Kevin Smith
Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer, Actor, Comic book writer
Kevin Smith
Kevin Patrick Smith is an American screenwriter, actor, film producer, and director, as well as a popular comic book writer, author, comedian/raconteur, and internet radio personality. He came to prominence with the low-budget comedy Clerks (1994), in which he appeared as the character Silent Bob.
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WATCH: Kevin Smith Speaks Sundance Film Festival Buzz
ABC News - about 1 month
Sabina Ghebremedhin speaks to actor and director Kevin Smith about the Sundance Film Festival, the Women's March and the Oscars from Park City, Utah.
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Gang members convicted of murder in shooting of 19-year-old at Hyde Park car wash
LATimes - 4 months
Two gang members were convicted Monday in the shooting death of Tavin Price, a 19-year-old who was killed in front of his mother in the parking lot of a Hyde Park car wash last year. The jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding Kanasho Shadrick Johns, 29, and Kevin Deon Johnson, 26, guilty of one count each of first-degree murder. Johns was also found guilty of one count of a felon with a firearm. Jurors also found gang and gun allegations to be true. As the verdict was read, Johnson dropped his head and looked away from his attorney. Johns smirked and began to remove his tie and dress shirt. “Johns has been making that face since the arraignment,” Jennifer Rivers, Price’s mother, said after the verdict. “He has no remorse. Let’s see if he makes that face after some years in jail.” The two men are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 30. They face 50 years to life in state prison. A third man, Dwight Kevin Smith, 31, pleaded guilty to one count ...
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Five things you don't know about Americana music icon Jim Lauderdale
Huffington Post - 5 months
Jim Lauderdale broke out in 2016. An overnight success? Hardly. It's taken nearly three decades and about as many albums to receive the recognition that the Americana icon cleary deserves. He performed at the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual gathering in Raleigh, North Carolina, the same day his 29th album, "This Changes Everything," was released. The album, which was largely recorded during a single day in Austin while on a break from his summertime tour, presents Lauderdale's unique version of the traditional Texas dancehall sound. It's filled with shuffles, rave-ups, plenty of sharp songwriting and appearances by a handful of genuine Texas legends, including producer and pedal steel player Tommy Detamore, drummer Tom Lewis (Heybale, Whitney Rose), pianist Floyd Domino (an original member of Asleep at the Wheel), Bobby Flores (Ray Price's longtime fiddle player), Kevin Smith (bass player for Willie Nelson), Chris Masterson (one-half of the Mastersons, as w ...
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'I know they did it,' mother of shooting victim Tavin Price says as trial begins. 'I was there.'
LATimes - 5 months
Jennifer Rivers sees the court dates as a formality. “I don’t know why we’re having this trial anyway,” Rivers said Monday. “I know they did it. I was there.” The trial of Kanasho Shadrick Johns, 29, and Kevin Deon Johnson, 26, began Monday. The men are charged with murder in the shooting of Tavin Price, Rivers’ 19-year old son, on May 29, 2015. Dwight Kevin Smith, 31, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in August and is expected to testify against Johns and Johnson. Rivers remembers vacuuming her front seats at a car wash in the 3300 block of West Florence Avenue in Hyde Park on that Friday in May last year. Her son and a family friend walked to a smoke shop nearby to buy cigarettes and a soda. When they returned, they told Rivers about a man who had hassled Price over his red shoes. Moments later she was looking into her son’s eyes after a gunman fired four fatal shots. In the downtown courtroom Monday, Rivers sat with family as Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Zoumberakis laid ...
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Why This Drag Homage To Whitney Houston Is Anything But Camp
Huffington Post - 6 months
New York actor-singer Kevin Smith Kirkwood can trace his passion for the stage back to one woman: Whitney Houston. “Ever since I was a skinny, little, black gay boy singing in church, dreaming of one day performing myself, I was infatuated with Whitney Houston,” Kirkwood, who can currently be seen in Broadway’s “Kinky Boots,” told The Huffington Post. “To me, she represented tremendous talent, grace, beauty, poise, class and definitely success. Since I was always a high belter as a kid, it also made her voice the one to emulate.” On Aug. 31, Kirkwood will take his enduring love of Houston to an entirely new level in “Classic Whitney: Alive!” The show, which plays Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York less than a year after its premiere, begins with a simple premise: Houston, who died in 2012 at age 48, is reincarnated in the body of Kirkwood to deliver a retrospective, one-night-only concert of her greatest hits in the present day. The evening is billed as ...
