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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This evening, Red State premiered in front of more than 1,200 people at the Eccles Theatre at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. As you might have heard, Smith had announced that he would be auctioning the film off following the screening. Not only did that not happen (Smith’s producer jokingly auctioned the film off to Smith himself for a scant $20), Smith also went on a 25-minute diatribe explaining, in mathematical detail, the problems with modern movie distribution and announced his own plans to distribute Red State to the masses.

Hit the jump for all the details.

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Kevin Smith is going to make back the money his own way for his newest film Red State. Part of that involves taking the film out on the road and making that profit off of willing audiences, city by city. Smith will be there for post-film Q&As at each location, and he’ll be bringing lead actor Michael Parks along with him. Sounds good, right? The price, however, may be higher than you’ll be willing to pay.

For all the details of Smith’s “Red State USA Tour,” including which cities it will visit, just hit the jump.
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Update: Germain has posted a full review which you can read right now here.

The world premiere, first-time-anyone-has-seen-it screening of Kevin Smith‘s Red State just ended at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Full reviews, video blogs and a report on the Q&A/auction are coming, but first, as the credits were rolling here at the Eccles Theater, we thought you’d immediately want to know how it was from multiple points of view.

Smith’s first foray into horror, about a trio of high school boys who find themselves face to face with a “holy force with a fatal agenda,” has gained an abundance of online notoriety and buzz thanks to Smith’s battles with bloggers, refusal to do press, promise of a post-premiere auction for the distribution rights, a dedicated podcast and much much more. Even before people got to Park City, the film was the festival’s hottest ticket, with scalpers getting in the hundreds on eBay. It’s also only scheduled to screen twice (with no official press screening).

Being that it’s Smith, it’s controversial, and everyone wants to know about it, we at Slashfilm have gone above and beyond to attempt to bring you all the Red State coverage you can handle. After the jump, read three immediate, during the credits, reactions to the film. Read More »

Kevin Smith has unveiled the final credit card of his upcoming horror film Red State, which promises that “almost this entire cast will return in Hit Somebody.”
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/Film’s Quest for Red State Tickets

Did you hear? Director Kevin Smith is sorta not screening his newest film, Red State, for press at Sundance this year. Fortunately, Sundance offers press people the opportunity to request tickets for public screenings (of which Red State has only two) two days in advance. Unfortunately, there are a very limited number of public screening tickets and requesting one is no guarantee that you will actually receive one. So, obviously, a lot of us press folk had to get up at the break of dawn this morning to attempt to get tickets for the very first Red State screening, which takes place on Sunday evening.

Hit the jump to see video of our quest to get Red State tickets.
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Ma’s Meatloaf has premiered the sixth poster from Kevin Smith‘s upcoming horror movie Red State. The newest character poster features Melissa Leo’s character, Sarah. As you know, Red State is set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival next month. Hit the jump to see the poster in full.
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When Kevin Smith premiered a teaser trailer for his independently-financed horror film Red State last week, I was surprised to see it conclude with the promise of a “March” release. Smith later explained that he hopes to release the film in March, even though he has yet to find a distributor (Kevin told us in November that he planned to auction off the movie to the highest bidder following the premiere screening at the Sundance Film Festival), in the room). Very active on Twitter, Smith has explained his plan not to do any film press for his new movie, his hopes to release the film theatrically (as opposed to a new-tech video on demand release) and why he would like to release the film without a full length movie trailer.

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