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Live! (2007)

A mockumentary following an ambitious TV network executive trying to produce a controversial reality show where contestants play Russian Roulette.

Director:

Bill Guttentag

Writer:

Bill Guttentag
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

In a world where reality and entertainment are continuously colliding, Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Bill Guttentag's feature debut Live! follows ABN network president Katy Courbet and up-and-coming documentary filmmaker Rex as inspiration strikes to create the most daring reality program ever. The show is Russian Roulette, network style, with contestants competing for five million dollars on-air, complete with loaded guns. As seen through the lens of a documentary film crew, Live! examines the competitive and often gut-wrenching world of television production, where everyone from the crew to the contestants to the network brass becomes engulfed in a ratings battle to the top-a battle where questions of morality, ethics and sheer will lead to a darkly humorous and unforgettable outcome. Written by producers

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2007 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Ao Vivo! See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Color:

Color
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Goofs

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 Cops (1989) See more »

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Never Leave The Sun
Written by Leslie Mills and Chris Pelcer
Performed by Leslie Mills
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Great Storyline, Terrible Camera Work
16 May 2014 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

The greedy ABN television network executive Katy Coubert (Eva Mendes) is seeking a way to increase the audience of her network. She recalls the arenas, police car chases and several other examples through history to demonstrate that people enjoy watching blood and she has the idea of producing a controversial reality show of Russian Roulette with six contestants and five-million dollars for each winner. Katy has to convince the network Powers That Be that the show will be well successful and will increase the TV ratings while the network lawyer Don (Andre Braugher) convinces the authorities to allow the late night show.

Then she selects the six contestants: the aspirant actress Jewel (Katie Cassidy); the Mexican gay cook Pablo (Jay Hernandez); the aspirant writer Byron (Rob Brown); the performer Abalone (Monet Mazur); the just graduated student and surfer Brad (Eric Lively); and Rick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Will the show be well-succeeded?

"Live!" is a drama with a great storyline that shows how far a TV might dare to go to increase the audience that loves to see tragedies and other bloody event. Unfortunately the idea of making of a documentary is unoriginal and serves only to make a cheaper movie, with a terrible camera work. The conclusion is not a surprise for a society that worships weapons. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Ao Vivo!" ("Live!")


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