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Director Kevin Smith slams online criticism of his daughter
Yahoo News - 7 months
Director Kevin Smith is taking on an online troll who called his daughter "ugly" and "talentless" and wished her dead on Instagram.
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Kevin Smith shames trolls
CNN - 7 months
Kevin Smith has a message for cyberbullies: Do something with your life.
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Kevin Smith flies Southwest for first time since 'too fat' flight debacle
Fox News - 9 months
What turbulence?
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Sundance 2016: At a new festival, a return to names of old
Chicago Times - about 1 year
It was just past midnight in Utah, and Kevin Smith was feeling nostalgic.Dressed in his trademark oversized hockey jersey and backward ballcap, the raunch auteur took a stage at Sundance late Wednesday to introduce his new movie -- "Yoga Hosers," a tween-centric Canadian satire filled with Nazis...
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3 to stand trial in South L.A. killing of 19-year-old over his red shoes
LATimes - about 1 year
A judge Friday ordered three men to stand trial for the killing of a 19-year-old who was shot outside a South Los Angeles carwash last summer over the color of his red shoes. Kanasho Johns, 28; Dwight Kevin Smith, 30; and Kevin Deon Johnson, 25, will be arraigned on murder charges later this month in...
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Paris Climate Deal Drives Big Opportunities in Clean Energy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In the partisan debates on climate change in the U.S., what is lost on many critics is the tremendous economic and job creation opportunities that the Paris climate agreement will bring to clean energy. Over the past several years, 50% of all new electricity generation facilities built in the US and worldwide have been renewable energy, culminating in upwards of $300 billion in clean energy investments globally in just the past year. International opportunities are projected to be well over ten trillion dollars in commerce over the next 30 years. The Paris deal will clearly bolster the already remarkable growth, based on how well countries live up to their promises. In the United States, that means putting in place long-term renewable energy programs that foster innovation, implementing clean energy efforts like the Clean Power Plan, and helping communities transition to renewables. The breakthrough solar energy storage technology we are utilizing at SolarReserve, where the s ...
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30 feature-length movies on YouTube that are totally worth watching
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This article is continually updated to reflect removed and newly available movies. Rachel Grozanick, Drew Prindle, Brandon Widder, and Rick Stella contributed to this article. Back in 2011, Google quietly rolled out the section. Over the past few years it has amassed a library of titles you can rent, purchase, or stream for free, and today, there’s more content in the movie section than you could watch in a lifetime — and that’s not even counting all the full-length films uploaded by users. So to help save you some time in your search for something to watch, we’ve sifted through all the movies the site has to offer — free, paid, legal, and not-so-legal — to bring you this list of the best full movies on YouTube. Related: Time to kill? Here’s 104 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now Free Movies (legally uploaded) YouTube has a pretty sizable list of movies you can stream for free, but truth be told, not many are worth watching. The overwhelming majority ...
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ArtsBeat: Sundance Midnight Series Features Daughters of Johnny Depp, Kevin Smith
NYTimes - over 1 year
A Rob Zombie film also made the cut.
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Natalie Portman And Johnny Depp’s Daughter Will Be Costars, Natalie Cast As Jackie Kennedy
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Natalie Portman has some very exciting movie projects in the pipeline. The Black Swan star was recently cast alongside an up-and-coming actress who she bears a striking resemblance to, Johnny Depp’s 15-year-old daughter Lily-Rose. As you can see, Lily-Rose Depp looks a lot like The Professional-era Natalie Portman. How’s this for canny casting? Natalie Portman & Lily-Rose Depp to play sisters in French film — Telegraph Fashion (@TeleFashion) May 14, 2015 Fittingly, the actresses are going to play sisters in Planetarium, a drama set in the 1930s. Their characters are spiritualists who claim that they have the ability to talk to ghosts, and it sounds like most of the movie will take place in Paris. “They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris,” Variety writes. Because Lily-Rose Depp and Natalie Portman are playing characters described as performers, it’s possible that they’ll make their ...
