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Kevin Smith: I'm "Living on Borrowed Time" After Heart Attack

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Kevin Smith says he feels like, after his heart attack, he's "living on borrowed time."

On Monday, the filmmaker tweeted that he'd suffered a "massive" heart attack, saying his doctor told him he had "100% blockage of my Lad artery (aka 'the Widow-Maker')." Two days later, he returned home.

On Thursday, he gave his first interview about his health scare with Ralph Garman for his podcast The Ralph Report (Part 1 of the interview posts Friday, followed by Part 2 on Monday).

"I don't want to say I feel like a dead man walking, but I...
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Kevin Smith’s Not A Fan Of The Venom Trailer Either

Sony’s upcoming Venom was an already contentious property due to its distance from the McU, but the controversy surrounding it only increased after the release of the first teaser trailer. Despite the title, the preview didn’t feature the actual character of Venom at all, only showing us Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock before his transformation into the black-clad anti-hero.

Naturally, fans heavily criticized this decision – and one of those is all-round superhero expert Kevin Smith. The director spoke with his co-host Ralph Garman on their podcast Hollywood Babble-On about recent trailers like Solo: A Star Wars Story and Avengers: Infinity War. Though they loved the footage from those films, the hosts were more conflicted about Venom, as Smith summed up most people’s thoughts with this comment on the trailer:

“I didn’t see a Venom trailer. I saw Tom Hardy: The Movie.”

Intense Venom Trailer Pics Show
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Kevin Smith Cries Over Venom Trailer, But Not in a Good Way

Kevin Smith Cries Over Venom Trailer, But Not in a Good Way
The first Venom teaser trailer was released last week to mixed reactions and now director and comic book fan Kevin Smith is weighing in on it. Many comic book fans were already skeptical of Sony's Venom movie and the first trailer did not help ease fears. The main takeaway from the first teaser trailer is that Venom is not shown in it at all and the symbiote is barely alluded to in a quick flash of a second, which has led to many wondering if they even had enough footage to show off the movie.

On Kevin Smith's Hollywood Babble-On podcast, he and his cohost Ralph Garman talked about all of the recently released trailers including Solo: A Star Wars Story and the new TV spot for Infinity War. We already know that the first trailer for Infinity War made Smith weep and he's definitely excited for another epic Marvel movie.
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Steve Edwards Suddenly Exits Kttv’s ‘Good Day La’

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Longtime “Good Day La” co-anchor Steve Edwards has departed the local morning news show, a spokesperson for Fox affiliate Kttv, where the program airs, told TheWrap on Monday. “We can confirm that Steve Edwards is no longer employed by Kttv,” a spokeswoman for the station said in a statement. No reason was given for the exit. Also Read: Ralph Garman Exits Kroq's 'Kevin and Bean' Show After 18 Years Edwards had been an anchor on the program since 1995. While Kttv had no statement regarding the reason for Edwards’ departure, FTVLive reports that Edwards was let go following sexual harassment accusations made against him.
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Ralph Garman Exits Kroq’s ‘Kevin and Bean’ Show After 18 Years

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Ralph Garman Exits Kroq’s ‘Kevin and Bean’ Show After 18 Years
Ralph Garman, a longtime personality on Los Angeles radio station Kroq’s “Kevin and Bean” morning show, has exited the program after 18 years. “Kevin and Bean” co-host Kevin Ryder announced Garman’s departure Thursday morning, noting, “It’s been a tough day.” “We’re sad to say our friend @RalphGarman will no longer be w @kevinandbean,” Ryder tweeted. “His talent is unique. His dedication to the show for 18 yrs – amazing. More importantly he’s a really good person. Also Read: Kroq Personality Lisa May Breaks Silence on Being Fired From 'Kevin & Bean Show' “We’ll miss him and truly wish him the best … It’s.
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Kevin Smith Shares His Thoughts on Justice League and Says There Are "Moments That F*** Made my Heart Soar."

As many of you know Kevin Smith is a huge DC fanboy who has had both kind and negative things to say about the DC films that have been made. For those of you who are interested in what he thought about Justice League, he shared his thoughts on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast with Ralph Garman

Smith reveals that he's seen the film twice already and that there are moments in it that made his heart soar. He obviously liked it:

"I saw Justice League twice already. I liked it. I liked it. There's stuff in it that I really dug, stuff that I was happy, I mean it's weird this is like, I'm not going to review the movie and stuff, but these are moments that fucking made my heart soar."

