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2014 marks the tenth year of Fantastic Fest, and also the re-opening of the South Lamar location of the Alamo Drafthouse. The team has announced the first programming for Fantastic Fest X (or #FFX) with much more to come. The first round includes one of our Sundance faves, The Babadook (above), along with the US premiere of Kevin Smith‘s Tusk, and the debut of V/H/S/ Viral. We’ve got the full first wave list below, along with the fest’s poster (by Geoff Darrow!) and info on some of the other fest events, such as an Austin version of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, and the Balderdash-like movie synopsis game Maltins, with Leonard Maltin in attendance to oversee proceedings. Read More »

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By now, you’ve probably seen the trailer for Kevin Smith‘s Tusk. And if not, click here and check it out. Revealed in Smith’s annual Hall H panel at Comic-Con, the footage shows a very different Smith from the “snoochie boochies” days of the past. This is a Smith with something messed up to say. And, according to the writer/director/podcaster, he’s going to be saying much more of it.

On his panel, Smith also revealed Tusk is the first film in what he hopes will be a trilogy of films he called “The True North Trilogy.” Likely a reference to a similar Canadian setting, Tusk would be followed by Yoga Hosers (which Smith wants to make next, and be PG-13) and a new movie called Moose Jaws which he described as “Jaws, with a moose.” All three films would return the same actors as Tusk. Read more about the Kevin Smith True North Trilogy below Read More »

Tusk trailer

“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 »

Kevin Smith’s Tusk Release Date Revealed

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Kevin Smith‘s new horror film Tusk is set to premiere a trailer at Comic Con next week, and the film now has an official release date. Get more details on the Tusk release date after the jump.

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Probably the weirdest Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice rumor to float in the past week said that all of the other rumors so far had been based on a fake script intentionally distributed by Warner Bros. The goal? To propagate misinformation about the film. Moreover, the rumor claimed that the author of that script was none other than Kevin Smith. The whole story seemed too ridiculous to be true, and now Smith has commented on it. To the surprise of no one, he says the whole claim is bunk.

On the more positive side, however, Smith is also sharing something new from his own film Tusk. He’s dropped the film’s first poster, and it’s a great image. Check that out below. Read More »

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In a new interview, Kevin Smith offered updates on his upcoming projects. He’s currently in post-production on Tusk, a creepy tale based on a real-life news story, and that film has reportedly inspired a spin-off. Smith said two characters who appear in the film briefly will star in a new movie called Yoga Hosers, which is based on another story he discussed on his Smodcast.

Also, Smith said he took the script for Clerks 3 to Bob and Harvey Weinstein, but they passed on making the movie. The Weinsteins distributed the first two Clerks films but felt the proposed $6 million budget was too much. They’d distribute, though, if Smith raises the funds himself.

Read the Clerks 3 news and Yoga Hosers plot below. Read More »

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Kevin Smith has worked with some pretty big-name actors in his time, and it looks like he’s booked the A-list-iest of them all for his next film Tusk. According to star Justin Long, Johnny Depp has signed on for a supporting character in the offbeat monster movie.

Tusk will be Depp’s first movie with Smith, and it seems like the perfect place to launch their professional relationship. Depp clearly has a taste for the bizarre, and what’s more bizarre than a tale about a guy trying to create a walrus-man hybrid? Hit the jump for details on Depp’s character.

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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 »

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