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Internet Sensation Freddie Wong Talks Shop Via Banff World Media's CONNECT L.A. Conference
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
So I'm chatting with Freddie Wong, producer of the wildly popular online series Video Game High School, whose company Rocket Jump is launching a new series this year with Hulu and Lionsgate. I'm an Atari 2600 guy who learned to edit with VHS, and teeny-tiny bits of film plus Scotch tape, so I dive headlong for our common ground: USC's School of Cinematic Arts. It turns out that Mr. Wong also cut actual film there -- in 2008, their penultimate class to do so -- but he offers further practical insight: "When you break it down," says Freddie, "I think the fundamentals of filmmaking, of storytelling, haven't changed -- since, arguably, 1905. But in terms of the side of it that I think film schools are a little bit lagging behind is the idea of audience engagement; it's the idea of film as a populist medium. But the idea of film online, and video, is more populist than I think anybody could have ever conceived of. And this sort of world where building an audience is a very important thing ...
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Kevin Smith: “Mallrats 2″ represents the rare 90’s movie reunion
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
As a pretty big fan of filmmaker Kevin Smith, I tend to be inclined to support whatever project he’s interested in making, be it a new movie, a new podcast, or anything in between. Even so, I was initially a bit confused as to why Smith was looking to follow up Clerks III (which I’m hugely looking forward to) and his next two Canadian set genre outings (this year’s Yoga Hosers and the still to be shot Moose Jaws) with a sequel to Mallards. Yes, it’s developed over the years from a box office disappointment to one of his most beloved titles, but was anyone yearning for Mallrats 2? Then, I listened to Smith explain why and now, not just am I on board, I think it has the potential to be the rare 90’s movie reunion that really works. The reason that Smith decided to make Mallrats 2 was to honor his friend and Mallrats producer Jim Jacks, who passed away about a year ago. As a way of honoring Jacks, a man who had once upon a time championed a potential sequel, Smith recently decided to make ...
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Will Ferrell: His Ten Best Films
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
Consider this a bit of an experiment today. Instead of doing something like what I used to do with the Spotlight on the Stars series, I’m going to try honoring an actor or a filmmaker with a personalized top ten list. We’ll start off with none other than Will Ferrell, who happens to have the new comedy Get Hard hitting theaters this weekend. This initial piece will look at the ten best movies he’s been in, as opposed to just his best performances, but those will be contained within this list too, of course, so fear not. Anyway, let’s give this a shot and see how it goes! Here now, without any delay, are the ten best films that Ferrell has found himself a cast member in… 10. The Producers – Though a pale comparison to the original Mel Brooks movie (or the Broadway production), this remake of sorts does happen to be decently entertaining as well as feature Ferrell as one of its highlights. He scored his first Golden Globe nomination for this role in Best Supporting Actor, beating out som ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kevin Smith
  • 2016
    Age 45
    In August 2016, Smith announced that he will direct an upcoming episode titled "Supergirl Lives" of Supergirl.
    More Details Hide Details As an actor, Smith is known for his role as Silent Bob in Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II. He made a cameo appearance in the horror film Scream 3, and was featured along with Jason Mewes in several Degrassi: The Next Generation episodes, including a special, "Jay and Silent Bob Do Degrassi" (also as a fictional version of himself).
    In July 2016, Smith revealed that he will be directing episode 7 of season 3 of The Flash, which will begin filming in September.
    More Details Hide Details Also in July, it was announced that Geeking Out will air on July 24, 2016. Towards the end of the month, it was revealed that Amazon Studios was close to closing a deal to produce The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai TV series.
    In June 2016, Smith revealed that because Universal owns the rights to the Mallrats title that a sequel will not be made, instead, it will be turned into a 10 episode TV series produced by Universal Television.
    More Details Hide Details Also in June, Smith confirmed that the entire cast from the film will reprise their roles in the series with the same premise of the film, but stretched out for the series. Towards the end of the month, Smith announced that he had closed a deal with Universal Television to pitch the series to networks and streaming services in August.
    In May 2016, Kevin Smith announced he is adapting The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension for television through MGM and stated that he and the company are in the process of shopping it around to a network.
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    In February 2016, it was revealed that Smith will team with AMC and The Weinstein Company to co-host a late night talk show with Greg Grunberg titled Geeking Out which premiered in July 2016, covering San Diego Comic-Con with 8 subsequent episodes running weekly.
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    In January 2016, during the Television Critics Association press tour, it was announced that Smith will direct an episode of The Flash, which premiered in May.
