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Re: KEVIN SMITH
« Reply #105 on: March 04, 2009, 09:47:03 PM »
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This seems like the kinda film Kevin Smith grew up watching and never really grew out of. So, even though I don't really have any interest in seeing it, I'm very pleased that it is his next film. At least it's a bit of a surprise.

In that most recent Evening With Kevin Smith DVD, he had a pretty good Willis anecdote (which one of y'all already  mentioned, I think) and talked about their mutual desire to work together eventually.

I didn't think it would be so soon but I also thought the project they would eventually work on together would be more clever than this. Don't know why, considering I'm talking about the director of Jersey Girl and numerous films centering around the same fucking characters again and again and again.
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« Reply #106 on: March 04, 2009, 09:56:02 PM »
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Once upon a time Bruce Willis was considered a comedic actor before anything else so I'm hopeful this will be fun because Willis was really good at it. I never expect any Kevin Smith film to be good, but the hope is that Smith doesn't intrude on a good performance.

It's hard to think that Willis was such the anti-action star that Fox removed all images of his face and name in Die Hard trailers because test audiences were laughing, but that was the place Willis once had in Hollywood.

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« Reply #107 on: March 04, 2009, 10:47:50 PM »
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GT, are you a fan of the show 'moonlighting'?
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« Reply #108 on: March 04, 2009, 10:52:55 PM »
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GT, are you a fan of the show 'moonlighting'?

Was a fan of the movie/pilot. Saw the show when I was really young and it re-ran on Bravo, but haven't seen it in years so couldn't say anymore. The movie I saw much more recently.

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« Reply #109 on: March 04, 2009, 11:24:39 PM »
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GT, are you a fan of the show 'moonlighting'?

Was a fan of the movie/pilot. Saw the show when I was really young and it re-ran on Bravo, but haven't seen it in years so couldn't say anymore. The movie I saw much more recently.
You should really purchase/netflix/rent the first two seasons....really quick and snappy writing.
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« Reply #110 on: March 04, 2009, 11:34:43 PM »
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GT, are you a fan of the show 'moonlighting'?

Was a fan of the movie/pilot. Saw the show when I was really young and it re-ran on Bravo, but haven't seen it in years so couldn't say anymore. The movie I saw much more recently.
You should really purchase/netflix/rent the first two seasons....really quick and snappy writing.

And having read your Kagemusha review, you should watch Ran next.

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« Reply #111 on: March 04, 2009, 11:39:10 PM »
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GT, are you a fan of the show 'moonlighting'?

Was a fan of the movie/pilot. Saw the show when I was really young and it re-ran on Bravo, but haven't seen it in years so couldn't say anymore. The movie I saw much more recently.
You should really purchase/netflix/rent the first two seasons....really quick and snappy writing.

And having read your Kagemusha review, you should watch Ran next.
I have it pre-ordered on blu-ray for criterion...its coming in may. I thought no one was reading my reviews. Thanks.
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« Reply #112 on: April 18, 2009, 12:52:22 AM »
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Kevin Smith to play Carnegie Hall
Director takes spotlight in 'Silent Bob Speaks'

Filmmaker Kevin Smith is set to play New York's Carnegie Hall on June 17. David J. Foster and Jared Geller are producing "Silent Bob Speaks: An Evening with Kevin Smith," in which the director will offer uncensored anecdotes and engage in an audience Q&A.

"This country must truly be in a desperate financial crisis. How else to explain Carnegie Hall allowing someone with so little talent onto their hallowed stage," Smith said.

Smith, whose writing and directing credits encompass "Clerks," "Dogma" and the recent "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," regularly appears live at other venues nationwide.
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« Reply #113 on: May 14, 2009, 02:28:00 PM »
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Kevin Smith on A Couple of Dicks and the Collapse of Zack and Miri
Source: Vulture

For every fan of Kevin Smith's movies, there are roughly 10,000 people who think he's a hack ó something Smith is painfully, hilariously aware of. Long before Tina Fey was putting Internet commenters on blast, Smith was directly engaging with his legions of anonymous online haters. But in the wake of Zack and Miri Make a Porno, possibly the biggest disappointment of his career, Smith has moved on. In New York shooting A Couple of Dicks ó an action-comedy starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan ó and prepping for "An Evening With Kevin Smith" at Carnegie Hall on June 17, Smith spoke with Vulture about competing with Judd Apatow and why he hopes his next movie is like Road House.

