sundance midnight line-up

The Sundance Film Festival is all about giving small movies from new filmmakers a platform, and their “Midnight” section is all about giving small genre movies from often insane filmmakers a platform from which to disgust, horrify, and shock Fest attendees. The 2016 Festival doesn’t kick off until late January, but the first batch of Midnight movies have been revealed and it’s the expected mix of unknown talent, slightly known talent, and a few well-known people thrown in for good measure.

While most of the Sundance Midnight line-up revealed so far comes courtesy of filmmakers you probably know nothing about (yet), the Fest is also playing new movies from Rob Zombie and Kevin Smith. Hit the jump for more details.

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Coyote Ugly

Coyote Ugly isn’t exactly a classic for the ages, but it has done a surprisingly good job of not being forgotten. 15 years on, people still have fond memories of watching Piper Perabo dance on bars, aided by the fact that the film still plays on cable TV from time to time.

But the movie almost turned out very differently. In a recent interview, director David McNally reveals that Jessica Simpson was up for the part that Perabo eventually won, and that Kevin Smith once submitted a much raunchier draft of the script. More about the Coyote Ugly Jessica Simpson and Kevin Smith trivia factoids below. Read More »

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Lord Vader, we only use this facility for Star Wars Bits. You put him in there, it might kill him! Here’s what you’ll find in this edition of news from a galaxy far, far away:

  • A video tribute to all the Rebel Alliance pilots killed in Star Wars
  • How did Robert Englund help Mark Hamill become Luke Skywalker?
  • Carrie Fisher‘s advice to The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley
  • Neil Patrick Harris and his family got in the Star Wars spirit for Halloween
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live gets a special Star Wars episode this month
  • Gwendoline Christie talks Captain Phasma
  • Harrison Ford talked The Force Awakens dressed as a hot dog
  • Disneyland Tokyo gets a special Jakku edition of Star Tours
  • Kevin Smith has seen some of The Force Awakens
  • See some of the products coming to Season of the Force soon
  • The Force Awakens stars reprise roles for Disney Infinity 3.0
  • How is Revenge of the Sith the best Star Wars movie ever?
  • Peter Mayhew on his time on The Force Awakens set
  • Star Wars themed Duracell and Toys R Us commercials.

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‘I Lost It At The Video Store’ Trailer

I Lost it at the Video Store trailer
I’m old. When I wanted to see a movie I used to visit a store to rent movies on a cassette tape. It sounds like an old archaic system, but the experience was rather magical. And while the quality wasn’t even standard definition, far below the 4K High Definition resolutions of today, it didn’t seem to matter. Don’t get me wrong, you’d have to pry my AppleTV from my cold dead hands — I love the instant availability and quality that the digital age affords us — but there was something magical about that video store.

Tom Roston has written a new book titled “I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmakers’ Oral History of a Vanished Era” which is a compilation of interviews with filmmakers such as John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and others, who came of age during the reign of video rentals. The book “constructs a living, personal narrative of an era of cinema history which, though now gone, continues to shape film culture today.”

I haven’t read this book yet, but some of my favorite film books are compilations like this, filmmakers and screenwriters talking about either their favorite movies, their favorite lesser-known films, or the making of their first movie. After the jump you can watch a I Lost it at the Video Store trailer, and find more information about the book.

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Silent Bob dead

At Comic Con 2014, writer/director Kevin Smith announced that Tusk was actually the first film in what he hopes will be a trilogy of films he called “The True North Trilogy.” That film was followed by the PG-13 horror/comedy Yoga Hosers and Smith is prepping the third film, a movie called Moose Jaws which he described as “Jaws, with a moose” to conclude the Canadian-set series.

But Smith has now revealed that his Askewuniverse character Silent Bob will have a role in Moose Jaws, and you will be shocked to learn what that role is. Hit the jump to read Kevin Smith’s comments, which probably contain spoilers.

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Clerks TV show pilot

Whether you like him or not, Kevin Smith made some big waves with his indie comedy Clerks back in 1994, and it launched the career that Smith still has today as an outspoken filmmaker, comic book writer and pop culture mouthpiece.

Clerks led to a sequel back in 2006, with a third film potentially on the way after Mallrats 2, and a short-lived animated series back in 2000. But did you know that Clerks almost became a live-action television series? In 1995, a pilot was put together for a live-action Clerks TV show, but it wasn’t picked up to series. And once you see the full abysmal pilot that has made its way online, you’ll understand why.

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Amy Schumer gets a little dirty with Star Wars

The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next the power of Star Wars Bits. This week’s news from a galaxy far, far away includes the following:

  • Details on The Battle of Jakku and more post-Return of the Jedi info
  • Harrison Ford gives advice to new co-stars, uses lightsaber as a cane
  • New info on Han Solo and Chewie in The Force Awakens
  • BB-8 on the cover of Make magazine
  • Comic-Con interviews with J.J. Abrams and cast
  • George Lucas to be honored at D23
  • Science Channel ILM documentary special teaser clip
  • Kevin Smith got screwed by Star Wars at Comic-Con
  • Production designer talks mandate for authenticity in Episode VII
  • Amy Schumer‘s saucy Star Wars photoshoot for GQ
  • New details on Star Wars Battlefront gameplay
  • Gary Whitta on Star Wars and the Comic-Con experience

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Death of Superman Lives

Over the weekend we ran a clip from the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? from Jon Schnepp, which chronicles Tim Burton‘s failed attempt to make a Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage. The film was in development and pre-production in the ’90s, based originally on a script from Kevin Smith, with a final revision from Dan Gilroy, who would eventually write and direct Nightcrawler.

The first ten minutes of The Death of Superman Lives are now online, and the long clip proves to be a good introduction to the story. It features Bryan Singer using still-infamous photos of Nic Cage in a Superman suit as a counter to exec interference on Superman Returns, and the disembodied head of comics writer Grant Morrison setting the stage for what could have been a very different Superman story. Read More »

Yoga Hosers

Cross a film off of Kevin Smith‘s long to-do list. The writer/director just completed Yoga Hosers, his teenage superhero/thriller starring Harley Quinn Smith (Smith’s daughter) and Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp’s daughter). We know he’s done because Smith tweeted about the status, and posted an image of the end credits, which tease that the characters will be back in Moose Jaws.

Below, check out the images and read more about Smith’s upcoming work.

UPDATE: The first images from the film are now online. Check them out below. Read More »