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A Special Person Will Star Alongside Johnny Depp In His Next Film

August 20th, 2014 8:48am EDT
Johnny Depp's Daughter Lily-Rose To Star Alongside Him In New Fi
Who says nepotism isn't alive and well in Hollywood? Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith are collaborating on an upcoming film, and both of their daughters will be starring alongside them. Smith's "Yoga Hosers" will feature Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is a sequel to the filmmaker's "Tusk," which premieres in September at the Toronto Film Festival.

"Yoga Hosers" takes place in Canada and centers on yoga-loving teen girls Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Collen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith). When a big bad threatens to ruin their plans ...
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VOD Review: 'Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie'

May 7th, 2014 10:30am EDT
Jay and Silent Bob
Ready for an animated helping of snoogins? Then follow us as we check out "Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie" currently available On Demand and on iTunes now from Phase 4 Films. We review the what’s funny and what’s not below!

Title: "Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie"

Stars: 3

Genre: Comedy / Animation

Cast: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Eliza Dushku

Director: Steve Stark

Rating: Not Rated

Running Time: 63 Minutes

Release Company: Phase 4 Films

The Flick: Being a Kevin Smith fan, ANYTHING from the View Askew Universe is always welcome. D...
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Kevin Smith Says Pal Ben Affleck Will Be A Great Batman

August 28th, 2013 11:24am EDT
Kevin Smith
Ben Affleck, who was recently cast as Batman in the planned 2015 sequel to this summer's blockbuster Superman flick Man of Steel, has closer ties to character than people think.

The actor has always been a big fan of the Dark Knight, and was even inspired to build a secret bookcase entrance to one of his old home's panic rooms.

Affleck's director pal Kevin Smith shared the details of the star's obsession with the Caped Crusader in the latest episode of his "Hollywood Babble-On" podcast, during which he also showed his support for his casting.

"He brings me into the room and goes, 'Look a...
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Celebrity Fans Pay Tribute To 'Jeffersons' Star Sherman Hemsley

July 25th, 2012 9:01am EDT
Sherman Hemsley
Following his death on Tuesday, many celebrities paid tribute to "The Jeffersons" star Sherman Hemsley, including Josh Duhamel, Kevin Smith, Denise Richards and Lenny Kravitz.

Hemsley died at his home in El Paso, Texas, from apparent natural causes. He was most famous for his role as George Jefferson in sitcom "All in the Family" and spin-off series, "The Jeffersons," which featured a predominantly black cast.

Kravitz, whose late mother Roxie Roker was Hemsley's co-star on "The Jeffersons," wrote, "Rest in peace Sherman Hemsley. You are legendary. Your contribution changed the fabric of A...
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'Where Wild Things Are' Author Maurice Sendak Dies

May 8th, 2012 11:52am EDT
Maurice Sendak
Legendary author Maurice Sendak has passed away at the age of 83.

The writer, known for his best-selling children's classic Where the Wild Things Are, died in Danbury, Connecticut, on Tuesday due to complications from a recent stroke, his long-time editor Michael di Capua tells the New York Times.

Sendak penned 17 books and was also a talented illustrator, a skill which was mostly self-taught. His popular book Where the Wild Things Are was transformed into a Hollywood film in 2009.

A number of celebrities took to Twitter.com upon hearing the sad news to pay their respect to the late w...
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Kevin Smith: 'They Were The Three Worst Days Of My Life'

April 2nd, 2012 1:28pm EDT
Kevin Smith
Heavyweight filmmaker Kevin Smith was plunged into a deep depression after he was thrown off a plane because he was too fat.

The Clerks director was left fuming after he was ordered to evacuate a Southwest Airlines flight in February 2010 after staff deemed him too portly to fly.

He went on a Twitter.com rampage against Southwest executives, who promptly apologized for the incident, but Smith admits he endured "the three worst days" of his life when the story headlines around the globe.

In his new book, Tough Sh*t: Life Advice From A Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good, he writes, "Almost eve...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'American Reunion,' 'Damsels In Distress,' & More

April 2nd, 2012 1:00pm EDT
American Reunion
In addition to interviewing Fran Kranz and Kristen Connolly from “The Cabin in the Woods” last week, I also spoke with author Dana Fredsti about her new zombie book Plague Town, which comes out on Tuesday. We talked about her book, her connection to the cult classic “Army of Darkness,” and about this season of “The Walking Dead.” If you haven’t seen my interview yet, definitely check it out.

This week you’ll have the opportunity to see the “American Pie” gang back together again in “American Reunion,” the college comedy “Damsels in Distress,” the Morgan Spurlock documentary “Comic-Co...
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Kevin Smith Reignites Bruce Willis Feud

March 15th, 2012 1:45pm EDT
Kevin Smith
Outspoken filmmaker Kevin Smith has reignited his feud with his one-time leading man Bruce Willis, branding him the toughest person he's ever worked with.

