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Kevin Smith Now Considering Turning 'Clerks' Into A Book Instead Of Another Movie

  • By India Ross
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  • February 18, 2013 10:48 AM
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Decisiveness, it seems, hasn’t been high on Kevin Smith’s New Year agenda. First, the third installment of his cult franchise, "Clerks," was going to be a feature film, then a 6-monther on Broadway, then - nope, actually – an online serial (all of this following his announced retirement from directing). Now, just as fans thought he couldn’t toy with them any longer, Smith has undertaken one (last?) change of tack: "Clerks" – the book.

Mel Gibson Eyed Directing 'Good Will Hunting,' Kevin Smith Turned It Down But Brought It To Miramax

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2013 3:23 PM
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For those of you already well versed in the history of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning breakout film "Good Will Hunting," this will be old news. But for everyone else, this will be a couple of interesting bits of "What Could Have Been..."

Kevin Smith Says 'Hit Somebody' Will Be A 6-Hour Mini-Series Now, Teases 'Clerks 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2012 1:27 PM
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So, something must've happened in the past seven days or so, because when we talked to Kevin Smith last week, he was pretty certain his long-gestating hockey movie "Hit Somebody" was going to be standalone movie after being considered as a two-parter. "It's tough to get one hockey movie made, let alone two. So I've switched back to one movie. I had one-and-a-half scripts that I had to get down to one. I want to get it down to a 150-page script and I know that's longer than the average script length but I figure I give myself a two-and-a-half hour length on paper knowing that I'm really ruthless in editorial and I can get it down to 2, 2:05, because this is a movie that takes place over 30 years," he explained to us. But now it seems he's switching gears.

Kevin Smith Reflects On His Career, Talks About Awards Culture & Why 'Red State' Is His Best Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 4, 2012 10:02 AM
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If you ask Kevin Smith a question, you're going to get an answer, and when we sat down with the filmmaker last week he certainly wasn't at a loss for words. The director was speaking with press to promote his latest venture, the EPIX special "Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under," a document of the Australian leg of his "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old" live show with his longtime collaborator Jason Mewes. It's another helping of what fans have come to love from Smith, as he relates his experiences with the humor and camaraderie of a fellow fan. And when he spoke with The Playlist, he was just as generous, and if you missed it yesterday, we ran the first part of our chat in which he shared his reasons why he prefers "The Avengers" to "The Dark Knight Rises," and why his hockey epic "Hit Somebody" is being scaled back to one movie instead of two. But there was even more.

Kevin Smith On Why He Prefers 'The Avengers' Over 'The Dark Knight Rises' & Turning 'Hit Somebody' Into A Single Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 3, 2012 11:03 AM
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Over the weekend EPIX premiered a brand new Kevin Smith special, "Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under." Chronicling a small smattering of the Australian leg of their "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old" live show, and the engaging one hour program features Smith and his "Clerks" costar Jason Mewes doing what they do best, as they talked about nearly every topic under the sun. Last week, we got a chance to catch up with Kevin Smith ourselves, and he generously answered our wide range of questions.

Ben Affleck Reveals How Kevin Smith’s 'Red State' Inspired 'Argo' & More

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 9, 2012 5:26 PM
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“The movie was fake. The mission was real,” is a tagline you’ll see printed across a blue-hued photo of Ben Affleck that’s gracing movie theaters and city streets across America this week for "Argo." The film tells the true story set against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution that follows CIA "exfiltration" specialist Tony Mendez, who develops a dangerous plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador – all under the guise of a film crew shooting a B-Level sci-fi picture. Thankfully the film that they’ve made about the events surrounding the fake film isn’t as flimsy as the one in the latest from multi-hyphenate actor and director Ben Affleck, with our man on the scene at Telluride calling the film “a terrifically suspenseful and entertaining thriller."

Exclusive: Poster & Theatrical Tour Dates For 'Bindlestiffs' Presented By Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 1:15 PM
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While Kevin Smith begins to wind down his directing career, he's combining his experience in the industry, online savvy and massive following and putting that energy into his new SModcast Pictures distribution shingle. Using the template established by "Red State," Smith plans to acquire films and present them in a roadshow/touring format in theaters around the country before they get released to VOD and DVD. And for his first release, he's picked up an indie film that will certain benefit from his support.

Kevin Smith Fixes Film Criticism, Launches Hulu Movie Review Show 'Spoilers'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 22, 2012 12:30 PM
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Though most critics will fess up to owing some part of their formative years to Kevin Smith’s films and speaking engagements, the filmmake- oh wait, raconteur, has subsequently squandered that goodwill by taking to Twitter, podcasts, and interviews to essentially dismiss professional criticism entirely. If that weren’t enough to enrage those who feel they can see a film for free and still hold a fair opinion on it, Smith has now announced plans to democratize film criticism with his own Hulu show starting this summer.

Review: Morgan Spurlock's 'A Fan’s Hope' Comic-Con Documentary, Is An Amiable & Harmless Look At Geek Culture

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 3, 2012 1:57 PM
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Celebrating its 40th anniversary later this year, Comic-Con, while originally a convention for comic books and science fiction/fantasy enthusiasts has expanded into an annual pop-culture juggernaut that as Kevin Smith says, Comic-Con has gone mainstream; in his view on par with Cannes, Sundance and even the Olympics. Even your mom has heard about it.

Kevin Smith Decides He Does Need Distributors After All, SModcast Pictures Inks Deal With Phase 4 Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 11:23 AM
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“We’re starting over. It’s not just about making the movie, it’s about releasing the movie. True independence is not about handing your work over to some jackass,” Kevin Smith proclaimed to a room full of distributors last year at the Sundance Film Festival, following the contentious premiere of "Red State." With grand plans to do it on his own and damn the man, Smith relented on his grandiose talk of shaking up the system when later in the same year, he inked a deal with those jackasses at Lionsgate to handle digital distribution of the film. And it looks like the filmmaker, who has already said he'll accept studio money to make his hockey epic "Hit Somebody," is done forging his own path and is handing the reins to somebody else.

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