Kevin Smith got jewed out of money by The Weinsteins;
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On one of his podcasts this week, Kevin Smith spilled the dirt about why his relationship with The Weinsteins disintegrated, and it stems from them Jewing him and the 5 principal players of Clerks 2 out of every penny owed to them.
In order to get the movie made on the cheap, and to help out the then-new and struggling Weinstein Company, Smith, Mosier, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes and Brian O Halloran all deferred their salary to the back end of the movie (post release profits) so that the crew and lesser cast could get paid first, on the promise that they would get substantially larger than normal chunk of the back end of the movie (DVD, int'l dist. etc)
Cut to 7 years later, The Weinstens haven't paid a single cent to Smith, Mosier or anyone else they fucked on Clerks 2, under the pretesnt that "The movie still hasnt turned a profit." $5 mill to make, $5 mill to market, it did very well on DVD and Box Office, yet hasn't turned a profit?
"Hollywood Math" is to blame for this apparently, "creative accounting" and so on, allows studios to keep sucking and leeching off of films before they are officially declared "in profit" and opening up the back end of profit to the creators who they sucker into signing these deals. And apparently, this is standard practice in every studio, for every financial partner to attempt to screw the other at every turn while profiting off of a creation they had nothing to do with, while the creators are left empty handed a lot of the time.
Currently Smith is having The Weinsteins audited for the Clerks 2 project, which is ongoing, and they are not receiving a lot of co-operation apparently. Even if you hate Smith, I highly recommend listening to this episode just to hear the full vulgar details of the story of how he got fucked hard by the system.
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Yuropoor reaction to Zero Dark Thirty (100% RT master race) has started coming in;
>Zero Dark Thirty: new torture-glorifying film wins raves
>Can a movie that relies on fabrications to generate support for war crimes still be considered great?
>With its release imminent, the film is now garnering a pile of top awards and virtually uniform rave reviews. What makes this so remarkable is that, by most accounts, the film glorifies torture by claiming - falsely - that waterboarding and other forms of coercive interrogation tactics were crucial, even indispensable in finding bin Laden.
That this film would depict CIA interrogation programs as crucial in capturing America's most hated public enemy, and uncritically herald CIA officials as dramatic heroes, is anything but surprising. A large Hollywood studio would never dare make a film about the episode which is America's greatest source of collective self-esteem and jingoistic pride without clinging tightly to patriotic orthodoxies. The events that led to bullets being pumped into Osama bin Laden's skull and his corpse being dumped into the ocean have taken on sacred status in American lore, and Big Hollywood will inevitably validate rather than challenge that mythology.
Why do British people revere Osama Bin Laden so much?
Why would a British journalist be so mad about uncomfortable truths that he would lie in a film review?
He mentions that a "Big Hollywood Studio" would only produce a film like this, ignoring the fact that the film was produced independently of a studio and of military assistance.
Why so Anal Bothered Yuropoors?
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Someone explain the ending to me, I didn't get it. Why didn't they just arrest the bad guys?
Seriously, wtf was up with that ending, why didn't they surround the house and nab them once they made the deal? A road block far away, on the other side of the bridge, are you fucking kidding me? And did the guys that bought the heroin get away? It seemed like they got away since they left in the other direction, ie not towards that one bridge far away where they set the roadblock. It was fucked up, Gene Hackman suddenly turning into a rookie.