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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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Kevin Smith's Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Begins Filming This Fall

  • LRM Online
Jay and Silent Bob are finally returning to the big screen after over a decade hiatus, last appearing in Clerks II in 2006. Jay and Silent Bob are, of course, the dynamic duo created by Kevin Smith, who also plays Silent Bob, appearing in most of his movies since his very first film, Clerks, in 1994. Since Clerks, the pair have popped up in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma, culminating an Avengers-type film that brought Smith’s entire View Askewniverse together in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The pair have been absent this past decade as Smith tried his hand at more serious fare in Jersey Girl, avoided the pair all together in Zack and Miri Make A Porno, did a studio film in Cop Out, tried horror with Red State, and got just downright bizarre with Tusk and Yoga Hosers.

16 years ago, #JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack was released in theaters. And this Fall,
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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Begins Shooting Very Soon

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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Begins Shooting Very Soon
Director Kevin Smith is a man juggling many projects all at once. But it looks like he has finally decided on his next feature film. Instead of Mall Rats 2, which by all accounts appears to have been turned into a 10 hour TV show, or the True North trilogy ending thriller Moose Jaws, about a killer moose, he's gong back to the wellspring of his youth. And will literally try to rework that magic with an ode to Clerks he likes to call Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. His plan is to shoot the movie soon.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was the culmination of many films featuring the two lead characters, a journey that started in 1994's Clerks which carried over into such films as Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma. It came out in 2001. And was a hit with audiences. Perhaps it's a fan favorite, but nothing was really ever the same after that movie.
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Once Upon A Time In Venice Blu-ray/DVD Combo – Stars Bruce Willis

Rlj Entertainment is set to release the action/comedy Once Upon A Time In Venice on DVD and on DVD/Bd combo on Aug. 15, 2017. Directed by Mark Cullen (Cop Out) who co-wrote the film with Robb Cullen (“Back in the Game”), Once Upon A Time In Venice stars Bruce Willis (Die Hard Franchise), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski), Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”), Famke Janssen (X-Men Franchise) and Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”). Rlje will release Once Upon A Time In Venice on Aug. 15, 2017 on DVD for an Srp of $29.96 and on DVD/Bd combo for an Srp of $34.97. Bruce Willis plays Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford: a detective who’s good with the ladies, bad with the punches, and wild about his dog, Buddy. But when his beloved pet is stolen by local thugs, Steve makes a questionable alliance with their devious leader, Spyder (Jason Momoa). Teaming up
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Kevin Smith, self-distribution, and the future of cinema

Thomas Hetherington Aug 9, 2017

How Kevin Smith challenged the distribution model for cinema, and what happened next...

Kevin Smith’s career has taken some interesting turns over its three decades and counting. He’s criticised Bruce Willis, parted ways with the Weinsteins, sewn Justin Long into a Walrus suit, given us the spectacle of Johnny Depp with a penis shaped nose, and even picketed his own releases. And he did those last two things twice over. He’s one of the most unpredictable filmmakers working today, he’s made podcasting a filthily brilliant art form and his projects frequently reach fever dream levels of brilliance and bizarre. But possibly the most interesting occurrence in Smith’s career was the furore and fallout, or lack thereof, surrounding his 2011 release Red State.

After the critical mauling Smith received for his studio project Cop Out in 2010, he returned to his indie roots with the
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Once Upon A Time In Venice – Review

Review by Mark Longden

I genuinely have no idea what to make of Once Upon A Time In Venice. Like, why was it made? Who thought “yes, this is definitely the best we can manage” and released it to the public? Just before I looked up the career of co-writer / director Mark Cullen, I had the creeping realisation that this felt like a double episode of a basic-cable light drama show like “Burn Notice”, only not quite as good; it turns out Cullen has previous form in TV, being the creator of two failed shows (“Back In The Game” and “Mr Robinson”), and also the writer of “Cop Out”, the comedy that director Kevin Smith described as the most miserable experience of his life.

