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Who is playing the Zack of Kevin Smith's ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO? I think I know!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I think this maybe a bit of scoopage. I haven't seen it reported anywhere else, but I have gotten it on good authority that Kevin Smith has found his titular Zack for his upcoming ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO. Rosario Dawson just dropped out, but Smith has been tight-lipped on who is playing the male lead. He's only said it's someone he admires, but hasn't worked with yet. That someone, according to a source known as "Big J", is noneother than Michael Bluth himself: Jason Bateman. I think that's a great marriage of material and actor, personally. Now we'll just have to see who is the new Miri... Take the scoop with a tiny pinch of salt. The scooper is definitely in a position to know this information, but is untested.

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  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:39 a.m. CST




  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:39 a.m. CST


    by blondeman

    I thought it was going to be Zack Braff for some reason. I know they met about doing other projects before - wouldn't surprise me to see them deciding to work together. Plus his name is Zack. I'm more interested in who plays Miri. I hope he gets a chick whose boobs I ain't seen in the movies yet. Rosario is hot but I can see her na-nas pleanty of other places.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:39 a.m. CST

    I Don't See It

    by Birdys Piano Teacher

    Seems like an "Al Bundy shoehorns the fat woman's feet into shoes much too small for her" kind of a fit to me.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:39 a.m. CST


    by Donnie_Drunko

    Now to actually watch some porn!

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Bateman needs to blow up


    he's a cool kat...

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:40 a.m. CST


    by Donnie_Drunko

    What I meant to say was First Time To Post First and really be 4th. Now time to actually watch some porn. Not sure how that got left out.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Jason Bateman NEEDED this resurgence in his career.

    by nomihs

    With all the work he has done lately, Bateman is heating up all over again. I like his characters that he plays, he brings a little "Teen Wolf Too" to every role. Now if we could just find something for Justine to do.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:44 a.m. CST


    by tendermelon

    We already know how fantastic he is with clever dialogue

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Bateman is Great Man

    by futureman3000

    Will Arnett, Michael Cera and Jason Bateman are getting way more stuff then I thought they would have after Arrested Development and it's great!

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Justine hasn't aged well

    by Doc_Strange

    Seen her in that show Men in Trees, she looks terrible. And I used to think she was hot stuff.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Bateman's got Magorium, Kingdom & Hancock

    by smackvein

    This (in addition to Juno, which will probably get great reviews) will be the project to take Bateman over the top

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:59 a.m. CST

    I'm so glad the Arrested Development cast....

    by eggbeater

    is finally getting some credit after the show. Cera is doing Superbad. Bateman is steadily workin. And Will Arnet seems to be chillin with the Will Ferrell crew. Good Stuff. I think i'm done with Kevin Smith though. If Bateman wasn't attached to this I wouldn't give two shits about it.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Kristen Wiig as Miri!!!

    by BadMrWonka

    you know she can bring the funny, and can you honestly name an actress higher on the "want to see nude but will accept any semi-nude morsel that is thrown our way" list? <p>Kevin, get Wiig. you know you read the shit here on! she will make you love improvisation after Affleck ruined it for you!

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Is this set in the Askewniverse?

    by ScienceMan

    Sorry if that's a stupid question. Can't get enough of Smith's work. I'd be happy if revisits the Askewniverse from time to time for however many decades he is fortunate to continue making films. He's fighting the good fight and is one of my favorite and most respected filmmakers. Really dig his stuff and looking forward to this. I would give my left nut to hang out and smoke and drink beers with Mr. Smith. Keep 'em coming, Kevin!

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 2:08 a.m. CST

    The Ex was under-rated...

    by DanielKurland

    With a different cast, it may have been terrible, but Bateman did a very good job. I wish he got that fucking Emmy.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 2:08 a.m. CST

    her and Bateman would be comedy gold...

    by BadMrWonka

    the nudity would just be the tasty cherry on top of the sundae...

