I didn't have anything better to do, I was pissed at General Motors
and I thought that somebody should have something to say about the
Reagan bush catastrophe.
Third movie in the NJ Trilogy? Please - who would ever
give me cash after "Mallrats"?
Regarding the hat - if you send me about forty bucks or
something, I'll send you that hat. And if you act now,
I'll throw in the 'Rats' version of John Pierson's '\
'Spike, Mike, Slackers, and Dykes' - as (little) seen in
For all neo-realism action, read John Pierson's
'Spike, Mike, Slackers, amnd Dykes.'
From John Pierson - "You can get into any of the major
domestic festivals in 16mm format. And they do a good
job of presenting work that way. Super 16 requires a blow-up."
So sayeth John.
Twenty five, and not that much. But now I get queries
on the net from you, Ladyred, and that makes all the
John - "By making an original work... 7um that hasn't been
seen before but not so far out that you're the only one
that wants to see it. Then, it's festivals, festivals,
festivals. And only then, can you be an overnight success."
I'm taking some time off to tour with the Ice Capades.
I'll be skating to a special dance number entitled, "Spike, Mike, Sla
Mike, Slackers and Dykes." TAnya HArding will be joining me
in that routine.
About ninety minutes long, if Harvey Weinstein gets
his say. And something in there about a guy who falls
in love with a lesbian.
John - "I have a first look deal with Miramax, so the
funding for low budget 'Grainy Pictures' comes from
i'm writing another fiction film right now. The glove didn't fit.
How long is eventually? TV NATION or something similar will be back
on the air this year, either on Fox, HBO or the Food Channel.
John - "I answered an ad in the NY Times six months after
getting out of NYU film school, when I realized I wouldn't
be making my own films." Read more about it in John's tome
'Spike, Mike, Slackers, and Dykes'.
See, what people don't understand is that we were trying
to undergross 'Clerks' with 'Mallrats'. That was the
plan. I swear. About the laserdisc - I'm trying to
get MCA Video to let us fatten up the 39.95 disc. You
can help - flood their e-mail or whatever with requests,
and I promise, those corporate cowards will cater to you.
John - "The snow was more powdery, some of the key films
showed a lot more emotion, but there were some great ones
that went way out on a limb - like the best ones always do.
But ask me about it when I'm in Chicago - specifically
Barnes and Noble Evanston, near the Northwestern campus,
on February 13th."
I like L.A. If you were from Flint, you would too.
John - "Michael will probably want to kill me, but I'd say
Kevin - "All three 'Batman' flicks. Just for a little
taste of the merchandising. Or something arty like
'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' (Just kidding)."
Mike -- "John is lying in a pool of blood and the building is surrounded
I would have like to have been involved in Roger & Me
but every time the crew would go to shoot a
scene, they would forget to wake me up. My favorite films o
1995: Lamerica, Les Miserables, Priest, Clueless.
Jeff, thanks for the homepage. If I ever learn to negotiate
the Web, I'm going to find it. As for the ending - yes, Dante
got shot. It's at the end of the 'Clerks' laserdisc, and
you can read all about how and why it got cut in 'Spike,
Mike, Slackers, and Dykes', John Pierson's new book that
details anything and everything indie (film) from the last
ten years. Do I sound like a pitchman? That's because I am.
I'm a booster.
'Amy' will be a big departure from both 'Clerks' and 'Rats',
in as much as it deals with more serious topics. Is it
still funny? Yes. What does it have in common with the
other two? Jay, Silent Bob, and Alyssa Jones - sister of
Tricia (the book writer from 'Rats) and Heather (the chick
that left with the Trainer in 'Clerks').
Ladyred, anything and everything I learned about film
and the rest of that media stuff, I learned in John Pierson's
book - 'Spike, Mike, Slackers, and Dykes'. Beyond that -
just what 'errors' are you referring to?
Brian - who played Dante - was in 'Mallrats', as was Jason
'Jay' Mewes. Me and my producer Scott got the biggest career
boosts from the movie, to be honest with you, because it's
such an auteur driven field. Not like I'm an auteur or
anything, but they seemed to think so.
It started with the character of Jason Mewes, a friend of
mine from Highlands. He's like a sonic boom with dirt on
it. And it was always my feeling that - if I ever rose
to a position where I could exploit his natural talent -
I would. So based on that, when I thought about 'Jay', I
knew he'd need an antithesis - someone who did the opposite
of what he did: talk. Hence, Silent Bob.
Bryan - maybe I've said a bit too much about John Pierson's
'Spike, Mike, Slackers, and Dykes'. But I can't tell you
what an informative piece of work it is. Really. But enough
about the book....
Except that it got this huge review in the NY Times that runs
this weekend. Check it out.
Same ol' same ol'...
Fox is very different from NBC. For more on this, check out "Spike, Mike
Slackers and Dykes" the sequel.