But I feel like Mr Cullen shouldn’t get the lion’s share of the blame for this – that must go to top-billed Bruce Willis, who
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Film Review: ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’

Film Review: ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’
Remember “Cop Out,” 2010’s less-than-momentous clash of the action-comic stylings of Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan? If the answer is “no,” you’d be entirely forgiven, yet Willis himself appears to regard it with some measure of fondness. That’s the most plausible explanation for his headlining presence in “Once Upon a Time in Venice,” a similarly negligible but rather more chaotic caper from Mark and Robb Cullen, the fraternal duo behind the “Cop Out” screenplay. Assuming directing as well as writing duties this time, the Cullens prove no heirs to the Coens as conductors of oddball underworld mayhem, with much of their glib quippery soured by gauche minority stereotyping. What scant charms this direct-to-video-style Nineties throwback has belong mostly to Willis, as a grizzled Venice Beach gumshoe juggling a number of shaggy-dog cases, chief among them the abduction of his own literal mutt. The back alleys of ancillary and streaming await.
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Kevin Smith Filming Horror Movie ‘Killroy Was Here’ at Florida College

Kevin Smith Filming Horror Movie ‘Killroy Was Here’ at Florida College
Kevin Smith has started shooting horror movie “Killroy Was Here” in Florida in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design and Semkhor Productions.

Smith has focused in recent years on horror and comedy with last year’s “Yoga Hosers,” a spinoff from 2014’s “Tusk,” and 2011’s “Red State.” “Killroy” stems from a conversation taken from one of his weekly podcasts.

The phrase “Killroy Was Here” originated in American culture as graffiti during World War II as a bald-headed man with a big nose peeking over a wall with the fingers of each hand clutching the wall. Smith said the new film will be the first installment of a horror anthology.

“This is a monster movie in the sense of a classic morality tale,” Smith said. “No one wants to see you spill the blood of innocents, but when someone crosses the line and goes bad, you get to make them pay in horrible ways,
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'Once Upon a Time in Venice': Film Review

'Once Upon a Time in Venice': Film Review
Bruce Willis continues the “I don’t give a damn, write me a check” phase of his career with Once Upon a Time in Venice, a lame action-comedy directed by Mark Cullen, who, along with his co-screenwriting brother Robb, was previously responsible for the actor’s equal unfunny Cop Out. Playing a burned-out private eye based in Venice Beach, Willis subjects himself to various humiliations in a vain quest for laughs. These include skateboarding naked, sticking a revolver between his butt cheeks and wearing a dress and an Annie-style wig. Hilarity does not ensue.

The film seems to be going for a...
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Bruce Willis Goes Full Nicolas Cage in Dismal Action Vehicle ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ — Review

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Bruce Willis Goes Full Nicolas Cage in Dismal Action Vehicle ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ — Review
Bruce Willis has been creeping up on Nicolas Cage’s bread and butter — C-level action movies that pass through the multiplex with little in the way of fanfare and less in the way of actual audience interest — for a few years now, turning in roles in mostly underseen films like “Fire With Fire,” “Precious Cargo,” and “Vice” with startling regularity (while, somehow, still landing genuinely exciting parts in films like the upcoming “Death Wish” remake and the long-hyped “Glass”). But Mark Cullen’s ruthlessly boring and decidedly dismal “Once Upon a Time in Venice” marks a new low in Willis’ still-trucking action career, one that even Cage would likely flinch at, even if it does feature an entire sequence dedicated to naked skateboarding.

Slipshod from the start, the film opens with voiceover narration care of Thomas Middleditch, who — despite serving as our entry point into the crime-ridden but colorful Venice,
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First Kill Trailer Teams Bruce Willis and Hayden Christensen

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First Kill Trailer Teams Bruce Willis and Hayden Christensen
Hayden Christensen only has one shot to save his son's life in the new trailer and poster for First Kill with Bruce Willis. This action-thriller is the latest from director Steven C. Miller, who recently wrapped production on the highly-anticipated Escape Plan 2: Hades, starring another big screen icon, Sylvester Stallone. First Kill actually marks the third collaboration between Steven C. Miller and Bruce Willis, following 2015's Extraction and last year's Marauders.

