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New Middle Men trailer looks at the dawn of internet porn as we know it today

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Back in January of 2009, JoBlo.com got the chance to visit the set of George Gallo's MIDDLE MEN, a film that chronicles the real-life events of producer Christopher Mallick (represented in the film by Luke Wilson), the man responsible for the monetization of porn on the internet. During that visit - a trip to the links and the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel in Las Vegas - we got a peak at the filming of the movie as well as a brief look at Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht as their troubled characters Wayne and Buck.

Well thanks to the good folks at Paramount, last night I had a chance to attend a special reception on the rooftop of the London West Hollywood Hotel where myself and a handful of journalists got a first look at the trailer you'll see below. In attendance were producers Christopher Mallick, William Sherak, Jason Shuman, Saliza Somani, Michael Weiss, Andy Weiss (who also co-wrote the film), writer/director George Gallo, and stars Gabriel Macht and Giovanni Ribisi. Ribisi gave me the funniest look as if we'd known each other for a long time. I told him he was crazy and proceeded to down my fourth vodka and soda of the night.

Though most of our conversations were off the record (which is sad, because there are some crazy/funny stories to be told), the filmmakers did describe MIDDLE MEN as being something akin to Ted Demme's BLOW and Paul Thomas Anderson's BOOGIE NIGHTS. That's some very good company.

MIDDLE MEN spreads its legs wide on August 6th. See the trailer below or head on over to Apple to check it in HD!

Synopsis: In 1995, everyone had a VCR, music was sold in record stores, and the world-wide-web was a new found discovery. Businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) had the perfect life - a beautiful family and a successful career fixing problem companies. And then he met Wayne Beering (Giovanni Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht), two genius but troubled men, who had invented the way adult entertainment is sold over the internet. When Jack agrees to help steer their business, he soon finds himself caught between a 23 year-old porn star and the FBI all the while becoming one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs of his time. Inspired by a true story that proves business is a lot like sex: getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.



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4:04AM on 06/17/2010
That first poster is notorious is so many (good) ways. Nice trailer, and this movie looks pretty cool. Nice to see originality once in a while. Pretty sure I'm gonna' enjoy this, and no, not because it's based on porn. Seriously. If I only cared about that I'd visit...urmm...porn sites. Hmmm. Talk about the zig-zag reality craziness that just happened there.
That first poster is notorious is so many (good) ways. Nice trailer, and this movie looks pretty cool. Nice to see originality once in a while. Pretty sure I'm gonna' enjoy this, and no, not because it's based on porn. Seriously. If I only cared about that I'd visit...urmm...porn sites. Hmmm. Talk about the zig-zag reality craziness that just happened there.
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9:13PM on 06/16/2010
Green Box for internet porn
Green Box for internet porn
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8:47PM on 06/16/2010

Awesome!

Definitely checking that out.
Definitely checking that out.
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4:25PM on 06/17/2010

That 2nd poster is insanely awesome.

And this movie looks badass.
And this movie looks badass.
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2:02AM on 06/17/2010

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Hell yeah, I remember 2400baud dial-up modems with that annoying ass sound! Then came the 14400baud modems, and you were pretty bad ass if you had one when those came out...
Hell yeah, I remember 2400baud dial-up modems with that annoying ass sound! Then came the 14400baud modems, and you were pretty bad ass if you had one when those came out...
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9:15PM on 06/16/2010
I love films like these, and so far none of them have been bad. This will be a cool movie, I'm sure.
I love films like these, and so far none of them have been bad. This will be a cool movie, I'm sure.
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8:57PM on 06/16/2010

Oh yeah.

I. Wanna see. That shit.
I. Wanna see. That shit.
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4:26PM on 06/17/2010

hell yeah

this movie looks like its going to be a surpise hit hopefully movies like this one always turn up to be home video classics, RIbsi is a good actor to so thats a plus
this movie looks like its going to be a surpise hit hopefully movies like this one always turn up to be home video classics, RIbsi is a good actor to so thats a plus
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3:00AM on 06/17/2010
Is the charactor Luke Wilson is playing a real life fat dude and Wilson is just method eating for the role? Or has he just become a porker all on his own?
Maybe he got addicted to the 'masturbation channel'...
Can't talk, batin'
Is the charactor Luke Wilson is playing a real life fat dude and Wilson is just method eating for the role? Or has he just become a porker all on his own?
Maybe he got addicted to the 'masturbation channel'...
Can't talk, batin'
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2:50AM on 06/17/2010

It seems the trailer doesn't work 1/2 the time.

Sounds interesting if I could get the trailer to work. It seems to happen a lot. Does Anyone else have that problem? Just wondering. After the 3rd page refresh there it goes.
Sounds interesting if I could get the trailer to work. It seems to happen a lot. Does Anyone else have that problem? Just wondering. After the 3rd page refresh there it goes.
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2:03AM on 06/17/2010
Those posters are awesome
Those posters are awesome
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12:12AM on 06/17/2010
Nice. Gabriel Macht need to be in more good shit like this.
Nice. Gabriel Macht need to be in more good shit like this.
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10:18PM on 06/16/2010

Yes!

Just, yes!
Just, yes!
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