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While Johnny Depp is in a bit of a slump right now, he can still be considered somewhat of a hot ticket. If it wasn't for two fourteen year old girls in the 1980's though, he might not have gotten the role that jumpstarted his career.
Smith is a noted worshipper of Steven Spielberg’s shark masterpiece, and was asked if he thought it might one day be rebooted. Smith agreed that it’s likely inevitable, but then – on the spot, and in the moment – cooked up an idea that would bring Spielberg back to his prized franchise, the way Ridley Scott has returned to Alien and Blade Runner.
What could possibly happen in Clerks 3? The convenience store was open once again at the end of Clerks 2. But knowing Smith’s mind, the possibilities are endless. So long as they don’t involve a walrus suit.
The Maze Runner, based on yet another series of young adult books set in a sci-fi-ish, post-apocolyptic-ish world took first place, but only banked $32 million. That's a modest showing at best, well short of openings like Divergent's $54 million debut in March and the hugely successful Hunger Games franchise and its triple digit bow ins. Still, Maze Runner's $32 million start isn't bad when compared with its equally modest budget of $34 million, making it a viable, if not wildly successful, financial franchise.
Justin Long has admitted that he “freaked out“ the night before he played George Harrison in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Long was overwhelmed by the opportunity to play the favorite member of his favorite band, which he did alongside Paul Rudd’s John Lennon, Jack Black’s Paul McCartney and Jason Schwartzman’s Ringo Starr.
Justin Long has revealed that he has held discussions with director Kevin Smith about a Zack And Miri Make A Porno spin-off film that would revolve around his character from the raunchy sex-comedy, Brandon St. Randy.
There are a bunch of movies on the docket this week as we cycle out of the summer and into the fall season. There is some interesting stuff coming along, with teens running mazes, families sitting extended shiva, walking among tombstones and Kevin Smith doing some weird stuff.
Good day, clawers of all things coffin-topped. Theaters this weekend have something for both those interested in domestic thrillers, as both Sam Miller’s No Good Deeds, and Leigh Janiak’s festival-fave indie horror Honeymoon are both out now. No, No Good Deeds doesn’t really delve in horror, but it puts the stellar Idris Elba that much closer to my genre of choice.
Tusk filmmaker Kevin Smith has apparently decided that movie critics are once again cool with him, as revealed in this new interview. Let's all head to the convenience store for some make-up roof hockey!
Watch Justin Long beg for his life in this captivating clip from Kevin Smith's Tusk, the filmmaker's second foray into the dark and twisted world of horror cinema. Tusk, featuring performances from Long, Michael Parks, and Haley Joel Osment, opens wide on September 19.
As a filmmaker and pop culture icon, Kevin Smith is a polarizing figure - even within his own fanbase. Some want him to keep cranking out potty-mouthed social situations, while others wouldn’t mind if he retired and stuck with podcasting and Tweeting about Batman. With his upcoming horror flick Tusk, Smith apparently took everyone’s opinions about his career and threw them in the bottom of the ocean, or wherever it is that walruses like to hang out and scare the shit out of people.
Good day, haberdashers of all things torso-less. Are you guys staying indoors this weekend, or are you daring to face the streets, where Frank Grillo and the paint-faced asshats from The Purge: Anarchy are on patrol? Of course, there’s always Planes: Fire and Rescue, which presumably has completely horrific scenes of talking cars on fire. That is, if they used my screenplay without telling me anything.
The Cinema Blend offices have been buzzing these past few days as we all get ready for one of the biggest events of the year in our industry: San Diego Comic-Con. The massive geek-fest will be kicking off on July 23rd, and just like every year we will once again have a team on the ground (including myself) covering the expo.
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.
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.
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.
Horror fans know that Hollywood rarely gives the genre the kind of attention that more than $100 million calls for, so let's highlight eight of the most promising horrors of 2014, many of which still don’t have release dates.
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.”
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.”