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Kevin Smith‘s Tusk is a prime example of a filmmaker in the midst of reinvention. Every since the disaster that was Cop Out, Smith has been on a quest to become a new director. First he shunned Hollywood and self-distributed Red State, a welcome departure from his off-the-wall comedies of the past. Now he’s delving deep into horror with Tusk, the story of a man named Howard (Michael Parks) who kidnaps a podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long) and attempts to turn him into a Walrus.

Much like Smith’s up-and-down career path, Tusk has a fascinating trajectory. Everything starts off well with the director slowly but surely building a very specific, intriguing and foreboding tone. Even as the story begins to border on the ridiculous and the gore gets exponentially more intense, we buy it because the film has won us over with its sharp writing, well-timed humor, inventive plot and layered storytelling.

Unfortunately, about two-thirds into the movie, Smith apparently saw some brake lights in front of him because the film comes to a screeching halt. It stops being fun so suddenly and so painfully it’s almost unfathomable. Things never quite recover from that narrative roadblock and, by the end, it all feels arbitrary and amateurish. Read More »

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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 »

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“I don’t want to die in Canada.” That’s Wallace, (Justin Long), a guy who interviews people to learn their odd stories, but he becomes the subject of one after talking to the wrong Canadian. In Tusk, the new film from writer/director Kevin Smith, we follow Wallace as he finds a new story through an old sailor (Michael Parks). This sailor, as it turns out, has different ideas about dying — he doesn’t want to die alone — and it doesn’t seem to be human companionship that he seeks. When Wallace turns up at the sailor’s house, things go from odd to weird to really, really bad in a pretty short span of time. And then, the sailor tries to turn Wallace into a walrus. Watch the Tusk trailer here. Read More »

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Kevin Smith has just revealed a bunch of details for his Christmas horror anthology. Once called Comes the Krampus, it’s now been re-titled Anti-Claus, and filming will start in September. Smith will be joined in the film by Justin LongHaley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks, all of whom appear in this year’s Tusk. Parks and Long have also worked with Smith before that.

Below, see an early concept of the Kevin Smith Krampus and read some more of Smith’s thoughts. Read More »

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Wednesday, Kevin Smith posted a second guest blog post on The Hollywood Reporter. Like the first one, it primarily concerns his next movie, Tusk, and is filled with new information. The most important piece is, after some financing issues, the film not only got the money it needs, it starts filming November 4 in North Carolina. Second, it explains why Quentin Tarantino passed on a role in the film, that of a French Canadian detective. (Not the man in a walrus suit, as we reported based on other sites over the summer.) Read some highlights below. Read More »

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Clerks made Kevin Smith, but in order to make Clerks III, Smith will have to make something else. In a new interview, the writer/director/podcaster said his next film, Tusk, will be an “ivory bridge” to Clerks III. A way to make financing the sequel easier and also to work out some of the cobwebs from not having directed a film since 2011′s Red State.

Plus, Smith revealed that Justin Long has joined the cast of Tusk, opposite Michael Parks, as the man whom Parks hires to live in his house in a walrus suit. Production begins October 21. Read the quotes below. Read More »

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UPDATE: Smith took to Twitter to let fans know, this film is actually shooting in September! Here’s the tweet, original story follows:

In what’s become a Comic-Con tradition, Kevin Smith took the Hall H at Comic-Con Saturday night and arrived bearing gifts. Gifts in the form of news for his fans.

He said the Weinsteins are currently figuring out a budget for Clerks III, which will dictate when and where they shoot the film. But it’s happening. Smith also recently completed a script called Tusk, which is based on an online ad about a man who rents out a room in his house for free, as long as the person dresses as a walrus for two hours per day. He wants Michael Parks the play the lead, Quentin Tarantino as the victim and envisions the story as “the cuddly version of The Human Centipede.” Read More »

The lone secret premiere of the 2011 Telluride Film Festival ended up being Ben Affleck‘s dramatic thriller Argo.

I’ve never understood the negativity regularly thrown at Ben Affleck. When given the right material, he’s delivered some great performances as an actor (Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love, Boiler Room, Hollywoodland…etc). And in recent years he’s made the transition and proven himself to be a great director (Gone Baby Gone, The Town). Argo is his third feature film and it’s his smartest yet.

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