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5 Films Banned For Ridiculous Reasons

18 December 2014 10:22 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Sony officially scrapped their plans for a theatrical release of The Interview. Believe it or not, it's not the first Seth Rogen film to be banned, nor is it Sony's first run in with North Korea. While it doesn't happen often, theaters internationally do ban films at the requests of protests, threats, or concern for human safety. Some reasons, such as the banning of the infamous film Birth of a Nation for racism, are obvious. The ones on this, I'll let you be the judge.

The Life Of BRIANBanned in several U.S. cities in 1979 over controversial scenes depicting Christianity.

Okay so I understand Christianity is a touchy subject, especially in the form of parody, but Brian is very clearly not Jesus Christ! They Show It In The Beginning Of The Film! Is this movie truly any worse than Mel Brooks: History of the World? With that said, »

- Mick Joest

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Kevin Smith on How He Avoided an Nc-17 Sex Scene

2 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This piece is a part of Sexpositions, a weeklong Vulture celebration of sex scenes in movies and on TV. As a veteran of battles over his films Clerks, Jersey Girl, and Zack and Miri Make a PornoKevin Smith is intimately familiar with the MPAA Ratings Board. The issues with those first two efforts were largely linguistic. Zack and Miri, not so much. The ever-voluble writer-director explained how, exactly, he was able to avoid having his Seth RogenElizabeth Banks sex romp branded with a dreaded, box-office-killing Nc-17 rating. The initial Nc-17 rating for Zack and Miri and Make a Porno was predicated on the thrusting in one scene, and the shit shot, and that was stolen from Barry Sonnenfeld. I'd heard him tell a story about working on a porno set early in his career and being there when — splat! — he got sprayed on. That drove him out of porn. »

- Jennifer Vineyard

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Weekend Report: 'Nightcrawler,' 'Ouija' in Dead Heat Over Halloween

2 November 2014 12:36 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

With weekend actuals reporting, Ouija narrowly held on to first place ahead of Nightcrawler over Halloween weekend. Meanwhile, Before I Go To Sleep and the Saw 10th anniversary re-release each bombed.The Top 12 earned just shy of $80 million, which makes this one of the slowest weekends of the year. That can partly be attributed to the "Halloween effect": moviegoers were preoccupied with other activities on Friday, which set the weekend back quite a bit. This is a chicken-and-egg sort of thing, though: fearing this Halloween effect, the big studios avoided the date entirely. Had someone stepped up to the plate with a broadly appealing offering, the aggregate box office wouldn't be nearly as low.Sunday estimates had Nightcrawler and Ouija tied with $10.9 million. Open Road Films had Nightcrawler earning $9,000 more than Ouija, though other sources suggested Ouija came out on top. When actuals reported on Monday actuals, Ouija had »

- Ray Subers <>

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Ninja Turtles,' 'Maze Runner' Score in China

2 November 2014 11:36 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Thanks to a strong start in China, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles easily led the foreign box office this weekend.The movie earned $34.7 million, which brings its international total to $244 million. Most of that came from China, where Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened in first place with an impressive $26.5 million. That's a bit higher than Thor: The Dark World, which debuted in China around the same time last year.The movie has now earned $434.5 million worldwide, and could eventually pass $500 million with help from Japan early next year.The Maze Runner also got off to a solid start in China this weekend. The movie opened to $13.7 million, which is roughly on par with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Overall, The Maze Runner added $23.8 million for a new total of $208.5 million; including its domestic revenue, the movie has now banked over $300 million worldwide.Gone Girl continued to impress at the international box »

- Ray Subers <>

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Weekend Report: Decent Debuts from 'Ouija,' 'Wick' This Weekend

