Kevin Smith Will Spill Blockbuster 'Spoilers' on Hulu This Summer
To say writer/director Kevin Smith has had a contentious relationship with film critics over the past few years might be an understatement. After his film Cop Out was trashed by reviewers, Smith went on a tirade decrying the fairness of critics getting to see films at early press screenings, claiming they should be paying customers like everyone else. Now, Indiewire has a press release from the streaming service Hulu that Smith will become a quasi-film critic himself as the host of "Spoilers," his own 30-minute show in which he and an audience see a summer blockbuster on opening night and talk about it on camera. See a teaser below!
Here's a teaser for the series Spoilers, and you can see a couple more clips over at Hulu:
The ten-episode series will debut on June 4th, 2012, and the following films will be discussed:
Snow White and the Huntsman
Rock of Ages
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The Amazing Spider-Man
Ice Age: Continental Drift
The Dark Knight Rises
The Bourne Legacy
Smith calls it an "anti-movie review" show, claiming that they're going to "revere" movies and not review them. The production will pay for the audience to see the film on opening day at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, and the show will consist of a discussion featuring audience interaction, a segment about the Criterion Collection, in-depth guest interviews with celebrities ranging (Smith hopes) from Joss Whedon to Stan Lee to Wil Wheaton, and more. Looks like all of the audience spots are booked already, but if you live in Los Angeles and want to jump on the waiting list, you can do so at the new Spoilers website.
Sounds like a fun concept. Say what you will about the quality of Smith's work, but he's been able to turn podcasting into a full-time gig, which highlights the thing he does best: talk. He's a great public speaker (as anyone who has seen one of his DVD specials can attest), and since Smith has essentially retired from directing (he's got Hot Somebody in the works), it'll be fascinating to watch someone with a high profile talk about current Hollywood movies without dancing around them and being forced to say nice things because he's afraid he'll alienate a future co-worker. Interested?