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Writer (WGA):
Bill Guttentag (written by)
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Release Date:
1 November 2007 (Netherlands) See more »
A mockumentary following an ambitious TV network executive trying to produce a controversial reality show where contestants play Russian Roulette. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Eva Mendes ... Katy

David Krumholtz ... Rex

Rob Brown ... Byron

Katie Cassidy ... Jewel

Jay Hernandez ... Pablo

Eric Lively ... Brad

Monet Mazur ... Abalone

Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Rick

Danny Comden ... Buck

Paul Michael Glaser ... Network President

Missi Pyle ... Plummy

Andre Braugher ... Don

Charlotte Ross ... Jennifer

Michelle Krusiec ... Dylan

Mageina Tovah ... Kelly

Todd Stashwick ... Dave

Robin Paul ... Meagan

Patrick Fischler ... Trevor

Beau Garrett ... Krista

Karen Landry ... Advertising Buyer

Jessica Collins ... Starlet
Bob Levy ... Director

Michael Cavanaugh ... Wilken

Robert Gant ... Casting Director

Jaime Ray Newman ... Anchorwoman

Catherine McCord ... Chrissie

John Sanderford ... Counter Attack Host

Lucy Butler ... Counter Attack Guest

Marianne Curan ... Counter Attack Guest

Kevin Kilner ... Newsbreak Anchor
Scott Paetty ... Newsbreak Reporter

Amanda Loncar ... Candy

Jeff Tschida ... Brad's Buddy

Berlinda Tolbert ... Clarissa Boyd

Tom Wright ... Dr. Raymond Boyd

Aixa Maldonado ... Pablo's Mother
Frank Alvarez ... East LA Guy

Josue Aguirre ... Kid on Bike
William Green ... Brit Pitcher

Shana Betz ... Flat Line Pitcher (as Shana Sosin)

Jenica Bergere ... Southern Accent Pitcher

Heather Fox ... Goth Girl

Donald Elson ... Oxygen Tank Guy

Winston Story ... Camouflage Guy

Brit Shaw ... Tank Top Student (as Brittany Shaw)

Rory O'Malley ... Red Sox Hat Student

Kelly Pendygraft ... Blond Student
Misha Guttentag ... Teenager on Rollerblades

Gregory Gifford Giles ... Man in Tie
Sasha Guttentag ... Girl in Sweatshirt
Michael Colon ... Weight-Lifter

Sal Cecere ... Jogging Man

Yvette Yates ... Latina Girl (as Yavette Yates)
Christian Gill ... German Tourist

50 Cent ... Himself (as Curtis Jackson)

Mitsuyo Miyazaki ... Japanese Tourist (as Kiyoka Miyazaki)

Jeff Wiesen ... Hip Guy
Sarah Maine ... Hip Girl (as Sarah Allyson Maine)
Jaclyn Napier ... Waitress

Vikrum Shah ... 1st Taxi Driver
Tom Billett ... 2nd Taxi Driver

Drew Wicks ... Man with Gun
Stephanie Lugue ... Pablo's Sister
Scott Harber ... Sound Man
Stephen Kazmierski ... Jerry (as Steven Kazmierski)
Don LaFontaine ... Announcer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Mason Lee ... Audience

Mike Cochrane ... Game show applicant (uncredited)
Ashika Gogna ... Teenage Girl (uncredited)

Scott Haze ... Kafiya (uncredited)

Lisa Richman ... Leg Waxer (uncredited)
Ron Stanik ... Gay Basher (uncredited)
Jeff Stone ... Gay Basher (uncredited)
Katie Strand ... (uncredited)

Mark Valley ... Blair (uncredited)

Shane Wood ... Roger (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Guttentag 
Writing credits
Bill Guttentag (written by)

