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EDTv

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ron Howard
Produced by Ron Howard
Brian Grazer
Starring Matthew McConaughey
Jenna Elfman
Woody Harrelson
Elizabeth Hurley
Dennis Hopper
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography John Schwartzman
Editing by Mike Hill
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) 26 March 1999
Running time 122 min.
Language English
Budget $60,000,000 (estimated)
All Movie Guide profile
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EDTv is a comedy film directed by Ron Howard released in 1999. Enhanced-definition television, extended-definition television, or EDTV is a CEA marketing shorthand term for certain digital television (DTV) formats. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 441 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (555 × 755 pixel, file size: 56 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher or the creator of the work depicted. ... For other people named Ron Howard, see Ronald Howard. ... For other people named Ron Howard, see Ronald Howard. ... Brian Grazer (born July 12, 1951, in Los Angeles, California) is a Jewish-American film and television producer who founded Imagine Entertainment with partner Ron Howard. ... Matthew David McConaughey (born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. ... Jenna Elfman (born September 30, 1971, in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American television and film actress. ... Woodrow Woody Tracy Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated actor. ... Elizabeth Jane Hurley (born 10 June 1965) is an English actress, fashion model, producer and designer. ... Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker. ... Randy Edelman (born 10 June 1947) is a well known film and TV score composer born in Paterson, New Jersey. ... John Schwartzman (born October 18, 1960 in Los Angeles, California) is an American cinematographer for numerous films. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The year 1999 in film involved some significant events. ...


It stars Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Hurley, Ellen DeGeneres, Martin Landau, Rob Reiner, Sally Kirkland, Clint Howard and Dennis Hopper. Matthew David McConaughey (born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. ... Jenna Elfman (born September 30, 1971, in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American television and film actress. ... Woodrow Woody Tracy Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated actor. ... Elizabeth Jane Hurley (born 10 June 1965) is an English actress, fashion model, producer and designer. ... Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. ... Martin Landau (born June 20, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film and television actor. ... Robert Rob Reiner (born March 6, 1945) is an American actor, director, producer, writer, childrens advocate and political activist. ... For Sally Kirkland the Vogue & Life editor, see, see Sally Kirkland (editor). ... Clinton E. Howard (born April 20, 1959) is an American film and television actor. ... Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker. ...


It is an adaptation of the locally successful French Canadian movie Louis 19, le roi des ondes, released in 1994. This is a list of Quebec movies. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


Its plot has been called superficially similar to that of The Truman Show, especially since the two hit theatres nearly around the same time. The differences come from the fact that unlike Truman, Ed (McConaughey) has knowledge and has given consent that his life is a reality television show. The Truman Show is a 1998 film directed by Peter Weir, written by Andrew Niccol, and starring Jim Carrey and Ed Harris. ... Reality television is a genre of television programming which presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and features ordinary people instead of professional actors. ...


The band that appears in the movie is the real-life US rock band Stroke 9.[1] Stroke 9 is a band that was formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989. ...

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Plot

It starts off with a television channel True TV commencing interviews for a TV show that shows a normal person's life 24/7. This idea was thought up by a TV producer named Cynthia (Ellen DeGeneres). They interview the main character's (Ed, Matthew McConaughey) brother Ray (Woody Harrelson) who is with Ed. When the producers see the interview Cynthia decides to use Ed and interviews only Ed. So now they start airing the show, which they call Ed TV. The show is a total failure at first, as only boring things happen and the main Producers want to pull the plug all except Cynthia. 24/7 is an abbreviation which stands for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, usually referring to the availability of a service. ... Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. ... Matthew David McConaughey (born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. ... Woodrow Woody Tracy Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated actor. ...


However, Ed TV suddenly gets interesting on Day 3 when Ed visits his brother Ray. Ed (along with the cameramen) discovers that Ray is cheating on his girlfriend Shari (Jenna Elfman). Ed then visits Shari to apologize to her for Ray's actions. Shari is very drunk and starts insulting Ray, by talking to the camera. She makes everyone laugh or go "ohhh!!" by saying "Ray was a BAD lay." Ed tries to comfort Shari, and he reveals he has feelings for her. She then reveals she has feelings for Ed as well. They slowly move their faces closer and finally kiss each other. Ed then locks out the camera crew and proceeds to passionately kiss Shari for a while. Ed TV suddenly becomes extremely popular. Jenna Elfman (born September 30, 1971, in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American television and film actress. ...


