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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Got some bits of Kevin Smith news that I found while going around the web this morning. First up, in a recent interview, Smith divulged these bits about Clerks 2:

- He's finished putting together his first rough cut, and it clocks in at 1h 49m. He's not done editing yet, and he expects the final cut to come in at around 1h 40m.

- They hope to have the world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, but it won't be screened as part of the competition.

- It'll hit theatres in August of 2006.

- The goal right now is to release the film unrated.

So there!

And there's also a quick bit of comic book news in the world of Kevin Smith. Today is when, at long last, the fourth issue of Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do hits store shelves!

For those who don't follow Smith's comic work, let me bring you up to speed. About three years ago, when Spider-Man was ruling the movie theatres, Marvel Comics signed Smith to do a 6-issue Spider-Man mini-series. The end result was Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do, in which Spidey re-teams with his old partner the Black Cat to take down a mysterious crimelord called "Mr. Brownstone."

Smith wrote three issues and then...nothing. He got sidetracked making Jersey Girl. Three years, now, people have waited for issue 4. And, in his downtime earlier this year as he was waiting for his funding to come through for Clerks 2, he finally sat down and wrote issues 4, 5 and 6.

So, today, after a three-year hiatus, the adventure FINALLY continues.

It should also be noted that, three years ago, Smith was also writing a Daredevil mini-series for Marvel called Daredevil: The Target which similarily got sidetracked. Well, Smith has finally finished writing that, too, and the final issues of that will finally be out next year.

Smith has also said that, in the future, if he writes more comics, he's no longer going to write issue-by-issue. If it's going to be a 6-issue mini-series, he'll sit down and write all six issues at once, thus getting it done with.

What can I say? He's taken a lot of heat in the comic book world for taking a three year break in the middle of a top-selling mini-series.

Oh, and here's a last minute Christmas gift for me, if you haven't bought me anything yet.

Remember that nice big, 10-disc boxed set of The Matrix Trilogy that came out last year? And it cost around $90? Well, I see in an ad in today's Edmonton Journal that HMV now has it marked down to a nice, cool, $40.

And they've also marked down Firefly: The Complete Series to $30.

Think about it.

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