Director Kevin Smith always gives his fans a bit more than they expected (OK, and sometimes wanted) with his fully loaded DVD releases. His ’95 flick Mallrats (out today on DVD) has Smith showing his indie spirit by presenting a brand-new cut of the comedy. Here the sly director relaxes with TVGuide.com to riff about the 'rats, a new Clerks and why he’s not buzzing around The Green Hornet.
TVGuide.com: Mallrats didn’t set the box office on fire when it came out in theaters. Why do this extended DVD?Kevin Smith: I thought after Mallrats came out and wasn’t well received that no one would ever talk about it again, other than in film class as, "Never do this!" At the time it came out I felt like I was hav
Well, it's about damn time! Cripes, I was starting to think Aquaman was never gonna happen. Thankfully, the gang's trip to screen "Queens Boulevard" at Sundance impressed James "Call me Jim" Cameron enough to seal the deal. Whoo-hoo! And not a second too late, considering the number of industry faux pas going on. Seriously, between the Kevin Smith slams, pulling out of the film adaptation of Kem Nunn's classic surfer tome, Tapping the Source, and that less-than-flattering Weinstein impersonator, Vincent would be lucky to rent a Miramax film, much less star in one. But now that he's suiting up as DC's undersea hero, all should be swell. Except for Drama and Turtle. Yeah, crossing swords during the three-way with their driver? Not so good. As a proud owner (and addict) of the T-Mobile Sidekick, I'd suggest the fellas boot up their goodie-bag PDAs and Google themselves a good therapist. And while they're at it, maybe they could IM the Emmy folks a
With movies like Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma in his filmography, no one ever accused Kevin Smith of being warm and fuzzy. But with the release of Jersey Girl, the sardonic director showed he does have a soft and romantic side. With Girl arriving on DVD Sept. 14, Smith sat down with TV Guide Online to riff about his critics, Bennifer and that buzz surrounding The Green Hornet.
TV Guide Online: Jersey Girl is a different kind of picture for you.Kevin Smith: I'd recently become a father when I started writing it, and I was kind of obsessed with that subject matter. The stuff I'd done before this was kind of profane and cynical, but underneath, there's this sweetness. The movie caught people in weird ways. I got great reviews from critics who never like my movies and horrible reviews from those who thought I was "selling out."
TVGO: So are you going back to profane and cynical?Smith: Oh yeah. This
Filmmaker Kevin Smith is no stranger to religious scandal. His 1999 film Dogma — featuring two fallen angels and a happy-go-lucky Jesus — had the entire Catholic League up in arms. But unlike Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, which spun a little controversy into record-breaking box-office returns, Dogma barely caused a blip — and Smith has a theory why.
"I wish we put a bloody Christ in our movie instead of the Buddy Christ," he jokes to TV Guide Online. "We would have cleaned up, [too]. Who knew?
"We had death threats and 300,000 pieces of hate mail," Smith continues, "and Bill Donahue on the news every night heading up the Catholic League, rallying against our movie and calling for Disney to drop it — essentially, pitting Mickey Mouse against Jesus Christ." (In the end, Disney-owned Miramax caved and Lion's Gate released the film.)
Smith fears controversy will also hurt his lat