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“The Worst Movie EVER!” lives up to its name with epically bad grosses

“The Worst Movie EVER!” lives up to its name with epically bad grosses (photo)

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If Columbia University gives out Pulitzer Prizes in the category of Bad Cinema Reporting, then S.T. VanAirsdale surely has a lock on this year’s award. All week, he’s been working the bad movie beat over at Movieline, digging up the facts on something called “The Worst Movie EVER!” Made by Denver-based filmmaker Glenn Berggoetz, the picture opened last weekend at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles to the worst box office results ever: just one admission, for the grand total of $11. On the bright side, at least it was a full-priced admission. Just imagine what we’d be saying if that one ticket sold had been to a senior citizen or a member of our armed forces?

In a great piece called “The $11 Question: How The Worst Movie EVER! Scored the Worst Opening Ever,” VanAirsdale lays out the whole story behind this momentous event. He even speaks to Berggoetz who provides his own theory as to how a movie could make so little money.

“I figured I would promote the film as I had done with my previous film that received a theatrical release… do a bunch of social networking through e-mail and Facebook, and contact local media people and schedule interviews and reviews. I was busy all day last Monday the 15th traveling, so on Tuesday the 16th I began contacting media outlets in the L.A. area and sending out e-mails and postings. As the week wore on… I noticed two things — all of my contacts in L.A. were either busy for the weekend or out of town (I’m based in Denver, but a number of my previous cast members from other projects live in the L.A. area), and not one of the many media people in L.A. were getting back to me. I began to worry.”

That worry was well-founded since the film did return grosses in the lower two figures range (a spokesman for the Laemmle told VanAirsdale that “Worst Movie EVER!” is one of the worst showings in the theater’s long history). But perhaps there is light at the end of this $11 tunnel. The film’s quickly becoming the stuff of Internet legend as the worst grossing movie ever, a sales hook that plays nicely with that title. This week, almost 70,000 people watched the film’s trailer on YouTube. If even a fraction of those folks become curious enough to seek the film out, we could have a new cult hit on our hands.

Speaking of the trailer, here it is. Hard to say whether it’s the worst movie ever made based on just 90 seconds of footage but I will say this: the trailer doesn’t rule that possibility out.

Would you ever see something called “The Worst Movie EVER?” Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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