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Even Kevin Smith Didn't Realize Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Broke This Record

Film has accomplished something no other movie has

(Newser) - Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Reboot opened last year and has been following an interesting "traveling roadshow" format , in which the filmmaker took the show on the road. Because of that, it broke what Cinema Blend calls "a very specific box office record," and, as...

Kevin Smith Survives Massive Heart Attack

'If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would've died tonight'

(Newser) - Kevin Smith says he's lucky to be "above ground" after suffering a massive heart attack Sunday night. The Clerks director shared the news in a tweet early Monday, along with a selfie including tubes and a hospital gown, per the Hollywood Reporter . "After the first show this...

Kevin Smith Finds a Niche, and He's Pretty Happy There

Live appearances, podcasts, TV directing, and, soon, a reboot of Jay and Silent Bob

(Newser) - Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma. Director Kevin Smith didn't just have a run of hits in the 1990s, he "changed American popular culture," writes Abraham Riesman in a profile for New York . These days, one question Smith gets asked a lot is: What happened to you? "...

Kevin Smith Flick Getting Very, Very Bad Reviews
Kevin Smith Flick Getting
Very, Very Bad Reviews

Kevin Smith Flick Getting Very, Very Bad Reviews

Critics of 'Yoga Hosers' take issue with editing, script, and plot

(Newser) - If you were planning to see Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers this weekend, keep in mind that critics almost universally hate it. The movie has a low 22% rating at Rotten Tomatoes , though audiences are much kinder, at 63%. The movie is actually a family affair: Smith's daughter stars...

Did Pot Ruin Kevin Smith's Career?

Everyone around him is 'concerned,' says one insider

(Newser) - The past couple of years have not been great for Kevin Smith: He has been in the news more for his rants (see here and here ) than for his film successes (see here and here ). Plus, he recently floated the idea of retirement. What's to blame? Perhaps...

Screw You Hollywood, I'm Buying My Movie: Smith

Will do his own roadshow for 'Red State'

(Newser) - After a 20-minute speech lambasting Hollywood, Kevin Smith sold his horror movie Red State for $20 at Sundance last night … to himself. Smith, who said the movie industry is full of “too much f***ing horses***,” announced an auction for the distribution rights after Red State premiered. But...

Kevin Smith's Cop Out Aptly Named
 Kevin Smith's 
 Cop Out Aptly Named 

Kevin Smith's Cop Out Aptly Named

Bruce Willis-Tracy Morgan buddy pic falls flat

(Newser) - Kevin Smith was given the biggest budget of his career for Cop Out, but most critics found the send-up of '80s buddy-cop movies, which stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, a waste of talent.
  • The movie is "foul-mouthed but not funny, bullet-riddled but not exciting, crammed with contrivances that

Kevin Smith: Southwest Booted Me for Being Too Fat

Clerks director deemed a 'safety risk', asked to get off flight

(Newser) - Kevin Smith was anything but Silent Bob yesterday after Southwest Airlines booted his plus-size behind from an Oakland-to-Burbank flight. Telling him he had been deemed a "safety risk" after he'd already been seated, the Clerks director was asked to get off the plane—and proceeded to go on a...

'I Killed Seth Rogen's Career': Kevin Smith

The director talks about growing out of slackerdom after Zack and Miri failed

(Newser) - Believe it or not, Kevin Smith didn’t smoke weed until recently—and the drug helped him along to an epiphany after his Seth Rogen-driven Zack and Miri Make a Porno bombed. "It started as sort of a midlife crisis thing but it wasn't that,” he tells the...

RIP John Hughes: 'Our Generation's Salinger'
 RIP John Hughes: 
 'Our Generation's Salinger' 

RIP John Hughes: 'Our Generation's Salinger'

(Newser) - Long live John Hughes, writes Patrick Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times. The director died "ridiculously young" today at 59, but he leaves an "unparalleled" legacy. "It was hard not to see a piece of ourselves in his films, especially his great '80s teen comedies, which seemed...

Movie-Biz Insiders Worth Following on Twitter

(Newser) - Though movie stars are the most publicized of Hollywood's Twitterati, fans can get some real insider dirt from directors and producers using the site, too. Mashable runs down 20 who Tweet often, and honestly:
  • @Jon_Favreau is ... Jon Favreau: The Iron Man director's "Tweets don’t reek of continual self-promotion,

These Twittering Geeks Need Your Support
These Twittering Geeks
Need Your Support

These Twittering Geeks Need Your Support

(Newser) - With all the normal people suddenly overrunning Twitter, “we have to stick together, and keep the geek community thriving,” writes GeekDad Ken Denmead for Wired. He’s compiled a list of 100 geeks worth following. Here are a few:
  • Wil Wheaton (wilw): Blogger, writer, and, oh yeah,

Porno Naughty But Nice
 Porno Naughty But Nice 

Porno Naughty But Nice

Raunchy 'R' rated comedy is a PG romance at heart

(Newser) - Indie director and slacker king Kevin Smith has made a surprisingly tender film with Zack and Miri Make a Porno, critics say. Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogan star as a pair of "genuinely likable social misfits" whose platonic friendship is put to the test when they decide to...

Director Smith: Friendship, not Sex, Is the Heart of Porno

Zack and Miri is a look at friendship, not sex, director says

(Newser) - Zack and Miri do indeed make a porno in Zack and Miri Make a Porno but the movie is about a lot more than just sex, director Kevin Smith tells Reuters. The story about a pair of cash-strapped pals entering the adult film biz is about love and friendship, Smith...

Raunchy Trailers Coming to Theater Near You

Online popularity has more studios going to marketing's tawdry side

(Newser) - If you weren’t sure what to expect from Zack and Miri Make a Porno, the movie’s R-rated preview makes it quite explicit, Josh Levin notes in Slate—and it’s just the latest of a growing number of films to market itself with such so-called red-band trailers. Thirty...

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