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Let me start by saying that when Tusk first came out, there wasn't a theater within an hour, and forty-five minutes, from me, showing it. As a huge Kevin Smith fan, this was disheartening. Every time I planned to drive, to see it, something came up. I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to catch it until it came out on DVD/VOD. Then a stroke of luck, and our little local indie theater, Cinema Center, got it for Halloween weekend. Score.
Going in, I had high hopes, but had become worried, as I saw the negativity rolled out. It wasn't until at some point watching the movie, that I remembered this is Kevin Smith we're talking about, and “haters gonna hate.” – mainly because this movie was pretty damn awesome.
I was unsure about a couple things. Number one, the perpetual »
Kevin Smith is definitely at an interesting point in his career. Once the king of the indie comedy genre, Smith has worked hard at dipping his toes in genres that typically wouldn’t be associated with the same guy whose characters complained about working on their day off, or various other topics that many people found incredibly easy to relate to. After making quite a few films, Smith dipped his toes in the horror/thriller arena with 2011’s Red State, a film loosely based on the god-awful Fred Phelps and his hate filled church. What was more shocking than the idea of Smith leaving his raunchy comedy comfort zone in exchange for a solid and somewhat horrific film, is how well the film’s first half was executed. It was intense, full of dread and genuinely upsetting. While Smith could have very easily have kept that momentum going and knocked »
- Jerry Smith
Since Kevin Smith started with his True North Trilogy of Tusk, Yoga Hosers and Moose Jaws, it appeared that he’d put his two-part hockey movie / miniseries Hit Somebody on the backburner. However, the indie filmmaker has now revealed that he’s secured financing for the long-gestating project and intends on shooting that, Moose Jaws and Clerks III in 2015.
“[Kim Ledford of Star Scream] was like ‘Look, you talked about this True North Trilogy, these three movies in Canada. You gotta make those in succession. So Krampus you can make anytime, but like keep making this ’cause you’ve already kind of set the tone.’” Smith tells Slash Film. “I was like ‘All right.’ So they jumped into Yoga Hosers because of that. While working on Yoga Hosers, Clerks III came up and Kim was like ‘Let me read that script.’ And suddenly she was like ‘Oh my God, we’re making this movie. Why »
- Gary Collinson
There was a time when Clerks helmer Kevin Smith threatened to quit making movies altogether. Thankfully, that dark day has long since passed, and he’s on track to take the cinematic world by storm once more. Since the release of his walrus horror epic, Tusk, Smith’s mojo has returned in full force. Turns out, the divisive body horror was actually a key factor in securing financing for the director’s trilogy-closer, Clerks III and a stream of movies set to follow. One of which is his long-anticipated hockey project, Hit Somebody.
Following a recent chat with the guys over at /Film, the filmmaker shed light on the movie’s status. During the conversation, Smith regaled the site with the ins-and-outs of how Hit Somebody finally bagged financing, and also when its slated to shoot. The entire chunk is well worth a read, but here’s the ending snippet »
- Gem Seddon
The last time we heard about Kevin Smith's gestating hockey project Hit Somebody, it was being turned into a miniseries at AMC where the director's reality show "Comic Book Men" is hosted. However, that was over two years ago, and at that time, Clerks III was going to be the last film that Smith directed before retiring from directing. But now that Tusk has been made, Yoga Hosers is on the way, and Moose Jaws is also in the works to complete what is being called the True North Trilogy, clearly a lot has changed. And now Hit Somebody is finally back on the table, and this time it's a feature film again, looking to shoot in 2015. SlashFilm recently spoke to Smith himself about Hit Somebody, and much like the release of Tusk resulted in him getting financing for Clerks III, the panned film actually has opened up multiple »
- Ethan Anderton
Back in January 2011, shortly after the Sundance debut of Red State, director Kevin Smith stated that Hit Somebody would be his final film as a director. The story is based on a Warren Zevon song, centering on a Canadian who long dreamed of becoming a hockey player, despite lacking the skills needed to play. In the four years that followed, plans for the film have changed drastically, and Kevin Smith moved onto a number of other projects with no actual end in sight for his directing career. Now it sounds like the project will actually shoot in the later half of 2015, but it will no longer be his final film as far as we can tell.
The filmmaker announced in August 2011 that the project would be a two-part movie, before it then turned back into one movie in January 2012. Next, the director announced it would become a mini-series in December »
Say what you will about Kevin Smith‘s Tusk, but ultimately it was the spark that gave new life to the filmmaker. Just like he did in the ’90s, Smith made Tusk kind of on a whim. He and his producer Scott Mosier came up with the idea, Smith wrote it and a few months later […]
- Germain Lussier
Here on Dread we’re big fans of Kevin Smith’s Tusk (review), which unfortunately didn’t get all that much love from the horror community this year. It’s a shame, really, because it’s the sort of batshit crazy film that reminded us… Continue Reading →
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- John Squires
Kevin Smith has been teasing his retirement from filmmaking for almost two years now. At one point, Clerks III was going to be his final film, but then a little project called Tusk came along. The indie horror film may not have lived up to the expectations of many, but it did something to Smith's career. The invigorated director now seems to have several projects on his slate, all of which have funding. In an interview with SlashFilm, Kevin Smith outlines how a new relationship with »
- Alex Maidy
The 2014 Action Hero Power Rankings
Some years are just great for certain genres, and this year was a great one for action. All across the board were films within different subgenres stepping up and delivering great action set pieces and characters. Consider the shot on the revolving tank gun revealing the totality of carnage in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, or the tight line between insanity and sharp focus with the home invasion scene in The Guest, the shot of Chris Evans plowing through several baddies with an axe in slow motion during Snowpiercer, watching Keanu Reeves dispatching thugs with slick gun-fu in John Wick, or literally any scene from the action opera The Raid 2. Take all that together in the same year (!!!!) and it’s clear to see we’ve been spoiled… read the full article.
