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Trailer Watch: Luke Wilson Porn Dramedy Middle Men Opens August 6

Thompson on Hollywood By Cameron Carlson | Thompson on Hollywood June 16, 2010 at 8:54AM

Paramount picked up George Gallo's internet porn origin story Middle Men after the hard-R film closed February's Santa Barbara Film Festival--but the filmmakers had to supply their own prints and ads (the new norm). The movie follows the meteoric ascendency of businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) after he realizes that people will pay for online porn. The movie's winding narrative is populated by Russian mobsters, a porn star love interest, and James Caan as a conniving lawyer. Here's Variety:
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Thompson on Hollywood

Paramount picked up George Gallo's internet porn origin story Middle Men after the hard-R film closed February's Santa Barbara Film Festival--but the filmmakers had to supply their own prints and ads (the new norm). The movie follows the meteoric ascendency of businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) after he realizes that people will pay for online porn. The movie's winding narrative is populated by Russian mobsters, a porn star love interest, and James Caan as a conniving lawyer. Here's Variety:

"Boogie Nights" meets "Goodfellas" in "Middle Men," a relentlessly sleazy but undeniably intriguing tour of the bottom-feeding netherworld where porn and organized crime do their mutual bump-and-grind. Unabashedly genuflecting to Martin Scorsese as he pushes a whole lot of stuff in your face you'd perhaps rather not have within inhaling distance, "Midnight Run" writer George Gallo applies considerable narrative skill and reasonable cinematic flair to an insanely intricate tale of men who can't resist giving in to their basest instincts. A more heavyweight cast would have helped Paramount push over this immorality tale with audiences not necessarily disposed toward fare that will make them want to take a shower immediately after seeing it. Distrib will release the film this year, but a date has not yet been determined.

With a rapidly approaching August 6 release date on 1500 screens, Paramount has posted the new Middle Men trailer, below. Expect a quick run en route to video.

This article is related to: Box Office, Genres, Studios, Video, Summer Movies, Summer, Independents, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.