Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American screenwriter, film director, and the founder of View Askew Productions. He has also enjoyed some success as a comic book writer and actor. Smith's films are often set in his home state of New Jersey, and while not strictly sequential, do feature crossover plot elements, character references, and a shared canon, the View Askewniverse.
Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, USA to Grace, a homemaker, and Donald Smith, a postal worker. He has an older sister, Virginia, and an older brother, Donald Smith, Jr. He was raised in the Catholic religion and attended Henry Hudson Regional High School in Highlands, The New School for Social Research in New York and the Vancouver Film School. He majored in film, but dropped out halfway through his studies, electing to take a partial tuition reimbursement in order to help finance his first film. Smith is married to Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, with whom he has a daughter, Harley Quinn Smith,...
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Live Free or Die Hard (released as Die Hard 4.0 or Die Hard 4 outside North America) is the fourth installment in the Die Hard film series. It stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, the protagonist of the first three films. The film takes place some 19 years after the first film, and sees McClane face a gang of virtual terrorists. The film's North American release date was June 27, 2007. The film was based on the 1997 article "A Farewell to Arms" written for Wired magazine by John Carlin.At the start of the film, a terrorist breaches a FBI facility's computer system, and computer hackers are assassinated by the terrorist mastermind Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant), instead of being paid for their collaboration. The FBI, unaware of the killings, dispatches NYPD Police Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) to visit a known hacker, Matthew Farrell (Justin Long), as part of their investigation regarding the breach. Gabriel's henchmen attempt to assassinate McClane and Farrell, but their...,
TMNT (also known as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in some countries) is a 2007 film based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The film sees the Turtles grown apart after their defeat of The Shredder. Meanwhile, strange things are happening in New York City. An army of ancient creatures threatens to take over the world and the Turtles must unite again to save it.
It is the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film made of computer-generated imagery (by Imagi Animation Studios), with the previous films being live action. It is the fourth film in the franchise, and the first in 14 years, with the previous film having been released in 1993. Chronologically, the film takes place after the original films.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was released on March 22, 2007 in a number of Eastern European and Asian countries, on March 23, 2007, in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, and April 5, 2007 in Australia as well as subsequently in numerous other countries. It was the ...
Catch and Release is a romantic comedy film released on January 26, 2007. It is the directorial debut of Susannah Grant, who wrote the movie Erin Brockovich. It stars Jennifer Garner as a woman mourning her fiance's death who finds a more than welcoming shoulder to cry on in his best friend. Timothy Olyphant and filmmaker Kevin Smith co-star. Mat Kearney's song "Nothing Left to Lose" is used in commercials for the movie.
The movie opens with Gray (Jennifer Garner) at the funeral of her fiancé, Grady. They were supposed to be married that day, but due to an accident that happened during his bachelor party weekend, he was killed. Gray is very upset and eventually seeks solace by hiding in the bathtub. Meanwhile, one of Grady's friends, Fritz (Timothy Olyphant), has seduced one of the catering staff and takes her into the bathroom, not realizing that Gray is in there. Gray is forced to listen to them have sex. Once the caterer leaves, she pulls back the shower curtain, startling Fritz....,
Clerks II is the sequel to Kevin Smith's 1994 movie Clerks, and his sixth feature film to be set in the View Askewniverse. The film was released on July 21, 2006; it screened out of competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2006 Edinburgh International Film Festival.The film opened in 2,150 theaters on July 21, 2006 and grossed $10,061,132 domestically in its first weekend. As of November 9, 2006 the film's theatrical gross was $24,148,068 domestically, plus an additional $2,668,875 foreign with a budget of $5,000,000. Although it was received with mixed reviews by critics, the View Askewniverse's cult fan base has been fairly positive about the film.
In the prologue, Randal Graves leaves the coffee pot warmer on, burning down the Quick Stop convenience store where he and Dante Hicks worked for over a decade. The film then jumps ahead approximately one year, to find them working at a Mooby's fast food restaurant. Dante is planning to...,
Southland Tales is a 2007 science fiction/drama film, written and directed by Richard Kelly. The title refers to the Southland, a name used by locals to refer to Southern California and Greater Los Angeles. Set in the near future, the film is a portrait of Los Angeles and a comment on the military-industrial news-tainment complex. The film features an ensemble cast headed by Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and also featuring Miranda Richardson, Cheri Oteri and Justin Timberlake. Kelly's friend and fellow film director Kevin Smith, who has a cult following of his own, is also part of the ensemble cast. Original music for the film will be provided by Moby. For the first time, Johnson is not being billed under his stage name, "The Rock".When Sony purchased the film, Kelly had to edit the running-time from 160 minutes to 137 minutes and has also gotten the greenlight for the additional round(s) of visual effects, which should take roughly 12–15 weeks to...,
An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder is the second Kevin Smith Q&A DVD. The footage is taken from Kevin's Q&As at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto and the Criterion Theatre in London and was released on November 28, 2006. A Special Edition 4-disc DVD set was also released in Australia on October 25, 2006, includes An Evening with Kevin Smith since it has not yet been released in Australia. ...
