Director Randal Kleiser’s big-screen adaptation of the Broadway hit Grease is celebrating its 40th anniversary this April. To celebrate the occasion, TCM Big Screen Classics Presents and Fathom Events are hosting special screenings of the Oscar-nominated film in theaters across the country. Although Jim Jacob’s and Warren Casey’s original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Choreography (Birch), Best Actor (Barry Bostwick), and Best Costume Design, it was Kleiser’s film adaptation that would go down in history as an American pop-culture icon, with John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) and Olivia Newton-John (Xanadu, Two of a Kind) in the roles of greaser Danny Zuko and good-girl Sandy Olsson. The film received several Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture (Musical/Comedy), Best Actor (Travolta), Best Actress (Newton-John), and Best Original Song for Frankie Valli’s “Grease” and John Farrar’s “You’re The One That I Want,” neither of which is featured in the original musical. John Farrar’s “Hopelessly Devoted To You” also earned the film an Oscar-nomination for Best Original Song. For the anniversary event, special screenings will be played at select theaters on April 8th, April 11th, and April 14th. To find showings near you, visit Fathom Events at the link below and enter your Zip Code on your preferred date, and enjoy the show!
Comedy veteran Kevin Smith seems to be caught up in the sequel-binge that’s happening in Hollywood right now. The director is not only preparing to begin filming Clerks 3 in Philadelphia this May, but now he has also confirmed he is working on a sequel to his 1995 comedy flop Mallrats. Clerks 3 will bring back Smith and Jason Mewes as Jay and Silent Bob, as well as Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson as clerks Dante and Randal, plus Clerks 2 star Rosario Dawson, and Marilyn Ghigliotti (Clerks, Starship:Rising) as Veronica. While fans of Smith and his View-Askewniverse characters will be probably welcome the Clerks crew back to the big screen, many are surprised to hear that he is returning to Mallrats. The movie virtually flopped at the box office when it was released in ’95 (it was Smith’s first release since Clerks a year earlier), but Smith has said he will make the movie in a long-delayed honor of Mallrats producer Jim Jack, who always supported Smith over the years and died with an unrelenting desire to see Mallrats 2 on the big screen. Whatever the reason, Smith already has half of the script completed and if all goes well principle photography should begin as early as May 2016. In the meantime, check out this 1995 trailer for Mallrats, and if you haven’t seen it you should definitely make a point to.
Director Kevin Smith last left the View Askewniverse in 2006 with Clerks 2. Although the film turned out to be a huge success (securing a spot at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival), many of us had expected him to end his string of Jersey films with Jersey Girl in 2006; so when Smith announced he was going to make another Jersey film and that it would be a sequel to Clerks, he understandably took a lot of heat for it. After the success of the movie, however, fans and critics stopped whining about how the director had lost his ability to write something original and was going “back to the well.” But now Smith is planning to once again get his fans up in a stir! Smith finished the script for Clerks 3 earlier this summer, but because the project is supposedly bigger and requires a higher budget, the director is taking on a smaller “warm-up” project as he calls it, in the form of a horror flick called Tusk.
Tusk is the story of a man who was lost at sea with a Walrus for six months, and is now looking for a roommate; but he has a very strange request. The roommate must agree to dress up as a Walrus for 2 hours a day to remind him of his old friend. Pretty fucking weird. The film will, however, require a much smaller budget, and give Smith the chance to make a “warmup pitch” before he begins production on Clerks 3. Smith has said that he wants Tusk to get a slot at Sundance, even though he’s late on the submission. The film will star Justin Long in the role of the Walrus-roommate, so I don’t know if Smith is going for ridiculous-horror-movie that people actually laugh at or a legitimate horror film that can make people jump in their seats. Then again I can’t really imagine what Smith has planned for Clerks 3 either; maybe Randal will get married or Dante will be a shitty father. I just don’t know. Either way, I trust him to make a good sequel…as long as he gets Rosario Dawson to come back!