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Kevin Smith’s ‘Jay & Silent Bob Rebooted’ is an affectionate love letter to … Kevin Smith

Across a three-hour show Wednesday evening that combined Kevin Smith’s latest star-studded feature with a marathon-style Q&A, Smith and original star Jason “Jay” Mewes presented “Jay & Silent Bob Rebooted” …

‘Jay & Silent Bob’ actor-director Kevin Smith on Weinstein, Carlin, Springsteen, Affleck, 2018 heart attack

Kevin Smith, the humble son of a postal worker and homemaker who was raised in middle-class New Jersey, called from his Los Angeles home on Wednesday to reveal what he …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Review: ‘Like a Boss’ feels more like a chore – you can’t wait for this movie to be over

“Like a Boss” is the perfect airplane movie – something that won’t distract you terribly much while you work the New York Times crossword puzzle during a long flight periodically …

2020 Golden Globes preview: A forecast for Sunday’s awards

The 77th Golden Globes Awards will be handed out Sunday. And the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. would very much like to remind you ahead of time that its members are …

How Carrie Fisher’s role was woven into ‘Rise of Skywalker’

Ever since her death, those creatively involved with the Skywalker Saga – which seemingly concluded with the Dec. 20 opening of “Rise” – have tried to honor Carrie Fisher’s memory …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

‘The Grudge’ star John Cho talks about ‘injecting a face that looks like mine’ into ‘pretty white’ horror genre

John Cho is breathing new life into a deadly story. In the third version of “The Grudge,” the “Harold & Kumar” star is trading in his comedy chops for a …

Why Keri Russell leaped at chance to join J.J. Abrams’ ‘Rise of Skywalker’

Keri Russell’s career was already riding high with her multi-Emmy-nominated turn on “The Americans” when she heard from an old friend. It was J.J. Abrams, who two decades earlier provided …

100 years ago in Spokane: Locally made movie pays dividend to bankrupt producer

“Fool’s Gold,” the one and only movie made by Spokane’s bankrupt Washington Motion Picture Corp., was finally making some money in East Coast markets, The Spokesman-Review reported.

Olivia Wilde defends ‘Jewell’ reporter over sex-for-tips claims

Actress Olivia Wilde is defending Kathy Scruggs, the journalist she portrays in “Richard Jewell.”

I’m dreaming of … the Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival

For the 14th consecutive year, the Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival will celebrate the cinema, songs and career of Tacoma-born and Spokane-reared entertainer Bing Crosby at the Bing Crosby Theater …

Henry Cavill: Door ‘hasn’t closed’ on Superman, but first, ‘Witcher’

Henry Cavill is all-in on his Netflix fantasy series “The Witcher,” but he says the “door hasn’t closed” on a return as Superman in the DC cinematic universe.

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

‘The Janitor’ is a labor of fright for local aspiring filmmakers

Aspiring producers Shane Tyler, who lives in Athol, and Austin Meyers, who resides in Spokane Valley, released their short film, “The Janitor,” in August on YouTube, a movie the two …

CGI James Dean director never intended casting ‘to be a marketing gimmick’

A director behind the film that cast a CGI version of James Dean says he’s surprised by the backlash it sparked. “Finding Jack” filmmaker Anton Ernst said that he was …

Damon Wayans’ return: Comic-actor remembers ‘beautiful’ Spokane during filming of ‘Roxanne’

That familiar face whizzing through the trails of Mt. Spokane this weekend just might be the mug of Damon Wayans. The veteran comic-actor, who will perform Thursday through Sunday at …

More frights await in theaters this fall

Summer’s almost over. The days are getting shorter. Pumpkin spice is in the air. Orange and black-themed stores are opening in once-vacant buildings. Yep. It’s nearly Halloween.

Still down the rabbit hole for ‘The Matrix’ 20 years later

All it took was a red pill. A plunge down the rabbit hole. A slowing of time while a man dodges bullets. We were hooked. And still are.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Review: Somber ‘Angel Has Fallen’ brings change to franchise

The “Has Fallen” series, “Olympus,” “London” and now “Angel Has Fallen,” is a curiously enduring franchise. But it seems the character of Mike Banning, a foul-mouthed Secret Service agent played …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Stockholders hope to revive Spokane’s film industry by buying Minnehaha studio

Welling Playter, a former filmmaker for Washington Motion Picture Corp., put together a $30,050 bid to buy the studio.

The real Brian Banks speaks out on prison injustice, reform

When Brian Banks’ home was a prison cell due to a crime he didn’t commit, he never imagined he would be the subject of a film. He was only concerned …

‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ is better than you think – seriously

There’s a new movie that teaches valuable lessons about teamwork and forgiveness. It boasts a plot and action based on the foundational principles of mathematics. And it encourages girls to …

‘47 Meters Down: Uncaged’ drowns in other shark movie references

It just isn’t summer until someone punches a shark. Since Jason Statham is off on “Hobbs & Shaw” duties, that task falls to Canadian actress Sophie Nilisse, the plucky heroine …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

‘Good Boys’ is surprisingly sweet comedy about raunchy side of tween boy life

Much has been made of how “Good Boys” – an R-rated comedy about a trio of sixth-grade nerds caught up in a misadventure involving drugs, sex toys, beer and slapstick …

Linklater’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ becomes a bit of a bore

Narrated by 15-year-old Bee Branch, Maria Semple’s epistolary comedy conveys its story of Bee; her brilliant, devoted ex-architect mother, Bernadette; and Microsoft visionary father, Elgin, by way of emails, FBI …

Bruce Lee’s daughter says Quentin Tarantino can ‘shut up’ or own up

Bruce Lee’s daughter has heard enough from Quentin Tarantino, thank you very much. It’s time for the director to be quiet or be apologetic. “He could shut up about it,” …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Film finds a ‘Home Sweet Home’ in Spokane area

Amy Lillard, executive director of Washington Filmworks, the nonprofit that manages the Motion Picture Competitiveness program, said the Spokane area is, so far this year, the preferred destination for films …

100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane pushes to become Hollywood North

Spokane had still not given up on the dream of becoming Hollywood North, The Spokesman-Review reported.

Casey Affleck explores parenting in the apocalypse

Casey Affleck explores parenting in the apocalypse in new film ‘Light of My Life’

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019

Review: ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ gives Gen Z its own delightfully dorky ‘Indiana Jones’

Dora, with her backpack, sunny outlook and multicultural perspective, is truly the hero we need for this century.

Is Tom Holland or Tobey Maguire the best Spider-Man ever?

Ahead of the superhero debut, at least three noteworthy “Spider-Man” stories were posted, two, courtesy of the Washington Post and Variety, ranking the eight “Spider-Man” films from worst to best, …

“Romeo and Juliet” director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, famed for his romantic film “Romeo and Juliet” as well as other operas, films and television, has died at 96