The year in TV: The rise of single-director television seasons »
Sitting down and jotting down a top ten list of great films from 2014 was no easy feat. Why? Because some damn good horror films grabbed this year by the balls and refused to let go. After much pondering, (and debates with my inner thoughts) I have finally figured out my list. To me, this year meant late night movie nights with friends, and being exposed to some of the best films the genre had to offer. If 2015 has just a fraction of the greatness 2014 had, then I have no doubt next year will be amazing for horror and genre films. So here are the films from this past year who confirmed my love for the genre (and maybe turned me on a little).
Oh my. I am going to get so much shit for this, but guess what? I don’t care. I recently watched Tusk, and I »
Having grossed over $1 billion around the world, it should come as no surprise that New Regency are looking to get Alvin and the Chipmunks back up on screen for a fourth outing. And now it seems as though they have a director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walt Becker has been hired to direct Alvin and the Chipmunks 4. The latest version of the script has been written by Adam Sztykiel, who has previously penned Made of Honor and Due Date. An earlier draft was penned by Randi Mayem Singer (Mrs. Doubtfire).
It is unknown if Justin Long (Tusk), Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) or Jesse McCartney (Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy) will return to provide their voices as Alvin, Simon and Theodore or if Jason Lee (Mallrats) will reprise his role as Dave.
- Luke Owen
If you loved Johnny Depp's quirky, unexpected turn in this fall's horror comedy Tusk, you'll surely want to check out his next mad creation for the big screen in Mortdecai. The caper comedy only has a little more than a month before it hits cinemas across the country. Lionsgate has released two new TV spots from this David Koepp directed adventure, which show Depp having a lot of fun.
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and a special charm. He is in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account. Will this painting lead him to a treasure filled with Nazi gold?
This week we sit down to discuss three of the most talked about genre offerings this year including A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, an accomplished debut feature from U.S.-based writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour. But first we review Kevin Smith’s Tusk and What We Do in the Shadows, easily one of the most clever and genuinely funny spoof movies in quite some time.
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With a slew of major commercial (and often critical) hits like "The Conjuring," "Insidious: Chapter 2," "World War Z," "Warm Bodies" and the terrific "Evil Dead" remake, 2013 was a great year for horror. 2014? Eeh...let's just say the business of fright was a little weak. And it wasn't just the numbers, which were bad enough - only 4 horror films broke $50 million domestic this year as compared with last year's 9 - but the quality of the films themselves that disappointed. If we're being honest, the number of truly worthwhile mainstream horror films this year can probably be counted on one hand. So what did we learn from horror's (mostly) horrible 2014? Below are 8 lessons we'll be taking away. Lesson #1: Even in a down year, horror remains the most consistently profitable genre Judging strictly by budget-to-worldwide gross ratio, the only true flop this year was the bloated Aaron Eckhart reboot "I, Frankenstein, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Kevin Smith was once the darling of internet movie fans, a self-professed geek made good. In the 1990’s he had an extremely dedicated cult following, if not huge box office returns for his films, and became a celebrity director who was as known for his own personality as his work. He even wrote some damn good comic books, contributing in many great ways to an industry he adores.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the way his star began to wane, as his film output in the 2000’s dipped in quality quite badly. It seemed that once he ventured into uncharted territory by directing films outside of the View Askewniverse (named in honour of his production company), the wheels began to come off. Smith’s first 5 efforts were all connected via the characters of Jay and Silent Bob (the latter played, of course, by Smith himself), but when he left »
- Michael Gordon
Nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2014 in five film and eight television categories, as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Divergent”) and actress/director/producer and SAG Award recipient Eva Longoria, who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors. SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees.
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et) / 5 p.m. (Pt) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT. The SAG Awards can »
- Michelle McCue
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations were revealed Wednesday morning, serving as yet another precursor on the long road to the Oscars.
In the film categories, Birdman was the big winner, scoring four nominations, including for Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, as well as the collective ensemble cast. Boyhood followed right in its footsteps with three nods for Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and another ensemble nomination.
The big surprises of the morning’s nominations started with Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler, a bubble contender in a crowded Best Actor race, Jennifer Aniston for Cake, a bubble contender in a disappointingly less crowded Best Actress race, Robert Duvall in the poorly reviewed The Judge and Naomi Watts for St. Vincent (Watts was in Birdman as well, but that must’ve slipped SAG’s minds).
- Brian Welk
The Screen Actors Guild has announced the nominations for the 21st SAG Awards, with Alexander Gonzales Inarritu’s Birdman leading the pack with four nods, including the most prestigious, Outstanding Cast, where it will compete with Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.
On the television front, HBO racked up 14 nominations in total, including mentions for True Detective, Boardwalk Empire, Veep and Game of Thrones. Meanwhile Modern Family is gunning for a record fifth consecutive win in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Check out the full list of nominations here…
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Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Gary Collinson
Here is the full list of nominations for the 21st annual SAG Awards, which were announced this morning at La’s Pacific Design Center.
Fox Searchlight topped the film studios with six nominations, led by Alexander Gonzales Inarritu’s Birdman, which nabbed four total nominations: for Outstanding Cast, which is the closest thing the guild has to a Best Picture category; and for star Michael Keaton and supporting actors Edward Norton and Emma Stone. It was joined in the top cast category by IFC Films’ Boyhood, which also got nods for its co-stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette; Searchlight’s Wes Anderson pic The Grand Budapest Hotel; the Weinstein Co’s The Imitation Game; and Focus Features’ The Theory Of Everything. The latter two biopics landed lead noms for Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.
On The TV side, HBO led all networks with 14 noms, thanks to multiple acting »
- Patrick Hipes
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