The forfeiture of the rights to Daredevil from Fox might hopefully prevent more disasters like Elektra in the franchise’s future. Of course, no one ever sets out to make a bad movie, it just kind of happens that way as budgets are slashed, directors are change and producers’ input is given more weight than maybe it should be.
Which brings us to Stu Zicherman. After doing a first draft of Elektra and seeing it eventually tank before his eyes, Zicherman retreated to TV and worked on series like What About Brian,Six Degrees and Lights Out. Earlier this month though he returned to working on the big screen with the comedy A.C.O.D., which debuted at Sundance. And while talking to Badass Digest at the film festival, he was asked about where everything on Elektra went wrong.
“Elektra is one of the reasons I got into television,” Zicherman says candidly. “I spent a year writing the movie, and it was supposed to be this gigantic movie, and then they decide they’re not going to make an $80 million movie, they’re going to make a $30 million movie, they bring in a director we didn’t know, you get fired, someone else comes in and rewrites the entire movie, but you still get credit because you wrote the first draft. Then you go to the premiere in Las Vegas, and 30 seconds into the movie you’re like, ‘Oh, [expletive].'”
Disappointed? You bet. Any lingering resentment though?
“I literally, to this day, am still so embarrassed by that movie. I probably shouldn’t say this, but I know Jennifer Garner is too. She hired us to write the movie, which was pitched as something much more smart and sophisticated … it’s a blemish. ”
Ouch. But then again if you wrote Elektra, how would you feel?
Recently, Kevin Smith put the kibosh on any notion that the hockey drama Hit Somebody was going to be his epic, two-parter final film, and instead embraced the inevitable, Clerks 3.
Now Smith is talking (shocker) again about going back to Jersey for more adventures from the Quick Stop, including a rough release date. The filmmaker says that he’s looking for a 2014 release for the third Clerks, which would put it in line for coming out during the 20th anniversary year of the first Clerks. I wonder if Smith’s going to make this one for low five-figures and take it to Sundance too?
Here’s an interview that Smith did with Good Day LA yesterday:
So from what I gathered, Smith said he’s making Clerks 3 to pre-emptively shut up fans, and if it doesn’t get made at all, it will be because Jeff Anderson (Randall) is the hold-up. Interesting. Also according to Smith, Hit Somebody will now be a six-part miniseries, and pot is a wonder drug that keeps one youthful and fat. Also, the female co-anchor of Good Day LA, by her own admission, is the only Asian that can’t do math. But maybe this was a bit she was trying to serve to Smith forClerks 3: an Asian character who comes into the Quick Stop and can’t do math…
I guess we’ll find out in 2014 when Clerks 3 hits theaters, unless Kev changes his mind (again) between now and then.
Yes, you read that right. Gene Simmons and Stan Lee will be in the same room- at the same time- this Tuesday as part of a special Sundance film festival event. This joining of the two biggest names in pop culture centers around the Sundance debut of Stan’s documentary, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story.
For those of us that didn’t know Stan even had a documentary out, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story will show viewers everything from Stan’s early days, the creation of some of his 500 characters, to what ‘The Man’ has been up to lately. It’s a trip down memory lane with personal insights from close family, colleagues and celebrity friends like Patrick Stewart and Paris Hilton (no comment).
Here’s the trailer:
The pairing of a rock god and comic’s grand master will have a live streamed Q&A this Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 11:45 PST. Fans interested in watching the event in real time just click on the link provided or log onto Ortsbo.com’s live and global chatting platform. The platform will close caption the entire experience from start to finish to 170 countries and 50 languages, there’s even a chance to ask your very own questions to Stan and Gene.
So, if you ever wanted the true story behind all the band members in KISS having their blood used in the ink on KISS #1 (1977) this might be the best place to find out. Personally, I am planning on asking them to arm wrestle, I’ve got 5 bucks on Lee.