A Couple of Dicks is the first movie you're directing that you didnít write. Did you feel the need to put your own stamp on the script?
Beautifully, [screenwriters] the Cullen brothers are dialogue crazy ó the whole movie is like cops who are practically married but not actually, and, I mean, that's right up my alley. It's like Dante and Randall [from Clerks] as cops. Thatís why I was attracted to it in the first place. We all feel like weíre trying to make a TNT classic ó that movie that will just air ad nauseam forever once it hits TNT. I want it to be Road House. [My movies] all get cut to shit. I could never watch them [on TV]. Jersey Girl is the only one that doesn't get hit hard, but that one's tough to watch for a number of reasons. Television version or not.

How did you end up choosing this movie?
After Zack and Miri ó or after, rather, the collapse of Zack and Miri ó I was just like, I don't feel like writing anything right now. I read it and I was like, this is like Lethal Weapon with 40 percent less action, which is something I can get my head around. On 30 Rock, one of the posters in Tracy's office is for a movie called Black Cop / White Cop, so when it was announced people were just like,"It's Black Cop / White Cop!" But it's not race-specific. It's not, "Heís a white cop who plays it by the book. And he's a slaphappy black dude who's gonna teach him how to misbehave and be a real cop!" It's two guys who are longtime partners who kind of depend on the friendship.

The name was changed to A Couple of Cops for a while there, right?
It was always A Couple of Dicks. When Variety reported the story, they got it wrong. I called Warner Bros. like, "Oh man, is that it? Did you guys cave?" And they're like, "No! It's Dicks!"

Were you nervous about shooting action scenes for the first time?
The studio ó it's very cute ó they try to not say the obvious. And the obvious is, "We are piss-scared you are going to fuck this up. You have never done anything like this.Ē So every step of the way everyone's like, "It would probably be good to see some storyboards two months before you start shooting the sequences." So we sat down with Dave, my DP, and the storyboard artist, and everybody breathed a sigh of relief.

And you're still doing your "political horror film," Red State, at some point?
I'm hoping. That's about finding cash. And right now it's the worst time in the world to go finding cash. I'll just wait till the time is right and somebody ponies up, and maybe it'll get to the point where I'll just say, "Fuck it ó I'll do it." But I've been in the business long enough to know that you should never risk your own money, particularly on a fucking Kevin Smith movie.

As you mentioned, Zack and Miri didn't do as well as expected. How did you take that?
I kind of dropped out of society. I just kind of wrapped myself in a weed-infused cocoon Ö a coma, if you will. And it was great. It was really, really wonderful, man. I don't want to be one of those people who's all, "Let me tell you about legalization!" But, my God, I don't think I've ever been happier in my life. And after years and years of Ö you know, I used to literally fight with people online. I would waste days online, talking to total strangers, some of them probably children. I was a joke. And I made a movie where at the end they beat up these guys, and still Ö you'd imagine that would be therapeutic, but, no, I still kept doing it.

I really feel like I grew up in the last year, and it wouldn't have been possible if Zack and Miri hadn't done what it did. Which wasn't, like, a colossal failure, but it underperformed severely. We were all expecting double of what it did ó not even 100 million bucks, but everything was pointing to an easy 60. And after being told that by, like, everybody, and then seeing what it did, it was just so fucking disillusioning. And I know it sounds like, "Oh, rich man's problems. Oh, poor baby, you got paid a shit-ton of money to make your dopey little dream of yours come true, and now you're gonna complain that it didn't make enough money." But you know, I'm sorry, but it bugs you. It's just about, especially when you write and direct, it's about like, fuck, what you have to say isn't important to me, amusing to me, or relevant to me.

You wake up on a Saturday morning, and youíre trying to avoid the grosses, not taking any calls and shit from the studio, so the first time youíre gonna find out what the movie did the previous night is pretty much when the Internet finds out. Youíre gonna go to Box Office Mojo and look it up. The morning after it came out, I came out of the bathroom, and my wife was sitting in the chair, she had this face on, and I said, what is it? And she said, do you really want to know? And I was like, "Uh, yes." And she was like "2.2." 2.2 million for a Seth Rogen movie on a Friday night? Doing the math, thatís less than a ten million opening ó that means it opened less than Clerks 2, which did not have the guy from Knocked Up in it. We wound up doing ten million [opening weekend]. But ten million dollars? I mean, Seth had just opened with Pineapple Express with like 30 million dollars a few months prior. It was depressing.

Do you have theories about what happened?
Opening on Halloween wasnít great. We never really nailed our marketing campaign Ö I mean, having "porno" in the title in some weird way hurt. And that shocked me because I was like, "I thought that was our edge, for heavenís sake." But apparently not. I mean, it was what it was. But we should have done better. Because that, to me, was like the most mainstream flick that I could write, and, you know, when it doesnít do the most mainstream business youíve ever done Ö Well thatís not true, it did. The whole way everyone was like, "this is going to be your highest grossing film", and I said, "really, you think so?" And they were fucking right, by about five hundred grand Ö nobody said that. It just beat out Dogma. That and Jay and Bob. It was kind of perfect.

