Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock‘s already had quite a busy 2011. January saw the premiere of his product placement documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold at Sundance; this summer brought the release of his Hulu series A Day in the Life; and this month marked the debut of Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope at TIFF. In addition, he’s recently signed on to direct his first non-documentary feature, which Spurlock describes as “very Erin Brockovich-ish.” Most people would probably consider taking the rest of the year off at this point, but the tireless Spurlock isn’t most people. He’s now gearing up for his next project, The Failure Club.
The Yahoo! reality series will follow seven New Yorkers with big dreams and bigger worries as they attempt to get over their fear of failure and aim for their loftiest goals. And if you happen to be a NYC resident who counts “starring in a Morgan Spurlock documentary” among his or her list of to-dos, you may be in luck: Spurlock’s team is currently seeking “inspiring and genuine every-day people” to appear in the series. More details on the show and the casting process after the jump.
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Morgan Spurlock has never been one to take a break. You’d think after releasing the awesome Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (now available in your home) he might take some time off. But no. He’s got Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope premiering at Toronto later this month, the TV show 50 Documentaries To See Before You Die on Current TV as well as the Hulu sponsored A Day in the Life where he spends a day with famous people giving us a glimpse into their lives. You might have heard about this one when he was shooting with Mr. Brainwash but now, after the jump, you can watch the first three episodes of the show which follow billionaire Richard Branson, musician Will.i.am and comedian Russell Peters. Read More »
With films like Super Size Me, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? and Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, not to mention shows like 30 Days and A Day In The Life, Morgan Spurlock has pretty much established himself as a documentary guy. Not only that, he’s the documentary guy that’s willing to do anything for a great story. His next film, Comic-Con: Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, continues that tradition. After that, though, it looks like Spurlock might take a hard right into features. According to a new interview, he’s attached to a “very Erin Brockovich-ish” feature with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way Productions. Read more after the jump. Read More »
For those who go to Comic Con year after year, there’s always a point when one has to stammer through an attempted description of the pure sensory overload that characterizes the event. Soon we won’t have to go through elaborate ; we’ll be able to point at Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope and say “watch this.”
Last year Morgan Spurlock (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Super-Size Me) directed a documentary about Comic Con, and today he briefly took to the stage at Hall H in the San Diego Convention Center to premiere the trailer for the film. We don’t yet have an embed, but the trailer features Eli Roth. Seth Rogen. Kevin Smith. Joss Whedon. Seth Green, and Guillermo del Toro, throwing out some cute and cheeky anecdotes about their experiences at Comic Con.
Two years ago, Spurlock was here doing the Simpsons anniversary special. He ended up meeting Stan Lee, who said “I love your movies! We should do a movie together. We should make a movie about Comic Con!” That led to this doc, which looks like an affectionate take on the Con, with plenty of cosplayers and hopeful new comic artists. That’s pretty remarkable — something about Comic Con that actually focuses on comics? How unusual! Comic Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope will be released in 2012; we’ll present the trailer when it arrives online.
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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One of our favorite films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Morgan Spurlock‘s super-meta advertising documentary that, at the time, was simply called The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. The official title is now Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and it’s scheduled for release on April 22. A fantastic trailer for the film has just premiered and you can check it out below. Read More »
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