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is Kevin Smith who we thought he was? He's been "Nerd On The Front Lines" recently, not for his films as much as being the one "in-the-know" regarding major geek properties. He's been allowed inside the Star Wars: Episode VII studios, and he's especially been privy to information regarding Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice (thanks to his long friendship with Ben Affleck). But what if it's also because he's something of a spy?
Apart from being a well-regarded director and obsessive hockey fan, Kevin Smith has turned into a sort of spokesman for the nerd/ geek community. He’s given access to long-term plans. His opinion is always asked on even the most minor superhero-related controversies, and he’s even invited on sets to view productions in progress.
If you were excited about the DC films announced last week through Nikki Finke's investigative journalism, you're going to love that it was confirmed by Kevin Smith out of all people. Riddle me this, riddle me that: why does the shield trust the fat man with the bat?
So exactly what the hell is going on in this picture? Well, in Tusk Justin Long stars as Wallace Bryton, a podcast host who goes missing after going to interview a mysterious seafarer named Mr. Howe (Michael Parks). As you can see, Long doesn't end up being the kind of kidnapping victim who is tied up and locked in a closet. Instead, it would seem that Mr. Howe is determined to transform Wallace into some kind of human walrus.
We should probably take all of Kevin Smith comments about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and DC Comics movies with a grain of salt, but if he is right, what do you think of this idea? Is it what you expected? Do you think it will work?
It's the Mallrats cast hot tub photo you didn't realize you've been waiting for, and it's not even #TBT! Seriously, if more movie casts would stop for a moment, get in a jacuzzi and snap a photo, the world would be a more interesting place, wouldn't it? This great little piece of movie nostalgia comes from Kevin Smith himself.
While Zack Snyder did a great job revealing Ben Affleck's Batsuit in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman last week, it was missing one very important element: color. Because the picture was shot in black and white and in such a shadowy environment, it was hard to tell what kind of shading was going on in the design.
Several months ago, Kevin Smith teased the world by saying “He's In! He's In!”. He was referencing to a big name star that he's landed for his latest film Tusk, and thanks to a recent interview with Justin Long, a bunch of kids may have gotten their first big entertainment scoop. According to said interview, Johnny Depp will co-starring with Long and Michael Parks, in the much talked about indie film known best for delaying Clerks III.
Since announcing at the end of 2012 that Clerks III was going to be his last film, Smith has almost completed a feature that wasn’t even fully conceived of at the time, with another more bizarre project lined up after that. Add another off-center concept to that pile.
Smith keeps pushing how dark Tusk is going to be, and I might finally be starting to believe him. For the record, a rep from XYZ called it “a memorable film that will leave audiences breathless.” I don’t think anyone has ever said quite that about one of Smith’s films before.
Speaking to Den of Geek’s U.S. affiliate, Dawson revealed that Kevin Smith has confirmed that she’s in the planned third Clerks, though she knows nothing else, particularly regarding a shooting date. Dawson played Becky in the second film, the love interest of put-upon Dante (Brian O’Halloran), nonetheless way out of his league.
You know what would rock right now? If Snyder and Warner Bros. dropped a photo of the new Batman suit. We are talking an AWFUL lot about this suit, and then we have to come back down to Earth and realize that the movie has been pushed all the way back to 2016.
Similar to Tusk, Smith says the idea behind the story started on a Smodcast episode, and the plot “concerns mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus - which means the budget has to be LOW, because NOBODY'S gonna wanna make that movie.”
"It was fantastic. I'm already a flag waver for this movie, but the costume, it blew my mind," Smith said. "I think everyone is just gonna be like 'Holy ****!' It's its own thing, man. It's like we haven't been down this path at all."
With such a short gestation period – around four months from its initial SModcast conversation to a film soon to be in production – there are a lot of questions left to be answered where this movie in concerned, and Smith wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, getting some of those pesky details out of the way, such as the truth behind how he approached Quentin Tarantino for a role and why the film is seeing yet another delay in production.
So with Parks in mind, Smith “wrote the script around him, so it’s nothing but Michael Parks dialogue porn. Justin Long is the guy in the walrus suit. I needed a guy who has expressive eyes because once you’re in that suit, you’re covered.”
First up is Joss Whedon, who knows a thing or two about superheroes having directed the most successful comic book movie of all time. I have a feeling Whedon’s opinion is powerful enough to get at least 5% of people flipping their opinions on Affleck’s involvement. Geek culture can be pretty fickle at times.
Since Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman last Thursday, we've been talking about it… a lot. But before we leave the topic behind and go back to speculating about the rest of the superhero universe, we had to deal with the wild suggestion that Sean made to the entire staff a few days back. Now that Ben Affleck is Batman… he should bring his old buddy Kevin Smith along with him
He turned his back on the wind as it tousled his hair, picked up his phone and dialed a number he’d almost forgotten. It was a number he thought he’d never dial again but, just now, it was the phone number of the only person in the world who could possibly understand.It rang only once before he heard a raspy, smoker’s cough and then, “hello?” "Hi Kevin, it's Ben,” he said.
A little more than two months after Kevin Smith announced that he'd begun writing Clerks III comes word from the actor/director/podcaster that he's finished penning the first draft of the script for the anticipated followup to his Jersey-set films, which will now be known as the Clerks trilogy.
Those Kevin Smith fans hopeful and anticipating the writer/director's third installment of the Clerks story will be happy to know that Smith has begun writing Clerks III. Smith notified his fans just moments ago that he began writing the third Clerks film at 4:20 in the morning today. Jay and Silent Bob would likely approve of Smith's choice in start-time.
"I want to do Clerks 3 as a book first," Smith said. "I want to them in episodic chapters so that as I release it, people can read the whole thing and see what it looks like. I get to go inside the characters heads and tell year-one origin stories. The first chapter is Dante and Randall meeting in kindergarten."
Fifteen years have passed since Good Will Hunting opened, and to celebrate Boston Magazine spoke with the Damon and Affleck about the movie that—among many other accomplishments—briefly made the Boston accent sexy. Amid the more surprising bits of behind the scenes information the pair shared were a couple of the other directors that had been offered the movie, namely Kevin Smith and Mel Gibson.
In an interview with Good Day L.A., a local Los Angeles morning program, Smith opened up about his successful podcast network, his plans to do the hockey drama Hit Somebody as a mini-series, and his hope to have Clerks 3 released by 2014 … to neatly coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original Clerks
Kevin Smith has spent more than a year now promising that he was almost done with filmmaking, and that the hockey movie Hit Somebody would be his last film-- or maybe two films, depending on which day you asked him. But with recent news that Hit Somebody will be made as a miniseries for television instead