Kevin Smith

When you sit around and talk with your friends for hours on end, some crazy stories are bound to come out. And if you’re Kevin Smith, you turn those stories into screenplays. That’s how his next movie, Tusk, came about, and the origin of a potential musical project called Helena Handbag. Now a third story has been turned into a screenplay. Described as a Smodcast version of Creepshow, with a holiday theme, it’s called Comes The Krampus and was co-written by Smith and Andy McElfresh. Smith, along with Jason Mewes, Jennifer Schwalbach and others will each direct a segment of the anthology holiday horror film over the summer, after Smith finishes Clerks 3. Read more below. Read More »

Filled with references to Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back, Clerks, Batman movies and much more, the trailer for Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie is here. It’s the hard R-rated (if it was rated) animated return of everyone’s favorite New Jersey slackers, which will tour the country Red State-style along with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. They provided voices and produced the flick, which is directed by Steve Stark. Starting in April, the film will be playing at concert venues across North America complete with a live podcast.

So how does the movie look? Crude, for sure, but aimed squarely at the people it’s meant to please: Kevin Smith fans. We’re talking potty humor, pop culture references and even more potty humor. See the trailer below. Read More »

Considering Kevin Smith‘s enduring love of comic books, it’s a little surprising to realize he’s never actually directed a superhero feature. But he’s about to make a contribution to the subgenre in another way. Smith’s Smodcast Pictures is set to distribute Alter Egos, a low-budget indie about the rift between a man and his own superheroic identity.

Kris Lemche leads the mostly unknown cast as Brendan, who’s upset to learn that his girlfriend Emily (Christine Evangelista) is cheating on him with his own ice-shooting alter ego Fridge. His breakdown couldn’t come at a worse time, as public opinion and government support have just turned against superheroes. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Slashfilm is proud to exclusively debut the trailer for Bindlestiffs, the first film presented by Kevin Smith‘s Smodcast Pictures. The winner of the Audience Award at at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival, Blindlestiffs follows three high school virgins, fed up with life, who leave school and head to New York to act out The Catcher in the Rye.

The film hits VOD on June 19, but Smith and director Andrew Edison will be touring the film across the country in anticipation of that release. You can read all about that and watch the brand new trailer – featuring an intro from Smith himself – after the jump. Read More »

When Kevin Smith set the Sundance Film Festival on fire in 2011 with his rejection of the Hollywood distribution system, he promised Smodcast Pictures would acquire and tour movies much as he was about to do with Red State. It’s taken almost two years but that’s about to become a reality as the filmmaker will tour the Slamdance winner Bindlestiffs, a comedy by Andrew Edison, about three virgins who get banned from high school and head to New York to live out The Catcher in the Rye.

The tour begins June 12 in New York and the film goes on demand June 19. Smith will be on hand. See the poster and full tour dates below. Read More »

Not long ago, Kevin Smith and a company called Phase 4 announced a distribution partnership, in which Phase 4 would acquire low-budget films and release them under Kevin Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner.

The first pickup for the label is the wild high school comedy Bindlestiffs, directed by Andrew Edison, co-written by Luke Loftin and starring Loftin, Edison, John Karna and Will Fordyce. It premiered at Slamdance this past January. There the film, which features three teen virgins with ambitions to live out the plot to The Catcher in the Rye, won the Audience Award for Best Feature Narrative at Slamdance, and will play SXSW.

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Thursday night, Kevin Smith invaded multiplexes with a simulcast of Kevin Smith: Live from Behind. The event featured the Clerks filmmaker and his hetero life mate Jason Mewes doing their podcast, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, followed by an extended question and answer session. As usual, the Q&A featured Smith revealing all sorts of information on his upcoming projects.

He dropped a few more nuggets about Hit Somebody, such as its proposed budget and updated release schedule, and even formally announced a new movie called Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, which will blend live action and R-rated animation. All the details are after the jump. Read More »

Kevin Smith made big waves at Sundance last year when he showed up at the fest with his horror film Red State, the distribution rights to which he said he’d sell at auction. But the auction was mostly an act, and Smith sold the Red State distro rights to himself. That left a lot of people angry, but the move turned out well for Smith: he took Red State on the road and recouped his costs on the film. Red State had a small ‘traditional’ theatrical run and a good VOD and digital release thanks in part to a deal with Lionsgate.

Smith said that he wanted to apply the same sort of roadshow distribution model to other indie films, and today, on the one-year anniversary of his Red State debut, he has announced a new deal for his label SModcast Pictures. The label which will work with Phase 4, which released Red State in Canada, to distribute up to twelve films a year in the US and Canada, with up to four of those films getting the roadshow treatment used for Red State.

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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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