An Evening with Kevin Smith is a DVD featuring Question and Answer sessions that the writer and filmmaker Kevin Smith held with his fans at various American colleges, including: Clark University, Cornell University, Indiana University, Kent State University and University of Wyoming. During the sessions, Kevin Smith answers questions regarding his movies, as well as his life. He discusses how he got started in the movie industry, how different films came about, his friendship with Jason Mewes, and his relationship with the media, fans, and various other celebrities.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) is a film written by, directed by and starring Kevin Smith, the fifth to be set in his View Askewniverse, a growing collection of characters and settings that developed out of his cult favorite Clerks. While centered around the two title characters, portrayed by Jason Mewes and Smith, the film features a variety of celebrity cameos, such as Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Matt Damon, Carrie Fisher, Wes Craven, Joey Lauren Adams, Jeff Anderson, Scott Mosier, Brian O'Halloran, Will Ferrell, Jon Stewart, Shannon Elizabeth, Ali Larter, Mark Hamill, Chris Rock, Eliza Dushku, Seann William Scott, Marc Blucas, Alanis Morissette, Jason Biggs, Diedrich Bader, Tracy Morgan, Shannen Doherty and George Carlin.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a prime example of the phenomenon of "fanservice"  - while maintaining its own plot, the movie has nearly constant in-jokes referencing Smith's previous four films. It also pays tribute to other...
Dogma is a 1999 comedy film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, who stars in the film along with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Bud Cort, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, George Carlin, Janeane Garofalo, and Alanis Morissette.
Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson, the stars of Smith's debut film Clerks, have cameo roles, as do Smith regulars Scott Mosier, Dwight Ewell, Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson.
The film is a satire of the Catholic Church and Catholic belief, which caused organized protests and much controversy in many countries, delaying release of the film and leading to at least three death threats against Smith.Aside from some scenes filmed on the New Jersey shore, most of the film was shot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay as well as a Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America honor for Best Screenplay.
This film was rated R by the MPAA “for strong language...,
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith has a daughter, Harley Quinn Smith in R
Mallrats is a 1995 film written and directed by Kevin Smith. It is the second to be set in Smith's "View Askewniverse" series of interlocking films set mostly in New Jersey, although the movie was filmed in the Eden Prairie Center Mall, which is located in Minnesota, not New Jersey. As in the other View Askewniverse movies, the characters Jay and Silent Bob figure prominently, and characters and events from other films are discussed. Several cast members, including Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, and Joey Lauren Adams, have gone on to work in several other Smith films. Comic book icon Stan Lee made a cameo appearance, as did Brian O'Halloran, the star of Smith's breakout feature Clerks.Mallrats was the subject of much critical derision when it was released, with many critics comparing it unfavorably to Smith's first film, Clerks. In his negative review of the film, critic Roger Ebert said "Before Mallrats was released, I chaired a panel that Smith participated in and Kevin Smith cheerfully...,
Clerks is a 1994 film written and directed by Kevin Smith (who also appears in the film in a minor role). Starring Brian O'Halloran as Dante Hicks and Jeff Anderson as Randal Graves, it presents a day in the lives of two shop clerks and their acquaintances. Clerks was the first of Smith's "View Askewniverse" films. It introduces several characters, notably Jay and Silent Bob, who reappear in his later works.
Dante Hicks is a clerk at the Quick Stop, a local convenience store in Leonardo, New Jersey. One morning, he receives a phone call from his boss, who claims that another employee is sick. After a brief argument, he reluctantly agrees to work, on the promise that he will be relieved at twelve o'clock so he can play hockey with his friends. When he arrives to open up the store, he realizes that the shutters outside won't open because someone jammed gum in the locks. With the shutters down, the store appears closed, so he writes "I assure you; we're open" in shoe polish on a large...,
Kevin Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, Monmouth County