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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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Horror Directors Lead Hollywood Tributes to Tobe Hooper: ‘Your Legacy Lives On’

Horror Directors Lead Hollywood Tributes to Tobe Hooper: ‘Your Legacy Lives On’
Hollywood lost a horror icon this weekend when “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “Poltergeist” director Tobe Hooper died in Sherman Oaks, Calif. on Saturday. He was 74.

Filmmakers and other celebrities were quick to pay tribute to the late director on social media.

Hooper’s fellow horror helmers including William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”), James Wan (“The Conjuring, “Saw”), Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”), John Carpenter (“Halloween,” “The Thing”) and Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”) honored their peer on Twitter.

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“A kind, warm-hearted man who made the most terrifying film ever,” noted Friedkin. “A good friend I will never forget.”

Wan wrote, “Sad to hear the passing of Tobe Hooper. One of the nicest people. A sweet, gentle soul of a man. Your legacy lives on.”

See more reactions below:

Tobe Hooper directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a seminal work in horror cinema. He was a kind,
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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 this fall

  • JoBlo
After years of expanding his horizons as a filmmaker, delivering the thriller Red State and camp shock films Tusk and Yoga Hosiers, Kevin Smith is ready to bring back his stonerific, Quick Stop-chilling heroes of man - Jay and Silent Bob - back to the big screen. After the director announced earlier this year he was hard at work going back to his roots for another adventure with the duo, he has taken to social media again to say the film will kick off production this fall. Snoochie Boochies,... Read More...
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Watch Lily-Rose Depp Faint in Emotional Clip with Natalie Portman from Planetarium

  • PEOPLE.com
Watch Lily-Rose Depp Faint in Emotional Clip with Natalie Portman from Planetarium
With only a handful of film credits under her belt, Lily-Rose Depp is already proving that she can hold her own against Hollywood’s best.

In an exclusive new clip from her upcoming film Planetarium, the actress and daughter of Johnny Depp, 18, goes toe-to-toe in an emotional scene with Oscar winner and three-time nominee Natalie Portman.

The duo star together in the French-Belgian drama, which tells the story of two American sisters in pre-World War II France who believe they have the ability to communicate with the dead.

In the scene above, Laura Barlow (Portman) explains to her onscreen little
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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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Contest: Win The Evictors on Blu-ray

  • DailyDead
In 1976, he took viewers to The Town That Dreaded Sundown, and just a few years later, Charles B. Pierce introduced them to the horrors of the Monroe house in The Evictors, now out on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, and we've been provided with three high-def copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Evictors.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Evictors Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on July 5th. This
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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Talk New Duets Album, and the First Time Playing Together in Fleetwood Mac

  • PEOPLE.com
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Talk New Duets Album, and the First Time Playing Together in Fleetwood Mac
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie aren’t exactly strangers. Their rich musical history stretches back to the mid-‘70s, when they scaled the highest reaches of the charts with Fleetwood Mac. So when the pair recently joined forces for their first duets album, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, they had to wonder: What took so long?

The union marked McVie’s return to the studio after effectively retiring from music for more than a decade, but some additional friends made her feel at home—Fleetwood Mac’s rhythm section, drummer Mick Fleetwood, plus bassist (and her former husband) John McVie. The
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Production Begins on First Installment of Kevin Smith’s Horror Anthology Film Killroy Was Here

  • DailyDead
Ringling College of Art and Design just announced a partnership between the school and filmmaker extraordinaire Kevin Smith (Clerks, Red State, Tusk) for Kevin's latest project called Killroy Was Here. And according to Smith, the anthology will be a monster movie with grisly moments.

Press Release: "Sarasota, Fl, June 15, 2017 (Globe Newswire) -- Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that Kevin Smith -- iconic filmmaker, author, actor and director of Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and recent horror films Red State and Tusk; has returned to Sarasota to shoot the first installment of his latest horror anthology film Killroy Was Here. This project is being done in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design and Semkhor Productions, the executive producer.

Like many recent Kevin Smith projects, Killroy stems from a conversation taken from one of his popular weekly podcasts.

“This is a monster movie in
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Newswire: Kevin Smith’s Krampus movie is now a non-Christmas-related horror anthology

  • The AV Club
Kevin Smith has announced that he’s retooling his Christmas horror comedy Comes The Krampus, after the film became a victim of the infamous Krampus movie rush of Winter 2015. Refusing to be cowed, Smith has stripped out the film’s Christmas elements, repurposed its monster, and now announced that the movie has become a horror anthology flick, titled KillRoy Was Here.

The anthology’s name comes from the famous “Kilroy Was Here” graffiti that became popular in America circa World War II. (Apparently, the film’s long-nosed monster resembles the cute little guy.) Smith has cast the film as a kind of gory morality play, noting that, “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, and the audience cheers.”

Smith’s last two films, Tusk and Yoga Hosers ...
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Kevin Smith’s new horror movie ‘Killroy Was Here’ begins shooting

According to Variety, Kevin Smith has started shooting his next feature, the horror movie Killroy Was Here. The trade says that the film kicked off filming in Florida this week. More on Kevin Smith’s new movie Killroy Was Here below.