Produced by
Alex Gartner .... producer
Alan Glazer .... executive producer
William Green .... producer
Cynthia H. Margulis .... line producer
Eva Mendes .... executive producer
Charles Roven .... producer
Randy Sosin .... executive producer
Original Music by
Phil Marshall 
Cinematography by
Stephen Kazmierski 
Film Editing by
Jim Stewart 
Casting by
Venus Kanani 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Robert de Vico 
Set Decoration by
Brad Douglas 
Costume Design by
Dayna Pink 
Makeup Department
Sarah Ault .... hair stylist daily
Sallie Ciganovich .... hair stylist
Yuko T. Koach .... hair department head (as Yuko Tokunaga)
Klexius Kolby .... makeup department head: Eva Mendes
Cole Patterson .... key makeup artist
Yvette Shelton .... hair department head
Jennifer Kim .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
James K. Jensen .... post-production supervisor
Cynthia H. Margulis .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Lawrence Ludwig .... first assistant director
Anastacia C. Nemec .... additional second assistant director
Blake Perkinson .... second second assistant director
Jack Steinberg .... second assistant director
Art Department
Edward Cook .... storyboard artist
Mark Finer .... swing
Alexandra Fowler .... property master
Brian Larkin .... swing
Robert Montalbano .... swing
Sarah Prescott .... assistant set decorator
Amy Wallenberg .... graphic designer
Tim Woodruff .... lead man
Justine Wu .... set dresser
Sound Department
Anthony Adams .... adr recordist
Christopher Alba .... sound effects editor
Matt Colleran .... mix technician
Adam De Coster .... foley artist
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Aleksandr Gruzdev .... predub mixer
Paul Hackner .... sound editor
Scott Harber .... sound mixer
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Jon Klein .... boom operator
Mark Larry .... supervising sound editor
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist
Greg Mauer .... foley mixer
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... dialogue editor
Chris McDonough .... foley artist
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Solange S. Schwalbe .... sound editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Bryan O. Watkins .... sound effects editor (as Bryan O. Watkins)
Nathan Whitehead .... first assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Elad Offer .... visual effects supervisor
Todd Bryant .... stunt double
James Lew .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tracy Bennett .... still photographer
Sharla Cipicchio .... second assistant camera
Joseph Czerw .... electrician
Daniel Hagouel .... crane camera
Xavier Henselman .... gaffer
Colin Kelly .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Erica Kim .... electrician
Chris Lindsay .... key grip
Richard Moriarty .... key first assistant camera
Jarrod Oswald .... first assistant camera: b camera
Sean Prichard .... best boy grip
Rebecca Steel Roven .... camera department assistant (as Rebecca Roven)
Anthony Savini .... camera operator
Allen Wagoner .... video assist (as Allen D. Waggoner)
Perry Wolberger .... best boy electric
Casting Department
J.C. Cantu .... casting associate
Lindsay Graham .... casting assistant
Julie Swistak .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Samantha Dewey-Gartner .... costume assistant
Courtney Hoffman .... costume intern
Corrine Larson .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Matt Devino .... assembly editor
Doug Luberts .... assistant editor
Ron Stanik .... first assistant editor
Jeff Stone .... assistant editor
Thom Whitehead .... assembly editor
Music Department
Jez Colin .... composer: additional original music
William Green .... music supervisor
Nick Hanson .... music supervisor
Mary M. Koetting .... music consultant
Julie Pearce .... music editor
Bill Pearson .... music score recordist
Transportation Department
Mark Dobkousky .... driver
Hector M. Gonzalez .... transportation captain (as Hector Gonzalez)
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Peter Helm .... driver
Zoa Keith .... transportation dispatcher
Mark Timpe .... driver
Other crew
John Arnett .... assistant: Mr. Green and Mr. Sosin
Dana Bradshaw .... second accountant
Katie Carlin .... assistant: Eva Mendes
Nate Cohen .... office production assistant
Divi Crockett .... production coordinator
Mary Cybriwsky .... assistant: Mr. Glazer
Michelle DeForest .... set production assistant
Gabi Endicott .... script supervisor
Chris Gutierrez .... location scout
Torrence Hall .... weapons handler
Jeremy Jed Hammel .... production assistant
Jonathan Hausfater .... production assistant
Andy Horwitz .... assistant: Mr. Roven
Adam Kerpelman .... production assistant
Brandon Krzyminski .... set intern
Richard Lilly .... production assistant
Maeve Mannion .... key accountant
Nick Miller .... assistant: Alex Gartner
Jess Nunez .... payroll accountant
Joseph Palmer .... assistant: Mr. Roven
Larry Pearson .... location manager
Marilyn Penn .... production accountant
Debra Piazzie .... unit production supervisor
Myron Santos .... production assistant
Lynda Shapiro .... second assistant accountant
Elaine Tuennerman .... product placement and clearance coordinator
Matt Tulve .... set production assistant
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Jessica L. Lopez .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated R for some violent content, language and brief nudity
Argentina:96 min | France:96 min