Smith directed Willis on 2009 comedy Cop Out, but claimed soon after the film's release that he had a hard time working with him on set and labeled the former Die Hard star a "f**king d**k."

Willis tried to distance himself from the feud, insisting there was no bad blood between the pair, but Smith has fuelled the argument once more with a rant on Twitter.com.

He writes, "Who am I talking about when I write this: 'He turned out to be...
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Fathom Events Bring Kevin Smith, Metropolitan Opera To Local Audiences

February 4th, 2012 8:00am EST
If you've wanted to see events like the Metropolitan Opera or a Q&A with Kevin Smith, Fathom Events is bringing them to your zip code.

The company facilitates the simulcasting of events to local movie theaters across the country, allowing audiences to experience concerts, shows and events that they might not otherwise get to see. Thursday night, they presented Kevin Smith: Live From Behind, a three-hour event that took place in Toronto, but fans anywhere else could ask questions of the Clerks filmmaker via Twitter.

Smith discussed a wide range of topics, including his sympathetic treatmen...
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Kevin Smith Fuming Over Independent Spirit Awards Snub

November 30th, 2011 11:45am EST
Kevin Smith
Moviemaker Kevin Smith has taken aim at the organizers of the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards for failing to tip the stars of his movie Red State in the nominations list.

The shortlist was revealed on Tuesday, with critically-acclaimed apocalyptic drama Take Shelter and silent movie The Artist leading the way with five nominations each.

Ryan Gosling, Woody Harrelson and Michelle Williams were among the celebrities named in the acting categories - and Smith is fuming the stars of his horror were not recognized.

In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "How the f**k did the SpiritAw...
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Fall Movie Preview: October 2011

October 5th, 2011 11:00am EDT
The Ides of March
October 7

The Ides of March

This weekend has an interesting match-up for the box office: George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” a sure Oscar contender, vs. “Real Steel,” a robot boxing film starring Hugh Jackman. In “Ides,” Clooney, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay, stars as a promising presidential candidate whose young, idealistic aid (Ryan Gosling) sees the dark underbelly of what political campaigns are really about. Expect amazing performances from the entire cast which also includes Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Maris Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.

Real Steel

So why ...
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Actress Raquel Castro Wins A Place On Christina Aguilera's 'The Voice' Team

May 4th, 2011 10:46pm EDT
Raquel Castro
Ben Affleck's movie daughter from 2004 film Jersey Girl is hitting the high notes as a pop star after landing a place on Christina Aguilera's TV talent show team.

Raquel Castro was nine when she played Gertie Trinke in the Kevin Smith movie and now, at 16, she wowed Aguilera during a blind audition on The Voice.

Castro's performance of Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" aired on Tuesday night's show in America and Aguilera beat fellow judges/coaches Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton to sign her to her talent team.

Each star must pick eight performers, based on their vocals alone, for...
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Kevin Smith Auctioning Off Movie Memorabilia

March 31st, 2011 12:29pm EDT
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith is offering fans the chance to own memorabilia from his movies by auctioning off a number of props next month.

The director is putting a treasure trove of items up for sale, including the Bluntman costume he wore in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back and a set of wings Ben Affleck donned to play a fallen angel in Dogma.

Other items up for grabs include a cash register featured in Clerks II and a fake movie script used in Zack And Miri Make A Porno, according to TMZ.com.

Proceeds from the auction, which will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center in California, will be us...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Rango,' 'The Adjustment Bureau' & More

February 28th, 2011 11:10am EST
Rango
Not only did I see last week’s comedy “Hall Pass” starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, but I had the chance to interview its directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly. If you haven’t already, definitely check out my interview, and my review of “Hall Pass.”

I also hit theater to see the Ed Helms comedy “Cedar Rapids” which I thoroughly enjoyed. Helms stars as Tim Lippe, a small-town Wisconsin guy who’s dispatched to an insurance seminar in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The naïve Lippe is shocked when he arrives at the conference, where three of the wildest attendees Dean Ziegler (John C. Reilly), Jo...
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Angry Audience Member Causes Disturbance On Bill Maher's 'Real Time'

February 21st, 2011 9:10am EST
Bill Maher
Comedian Bill Maher's live political debate show "Real Time" was interrupted by an angry audience member on Friday night.

The comic was talking to moviemaker Kevin Smith, broadcaster Tavis Smiley and two political pundits about the treatment of women in Muslim countries, like Egypt, when an unseen man started yelling from the audience.

