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7 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Kevin Smith


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Jersey’s second favorite son (sorry, Frank Sinatra will always be first) has carved an idiosyncratic path through the movie business, but there are still aspects of Kevin Smith’s life that might surprise you. Here are 7 under-the-radar tidbits.

UPDATE: Who knows more about Kevin Smith than… Kevin Smith? Here’s his take on the list:

1. He Got Kicked Out Of College

Smith attended the New School in New York City, but was booted out for throwing water balloons out of the window of his dorm into the Manhattan street below.


2. He Almost Wrote Jaws 5

After the success of Mallrats, Universal Pictures approached Smith to write a script for Jaws 5, because that franchise really needed to continue. It was never produced. Smith later put a re-enactment of the scar scene from the first Jaws in Chasing Amy.


3. There’s A Street Named After Him

In 2002, the tiny New Jersey hamlet of Paulsboro named a street “Kevin Smith Way” after he filmed Jersey Girl there.


4. There Was Almost a Jay & Silent Bob Meet Hellraiser

After Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Bob Weinstein called Smith up and asked him if he wanted to make a crossover film with his characters and the Cenobites from Clive Barker’s horror franchise.


5. Silent Bob Speaking In Clerks Wasn’t Planned

The bit at the end of Clerks where Silent Bob breaks his silence wasn’t in the script – the lines were supposed to go to Jason Mewes, but he kept screwing them up so Smith took the bit himself.


6. Mallrats Happens The Day Before Clerks

The drowning death of Julie Dwyer is mentioned in Mallrats and then Dante and Randal shut down the convenience store to go to her wake in Clerks.


7. He Likes Talking About His Wife’s Private Parts On Twitter

If you don’t follow Smith on Twitter, you miss romantic statements like “A decade-plus and her clit/brown/taint-area still pOwns my dick.”


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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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