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 2:13 a.m. CST

    justine bateman as miri!

    by s0nicdeathmonkey


  • Aug. 14, 2007, 2:25 a.m. CST


    by blondeman

    Yes, I think Wiig is dying to show off her cans in a Kevin Smith comedy. Lord knows it did wonders for both Priscilla Barnes and Joey Lauren Adams' careers. Wiig would be a cool choice though. I would also vote for Amy Adams and Isla Fisher....either one really I have trouble telling them apart. Also Jenna Fischer has a nice rack that I wouldn't mind seeing.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 2:37 a.m. CST

    "Justine Bateman as Miri!" would be a great dichotomy.

    by nomihs

    C'mon, just brush off some of the cobwebs, work out your body a little, get it tight. Forget that you made that movie with Qui-gon and put your best foot forward.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Title Change: Zack and Miri's Skin Flick

    by Big Bad Clone

    or Kevin Smith's Excuse For His Stand Up/Lecture Thing

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Time for mainstream porno movies

    by CuervoJones

    I say: Peter North as the next Conan!

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 3:46 a.m. CST


    by Sir Limps Bateman and the other ex-AD-ers for getting the work after their show was axed. I'm just glad they got to make two fantastic and one average season of Arrested, those still stand proud on my DVD shelves :)

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Rhona Mitra for Miri...

    by Monkey_King

    She's yummy and would make an awesome WONDER WOMAN.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Kevin Smith Is A Fucking Hack And Other Obvious Shit

    by PervOmatic

    That should be the title of his next film. Hey fatty McShortsWithATrenchCoat, have you learned how to move a camera yet or even how to stage dialogue? No, I didn't think so. Another crapfest aimed and male teenage bridge & tunnel retards. I can't wait to not watch this garbage.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Kevin Smith to film "CLERKS III: BACK TO THE WELL"

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    In it, unlikeable white guys say stupid things, incompetently filmed. Plus, a sexually attractive female cast.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 5:59 a.m. CST

    And yeah, he did say he was making a horror film

    by PervOmatic

    But most of what comes out of Smith's mouth is just like what comes out of most of his projects: Complete and absolute fucking bullshit.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 6:45 a.m. CST

    To all the people (Kevin Smith included) who say...

    by beastie

    he's a bad director. Check out the Pilot for Reaper. Even when he's not directing his own material, the man can get a great line delivery out of almost anyone. A major part of being a good director, is making your actors good, and Kevin Smith's directing can take a cheesy line and make it funny as hell, even if he isn't moving the camera very much. BTW, I'm not a Smith fanboy (Edgar Wright maybe), I thought Dogma was underwhelming and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back was complete directorial masturbation. I still respect him as a director, though.</p><p>Anyway, I look forward to seeing Bateman deliver Smith dialogue.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Teenwolf Too ....

    by Be_a_zed

    "Do ya love me" AWESOME !!!!!!

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST


    by indyit

    haha couldnt be happier for this cast choice, although he doesnt fit the age description from what i heard of the script. We'll see if this turns out to be right...

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Kristen Wiig info...

    by xcornealiousx

    Kristen Wiig just signed on to star in two movies this week: I mean, obviously who doesnt want to see her grace the screen in the nude..problem is, aint happening. PLUS who says we actually see anyone nude? I mean if we want to list off funny hot chicks we want to see nude let the list begin! Jenna Fischer, Sarah Silverman (who has a dirty mouth and would fit into the kevin smith world at ease), Amy Adams..i can continue.. guys gotta realize how many female roles has kevin smith filled with actresses who are known as comedians? not any really. so dont look for the chick to be a comedian...he wrote the part for rosario who isnt naturally funny. ALSO for the reader who was asking about the horror flick by kevin, hes doing it directly after this movie, and the only reason this one is shooting first is because of the reaction people like the weinsteins had after reading the script...they loved it.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    KEVIN SMITH NEEDED PORN to restart his career.

    by hatespeech

    We all knew he'd fall back on it.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 8:46 a.m. CST


    by SpookyOtaku in "JAY"..."in a position to know"...hmmmm, so Jason Mewes is selling out Silent Bob by giving info to you....guess that intervention back fired.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Justine Bateman as MIRI..

    by Redfive!

