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Posted at 9:39 AM ET, 07/26/2008

Bringing a 'Porno' to Comic-Con

By Jen Chaney

After sitting through a few panels at Comic-Con filled with the usual Hollywood PR BS -- actors ruminating on their "craft," directors talking about how tremendous it was to collaborate with the cast -- Kevin Smith brought a breath of fresh, profanity-laced air to the proceedings last night.

The "Clerks" director, Comic-Con veteran and Jedi master of vulgar humor gave people a peek at his next movie, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno." The movie comes out on Halloween and stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks as high school pals who decide to (as the title suggests) venture into the adult film industry.

Smith showed a clip from the comedy, a scene in which Justin Long shares a kiss with Brandon Routh, Superman of "Superman Returns." (And if you know about Smith's history with Superman, you'll understand why that's a genius bit of casting.) It was a mildly funny scene that garnered big laughs in Hall H, which was packed with the Smith faithful. The director also brought some of the cast with him -- Rogen, Banks, Long, Traci Lords (yes, that Traci Lords), Katie Morgan, Ricky Mabe and longtime buddy Jason Mewes.

While I'm interested to see the Rogen/Smith collaboration, know what I really wish? That Smith would make another movie: "Kevin Smith Hosts a Panel Discussion." Okay, I guess that's what the "Evening Harder" DVDs are. Still, I'm always impressed by how well he can hold the attention of a crowd, and not just because he drops a lot of f-bombs. He's funny, honest and very fast on his feet. (Example: When a dude with a particularly low, scratchy voice came to the mic with a question, Smith interrupted him immediately: "Wait, are you Tone Loc?")

He and Judd Apatow also single-handedly saved the Entertainment Weekly panel on visionary filmmakers that preceded the "Zack and Miri" discussion. Frank Miller, comic legend and director of "The Spirit," contributed cranky comments but not much else, while "Watchmen" director Zack Snyder continued the trend -- he started it in his own "Watchmen" panel earlier in the day -- of not stringing five words together coherently. Bless Smith for immediately calling Snyder on it. As Snyder struggled to answer a question, Smith finally interrupted him and said, "Thank God your visuals are so strong, sir."

I'm still hoping I'll get a chance to talk personally with the King of Comic-Con. I'm supposed to interview him but because of his busy schedule, his publicist is finding it difficult to pin down a time. Kevin, since you told us so last night you have a "Kevin Smith" Google Alert, I'm hoping you see this blog post. If so, call your publicist and confirm an interview time with me, Jen Chaney! Seriously, help a sister (and our readers) out.

By Jen Chaney  | July 26, 2008; 9:39 AM ET
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