    More Details Hide Details Also in January, it was revealed that Smith wrapped production on a half-hour comedy series, Hollyweed, which was written and directed by Smith who also stars in the series with Donnell Rawlings, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Frankie Shaw, Jason Mewes, Ralph Garman, Adam Brody, Hina Abdullah, Pete Pietrangeliand and Harley Quinn Smith.
    Smith said "we were talking about initially shooting 'Clerks III' this summer and then we were going to get to 'Mallrats' in the beginning of 2016.
    More Details Hide Details And then it jumped into 2015, where we were going to shoot 'Clerk's and then hopefully 'Mallrats' before the end of the year. But now, based on a f—ing mall that we all dig that will be going away, the priority has become 'Mallrats.' So the next f—ing movie I'm making is 'Mallrats 2.' A majority of the cast from the original film have signed on to appear in the sequel with sixteen of eighteen confirmed.
  • 2015
    Age 44
    Smith announced in March 2015 that Hit Somebody would film in September 2015 until Christmas 2015, but this did not happen.
    More Details Hide Details A second series of Spoilers aired on The Comedy Network in Canada.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    In December 2012 Smith announced that Hit Somebody would now be a six-part miniseries on an as yet unknown network.
    More Details Hide Details The reason given for the project changing from film to TV was that finding funding or a studio for a hockey movie had proven difficult.
  • 2011
    Age 40
    In August 2011, Dynamite Entertainment debuted The Bionic Man by Smith, which was based on a 1998 script he wrote that was rejected by Universal as being "more like a comic book than a movie."
    More Details Hide Details In 2014 it was announced Smith and Ralph Garman are working on a Batman '66 crossover featuring Batman and Green Hornet titled Batman 66 Meets the Green Hornet. In 1998, Smith shot two TV commercials for Coca Cola, which he filmed in New Jersey. In 2000, Smith and Mosier teamed up with television writer David Mandel to develop an animated television show based on Clerks. called Clerks: The Animated Series that aired on ABC in May 2000. It aired only two episodes before being canceled as a result of poor ratings. The six produced episodes were released on DVD in 2001. During the mid-1990s Smith directed and starred in a series of commercials for MTV, alongside Jason Mewes, in which they reprised their roles as Jay and Silent Bob. In 1998 he directed best friend Jason Mewes as "Gary Lamb – Ground Activist" in a series of Nike commercials. That same year, he also shot commercials for Diet Coke. Two years later, he directed "Star Wars" toy commercials for Hasbro. He has also directed and starred in commercials for Panasonic. In 2004 he also shot a public service announcement for the Declare Yourself organization. These advertisements brought Jay and Silent Bob out of their "semi-retirement."
  • 2010
    Age 39
    On February 13, 2010, Kevin Smith was on board a full Southwest Airlines flight in Oakland bound for Burbank when he was asked to leave the plane, allegedly over their safety policy, which specifies space allocation and an armrests-must-be-down rule.
    More Details Hide Details According to Smith, he was able to put both armrests down in accordance with Southwest Airlines policy, and both passengers on either side did not object to his presence. There was also another passenger larger than Smith on the same plane (although Smith did not comment on this at the time, saying he didn't want to "Throw a fellow fatty under the bus"). Smith agreed to leave the flight after the employee told him the captain wanted him to leave. Smith was insulted by what he felt was humiliating treatment. After they exited the plane, he argued with the employee, trying to get a clear explanation for what had happened and who was responsible. He doubted that the captain had anything to do with the situation, and speculated it may have been one of the employees between the gate and the plane. After being booked on a later flight and being offered a $100 Southwest Airlines voucher, which he turned down, Smith lashed out at Southwest Airlines on his Twitter account, holding the organization responsible for the actions of the employees in question.
    Also in 2010 Smith published a Green Hornet story for Dynamite Entertainment, which was based on an unused script he wrote for a Green Hornet film project that never came to fruition.
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    In 2010 Smith subsequently wrote a six-issue Batman mini-series called The Widening Gyre for DC drawn by Walt Flanagan.
    More Details Hide Details The series was initially planned as 12 issues, with a long break planned between issues six and seven. After issue six was published, Smith and Flanagan's work on their reality show, Comic Book Men, extended this planned break further than expected. It was decided in the interim to release the remaining issues as a separate series to be called Batman: Bellicosity, due in 2016.
