Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) gave a presentation at TED in March titled “The Greatest TED Talk Ever Sold”. The talk was tied into his upcoming film The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.
When I reviewed the movie at Sundance, I called the film “the most meta movie ever created.” The film pretends to be a film about the growing world of product placement in television shows and movies, with the twist being that the doc would be completely financed by product placement. But in actuality, the movie is about Spurlock’s journey to pitch the concept to various brands, make it happen, co-brand, market and even sell the movie on late night talk shows (in pre-taped segments which will air the week of release).
So it comes as no surprise that Spurlock’s TED Talk serves as a vehicle to help Spurlock to help promote his upcoming film, but present his journey to the TED audience. I must warn you, if you’re excited to see the film The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, this TED Talk features a ton of selected clips from throughout the film. So if you’re already decided, you might want to skip it. If not, you might want to check it out. In the last three minutes of the talk, Spurlock reveals the reaction to his film since Sundance.
It’s also worth noting that /Film actually makes a very quick cameo in this part of the presentation (you can see my cartoon avatar on the upper left hand section of the big screen (screengrab after the jump). You can watch the TED Talk online right now, embedded after the jump.
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Universal Pictures have sent over a new movie poster for Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, which you may have already seen in theaters. The one-sheet quotes three reviews from the 2011 SXSW Film Festival early screening of the film — including a sentence from my glowing review of the film. I know a movie like this is a hard sell to men, but you’ve gotta trust me — this is a comedy that will have everyone laughing. Hit the jump to see the full poster.
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Good news, Boston sci-fi fans! Tonight at 7:00 pm, there’s going to be a special advance screening of Source Code at the AMC Boston Commons theater. Afterwards, I’ll be moderating a Q&A with director Duncan Jones. I anticipate mind-bendy, sci-fi fun for everyone involved!
We have 40 free passes to give away to tonight’s screening. Hit the jump for the details on how to get one. (P.S. for those of you who can’t make it all the way to Boston, Duncan Jones will also be in NYC tomorrow night for a Source Code screening at Lincoln Center. You’ll have to buy tickets to that one, though). Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011 by David Chen
It’s been about 18 months since we first launched The Tobolowsky Files here at /Film. Since then, our show has been picked up by Seattle Public Radio (94.9 KUOW), received a book deal, and Stephen himself has been written up and featured in places as diverse as Hitfix, The Guardian, The New York Times, and, most recently, the WTF podcast with Marc Maron.
Today, I’m pleased to announce the next phase in getting Stephen’s stories out into the world: the first Stephen Tobolowsky Kindle Single, Cautionary Tales.
What is a Kindle Single, you might ask? And how can you get your hands on Stephen’s new stories, even if you don’t have a Kindle? It’s easy. Hit the jump to hear all the details.
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Good News: /Film was apparently nominated for one of the best entertainment blogs of the year in the eleventh annual weblog awards — the 2011 Bloggies! How cool is that?
Bad News: Tomorrow is the last day of voting. Nominees were announced on February 1st 2011, but we somehow didn’t find out about this until just now (crazy, huh?).
It’s probably unlikely we’ll win at this point as the other nominees have probably promoted their nominations weeks ago, but if you could, please head over to the Bloggie site and vote /Film for the best Entertainment Blog.
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Posted on Friday, February 11th, 2011 by David Chen
I’m happy to announce that Angie Han is joining the writing staff at /Film. Angie is a very talented writer whose skills I deeply respect, and I think she’ll bring a fascinating perspective to the work that we do here. She is currently based in Brooklyn and will be helping us out with daily news updates and the occasional editorial/review. In the meantime, you can follow her on Twitter. Please join me in welcoming Angie to /Film!
Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 by David Chen
David O. Russell’s The Fighter was my favorite film of 2010, so I was thrilled to learn that we’ll have a chance to chat with Mr. Russell tomorrow, live at 4 PM EST / 1 PM PST. Want to tune in? Just head over to Slashfilm’s live page. Have a question for David? Feel free to leave it in the comments below or e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com. We’ll choose the best ones and try to put them to him during the Q&A tomorrow. [Note: Our conversation will likely center around The Fighter. I’ve already been told he can’t say too much about Uncharted, although I’ll definitely be asking him about it.]
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While Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest isn’t the best documentary I saw at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, it’s far and away the most fun. Directed by actor Michael Rapaport, it tells the rise, fall and rise again, of one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time: A Tribe Called Quest. Infused with their music, behind the scenes footage and deeply personal and revealing interviews, Rapaport has crafted both a love letter to Tribe while also telling the simple story of what success does to friendship. Read More »
Fox Searchlight has begun airing a new television spot for Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours which features a quote from my Telluride review. Here is what I said:
127 Hours is a brilliant, gut-wrenching and moving cinematic experience. The film will have you in tears one moment, laughing the next, and will leave you on the edge of your seat, gripping the armrests and holding your breath. This is an uplifting story of perseverance with a stronger character arc than the best fictional films released this year. This is not just a story of man vs. nature or survival. Ralston has said that he “did not lose his hand” but instead “gained his life back.” Most importantly, this is THAT story.
Over the years /Film has been quoted on a lot of movie posters, advertisements and dvd boxes, sometimes for films which I liked bu didn’t love (it’s easy to take a sentence out of context or take a positive sentence from a not so glowing review). But I’m really proud that we’ve now been quoted in the marketing for two of my favorite films of the year so far, The Social Network (a tv spot we never posted on the site before) and 127 Hours. Watch the new tv spot after the jump.
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