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Kevin Smith Powers Up the Jon Lovitz Podcast Theatre

To help cement the June relaunch of the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club on Universal City Walk as a “Podcast Theatre,” filmmaker-turned-new-media-mogul Kevin Smith has a 24-hour live podcast event planned for Memorial Day weekend.

From noon on Sunday May 29th through noon on Monday, May 30th, Smith will preside over “Poddammit,” a live pod-a-thon featuring ten live podcasts and numerous guest appearances. Tickets for the event are $100 and limited to 250 attendees, while fans can also listen live via Smodcast Internet Radio (S.I.R.). Programming premieres include:

The ABC’s of SNL: Smith and Lovitz will kick off a new weekly series about the backstage goings-on at the Lorne Michaels comedy institution.

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Kevin Smith Defends His Film Red State and his Sundance Antics On Twitter

Filmmaker Kevin Smith is in the midst of an hour-plus Twitter defense of himself and his new film Red State, after multiple reports say he screwed over Indie distributors at a Sundance screening last night.

Here’s how Deadline’s Mike Fleming summed up Smith’s screening.

Kevin Smith lost some cred with indie distributors last night when  he hosed the teams that came to the premiere of Red State looking for an acquisitions title. Instead, they were subjected to a bogus auction that opened and closed with his $20 bid and announcement he would self distribute. Before he got to this sham climax, Smith spent 15 minutes shitting all over those buyers in the crowd, the ones watching films all day and pulling all-nighters to broker deals. … Read more

Weird Movie Title, Even Weirder PR Pitch

To do full justice to the name of the following indie film spoof, imagine reading the title aloud in the style of Pee-wee Herman‘s wind-up delivery. It’s called Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating, Crawling, Alien & Zombified, Subhumanoid Living Dead… Part 5

Even stranger is the offer being made by the parody film’s hostess, former Long Island foster child Angelica, to a list of celebrities that includes Hollywood comedy royalty Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Seth MacFarlane, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. If one of these targets agrees to review the movie, she and her partners (director James Riffel, co-writer Mark Zobian) are promising to pass on a check for $10,000 that can be donated to a charity of the celebrity’s choice.

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All Eliza Dushku Wants for Her Birthday is Donations

Actress Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is tweeting up a storm this week, trying to get the media and any individual with leftover Christmas money to support her 30th birthday charity cause. By December 30th, the Boston native is hoping to raise $30,000 for the construction of a rehabilitation center for former child soldiers in Uganda.

Host website Tonic.com is the good news, good endeavors hub launched by Island Records and tropical resort magnate Chris Blackwell. Dushku’s social media campaigning is paying off. Media coverage in the past few days has included WENN.com, CeleBuzz.com and others, while the tote board total is now quickly rising.

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Kevin Smith In the Midst of an Impressive Twitter Rant

We were waiting for it to end, but since he’s been going on for the better part of an hour, we’ll give you the heads up so you can check it out in real time. In short, director Kevin Smith is going off on Twitter. He started off by defending his cock length and, as of a few moments ago, was talking about Batman’s moral compass. But there was a lot of industry analysis and a defense of “Cop Out” in between.

Twitter is not the ideal format for prolonged ranting. It’s annoying actually. Like those people who try to conduct complex arrangements with you by texting instead of just calling. But still kind of interesting to see him go off.

Bruce Willis Squeaks Onto IMDB’s Top 25

Posted today, the names and titles populating IMDB’s user-generated lists of 2010′s Top 25 Movies and Movie Stars are all fairly predictable. But Bruce Willis?!

Somehow, the 55-year-old chrome-domed David Letterman sidekick managed to score the #19 spot on the website’s 2010 StarMeter rankings. This despite the fact that Kevin Smith, the director of the actor’s opening salvo for the year, Cop Out, got into a pissing match with critics via Twitter.

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Sirius Producer Pifferrer Talks Social Media On The Menu

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Sirius radio producer and host Mike Pifferrer joined Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven on today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu to discuss the biggest media headlines of the day.

First, Pifferrer talked about how he and other Sirius radio hosts on his show “The Morning Mash Up” use social media to connect to fans beyond their show. “Show’s don’t end when the show is done anymore,” Pifferrer said. “You need to be available to people 24/7 in order for them to really understand you and to get to know you as a person and to develop a liking for whatever it is you’re doing.”

