5 items from 2017
Variety is reporting that Charlie's Angels will hit the big screen again on June 7th, 2019. The film is set to be directed by Elizabeth Banks, famous for her work as Betty Brant in the original Spider-Man and as Miri in Zack and Miri Make A Porno. This would be the second feature that Elizabeth Banks has directed, the first one being Pitch Perfect 2.
The big question I have to ask is why? I haven't seen a film that Elizabeth Banks has directed so she may be a great director. This version of Charlie's Angels may be a good film. It certainly couldn't be any worse than the Drew Barrymore versions in 2000 and 2003. It would certainly be better than the reboot for ABC that occurred in 2011. But why are we looking at our third reboot of this franchise is less than twenty years? Is there really any audience for Charlie's Angels »
- Tim Jousma
Continuing on with a yearly series I like to do on those deserving of Academy Award wins or nominations, it’s time to turn attention to filmmakers. Actors and actresses are the sexier group, but writers and directors are the backbone of the industry. There are plenty who have never been cited by the Academy, so that will be the focus today. I’ll be running down ten filmmakers who I feel are due a nomination. In a handful of cases, they’ll be more comedic storytellers, since Oscar voters can often overlook them. That’s a real shame in my mind, but that could be a piece for another day. Anyway, you’ll see them below, and obviously know that your own mileage may vary. So, without further delay, here goes nothing… Here now are the ten writers and/or directors most due for their first Oscar nomination: 10. Kevin Smith – Hear me out. »
- Joey Magidson
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. »
- Gig Patta
Rob Leane Feb 13, 2017
Kevin Smith has always had to fight to get his films off the ground: he started his filmmaking career by maxing out multiple credit cards to self-finance Clerks, and more recently, legend has it, it was only Johnny Depp’s decision to come on board as a wacky supporting character that allowed Smith to secure financing for his walrus-centric horror flick Tusk.
Smith has, across his career, been offered several barmy jobs (he rejected a chance to pen Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian back in the 90s) and he’s also signed up for a lot of projects that never got past the script phase.
The latter camp of could’ve-beens is what we’re talking about today, following that news that Clerks III »
Kevin Smith feels like the cinematic equivalent of the law of diminishing returns. A once talented writer and filmmaker who has descended into a creative black hole that he continues to try to claw his way out of.
First off, let me pay some respects to the man. I love Clerks. Easily one of my top 10 films of all time. For that cinematic gem I can easily forgive him for every ridiculous gaffe (Tusk, Yoga Hosers) or total embarrassing effort (Cop Out, Jersey Girl). Like so many film fans who came into consciousness during the 1990’s, Smith was one of the independent voices that we looked up to. An unpretentious, genuinely funny guy who wanted to make his own kind of movies.
And there were those of us happily in that legion for many years. »
- Anghus Houvouras
5 items from 2017
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