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"Middle Men" Trailer Is Here, the Rest of the Film in August

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    Starring Luke Wilson and directed by George Gallo, the man who wrote "Midnight Express," it tells the true-ish story of the men turned the Internet from a lousy e-mail system into an XXX-rated ATM.

    "Middle Men," based on the true story of the men largely responsible for turning the internet into an XXX-rated ATM, finally has a release date and a trailer

    The film, which debuted at Cannes last year, stars Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Kevin Pollak, James Caan, Terry Crews and Kelsey Grammer, is summarized on its MySpace page thusly:

    Jack Harris has a faithful and loving wife, two beautiful children, and a successful career fixing companies. When an associate calls him about an opportunity to help turn around a business that has fallen into trouble, he decides to take the job. Little does he know, it is a decision that will change his life in ways he never expected.

    Jack meets with Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby, two genius but troubled men who have invented a way to sell adult entertainment over the internet. The plan was brilliant but the execution wasn't; They were making money hand-over-fist and losing it just as fast. Seeing the potential, Jack agrees to partner with Buck and Wayne, devising a way to bill the entertainment through a third party, taking the guilt out of the ultimate guilty pleasure.

    Before he knows it, he finds himself caught between the Russian mob, a 23-year old porn star, the FBI and losing his family in the process of becoming rich.

    That it has taken this long for the film to get released should be a red flag, but taking a second look at the cast, it appears the problem could be that the film lacks a leading man. As good as the cast is -- and it's loaded with people who've done some great work on screens both big and small, none of these folks have any recent success as stars. Or it could be that the film just isn't very good.

    The film looks like a mix of "Blow," "Boogie Nights," "Casino," "Lord of War" and "Traffic" thrown into a blender. Can't wait.