While debuting his latest film, Red State, at the Sundance Film Festival, director Kevin Smith announced that he would stop directing after his next film, the hockey comedy Hit Somebody. While it seems appropriate, considering that Smith seems to wear nothing but hockey jerseys, it nonetheless surprised some who were looking forward to Clerks 3. We can't say we're upset after the double disappointment that was Cop Out and Zack & Miri Make a Porno, but there are many more directors we'd like to see retire before Smith. And while they should feel free to follow Smith's lead and shift into producing and distribution, they're also welcome to just chill out and get a hobby.
There have been many great adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The updated comedy Scrooged with Bill Murray is a modern classic, and The Muppet Christmas Carol alternates between Michael Caine's fine performance and the Muppets' rampant silliness. And the more traditional interpretations are numerous. So when we heard that the newest interpretation would be fully animated -- by Robert Zemeckis, who last directed Beowulf and The Polar Express -- and most of the roles would be played by Jim "The Grinch" Carrey... well, we got a little nervous. Vloggers Omar G. and Pablo G. watched the same trailer we did, and they have similar reservations. See what they have to say about the level of detail on Scrooge's nose and the imagery of Scrooge shooting through the sky on a rocket in the latest episode of "Trailers Without Pity," embedded below for your viewing pleasure.