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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 »
By Joey Magidson
Sometimes, when watching a movie or a television program, you stumble upon an actor or an actress whom you just feel is going places. Maybe they’re new on the scene or a veteran who’s never really been given a chance, but you get the sense that big things are ahead for them. You can almost envision them at the Oscar ceremony, smiling and waiting to hear if their names are called.
Just as often, though, you see people who don’t impress you one bit or happen to be involved in projects that don’t point to an especially bright future. It may not be their fault due to the material, or they may not have come into their own yet, but nothing at that point suggests an Oscar nominee in the making.
Each year, there are numerous potential nominees who have come from rather humble beginnings, »
- Joey Magidson
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 »
Ja from Mnpp here. Did you hear the news that the director Kevin Smith says he's retiring from movie-making after he makes a third Clerks film? I haven't seen the first Clerks in many a moon but it's the only film of Smith's I've ever actually liked (I simply cannot abide by Joey Lauren Adams, so there'll be no convincing me of the pleasures of Chasing Amy). And yet, even though his movies were often like nails on a chalkboard, he came off as such an amiable film-buff that he stayed on my good side all the same. There've been some nicks in that image over the past couple of years - a public fued with Bruce Willis and a rant againast critics was all a bit of a debacle. People seemed to either really love or really hate Red State, and that movie seemed to take a lot out of him. »
The first official trailer for director Joseph Kosinski's ('Tron: Legacy') latest sci-fi project 'Oblivion' has arrived featuring all the expected sequences of Tom Cruise jumping around doing what he does best. The new visually appealing trailer looks pretty decent although scarily appears to reflect certain plot points first featured in Pixar's award-winning animation flick 'Wall-e'. Nevertheless we hope that the movie based on the comic book by helmer Kosinski and Arvid Nelson will be anything but. French stunner Olga Kurylenko -below ('Quantum of Solace') co-stars with Cruise and the hot on-screen couple are joined by Morgan Freeman ('Seven'), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ('Game of Thrones'), Melissa Leo ('Red State'), Zoe Bell ('Death Proof', 'Raze'), Dane Cook ('Detention') and Andrea Riseborough ('Brighton Rock') all co-star. Head below for the new trailer. »
Following the commercial and critical success of Kevin Smith’s first film, Clerks, in 1994, the filmmaker rode a wave of more moderately successful releases that kept his career head slightly above water. His devout cult following has helped him sustain his career as a writer/director in Hollywood after enduring such flops as Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Cop Out.
For years, Smith has talked about retiring from directing. Some suspected Red State may have been his last film if it wasn’t a hit – and it wasn’t – but Smith announced he would do one last feature (a hockey film titled Hit Somebody) before calling it quits. However, with the news that Hit Somebody is becoming a miniseries, Smith now has an opportunity to amend his retirement ...
- Daniel Johnson
I know there’s a lot of Kevin Smith haters out there, but I am not one of them. I thought Red State was a huge leap forward for him as a filmmaker and I’m saddened to hear he doesn’t plan on exploring that darker side.
Smith has said he will give up directing after his next feature, which was supposed to be the hockey epic Hit Somebody. Now, it appears that Hit Somebody will not be a feature film at all, but a miniseries for cable and Smith’s final feature will be Clerks III.
Here’s the proof:
Personally, I can’t wait to see where Dante and Randel are now. I loved both Clerks films and this is just icing on the cake.
It seems fitting for Smith to end his cinematic career with Clerks III, no?
Source: Twitter »
- Philip Sticco
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
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, »
Well, that came out of nowhere. While Kevin Smith has been saying that his last film as a director would be the two-part hockey saga Hit Somebody, recently the film went back to being a single entity. But then shortly thereafter, since Smith was bummed that he was having to cut down his story, his on-screen counterpart and hetero-life-mate Jason Mewes (Jay to his Silent Bob) gave him the idea to set it up as a miniseries. Smith says it's set up at a network, but they're waiting for them to officially announce it. So does that mean his last film was Red State? No, because the filmmaker has just announced on Twitter that his last effort as a director is Clerks 3, another sequel to the indie film that launched his career back in 1994. As a huge Star Wars fan and someone who has also followed Christopher Nolan's Batman »
- Ethan Anderton
Kevin Smith, as a director, has two halves to his career. Any of the films in which he has played Silent Bob I love. Everything is is incredibly hit or miss. I liked Zack And Miri Make A Porno and Red State was an interesting exercise, but nothing can compete with Jay and Silent Bob. Kevin Smith recently announced that his movie Hit Somebody was going to be a television mini-series instead of a theatrical release. He also announced the following on his Twitter feed: So with the Hit »
- Alex Maidy
Here’s another cable series delivering ratings that beat the big broadcast networks.
The season finale of A&E’s breakout hit Duck Dynasty, about a wealthy Christian family of Louisiana duck call makers, shattered the network’s records while beating or tying all of broadcast in the adult demo Wednesday evening.
