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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Bill Guttentag (written by)
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Release Date:
1 November 2007 (Netherlands) See more »
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Plot:
A mockumentary following an ambitious TV network executive trying to produce a controversial reality show where contestants play Russian Roulette. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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Out of date before it was even green-lit but is still interesting and Mendes is good (but too sexual for her own good) See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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Directed by
Bill Guttentag 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
Nathan Whitehead .... first assistant sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Elad Offer .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
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
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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MPAA:
Rated R for some violent content, language and brief nudity
Runtime:
Argentina:96 min | France:96 min
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Goofs:
Factual errors: Early on, Katy mentions the decapitations of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette. The first name should be Louis XVI, who died January 21, 1793. By then, Louis XIV (September 5, 1638 - September 1, 1715) had been dead for 77 years.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The X Games" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Never Leave The SunSee more »

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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Out of date before it was even green-lit but is still interesting and Mendes is good (but too sexual for her own good), 11 September 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Live! has had a VERY limited release in the UK which is not a judgement of quality but more a financial decision – it didn't do well in other countries so why throw more money after it in cinemas when it will still perform on DVD and ultimately on television. Knowing that being a box-office underperformer didn't mean it was no good I decided to check it out for myself as the concept did appear interesting if not exactly original. There have been other films satirising cruel reality television and some of them have been pretty good so Live! could not just trade on the "good idea". And sadly, nor does it because in practice it is not as smart as it would like to think it is, however neither is it without value. The "good idea" is perhaps too excessive to be able to function within a "real world" setting and as a result the film struggles to really convince that it would happen as easily as it shows it happening. What the process of getting it to happen does allow for is lots of cynicism about the motivations of those involved in making television shows and I never felt any of that was exaggerated despite the subject.

So far so good (but not great) and so the film continues, very much focusing on Katy's drive to make it happen and the cynical methods she uses (which are of course convincingly portrayed as normal within her role). The story gets tense when it comes to the show itself but then sadly gives way to so-so ending that does feel a little too tidy and obvious but still just about works. The problem with the whole film is that, while appearing to be very clever and interesting, the actual point is nothing that hasn't been done many, many years ago when the trend started – in fact even Running Man all those years ago did the same sort of thing (which I assume is the reason for the smart referential casting of Glaser as he directed that film about twenty years ago). So what we are left with is that ratings is God and that the corporate bodies that make television have morals second and shareholders first, that people will watch stuff they have never seen before and that there will always be people willing to do anything for money or fame if they are desperate or attention-seeking enough. OK. So the film has told me something that more than a decade of cruel game-shows, bug-eating and so on had already shown me for real – the only difference being that the death-aspect makes it somehow more impacting, but yet not more intelligent. It is a shame because no matter how well everyone does making it, they are still doing something that is almost past the point of satirising and they struggle to convey why the film has been made now and not 5-10 years ago.

Anyway, one of the bigger motivation factors for me watching was to see Mendes in a lead role. Like many men, I like her because she is sexy in looks and how she carries herself but this is not necessarily the same as being able to act so I have been encouraged to see her doing projects that ask her to do more than giggle and flirt (and indeed the upcoming Bad Lieutenant film is unlikely to be the rom-com that many in her position would choose). In this film she does do a good job and convinces throughout as a sharp TV executive being driven without being desperate but the one problem I had was that she pushed (or was directed to push) too hard on the sex side. Now I know that women in this sort of environment have to be deliberately strong and can use flirting as part of their armoury. However Mendes could have convinced as a strong executive in this way without being so heavily sexualised. I am split on the subject because she has awesome legs (for the first ten minutes they are the dominant thing on screen) and I love seeing her in light and sexy clothing) but it is already part of her performance without her having to force it down the audience's throat. Again, I could watch it muted just for her but having her being so playful in sponsor meetings etc just didn't wash with me and took away from the "professional" part of her character that she also had to play. She is not "bad" in it but I don't think that the film represented a showcase for her as an actor so much as showing that if you are looking for someone effortlessly playful and sexual without being yet another blonde starlet fresh in town then she can do that – but we knew that already. I'll never know of course but it would be interesting to know how she sees her performance.

The rest of the cast are solid enough but are very much behind the Mendes and nobody has much time to work with. Braugher is watchable as always, even with his limited time, while Krumholtz is not that good a character or a performance. The contestants are all convincing when it comes to the crunch and that does mean the end of the film is quite gripping – which is a fair acknowledgment from the film, that people WOULD watch and WOULD find it gripping, which is different from saying it is right to do so. Live! is an interesting film that benefits from a perhaps overly-sexual Mendes but it cannot get over the fact that it is at least five years too late and doesn't bring anything to the table that hasn't been done before

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