The Sundance Film Festival was yet another turning point in the career of Jersey Boy turned Hollywood director Kevin Smith (Clerks of course being the first). His new film Red State has been getting a lot of buzz and good reviews. Not only because it’s out of Kevin’s normal directorial range (His first attempt at Horror. Well, second… if you count Jersey Girl), but he bought the rights to his own movie. Since then he’s taken the film across America with special one night showings, bringing cast members to selected cities and answering questions following every showing. It’s amazing that he’s pulled off such a successful grassroots campaign, but it can only go so far. Now Smith has a backing to distribute Red State to the masses.
Deadline has reported that Lionsgate has obtained the rights to distribute the independent horror film. Smith will keep the theatrical rights to the film, as he did make the movie, but Lionsgate pretty much has rights to everything else. So it could very well mean that we might end up seeing a few late night commercials as the film gets set for it’s release on DVD.
Here is IMDb’s synopsis of it:
Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.
And here’s the trailer:
Kevin Smith’s Red State hits DVD shelves everywhere October 19, 2011
There are few truly funny moments involving H.P Lovecraft. One of them was the time I was role-playing with my friends, and my friend Patrice (forever getting us into trouble and ruining out poor GM’s plots) replied to an instruction not to say “ya” more than once with “ya ya ya yadiya ya, okay- what happens!?” (he’s been the one of us to manage to miss reading The Call of Cuthulu). My friend Jeff turned to our beleaguered GM, Dale, and said somberly, “Can my character run very, vey fast?”. Dale just sighed, I put my head on the table and started laughing, and Patrice looked confused. The other funny Lovecraft moment is this short film.
In “Late Bloomer”, a Sundance Film from 2005, a class of seventh graders are treated to Sex-Ed by their teacher, Ms. Lovecraft. Of course, we all know that with a teacher’s name like that, the sexual organs are going to come to life and something creepy is going to happen. The twist to this hilarious film, directed by Craig Macneill and written by Clay McLeod Chapman, is that the narrator is a seventh grade boy using Lovecraft’s tone and style. The description of the reproductive organs and how they began to “reach out” for him with “hypnotic ovaries” has some pretty genius special effects and well as being funny. The “ritual” when the kids are chanting “vagina” over and over and the girl start “writhing” in their seats makes me remember writhing from sheer embarrassment -but at least we didn’t have to deal with boys in the class…that more awkward than I already was at that age. The parallels both to Lovecraft and to actual Sex Ed are awesome. The whole this definatley made my experience of sex-ed on Catholic School seem less disturbing. “Hail yag saggoth vagina” was my favorite line, though it was hard to choose. For once, I have nothing bad to say. Except maybe “ya, ya, ya”!
Every film festival in the world uses a “bumper” before each screening, kind of like a mini-short film to warm up an audience before the actual movie. At SXSW their bumpers lean towards the pop culture side of the film world, after all SXSW is the largest film festival next to Sundance, the largest in Texas. Some films come and go, a few making millions months later, but the shorts are what can really grab a person’s attention and superglue their ass to their seat. These SXSW bumpers are now online. In between all the mini-films and shorts however was an unlikely updated tale of Nintendo‘s suspenders wearing , princess saving, moustache caring badass Super Mario.
Let’s a go
Simply titled ‘Mario’ this is the secret star of SXSW. Forget all those million dollar projects you’ve been hearing about this here is the cake. Giving the world an updated glimpse of Mario, Peach, even a human Bowser (aka: Yuppie Prick), this independently filmed marvel is awesome. Most people would have Mario as an ever cheerful guy [Spoiler: Mario does drugs]. See how many game references you can get in the best 2 minutes of your whole day.
This needs to be optioned as a full-length feature film right now. Even if it goes straight to DVD, it needs to be done.
Check out all the SXSW 2011 bumpers at the SXSW youtube page
It’s a bummer of a day for fans of comedy as it is for certain that Kevin Smith will officially be retiring once he finishes his upcoming film Hit Somebody. Most folks who have been following Smith are well aware of this. We actually reported this back in November, but it wasn’t official then. For those who doubted the fat man, he recently spoke at a screening ofRed State during the Sundance Film Festival, and announced his retirement.
