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Kevin Smith Says Harvey Weinstein Wouldn't Pay Him Royalties on 'Clerks'

Kevin Smith says that Harvey Weinstein refused to pay him royalties for Clerks, Variety reports.

The 49-year-old filmmaker sold Clerks, his first movie, to the 68-year-old disgraced film producer at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, when Harvey ran Miramax.

Harvey reportedly paid $227,000 for the movie, but they agreed that Kevin could receive a backend if the film became profitable.

Clerks went on to become a cult hit, grossing $3.2 million in North American theaters that fall, and earning tens of millions more on VHS.

“I’m still out money,” Kevin told the outlet. “It took seven years for us to see any profit from that movie. For seven years, they were like: ‘Nope, the movie is still not in profit.’ And we were like, ‘How?’ And then there were things.”

Harvey also apparently used sketchy accounting methods, such as billing Clerks for the costs of renting a yacht for Pulp Fiction at the Cannes Film Festival.

“You can’t tell this fairytale story without mentioning the monster,” Kevin said while discussing his upcoming documentary Clerk.

When his lawyer said he should audit Miramax, Kevin replied, “No, I can’t audit people I’m in business with. That’s gross.” By Clerks 2, though, Kevin started auditing The Weinstein Company: “If I was a better business person, I would have gone for more money. But it felt like, ‘Oh, there it is. That’s their process. Movie math.’”

Kevin kept working with Harvey because “I got paid upfront for each movie. Believe me, I ain’t crying poor. And I got ridiculous escalating salaries.”

Clerk was supposed to debut at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, but is now on hold amid the ongoing coronavvirus crisis.

“The Harvey part of the doc was one of the last things that made it into the movie,” Kevin Smith shared. “Having watched the doc without any mention of him in it, it felt like — well, whitewashing. It felt like something was missing.”

Harvey Weinstein has reportedly recovered from the coronavirus while in prison.

Jaime King & Kyle Newman Couple Up at Star-Studded 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Premiere!

Jaime King is all smiles as she poses alongside her husband Kyle Newman on the carpet at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker held at the TCL Chinese Theater on Monday night (December 16) in Hollywood.

The Black Summer actress was also joined at the event by The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano, Pete Wentz and his son Bronx Wentz, Constance Zimmer, Aisha Tyler, Ava DuVernay, Bobby Moynihan, Derek Hough and Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo.

Also in attendance to show their support for the film was Jay and Silent Bob Reboot stars Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, Frozen‘s Josh Gad, Mario Lopez, Matt Lanter, Ming-Na Wen, Modern Family‘s Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez, Raini Rodriguez, Seth Green, Spike Lee and Yvette Nicole Brown.

Jaime provided the voice of bounty hunter Aurra Sing and thief Cassie Cryar in the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. At the after party, she snacked on a McDonald’s Happy Meal and reminisced about being a kid in her Instagram post. She wrote, “Ever since I was little we would run to our local @mcdonalds to get the amazing #happymeal Star Wars toys! I treasure those memories.”

FYI: Jaime King is wearing a dress with a jeweled neckline by Prabal Gurung, Chloe Gosselin shoes, stacked colored rings by Bakti, stacked white rings by Eriness, earrings and other rings by Carole Le Bris Perez and Elie Saab bag.

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Joe Manganiello & Sofia Vergara Celebrate 'Jay & Silent Bob Reboot' Premiere - Watch Trailer!

Joe Manganiello happily hits the red carpet alongside his wife Sofia Vergara while attending the premiere of his new film Jay & Silent Bob Reboot held at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday (October 14) in Hollywood.

The happy couple were joined at the event by Joe‘s co-stars Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Rosario Dawson, Shannon Elizabeth, Jason Biggs, Harley Quinn Smith, Kate Micucci, Fred Armisen, Frankie Shaw, Molly Shannon, Joey Lauren Adams, Aparna Brielle, Jake Richardson, Treshelle Edmond, Ralph Garman and Alice Wen.

