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A TV honcho (Rob Reiner) has decided that his cable station, San Francisco-based TrueTV, needs something to pump up the ratings. Program director Cynthia Topping (Ellen DeGeneres) comes up with an audacious make or break plan: select an ordinary guy and have a camera crew simply follow him around 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No script, no editing, no rehearsals, no interruptions. After auditioning numerous hopefuls, they settle for Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey), an amiable, easy-going video store clerk with an ready grin. His brother, Ray (Woody Harrelson), is all for the idea, but his mother, Jeanette (Sally Kirkland) and stepfather, Al (Martin Landau), aren't as enthused. Eventually, the lure of fame and money prod Ed to give his okay, and EDtv is born. Ratings begin to soar when Ed and his brother's pretty girlfriend, Shari (Jenna Elfman), admit their mutual attraction on air. Soon, other women, like the sexy, predatory Jill (Elizabeth Hurley), are after Ed, and he discovers that national recognition has as many downsides as upsides.

"Fame. What is it? Is it an achievement or is it celebrity for its own sake? Ron Howard, director of EdTV talks about these issues in a frank interview and voice over commentary about the experience of making the film. Howard cut his teeth on comedy, both as an actor and a director, and he's glad to be back, he says. There's a chapter list of 18 scenes you might want to dip straight into the Liz Hurley seduction scene a very funny moment. There's a great commentary by the writers, who take themselves anything but seriously. We learn of the origin of the film and how even the visual jokes are all carefully scripted. A bit of trivia the writers point out Dustin Hoffman's daughter a stunning redhead, who appears briefly in the film. And yes, Jenna Elfman has hair extensions and Woody Harrelson thrives on improvisations. We learn how Woody got cast for this role a story in itself! Check out the scenes that didn't make the final cut and catch the outtakes. Features include production notes, music highlights and cast and filmmaker info. Languages English, French and Portuguese, plus subtitles. Navigation is straightforward if you like the film, you'll find the DVD fun. This is the kind of lightweight entertainment you'll enjoy with friends over a few drinks, or on a night when you feel like a bit of bubble gum for the brain."
Louise Keller

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CAST: Matthew McConaughey, Jenny Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Hurley

DIRECTOR: Ron Howard

DVD RELEASE: December 1999
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: ColTriStar Home Video


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