How exactly do you go about making a film in which one man attempts to turn another man into a walrus? That it is not a question any member of the human race ever considered for hundreds of thousands of years. Then writer, director, and semi-professional pothead Kevin Smith decided his next project, Tusk, would tackle that exact subject.
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Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith have decided to bring their work closer to home. Or rather, their home closer to work.
The two Hollywood dads will team up for Yoga Hosers with their daughters Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith starring as 15-year-old yoga-obsessed girls both named Colleen. The film will be the second installment in Smith’s True North Trilogy about Canadian myths and culture. It follows next month’s Tusk, starring Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment, who will also appear in Hosers. The action-adventure follows the Colleens as they fight an ancient evil threatening to ruin their school party; they battle the baddie alongside a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp).
Depp has long been rumored to play Lapointe in Tusk, but the studio has never confirmed that casting. In addition to the Depps, Smith, and the Tusk cast, the “comic book movie” will also star Veep‘s Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black), Austin Butler (The Carrie Diaries), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).
Both Kevin Smith’s Tusk and ABCs of Death 2 will screen at this year’s Fantastic Fest, it was announced today as the genre festival unveiled its first wave of programming. This will be the U.S. premiere of Smith’s Justin Long-starring horror movie and the world premiere of the terror anthology sequel, which features contributions from filmmakers E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), Larry Fessenden (Beneath), and the Soska sisters (American Mary, the forthcoming See No Evil 2).
• Will Ferrell (The Lego Movie) will play a guy who works in insurance and finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy to steal England’s Crown Jewels in The Yank. No director has been attached to the film, written by Steve Pink (High Fidelity) and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine). [Deadline]
• Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) is the 10,000th person rumored for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Per usual, no character was revealed but with principal photography approaching at light speed, it seems like we might be soon getting a look at the new population of that far, far away galaxy. [Deadline]
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
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?
'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:
IT IS ACCOMPLISHED! First draft of CLERKS III is 137 pages. Plays like the EMPIRE STRIKES BACK of the… instagram.com/p/ZQR3qqxywh/
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) May 13, 2013
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 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
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