Also in attendance to show their support for the film were Austin Zajur, Jason‘s wife Jordan Monsanto and their daughter Logan Lee Mewes, and Steve-O and his wife Lux Wright.

The stoner icons who first hit the screen 25 years ago in CLERKS are back! When Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) discover that Hollywood is rebooting an old movie based on them, the clueless duo embark on another cross-country mission to stop it all over again.

The Jay & Silent Bob Reboot hits theaters nationwide October 15 and October 17!

READ MORE: Ben Affleck Supports Pals Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes at Hands & Footprint Ceremony.

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Ben Affleck Supports Pals Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes at Hands & Footprint Ceremony!

Ben Affleck is there for his friends!

The 47-year-old stepped out to support pals Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes at their Hands and Footprint Ceremony on Monday afternoon (October 14) at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck

If you didn’t know, Ben and Kevin had a major falling out back in the 1990s, but have since rekindled their friendship. Ben will be making an appearance in Kevin and Jason‘s upcoming Jay & Silent Bob Reboot.

“It was magical, man. Not only did we get a great scene in the movie — and the scene is wonderful, it’s probably one of the best scenes I’ve ever been involved with in film — but I got my friend back after many years,” Kevin shared with People at the ceremony. “That was sweet.”

Jay & Silent Bob Reboot will be released on Tuesday, October 15th – check out the trailer here!

Also pictured inside: Ben Affleck dropping his kids off at school on Monday morning (October 14) in Brentwood, Calif.

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Joaquin Phoenix Attends Mercy For Animals 20th Anniversary Hidden Heroes Gala

Joaquin Phoenix is showing his support for animals.

The 38-year-old Joker actor attended thhe Mercy For Animals 20th Anniversary Gala at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday (September 14) in Los Angeles.

The event was hosted by Kat Graham.

Paul Wesley and wife Ines de Ramon, Kat Von D, Moby, Rob Zombie, Daisy Fuentes, Richard Marx, Kevin Smith, Charo, Diane Warren, Sarah Jeffery, Alison Pill, Daniella Monet and Nev Schulman were also in attendance.

Kat Von D received the Mercy For Animals “Hope Award” presented by Rob Zombie, while Marco Borges received the Mercy For Animals “Global Impact Award” presented by Daisy Fuentes.

Rena Roseman received the Mercy For Animals “Legacy Award” presented by Alison Pill and Joshua Leonard, and Lindsay Oliver received Mercy For Animals “Hidden Hero Award” presented by Kevin Smith and Harley Quinn Smith.

READ MORE: Will Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Meet Robert Pattinson’s Batman in Future Movies?

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Kevin Smith Announces He-Man Anime Series 'Masters of the Universe: Revelation' for Netflix

Kevin Smith is bringing He-Man to Netflix!

The 49-year-old actor and director announced at the 2019 Power-Con on Sunday (August 18) his new Netflix anime series Masters of the Universe: Revelation, which will be an original story based on the 1980′s Mattel’s He-Man toy franchise.

“I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” Kevin said via Deadline. “In Revelation, we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!”

As of right now, Masters of the Universe: Revelation doesn’t have a premiere date.

Margaret Qualley, Maya Hawke & Harley Quinn Smith Get Glam For 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Premiere

Margaret Qualley showed her style while stepping out for the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere!

The 24-year-old actress hit the red carpet at the event on Monday evening (July 22) in Hollywood, Calif.

She was also joined by her cast mates Maya Hawke, Sydney Sweeney, Harley Quinn Smith, Madisen Beaty, Julia Butters and Mikey Madison.

Also in attendance were Harley Quinn‘s parents Kevin Smith and Jennifer Schwalbach Smith.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore.

The film hits theaters on July 26th.

FYI: Margaret is wearing Prada dress, shoes and bag with Irene Neuwirth earrings. Maya is wearing Olivier Theyskens. Sydney is wearing Miu Miu. Madisen is wearing a Lavanya Coodly dress. Harley is wearing Hearts On Fire jewelry.

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