Five Infamous Fake Pornos (As Seen In Films)


With Kevin Smith’s latest film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, hitting theaters this Friday, we at /Film thought it might be a good time to take a look back at the history of fictional pornographic movies. Typically, unless the movie you are watching is itself a porno, porn plays a minor role in films, skirting around the edges and marginally infusing the proceedings with a dollop of sexuality. However, the following pornos have all in some way wormed their way into becoming major plot devices for (mostly) memorable movies. Here are five of the most infamous fake pornos, as seen in films:

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As Seen In: The Big Lebowski

Remember when Tara Reid was still considered sexy? Neither do I, but apparently at some indeterminate time in the past, Reid was seen as hot enough to be tapped for the role of trophy wife and porn star in the Coen brothers hilarious stoner comedy, The Big Lebowski. In one of the pivotal scenes in this film’s labyrinthine plot, Maude Lebowski and the Dude come to the realization that the Nihilists aren’t actually involved in kidnapping Reid’s character, Bunny, at all!

This porno begins to answers questions we never even wanted to ask. What does Tara Reid look like in a porn film? What are the physical mechanics of efficient German lovemaking? Who would possibly want to see Peter Stormare naked? Either way, Julianne Moore’s brilliant deadpan commentary make this porno one for the books.

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Final Zack and Miri Make a Porno Trailer

The Weinstein Co has released one last final trailer for Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and I think this might be the best one yet. I’ll make this short and sweet – Zack and Miri is the funniest movie I’ve seen all year. It doesn’t pretend to cure cancer, it’s just an incredibly funny movie. Check out the trailer below.

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Watch the trailer in High Definition on MySpace. Zack and Miri Make a Porno hits theaters on October 31st 2008.

Quote: Kevin Smith on Researching Zack and Miri

Every once in a while, we like to put a spotlight on an insightful or funny quote (this sometimes happens on a slow news day like today). Kevin Smith was asked by Newsweek how he went about researching his new comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Here is Smith’s response:

“I’ve been researching Zack and Miri since I was 11. Sometimes three times a day, depending on who was in the house.”

Also, you might want to check out Smith’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he tells a very funny story of how he broke a toilet at a Secret Stash poker game. Available for free on Hulu.

No “Porno” in New Zack and Miri TV Spots

Remember how we told you that some markets refused to run advertisements for Kevin Smith‘s new R-Rated comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno due to the word “porno” being in the title? Well it appears that The Weinstein Co has altered the movie’s title for some television spots in certain markets. Check out the television advertisement after the jump.
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When Kevin Smith first announced the title of his next comedy, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, I wondered if The Weinstein Co would be able to market a film with the word “Porno” in the title. When the film was in production, they were forced to use a working title of “Zack and Miri” to avoid problems with shooting locations and local permits. And now that the advertising campaign is in full swing, fifteen newspapers and several television stations are refusing to to run advertising for the film.

According to CNN, Fox Sports decided to drop a series of ads which were scheduled to run during Los Angeles Dodgers games. Apparently the spots were dropped at the team’s request when viewers complained. A child-development expert filed a complaint in Boston. The city of Philadelphia refused bus stop advertising, deeming the word porno “highly sexually suggestive and not suitable for general audiences.”

The city claims they would be open to running advertising for the film which calls the movie just “Zack and Miri”, but what’s the point? The Weinstein Co is considering using a censored title in newspapers that originally rejected the film’s original advertisements. The marketing company apparently developed a version of the stick-figure poster without the film’s name, which just reads: “Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks made a movie so outrageous that we can’t even tell you the title.” Now that’s funny.

Discuss: Is Zack and Miri Make a Porno Advertising inappropriate for the general public?

Disclosure: The poster image above is a mock-up of the advertisement TWC mentions in the story, but is not an official image.

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It seems like only a few days ago when Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen posted a video announcement about their upcoming Money Shots video diary series which chronicles the behind the scenes antics of Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Well two new videos have since been released on Quick Stop Entertainment, the first of which is “leaked video footage” of a private conversation where Smith lectures Rogen to stick to the script, and be more like Ben Affleck.

Kevin Smith’s Money Shots – Episode 1

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Kevin Smith has released the first episode of his behind the scenes web series “Money Shots” which documents the making of Zack and Miri Make a Porno. The first episode which premiered on Quick Stop Entertainment, is more of an introduction/preview, than anything else. But you get an idea of some of the crazy stuff that we might see in upcoming episodes. Some of you might be wondering why the webisodes have taken so long to begin airing on the web. Apparently the MPAA has become more power hungry, and needs to approve anything that can be considered web promotional material, including behind the scenes video diaries (how crazy is that?).

I spotter some bus advertising for Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno which makes use of the stick figures from the theatrical poster. The reason why I bring this up is because I believe it is a mistake. Case in point, while I snapped a photo of a bus with the advertisement, a friend of mine, also a casual fan of Kevin Smith’s films looked briefly at the bus advertising before questioning why I was taking photos of stick figures. It wasn’t until I explained that it was an advertisement for Smith’s new film that he understood.

But then came a look of confusion. He didn’t have to say anything but I knew what he was thinking, probably because it was the same thing I was thinking. Smith landed a A-list comedy star (Seth Rogen) to headline his film and The Weinstein Co has decided to instead use stick figures to promote the film. Don’t get me wrong, the poster is/was hilarious. I think it works because people make a point of looking at the posters when they go to the movie theater. But outdoor advertising should grab your attention. You should have some idea of what it is about without even reading the words. Am I wrong? What do you guys think?

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