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The Bannen Way" Heats Up the Web
By Sandra Kofler
March 8, 2010

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When an HBO-quality Web series with a notoriously butt-kicking cast gets 13 million views and leads this year's Streamy Awards nominations, you know you want on that fast-moving caboose. "The Bannen Way" gives us a good-hearted bandit trying to leave the goon life behind, but not without some deadly hurdles to dodge, hop into bed with and escape from. We're talking foxy assassins, a mob boss uncle (Robert Forster, Heroes), a lawman dad (Michael Ironside, Cold Case), a sex trafficker (Michael Lerner, Entourage) and a foxy accomplice (Vanessa Marcil, Las Vegas), all of whom make Neal Bannen's (Mark Gantt) path to a normal life a sexy, painful and action-filled bombshell. You're hereby warned that if strong language and mild nudity aren't your office's M.O., best save this one for your own viewing time. The first two episodes are free, with the rest downloadable from iTunes individually or as a full-length movie. Get a taste with the trailer below -- and prepare not to blink.

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