NOTE: We ran this article in 2011 and 2012 and have updated it for 2013.
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 10 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 »
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1994 was a major year in American independent cinema. Quentin Tarantino released his second movie: Pulp Fiction. Steve James’s documentary Hoop Dreams was hailed as an instant classic. And a tiny British film became one of the year’s top grossers: Four Weddings and a Funeral. That was also the year that Kevin Smith released a little movie called Clerks.
Made for just over $27,000, the gritty, raunchy comedy inspired by Richard Linklater’s Slacker heralded Smith’s pop culture influenced voice into the world of movies. He made a sequel twelve years later and recently announced that a third part would bookend his filmmaking career. In a new interview, Smith revealed a bit more of his plan with Clerks 3. He said he hopes to have it ready in 2014 for the 20th anniversary of his debut, and that he might try to make it for the same amount of money as the original. Watch the interview below, which also includes some Hit Somebody info. Read More »
Over the holidays, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on on Twitter. Many of us are too busy sitting around with our families, eating big meals or maybe going to the movies. If you fall into that category, you probably missed Kevin Smith‘s tell-all tweet marathon revealing an interesting story of how Ben Affleck asked him to direct a non-Miramax movie, why Fletch Won never happened, and more. But don’t worry. We’ve got it all embedded for you after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
Not surprisingly, today’s tidbits begin with Star Trek Into Darkness. After the jump:
- Simon Pegg is laughing at your Star Trek fan theories
- You can count out Danny Boyle for Bond 24
- Clerks III already has a 70-page outline
- Andy Serkis talks The Hobbit and Apes
- A Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sequel is coming
- Barbara Hershey will return for Insidious 2
- Wolverine, X-Men, Apes, and Percy Jackson go 3D
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Earlier this week, Kevin Smith revealed that Hit Somebody, the hockey film he’d planned to be his final movie, was going to be turned into a TV mini-series. That left a distinct void in Smith’s feature film resume. He was now without a big passion project to close out his feature directorial career. Then, on Twitter, he built up to this:
That’s right, Kevin Smith is going to make Clerks III. Once Randall (Jeff Anderson) signs on the dotted line, that is. Read more after the jump. Read More »
It’s interesting to me that some of the biggest names from the ’90s indie cinema boom in America are planning to end their directorial careers on television. Steven Soderbergh will close out his run as a director with Behind the Candelabra, on HBO. Quentin Tarantino has suggested that he’s only got a limited number of theatrical features in him, but could see doing a huge Kill Bill-style story as “a six-hour mini-series or something.”
And now Kevin Smith, who was a huge indie success thanks to Clerks in 1994, says his final project, the hockey movie Hit Somebody, originally meant to be two features, will be a mini-series on an unspecified network. Read More »
Earlier this year, Kevin Smith told fans he was hoping to begin production on his final film, Hit Somebody, over the summer aimed at a 2013 premiere at Sundance. That didn’t happen, and the reasons for the delay are plentiful. Smith himself has been incredibly busy, working on books, TV, and a speaking tour. He admits he may have been overly ambitious. The director had hoped to make Hit Somebody an epic two-part send-off for his directing career, and in a new interview he’s updated the timeline.
Smith has decided two films, especially expensive period films like Hit Somebody, would be too much, so he’s currently working at combining his two scripts back into one. He also said there’s currently no timeline on production, mostly because he doesn’t want to rush out an inferior product. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
All right, so the sign shown above (via Collider) is just a joke, but the off-the-charts anticipation for Episode VII is very, very real. After the jump:
- Jon Favreau has Kevin Smith‘s vote for the Star Wars VII directing job
- Ed Burns is ambivalent on the admittedly slim possibility of getting an offer
- Peter Serafinowicz and Chris Hemsworth would like to be in Star Wars
- Watch Lawrence Kasdan talking about Return of the Jedi, way back when
- Fox announces dates for the 3D re-releases of Episode II and Episode III
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