If you've been following that latest works of Kevin Smith, you know that he recently finished the script for "Clerks 3," but he is now waiting for the green light on that project. As he told MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con, that holding pattern doesn't agree with him and his work flow. That's why he decided to do something big with the waiting period.
"So I'm back in this weird period where I've hurried up, like 'Oh my God. It's all there. It's right there.' And you submit it, and now you have to wait there for somebody to say 'yes' or 'no,' " Smith told us. "I'm back to a gatekeeper place, which I can't stand, so rather than sit there and stare at the phone and wait for it to ring. I decided to start writing something else. I started writing this movie called 'Tusk.' "
"Tusk" began its life as a post of Gumtree, a UK-based Craigslist of sorts that finds people housing. A listening on the site went viral and wowed Smith, who recalled the post for us.
In "The Lifeguard," Kristen Bell plays Leigh, a New York journalist who returns home to Connecticut to find herself. While there, she spends her free time as a lifeguard at the local pool and begins a relationship with teenager from the neighborhood.
In this exclusive clip from the film, Leigh tells Little Jason, the boy she's been seeing, about a story she wrote while working in New York.
There was a man who kept a tiger in his apartment, but the animal got sick and died. The story appears to be inspired by Ming of Harlem, the tiger that was found living in an apartment after he bit his owner. You can read about that story here.
Watch the clip above, and check out "The Lifeguard" when it opens in theaters on August 30.
TheWrap's second annual "ShortList" Online Film Festival is currently underway, and voting is open for you to choose which two short films will play on one of MTV's networks for the world to see.
All you have to do to check out this year's slate of films and vote for a winner is head over to the "ShortList" site to view the 12 very different shorts that are up for the top prize, as judged by industry insiders like Destin Cretton, the writer-director behind the indie darling "Short Term 12."
TheWrap also has rundown on some of the entries and the stories behind them.
By Ryan Rigley
With over two years to go until the release of "Star Wars VII," fans have been clamoring for any little bits of news that they can get their hands on. Speaking of, here's a quote from Samuel L. Jackson on seeing J. J. Abrams at George Lucas' wedding: "J.J. was there, I was there. I was like (raises eyebrows) and he was like (noncommittal shrug), and he just went about his business. I don’t know what that means. Harrison (Ford) was there too, and he was like (shrug)."
Jackson goes on to discuss how incorporating characters such as Han Solo, or Mace Windu, could potentially ease the transition between the old "Star Wars" actors and the new. Obviously, this is something that we're all rooting for; with the rumored return of Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. That said, we can't help but wonder what other characters from the "Star Wars" Expanded Universe might show up. Take Kyle Katarn for instance, the main character of several notable "Star Wars" video games.
As the fall movie season approaches, we're starting to look forward to finally seeing all of those great films that premiered at this year's Sundance, including "Kill Your Darlings."
"Kill Your Darlings" stars Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan among others as two icons of the beat generation, Allen Ginsberg and Lucien Carr, respectively.
Both young actors have received raves for their performances and slip the striking poster in yellow and black imagery.
Check out the full poster after the jump!
On Sunday night, there was a very peculiar overlap in the TV schedules. The latest episode of "Breaking Bad" aired during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The natures of both shows create big topics of conversation on Twitter, but they also crossed over in a way that was totally unexpected.
Miley obviously won the "Most talked about moment" of the show. Her twerking with Robin Thicke was just about everywhere in the day after the show. Everyone was talking about it, or watching the video if they hadn't seen it already. Everyone, including Hank and Marie Schrader.
A viral video from YouTube user Sam Barnett combined two of the big topics of conversation from Sunday night into one amazing mash-up.
And the hits just keep on coming.
We just kicked off day three of the 2013 Video Music Awards All Access Experience, and if you've been watching the past two days, you know exactly what to expect.
We're talking nominated videos and interviews with nominees, performers, and more. It's going to be out of control, so strap yourself in.
Bringing you the hottest acts in all of music in one night is apparently not enough for the folk putting on the Video Music Awards. That's why we're coming to you live from Brooklyn every day until Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, when the 2013 VMAs bring the Barclays Center down.
Tune in now to check out the nominated videos and interviews with nominees, performers, and more
The 2013 Video Music Awards are still a few days away, but for you, they can start a whole lot sooner thanks to the VMAs All Access Experience.
It sounds important, but it's actually really cool too. All Access is a five-day, multi-platform experience that will take you inside the world of the VMAs four days early with special guests appearances from people like Robin Thicke, Big Sean, and Ariana Grande.
The VMAs All Access Experience kicks off today at 4 p.m. ET with a special episode of RapFix Live coming to you from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the site of this year's awards, and continues non-stop all the way to the VMAs on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
A Siskel and Ebert special from 1990 has resurfaced and features conversations with Spielberg, Lucas, and Scorsese about the future of films. It's utterly fascinating.
Also, killer squirrels take over today's Dailies!