Kevin Smith’s new movie confirmed to be horror movie Killroy Was Here

They said that the term ‘Kilroy 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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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,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Emmy Fyc: The Americans, Season Five

By Spencer Coile 

It is difficult at times to sum up what makes The Americans such gripping and thought-provoking series. I have encountered many friends grow tired of it quickly, claiming that it is too slow, too methodical in its approach to domesticity, to marriage, to the U.S. government. Aided by a delicious 80's fused soundtrack (you'll never hear "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac the same way again) and tremendous performances, though, it is altogether unsurprising why many have remained drawn to the meticulous storytelling that is the FX original series, The Americans. In fact, after gathering a cult-like following for its first three seasons, it finally received the Emmy traction it so deserved, earning nominations in Drama Series, Actor, Actress, Writing, and winning Margo Martindale yet another in Drama Guest Actress. 

As the Emmy race heats up, The Americans is primed to sustain its momentum and score major nominations
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Moose Jaws Teaser Poster Shared by Kevin Smith

  • MovieWeb
A few months ago, filmmaker Kevin Smith announced that his next movie would be Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, a sequel to his 2001 comedy Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. Some fans were left somewhat confused, though, since many thought that his next movie would be the conclusion to his True North trilogy, Moose Jaws. As it turns out, the filmmaker isn't abandoning that project at all, taking to Facebook Live earlier today to reveal the first sales artwork for the movie, as it starts to seek funding. Now it seems that this project will come together after Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, which begins production this fall.

Kevin Smith revealed this Moose Jaws artwork during a Facebook Live video, where he explained how he has been "building" the story for awhile, and that his old friend Tony Disanto, who runs a company called Diga, will help the director get financing for this final True North trilogy movie.
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Michael Parks obituary

Actor likened to James Dean in his youth who was adopted in middle age by hip directors such as Quentin Tarantino

Michael Parks, who has died aged 77, was a softly spoken character actor who enjoyed a prolific and chequered film and television career, largely in the exploitation genre. In middle age he was adopted as something of a mascot by the hip directors Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith. “Michael was, and will likely for ever remain, the best actor I’ve ever known,” said Smith, who directed him as a menacing preacher in Red State (2011) and as a sinister seaman with a bizarre walrus fixation in Tusk (2014). Both roles were written especially for him by Smith, who said: “He will take a page of dialogue and deliver it in a different way than anybody else.”

Parks had appeared earlier as the mobster and drug-runner Jean Renault in David Lynch
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Michael Parks Passes Away

  • LRM Online
Kevin Smith had the sad news of announcing the passing of legendary actor Michael Parks on his Instagram page today. Calling Parks his muse, he related the reaction he had of first seeing Parks in the movie From Dusk Till Dawn and telling his producer and friend Scott Mosier that he wanted to work with the Yoda of acting one day. That movie ended up being Red State. Smith also wrote a part for him in his movie Tusk. Quentin Tarantino had utilized Parks in dual roles for Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2. Robert Roderiguez of course used him as Sheriff Earl McGraw, a role Parks would reprise in Kill Bill and Grindhouse. David Lynch used him to great effect in the original Twin Peaks as the character Jean Renault.

While I can't say I liked every movie I saw Mr. Parks in, I do like his work as an actor.
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'Kill Bill,' 'From Dusk Till Dawn' Scene Stealer Michael Parks Has Passed Away

  • Movies.com
All good actors are, in theory, character actors, but the only ones who ever tend to be called "character actors" are those who spend their entire careers playing small parts that wind up stealing scenes from the main actors around them. And few could do that with the ease and immediacy of Michael Parks, who sadly passed away this week. Kevin Smith, who directed Parks' in Red State and Tusk, shared the unfortunate news. Parks had been acting since the '60s, popping up in such TV staples as Gunsmoke and Wagon Train, but it was really in the '90s that Parks started to obtain cult status thanks to a run of terrific performances in equally terrific shows and movies, like Agent Cooper's criminal foil Jean Renault in Twin Peaks and a beleaguered Texas Ranger...

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Michael Parks, ‘Kill Bill’ And ‘Tusk’ Actor, Dies At 77

  • ET Canada
Michael Parks, a character actor best known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino movie “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” and “Vol. 2” and Kevin Smith film “Tusk”, died Tuesday at age 77. No cause of death was announced. Smith himself shared the news of Parks’ passing on his Instagram account, which was then confirmed by his agent. Smith called […]
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R.I.P. esteemed character actor Michael Parks (1940-2017)

  • JoBlo
I'm sad to report that esteemed character actor Michael Parks has passed away today. While never a household name, Parks has had a long and storied acting career in both TV and film. He's probably best known now for his lead roles in Kevin Smith's two horror films, Red State and Tusk, but he had been in the entertainment business long before that, starting in 1958 on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Since then... Read More...
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Rip Michael Parks

Earlier today, filmmaker Kevin Smith took to social media to announce the passing of actor Michael Parks at the age of 77. Whether you knew Parks from his work with Smith, with Robert Rodriguez, with Quentin Tarantino, or elsewhere, he was never less than a captivating performer. Getting baity parts in Red State and Tusk over the last handful of years had introduced him to a whole new audience. Smith can be thanked for that, much like Rodriguez and Tarantino did in years prior. This is a loss that stings more the more you recognize his work. A veritable character actor of the finest degree, it’s a shame that the Academy never recognized him. Oscar or no Oscar, he’s still a master of the craft and will be greatly missed. This is what Smith wrote on Instagram a few hours ago: I hate to report that my cinematic muse #michaelparks has passed away.
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