Zack and Miri Green Band Movie Trailer

The argument for the need of red band trailers can be proven by watching the official green band trailer for Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. It’s not bad, but compared to the Red Band trailer released earlier this week, it feels like the fake Jan Brady. I’ve seen the movie and it’s probably Smith’s filthiest film yet. The red band is, by far, a more accurate representation. It’s fun to see the differences between the two cuts. Enjoy!

Update: The movie poster above was not approved by the MPAA, and will be used to promote the film in Canada. [via: EW]

The official red band movie trailer for Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno has been released online. If there was any more that required a red band movie trailer, it is Zack and Miri. We get the big reveal of the porno movie within the movie, Star Whores, the genius that is The Office’s Craig Robinson, the amazing evolving cinematography of David Klein (who woulda thought the same guy shot Clerks?!) and Traci Lord’s secret talent.

The film premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival next week, but I might’ve gotten a chance to see the film a little while back. The only thing I will say is the first 30 minutes of Zack and Miri has more laughs per minute than any of Smith’s films thus far. As always, please leave your opinion in the comments below!

Zack and Miri Make a Porno hits theaters on October 31st 2008.

Entertainment Weekly’s 20 Fall Movies We Can’t Wait to See offers us a few new looks at some of the films being released this fall. Above we have Elizabeth Banks, Justin Long and Seth Rogen in Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Below we have Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the first photos of Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn in Four Christmases, and Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston in Marley & Me. Head on over to EW to see more from the likes of Twilight to High School Musical 3.

Kevin Smith Wins Zack and Miri MPAA Appeal

Kevin Smith is victorious! The filmmaker, who had been given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA for his new film Zack and Miri Make a Porno, was forced to take the decision to the appeal process.

The rating would have prohibited anyone younger than 17 years old from seeing the movie, even when accompanied by an adult. The rating also would have prevented the film from being advertised in certain places and during certain times. Basically, The Weinstein Co probably wouldn’t have released the movie as an NC-17, because, of course, they need to make their money back.

So Smith brought the film to an appeals board, who gave the film a revised rating of Restricted! This is a huge victory for Smith. The film will be going out uncut and uncensored! (note: but uncensored and uncut, I actually mean as the latest cut he had handed into the MPAA)

It seems clear to me that any adult would understand the risk of bringing a minor to a movie with the word “porno” in the title. And besides, it is far from a porno – it’s a comedy. Sure it has nudity, but it is far from anything that can be viewed on Saturday late-night on HBO.

source: AP

At tonight’s Kevin Smith Comic Con panel, Smith spoke publicly about the ratings trouble plaguing his new film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno. For those who are unfamiliar, the film chronicles a pair of friends’ attempt at making a porno film in order to squash some financial woes, and how their relationship develops in the process. Given the raunchy premise, the potential for edgy sexual content was great, and indeed, in the eyes of the MPAA, apparently too great. The film was initially given an NC-17. Smith took the film, made some edits, and resubmitted it to the MPAA, where it was given an NC-17 rating yet again. The film was resubmitted once more and received one final NC-17, so Smith concluded, “I’ve gone as far as I can go,” and appealed the rating.

There are two specific scenes that the MPAA wants cut, one of which involves “thrusting” and the other of which involves acts that are “unspeakable.” The appeal will occur on August 4th, after which, if an NC-17 rating is decided, Smith will be contractually obligated to deliver an R-rated film. He does not intend to fight the system on this one and he will make an R-rated cut, although he has said that he would rather make the R-rated film edit himself, since “my R would be a little better” than the studio’s R-rated version of the film.

In the past, we’ve written about how the MPAA gave Smith a difficult time with his teaser trailer. It seems more and more as though the entire process of getting Zack and Miri Make a Porno will serve as an unfortunate and depressing window into not only the MPAA’s sexual prudeness but also its increasing desire to have more control over every aspect of a film’s marketing materials (especially those on the internet). We at Slashfilm wish Smith the best of luck in getting his new film approved for the mass audience.

