Kevin Smith Has Made His Peace With Movie Critics

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Lots of filmmakers get frustrated by negative reviews, but few have been as vocally vitriolic about them as Kevin Smith. Following the critical drubbing of 2010′s Cop Out, Smith declared that the entire system was “upside down” and declared he wouldn’t screen his films for critics anymore. And he meant it — he stuck to that plan with his next film, Red State.

But as his latest film Tusk makes the rounds, it looks like he’s finally softened his stance against film critics. Rather than blast the haters, he professes to being “delighted” that anyone likes it at all. Hit the jump to read why he’s had a change of heart.

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Notable stoner Kevin Smith has negotiated an official medical marijuana tie-in for his new horror movie Tusk. Either times are really changing fast or this is a genius marketing tie in designed to get a lot of press from conservative news media. Find out more about the Tusk weed tie-in, after the jump.

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VOTD: Is ‘Star Wars’ Secretly Racist?

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The latest edition of Cracked.com’s After Hours video series tackles the question: Is Star Wars secretly racist? Its a Kevin Smith Clerks-style diner discussion of the topic, taking on a serious subject with pop culture reference-heavy geek humor. Watch the “is Star Wars racist?” video embedded after the jump.
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Tusk early buzz
Kevin Smith‘s latest film Tusk premiered Saturday night at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the festival’s Midnight Madness selection. The first reactions have been flooding twitter, and it seems like everyone agrees: the movie is fucked up. Is that a good thing? The film reportedly received a standing ovation, and most of the reactions seem to be positive. Hit the jump to read the Tusk early buzz and see the first tweet reactions to Kevin Smith’s new horror indie.

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See Five Photos From Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’

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Kevin Smith‘s latest film, Tusk, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. That means we’ll finally get word of exactly how far Smith pushed the envelope in his new horror film, which stars Michael Parks as a man trying to turn another (Justin Long) into a walrus. Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and maybe even Johnny Depp co-star as people looking for Long’s character.

We’ve seen a disturbing teaser trailer from the film and now, five new stills have been released. Everyone above (minus Depp) is represented and yes, they’re very creepy. Check out the new Tusk photos below. Read More »

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Stan Lee

Kevin Smith has always been a comic book fan. His second and third movies were steeped in comics. To this day, he’ll occasionally write a comic and even maintains a podcast about Batman. And for a comic book fan/filmmaker, there’s really nothing better than getting Stan Lee to appear in your film. That happened for Smith in film number two, Mallrats, when Lee showed up – as himself – to spout a few gross words of wisdom to our hero, Brodie.

Now, almost 20 years later, Smith got Lee to return for his latest film, Yoga Hosers. Check out the image and more below. Read More »

Yoga Hosers cast

Kevin Smith has cast off ideas of retirement and is instead driving forward with the development and creation of small-budget films based on original ideas that spring out of podcasts and his own fevered brain. The next one is the horror story Tusk, which premieres next month at the Toronto Film Festival. At Comic ConSmith revealed that Tusk is the first film in what he hopes will be a set of Canada-based stories called “The True North Trilogy.”

The second film in the set will be Yoga Hosers, a story about two high school girls who battle evil. The film is described as an “action/adventure movie” that Smith says will effectively be his own comic book movie.  Johnny Depp is now set for the film, and the leads will be played by his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, and Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith. Read More »

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By now, you’ve probably seen the trailer for Kevin Smith‘s Tusk. And if not, click here and check it out. Revealed in Smith’s annual Hall H panel at Comic-Con, the footage shows a very different Smith from the “snoochie boochies” days of the past. This is a Smith with something messed up to say. And, according to the writer/director/podcaster, he’s going to be saying much more of it.

On his panel, Smith also revealed Tusk is the first film in what he hopes will be a trilogy of films he called “The True North Trilogy.” Likely a reference to a similar Canadian setting, Tusk would be followed by Yoga Hosers (which Smith wants to make next, and be PG-13) and a new movie called Moose Jaws which he described as “Jaws, with a moose.” All three films would return the same actors as Tusk. Read more about the Kevin Smith True North Trilogy below Read More »

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