Middle Men

The internet is good for many things – online shopping, reading witty bits of news, illegally downloading movies or music, catching up on the latest sports scores, or locking yourself in a dark room for an eight hour whack-a-thon. Perhaps when you’re ankle deep in tissues, applying ointment to sensitive and chaffed areas, you took a moment to reflect on the current state of the internet – how did so much porn get on this thing?

As it turns out, the internet was a magical, informative, prudish place at the beginning.  It was slow and full of shitty webpages, but not all that entertaining.  Not at least until a group of men figured they could make ridiculous amounts of money.  All they had to do was fill it up with porn and convince people to pay to look at it.  By charging for the porn itself, and becoming pioneers of online credit card billing, an unlikely group of misfits become millionaires.

Paramount Pictures recently arranged for me to meet one of these media moguls who is decidedly less skeazy than you would expect from the man who helped create the cascading pop-up window, an elaborate ruse of two dozen websites all leading you back to one master site that would gladly charge your credit card.

On the roof of the luxurious London Hotel in West Hollywood (their paper towels make regular towels look like toilet paper) amid a sushi bar and an open bar (you can guess which one I hung out by), we got to hang out with the man behind Middle Men and chat with the producers and co-star Giovanni Ribisi.  Sure, this was a great experience and everyone was super cool, but if the movie looks like ass, none of that matters, because I don’t even know how to lie. Okay, that’s a lie, but with the recent debut of the trailer you can see for yourself.  This Luke Wilson starring flick about the origins of internet porn and the dirty deeds that come with it looks pretty damn cool.  Of course, from porn to the story of porn, I’m interested in porn.

The trailer made its official debut on Apple Trailers, so you can hope on over their to take a look in glorious HD or maybe sneak a peek at this ragtag bunch of entrepreneurs below.  There’s tons of beautiful women, plenty of excess, and a crossbow courtesy of Ribisi’s improvisational skills.  You know the flick is interesting when one of the actors decides his character needs a crossbow in the middle of a scene.

The Middle Men is in theaters August 6th, directed by George Gallo, and stars Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, and Gabriel Macht.


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