Some movies have a backstory that’s almost as legendary as the films themselves, and Clerksis definitely in that category. As the story goes, young Kevin Smith was stuck in a deadend job as a Quick Stop clerk when he got an idea: “I’ll make a movie about my boring ass life as a clerk.” He maxed out all sorts of credit cards, filmed the movie overnight in the actual store he worked in, and took the finished film to Sundance where it was sold to the Weinsteins, and the rest, as they say, is history. Well a new film called Shooting Clerks will begin touring this fall to reveal that history in presumably hysterical fashion. (more…)
It is fairly common knowledge now that everyone hates Kevin Smith. People hate his stupid movies. People hate his stupid attitude. People hate his stupid voice. People hate his stupid beard. People hate Kevin Smith, is the point. Look at the comments of any article centering on Smith and you’re bound to find comments criticizing his movies or his face or his beard or whatever else people may complain about in comment sections. Yes, it would be easy to get caught up in the tsunami of hate that is swelling off the coast of Kevin Smith, who is now a beachfront metropolis to make this clumsy analogy work.
The point is, the coastal city of Kevin Smith may not make sense to you. It may be weird or disturbing. Maybe you loved it at first, but as you spent more time there, you realized that it wasn’t home. Regardless, there are countless millions who do enjoy the coastal city of Kevin Smith and many more who would enjoy a return trip, if only they would make the time. Whatever group you fall into, there’s no sense in joining the tsunami of hate, because tsunamis only destroy and kill people. That’s why a wall had to be erected against the tsunami. That’s why this article is written in defense of Kevin Smith.
You may have heard about a movie called Clerks. It was the breakthrough film for writer/director Kevin Smith, who funded the simple black and white comedy with a fistful of credit cards and the profits from selling his comic book collection. Well, the film was a genuine success when it was released in 1994, and like a lot of successful movies, the money men behind it wanted to make more money off the brand. And voila, Clerks the sitcom was born. Now you may think we’re referring to the short-lived animated series, but no, there was a live-action attempt to capture the magic of Clerks, and naturally it failed. Thought lost to the waves of history, the internet has returned the Clerks pilot to us in all it’s terrible glory. (more…)
Fans of Kevin Smith will be incredibly happy with the trailer of the upcoming Indie flick Shooting Clerks. Auld Reekie Media is bringing us a hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Clerks, based on actual events (obviously). The film’s trailer will give you some insight as to how well they’ve captured Smith’s rebellious, I-Don’t-Give-A-Shit style seen in his first foray into the film world and has several cameos from the actors you know and love. View the trailer below.
Feelin’ old alert! Mallrats is turning 20 years old later this year. You may not recall Mallrats, as it was less than warmly received in the fall of 1995, thus resulting in it being placed somewhere on the low-end of the remembrances of Kevin Smith‘s empire along with Cop-Out and that Daredevil comic book miniseries he never finished. Still, Mallrats has its fans, perhaps out of the thirst for vintage Smith, or perhaps it’s because time heals all wounds, but for those fans comes news that Smith is planning a very special celebration for these two decades of love, friendship and hanging out at the mall with nothing better to do. (more…)
Now that Clerks III is apparently back on track thanks to a mysterious benefactor not named “Weinstein,” Kevin Smith is now free to do what he does best, talk about it! And while talking on one of his plurality of podcasting platforms, TheSModcast, Smith confirmed what was perhaps the second most obvious piece of casting news for the film, that Jay & Silent Bob would be back for part III. The hetero-lifemates have been a part of many of Smith’s comedic efforts, including his first five films, plus the 2006 sequel Clerks II, so if you thought there would be a Clerks movie without everyone’s favorite, unionized Jersey pot dealers, you were really, really wrong. (more…)
In a making-of documentary on the DVD of Clerks II, director/writer Kevin Smith said that bringing the film to life felt like the catharsis he needed, penning the final chapter of the characters he brought to life in his directorial debut in the original Clerks movie. Apparently, catharsis is an ongoing process, as Smith has recently made comments that making his most recent film Tusk, starring Justin Long and Johnny Depp, provided him with the cash necessary to shoot a third chapter in the lives of clerks Dante and Randal. However, with so many movies on the filmmaker’s plate, when he would begin production of the film was up in the air. Now recent comments by Smith indicate that Clerks III might be on its way sooner rather than later. (more…)
Kevin Smith came to the attention of fans everywhere 20 years ago with Clerks, a movie he made for a fistful of credit cards and shot in black and white at the convenience store he worked at. Money is no object for Smith, but you still need the cash to make a movie, even a low budget one, and earlier this year, Smith’s normal benefactors at the Weinstein Company took a pass on a third edition of Clerks. So will we ever find out what happened to Randall and Dante following the end of Clerks II when they bought the Quick Stop? Well, things are looking up Clerks fans because Smith is bragging now that financing for Clerks IIIhas been secured, and it’s all thanks to Smith’s last effort, a movie about a man that turns a hapless victim into a walrus. Oh yeah, spoiler alert! (more…)
Posted to the image sharing site Imgur this morning was the title page for the first draft of the script for Clerks III. Writer/director Kevin Smith posted the screencap this morning, saying that he “jumped out of bed at 4:20 this morning and started writing Clerks III.”
Well if that’s not enough nerd news to feed on this Friday, consider Smith’s next statement. “[A]fter 2 hours of tapping the keys and giggling, I have come to a conclusion… Clerks III will be the best film I’ll ever make.”
I think I speak for us all when I say we the fandom will reserve judgment on that. Come to think of it, I seem to remember Smith once saying the same thing about Hit Somebody, and we all know what happened there.
What I will say is that at least there’s progress on Clerks III and I guess we’ll find out soon if Smith was able to get past a couple of pages. And interestingly, does this solve the Jeff Anderson riddle? If Smith is now punching out the script, is Anderson officially on board now?
Someone get Jeff Anderson to sign a fucking contract before Kevin Smith convinces himself that what the people really want Clerks 3 to be, is a silent movie, like The Artist, but with pantomime dick jokes.
Smith went on What’s Trending? to discuss the future of television and in the middle of the discussion, he was asked about bringing Clerks 3 to the web, something Smith said he had considered in an effort to, essentially, make the project interesting to him.
Smith also talked about a Broadway play (Fun Fact: the word cocksmoker hasn’t been uttered in a Broadway theater since the time I went to see Cats and found out that an understudy was playing Grizabella), but he said that that notion had been abandoned when he found out that doing a limited run on Broadway would be cost ineffective.
A book that won’t be titled, “The Ass to Mouth Diaries”, was also mentioned, with Smith saying he wants such a project to precede the possible third Clerks film and come out on a chapter by chapter basis so that the work can evolve with the assistance of fan feedback.
Why a book? Apparently, Smith would like to go deeper into these character’s lives so he can tell their origin story and seek value in their concentric monotony. Also, money.
I’m just guessing on that last part, but think of how many dependents this man has. Feeding them has to cost money. Not podcasting money. Real money.
Honestly, I like Smith and I love Clerks, but at some point the man is going to have to stop talking and get to work. Also, this is the second straight appearance without his trademark hockey jersey. I am getting concerned.
Here’s the video from What’s Trending?, the chat about Clerks begins at around the 13 minute mark.