Ed then goes on the Tonight Show w/Jay Leno and meets beautiful model/actress Jill (Elizabeth Hurley) who takes a liking to Ed. Ed then visits Shari and she tells Ed that she doesn't want to be with him until the Show stops airing. She then leaves town. Elizabeth Jane Hurley (born 10 June 1965) is an English actress, fashion model, producer and designer. ...


Ed goes to the park with Ray and some friends to play football when Jill comes to talk to him, because Cynthia told her to in a quest to earn more ratings. She invites Ed to dinner at her house. When he arrives at Jill's house, there is a massive crowd. They have a small talk, and then they kiss on top of a table. They are about to have sex, but then Ed falls off the table and squishes Jill's cat. Ed never sees Jill again.


Ed's father (who abandoned his family when Ed was 13) unexpectedly visits Ed and informs him that he left because Ed's mother was having an affair with Ed's current stepfather, Al. Ed is furious with his mother and argues with her.


Next, Ed gets a phone call telling him to come to the hospital. The doctor says that his father is dead and that he died making love to his wife. Ed thinks this means Al, but it actually is his real father and that Ed's mother was cheating on Al.


Ed is depressed until he catches a glimpse of Shari (in disguise wearing a wig and sunglasses). He chases her for a long time until she stops in the womens bathroom in a movie theater. She says she is staying with her brother as it is his birthday and she just wanted to see Ed. But she doesn't want to be with him until the show stops. When Ed exits one camera man stays with Shari saying that it's the producer's new idea. The main camera man tells him that all his family are being filmed but they show the most interesting person.


Ed gets an idea on how to stop the main producer from showing the show: he says that he will give $10,000 to the person who can give him the best amount of "dirt" on the producers and that he will announce it unless they stop airing the show. As Cynthia feels sorry for Ed, she tells him a secret of the main producer. Ed announces the secret (that the man has to pump a liquid into his penis to get an erection) but before he can announce who it is they stop airing the show.


Cast

Matthew David McConaughey (born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. ... Jenna Elfman (born September 30, 1971, in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American television and film actress. ... Woodrow Woody Tracy Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated actor. ... Martin Landau (born June 20, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film and television actor. ... For Sally Kirkland the Vogue & Life editor, see, see Sally Kirkland (editor). ... Elizabeth Jane Hurley (born 10 June 1965) is an English actress, fashion model, producer and designer. ... Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. ... Robert Rob Reiner (born March 6, 1945) is an American actor, director, producer, writer, childrens advocate and political activist. ...

See also

Justin. ...

References

  1. ^ Biography, Allmusic.com.

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
EDTV vs HDTV (444 words)
The bad news in relation to EDTV vs HDTV is that you need a completely new TV or projector to display both EDTV and HDTV.
Most DVD players on the market today are progressive scan, meaning they output EDTV signals, however, in order to view the progressive scan picture in all its glory, you need a TV or projector capable of displaying it and that, unfortunately, means getting a new TV.
So even if you live in a country or area where HDTV content is limited or non-existent, it is worth it to watch your DVD collection in EDTV, the difference between SDTV and EDTV really is that big.
EDtv (959 words)
Strangely, once EDtv goes on the air, it starts to catch on, slowly at first, but quickly building when a series of personal events unfold on the air.
As the EDtv show becomes more and more popular, details of the relationship between Ed's mom (Sally Kirkland), his step father (Martin Landau), and his real father (Dennis Hopper) begin to emerge, and Ed finds out that a number of things that he was told when his parents broke up weren't true.
Martin Landau is great as Ed's wheelchair-bound stepfather, and Sally Kirkland is hilarious as his mom, on the one hand dressed to the teeth when she knows she is going to be on camera, and on the other shocked, when details about her relationships with Ed's real father become public.
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