Leave it to Smith to go out with a bang (literally and figuratively!) Hit Somebody is a story about a hockey player who doesn’t just has a love of the game but a love for fighting as well. The cast is rounding and consist of Kyle Gallner who just worked with Smith on Red State and Nicholas Braun a rising star who has done a few small projects and will hit the big screen is the newest Disney, High School Musicaltype movie, Prom.
It is fitting that Smith would go out this way , in a fucking heaping pile of controversy that would make for a great Kevin Smith film itself. His recent film Red State has created quite a bit fuss due to the events of the film focus on an outrageous evangelical pastor and the people in the town who blindly follow his irrational ways. The film’s plot even has the disgusting pile of crap known as the Westboro Baptist Church speaking out against the film. Also, Smith will be distributing the film himself by going on tour and also only plan to promote through nonconventional ways. It’s unknown what Smith will ultimately do, but it’s speculated that will “instead focus on helping other people make movies. Whether this means that he will be serving as a producer or continuing to write is unknown.”
Oh Kevin Smith, I will miss your crude humor and endearing work like Mallrats, Jersey Girl and Zack and Miri. What about Clerks you may ask?? (yes, I know I like the most random Kevin Smith films!)
This is just one of those moments that proves just how big Kevin Smith’s brass balls really are (compared to his dick). ‘Red State’, Kevin Smith’s first foray into horror, tells a controversial tale of a preacher who gives a whole new meaning to the term “extreme fundamentalism”. It has gained an
surplus of online attention not only for it’s touchy subject matter, but for the directors refusal to do press, and his battles with bloggers.
Smith brought it to Sundance Film Festival 2011 as a non-competition film with promise of a post-premiere auction for the distribution rights. Now Smith has pulled one of what can only be called the single greatest move since Sundance’s inception. He bought his own movie for $20 and plans to distribute it himself.
$20 for his own movie, what?
He apparently decided against ’studio’ distribution and has now planned to take the movie on the road. That’s not the kicker however as Kevin’s finishing stroke was to pay himself $20 to distribute the movie on DVD under his own “Smodcast Pictures” banner.
“What we need to prove is that anyone can release a movie,” Smith said from the Eccles stage after the movie ended during which he also praised Harvey Weinstein. “Indie film isn’t dead, it just grew up.” Planning for a October 19th release, the now straight to DVD film will not be released in March as originally planned but taken on the road in hopes that this tour will make a percentage of the budget. The 19th also coincides with the 17th anniversary of Kevin’s first film Clerks.
Author Neil Gaiman posted a comment on his Twitter feed saying: “Best thing he’s ever done. Left me shaken & grateful & wanting to make art.” The man known for making his bread and butter off of dick and fart jokes made Gaiman want to make art, that takes not only talent but what people say Smith lacks, skill. Sure, some of his movies were forgettable (that didn’t stop this writer from buying every one), but he’s doing what he always wanted to do and that’s make movies. Getting a career, a hot wife, a daughter and making his own label, he’s making himself happy doing what he wanted to do. He’s right, the Indie film did grow up and it not only turned 40 but it made “snoogans” a household term for a generation that grew up and keep watching his movies.
Where can you see ‘Red State’? Check out the full “Red State USA Tour,” below:
One of the most talked about movies of this past years Sundance film festival was a documentary called Second Skin, which is about the culture behind gaming, specifically those who play MMORPGS.
Over 50 million people around the world live in these online worlds, and Second Skin takes a look at a few of the characters in this space, running the gamut from a couple who met online in WOW and will be meeting for the first time ever in the real world, to a young man who’s addiction to WOW drove him to move into a boarding house as part of a 12-step online gamers self help group called Online Gamers Anonymous.
The entire film is now available for free online via Hulu. Watch it now after the jump.