Lionsgate debuted the first trailer today, along with the poster which features both Hayden Christensen and Bruce Willis. In order to reconnect with his son Danny (Ty Shelton), big shot Wall Street broker Will (Hayden Christensen) takes his family on a hunting trip to the cabin where he grew up. While out hunting with Danny, the trip takes a deadly turn when they stumble upon several robbers and witness the murder of one of the criminals.

After becoming
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Ephraim Lopez, Jean Smart Join William Shatner Comedy ‘Senior Moment’

Ephraim Lopez, Jean Smart Join William Shatner Comedy ‘Senior Moment’
Ephraim Lopez and Jean Smart have joined William Shatner in the romantic comedy “Senior Moment,” currently filming in Palm Springs, Calif., Variety has learned exclusively.

Christopher Lloyd, Katrina Bowden and Esai Morales are also in the cast. Giorgio Serafini is directing the movie from a screenplay by Kurt Brungardt and Christopher Momenee. Gina G. Goff is producing the film.

Shatner plays a retired Top Gun Navy pilot who used to test aircraft for Nasa. After speeding around town in his vintage convertible hot rod with his best friend (played by Lloyd) in tow, he gets caught in a major crackdown to get dangerous senior drivers off the road, resulting in his car being impounded and his license revoked.

López is portraying the dog walking neighbor who tries his best to befriend the oblivious senior. Smart is playing the romantic interest in the movie.

López appeared in the Kevin Smith comedy “Cop Out,
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Once Upon A Time In Venice Trailer Finds Bruce Willis On The Chase For A Missing Pup

Bruce Willis, private eye? The bonkers first trailer for Robb and Mark Cullen’s Once Upon a Time in Venice has stormed online today, and it features the Hollywood action veteran scouring the streets of Los Angeles in search of a missing dog.

Infusing the zany comedy of Red with the John Wick franchise – Bruce Willis’ cute little pup, Buddy, has somehow wound up in the hands of a formidable drug dealer played by Aquaman‘s Jason Momoa – the first promo for Once Upon a Time in Venice dials the action up to 11, and rips the knob off right around the time when Willis’ down-but-not-out private investigator Steve Ford is seen jumping off a balcony into a nearby pool. And that’s not even the most ridiculous thing you’ll find in the teaser above.

Behind the lens, Once Upon a Time in Venice heralds a creative reunion between Bruce Willis and the Cullens,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Kino Lorber Picks Up ‘Dawson City,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Lucky‘ and More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Kino Lorber Picks Up ‘Dawson City,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Lucky‘ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Bill Morrison’s “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” about the true history of a collection of 533 reels of film (representing 372 titles) dating from the 1910s to 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. The film tells the unique history of a Canadian gold rush town and how cinema, capitalism and history intersect.

“Dawson City” had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at 2016 New York Film Festival. The film also played at the BFI/London Film Festival and the 2017 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and screened Thursday at the TCM
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Once Upon A Time In Venice: Bruce Willis Going Out of His Way For His Buddy

Rlj Entertainment has picked up the U.S. rights for Mark Cullen's action comedy Once Upon A Time In Venice, starring Bruce Willis.   This looks to be Cullen's directorial debut. He has worked with his brother, Robb, in television over the years. Together they wrote Kevin Smith's Cop Out, which Bruce Willis starred in with Tracy Morgan.   Below is the full press release along with a description of the film so you know who Willis' Buddy is and why he is so important to him.   Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly anticipated action/comedy Once Upon A Time In Venice, directed by Mark Cullen, which is set to release in theaters and on VOD on June 16.  This...