He went on to talk about one of those moments in detail, so spoilers ahead:

He went on
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Kevin Smith Absolutely Loves Justice League

Kevin Smith Absolutely Loves Justice League
Warner Bros.' fourth Dceu installment, Justice League, didn't exactly deliver what the studio was expecting, from both a critical and commercial standpoint. The movie didn't fare well with critics, especially after a controversial move to withhold the Rotten Tomatoes score for a day, earning just a 40% rating on Rt. And when it hit in theaters, it posted the worst Dceu opening weekend thus far, earning $93.8 million. But the movie did earn a famous fan in director Kevin Smith, who sung the movie's praises during his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. Here's what the director had to say below about one of his favorite parts of the movie, which made his "heart soar." If you haven't seen Justice League yet there may be some mild Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.

"I saw Justice League twice already. I liked it. I liked it. There's stuff in it that I really dug,
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Kevin Smith Posts His Verdict Of Justice League: “There Are Moments That Made My Heart Soar”

As Justice League begins to dust itself down in preparation for a crucial second weekend, Warner Bros. executives will be crossing their fingers in the hope that audiences will still flock to see the Zack Snyder-directed tentpole – you know, despite the avalanche of middling reviews.

Financially, it’s been a similar story for the Justice League of America; at only $94 million, the starry mega-film endured the lowest domestic opening of any movie in the DC Extended Universe thus far, which doesn’t exactly bode well for Justice League‘s box office ambitions.

$600 million is said to be the current target if it’s to really turn a profit, though it’s hard to see Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s big-budget blockbuster as anything other than a misfire – no matter which way you spin the box office numbers.

And though he’s well aware of the film’s shortcomings,
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Batman Vs. Two-Face Blu-Ray Review

When it comes to characters that we love, you’ll probably agree with me in saying that we all possess some vague memory of how we were exposed to them. As a lifelong fan of Batman, I can at least remember that Adam West was my introduction to the Dark Knight (or Bright Knight, in this case). Honestly, I can’t properly recall if it was via the TV show from the ’60s or the Super Friends animated series, but either way, he was my first Batman.

Having confessed that, you can imagine that I was quite thrilled when West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar reprised their roles of Batman, Robin and Catwoman, respectively, in last year’s Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. Not only did returning in animated form allow them to defy Father Time, but it also showed us what that world looks like when freed of
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Batman Vs. Two-Face Release Date Confirmed, Bonus Features Revealed

Last year, Warner Bros. treated us with the awesome Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, which saw the likes of Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar reprise their roles of Batman, Robin and Catwoman, respectively. Being essentially the beginning to a fourth season we never received, it surpassed expectations by retaining the feel of the classic 1960’s television series, while also featuring grandiose action scenes that could’ve never been accomplished on the budget of the show.

Having said that, we’re thrilled to see that its sequel, Batman vs. Two-Face, looks like it may be even better. In addition to the return of the aforementioned actors, expect William Shatner to lend his pipes to the dichotomous Harvey Dent, a character who never actually appeared on the TV show itself during its original run.

As for the rest of the major players, here goes: Jeff Bergman (Joker, Bookworm, Desmond Dumas), Sirena Irwin (Dr.
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Adam West & William Shatner Reunite for Batman vs. Two-Face

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Burbank, CA (August 14, 2017) – Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment bring together two of pop culture’s all-time heroes – TV’s original Batman and Captain Kirk, Adam West and William Shatner, respectively – to voice the title characters in the full-length, animated feature film, Batman vs. Two-Face. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will make the all-new movie available October 10, 2017 on Digital and October 17, 2017 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp).

