Guests: Writer/director Kevin Smith, producer Scott Mosier, and stars Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Long, Jason Mewes, Traci Lords and Katie Morgan

It probably goes without saying that Kevin Smith is a major draw at Comic-Con. Most fanboys relate to the filmmaker’s innate geekiness, and as a result, they’re treated to a very special episode of “A Night with Kevin Smith” each and every year. The dude’s pretty much given free reign to talk about whatever he wants, and this time around, he actually had a film to promote. Bringing along most of the cast of “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” Smith also treated those in attendance with an extended clip from the film in which Miri (Elizabeth Banks) attempts to hit on an old crush (Brandon Routh, AKA Superman) at a high school reunion, while Zack (Seth Rogen) gets to know said crush’s gay porn star boyfriend (Justin Long) in another part of the room.

Now, I wouldn’t say that the clip reminded be of classic Smith fare (his writing doesn’t sound as clever coming out of Seth Rogen’s mouth), but it does look like he’s trying to take his career in a slightly different direction. For starters, the visuals themselves look sharper (something even Smith admitted to being interested in getting better at), while the basic structure of the story looks to be more inspired by Judd Apatow’s recent work than his own. As for the rating, well, it has already been slapped with an NC-17 (twice), and now Smith is in the process of appealing the decision before its October 31st release. He went on to add that he’s contractually obligated to deliver an R-rated film, so if the appeal doesn’t overturn the original decision, he’ll have to go in and make some cuts – particularly with a scene that Smith claims the MPAA simply does not want in the film.

The rest of the night was filled with plenty of banter between the guests on stage, and though Smith and Rogen had their share of funny comments, it was porn star Katie Morgan who ultimately stole the show. Traci Lords, on the other hand, couldn’t have looked any more serious, and though it seemed like she might cry when an audience member brought up her past as an underage performer in the porn business, Smith brought down the house when he replied, “You’re like the Miley Cyrus of porn!”

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