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Bruce Willis, Jason Momoa & John Goodman Action Comedy Once Upon A Time In Venice Sets Release

Looks like Bruce Willis is pretty keen on writer/directors Robb and Mark Cullen. The trio previously worked together on the Kevin Smith directed action comedy Cop Out which was written by the Cullen's and now Willis is working with the pair again, this time with Mark behind the camera.

Once Upon a Time in Venice stars Willis as a Venice Beach investigator by the name of Steve Ford. He's a smooth talking, punch throwing detective who also happens to love his dog and when his beloved pooch is stolen by a group of local thugs, he makes some questionable deals in order to get the dog back.

On the surface, this sounds like something halfway between Keanu and John Wick though I doubt it'll have the action chops of the Keanu Reeves vehicle. That [Continued ...]
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Bruce Willis action-comedy lands at Rlj Entertainment

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Bruce Willis action-comedy lands at Rlj Entertainment
Voltage Pictures financed Once Upon A Time In Venice. Separately, Mongrel Media to distribute Colossal in Canada; Saban Films acquires True Crimes.

Rlj Entertainment has picked up all Us rights from Voltage to the action-comedy Once Upon A Time In Venice.

The film will open theatrically and on VOD on June 16 and stars Willis as a private eye in Venice Beach, California, who takes on a local gangster when his beloved dog is kidnapped.

The ensemble includes John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Justice League and Aquaman star Jason Momoa, X-Men’s Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg and Kal Penn.

Mark Cullen directed and reunites with Willis after he co-wrote the 2010 Kevin Smith action-comedy Cop Out with Robb Cullen.

Voltage Pictures chief Nicolas Chartier produced with Laura Ford, Zev Foreman, Cullen and Cullen. Voltage president and COO Jonathan Deckter served as executive producer with Stephen J. Eads.

Voltage financed and produced the project and sold out to international buyers as an untitled
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Bruce Willis’ Action-Comedy ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ Lands at RLJ Entertainment

Bruce Willis’ Action-Comedy ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ Lands at RLJ Entertainment
Rlj Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the Bruce Willis action-comedy “Once Upon a Time in Venice.”

Once Upon a Time in Venice,” directed by Mark Cullen, will hit theater and VOD on June 16. The film is produced by Voltage Pictures chief Nicolas Chartier (“The Hurt Locker”), Zev Foreman (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Laura Ford, Mark Cullen, and Robb Cullen. The pic is executive produced by Jonathan Deckter and Stephen J. Eads.

This movie marks the second collaboration between Willis and the Cullen brothers. They previously worked on another action-comedy, 2010’s “Cop Out.”

The cast of “Once Upon a Time in Venice” includes John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg, and Kal Penn. Willis portrays a detective in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles whose beloved dog Buddy is stolen by local thugs — leading to a questionable alliance with the thugs’ devious leader, portrayed by Momoa.
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Bruce Willis, Jason Momoa Action Comedy ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ Picked Up by RLJ Entertainment

  • The Wrap
Bruce Willis, Jason Momoa Action Comedy ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ Picked Up by RLJ Entertainment
RLJ Entertainment has picked up the U.S. rights to the action comedy “Once Upon a Time in Venice” starring Bruce Willis and Jason Momoa, Mark Ward, RLJ’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, announced Tuesday. Directed by Mark Cullen, the film also stars John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg and Kal Penn. The film is the second collaboration between Willis and writers Cullen and Robb Cullen, who previously worked on “Cop Out” in 2010 together. “Once Upon a Time in Venice” follows Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford (Willis), a detective who is good with the ladies and bad with the punches and who.
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Bruce Willis’ ‘Once Upon A Time In Venice’ Sells To Rlj, Sets June Release

  • Deadline
Rlj Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Once Upon A Time In Venice, an action comedy starring Bruce Willis and directed by Mark Cullen. Cullen and his brother Robb co-wrote the pic as they did for Willis’ 2010 pic Cop Out. A June 16 release date in theaters and VOD has been set. John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg and Kal Penn co-star in the ensemble from Voltage Pictures. It centers on Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford (Willis), a…
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