Because John Pierson - author of 'Spike, Mike, Slackers,
and Dykes' told me it'd be a good idea. Read all about it
in the chapter 'The Odd Couple', pg. 279. And read our
cool dialogues inbetween the chapters, where we dish on
Qunetin and Robert Rodriguez.
John - "He may make a doc about Woody Allen on a music tour
in Europe. Jean Doumanian called the other day to ask me
what the sales value of a doc like that would be in foreign
territories. So maybe they haven't decided to fork over
the money yet."
Dogma is coming - that much I can promise you. ANd it'll
be big. Big, big, bigger than big, in terms of look and
scale. But that's not till July (when we start pre-production).
First, we have to knock out 'Chasing AMy' for the low, low
price of $250,000.00 - something you won't be able to read
about in 'Spike, Mike, Slackers, and Dykes', because it
hasn't happened yet. But if it has happened in the world of
indie film, it's in that book.
About the plot - Jay and Silent Bob join forces with a fallen
apostle, a muse, and the scion of Christ to save the world
from two renegade but harmless angels. I swear.
Working with SHannen was a pure joy. SHe's really sweet.
Are you out there, SHannen? Did you read that?
I like Clerks and Mallrats, better than Clerks and Mallrats.
I'd do Dogma for ten million. That's it. I don't ask for
much. But for half a mill more, I wouldn't mind re-making 'Lawrence
of Arabia' with a few more desert sequences.
Such a good question. The good folks at Miramax didn't think
Jay had commercial appeal - They thought he'd scare America
more than entice them into the theatres. Good eye. And if
you look at the 'Rats' poster, Jay's there, but his name
isn't in the credit block. Vice versa for the 'Clerks'
No. Please tell me again.
I'd love it, but would it damage my cult icon rep? We don't
have an E-mail address as of yet, but you're welcome to fax
us at (908) 842 - 3772.
John - "Guin (Turner) was just at the Barnes and Noble
signing in NYC two hours ago. Rose is reportedly 'circling
the book warily'."
I would never do a show like the 'Turnaround' guys; I'd make
As for 'Clerks' the sitcom - they did make one, and it
wasn't that good. So now we're in talks about doing
'Clerks - The Animated Series'. Seriously.
No. I am so unlike Silent Bob. I can only stand Jason for
a few minutes at a time. And I never, ever, ever, do drugs.
Okay, once. But that's it. ANd I don't deal. Unless I
make a movie that flops.
I still know and love the Thapar's, and yes - I paid them
for the use of the store. And for all the food we ate and
never really 'officially' wrote down while shooting the
Scott - man,how much free time do you have?
If Jay and SIlent Bob fought, both would fall asleep before
the fight ended.
As for the note to my ex's mother. Nah. Well, maybe.
Man, hockey's my limit. Sometimes I'll walk downstairs
for a bgel and cocoa, but that's the extent of the pyhsical
Fiction. But don't we all have a Rick Derris in one form
or another in our lives.
Kevin - no.
Mike - yes, and it's fully detailed in John Pierson's
'Spike, Mike, Slackers, and Dykes.'
The price of the tape should drop soon. My suggestion -
steal one from 'Blockbustr'.
Girls Against Boys was just a strange coincidence...
but then again, so were alot of the things Oliver Stone
pointed out in 'JFK'.
Funn. Dave and the boys were a good bunch of guys.
Hyperion/Miramax - who publish 'Spike, Mike, Slackers, and
Dykes' are going to release the screenplays to both 'Clerks'
and 'Chasing AMy' sometime in the next year, with text about
both flicks and cool pictures too.
John - "You can find 'Spike, Mike, etc' anywhere but the
Fiji islands. For 'Clerks' merchandise, call up and bug
Miramax, or wait for the View Askew Web site (our production
company) coming soon.
No Palson's, but there is a Posten's. Have I ever tipped
a casket? No.
Silent Bob's lines were just easier to memorize.
Kev's final message (well, not final forever - just for
tonight) - I'd like to send all my love out to my sweetie -
Joey Adams (she's a girl), and urge anyone who knows anything
about 'Clerks' anything on the Web to fax us at View Askew
(908) 842 - 3772. Bonus stuff for anyone that can tell us
something we don't know (and believe me, that's a lot).
AAnd we've made some jokes about it tonight, but in all
honesty, John Pierson's book is excellent, and well-worth
a read if you like 'Clerks' or other indie flicks like
'She's Gotta Have it', Richard Linklater's 'Slacker', Mike
Moore's 'Roger and Me', and a host of others. 'Spike, Mike
Slackers, and Dykes' is on sale everywhere. Buy it, and if
you hate it, I'll give you your money back...
Well, not really. But maybe I'll send you a poster or
something. Good night, and thanks for hanging out.