    Then maybe...JUST MAYBE WE CAN GET THAT BATEMAN ON BATEMAN Action we've always wanted to thats worth my $10.00

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST

    I really like his films...

    by Jakes Nel

    ...if only from a slacker point of view, but I do wish the guy would move onto other things. Maybe this is it. Then again, he said he was done with his 'Jersey Chronicles' after Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. And what did we get? Jersey Girl and Clerks 2...

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Rosario didn't want to slum it again

    by BrowncoatJedi

    Working with Smith once was enough and now it's an embarrassment to have Clerks 2 on her resume. "Sorry, Kevin, I'm washing my hair all winter. Can't be in Zack and Miri."

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Is she really out though?

    by Falcon5768

    Rosario only opted out because shes in another movie shooting at that time. If Smith where to move back production, whats to say she wouldnt sign on then? Obviously Smith isnt even close to being ready for Oct when the original planned shoot dates where.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Oh god I wish Rosarion would make a porno

    by ELGordo

    That shit would rock my cock 'till it would drop the fuck off.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    I love Smith's movies. so fuck the jealous haters!

    by Datascream

    Yeah...I said it!

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Smith still isn't stepping up to the mic . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . and doing a comic book flick? Oh well, he knows it's easier to just badmouth everybody else's.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Kevin Smith's mugging for the camera...

    by Garbageman33

    Makes Stymie look downright restrained.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Kevin Smith is the world's greatest director

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    Who has glasses, likes comics and has had a cameo in Die Hard movie.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    WHAT is this movie about?

    by Reynard Muldrake

    Was there a script review or something a while back that everyone knows about?

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    A shot in the dark this,

    by Lost Prophet

    but I suspect it may involve 2 central character's one of whom will be male, the other female, and they will attempt to make a porno. Much hilarity will ensue.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I like Smith... But didn't National Lampoon do this?

    by ZeroCorpse

    It was called "National Lampoon's Barely Legal" and it's about a few high school losers who make a porno. <p> Actually, there was also "The Girl Next Door", too. <p> How is this one better/different?

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST

    fatboy is still trying to be a real director?

    by torontoxic

    I would have thought they'd have taken away his union card by now.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    If Jason Bateman was a good guy

    by vanfan

    He would have gotten his sister Justine a TV or Movie role by now. If it wasn't for her, he never would have done anything.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Sigh this is why i don't like this dude no more

    by kingoflight


  • Aug. 14, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    You flamers would suck his cock...

    by UGABugKiller

    ... if you could. I always find it the funniest thing that the people on these talk-backs are always the biggest haters of people they should admire the most. I mean, for fuck's sake! Kevin Smith IS the original talk-backer. He's a fucking geek who took a huge chance that could have fucking ruined him and made a great film. Then he got to go to L.A. and fuck Joey Lauren Adams when she was the hottest piece of ass around, made some pretty decent movies and the best Bennifer I move ever. And all y'all can do is hate. Dogma may have had cheesy effects, but that movie was great. Jay and Silent Bob made all you fuckers laugh, and you know it. It makes me laugh every time I watch it. Chasing Amy is just a great movie, and one of the most truthful movies I've ever seen. The truth in that movie hurts so much it makes it hard to watch sometimes. Mallrats was okay, and Clerks and Clerks II were exhibitions on how clever dialogue can carry movies. How many of YOU frustrated wannabe directors would trade your miserable lives living in your parent's basements to live in his shoes, someone you call a worthless hack? I would say ever last motherfucking one of you would. It's absolutely amazing the kind of shit you people give to one of your own who made it. Y'all are fucking cannibals, JEALOUS motherfucking cannibals. Porch Monkey 4 Life (I'm taking it back) motherfuckers! Porch Monkey 4 LIFE!!!