26 October 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Over the last full weekend in October, low-budget supernatural horror movie Ouija led the box office with $19.9 million.John Wick wound up in second place, while Bill Murray's St. Vincent did well in its nationwide expansion.The top 12 earned $103.2 million this weekend, which is up nine percent from last year. This caps off a very strong month at the box office: October 2014 is already the highest-grossing October ever, and still has five days left to add to its record-setting number.Playing at 2,858 theaters, Ouija took first place with $19.9 million. This is the second-biggest horror debut of the year ahead of January's Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ($18.3 million); it's also above recent October releases Sinister ($18 million) and Carrie ($16.1 million).With its young cast, PG-13 rating, and pre-Halloween release date, Ouija was a strong option for teenage moviegoers. Universal executed a targeted marketing effort that focused heavily on social media, including »

- Ray Subers <>

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Around-the-World: 'Annabelle' Rules In Mexico, 'Guardians' Passes 'X-Men'

26 October 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Annabelle took first place at the international box office with $26.5 million this weekend.The prequel to The Conjuring opened to a stunning $11.7 million in Mexico. That's the biggest debut ever for a horror movie, and ranks third for the year behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Mexico is already the movie's highest-grossing market ahead of fellow Latin American territory Brazil ($11.5 million).So far, Annabelle has earned an impressive $126.7 million overseas. The Conjuring ended its overseas run at $181 million; that now looks like a reasonable goal for Annabelle as well.Lucy opened to a solid $19 million in China this weekend. To date, the Luc Besson thriller has taken in a stunning $307.6 million overseas.Gone Girl added $18.4 million this weekend, which brings its foreign total to $118 million. The David Fincher thriller took first place in South Korea with $3.8 million. The movie has five markets remaining, including Japan and Italy, »

- Ray Subers <>

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Justin Long Keen On "Zack & Miri" Spin-Off

20 September 2014 10:12 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor Justin Long are a good match and the pair obviously have fun together. Out doing promo work for their latest collaboration, the horror tale "Tusk," Long revealed he'd love to re-team with Smith on a different kind of project.

Specifically he wants to reprise his role of Brandon St. Randy, the gay porn star character he played in the Seth Rogen-led 2008 comedy "Zack and Miri Make A Porno". Long stole the show in his brief scenes in the film, set at a high school reunion which the title characters were attending.

Brandon Routh played Robert 'Bobby' Long, a former student and St. Randy's boyfriend. In a Reddit Ama to promote "Tusk", Justin Long said:

"I would love to do Brandon St Randy again – two of the most fun days of my life. When he sent me the script for Tusk he prefaced it with »

- Garth Franklin

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Slackery News Tidbits: August 11, 2014

11 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Here's the latest Austin and Texas news (and boy, is there a lot of it this week).

Fantastic Fest announced its first wave of films in the 2014 lineup. Kevin Smith's horror film Tusk will open the fest (a 180 degree turn from the Kevin Smith film that opened Fantastic Fest in 2010, Zack and Miri Make a Porno), followed by the Tim League-produced anthology ABCs of Death 2. The festival also announced that movie critic/film historian Leonard Maltin will be in Austin for the fest, heading up the comedy film jury and hosting events. Also, take a look at the gorgeous 2014 poster for the fest.Fantastic Fest will take place Sept. 18-25 at Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar -- and check out the photo above for a preview of what the renovated theater looks like right now. No word yet on the grand opening, although aGLIFF will also take place »

- Jette Kernion

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Justin Long is Very Scared in the First Trailer for Kevin Smith’s Tusk

27 July 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | | See recent Filmonic news »

Director and writer Kevin Smith, the man behind movies like Clerks, Dogma or Zack and Miri Make a Porno, returns to the big screen with the horror Tusk. If you’ve been following Kevin James and regularly listened to his podcast, then Tusk is definitely a movie you are familiar with. Actually the idea for this […]

Read Justin Long is Very Scared in the First Trailer for Kevin Smith’s Tusk on Filmonic.


