Kevin Smith says Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is his version of Avengers: Endgame. The highly anticipated reboot almost didn't get made. Smith had a pretty heavy health scare and made some major life changes in order to get to where he is today. With that being said, he dove straight into writing the movie and contacting old friends for cameos, which had to be a massive undertaking all by itself. The director had many actors return to play characters we haven't seen in years.
There are the obvious nods to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. Kevin Smith gets into the Iron Bob suit, which is an homage to Tony Stark's Iron Man armor and the God of Thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth, makes a cameo. But there's a lot more to the Avengers: Endgame comparisons than that. Smith explains.'Adam Goldberg [creator of The Goldbergs]... when he watched it, he was like 'This is like your [Avengers: Endgame].' Like, we brought everybody from the bench out and stuff. Yeah, kinda like Endgame. If you just sat down and watched Endgame for the first time and never watched a Marvel movie before maybe one, you might be like 'What the f**k is going on?' Same thing with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. If you've never seen... any of the stuff I've made, some of the jokes might be lost on you.'
Jay & Silent Bob Reboot brought the Askewniverse franchise back in a major way. Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II are all referenced in the movie. Characters from all of those projects and a ton of new ones are all present, creating something new, that is at the same time familiar as a work that only Kevin Smith can create.
Kevin Smith is continuing to work as he practices self-isolation. He has already revealed that he is putting the final touches on Mallrats 2 and Clerks 3, which Smith fans can't wait for. With the unorthodox success of Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, the writer/director is in a good position to put out each sequel. Smith will more than likely have the choice of using the traditional Hollywood release system or just do his own thing again.
Speaking of the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot box office success, it was able to take a record from Avengers: Endgame, which is currently the highest grossing movie of all time. According to a recent report, the movie earned $93,520 from one theater, which is pretty astounding and places the movie at the top of 2019 for said record. In fact, the release was able to pull a $60,000 per-theater average four times over the course of its unorthodox theater run. Not bad for a Kevin Smith movie. You can check out the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot and Avengers: Endgame comparisons below, thanks to Kevin Smith's Facebook account.
In the first two parts of “The Plot Against America,” HBO’s six-episode adaptation of the bestselling Philip Roth novel, creator David Simon took his sweet time setting up the chess board. Sure, establishing the rules of an alternate historical timeline takes some thought and detail, but it shouldn’t use up one-third of your total storytelling time. Those tricks may have worked wonders for the “The Wire,” which artfully unmasked the futility of a few good actions against a rigged system, but so far the grandiose themes in “The Plot Against America,” such as the rise of fascism and the radicalization of everyday people, feel a lot less relevant than the alliances and rivalries of inner city Baltimore.
What’s left for the series to do then, in its remaining three episodes, is tell a good story. Thankfully, that modest goal seems attainable after the series’ third episode, which propels the Levins into the fray of the rising tide of anti-semitism. Rather than wringing their hands while watching from the sidelines, the show’s central family finally experiences firsthand the discrimination they’d been talking about in the first two episodes. While that may sound voyeuristic, it’s kind of the whole premise of the story, and a key element of imagining Roth’s parallel past.
As our adorable bellwether of things to come, young Phillip Azhy Robertson opens the third episode with a nightmare. Haunted by visions of his precious stamp collection turning to Hitler memorabilia, Phillip tumbles out of bed breathless and afraid. A trip to the doctor confirms that all the Jewish kids are having trouble sleeping for the same reason, which doesn’t exactly assuage his mother’s Zoe Kazan mounting fears. Meanwhile, his father Herman Morgan Spector is kind enough to scrub clean the Jewish graves that have been vandalized with swastikas, but naive enough to be thinking about buying real estate.
On the other side of the Atlantic, cousin Alvin Anthony Boyle has arrived in London after having defected to Canada to fight for Queen and country. He’s having luck with a British shiksa, but must field odd questions about his belief in God and why he “chooses” to be Jewish. Clearly, things aren’t perfect even amongst the good guys.
Though Alvin’s storyline has been getting plenty of screen time, it still feels quite ancillary to the plot. He’s gone from beating up Germans in New Jersey to deciphering radar plans in London, picking up a new set of acquaintances along the way. Where are his nogoodnik friends like Shushy Margulis Steven Maier for context? He’s a compelling character, but not...
We’re several weeks into coronavirus COVID-19 being declared a pandemic and having wide-reaching ramifications on the entertainment industry across the globe. But while China, which has managed to curb the virus’ spread, is starting to return to normal life and slowly open its movie theaters, the U.K. and the U.S. movie and TV industries are still getting hit hard.China to Re-Release ‘Avatar’ and the ‘Avengers’ Franchise to Boost Movie Theaters
China opened its movie theaters for the first time in the months since the country locked down its businesses to spread the curb of coronavirus, but business was slow-going in the box office’s first weekend. To boost its local film industry, China is turning to Earth’s mightiest heroes — and a couple blue aliens. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chinese theaters plan to hold repertory screenings of Marvel’s Avengers movies and past Hollywood blockbusters like James Cameron’s Avatar and Christopher Nolan’s Inception and Instersteller in an attempt to bring more audiences to theaters. All four Avengers movies are set to be rereleased in the coming days and weeks, with the other blockbusters soon to follow.
The blockbusters haven’t yet received official re-release dates, but THR reports that they will be made available to theaters “whenever the DCPs reach the cinemas.” The theatrical re-releases follow reports that Warner Bros. would help revive China’s box office with repertory screenings of Harry Potter.U.K. Studios Deliberate Over Whether to Close
Although Hollywood has all but shut down, movie studios in the U.K. are still keeping their lights on, despite uncertainty on government directives. Variety reports that studios are deliberating whether they should shut down following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s nationwide address Monday night that banned gatherings of more than two people and strictly advised Britons to “stay home.”
U.K. studios like Elstree, Shepperton, Pinewood where many Disney-produced films are shot, and Warner Bros.’ Leavesden are reportedly still operational, though with minimal staff on the ground. This despite the majority of Hollywood productions shutting down in recent weeks in response to the coronavirus crisis. Most spaces have stayed open, with Pinewood releasing a statement as recently as March 19 noting it is “enabling productions to continue to film and record on site.”
Several studios in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Island have closed, including Scotland’s Wardpark Studios, Wales’s Bay Studios Swansea, Bad Wolf Studios, and Northern Ireland’s Titanic Studios, the former production base for Game of Thrones. But major studios in the U.K. are still uncertain about the extent of the...