What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 32 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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On Tuesday, writer director Kevin Smith did a live chat with MTV News in which he discussed a variety of topics including possibly bringing back a few of his old friends for his next film, Hit Somebody. He also came armed with an exclusive clip from his upcoming film Red State. This 55 second clip features multiple award-winning and Best Supporting Actress front runner Melissa Leo as well as three of the actors who Smith plans to bring back for Hit Somebody: Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner and Nicholas Braun.
Having seen the film at Sundance (read my review here) we can put this clip in context by saying it’s from early in the film, doesn’t really spoil much, but will leave you mighty curious as to watch happens next. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 24 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Posted on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 by David Chen
This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, Russ Fischer, and Adam Quigley discuss some of the best films at Sundance 2011, react to this year’s Academy Award nominations, and deconstruct Kevin Smith’s controversial remarks at the Sundance Red State screening.
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Even a cursory glance at the rather mixed response to Red State following its Sundance debut should indicate that it has problems in need of fixing, chief among them being a 20-minute long sermon performed by Michael Parks that many have opined runs way too long. Question is, without any pressure from a studio to cut the film down, does director Kevin Smith have any desire to do so?
Well, Kevin Smith has now responded to the criticisms, and his answer to the aforementioned question was an unhesitant, “Kill your babies.” Er, I mean, “Yes.” Read what he had to say after the break. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 by David Chen
If you’ve been following this site during Sundance 2011, you’ve probably noticed a lot of stories about Kevin Smith’s Red State (Follow all our coverage here). This is partially because we’re collectively interested in the trajectory of Smith’s career, but it’s also because Smith managed to transform a typical Sundance movie screening into a media spectacle. Before the movie even screened and Smith declared war on studio distributors, members of the Westboro Baptist Church had already gathered outside the Eccles Theater to protest the film (Side note: While Red State is clearly inspired by the actions of this deplorable organization, the film makes a clear distinction between the Five Points church in the film and Phelps’ church, which actually exists in the film’s universe).
But any impact that the Westboro Baptist Church members might have had was immediately dwarfed by the dozens of people who showed up in counter-protest. They held up signs, some clever (“PRAISE THE GODS! ONLY ONE HATES ME!”), but most of them just totally random (“Have You Seen Waldo?” “EVERYBODY POOPS,” and “I EAT SAND” rounded out some of the offerings). Smith and his entourage had their own signs (see Smith holding one above) that they wielded in their own counter-protest. I would have liked to take more time to document the event, maybe interview some protestors and counter-protestors, but I was stuck in the press tent waiting for the doors to open.
Still, I was able to grab a couple photos/video of the whole thing. Check out some of the signage after the break.
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There’s been a lot of talk in the past twelve hours about Kevin Smith, Red State, ‘four-walling,’ and the way that Mr. Smith’s distribution plans fit into the indie landscape. At the center of all the talk is the speech Mr Smith gave on stage after the debut Sundance screening of Red State. That’s where his ‘auction-style’ sales plan was revealed to be less a sale than a hand-off. Now, thanks to the magic of video, you can see the whole speech for yourself. Plus, read the director’s extended Twitter dialogue talking about the speech and the ‘sale.’ Read More »
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Does someone have a case of the Mondays? We understand. Going back to work sucks but while you probably had the weekend off, Slashfilm hasn’t stopped working. If you can call watching movies non-stop working.
Myself, Peter Sciretta and David Chen have been all over Park City Utah at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival which continues through next Sunday. We’ve reviewed over a dozen movies, quested for tickets, done video blogs and much more. Did you miss any of the coverage? No worries. We’ve created this convenient rundown of everything we’d published so far including reviews of the recently acquired films Project Nim and Margin Call, hidden gems like Win Win and Bellflower and, of course, all the Red State coverage you can handle.
Later today, be on the look out for reviews of My Idiot Brother, Like Crazy, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and more. But until then, see the roundup of all our coverage below:
Thursday January 20
Why do we come to the Sundance Film Festival? We explain it’s allure.
We have arrived at Sundance, and here’s what we are most excited for. Video Blog.
Friday January 21
Getting tickets to Red State was quite the ordeal.
The opening night film was James Marsh’s Project Nim. Here’s our review.
Ever see a horror movie all done in one shot? It’s called Silent House and here’s a review.
Margin Call stars Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci and was reviewed here.
Saturday January 22
Bloody revenge came to Sundance in the way if I Saw The Devil. Our review is here.
It’s got big stars like Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson but does The Ledge deliver big? Find out here.
Around here we call it the Four M’s or MMMM. The real title is Martha Marcy May Marlene and it’s supposed to be amazing.
A mini-review roundup featuring The Future by Miranda July and Bobby Fischer Against the World.
Sunday January 23
Peter loved it at Toronto and a whole bunch of people, including David, loved it at Sundance. It’s a Submarine Video Blog!
Between movies, David was walking around Park City talking to movie fans. Here’s what they had to say.
My favorite film of the festival so far is Tom McCarthy’s Win Win with Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. Amazing movie.
Peter generated controversy by calling Bellflower “500 Days of Summer for the Jackass Hipster Generation,” read exactly what he meant.
Right after the movie ended, here’s what we all thought about Red State.
Kevin Smith made some major, big time, groundbreaking revelations about his film and its distribution. Read them here.
Here’s my full review of Red State and probably not the last.
Kevin Smith’s new film Red State is more than just a departure from his trademark comedic style. It’s almost a complete 180. The bright colors and pop culture references have been replaced with blacks, reds and long monologues about scripture. Smith’s still very reliant on the spoken word – almost to a fault – but now he balances it with machine guns, blood and hand held camera moves. This is a maturing, confident Smith who proves, after Cop Out, he still has a unique voice. With Red State, that voice isn’t saying anything incredibly groundbreaking, and at times it gets a tad preachy, but the director has expanded out of his comfort zone and given audiences a genuine piece of art.
Read the rest of the review and watch a video blog featuring Peter Sciretta and Jeff Goldsmith of Creative Screenwriting Magazine after the jump.
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