As the sequel to the 2016 hit animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the all-new Batman vs. Two-Face finds Batman and Robin back in classic 1960s action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history. But when the mutilated master of multiplicity, Two-Face, begins staging a daring crime wave across Gotham, the Caped Crusaders must work double-time to discover his mysterious secret identity before they can halt his evil-doing – all the while combating the likes of Catwoman,
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Batman Vs. Two-Face Blu-ray Special Features Include Adam West Tribute

Batman Vs. Two-Face Blu-ray Special Features Include Adam West Tribute
Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment bring together two of pop culture's all-time heroes, TV's original Batman and Captain Kirk, Adam West and William Shatner, respectively, to voice the title characters in the full-length, animated feature film, Batman vs. Two-Face. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will make the all-new movie available October 10, 2017 on Digital and October 17, 2017 on Blu-ray&#8482 Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp). The first Batman vs. Two-Face trailer was released last week, which you can check out again below along with the Blu-ray and DVD artwork.

As the sequel to the 2016 hit animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the all-new Batman vs. Two-Face finds Batman and Robin back in classic 1960s action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history. But when the mutilated master of multiplicity, Two-Face, begins staging a daring crime wave across Gotham, the Caped Crusaders must
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Late 'Batman' Actor Adam West Honored at Comic-Con

There are typically a lot of Batmen at Comic-Con, but only one was the subject of a star-filled tribute.

Filmmaker Kevin Smith, producer James Tucker, actors Ralph Garman and Lee Meriwether, and about a thousand fans paid tribute to the late Adam West at the pop culture convention Thursday night.

West played Batman in the 1960s TV series and later voiced the character of Mayor West on Family Guy. He died last month at age 88.

Smith said he was about 4 years old when he first saw West in Batman on a black-and-white TV.

"He defined my youth,"...
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Late 'Batman' Actor Adam West Honored at Comic-Con

Late 'Batman' Actor Adam West Honored at Comic-Con
There are typically a lot of Batmen at Comic-Con, but only one was the subject of a star-filled tribute.

Filmmaker Kevin Smith, producer James Tucker, actors Ralph Garman and Lee Meriwether, and about a thousand fans paid tribute to the late Adam West at the pop culture convention Thursday night.

West played Batman in the 1960s TV series and later voiced the character of Mayor West on Family Guy. He died last month at age 88.

Smith said he was about 4 years old when he first saw West in Batman on a black-and-white TV.

"He defined my youth,"...
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Watch the Bat-Signal Light Up L.A. in Honor of Adam West

Watch the Bat-Signal Light Up L.A. in Honor of Adam West
Earlier this week, we reported that Los Angles mayor Eric Garcetti and police chief Charlie Beck will light the iconic Bat-Signal on the Los Angeles City Hall, in honor of the late great Adam West, who passed away last week at the age of 88, after a long battle with leukemia. In case you couldn't make it to downtown Los Angeles last night, we have a new video of the Bat-Signal being lit, along with excerpts from the speeches given by Eric Garcetti, Charlie Beck and surprise guest Burt Ward, who played Robin in the original Batman TV series alongside Adam West. We have photos from the event as well. Here's what Burt Ward had to say in his speech.

"My friend Adam would want every single one of you to be incredibly happy, and to be joyous, because he spent his entire life as a performer, making people happy, making them laugh,
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Video: Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman Remember Adam West

This past weekend, we lost a legendary actor when Batman and Family Guy star Adam West died at age 88. Filmmaker and fanboy Kevin Smith and his frequent podcasting partner Ralph Garman were at some sort of convention or public event the night West passed away, and they ended up going on with the show and sharing heartfelt stories about their time and interactions with him (Garman was a close friend).
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Burt Ward Remembers Adam West: ‘He Knew Batman Meant Something to People’

Burt Ward Remembers Adam West: ‘He Knew Batman Meant Something to People’
It took a generation, but Adam West finally got his due as a hero among superheroes.

West, who died June 9 at the age of 88, became synonymous with Batman after he donned the mask and cape for the 1966-68 series that was a smash for ABC. The half-hour show was so of its era — a pop art painting writ large as a tongue-in-cheek action comedy — and so popular that for a brief period, ABC aired the episodes twice a week.

The campy attributes made it easy for the industry to dismiss the show as a mindless TV confection aimed at teenagers who read comic books. West famously struggled in the years after “Batman” to move his career forward. But he never succumbed to bitterness. His lean years in the 1970s only made him more appreciative of the recognition and the work that came later in life.

