disappointment of his Judd Apatow-esque Zack & Miri Make A »
Kevin Smith had been promising to bring the curtain down on his directorial career with his next offering, the two-part feature Hit Somebody, but after announcing earlier this week that he's decided to restructure the hockey comedy-drama as a six-hour TV miniseries, Smith has now revealed that his feature film swansong will see Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) and Randall Graves (Jeff Anderson) heading back for one last shift in Clerks III.
"Since Hit Somebody is now gonna be a mini-series, yes - that leaves room for a new final flick before I retire from directing feature films," said Smith on Twitter. "So with the Hit Somebody shift, the minute Jeff Anderson signs on, my last cinematic effort as a writer/director will be Clerks III."
Smith has previously teased the possibility of a third Clerks movie on a number of occasions, and it should certainly provide a fitting conclusion to the director's filmography, »
Filmmaker, podcast personality and TV show host Kevin Smith has said repeatedly that once he finishes his two-part hockey movie Hit Somebody, he'll be done with feature films altogether. But now that it looks like the flying puck comedy will be a miniseries instead, that final film of his could very well be Clerks III.
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Of course, Smith's 1994 black-and-white comedy put him on the map and launched his career. Going full circle with a trilogy would make sense if he truly »
Kevin Smith – either you’re a devout follower of his cinematic career, or you think he’s the bottom of the cinema barrel. The maker of such films as Clerks, Mallrats, Zack and Miri Make A Porno, and Red State has long voiced his disapproval of Hollywood norms and suggested retirement, but recently declared his upcoming hockey comedy Hit Somebody would be his final curtain call. Or so we thought.
Due to a recent shift that saw Hit Somebody be crunched from two films back into one, and then again cut into a six-part miniseries, it seems Smith still wants to go out on the big screen. And hell, if you’re Kevin Smith, why not treat your cult-like fans to exactly what they want – another Clerks film.
- Matt Donato
Jay and Silent Bob will live again! Last January, director Kevin Smith announced that his hockey movie Hit Somebody was going to be his last feature film as a director, before completely focusing his efforts on running the SModcast Pictures company. Today, the filmmaker has announced that Hit Somebody is actually being turned into a mini-series, and that Clerks III will, in fact, be his last theatrical film. Here are a series of recent tweets that the director sent out about his upcoming projects.
Hit Somebody now a mini-series? Get the scoop on Get Old: smodcast.com/episodes/i-mel…@ssnyder1835 got BUZZed before Batman? smodcast.com/episodes/scott…
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 7, 2012
Since Hit Somebody is now gonna be a mini-series, yes - that leaves room for a new final flick before I retire from directing feature films.
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 7, 2012
When Kevin Smith announced last year that he was planning to retire from filmmaking after his next movie, "Hit Somebody," fans were disappointed. And when "Hit Somebody" was recently rejiggered from a movie into a television mini-series, fans were confused over what that meant for Smith.
Well, now Smith fans are about to experience another emotion: Elation, as Smith has announced that his final film will now instead be "Clerks III."
And to think, he wasn't even supposed to be here!
"Clerks," of course, is the film that launched Smith's career back in 1994, becoming an instant cult hit in the process. More than a decade later, in 2006, Smith returned with "Clerks II" to show how slackers Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) were dealing with being thirtysomethings.
And now it looks like Smith will be capping his career and the story of Dante and Randal by showing the duo in their 40's. »
- Scott Harris
Well, you've gotta hand it to Kevin Smith... even as he is on the verge of leaving the movie industry altogether, somehow he is managing to keep his foot in the door and the conversation focused on him. Just yesterday we posted the news that his upcoming hockey film Hit Somebody was going to become a TV mini-series, which meant that if he really was going to retire from directing, Red State just became his final film. But before any of us actually had time to let that news sink in, Smith has taken to the internet once again to start plugging yet another "final" project. As it turns out, he is hoping to return to the characters that started his career and close off the trilogy with Clerks III. The actual announcement came on Twitter earlier today, where Smith had the following to say: "Since Hit Somebody is now gonna be a mini-series, »
The last time Bruce Willis and 50 Cent appeared in an action thriller for producers Randall Emmett and George Furla we got the god-awful Set-Up. Thankfully their latest endeavour, Fire With Fire, is an altogether more exciting prospect – a classic revenge thriller featuring one of my favourite actors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent‘s Vincent D’Onofrio, in a rare villainous role.