You might not have to wait until Pineapple Express to see a new trailer for Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Smith has posted on his website that “the marketing folks are working hard to have a Red Band trailer for Comic Con”. Either way, Smith is expected to show some footage in San Diego at his Question and Answer session on Friday night. Kevin is actually scheduled to appear during four panels at the convention:

Thursday, July 24th

  • 3:00pm to 4:00pm: Smith will moderate the Spike TV Scream panel discussion called ‘Scream’ Like a Girl: Spike Salutes the Women of Sci-Fi.

Friday, July, 25th

  • 5:15pm to 6:15pm: Smith will be part of Entertainment Weekly’s “The Visionaries: Filmmakers” panel in Hall H
  • 6:30pm to 8:00pm: Kevin’s annual question and answer session in Hall H.

Saturday, July 26th

  • 2:15pm to 3:15pm: Kevin will be participating in a Battlestar Galactica panel.

source: NewsAskew

Zack and Miri Make an NC-17 Movie?

Does the MPAA have it in for Kevin Smith? It’s beginning to sound like it. First they made the filmmaker remove an unapproved red band teaser trailer (which featured no footage from the actual film) from the web, and not it looks like Smith is having issues getting Zack and Miri Make a Porno by the ratings board.

“The MPAA is gunning for us, I think. It’s a really filthy movie. I hear they are having some problems getting an R rating from an NC-17 rating, which is never good,” Seth Rogen told MTV. “A guy f—ing a donkey, they ain’t got no problem with. But a man and a woman having sex they seem to have real issues with, for some weird reason. It’s insane. It’s completely insane.”

I knew when the title was first announced that Smith and company would probably have a few hurdles to jump when it came time to go up against the MPAA. I doubt The Weinstein Co is willing to release the film with an NC-17 rating, which means that Smith likely have to make cuts to get a theatrical R-rating. But don’t worry, Smith always includes a ton of extra footage on his DVD releases. If anything is cut, you can expect to see it on the DVD. As for the MPAA, I highly recommend everyone rent or buy the documentary This Film Has Not Yet Been Rated. I understand the need for ratings but the whole MPAA process is beyond ridiculous.

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno

I hate to say this, but I was actually expecting this to happen. The vulgar and unrated internet teaser trailer for Zack and Miri Make a Prono has been removed from the interwebs by the MPAA (cue Darth Vader’s theme “The Imperial March”).

“The MPAA called and said we had to take it down. Weinstein Co., like most studios, is a signatory of the MPAA,” explains Smith. “As such, there are protocols involving trailers that we failed to follow. As with features, all trailers get rated get rated by the MPAA. The majority of them are for general audiences (Green Band trailers), but trailers packed with adult content (like our teaser) earns you what’s called a Red Band trailer. … Well, we didn’t go through this process – simply because, we felt, that since the teaser didn’t contain any footage from the actual flick, it wasn’t technically a trailer. Boy, was I wrong.”

ALL promotional material for any film financed and/or distributed by a signatory of the MPAA has to be MPAA approved, including internet-only materials.

“I never realized this, as it’d never been a problem in the past: we’ve been doing ‘net-only teasers since “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and nobody ever raised a red flag before, not even on the last flick, for which we also put up two ‘net-only teasers in advance of the rated trailer. But I guess since the teaser was so, shall we say, racy… a rating was in order.”

Smith has now officially submitted the teaser to the MPAA for rating, and will putt he trailer back online if they approve it. It’s an unfortunate situation and its only bound to get worse in the coming years as the MPAA attempts to police all movie related content on the internet.

source: NewsAskew

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno

The photo above of Jeff Anderson and Seth Rogen comes from Kevin Smith‘s upcoming comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno. When the photo was released last month, I commented on the cool Monroeville Zombies hockey jersey, and concluded that it would probably eventually be available to order on Kevin Smith’s online store. And now guess what, you can now buy the same style hockey jersey seen on screen during the movie.

This jersey is cool on a bunch of different levels. If you’re a fan of George Romero, than you understand the significance of Monroeville. You see, Monroeville is a suburban area about 5-10 miles Northeast of the city of Pittsburgh, PA. Not only was Zack and Miri shot and set in Monroeville, but much of the George A. Romero horror classic Dawn of the Dead was filmed at Monroeville Mall (also a location in Smith’s film). So the Hockey Jersey is also a tribute to the area and a homage to Romero.

That said, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash is selling the jerseys for $54.99, sized L to XXXL.

Monroeville Zombies Logo

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