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Also opening: 'Bandslam,' 'The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard'

Would you buy a used car from Entourage's Ari Gold? Probably not, but the Emmy-winning actor playing him, Jeremy Piven, might be another story. Piven is one of the funniest guys working these days, even if he often appears too aware of it.

Piven, right, plays auto dealer Don Ready in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (R), a raunchy comedy — like we haven't seen that this summer — directed by Neal Brennan, writer of Half Baked and Chappelle's Show. Don's car lot faces a buyout from a rival dealer (Ed Helms, The Hangover) and only a successful Fourth of July blowout sale can stop it.

Car salesmen in movies have a spottier record than Pintos and Corvairs. For each juicy portrayal like William H. Macy in Fargo, there's a Cadillac Man or Used Cars broken down on the side of the road.

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard wasn't viewed in time for Weekend review. Check entertainment. to see if moviegoers are shelling out cash for a clunker.

More nude photographs of Vanessa Hudgens recently surfaced, just as High School Musical's perky star breaks away from Disney's clutches. Maybe that's coincidence but the Mouse House has never taken kindly to defectors. Just ask DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Hudgens, right, co-stars in Bandslam (PG), which could use the publicity that her indiscreet ways offer. As teen musicals go, Bandslam is flying so low under the radar that it's skimming the ground. Just know that Hudgens and Alyson Michalka (Super Sweet 16: The Movie) are musicians hoping to win the big battle of the bands. I wonder how that'll turn out.

However, Bandslam could set a box office record this weekend: Most tickets sold primarily to watch a preview trailer. Television ads plug the Twilight: New Moon preview attached to Bandslam like it's a double feature. Maybe all those Robert Pattinson fans will stick around for Hudgens' movie.

Also opening: 'Bandslam,' 'The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard' 08/12/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 4:30am]
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