  • 2008
    Age 37
    Smith wrote the limited series Batman: Cacophony, with art by friend Walt Flanagan, which ran from November 2008 to January 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The series featured the villains Onomatopoeia (a character created by Smith during his run at Green Arrow), The Joker, Maxie Zeus, and Victor Zsasz. The trade paperback of Batman: Cacophony became a New York Times Bestseller in their Hardcover Graphic Books section.
  • 2006
    Age 35
    Smith also appeared in an mtvU show titled Sucks Less With Kevin Smith. The show gives college students ideas for things to do on the weekends. Smith also played the role of Paul, a cynical divorced man, in a Showtime television series pilot, "Manchild", filmed in December 2006.
    More Details Hide Details However, it was not picked up by the network. From 1995 to 1997, Smith played small roles in the View Askew movies Drawing Flies, Vulgar, and Big Helium Dog. In 2001, he appeared in friend Jeff Anderson's Now You Know. After an August 2001 appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Smith returned to the show for monthly segments as a correspondent. The "Roadside Attractions" segments featured Smith traveling to random locations around the country and showcased places like Howe Caverns in upstate New York and the Fish Market in Seattle. While five of these segments were included on the Jersey Girl DVD, at least twelve were aired on the actual show. Smith regularly appeared on the program to introduce the pre-taped pieces. In 2003, Smith appeared in a cameo role as coroner Jack Kirby in the film Daredevil. In 2006, he voiced the Moose in the CGI cartoon Doogal.
  • 2004
    Age 33
    However, because of the delays on Evil That Men Do and The Target, the plan was switched so that Smith would start a third Spider-Man title, launched in 2004 by Mark Millar instead.
    More Details Hide Details While Spider-Man/Black Cat was ultimately completed in 2005, Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target remains unfinished, with one issue published.
  • 2002
    Age 31
    He was announced as the writer of an ongoing Black Cat series and The Amazing Spider-Man in early to mid-2002.
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    Smith returned to Marvel for two mini-series: Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do and Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target, both of which debuted in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The former was six issues long, but after the third issue was published two months after the initially scheduled release date, the final issues were delayed for at least three years, prompting Marvel to release an "in case you missed it" reprinting of the first three issues as one book prior to the remaining issues' release. The delay in part was due to Smith's movie production schedule (in this case, work on Jersey Girl and Clerks II) causing him to shelve completion of the mini-series until the films were completed.
  • 1999
    Age 28
    In 1999, Smith wrote "Guardian Devil", an eight-issue story arc of Daredevil for Marvel Comics, which was illustrated by Joe Quesada.
    More Details Hide Details Kevin Smith followed this by producing a 15-issue tenure on Green Arrow for DC Comics that saw the return of Oliver Queen from the dead and the introduction of Mia Dearden, a teenage girl who would become Speedy after Smith's run had ended.
    In 1999, Smith won a Harvey Award, for Best New Talent in comic books.
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    The film debuted at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, out of competition.
    More Details Hide Details Released on 800 screens in November 1999, the $10 million film earned $30 million. Smith then focused the spotlight on two characters who had appeared in supporting roles in his previous four films, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back featured an all-star cast, with many familiar faces returning from Smith's first four films. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon appear as themselves filming a mock sequel to Good Will Hunting. The $20 million film earned $30 million at the box office and received mixed reviews from the critics. Jersey Girl with Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, George Carlin and Raquel Castro, his first outside of the View Askewniverse, was meant to mark a new direction in Smith's career. However, the film took a critical beating as it was seen as, in Smith's own words, "Gigli 2", due to the fact that it co-starred Affleck and his then-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez. Despite Smith heavily re-editing the film to reduce Lopez's role to just a few scenes, the film did poorly at the box office. Budgeted at $35 million, it earned only $36 million.
