MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Middletown has got talent and a recent production out of the Middletown schools makes it it clear - and enjoyable to viewers.

High School North News anchor, Sophia Haber-Brock, recently ventured to Red Bank to provide coverage of the pop-up restaurant Mooby's, a fictional fast food burger chain in Kevin Smith's cinematic universe.


Smith is a native of the Borough of Highlands, and filmed his breakout 1994 film Clerks at the Quickstop convenience store located in the Leonardo section of Middletown. He has also filmed portions of followup feature films at sites in Red Bank, Fair Haven, Asbury Park and Brick Township.

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While on site at Mooby's, Haber-Brock spoke to Smith about coming back home to launch his pop-up restaurant, as well as the opening of SmodCastle, a podcast production hub situated next to the Quickstop convenience store. 


The SmodCastle project is spearheaded by Smith and longtime collaborators Ming Chen, a fellow podcasting star and television personality, and Eddie O'Donnell, an actor, writer and director. Chen also recently hosted the production of the Holmdel Chamber of Commerce Video Podcast.

Haber-Brock discussed with all three the challenges of developing this venture in the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis.


Watch the full episode of North News to see Haber-Brock's time with Smith, as well as additional segments related to the opening of the new school year.