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Does a motherfucking cannibal

    by And Nicolas Cage as Fu Manchu

    Eat his mother before, after, or during fucking her? Also, if he is jealous of his mother, is he jealous because he finds her taste so succulent or her beauty so arousing? Finally if his mother is a cannibal (since it runs in families) does he employ any safeguards to prevent reciprocal eating or is that all just part of the turn-on?<br><br>These are the kind of questions that prevent me from obtaining respectable employment.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by Quin the Eskimo

    excellent list, sir. All good choices. I'll have to vote for Amy Adams. She has a natural sweetness to her. Though I doubt she'll do any nudity. Though she might 'cause after all the Disneyfied roles she's takes as of late, she could use a little adult cred. Especially as she's frittering away her Junebug good will. Jenna Fischer has The Office so I doubt she'll do it (schedule). I gotta guess she's on the Weinsteins list though. Isla Fisher is probably the best bet, but of those three she is my number three. She was funny in Wedding Crashers (haven't seen Hot Rod), but I don't know if she can turn a phrase.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Rosario couldn't have done a smarter thing than getting

    by GQtaste

    the hell away from this clown. And Bateman, I have no clue what he's thinking.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by robzass

    this is great news

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    sorry i'm late

    by jedimindflayer

    did i miss the haters? <p> seriously, though- what happened to this quote-horror-endqote flick smith was supposed to do?

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by Raphman

    Meh, I got no problem with him.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by s00p3rm4n

    ...Him? (AD fans represent!)

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST

    consider your source

    by jaylerd

    consider your source wrong

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Kevins horror project

    by gfunk1979

    Kevin Smith is still going to make his horror project, titled Red State, but Zack and Miri was so well received by everyone around him that he decided to make that first. Plus he hadn't or hasn't quite finished the script for Red State yet. To those who asked, no Zack and Miri is not set in the Askewniverse and neither is Red State.Finally to all those bad mouthing Kevin and his movies, how about actually seeing Zack and Miri before you start lighting your torches and grabbing your pitch forks?! Or better yet, how about doing some research before spouting your so illinformed bile?! I'm a Kevin Smith fan by the way!!!

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Oh I really like Bateman

    by CherryValance

    It's good to see him getting more roles.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 6:14 p.m. CST

    That "Shining" animation needs

    by ewokstew

    two twin "Harrys" with blue dresses and shoulder length brown hair. Otherwise, it ain't nothing but cruising around on a Big Wheel in a hotel with stank wallpaper.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 6:37 p.m. CST

    I have praised Kevin and bagged Kevin

    by hallmitchell

    I like the direction he's going in. He's my favourite comic book writer of all time. He's gone away from the Jersey Universe. He's just been In Die Hard 4. He's directed pilots for Reaper and Heroes: Origins. I think he's trying to get more director experience so he can finally make that comic book movie. Whatever it is. Let's praise this. Even though I liked Clerks 2. I am glad he's stepping away from it.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 6:39 p.m. CST

    I concur on "The SHining" animation

    by slone13

    I watched it for like 3 minutes waiting for Harry to pop us somewhere, but nothing. What gives?

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Not that anyone gives a shit but...

    by TheRealSeveren

    FROM THE AWARD WINNING VIEW ASKEW SITE: "A rumor crossed our path over the weekend regarding a potential actor for “Zack and Miri Make A Porno” - The scoop mentioned nothing of this actor playing the lead role, but rather, just playing a part in the film. That actor’s name is Jason Bateman, whose recent memorable turn as Michael Bluth on “Arrested Development” has showcased his great comedic talents. Today, Ain’t It Cool News has added fuel to the fire posting the same rumor, though we’re unsure if this comes from the same source or elsewhere. We tend to check on stuff like this before we post it, hence why you didn’t see it here - As far as we know, this is just not true. Not only is Bateman not currently signed to play Zack, he’s not signed to play any roles at all in the film. Naturally, we LOVE the idea of the guy being involved in this film or any View Askew project, so that’s not to say this could change — We just wanted to set the record straight as far as what we knew as fact, at the present time. We’ll keep on top of all the latest casting news for you, right here." Boycott the internet. By the way, I respect all of you.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Jason Bateman

    by hallmitchell

    I liked him in what I've seen. Yet this movie, this casting doesn't inspire me. I want Will Hung from the American Idol auditions.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST

    I've seen thousands of movies of all different types

    by cromwell1666

    and have only walked out of 2 becausse I couldn't take it anymore. One was Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes and the otherwas Clerks. I guess I just didnt get it. I never attmepted to watch another complete Kevin Smith movie,but I saw enough of Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob to know I prob. would've walked away from those too had I been in a theater.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Get David Cross in this movie..