“He never felt he’d missed out,” says
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When the Police Academy gang made a horror movie

Simon Brew Jun 20, 2017

Steve Guttenberg headlines what's supposed to be a reunion of the Police Academy cast. Life doesn't always work out as promised, though...

To the nearest $1m, the final Police Academy movie – Police Academy: Mission To Moscow – took a tidy $1m at the box office. It brought to a tragic end a movie franchise that had delighted surely a few people in its latter years, and certain given the office photocopiers a workout, as jokes were religiously recycled en masse. The Hangover series would put a better gloss on the recycling jokes schtick, and repeat the trick across its sequels many years later, to better commercial return.

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See also: What went wrong with Police Academy: Mission To Moscow.

Police Academy producer Paul Maslansky – who also tried to turn Ski Patrol into a series, foiled by the fact that barely anyone went to see the first and only one – has talked about rebooting Police Academy since. Most of the original cast are still with us, too, save for the brilliant David Graf (Tackleberry), Bubba Smith (Hightower), and George Gaynes (Commandant Lassard). Basically, a chunk of the core ensemble are available, and have been waiting for the call to return for a fresh Police Academy adventure. But the call, unfortunately, never came.

Hence, Lavalantula.

This is a film that centres on Steve Guttenberg, a washed-up movie star of the 90s who’s taken on a bug movie for $10,000. Going by the name of Colton West, we learn that he’s been the star of such movie franchises as Crazy Cops and Red Robot, and I know even typing this that nobody really cares. Instead, you’ve been drawn to this film for the same reason I was: it’s the cast of the Police Academy movies, just in a sort-of-horror film. Asda – and other supermarkets selling DVDs are available – had this next to Star Wars: Rogue One in my local store. One coin toss later, and Rogue One could wait.

It turns out, of course, that it’s a dose of trash that’s been doing the rounds for a little while. Spun out of the Sharknado series, Lavalantula was first shown on Syfy in the Us back in 2015, and I’ve barely found mention of it since. That notwithstanding, I armed myself with some of those new strawberry and vanilla Calippos (6/10 from me for them), and settled in.

Purveyors of The Asylum and Syfy attempts to recreate the feel of B-movies will know what they’re getting here. A perfunctory bit of plot, to get to some special effects that have been produced with second hand computers bought off Ilm. That’s less snooty than it sounds, mind. Lavalantula, a word that only seven of the 49 human beings who have ever tried managed to pronounce correctly the first time, is a solid audit as to what $20,000 or so’s worth of effects can buy you. Some lava and half-decent spiders is the answer. Given that London Has Fallen, for one, cost $105m to make and had effects that looked like Call Of Duty a generation back, Lavathingy does offer a decent recent in that sense. Don’t get carried away and start giving it awards or anything, though.

Thing is, it’s easy to look down on micro budget stuff like this. Yet who knows where the next big filmmaker is going to come from? Jennifer Yuh Nelson cut her teeth on the basic animated movies that used to go straight to bargain stores, and now she’s one of the highest grossing female directors of all time, courtesy of the Kung Fu Panda series. The late Jonathan Demme was one of many schooled by the low budget ways of Roger Corman – a model that Jason Blum has expanded on for his Blumhouse outfit, offering filmmakers low budgets in exchange for final cut – and whilst The Asylum has lower ambitions, everyone needs a break, right?

In this case, it’s director Mike Mendez, who worked on the likes of NCIS and CSI before giving the world Big Ass Spider! Here, he knows the trade off is he has to shoot lots of explanatory conversation scenes to stretch the budget (he does throw in a Raiders Of The Lost Ark boulder-rip-off at one moment, though, as well as a just on the right side of legal Pirates Of The Caribbean homage), reckoning he has but 10 minutes out of 80 that he can spend on effects. At one stage, he decides to have a man dressed as a spider fight a spider. Sadly, it’s less fun that it sounds.

The other concession to budget is you don’t actually get the cast of Police Academy for very long. This is less forgivable. Sure, you get shirtless Guttenberg stealing a bus, and in his own way giving us his own spin on Last Action Hero. His character also needs to reconnect with his son for reasons that are of no human interest. But everyone else? They’re shuttled in for quick cameos. You get them at the start, and then Winslow and Ramsey finally return an hour later. But by then, they’re plotting how to beat the big spiders, and – presumably fearing legal interest – the references to glories old are all but gone.

