Clerks Animated Series Reboot

Kevin Smith is already going back to his roots with a forthcoming sequel to the 1995 cult classic Mallrats, and he’s cooking up a whole new screenplay for Clerks 3 too. But that’s not the only dip back into the past of the View Askewniverse. The writer/director recently participated in an oral history of Clerks: The Animated Series, a short-lived network adaptation that aired on ABC for just six episodes before it got axed, and during the trip down memory lane, he said there have been talks about a Clerks animated series reboot. Read More »

the grinch review

Everything is round, and shiny, and innocuous in an Illumination movie. The animation studio behind Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets delivers films with no sharp corners, no rough edges, only a soft plumpness that recalls a plush toy or a baby-proofed house. And The Grinch, the adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic Christmas story, fits right into that mold.

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the grinch trailer

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. Except, the latest The Grinch trailer shows us how he wasn’t always mean. In fact, he was — and is — still cuddly and adorable.

Because as much as Benedict Cumberbatch can strain his voice, and as many grouchy faces that The Grinch pulls, there’s no denying that the animation design for Dr. Seuss‘s iconic character is super cute and fluffy.

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Kevin Smith Mallrats

Sometimes logistics force a filmmaker’s hand. Originally Kevin Smith was aiming to shoot Mallrats 2 in 2016, after Clerks 3, Hit Somebody, and Moose Jaws. However, Smith and his team found a mall they can shoot in and seriously mess up that won’t be around next year. Because of that, he just announced he’s going to make Mallrats 2 next. Read more about Mallrats 2, including news on more returning cast members, below. Read More »

Kevin Smith CBM

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 »

Free Birds

For humans, Thanksgiving is a joyous celebration of abundance and togetherness. For turkeys, though, it’s probably something more akin to the Purge. Around 45 million turkeys are eaten in the U.S. each year on the holiday, by some estimates, accounting for about a fifth of the country’s annual consumption.

No wonder, then, that the avian leads of Free Birds are so eager to change that. The animated adventure centers around two birds, voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, who get the opportunity to travel back in time and change the course of American culinary history forever. Amy Poehler voices a wild turkey who crosses paths with the dynamic duo. Watch the latest trailer after the jump.

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Hollywood has no shortage of movies about Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day, while poor old Thanksgiving tends to get overlooked. It’s a great release date, but not a movie subject. Not so any longer. Relativity Media is diving into the animation game with Turkeys, a CG comedy due out in 2014. Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson will lend their voices to two of the titular creatures, while Jimmy Hayward is on board to direct. Read more after the jump.

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith has decided to shut down*, formerly, and move his popular weekly podcast series with Scott Mosier to its own website — If you’ve never listened to an episode of Smodcast, I would highly recommend you do. In fact, right now you should go to Apple iTunes and subscribe to… the /Filmcast. And after you’ve done that, also subscribe to the Smodcast.

*Meanwhile, QSE editor-in-chief Ken Plume plans to continue the fun at

Kevin Smith did NOT direct/delay Fanboys

Kevin SmithLast week we relayed a quote from Fanboys star Chris Marquette, who claimed that the film had been delayed due to sound effects rights and a cameo from Clerks director Kevin Smith.

“Kevin Smith had seen it, and [he] came in and was like, ‘Oh, man. I love it.’ So they let him write and direct one of his own scenes in it. So they added that in,” co star Chris Marquette revealed. He went on to also blame George Lucas for the film’s delay.

We were extremely excited to receive an e-mail from Kevin Smith, who added a little needed clarification.

“That’s not exactly true.  Scott Mosier, my longtime producer, was brought in to reedit the flick.  Based on his involvement, I jumped in for a quick cameo during a re-shoot day that’d been scheduled long before I’d ever seen the flick.  While I did write the scene, I didn’t direct it,” Smith wrote. “The flick’s good – I don’t wanna give the impression it’s not.”

“I just wanted to make sure I didn’t get credit I didn’t deserve, as far as directing my scene; that was Scott Mosier (as Kyle [Newman], the director of the flick, was busy on the Revenge of the Nerds remake during the Fanboys pick-ups).  I only got the chance to be in the flick because Harvey Weinstein asked me to do the cameo during the pick-ups re-shoot.”

So there you have it, direct from the Kevin Smith’s keyboard.

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Kevin Smith starts a Podcast


We knew this was bound to happen sooner or later, writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma) has started his own podcast.
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