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Kevin Smith Says that 'Clerks III' Is Still Happening Despite Some Financial Roadblocks

Kevin Smith has been working on a possible Clerks III since 2012, when he said he planned on it to be his final movie as a director. While a few updates have trickled in since then, yesterday Variety reported that The Weinstein Company — who owns the rights to the Clerks franchise — had passed on the sequel's $6M price tag. "[The Weinsteins] passed," Smith said. "I went in with a $6 million budget and they were like, 'Oh no, Kevin. This is too high.' Bob offered us distribution, but they weren’t going to finance it."

While the lack of financial backing for Clerks seems like a [...]

Kevin Smith Started Writing 'Clerks III,' Already Calling It "The Best Film I'll Ever Make"

"20 years ago today, we started shooting CLERKS. 20 years later, with no plan or provocation, I jumped out of bed at 4:20 this morning and started writing CLERKS III. It's been like hanging out with old friends. And after 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."

-A Facebook post this morning by Kevin Smith, jumping the gun once again in trademark fashion.

I Assure You, Clerks 3 Will Be a Stage Play

First comes Anchorman 2, and now comes the news that Kevin Smith wants to make Clerks 3 – as a stage play. It sounds like a fun idea, since Smith's dialogue-heavy style makes his movies feel like they're practically plays already, although a six-month run on Broadway would mean far fewer people would get to watch the third installment. Above, Smith describes pitching the idea to a skeptical Jeff Anderson, who played Randall in the films and has an excellently in-character response.

Kevin Smith's Red Band Red State Trailer Gets Biblical

Here's the red band trailer for Red State, Kevin Smith's foray into horror movies that's inspired by the garbage piles from the Westboro Baptist Church. Looks OK, but where's Silent Bob? I assume he just didn't make it into the trailer.

Applying the Auteur Theory to Kevin Smith

In the early '90s American Indie boom, auteurs like Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh emerged into the zeitgeist with personal, low-budget projects that ultimately  came to inform a larger body of work that made them the important film personalities they are today. In this same Sundance-fueled era, a 24-year-old Kevin Smith premiered his first film, Clerks. With the industry support of Harvey Weinstein and the critical support of the New York Times and Janet Maslin, Kevin Smith bullied his way into the rising star director conversation. His follow up films, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma led to the creation of a connected Kevin Smith universe, or, the "View-Askewniverse" as [...]

Kevin Smith Is Planning for His Last Movie to Be 'Clerks III'

Writer/director Kevin Smith announced that he'd be retiring last year after he made one last movie. That movie was supposed to be the hockey drama Hit Somebody, but Smith decided to make that two movies before scrapping that idea and announcing today via Twitter that he's turning it into a six-part miniseries. Smith also said on Twitter that, with the Hit Somebody shift, he now has a different movie in mind for his writing/directing swan song: Clerks III. It's kind of perfect that Kevin Smith will be leaving directing with the exact characters and world he started out with when he made his first movie, the [...]

The Lost Roles of Sarah Silverman

Comedian / writer / actress / producer / musician Sarah Silverman first entered the national spotlight in 1993, when she was hired by Saturday Night Live as a featured player and writer at age 22. Silverman found the show wasn’t to her liking and left after one season, like many talented comedians before (Harry Shearer, Larry David, Ben Stiller) and after her (Chris Elliott, Rob Riggle, Casey Wilson). Despite the unsuccessful debut on SNL, Sarah Silverman kept busy in the decade that followed, balancing supporting roles in crowd-pleasing classics like Seinfeld, There’s Something About Mary, and School of Rock with recurring roles on revered cult comedies like Mr. Show and [...]

Read A Scene From Kevin Smith's Final Movie

Interested to see how Kevin Smith will end his illustrious film career? Does the fact that John Goodman will likely be in it sweeten the deal? Yesterday Smith posted a scene from his final film Hit Sombody, a hockey movie "most likely" starring Goodman and based on a Warren Zevon song of the same name. Based on the available scene, Smith will be exiting on a black comedy note, given that (spoiler alert!) the scene involves a young boy's father dangling dead from a flag pole. "Worst part was nobody knew it right away. So my Dad hung up on that roof ‘til dark. The whole neighborhood just waved [...]

This Week In Web Videos: 'Jean Claude Van Damme on the ArScheerio Paul Show'

It’s Wednesday, ya’ll, and that means you’re in for a web video treat! Actually, it means you’re in for a bunch of them, assuming you haven’t perused the recently launched YouTube comedy factory, Jash. If you have, you know why I’m so excited. Oh baby, it’s good. Featuring original content from some of the biggest names in comedy (Sarah Silverman, Tim and Eric, Reggie Watts!), it’s what all web video should be. And with only 25,000 subscribers and 46 videos to date, you’ve got the chance to jump in on the ground floor. I suggest getting your feet wet with Paul Scheer’s The ArScheerio Paul Show (recently covered [...]

Exclusive Clip from the Kevin Smith Presented 'Bindlestiffs'

Bindlestiffs follows three suspended high schoolers (played by the real live high schoolers who made the movie) who run off to the inner city to live out their Catcher in the Rye fantasies, despite never having actually read the book. The film will be the first release under Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures Presents production company. As Smith has grown accustomed to doing, he and the creators are taking the movie on the road, stopping in New York on June 12th, Philadelphia on June 13th, San Antonio on June 17th, and Austin on June 18th. Tickets can be purchased here. If you can't make those dates but still want to find [...]

Checking In…with the Cast of Clerks

Next week, on September 23, the world will at long last see Kevin Smith’s 10th feature film, Red State. Smith announced the horror-extremely-dark-comedy back in 2007, and over the next four years, the self-distributed film has screened at Sundance and had an entire speaking tour based around it. But that’s a horror movie, and we’re not exactly Ripsider (sorry, everyone), are we? No, we are not. We cover comedy, which brings us to a vastly influential film that has shaped the humor of millions of high school students since it was first released on October 19, 1994. No, not Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale. That came out October 28. I [...]

A Fairly Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts

UPDATE: Come check out the newer, much-expanded version of this guide: A Seriously Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts. It's this guide, plus tens more podcasts with in-depth reviews!

With the recent explosion in podcasts, it seems we are in the midst of a new comedic golden age. The distance between performers and fans has never been smaller, and more and more comics are taking advantage by increasing their output, like an army of Lil Waynes armed to the teeth with mixtapes. The market is now saturated with comedy podcasts containing trace elements of late night talk show, sketch fest, improv exercise, intimate stand-up session, and backroom history lesson [...]