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Sundance 2014: Zach Braff and Kevin Smith added to festival line-up

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Two Sundance favorites are heading back to the winter festival. Zach Braff and Kevin Smith will be in Park City this January, the former to premiere his Kickstarted-funded movie, Wish I Was Here, and the latter to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Clerks.

Braff made a big splash at Sundance 10 years ago, when he premiered Garden State at the festival. Last April, he announced a Kickstarter campaign to raise $2 million for his directorial follow-up. Fans responded and Braff reached the goal in just three days. Braff wrote the screenplay with his brother, Adam, and he also stars as a struggling actor and stay-at-home dad who decides to home-school his 5- and 12-year-old kids. “It’s about a family struggling to get by and barely surviving financially and the dad’s a bit of a f— up,” Braff told EW in April. “Basically it’s a story about a man learning to become a great husband and father and person.”

Wish I Were Here won’t play in competition but instead will debut as part of Sundance’s Premieres category. READ FULL STORY

Kevin Smith is back: Director talks his next movie, Ben Affleck's Batcave, and 'the most important film' of 2013

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Clerks director Kevin Smith spends a lot of his life in California these days, but he’ll always have New Jersey in his blood — and his vernacular. As Bruce Springsteen once said about Frank Sinatra after their historic first encounter, “I was glad to find that his conversation was still peppered with the kinds of words that have made our state great.”

Kevin Smith can flat out talk. You could even say it’s his primary job these days, since he has repeatedly mulled retirement from directing and now hosts several popular podcasts. But the indie filmmaker, who made his convenience-store first film for $27,575, hasn’t turned his back on the independent-film scene. When he was at Sundance in 2011 with his horror movie Red State — when he famously spurned Hollywood — he vowed to eventually distribute other artists’ films outside the studio system. “Phase 4 called up like six months later and was like, ‘Were you serious, because we can help you with that,’” says Smith, who subsequently paired with the independent distributor to form the Kevin Smith Movie Club, a “handpicked collection of unique independent films that resonate with Smith’s and SModcast’s audience.”

On Oct. 4, Phase 4 and Smith’s Movie Club will release The Dirties, a top prize-winner at January’s Slamdance Film Festival about two high-school outcasts who make a revenge-fantasy movie about killing the group of bullies that make their lives a living hell. When their film project only makes their situation worse, the teens contemplate taking the scary next step, plotting and videotaping their own Columbine-style massacre. Starring Owen Williams and Canadian director Matt Johnson, the movie combines a variety of genres but results in creating something entirely new. “You’ve seen found-footage genre, you’ve seen faux documentary, and you’ve seen school shootings [movies] before, but you’ve never seen it done the way that Matt Johnson has pulled it all together,” says Smith. “The last time we saw a movie kind of compelling like this, Gus Van Sant, a filmmaking master!, made Elephant, but this is so goddamn different. I looked at this and I was like, “This is the f–king future, man.”

Smith is effusive in his praise of the young filmmaker — “I get more out of standing next to Matt than Matt gets to standing next to me” — but he also chatted to EW about his own future behind the camera and why he thinks his Chasing Amy star Ben Affleck really grabbed the role of Batman. (Hint: It has something to do with a panic room.)

Click below for Smith’s lengthy Q&A and an exclusive slightly NSFW video clip from The Dirties, which will play in theaters and VOD beginning Oct. 4. READ FULL STORY

Returning to 'Jedi': Ewok down memory lane with Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Chris Hardwick, Eli Roth -- VIDEO

EW approached filmmaker Kyle Newman (Fanboys) with a simple proposition: Will you make us a short film that collects famous voices talking about Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi and their feelings about the film as it reaches its 30th anniversary?

After sweet-talking him with promises of no money and too-little time, we mentioned that he was our only hope and, weirdly, that worked. The result is  The Return of Return of the Jedi: 30 Years and Counting, which shows elite geeks — among them Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Chris Hardwick, Jaime King, Topher Grace, Fall Out Boy, Eli Roth, and Jason Mewes — revisiting the movie in which tribal Teddy Ruxpins put down an Imperial invasion force with rocks, logs, and other Gilligan’s Island-esque props. Who saw that coming?

