It’s looking to be the year of Internet stories penetrating mainstream cinema. You’ve no doubt heard about "The Social Network", David Fincher’s upcoming film about the founding of Facebook. The poster for that was just released the other day.
Another film, which hasn’t received as much press is Middle Men, based on the true story of (as the tagline puts it) the guys who "brought the XXX to the WWW." The following trailer for the film was recently released:
Here is the synopsis according to IMDB:
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. 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. Witness a story so outrageous, you won’t believe it’s true. A story that proves business is a lot like sex getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.
Middle Men features Not only Wilson, Macht, and Ribisi, but James Caan, Kelsey Grammer, Robert Forster, Kevin Pollak (who WebProNews interviewed a while back), and this guy: