ksmithAn article has recently been published in the Pennsylvania’s “Woodland Progress” indicating some newly found details about Kevin Smith’s newest film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Luckily, News Askew was there to debunk and confirm several rumors that “Woodland Progress” writer Zandy Dudiak brought to our collective attention.

You will find Dudiak’s writing in italics, with NewsAskew.com‘s corrections in bold.

“Last week, Tony Amen of Penn Hills and Jackson Nunn of Trafford, both frequent movie extras for Pittsburgh films, worked on a scene at Club Erotica in McKees Rocks.”

We did, indeed, shoot at a strip club in McKees Rocks.

“The prize for longest distance probably goes to Eddie Smith of Ireland, who read Smith’s message board, decided to “holiday” in Pittsburgh and volunteered as an extra. Dressed in a blue vest, he is portraying an employee of Janda’s HD Gallery, a television store where Miri works.”

Miri does not work in Janda’s HD Gallery.

“Smith, who also wrote the script, has chosen Monroeville, Minn., as the name of the fictitious town where the movie is set.”

The film is set in Monroeville, PENNSYLVANIA (aka, the actual Monroeville in the actual PA). We ditched the Minnesota setting months ago, when we decided to shoot in Pittsburgh instead. Hence, the film is set in (and around) the Pittsburgh area.

“The film takes place on Black Friday, the official launch of the Christmas shopping season, thus the decorations, says mall marketing director Mindy Suhoza.”

That scene in the mall is set on Black Friday – NOT the whole film.

This is a film that I am personally very excited for. I think that Smith’s films carry that certain everyman quality that allows us all to relate to the characters at some level. I mean seriously, how many of us have worked in retail just to love Clerks? Stay tuned to FSR for more details about the project. Zach & Miri Make a Porno is set for Winter 08.

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