After witnessing the brutal murders of a convenience store-owner and his son, firefighter Jeremy Coleman (Duhamel) narrowly escapes with his life. As he is forced to testify against the crime lord, Hagan (D’Onofrio), he is placed in the witness protection program under the watch of the U.S. Marshalls. As his new identity becomes compromised Jeremy is forced to »
Isn’t it frustrating when you’re watching a film that seems so thoroughly fantastic, but it can’t quick stick the landing, and we’re stuck with a dissatisfying ending? It’s all the worse when you can tell the ending has been tacked on after a disastrous studio test screening, in which audiences didn’t think the ending was happy enough. As a result, a lot of the endings featured in this list are resolutely downbeat, but they’re also more in tune with the tone of the film prior to its climax, and in one instance, the ending was so strong that it was reconstituted into the film for home video releases.
Here are 10 alternate endings that actually improve movies.
10. Clerks – Dante Is Murdered
- Shaun Munro
Ari is a young woman whose poor taste in men may be the death of her when she tries to find love with her would-be serial killer.
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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
Even though they've been released several times in different versions and formats, the coming of The Hobbit has encouraged Warner Bros. to give fans a chance to get the extended editions of all three The Lord of the Rings films Again in special Blu-ray 5-disc sets. There's no possible way that any stone is left unturned or single piece of behind-the-scenes footage is left unseen after these are delivered.
Each film is over three and a half hours to over four hours long spread out across two discs. Couple those with three discs filled with special features and you have enough Lord of the Rings to satisfy even the most obsessed Tolkienite or Tolkiendil.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy tells the story of the Hobbit Frodo Baggins and his journey to dispose of a powerful ring controlled by the dark lord Sauron. Frodo and eight companions must make their »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
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. »
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that legendary filmmakers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-founders and Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company, will be honored with the 2013 Milestone Award. The award will be presented to the Weinsteins at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The Milestone Award is the Guild.s highest honor recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. In the past, the Producers Guild has paid tribute to such industry leaders as Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, James Cameron, Ron Meyer and last year.s 2012 recipient Leslie Moonves, among others.
“Beginning in the late 1970s with Miramax Films and continuing through today with The Weinstein Company, Bob and Harvey consistently seek out, nurture and help bring audiences the stories that others are often afraid to tell,. said Producers Guild »
- Michelle McCue
HeyUGuys is proud to unveil the first episode of No, Seriously It’S Awesome, the world’s most startlingly unique and exciting film podcast.
And by that we mean it’s semi-original and mildly entertaining.
Look, there are plenty of movie podcasts out there, most of them are just two nerds talking about what was out last week. There’s nothing wrong with that, but everyone is talking about the Avengers already. We don’t need another voice telling us how great the Avengers is.
No, Seriously It’s Awesome is about something different. Each episode, your esteemed host Wil Jones will get a special guest to pick a film that they love that either a) everyone else hates, or b) no one else has even heard of, and then discuss the potential merits of said film. It’s about celebrating the unloved children of pop culture, the weird bastard »
- Will Jones
Director Robert Rodriguez finally announced last month that production is set to begin this summer on the long-in-development sequel to his and Frank Miller's cult 2005 comic book adaptation Sin City, and just to confirm that Sin City 2 - a.k.a. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For - actually is happening (at long last), a first teaser poster has now made its way online via StarkIndustries:
As with its predecessor, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will be directed by both Rodriguez and Sin City creator Miller, with Miller and Academy Award-winner William Monahan (The Departed) contributing to the screenplay for the eagerly-awaited sequel. So far only Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Rosario Dawson (Clerks II) are confirmed as reprising their roles as Marv and Gail, although Rodriguez has promised that many of the original cast are likely to return.
In addition to Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, »
Audiences are used to seeing sequels to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters like "The Dark Knight," but are continuations of indie films the next trend? Judging by upcoming releases from filmmakers such as Julie Delpy and perhaps Edward Burns, maybe so.
"I like doing sequels," Delpy told HuffPost Entertainment senior writer Mike Ryan. Delpy is currently promoting "2 Days in New York," a sequel to her 2007 film "2 Days in Paris."
"I think it's a fun thing to follow characters in time," she said at the Tribeca Film Festival. "We did that on 'Before Sunset' [a sequel to 'Before Sunrise'], which was really ballsy at the time. When we wrote the screenplay, no one believed in it. And it did better than the first film, in a way. And doing this sequel is not an obvious thing to do."
It isn't, but Delpy is far from alone. While discussing his new American Express-backed short film "Doggy Bags »
- The Huffington Post
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For has officially been greenlit and Robert Rodriguez is out to bring the gang back together from the 2005 hit, according to Joblo.com. With that, Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Rosario Dawson (Clerks 2) have already been confirmed in what is sure to be a star studded cast. It sounds like Clive Owen could be next, once Robert actually tells him that it’s a go. After Rodriguez shoots the upcoming Machete sequel, then A Dame To Kill For is on the docket, and I can’t deny that I’m excited for both movies, and am looking forward to some new blood in the series as well.
- Andy Greene
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