Morgan Spurlock‘s latest film, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, is in select theaters now as well as On Demand and iTunes. /Film recently sat down with the Oscar-nominated director to talk about the documentary, which was produced by Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Harry Knowles and Thomas Tull, and in the first part of our interview we talked about the genesis of the project, media perception of the event, subjects who ended up on the cutting room floor, the crazy logistics of shooting at the convention and more. You can watch that here.
Now it’s time for parts two and three.
In part two, we delve deeper into the new film, discussing certain discoveries and challenges made during shooting, the fact this is the first movie he’s doesn’t appear in, why the title is so long, the traveling tour and what might end up on the Blu-ray, just to name a few things.
Then, in part three, we discuss Spurlock past and future including the disappointing box office of the fantastic Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, his upcoming film Mansome, some TV projects and even his first narrative feature. Watch all of this after the jump. Read More »
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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Complete with sniffles, fevers and coughs, we’re just now beginning to recover from the madness that was the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Over the course of 11 days, myself, Peter Sciretta and David Chen were all over Park City, Utah watching films, writing, talking to stars, meeting our fellow bloggers and watching more films. Personally I saw 36 films over 11 days so I feel like I have a good perspective on the festival as a whole.
The general consensus is that this was one of the best Sundance’s in a long time, with about a huge number of films acquiring distribution in comparison to previous years. And while I think the overall quality was incredibly high, there were only a handful of films that stood out above the rest. Most of the 36 films I saw were middle of the pack. Well-made, entertaining, thought-provoking, but ultimately not as exciting as one might hope. Only a select few stood out as the best, or worst.
To try and let the cream of the crop rise to the top, we’ve gone ahead and picked out or favorite, and least favorite, films of the Sundance Film Festival. Read all our lists after the jump. Read More »
The South by Southwest Film Festival has announced their features lineup for the 2011’s Festival, which will take place March 11th to the 19th in Austin Texas. Read the full press release after the jump.
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Like him, or hate him, Morgan Spurlock has quickly become a staple of the documentary world. It all started with the premiere of Super Size Me at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. His personal adventures have taken us inside of the world of fast food, into the battlefields of the Middle East, and now into the world of product placement. Well… it’s not that simple. Spurlock set out to make a film about product placement and instead may have created the most meta movie ever produced.
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James McTeigue (V For Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) is putting the finishing touches on The Raven, which stars John Cusack as author Edgar Allan Poe. The story is a fictionalized look at the writer’s last days, when he embarks upon a search for a killer who may be copying events from Poe’s novels. Now Relativity has picked up distribution rights to the film, but a release date has not yet been set. Hope for October; maybe Relativity will have the balls to go up against Contagion and Paranormal Activity 3 on Oct 21.
Read the relevant portions of the press release after the break, along with info on the pickup of Morgan Spurlock’s new film by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Read More »
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One of the movies which immediately caught my eye when looking at the line-up for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is Morgan Spurlock‘s new documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Spurlock shot to fame at the 2004 festival with his feature doc Super Size Me, and has since produced two seasons of the underrated reality cable series 30 Days. His feature follow-up Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? was met with mixed response. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is his third theatrical feature film (not counting the segment he directed for the Freakanomics movie).
The initial announcement described the movie as “A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement is financed and made possible by branding, advertising and product placement.” Sounds like an interesting, if not gimmicky, concept. Hit the jump to see the first image from the film.
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Wednesday, the 2011 Sundance Film Festival announced the 58 films in four categories that would be eligible for awards. Today, they’ve announced the next slice of their line up – 57 out of competition films in the Premieres, Next, Spotlight, New Frontiers and Midnight categories. This is generally where you get many of the bigger name projects and this year is no exception. We already knew that Kevin Smith’s Red State would be on the list, but there’s also Tom McCarthy’s new film Win Win, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, the highly buzzed-about Submarine, Fantastic Fest darling I Saw the Devil as well as Hobo With a Shotgun and a whole bunch more including films with Al Pacino, Tobey Maguire, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Paul Rudd and others.
As we said yesterday, the announcement of the movies playing the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is like looking into our film futures. While many of the films are unknown now, playing at Sundance sets off a snowball effect that continues throughout the year and eventually, these movies become an integral part of popular culture.
Check out out write up of the competition movies by clicking here, but hit the jump to see the full list of out of competition films as well as our early highlights. Read More »