Maher and his guests attempted to laugh off the interruption, but the protester started yelling at security staff as they tried to evict him from the studio, stating, "Do not touch me; that's battery... I will leave of my own accord." But he continued shout...
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Kevin Smith Credits Seth Rogen For 'Re-Energizing' His Career

February 11th, 2011 11:32am EST
Kevin Smith
Director Kevin Smith credits actor Seth Rogen with helping to revitalize his career - by indulging in on-set dope-smoking sessions.

The moviemaker worked with the Knocked Up star in box office flop Zack and Miri Make a Porno, which only managed to double its $24 million budget when it opened in 2008.

However, Smith insists the experience was worth it for one reason - he smoked pot during filming. Rogen, who admits he is a regular cannabis user, smoked continuously on-set and urged Smith to join him in a bid to boost his creativity. And the director insists his new found hobby has "re-e...
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Kevin Smith Loses 65 Pounds After Being Kicked Off An Airplane

February 9th, 2011 7:57am EST
Kevin Smith
Clerks director Kevin Smith has dropped 65 pounds since he was asked to leave a plane because he was too fat.

The filmmaker was left fuming after he was ordered to evacuate his seat on a Southwest Airlines flight last February when he was deemed too big to fly. A year after the incident, Smith admits he has slimmed down after the humiliating experience prompted him to embark on a healthier lifestyle.

However, he refuses to trade his loose-fitting hockey jerseys for tighter clothing - because he's convinced he'll never have a slender build.

He tells TV host Joy Behar, "I sympathize far...
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Kevin Smith Blasts Bruce Willis Over 'Cop Out' Role

January 24th, 2011 8:18am EST
Kevin Smith
Director Kevin Smith has launched a scathing attack on Bruce Willis, branding the actor "soul crushing" to work with.

The Die Hard star led the cast of Smith's 2010 comedy Cop Out, but the film was panned by critics and the moviemaker subsequently compared the scathing reviews to "bullying". Smith has now revealed he was unimpressed with the actor's attitude on set and his alleged reluctance to promote the picture.

Speaking on comedian Marc Maron's podcast, Smith says, "It was difficult. I've never been involved in a situation like that where one component is not in the box at all. It w...
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Kevin Smith's 'Red State' Angers Baptist Church

January 22nd, 2011 11:24am EST
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith's new horror comedy "Red State" is shaping up to be one of the most controversial films ever shown at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah - with major protests planned at the film's premiere on Sunday.

The film, which satirises Christian fundamentalism, has attracted the wrath of officials at the infamous Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, who will picket outside the premiere.

In a strongly-worded press release, the church leaders claim Red State mocks "the servants of God" and they have branded Smith "a hater of Biblical proportions".

They've also attacked film festival found...
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Ben Affleck: 'Dude, I Built A Panic Room!'

July 22nd, 2010 11:14am EDT
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is so paranoid about intruders he built a panic room in his former house, according to the property's new owner, director Kevin Smith.

The filmmaker bought the Good Will Hunting actor's Hollywood home in 2003 and was surprised when he first discovered the secret chamber. Affleck installed a panic room in the house hidden behind a bookcase - featuring a video monitor, phone and a safe.

However, Smith was less than impressed with the feature's dimensions. He reveals, "He's showing us around and says, 'I can't wait to show you this, when I was building this, I knew you'd love i...
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Celebs Who Should Avoid Celebrating National Junk Food Day

July 21st, 2010 8:16am EDT
Val Kilmer
July 21 is "National Junk Food Day." It's a day to commemorate Little Debbies, Tasty Cakes, and Ho Hos. It's a day we don't have to feel guilty for shoving our faces with Fritos, Doritos, and Cheetos.

In the world of celebrity gossip, it is also a day to point out some stars who have been in the spotlight due to their weight issues (like Val Kilmer above).

Jessica Simpson is no stranger to the tabloids following her every move and pointing out a tiny little roll here or a section of cellulite there. She was recently placed on the "List of Fat Celebrities" on the NY Post website and has be...
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Kevin Smith Lands Indie Filmmaker Award

April 29th, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith is to follow in the footsteps of directors John Waters and Guy Maddin - he will be handed the prestigious Filmmaker on the Edge Award at this year's Provincetown Film Festival.

Smith will accept the honor - handed out since 1999 for a boundary-pushing body of work - during the event, which runs June 16th-20th in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The Clerks filmmaker isn't the only A-list name to be honored at the festival - actress Tilda Swinton will receive an accolade for excellence in acting, and directing duo Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will be given the Faith Hubley Mem...
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Kevin Smith Slams Critics Over 'Cop Out' Reviews

March 25th, 2010 9:12am EDT
Kevin Smith
Director Kevin Smith has unleashed a furious rant at critics after his new film Cop Out received a flurry of negative reviews - insisting he'd rather see members of the public give their opinion instead of "nasty" movie experts.

