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Watch: Kevin Smith's 1992 Student Film 'Mae Day: The Crumbling Of A Documentary'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 14, 2014 2:39 PM
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Before Kevin Smith made his breakthrough into the film industry with his debut film “Clerks,” he was what some people would call a “slacker” from New Jersey. When that slacker took a brief detour to the Vancouver Film School back in 1992, he met his future long-time collaborator Scott Mosier, who would go on to produce every one of Smith’s films from “Clerks” to “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.”

Annapurna Drops ‘Terminator: Genesis’; Josh Trank Denies Recent 'Fanstastic Four' Rumors; Kevin Smith Making Horror Anthology

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 24, 2014 6:35 PM
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A few bits and pieces of news are lying about from the tentpole/genre world this evening, so let’s get to them. The first is some potential trouble with the upcoming “Terminator: Genesis” film, a reboot of the “Terminator” franchise set to star Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke as John Connor and potentially Jai Courtney among other candidates for the role of Kyle Reese. One of the major financiers on the project was Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, but Ellison’s company has dropped out as producer leaving her brother David's Skydance shingle and Paramount to foot the bill.

25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival
As you might have noticed from the wall-to-wall level of coverage over the last week or so, the Sundance Film Festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings back in 1978, when it was inaugurated as the Utah/US Film Festival and had a remit to showcase exclusively American-made independent films, and to promote filmmaking in the region. Robert Redford's involvement as a guiding patron led to its name change in 1981, from which point on it expanded gradually, until a kind of Cambrian explosion occurred with the arrival of "sex lies & videotape " 25 years ago this, a film that, with only a touch of hyperbole, could be said to have remade the festival into the modern titan it is today.

Kevin Smith Says 'Clerks 3' To Shoot In May, Teases 'Tusk' For Cannes, Writing Rapture Flick 'Helena Handbag'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2013 9:17 AM
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If Kevin Smith and Jay Z have anything in common, it's that they have a very loose interpretation of the word "retirement." If you recall, the filmmaker who once flirted with packing it all in following "Red State," has done anything but. While it looks like his once-mooted hockey epic "Hit Somebody" is sitting on the backburner somewhere, he's already wrapped on his next flick, the horror "Tusk," and it seems that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Zack Snyder Confirms Lex Luthor In 'Batman Vs. Superman'? Plus Kevin Smith Teases New Batsuit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2013 11:52 AM
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This past weekend, Warner Bros. put together a Kevin Smith-hosted online fan event in the last push in the marketing cycle for "Man Of Steel" as it heads to home video tomorrow. And while fans were hoping some kind of big announcement for "Batman Vs. Superman" would be made, that didn't quite happen. But there were at least a couple of morsels worth pondering as the super-sequel continues to head toward its 2015 release date.

Kevin Smith Tried To Get Quentin Tarantino To Take A Role In His Horror Movie 'Tusk'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 10, 2013 9:39 AM
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Kevin Smith took some people by surprise late last month when he announced that his next directorial project wouldn’t be “Clerks III,” but instead, a horror film called “Tusk.” The project will star Michael Parks as a mad scientist who, in Smith’s own words, “intends to sew some hapless lodger into counterfeit blubber, creating a chimera in an effort to answer the ultimate riddle, ‘Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?’ ” Wow, well, alright then.

Kevin Smith To Shoot Horror Movie 'Tusk' In October, Michael Parks & Justin Long To Star

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 25, 2013 10:25 AM
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Sites like The Playlist exist for many reasons: but arguably, the most pressing of these reasons is so that the people who write for them can read and listen to the verbal outpourings of Kevin Smith and reduce them to something that normal civilians can absorb, consider and move on in less time than it would take to actually interface with Smith. No disrespect to Smith, who has endured far more than his fair share of disrespect, but seriously, the man never stops talking, and in amongst it is often some fairly interesting stuff. Here then is the latest dispatch from one of our operatives, with a hat tip to Horror Home Network for doing some of the heavy lifting.

Exclusive: Get Ready For An Acid House Party With Clip & Poster For 'Weekender' Presented By Kevin Smith

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2013 3:48 PM
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As long as there's drugs, good music, attractive people to hook up with and the opportunity to dance, kids will find a way to party. And as long as they find a way to party, there will be filmmakers looking to capture that vibe, which brings us to "Weekender" from director Karl Golden. While the U.K. film dropped in cinemas overseas two years ago, it's now getting a bit of fresh life coming stateside, arriving under the wing of none other than Kevin Smith who is presenting the picture.

Kevin Smith Says He Won't Kickstarter 'Clerks 3'; Waiting On Weinsteins For Greenlight, Aiming For Sundance 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 2:50 PM
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While folks like "Veronica Mars," Zach Braff and Charlie Kaufman made waves by using crowdsourcing efforts to fund their next projects, had history turned out differently, Kevin Smith would've beaten them to the punch. The filmmaker, who wears his indie cred and outsider(ish) status like a badge of honor has never turned to fans to ask for their hand in funding a movie. But as he reveals in a recent interview with KCRW, he once did consider it for his horror "Red State," but gave it a second thought when even the mere suggestion caused some negativity to stir on the internet.

Kevin Smith's 'Clerks 3' Script Is 137 Pages Long, Says It Will Be The 'Empire Strikes Back' Of The Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2013 5:18 PM
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After first teasing that "Clerks 3" would be a movie, and then saying that it might be a book, the vacillating Kevin Smith has gone ahead an finished the damn thing as a screenplay. But wait, there's more....

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