  • 1997
    Age 26
    The two broke up in June 1997. Smith is married to Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, whom he met while she was interviewing him for USA Today. They got married at Skywalker Ranch on April 25, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He photographed her for a nude pictorial in Playboy that consisted of photographs by various celebrities. Their daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, was born June 26, 1999, and was named after the character from the Batman comics. They live in the Hollywood Hills, in a house Smith purchased from longtime friend Ben Affleck in 2003. Initially raised Catholic, Smith began to develop doubts about his beliefs in his early 20s, and came to see Catholic mass as "dry and lip-servicey." Seeking out advice, Smith spoke to a priest, who analogized faith to liquid filling a shot glass, and explained that the glass grows in size as a person grows older, and thus the same knowledge that satisfies a person as a child can be insufficient as an adult. Smith read extensively on Christianity, explored other religions, read the Biblical apocrypha, and tried joining a Pentecostal congregation. The thoughts and ideas he explored during this time formed the inspiration for his film Dogma, the beginning of which features characters using the shot glass metaphor used by the priest. Though Smith still regularly attended mass as late as 1998, he stated on "Back to the Well", a feature on the Clerks II documentary, that now he only goes to Mass on the day before he starts production of a movie, and the day before it premieres. He never smoked until his debut film, Clerks, in which he used the cigarettes as a prop, but did not inhale.
    In 1997, Smith was hired by New Line to rewrite Overnight Delivery, which was expected to be a blockbuster teen movie.
    More Details Hide Details Smith's then-girlfriend Joey Lauren Adams almost took the role of Ivy in the movie, instead of the female lead in Chasing Amy. Eventually she lost out to Reese Witherspoon, and Overnight Delivery was quietly released directly to video in April 1998. Kevin Smith's involvement with the film was revealed on-line, but he remains uncredited. He has said that the only scene which really used his dialogue was the opening scene, which includes a reference to long-time Smith friend Bryan Johnson. In 2004, Smith wrote a screenplay for a new film version of The Green Hornet, and announced prematurely that he had originally intended to direct as well. The project, however died after the film was placed into turn around following the poor box office of Jersey Girl. Smith's screenplay was later turned into a Green Hornet comic book miniseries. Smith has been a regular contributor to Arena magazine. In 2005, Miramax Books released Smith's first book, Silent Bob Speaks, a collection of previously published essays (most from Arena) dissecting pop culture, the movie business, and Smith's personal life. His second book, My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith, published by Titan Books, was another collection of previously published essays (this time blogs from Smith's website and reached No. 32 on The New York Times Best Sellers List. Titan released Smith's third book Shootin' the Sh*t with Kevin Smith: The Best of the SModcast on September 29, 2009.
  • 1996
    Age 25
    In 1996, Smith worked on a script for a Superman movie.
    More Details Hide Details He wrote a couple of drafts but his script was dropped when Tim Burton was hired to direct and brought his own people in to work on the project. Smith still sees the whole experience on working on the Superman project as a positive one, however; he has said that he was well paid and it was a lot of fun. In April 2009, Smith discussed his Superman experiences at Clark University—a YouTube video that critic A.O. Scott of The New York Times called "extraordinary".) In the end, neither Smith's nor Burton's vision for Superman was filmed. In the 2007 Direct-to-DVD animation release of Superman: Doomsday, Smith has a cameo as an onlooker in a crowd. After Superman defeats The Toyman's giant mechanical robot, Smith scoffs, "Yeah, like we really needed him to defeat that giant spider. Heh. Lame!" This was a reference to a giant spider that producer Jon Peters wanted Smith to put in the film when he was attached, that was later put into the 1999 feature film flop Wild Wild West, which Peters also produced.
  • 1970
    Kevin Smith was born on August 2, 1970 in Red Bank, New Jersey, the son of Grace (née Schultz), a homemaker, and Donald E. Smith, a postal worker.
    More Details Hide Details He has an older sister, Virginia, and an older brother, Donald Smith, Jr. He was raised in a Catholic household, in the nearby clamming town of Highlands. As a child, Smith's days were scheduled around Donald's late shifts at the post office. Donald grew to despise his job, which greatly influenced Smith, who remembers his father finding it difficult on some days to get up and go to work. Smith vowed never to work at something that he did not enjoy. Smith later attended Henry Hudson Regional High School, where as a B and C student, he would videotape school basketball games and produce sketch comedy skits in the style of Saturday Night Live. An overweight teen, he developed into a comedic observer of life in order to successfully socialize with friends and girls. On his 21st birthday, Smith went to see Richard Linklater's comedy Slacker. Smith, impressed by the fact that Linklater set and shot the film in his hometown of Austin, Texas rather than on a sound stage in a major city, was inspired to become a filmmaker, and to set films where he lived. Smith relates: "It was the movie that got me off my ass; it was the movie that lit a fire under me, the movie that made me think, "Hey, I could be a filmmaker." And I had never seen a movie like that before ever in my life."
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