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    ...and I'm there to watch rehearsals!!! VIVA FUNKE!!!

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by starlesswinter

    I love how people call others "jealous" just cause they don't like a director..haha. Sorry, but I want to watch a movie with a story, not a movie about making fun of other movies or people who aren't screaming for sex.

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Catherine Zeta Jones as Miri

    by MrMysteryGuest

    She said she wanted to make a movie where she can get butt-ass naked! Why not here? ;)

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Justine Bateman as Miri

    by MrMysteryGuest

    A few years ago, Jason Bateman said he wanted to work with his sister in some type of intimate way, of course, he said this to Conan, and I wasn't sure if he was serious! :O

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST

    They may not call it "Zack and Miri Make A Porno"

    by MrMysteryGuest

    But call it "Zack and Miri's Fuck-Fest", box office gold!

  • Aug. 15, 2007, 12:12 a.m. CST

    This is...

    by Jaka

    ...the first I've heard about this movie, and the last thing I want to hear. Not that I'm not there! I'm so there! But KS movies get WAY over-hyped these days. I want to go into this one as blind as possible.

  • Aug. 15, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Kristen Wiig!!!!

    by BadMrWonka

    any of you that call yourselves movie/comedy nerds AND hetersexuals should be falling all over yourselves pushing her for this role!! Wiig + Kevin Smith dialogue + nudity = butts in seats!!!<p>also, I'm back in LA and drunk, for those regular talkbackers keeping score...

  • Aug. 15, 2007, 2:20 a.m. CST

    F'n Awesome!

    by Colier Rannd

    Now let's get David Cross in this movie! Hell let's just make an Arrested Development movie! I miss that show....

  • Aug. 15, 2007, 4:49 a.m. CST

    It;'s Your Move

    by tensticks

    Jason Bateman's greatest ever work and the precursor of F. Bueller and Parker Lewis. Get it onto DVD're gonna laugh. We are the dregs! Maybe Bateman's revived profile can make it happen!

  • Aug. 15, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST

    I HATE Kevin Smith's punk ass

    by DallasGoodbar

    Every since I confronted him last year at ComicCon about the Black Cat/Spiderman series I told him he fucked up big time and could have gotten awards for the storyline alone. I still can't believe he made us wait for 2 years just so he could direct Jersey Girl and Clerks 2. What a douchebag.

  • Aug. 15, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by ELGordo

    Did Kevin pwone you like he did this fan?

  • Aug. 15, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Mosier's influence, so to speak.

    by riskebiz

    I think Smith's comfort zone is mostly based on whether Mosier is interested in a project. Green Hornet? Yeah, Smith was interested, but leaving the project had less to do with it being action and therefore out of his comfort zone than it was that Mosier had no interest in doing it. Mosier didn't want to do Hornet? Smith was done with it, too. Red State? If I were a betting man, I think as Mosier's commitment to doing a horror-flick wanes, Smith's will as well. I think Mosier welds a lot of power in that relationship. Smith ought to cut the umblical cord when it comes to projects like Green Hornet and such ... because although a comfort zone isn't a bad thing, it is when you turn down good opportunties. Also, (in regard to the podcast) if Smith wants to convince Mosier to get off of regular wipes and get onto wet ones, he ought to do this test: Have Mosier do his business and clean to his satisfaction with regular and when he thinks he clean and all done, take a swipe with the wet ones. He will give up using regular from that point foward. Also, it uses less paper.

  • Aug. 15, 2007, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Mark-Paul Gosselear as Zack, Elizabeth Berkeley as Mimi

    by MrMysteryGuest

    "Saved by the Dong"! Guest-starring Screech (in a non-porno role!)

  • Aug. 16, 2007, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Anna Faris as Mimi...

    by Javeyjoe

    Hells yeah.