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Snootch to the motherfuckin' nootch!

Kevin Smith just had a new movie greenlighted by Harvey Weinstein.
It is called Zack and Miri Make a Porno. As a complete whore for anything Kevin Smith does I was pretty much guaranteed to be excited about this anyway, but there's one bit in the article that totally makes my inner fangirl go nuts:
Because the story unfolds during a snowy Minnesota winter, Smith plans to film "Zack and Miri" there in February (although, Smith jokes, global warming may force him to shoot at one of the poles).

Kevin's coming back to Minnesota to do a movie! No one has been cast yet.

LATimes article

After six little words, Harvey Weinstein is sold
By Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
June 6, 2007

It's rarely a good idea to greenlight a movie off of a title alone (unless it includes the words "Pirates" and "Caribbean"). That's like falling in love with a MySpace photo.

But when Harvey Weinstein pulled the trigger on the latest raunchy comedy idea from "Dogma" and "Clerks II" writer-director Kevin Smith after Smith had written only six words of it, Weinstein's $15 million looked like a pretty good bet.

The title? "Zack and Miri Make a Porno."

For a certain stripe of moviegoer, that's a sure thing.

"A bawdy sex comedy with heart," as Smith describes the just-completed script, "Zack and Miri" is about two friends who have managed to trudge into their 30s with a satisfying lack of accomplishment. But a 15-year high school reunion and dire rent problems spark the novel moneymaking idea of pulling together an amateur porn enterprise. As for where it goes from there, just think of Smith's characteristic sexual verbosity finally coupled with matching imagery.

"It's … dirty, with nudity," says Smith. "But funny nudity, not gratuitous nudity." Well, leave it to Smith to choose a plotline that kneecaps the issue entirely. (The civilians-making-a-blue-movie conceit also drove the narrative of writer-director Michael Traeger's "The Amateurs," which played festivals last year.) Because the story unfolds during a snowy Minnesota winter, Smith plans to film "Zack and Miri" there in February (although, Smith jokes, global warming may force him to shoot at one of the poles).

In the intervening months, Smith is publishing a book of reprinted blog entries from SilentBobSpeaks.com called "My Boring Ass Life." And he hopes to squeeze in filming of his low-budget ($3 million) horror script, "Red State," by the end of the year. Smith is aiming to give the politically charged screenplay, about outsiders who stumble into "fundamentalism gone to the extreme" in Middle America, a naturalistic, drive-in feel.

"Horror is more than a dude with a chain saw," says Smith, who engaged the Christian right promotional machine for the release of "Dogma." Given his rabid fan base, Smith is keeping the screenplay on lockdown at his Hollywood Hills home, so agents, actors and executives have needed a personal invitation to see it. Rosario Dawson, a "Clerks II" star, is supposed to give it a read this week.

After her vampy turns in "Sin City" and "Grindhouse," it sounds like a perfect trilogy.

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vorrant
Jun. 13th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
Hopefully they will have better luck, and management, than Heart of Winter.
johnboze
Jun. 13th, 2007 11:10 am (UTC)
"...global warming might force him to shoot at one of the poles"

Yeah, it never seems to behave and snow when Hollywood wants it to happen.

He didn't need it to snow back during the Mallrats shoot...
wickedgroovy
Jun. 13th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I'm looking forward to Kevin coming back to Minnesota to film. I had a friend who was an extra in Mallrats. He said it was interesting working around all those people.
hellziggy
Jun. 13th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
I am so psyched! Me & Hellbob have been Kevin Smith fans since we first saw Clerks in the theater. We didn't get to see anything of the Mallrats filming though as were were still living in Fargo at that point.
I soooooooooo want to stalk this man while he is here!!!
wickedgroovy
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Me too! I love Kevin - my hubby and I are both big fans too!
scubagrrl
Jun. 13th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Excellent!!! Genius. :)
hellziggy
Jun. 13th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
I plan to stalk him while he is here. *grin*
scubagrrl
Jun. 13th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Indeed!
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