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“The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Reviewed

Article: “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Reviewed

A version of this review originally appeared as part of our coverage of South by Southwest 2011. How did we ever live before TiVo and DVR? I honestly don’t remember. I seem to vaguely recall talking to people more. It was horrible. TiVo and DVR have given us the freedom to control our tevision experience:…

The Greatest “Greatest Movie Ever Sold” Interview (Ever)

Article: The Greatest “Greatest Movie Ever Sold” Interview (Ever)

It’s an idea so crazy it just might work (and just did, in my opinion): make a movie about product placement and advertising with funding entirely from the world of product placement and advertising. That’s the premise of Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary “POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.” That’s right: POM paid big…

Fatherhood is “The Other F Word”

Article: Fatherhood is “The Other F Word”

This is a brilliant idea for a documentary: how do punk rockers, the ultimate symbols of anti-authority, deal with the pressures of the ‘other’ f word, fatherhood, the ultimate position of authority? That’s the subject of “The Other F Word,” directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins and based on the memoir “Punk Rock Dad: No Rules,…

“The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Reviewed

Article: “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Reviewed

How did we ever live before TiVo and DVR? I honestly don’t remember. I seem to vaguely recall talking to people more. It was horrible. TiVo and DVR have given us the freedom to control our tevision experience: to record and save our favorite shows or fast-forward through the stuff we don’t want to watch.…

Morgan Spurlock’s Response To Plagiarism Charges

Article: Morgan Spurlock’s Response To Plagiarism Charges

Yesterday we reported on a couple of Houston-based artists named The Art Guys who felt that the similarities between their “SUITS” project and director Morgan Spurlock’s branded suit from his new product placement documentary “POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” were too strong to be a coincidence. It was “beyond belief,” they said,…

Morgan Spurlock Continues to Recruit Advertisers, Draws Plagiarism Charges

Article: Morgan Spurlock Continues to Recruit Advertisers, Draws Plagiarism Charges

I’ve interviewed Morgan Spurlock a few times. He’s funny, charming, smart, and a very good salesman. That last part’s the key to his new project, “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.” It’s about the rise of product placement in Hollywood and includes Spurlock’s attempts to monetize the project by recruiting advertisers, including an above-the-title presenting sponsor…

From the 2011 Sundance Film Festival

Article: From the 2011 Sundance Film Festival

The snow. The swag. The cinema. Alison Willmore called all the way from Park City, UT to bring us a report on the first weekend of activity at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Topics include Kevin Smith and the circus around “Red State, his first independently financed movie since “Clerks,” the big buzz movies of…

“King of Kong” Director Seth Gordon Talks “Freakonomics”

Article: “King of Kong” Director Seth Gordon Talks “Freakonomics”

Director Seth Gordon’s newest movie takes him away from the realm of high scores and barrel-throwing giant apes to the lofty heights of the New York Times bestseller list. Opening this weekend, “Freakonomics” brings the left-field data crunching of the literary best-seller by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner to the silver screen. Produced by Chad…

Motel Hell: The Best Reason to be Vegetarian

Article: Motel Hell: The Best Reason to be Vegetarian

Your mom always said, “Eat Your Vegetables!”, but you didn’t listen. You watched “Super Size Me” and Morgan Spurlock’s weight gain and health woes didn’t make you opt for salad instead of fries. You read “Fast Food Nation” and Michael Pollan, but you still ate bacon double cheeseburgers. What will finally make you reconsider your…

“Being a vampire is definitely not this homoerotic…”

Article: “Being a vampire is definitely not this homoerotic…”

Because it’s a draggy day today, here’s Morgan Spurlock sending up his own “30 Days” series and persona (“The whole community appreciates you just exploding the stereotype”) at Funny or Die — “30 Days of Night.” Almost related — New York‘s Vulture blog has Jean Painlevé’s strange and marvelous 1945 documentary short “The Vampire” up…

“Expelled” at the box office.

Article: “Expelled” at the box office.

Did all the controversy-courting work for Ben Stein’s critically unloved anti-Darwinist documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”? The film, which opened last weekend against Morgan Spurlock’s equally pop if not so rampantly right-wing “Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?”, racked up over $3 million at the box office.Two reads, the first from Nikki Finke…

Critic wrangle: “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?”

Article: Critic wrangle: “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?”

On to another doc in Morgan Spurlock style, this one actually made by Morgan Spurlock. “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?” attracted a lot of attention when the Weinstein Company picked it up on the basis of just 15 minutes of footage shown to buyers at Berlin last year, and later because of…

Article: Morgan Spurlock on “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?”

By Aaron Hillis Eating nothing but McDonald’s for a month allowed “Super Size Me” director and star Morgan Spurlock to humorously illustrate to the masses just how toxic fast food can be. Apparently the guy likes to put his body at risk. Buzzed about since Harvey Weinstein bought the film after only watching a few…

Morgan Spurlock on “What Would Jesus Buy?”

Article: Morgan Spurlock on “What Would Jesus Buy?”

Morgan Spurlock’s a busy guy. Since his Academy Award-nominated 2004 McDonald’s take-down “Super Size Me,” he’s been producing and occasionally appearing in the reality-show-with-a-brain the film inspired, “30 Days” (the third season of which kicks off in January). He’s been distributing titles like “The Future of Food” and “Chalk” via his label Morgan Spurlock Presents.…

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