And so, yeah, that was tough, but something good came out of it, and that was that I became a habitual fucking weed smoker, for a long period of time. They always tell you, "you donít get anything done." And, you know, I was more productive in six months Ö and maybe Iím giving credit to weed, but the fact of the matter is I stayed off the Internet for six months because after our opening I was like, "I canít show my face on the Internet!" Because the Internet is like high school, and having Zach and Miri open to ten million is the equivalent of wearing a really gay-ass-looking shirt on the first day of school, and everyoneís talking about it for the next few months. So rather then go back to school, I quit school for a few months.

How are you feeling about the Carnegie Hall appearance?
Iíve been on a lot of stages, but Carnegie Hall? Talented people play Carnegie Hall. And I wrote on my blog, the only true talent that I could take credit for was when I was 18 or 19 years, I was able to bend over and touch my tongue to my cock. And I thought if I could do that, people would pay money to see that ó a morbidly obese man almost breaking his back trying to relive his golden youth when he was able to touch the tip of his tongue to the tip of his cock. But I donít know who's buying tickets to Carnegie Hall. I hope itís not people who are subscribers, or patrons, and then they show up and itís a fucking fat dude up there going, ďI got a little dick and Iím untalented!Ē

Do you see a point where you could retire from directing and do all the other stuff you do full-time?
Yeah, I think so. When I started this, it was all about the fire in the belly. About not I want to make a film, it was if I donít make a film, Iím gonna fucking die. You know, Iím 22, so naturally I was a little bit more emo about it, before emo was a thing. And Iíve done it a lot and Iíve not lost my appreciation for it. That being said, I will run out of stories to tell, and some people Iím sure will tell you I ran out after Clerks. But Iíve had it going for fifteen years, and I think, Wow itís gotta end sooner or later. I used to think that the Jay and Bob movies, that was it, that was my whole life, thatís who I was. And I was right, thatís who I was, thatís what I did.

But that was one chapter. And then you get to a point where, ďIím 38 years old and I donít have anything left to say about Jay and Silent Bob.Ē And I love the bromantic comedies, but there are people who are way better at it than I am. Do I want to compete against Judd Apatow? No. And I was a guy who did that a while ago, but in a world where Iím just not feeling it anymore, do I want to compete with a guy who clearly understands how to reach an audience better than I do? It just feels like maybe itís time to try something else.
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Re: KEVIN SMITH
« Reply #114 on: May 28, 2009, 12:39:49 AM »
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Two join Kevin Smith's 'Dicks'
Seann William Scott, Adam Brody cast in comedy
Source: Hollywood Reporter
 
Seann William Scott and Adam Brody are joining Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan in Warner Bros.' "A Couple of Dicks," a buddy action comedy being directed by Kevin Smith.

The script, by Robb and Mark Cullen, follows a maverick cop (Willis) and his partner (Morgan) who, while tracking a valuable stolen baseball card, tangle with a memorabilia-obsessed gangster and rescue a Mexican beauty who holds the key to millions in laundered drug money.

Scott plays a thief known as the Shit Bandit for the souvenirs he leaves at his robberies. Brody is an abrasive detective not happy to be working with Willis and Morgan.

Shooting begins Monday in New York.

Marc Platt and Polly Johnsen are producing. Sarah Schechter and Matthew Milam are overseeing for the studio.

Scott, repped by CAA, recently starred in Universal's "Role Models" and will next be heard in Fox's sequel "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs."

Endeavor-repped Brody next appears in Boaz Yakin's indie drama "Death in Love" then in "Jennifer's Body," a Diablo Cody-penned dark comedy starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried.
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« Reply #115 on: January 05, 2010, 01:43:27 PM »
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Is Kevin Smith the First Director with an iPhone App?
Source: Cinematical

It's entirely possible that there are more directors out there with their own iPhone app, though I couldn't immediately find any for a living director (there's a very cool Hitchcock storyboarding app, but that's about it). So, then, perhaps Kevin Smith has become the first director to create his own iPhone app that's centered on all things Kevin Smith. The move comes shortly after Smith shut down his popular Quick Stop Entertainment website only to open Smodcast.com, which will house his very entertaining podcast with Scott Mosier.