“If a listener tweets [a host] I try to encourage them to write back as soon as possible,” he went on, explaining his approach to social media. “Facebook is great because while Twitter can get a little cluttered…you can just start a discussion on Facebook…We also have a blog.”

Also discussed: director and actor Kevin Smith‘s recent Tweet-a-thon and New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell‘s rescue from captivity in Afghanistan today.

In addition to producing “Morning Mash Up,” Pifferrer also hosts Sirius XM Hits 1 and 20on20 Late Night. You can also follow him on Twitter.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Hollywood Elite Come to McCain’s Rescue

Yes, John Woo, Kevin Smith and Wes Anderson are doing all they can to get John McCain in the White House.

We love this video, even though we had to watch it twice to figure out that the young guy with white schmootz in his hair is supposed to be McCain.

Watchmen Dispute: Alan Moore’s Work is Jinxed

175px-Watchmencharacters.jpgWatchmen was the only thing anyone was talking about at Comic Con this year. Kevin Smith told the director of the film Zack Snyder at a standing room only panel,”The whole reason we ever had a Comic Con was that someone would make a Watchmen movie. I feel like after I see it I can die!”

It’s due to be released in March (3/6/09 to be exact…snort). Now, 20th Century Fox says it owns the rights but Warner Bros is the one making the film. A federal judge Gary A. Feess ruled that Fox may have a case. Let the litigation begin.

As we reported from Comic Con, writer Alan Moore has taken his name off Watchmen project. He’s had a series of bad experiences in Hollywood with his other graphic novels being made into lukewarm films (i.e. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and V for Vendetta). Now he’ll have another seedy dark tale of epic proportions. Ahem.

Now the NYTimes reports:

According to Fox’s lawsuit, however, Warner, in acquiring rights through the producer Lawrence Gordon, failed to acquire certain rights already owned by Fox, including the right to distribute any picture made by Mr. Gordon’s company.

The case, originally filed in February, echoes an earlier court fight that was resolved in 2005 when Warner agreed to pay the producer Robert B. Clark at least $17.5 million to settle claims that it had infringed his rights by making the “The Dukes of Hazzard” film with Johnny Knoxville.

The settlement came after Judge Feess, who presided in that case as well, issued a preliminary injunction that would have blocked the film’s release.

Not to negate the nail-biter that surely was the Dukes of Hazzard release but if Watchmen is delayed…expect a riot. A nerd riot. A sweaty swarm of nerds billowing toward you…like Comic Con with an attention span.

Kevin Smith Challenges MPAA Ratings System With Porn Star in Tow…And Wins

Kevin Smith.jpgKevin Smith, everyone’s favorite oddball indie director, challenged the MPAA rating system for his new pic, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” and won a reduction from NC-17 to R.

The director of such hits as “Clerks,” “Jersey Girl,” “Dogma” and “Chasing Amy,” is no stranger to taking on the MPAA.
When “Clerks” first came out it, too, was given and NC-17 rating that Smith was able to alter to an R. And his Ben Affleck film “Jersey Girl” was shifted from an R to a PG-13.

With “Zack and Miri…,” Smith cast Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks as roommates who decide to make a porn film to get themselves out of debt.

“We didn’t set out to make an NC-17 film. That’s just commercial suicide,” Smith told The Associated Press.
The original rating would prohibit anyone under the age of 17 from ever seeing the film.

Now, teens can go with a parent — if the parent dares.

The Weinstein brothers are putting it out under their eponymous label, which is not only separated from the Weinstein’s original Miramax label, but is luckily no longer tied to Disney, which would no doubt love to be behind a porn film.

katiemorgan.jpgCo-star Katie Morgan, who has some fairly graphic sex scenes with Jason Mewes, is a well-known porn star.
The MPAA revised the rating after its appeals board viewed the film and decided it wasn’t as dirty as an NC-17 rating might convey.

“They felt it was rather sexually graphic. My point is, it was comically graphic. All the sex in the movie with the exception of one scene is very cartoonish, very campy,” Smith said. “It wasn’t designed to titillate.”

The appeals board, a separate panel from the ratings board, viewed the movie Tuesday, and Smith presented his arguments.
See the Associated Press story below:

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