Big Apple Idolatry
- How did Seth MacFarlane land Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke?? Do they not have Saturday Night Live in Qarth? This is truly an upsetting turn of events; at least when he dated Amanda Bynes, one got the sense that they were both awful.
- Jenni “JWoww” Farley got engaged to longtime boyfriend Roger Mathews after he proposed to her while skydiving. Smart move, protecting herself from complete reality-show irrelevancy now that Jersey Shore is ending and Snooki might not come back for their spinoff. JWoww Getting Married, anyone?
Today over a long lunch at Caroline’s, actor/director/oversized advocate Kevin Smith discussed his new AMC reality show, Comic Book Men. The series, which focuses on Mr. Smith’s own New Jersey comic shop Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash (as well as the kooky individuals who both work at and patronize the store), has been given a prime spot on the channel: directly after the zombie drama The Walking Dead.
After various mentions of how high he was, Mr. Smith took questions from the audience. The Observer enjoys a good comic book now and then, so we just had one question about the “reality” show…where were the female comic geeks?
New York Comic Con
Today is the official start date of New York’s annual Comic Con, the sad stepbrother of San Diego’s way more famous nerd convention. Still, New York has its fair share of amazing graphic novel writers and artists (which was what Comic Con is all about, right?), and DC and Marvel have spent a good chunk of cash flying out some big name celebrities for panels as well.
Kevin Smith got his start by selling Clerks at Sundance in 1994, but he’s biting the hand that fed him and going against the film festival’s standard system. Instead of selling Red State to distributors, Smith bought his new film for $20 and plans to market it himself.
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Blame Kevin Smith, or perhaps Edward Burns. They took their little indie films (Clerks and The Brothers McMullen, respectively) to the festival circuit in the mid-’90s, grabbed a distribution deal and went on to fame and fortune. “The popular story that got everyone’s attention at the time was the young filmmaker who put Read More
Not even the prospect of Tracy Morgan dressed as a cellular phone could stop the Martin Scorsese fever dream that is Shutter Island. For a second consecutive weekend the rain-soaked thriller landed on top of the box office, holding off furious pushes from new releases Cop Out and The Crazies. As we do Read More
Running time 110 minutes
Written by Rob and Mark Cullen
Directed by Kevin Smith
Starring Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollack
With so much junk littering the screen these days, the movie business looks like a garbage strike, and it’s beginning to smell, Read More
It’s 2 a.m. and you awake with a jerk, alone in your fully lit apartment and still on the couch. On TV, the credits of some movie you’ve already seen a billion times are scrolling by. It feels like rock bottom. And we know, because we’re just like you: single.
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Because the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the name Kevin Smith is “talented director,” Warner Brothers has decided to let Silent Bob helm his first big studio picture. Mr. Smith will get behind the camera for A Couple of Cops (more on this title in Read More
Apparently nonplussed by the failure of Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Seth Rogen is heading back to the billion-dollar industry that no one likes to talk about… for Showtime. Mr. Rogen, along with his partner-in-comedy arms Evan Goldberg, is developing an untitled series for the cable network about three floundering twentysomethings who Read More