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Revealing mistakes: While the whole premise of the show is Russian roulette, somehow the legal team says because the killing bullet is unknown they can legally show the game. While in actuality, there are federal laws which would prevent this kind of show from ever existing. The show would be considered reckless endangerment as it meets the legal definition. Reckless endangerment is a crime consisting of acts that create a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person. The accused person isn't required to intend the resulting or potential harm, but must have acted in a way that showed a disregard for the foreseeable consequences of the actions.See more »
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References "Dateline NBC" (1992)See more »
Never Leave The SunSee more »


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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Live!, 13 July 2008
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

As reality television become staple programming, we have contestants playing games around the world, or just doing so on an island. We have those that propel some into instant fame upon winning a singing competition, and audience participation is key if ratings are to rocket through the sky. Live! allows the audience a little of behind the scenes action in a mockumentary that takes a look at how such programmes get conceived with always an eye looking at the ratings, and the other eye looking at potential revenue stream in the form of selling air time to advertisers.

Eva Mendes, who also serves as executive producer, stars as Katy, a network station's programming manager out to look for the next big thing to save their flagging station ratings amongst the CBS and the NBCs. In one brainstorming session, the thought of Russian roulette got bounced around, and given the nature of the game - where one puts a loaded gun to the head and pulls the trigger - it borders on simple human decency, and who would want to allow someone getting killed live on air being put out by their station?

And there's where the mockumentary kicks into full gear for the first hour, where we follow Katy (conveniently she has an indie film crew following her in a bid to make their own documentary) around the office and engage in some heavy politicking and lobbying of her brainchild through departments such as marketing, sales, legal as represented by corporate counsel Don (Andre Braugher) and even to convince the network presidents herself. And it is indeed interesting as you see all the corporate backstabbing, back-biting, and elevator pitches get delivered with conviction to sell something as radical as this, with the stroking of egos constantly being proved to be effective.

We also get to be chummy with the would be contestants, as we dig a little into their backgrounds as diverse as an extreme sports athlete, to a farmer struggling to keep his family afloat, from an actress wannabe, to a gay Latino looking for some self-respect. Naturally you expect some stereotyping here, but one thing common with everyone is, so long as you're holding a loaded gun to your head, all bets are off and only a pull of the trigger, if they survive, will decide if they get to stay alive and walk away with the prize money of US$5 million. Which makes you wonder, would you risk it all to do the same, for the same amount of money?

The last moments of the film provide that debut episode, and truth be told, it is rather interesting to watch, playing to our voyeuristic tendencies which make reality TV so popular these days. It's openly admitting to satisfying our blood lust, with death on screen for the masses, like old styled gladiatorial fights, or public executions where you deliberate attend just to see what you've come to see. Those unfamiliar with how live or game shows are produced, get a look behind the scenes as well in the coordination of technical expertise and manipulation to milk shots of the moment, for the goggle box audience.

While this is fiction through and through, I wouldn't help but shudder if one day we do have such game shows being put live on the air, packaged as entertainment. Written and directed by Bill Guttentag (who brought us the documentary Nanking), this film does seem rather plain sailing, until of course a shocker of a finale which you probably didn't see it coming, re-emphasizing of course, whether TV violence has a negative aspect to daily lives.

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