- Alex

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Film Review: ‘Sex Tape’

15 July 2014 7:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Who should be more embarrassed: the husband and wife who accidentally release a homemade porn video in “Sex Tape,” or the studio that’s willfully distributing “Sex Tape”? Basically an extended marital-therapy session wrapped in an iPad commercial, this surprisingly bland Cameron Diaz-Jason Segel vehicle has a marketably racy premise but takes it in a stilted, unfunny direction that leaves both actors flailing about, sort of like the translucent red double-ended dildo that gets whipped out in an especially sad fit of comic desperation. Interesting mainly as a sign of how thoroughly smut, Apple products and smut viewable on Apple products have seeped into contemporary life, Sony’s July 18 release might attract audiences starved for a decent R-rated summer comedy following recent hits “Neighbors” and “22 Jump Street,” but seems unlikely to show anywhere near the same box office stamina.

In one of the more unorthodox post-Muppets-movie career moves in Hollywood history, »

- Justin Chang

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First Poster for Kevin Smith's New Horror Film Tusk Starring Justin Long & Michael Parks

9 July 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Written and directed by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Red State, Dogma, Zack and Miri Make a Porno), Tusk scheduled for theatrical release sometime this fall through A24 Films. When podcaster and journalist Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing mysterious seafarer Mr. Howe (Michael Parks) who has amazing tales and a curious obsession with walruses, his best friend and girlfriend team with an ex-cop to look for him. Tusk also stars Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Ralph Garman. According to his blog, Smith will debut the film's first trailer at Comic-Con International in San Diego in two weeks. »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Brandon Routh, George Lazenby and the one-hit movie wonders

8 July 2014 5:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes," it's claimed Andy Warhol once said. Some stars shine much brighter than others, though, and in the case of Hollywood we often see actors hit big early before disappearing without trace.

Brandon Routh, who delivered a sensitive and assured turn as the Man of Steel in 2006's Superman Returns, is one such example. Routh never quite got the breaks he deserved after landing that life-changing role, so it's nice to see him back in the superhero game with an upcoming role as Atom in Arrow.

Digital Spy takes a look back at a handful of stars who couldn't escape their one big role.

Brandon Routh

Plucked from relative obscurity to lead Bryan Singer's lavish Superman sequel, Routh impressively channelled Christopher Reeve on his big screen debut but found leading man roles difficult to come by in the aftermath.

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Justin Long Gets Surgically Turned Into A Walrus In Disgusting First Look At Kevin Smith's Tusk

2 June 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Kevin Smith is primarily known as a comedy director, with titles like Clerks., Dogma, and Zack and Miri Make A Porno all coming out over the last 20 years. In 2011, however, he changed things up in a major way and brought us the R-rated horror film Red State. For his next feature, Tusk, Smith is once again sticking with blood and guts over laughs, and as you can see in the photo above, it's going to be pretty disgusting. In celebration of star Justin Long's birthday, Smith sent out the image over his Instagram account. The picture came with the message, "Happy bloody Birthday to the bravest actor I've ever worked with: Mr. Tusk himself, Justin Long! #WalrusYes." So exactly what the hell is going on in this picture? Well, in Tusk Justin Long stars as Wallace Bryton, a podcast host who goes missing after going to interview a mysterious »

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Seth Rogen – “Neighbors” Premiere – Photos

10 May 2014 10:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Neighbors” conquers this weekend’s box office. Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron, it is the story about a couple with a newborn baby facing unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house. “Not only is he (Seth Rogen) one of the biggest comedy stars on the planet, he’s also a multi-hyphenate, having co-written and co-directed This is the End (along with having co-written The Green Hornet, Pineapple Express, and Superbad, to name a few). He’s probably the most successful of the Judd Apatow troop so far, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. By and large, his best films often are broad comedies (like his newest movie opening this week, the very funny flick Neighbors), with Rogen being a likable oaf. He’s a rare leading man who doesn’t look like a leading man. Sometimes, like in »


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'Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie' Interview with Jason Mewes | Exclusive

