Earlier this week, Sir Roger Moore, the third actor to portray Ian Fleming’s British Secret Service Agent, James Bond, passed away at the age of 89. Moore died after a brief battle with cancer at his home in Switzerland, according to his family members. The actor first achieved fame with lead television roles in series like Maverick and The Saint in the 1950s and 60s. His first outing as James Bond came with 1973’s Live and Let Die, the second Bond novel by author Ian Fleming. Moore’s appointment to the role came after Sean Connery returned for one additional film (Diamonds Are Forever) following actor George Lazenby’s dismissal from the the part. He would then go on to star as Bond in an additional six films throughout the remainder of the 1970s and up until 1985’s A View To A Kill. Continue reading →
The Piggery has been serving Chicagoans great tasting pulled-pork barbeque for the last 65 years. Located in Lake View at the intersection of Irving Park Rd and Ashland Ave, the restaurant has just had its grand re-opening since a fire damaged the building in February, 2012. Featuring delicious barbeque pulled-pork sandwiches, burgers, chicken entrees, a full service bar and a breakfast menu on Saturday and Sunday mornings, The Piggery is definitely worth stopping in for a midday Cubs game or an evening meal. Check out this clip from Chicago’s Best, as they stop in to try the Piggery’s famous Cuban Sandwich! The Piggery is available on Yelp, GrubHub, and Delivery.com, so be sure to stop-by!
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 has been doing a fairly good job of staying on the low recently. The director had recently announced plans to retire from filmmaking following his next project, Clerks 3, which is scheduled to begin filming this May. Following Clerks 3, however, the director will be taking his filmmaking talents in a new direction. Clerks 3 will (for now) be his last project with his View Askew characters, namely Jay and Silent Bob, and Dante and Randall, and the director is already looking ahead to plan his next project, a film called Helena Handbag. Smith is currently nearing completion on his most recent film, Tusk, which was inspired by a SModcast episode titled The Walrus and The Carpenter and concerned a tenant receiving free rent in exchange for dressing up as a Walrus to keep his landlord company. Strange, I know, and it’s also a bit surprising to see Smith coming out with a horror movie, but Helena Handbag will be an endeavor back into the realm of comedy.
The plot, according to Smith, involves humanity joining forces with hell to prevent mankind’s extinction by a “Rapturing giant Jesus.” I’m sure, after reading that, that you automatically have mixed feelings about it, but don’t worry, our director is not so ignorant that he thinks this will be an easy film to make. Smith has stated that he knows there’s a chance the film won’t even get picked up at all because it is sure to cause some controversies with religious fanatics and organizations, but we’ll see what happens. Maybe he can work it out so that the humor will be good enough to see passed the religious implications behind the plot! Tusk is due out sometime later this year, so keep an eye out for a movie trailer; with production wrapping up, they’re sure to release one soon.
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!