[VIDEO REVIEWS]Stay Tuned: Living a Life Entirely on TV

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[VIDEO REVIEWS]Stay Tuned: Living a Life Entirely on TV

One of the latest movie releases, "America's Sweethearts," mixes public appearances with personal lives. John Cusack and Catherine Zeta-Jones star as Hollywood sweethearts Eddie and Gwen. In reality, the two are estranged, but with a new movie co-starring both of them about to be released, they are forced to assume the guise of a happy couple for the sake of publicity.

What happens when the two - public appearance and personal lives - intersect? In "America's Sweethearts," the clash only lasts a few days. Here are two videos about personal lives lived out entirely on television.


Directed by Peter Weir. Starring Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone and Holland Taylor.

Everyone knows Truman Burbank (Carrey). He is a celebrity whose personal life is consumed by an adoring public. But he has no idea that he is a megastar.

Unbeknownst to him, Burbank's every move is televised 24 hours a day. Everyone in his life, from his mother (Taylor), his wife (Linney) and his best friend Marlon (Emmerich), is really an actor. Since birth, Burbank has been living on a huge television set that parallels the real world, to some extent. The show was the brainchild of producer Cristoph (Harris). Cristoph manages Burbank's environment from a control room.

Every now and then, Burbank suspects something is not right, but at those moments, Marlon shows up with a six pack and Truman returns to happy oblivion. But a series of production mistakes causes Truman to become obsessed with a conspiracy theory.

At the same time, he longs to see the world outside his small town, and dreams about Sylvia (McElhone), a girl he met while attending Seahaven University. He starts searching for answers in this touching satire about voyeurism.

EDTV (1999)

Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Elizabeth Hurley, Ellen DeGeneres and Woody Harrelson.

A television network is in dire straits as ratings are sinking. TV executive Cynthia Topping (DeGeneres) comes up with a new show, an unedited, unscripted, uninterrupted program about a real person, broadcast in real time, 24 hours a day.

The network holds a contest and Ed Pekurny (McConaughey) is selected. Ed may be a nobody, an ordinary video store clerk, but Cynthia sees big bucks and a bright future.

Ed thinks there is nothing to lose by inviting the public in. Little does Ed know what he is getting himself into.

The first few days of the show are bland, with scenes of Ed clipping his toenails. But when Ed falls for Shari (Elfman), his brother's (Harrelson) girlfriend, "EDtv" becomes the talk of the nation. Elfman and Hurley also star as love interests.

With the intimate details of his life under public scrutiny, Ed wants out. Fame threatens to tear his life apart.

by Joe Yong-hee

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