8 May 2014 4:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are getting animated in Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, an all-new adventure in the View Askewniverse. Stoners Jay and Bob hit the lottery jackpot and use their cash windfall to become crime-fighting superheroes in this latest outing, now available On Demand. We recently caught up with Jay himself, Mr. Mewes, for a chat about the movie. It was originally conceived as a tour-only treat for fans, but once they realized shows were selling out, and not everyone could see it, they decided to bring it home. We discuss this, the inevitable groovy cartoon sequel that Jason is currently writing, and the destiny of the long awaited Clerks III. And for all you Todd and the Book of Pure Evil fans, don't worry! He also gives us an update on this cult classic Canadian TV show that continues to amass a huge following here in the states. »

- MovieWeb

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Spotlight on the Stars: Seth Rogen

6 May 2014 11:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Here we go with another installment of my Spotlight on the Stars series (the return of it too after a few weeks spent looking at more under the radar folks). As a refresher, each week I’ll look at an A-list actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of a way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like most weeks, honestly) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. For this week’s piece, I wanted to take a look at our first mainly comedic actor, and that would be Seth Rogen. Not only is he one of the biggest comedy stars on the planet, he’s also a multi-hyphenate, having co-written and »

- Joey Magidson

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6 movie stars on the summer movie hot seat in May

1 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This summer, we're going to be taking a look at the summer movie season from a number of different angles. Kristopher Tapley put up a great piece yesterday about his favorite summer movie summer, back in 1989, and you can expect three more of those. We also just posted a gallery of people we think have a chance at being breakout stars by the time September rolls around. But each month, we're also going to be taking a look at people who are at a crossroads, people who are having defining moments, people who are either on the wane or on the rise, and we're going to spotlight them. We're going to look at the stakes for them this summer, and how this could change things for them. May is kicking off the summer movie season this year with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which brings us to our first star… Emma Stone »

- Drew McWeeny

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‘Walk of Shame’, with Elizabeth Banks, releases a red-band trailer

15 April 2014 5:44 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Over the course of her career, actress Elizabeth Banks has garnered critical and commercial acclaim for her roles in movies such as Wet Hot American Summer, Slither, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and Our Idiot Brother, as well as tv shows such as Scrubs and 30 Rock. Fans of Banks were thus interested to learn that she had signed on to the leading role in a new project. Titled Walk of Shame, the film is written and directed by Steven Brill, and Banks stars in the feature alongside James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright, Ethan Suplee, Bill Burr, and Kevin Nealon. A new red-band trailer for the movie has now been released, and can be seen below.

(Source: Us Magazine)

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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Elizabeth Banks Takes The Walk Of Shame In Red Band Trailer

15 April 2014 4:26 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Everyone knows the walk of shame, but it’s safe to say that most are not nearly as painful and comical as Elizabeth Banks’s in the new trailer for her upcoming comedy Walk of Shame. With the film’s early May release date right around the corner, Focus Features is upping its marketing campaign with a new red band trailer.

I wasn’t too impressed by the tamer trailer that dropped back in January, and though this new preview is certainly raunchier, it still doesn’t have me convinced that Walk of Shame will be anything special, despite its exceptional cast.

Check it out below:

Other than Banks running around in a tight yellow dress, there’s not much going for Walk of Shame so far as I can see. The jokes on display just aren’t that funny, and the most talented individuals in the cast (including Community »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Watch: Kevin Smith's 1992 Student Film 'Mae Day: The Crumbling Of A Documentary'

14 March 2014 11:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Before Kevin Smith made his breakthrough into the film industry with his debut film “Clerks,” he was what some people would call a “slacker” from New Jersey. When that slacker took a brief detour to the Vancouver Film School back in 1992, he met his future long-time collaborator Scott Mosier, who would go on to produce every one of Smith’s films from “Clerks” to “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.” While Kevin Smith was only at the Vancouver Film School for a few months, he did manage to make a short documentary with Mosier called “Mae Day - The Crumbling of a Documentary.” The ten-minute film explores Smith and Mosier’s failure to go through with a documentary about a local transsexual named Emelda Mae. Smith and Mosier narrate the film with their faces only appearing as silhouettes. Their tone, which is fairly sardonic, is quite different from their classmates »

- Ken Guidry

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