When you sit around and talk with your friends for hours on end, some crazy stories are bound to come out. And if you’re Kevin Smith, you turn those stories into screenplays. That’s how his next movie, Tusk, came about, and the origin of a potential musical project called Helena Handbag. Now a third story has been turned into a screenplay. Described as a Smodcast version of Creepshow, with a holiday theme, it’s called Comes The Krampus and was co-written by Smith and Andy McElfresh. Smith, along with Jason Mewes, Jennifer Schwalbach and others will each direct a segment of the anthology holiday horror film over the summer, after Smith finishes Clerks 3. Read more below. Read More »
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The Sundance Film Festival is the best known film festival in the United States. Say the word “Sundance” to anyone, film lover or not, and chances are they’ve heard of the festival. As a movie blog though, the problem with covering Sundance is that virtually all of the movies are brand new. We haven’t heard of them, you haven’t heard of them, so why would you even care about them?
More than any of the casting news, trailers or film stills that we post on a daily basis, what happens in that small corner of Utah for a little over a week in January is probably the most important movie event of the year. Even so, talk to the most seasoned movie fan and they don’t spend half as much time focusing on what’s going on at Sundance as they do bitching about movies that came out three years ago. Plain and simple, the best films that you will see in theaters for the next 12 months are being shown at Sundance over the next week and a half. And while you probably haven’t heard of them in January, you’ll definitely have heard of them by December. Don’t you want in on the ground floor?
For the next 7 days myself, Russ Fischer and Peter Sciretta will be in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival. And while you might not be eager to click and read about a movie you haven’t heard of yet, we urge you to do so. Some of the films that people hadn’t heard of when they played Sundance in the past are films like Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, Napoleon Dynamite, Memento, Bottle Rocket, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects. Think of all the movies that have been made since because filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Bryan Singer broke out at the Sundance Film Festival. Who is the breakout star this year? You’ll have to follow our coverage to find out.
Still not convinced? We’ve compiled even more films that you know and love that got their start at Sundance after the jump. Read More »
While most people in Hollywood keep their creative process secret, Kevin Smith is an open book. He loves to let his fans in on every thought and idea, which usually means we get to imagine various different projects in various different forms. Every creative type changes their mind about things; usually, however, they do it in private. Not Smith.
In Smith’s world, he continues to keep us in the loop. His retirement, Hit Somebody, Clerks the Musical, and Clerks III have all taken various different forms over the years and yet none have seen the light of day. It’s just how Smith prefers to work, with his heart on his sleeve.
The latest change relates to Helena Handbag, a script Smith started writing based on a Smodcast story. It’s about “mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus” and while Smith originally thought he could make it as a low budget feature, now he’s developing it as a stage musical. Read More »
Kevin Smith has talked about the possibility of impending retirement from feature film directing, but that isn’t how things are going down. Instead, Smith seems to be moving into his most fertile period yet. When Red State bowed in 2011 Smith said he would follow it with his final film, the hockey story Hit Somebody. That mutated into a (possible) television series, and Smith had Clerks III on his plate, before announcing the strange horror film Tusk. That was announced this past fall and shot in November, with a bit of work still to do in January.
Indeed, Smith seems to have new directorial vigor, at least when it comes to getting things written and shot. Clerks III remains on the horizon — Smith says a May 2014 shoot window is open — but now there’s another project.
Helena Handbag will be written by Smith based on a a Smodcast story by he and longtime producer Scott Mosier. What’s the tale? In Smith’s own words, “mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus.” Read More »
Sundance 2014 just got a something new and something old. The festival, which takes place January 16-26 in Park City, UT just added the world premiere of Wish I Was Here, Zack Braff‘s comedy, which the writer/director created through KickStarter. It co-stars Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene and Joey King.
The festival also confirmed Kevin Smith‘s reveal from a few weeks back that a 20th anniversary screening of Clerks will be part of the programming. Sundance, of course, is where Clerks first debuted, kicking off Smith’s career. Read more details below. Read More »
Kevin Smith‘s online ad- turned- podcast turned- screenplay turned- horror movie Tusk has just been picked up for distribution. A24 Films, the team behind The Spectacular Now and Spring Breakers (and which recently signed an exclusive deal with Amazon), will give the film a wide release in the third quarter of 2014. Read the full press release below. Read More »
As can occasionally happen in the new world of Kevin Smith, the writer/director/podcaster/film geek came online Tuesday and dropped a massive update on his upcoming film Tusk. Smith has tons of praise for the film, which finished principal photograph last month, and has only two more days of filming to go once a mystery actor becomes available.
While his original plan was to rush the film for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Smith is so happy with the final product he’s holding it back so he can add in those final scenes and give the film a “monster movie score!” He’s hired Chris Drake (The Dark Knight Returns animated films) to do that. Instead of showing the movie at Sundance, he’ll debut a trailer in Park City.
Read much more, including where Smith could film Clerks III, and see some artwork for the in-film podcast featuring Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment, below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
The first image from Kevin Smith‘s Tusk wasn’t a disappointment, exactly, but considering the film’s wackadoo premise — man tries to turn hostage into walrus-man hybrid — it was really rather tame. The craziest thing about it was how much older Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment looks these days.
Happily, the latest picture should do a much better job of satisfying horror fans’ craving for something weird. The filmmaker has just offered a new peek at the design for the bizarre half-walrus, half-man creature. Check it out after the jump.
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