So what do you get for the 99 cents that Smith is asking you to shovel out for his iPhone app (which you can download over here)? Here's a quick rundown:


Cheese: Stream of candid photos straight from the world of Kevin Smih. Twitter: Built-in Twitter client tuned to Kevin's official timeline. Tweet at Kevin, or Retweet his 140-character ramblings. Fan Photo: Get your picture taken with Silent Bob. The silent sidekick will be auto-magically added to photos taken with your iPhone camera. Use them as wallpaper, or share with friends via email or MMS. Rant: Your very own digital action figure spouts memorable sounds from Kevin's digitzed lips. Slam your enemies, impress your friends, and family. Snoogans! Media: Browse and download content from the guy who made Mallrats. Includes albums, movies, podcasts, TV shows, and more. Fanimation: A showcase of fan made videos, hand-picked by Kevin Smith. News: The freshest news from the View Askew Universe. Ringtone: From Kevin's mouth to your ear. A custom Kevin ringer alerts you to incoming calls. Wallpaper: Pictures of Kevin getting fatter and fatter, formatted for iPhone & iPod touch.

From the looks of it, it seems Smith is trying to re-focus his brand ahead of the release of Cop Out (due out February 26th), which marks the first film he directed but didn't write (and, as such, doesn't at all feel like a vintage Kevin Smith film, based on the first official trailer). As far as the next 100% full-on Smith film goes, there's talk that his hockey flick, titled Hit Somebody, could begin shooting in Detroit sometime later this year.
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« Reply #116 on: February 14, 2010, 08:55:34 PM »
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'Too Fat' Actor In Airline Twitter Attack

Filmmaker and actor Kevin Smith has launched a furious Twitter attack on a US airline after he was booted off a flight for being too fat.

The director of cult film Clerks and creator of the Silent Bob character was thrown off a Southwest Airlines flights from Oakland to Burbank.

He launched the Twitter attack on the airline to his 1.6 million followers and even posted a picture of himself puffing his cheeks out in his plane seat.

He wrote: "I broke no regulation, offered no 'safety risk' (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?)"

He added "Wanna tell me I'm too wide for the sky? Totally cool. But fair warning, folks: IF YOU LOOK LIKE ME, YOU MAY BE EJECTED FROM @SOUTHWESTAIR."

As he explained on the site, the plane's captain had him removed from a plane after he was deemed a "safety risk."

"I know I'm fat, but was Captain Leysath really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?" he wrote.

"Again: I'm way fat... But I'm not THERE just yet. But if I am, why wait til my bag is up, and I'm seated WITH ARM RESTS DOWN. In front of a packed plane with a bunch of folks who'd already I.d.ed me as 'Silent Bob.'"

Smith was offered a $100 voucher as an apology, which he refused, and got on another Southwest flight.

Southwest Airlines apologised to the director via Twitter and blogged a longer statement in which it pointed out that Smith usually purchases two seats every time he travels.
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« Reply #117 on: August 10, 2010, 10:19:55 AM »
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Kevin Smith's 'Red State' Gets A Logline
Source: ThePlaylist

The normally chatty Kevin Smith has uncharacteristically been keeping quiet (at least for now) as his newest project, "Red State," gears up for production.

Not much has been known about the project until now except that it's a horror film that's loosely based on nutjob preacher Fred Phelps. Well, Shock 'Til You Drop has acquired a logline that reveals slightly more (sort of) but keeps things mysterious:

    A group of kids encounters a crazed preacher (based on Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church) who gives a whole new meaning to the term "extreme fundamentalism."

Frankly, we're a little surprised that usually very vocal (and totally obnoxious) Fred Phelps hasn't caught wind of this yet; or maybe he'll just show up with pickets in tow on Kevin Smith's set.

The film is gearing up to start shooting next month and will be led by a cast that includes Michael Parks ("From Dusk Til Dawn," "Kill Bill Vol. 1,") with Dermot Mulroney ("My Best Friend's Wedding"), Michael Angarano (Soderbergh's upcoming "Haywire"), Kyle Gallner ("Jennifer's Body") and Stephen Root ("No Country For Old Men," "Office Space") and Melissa Leo ("Frozen River") in talks to join.

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Sounds like KSmith is doing his (terrible) premake of The Master.
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« Reply #118 on: August 10, 2010, 01:03:36 PM »
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premake

hahaha

 :bravo:

i still stand by my crazy belief that this may well be the only watchable thing KS has done in 15 years, based only on the title. for once it doesn't seem that he is immediately setting out to make another embarrassing purile piece of shit. so this might be just OK.. it's his Platoon to pta's FMJ.
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Re: KEVIN SMITH
« Reply #119 on: August 10, 2010, 08:35:49 PM »
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I wish I could get excited for this but I finally lost all faith in that guy. I accepted to catch flak and defended Zack and Miri, but Cop Out was just the worst. It was... sad.

 

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