The comedy, starring Bruce Willis as a New York police officer, was released last month and has been slated by reviewers, with many claiming the movie is let down by a weak script, lackluster jokes and a contrived plot. Smith is fuming about the unflattering comments, insisting he feels like his film has been "bullied" - and has vowed to force critics to pay to re...
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Celebrity Tributes For Corey Haim Pour In

March 10th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Corey Haim
Stars including Alyssa Milano and director Kevin Smith have paid tribute to late star Corey Haim, who died suddenly on Wednesday from an apparent drug overdose. The 38-year-old star collapsed at his home in Oakwood, California in the early hours of Wednesday morning and was taken to St Joseph's hospital in Burbank, where he was pronounced dead.

Haim, who had long battled prescription drug abuse and made a reported 15 trips to rehab, had complained of flu-like symptoms in the days before his death, according to TMZ.com.

In 2001, he was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Ca...
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Kevin Smith: 'Cop Out Is Tribute To Late Dad'

March 1st, 2010 3:40pm EST
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith signed on to direct new comedy Cop Out as a tribute to his late father. The filmmaker's latest release stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as a pair of detectives on the hunt for a stolen collectible baseball card.

Smith admits he was reluctant to read the script at first because he was turned off by the "homoerotic" original title, A Couple of Dicks, but he realized the movie had potential when he finally picked up the plot.

He tells WENN, "In my lap came 'A Couple of Dicks,' the original title for Cop Out, which sounds really homoerotic so I didn't really take a look until...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Alice In Wonderland,' 'Brooklyn's Finest' & More

March 1st, 2010 10:02am EST
Alice In Wonderland
Kevin Smith’s “Cop Out” turned out to be a delightful action comedy in the vein of typical buddy cop movies from the 80s and early 90s. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I laughed throughout the film. This was primarily due to hilarious performances from Tracy Morgan and Sean William Scott. To read more about what I thought of “Cop Out” check out my Starpulse review here.

The first week of March delivers to theaters Tim Burton’s long awaited whimsical tale “Alice in Wonderland,” the gritty cop drama “Brooklyn’s Finest,” and the NYC release of the animated feature “The Secret of ...
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Kevin Smith: Making 'Red State' With Fan's Money Is 'A Tax Nightmare'

February 27th, 2010 5:20pm EST
Kevin Smith
Director Kevin Smith has been forced to abandon plans to accept fan donations to fund his movie "Red State" because tax issues have turned the innovative idea into a "nightmare."

The filmmaker first detailed his hopes of turning "Red State" into his next project in 2006, but the horror has been stalled by movie executives, who are wary of its potential to be a box office success.

Fans have recently been quizzing Smith about the state of the project and some of his Twitter followers even offered to finance the film themselves.

Smith was happy to bring his devotees on board as investors - ...
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As An Action Comedy 'Cop Out' Is The Best Of Both Worlds

February 26th, 2010 9:00am EST
Cop Out
An entertaining action film is not entirely hard to make since it does not often take a great deal of brain power to shoot gunfights and explosions. Neither is a fun comedy, because all you need is some lewd jokes to get most audiences laughing. What's much rarer however is a film that effectively blends the two genres to create an engrossing action comedy.

Kevin Smith's "Cop Out" is the best of both worlds; as a buddy cop movie, it has both action and hilarious jokes.

The plot is fairly straightforward in this film. Jimmy Monroe (Bruce Willis) is an average cop who has promised to pay f...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Cop Out,' 'The Crazies' & More

February 22nd, 2010 9:53am EST
Cop Out
Friday I caught Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese's latest collaboration "Shutter Island." I was not blown away by it, but I did not think it was a terrible movie either. Since I have not read the novel on which it is based, I'm at a bit of a disadvantage to comment on whether it was a faithful adaptation; however as a thriller it kept me guessing for most of the film.

It does a good job of planting the seeds of doubt and conspiracy with you, as you start to piece together a series of bizarre dreams DiCaprio's character experiences. The most annoying aspect of the movie I thought ...
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Southwest Airlines Bosses Apologize To Kevin Smith

February 15th, 2010 7:31pm EST
Kevin Smith
Bosses at Southwest Airlines have apologized to movie-maker and actor Kevin Smith for kicking him off a plane bound for Burbank, California on Saturday - because of his size.

The heavyweight director had boarded the full plane in Oakland, California when he was asked to return to the terminal.

Smith 'tweeted' about the humiliating incident and revealed he was able to board a later Southwest flight.

And now Southwest Airline officials have publicly apologized to the "Cop Out" filmmaker.

In a post on Twitter.com directed at Smith, a company spokesman writes, "We are sincerely sorr...
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