I can’t be the only person who put the DVD in to hear Michael Winslow recreate his collection of noises. But we get, what, five minutes with him in all? It’s like a Police Academy reunion where everyone but Steve Guttenberg got given the wrong time. There’s the odd concession and acknowledgement of the series elsewhere in the film - “they took out the Blue Oyster. I loved that place,” says pretend Captain Jack Sparrow (really) at one stage – but for Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook and Winslow, the DVD packaging may as well provide you with a spotter book, so you can at least tick ‘em off once you see them.

Still, Ralph Garman is good fun here as the aforementioned Jack Sparrow knock-off, and 24 fans who wonder just what happened to that fella who played Tony Almeida Isn’t Dead Really will get their answer, as Carlos Bernard duly picks up his cheque. 24: Legacy couldn’t come along quickly enough, though.

On the plus side too, there’s little question that everyone’s in on the gag.

But when you yearn for the film to at least have an equitable number of laughs as a Police Academy sequel, it’d be fair to say a little alarm has long been going off. By the time the film is directly mirroring and quoting a moment from Jurassic Park, that old adage of invoke the memory of other, better films at your peril has long been proved.

The cheapest moment, incidentally, and this is a competitive contest, is the Basil Exposition-type Doctor/Professor/scientist character, clambering into a helicopter with the full chopper sound effect going. Only for the camera to leave the fact that the rotors aren’t turning fully in shot.

Yet I think I still want that horror movie with the Police Academy cast that I was sold. In fact, what I think what I’d like to see now is a big screen version of the PlayStation 4 game Until Dawn, but with Police Academy characters, to bring a bit of a choose your own adventure element to the fun. Plus, then you get to replay it, changing just a few plot elements next time you play, accurately reflecting one of the core components of the Police Academy business plan.

Guttenberg has since followed this up with a sequel, 2 Lava 2 Tarantula, where only two Police Academy alumni joined him. Another film is coming. But Lavalantula: Tokyo Drift is surely just a meeting and a beermat’s worth of plot away, where all of his co-stars will have deserted him, ready to rejoin him for the fourth film in the series. That’s how this stuff work, right? And then Statham will turn up two films later? Right?

Right?
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‘Lavalantula’ DVD Review

Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Nia Peeples, Patrick Renna, Carlos Bernard, Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook, Ralph Garman, Danny Woodburn, Noah Hunt, Diana Hopper | Written by Neil Elman, Mike Mendez, Ashley O’Neil | Directed by Mike Mendez

Back in 2012 I reviewed a Syfy channel monster movie called Arachnoquake, which saw an earthquake in New Orleans unleash fire-breathing giant spiders. Flash forward to today and we have a Syfy channel monster movie called Lavalantula which… features giant fire-breathing spiders unleashed by an earthquake And erupting volcano in Los Angeles! Retreading old ground? Technically yes. But given that this is a movie by Mike Mendez, there’s guaranteed to be some air of originality about it.

As the cover art states, Lavalantula is something of a Police Academy reunion. Not only does the film star Steve Guttenberg, but also featuress Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsay and Leslie Easterbrook – who buys the farm in truly spectacular fashion,
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‘Yoga Hosers’ VOD Review

Stars: Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Johnny Depp. Justin Long, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Ralph Garman, Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Haley Joel Osment, Vanessa Paradis, Tyler Posey, Génesis Rodríguez, Jennifer Schwalbach, Sasheer Zamata | Written and Directed by Kevin Smith

So, Kevin Smith… A man whose work I’ve really enjoyed over the years (Clerks 2 and Dogma being my personal highlights, though I used to live for Mallrats), took a, let’s say, interesting path with his recent directorial efforts Red State and Tusk. Exploring the horror genre rather than the comedy/drama he became known for, Smith looks to have a new-found passion for filmmaking, seemingly no longer going through the motions with his View Askewniverse – though he has just announced another Jay and Silent Bob flick!

Instead Smith announced the development of a “True North” trilogy: strange genre tales set in Canada, a country that – like Smith – I have an affinity for.
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