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WonderCon 2022: The Panel With Kevin Smith!

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Snoochie Boochies WonderCon Noochies! WonderCon closed out its first night of panels with a spotlight on the writer, director, podcaster, pop culture commentator, and self-proclaimed “general nuisance”, Kevin Smith.

Hot off post-production of the upcoming “Clerks III”, Smith was welcomed to the stage by a full crowd in one of Anaheim Convention Center’s largest auditoriums. After warming up the crowd by asking that no one storm the stage and strike him (For more on that, Google another Smith), Smith kicked off an hour of general Q&A. Smith has been known for doing this for years at various colleges and comedy clubs all over the world. Several of his Q&As have even been filmed for DVD release under the “Evening With Kevin Smith” banner.

After nearly an hour of providing advice to young artists and divulging in tales of his most beloved superheroes, Smith ended emotionally. In 2010, shortly after the release of Smith’s 9th film, “Cop Out”, it was revealed to the public that Smith had clashed frequently with the film’s star, Bruce Willis all throughout production. Smith was very vocal about Willis’s erratic and selfish behavior and had remained so for many years. Smith revealed that when news broke of Willis’s aphasia diagnosis last week, he broke down, realizing that maybe there was a reason for the bad blood between the two of them. He then told the audience of a conversation he’d had just days ago with “Cop Out”

screenwriter Mark Cullen, who told Smith that Willis had relayed to him that working on “Cop Out” was some of the most fun he’d had and that he wished things hadn’t ended so badly between the two of them. After shedding a few tears during this emotional speech, Smith reminded the audience to applaud Bruce Willis, “The Greatest Of All Time”.

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Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series

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The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.

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The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.

Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.

The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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