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'Clerks 3': Kevin Smith tweets that first draft of the script is complete, is like 'Empire Strikes Back'

Good thing Kevin Smith isn’t a slacker like his Clerks characters. Otherwise he wouldn’t have been able to tweet this status update on the Clerks threequel today:

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Kevin Smith has started writing 'Clerks 3,' calls it 'the best film I'll ever make'

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Fresh from the announcement that Clerks 3 would no longer be a Broadway play, but instead would become his final film as a director — followed thereupon by a counter-announcement that Clerks 3 would be a book first, then a movie — geek overlord Kevin Smith has once again made a mockery of the whole notion of Announcing Things by posting an image of what appears to the title page of the Clerks 3 screenplay. READ FULL STORY

Kevin Smith's last movie will be 'Clerks 3,' says Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith has long promised that Kevin Smith’s last movie would be Hit Somebody, an epic hockey saga. Except that Hit Somebody would actually be two movies. Or maybe actually it would just be one movie. Strike that: Maybe it won’t be a movie at all. Smith stated on a recent episode of his podcast Jay and Silent Bob Get Old that Hit Somebody will be a miniseries, composed of six one-hour episodes. Smith claimed that the miniseries, filming next year, already has a network, although he stated: “I can’t tell you who the network is, they want to tell you themselves in a little bit.” (Easy money is on AMC, which already airs Smith’s Comic Book Men.) READ FULL STORY

Kevin Smith talks retirement, compares film career to 'the most amazing [BLEEP] you've ever had'

Kevin Smith has announced that he will be retiring from directing after his next film, all the better to focus on his lucrative side-career as a Professional Kevin Smith — a job which encompasses a podcast empire, a Hulu series, a memoir, a role as “Kevin Smith, Podcast Host” on the AMC series Comic Book Men, various Twitter feuds, and a busy lineup of charmingly vulgar media appearances. With regards to the latter, Smith sat down with fellow meta-personality Larry King on Larry King Now and looked back longingly on his film career. Admitting that his 1994 indie breakout Clerks was intended as a “calling-card film,” Smith expressed surprise and gratitude that he managed to make any more movies. “Everything that followed [Clerks] was just beyond expectation,” he said. “It was like hoping for a kiss and getting the most amazing b—job you’ve ever had in your life.” In the video below, you can hear (but not see) King do a spit take. READ FULL STORY

Kevin Smith on his new Hulu film-appreciation show 'Spoilers': 'It's a weird dream come true' -- VIDEO

Kevin Smith may be retiring from making movies, but that doesn’t mean he’s leaving the world of movie making any time soon. Further expanding his online empire beyond his popular podcasts (excuse me, Smodcasts), Smith and Hulu are teaming up for Spoilers, a cinema-appreciation show where the Clerks director tells EW he and his guests “won’t review movies, but revere them.” Check out this exclusive preview video Smith made for EW below:  READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2012: The 12 biggest stories of the indie film fest

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Sundance 2012 took place over 10 days, featured 117 movies, marked the debut of 45 first-time filmmakers, and for film lovers there was no better place to be than Park City, Utah — even if not all the news coming out of the festival was happy.

Studio sales were strong, which means many of the most buzzed-about titles will make it to theaters, and — as usual – a few previously unknown storytellers emerged as stars, while a handful of Hollywood veterans faceplanted in the snow.

One high-profile death cast a sense of mourning over the gathering, but a particularly upbeat lineup of movies managed to keep spirits high overall.

Here’s a wrap-up of what went down at Sundance 2012. READ FULL STORY

Kevin Smith signs distribution deal with Phase 4 at Sundance

Kevin Smith — who infamously sold his film Red State to himself for $20 last year at Sundance — has signed an exclusive deal with Phase 4 for up to 12 films per year. Phase 4 and Smith’s company SModcast Pictures will release four of those films in the theater, and the deal also includes a live tour with Smith accompanying each film, the company said in a statement from the Sundance festival.

“We had a terrific experience working with Kevin and his team on Red State in Canada, and are thrilled to be embarking on this new venture with him,” Phase 4 President and CEO Berry Meyerowitz said in a statement.

Earlier this year, Smith partnered with Lionsgate for the digital distribution rights to Red State.

Smith and Phase 4 plan to distribute a variety of independent features, which will be a “handpicked collection of unique independent films that resonate with Smith’s and SModcast’s audience.”

An interactive component will be central to the films the new label distributes, building off Smith’s significant online following, Phase 4 said.

*Correction: The original version of this story said that Smith had failed to get a distributor for Red State. He did not offer the film for purchase by distributors, instead opting to purchase it himself.

Read more:
Kevin Smith’s ‘Red State’ gets distributor — for digital rights
Kevin Smith’s ‘Red State’ trailer
‘Comic Book Men’: Decoding the poster art

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