In the final national ratings, which were just released this morning by Nielsen, Duck Dynasty delivered 6.5 million viewers — the cable network’s top telecast ever. The swampy docu-series also set a record among adults 18-49, earning a 3.0 rating in the valuable demo — topping shows like CBS’ Survivor, ABC »
- James Hibberd
Title: The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Director: Edwards Burns (‘The Brothers McMullen,’ ‘Shes’ the One’) Starring: Edward Burns, Connie Britton (TV’s ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Friday Night Lights,’ ‘Nashville’), Ed Lauter (‘The Artist’), Anita Gillette (‘She’s the One,’ ‘Moonstruck’) Tom Guiry (‘Mystic River,’ ‘Black Hawk Down’) and Kerry Bishé (‘Argo,’ ‘Red State’) Many large, tight-knit families often experience vast differences in opinions, even though they have gone through the same events growing up together in the same house. They’re forced to overcome their differing viewpoints when they reunite as adults for the holidays. Through spending more time together, they come to realize they do appreciate the bonds they have formed, even though [ Read More ]
The post The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
Well, it looks like Red State writer/director Kevin Smith's long-gestating endeavor, Hit Somebody, just took on another form. The project, originally meant to be two films, has found a new course with the help of Jay himself, Jason Mewes, who suggested to the cultural icon that he make a mini-series instead. Now, Smith has revealed that that is the exact venue he is pursuing for the project. “I started restructuring Hit Somebody thusly,” said Smith »
- Paul Shirey
It's been over two years since ComingSoon.net has spoken with filmmaker Kevin Smith for Cop Out and a lot has changed in that time, most notably his decision to self-release his religious horror film Red State and throw himself into the world of podcasting, internet and cable television. Over the past ten or so years, Smith would regularly appear at Comic-Con in San Diego and have his own Q & A panel in Hall H even if he didn't have a movie to pimp and he toured with that, before the cable network EpixHD asked him to do a number of exclusive specials, the latest one, premiering today, November 30, being "Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under," which has Smith and his long-time on-screen partner Jason Mewes recording their "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old" »
Having steadily built his career in the genre with Mulberry Street (’06), Stake Land (’10), Jim Mickle is still treading the indie horror course and his third outing either falls into unnecessary remake category or in the “I didn’t think the remake of Let the Right One In would turn out the way it did.” We think it might be the latter and that the summer production will indeed be primed for a January film fest splash. Re-teaming with Kelly McGillis (Stake Land lead), perhaps the festival’s next “it” actress in Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Michael Parks who received tons of cred for Red State, and Ambyr Childers fresh off The Master, We Are What We Are will begin a long film festival life that will probably be a hit among buyers. Exclusive pic above: Jim Mickle on left, Nick Damici (co-writer and co-star) and Michael Parks on the right. »
- Eric Lavallee
The milf-tastic hottie Maria Bello ('A History of Violence') is the latest to jump on Denis Villeneuve's new crime thriller 'Prisoners'. Bello is set to play the wife of Hugh Jackman's character whose daughter is kidnapped. Yet when the police have no luck in finding her he decides to have a go himself in the revenge thriller penned by Aaron Guzikowski. The projects in pre-production and has already scored a stellar supporting cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal ('Donnie Darko'), Paul Dano ('There Will Be Blood'), Viola Davis ('The Help') and Melissa Leo ('Red State'). »
Arriving on VoD later this month, and released in Us theatres early next, the film sees Burns reuniting him with Connie Britton, who’s starred in a handful of Burns’ earlier films, and now EW have released a new poster for the film.
“With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen. Reuniting with McMullen co-stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), and Mike McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (Little Children, Beautiful Girls) and Kerry Bishe (Newlyweds, Red State), Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, The Artist, The Longest Yard) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he »
- Kenji Lloyd
Oscars have been won with less screen time, but don't bring up the subject to Melissa Leo, who shares a short, but very intense and important scene with Denzel Washington in Flight. The actress worked on the Robert Zemeckis directed drama for one day, and would rather not dwell on any award aspirations for her work. Despite her first Oscar win, she claims to be a blue collar actress. Someone who sees the craft as a job, not a cause for celebrity.
We recently caught up with Melissa Leo to talk about this and more on the eve of Flight's release. It's Robert Zemeckis' first live action movie in more than a decade, and it proves that the director is still at the top of his game when it comes to dealing with real flesh and blood people on tangible movie sets. »
With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Edward Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen. Reuniting with McMullen co-stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Michael McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (Little Children, Beautiful Girls) and Kerry Bishe (Newlyweds, Red State), Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, The Artist, The Longest Yard) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics. Alliances form, old wounds are reopened or glossed over, and the possibility for a new hope and forgiveness emerges. Coming to VOD nationwide November 21, 2012. Search your zip code and cable provider below to see where Tribeca Film titles are available in your area. Also opening in select »
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