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Morgan Spurlock

Film Review: Middling ‘Mansome’ Suffers From Skin-Deep Insight

Mansome Film Review

CHICAGO – Morgan Spurlock is an awfully likable guy. I’ll never forget the day when he held a special screening of “Super Size Me” for an auditorium full of college kids. After participating in an extended Q & A, Spurlock spoke with every single student that wanted to shake his hand and pose for a picture. When the building finally had to close up for the night, the Spurlock love fest spilled out onto the sidewalk.

Film Review: Geekdom Celebrated in ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’

Comic-Con

CHICAGO – Say the words “San Diego Comic-Con” to a certain comic geek subculture and suddenly heart rates are up and anticipation is in the air. The documentary maker Morgan Spurlock (“Supersize Me”) seeks to capture that feeling in “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,” with help from Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Thomas Jane, Josh Whedon, Seth Green and Matt Groening.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold from Morgan Spurlock

CHICAGO – On the menu screen for “POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” director Morgan Spurlock promises that the movie you’re about to watch will “impregnate your brain with awesome.” That’s quite a promise and the movie doesn’t exactly live up to it. Once again, it’s a decent documentary made by a very-smart man that still has frustrating flaws — like all of Spurlock’s work.

Film Review: Morgan Spurlock Hawks ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’

CHICAGO – In a remarkable idea for a film, director Morgan Spurlock (”Supersize Me”) funds his new documentary, “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” by selling sponsorships for financing. However, the process is redundantly explored, and no new ground is broken.

Interview: Morgan Spurlock Sells ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’

CHICAGO – Morgan Spurlock walked into the interview room with his special suit. The black business suit is festooned with product logos, representing the companies that financed his latest documentary, “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.”

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 Pairs of Chicago Passes to Morgan Spurlock’s ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold from Morgan Spurlock

CHICAGO – In our latest documentary edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of the new film “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” from “Super Size Me” director Morgan Spurlock!

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 10 Chicago Passes to ‘Freakonomics’ From ‘Super Size Me’ Makers

Freakonomics from the makers of Super Size Me

CHICAGO – In our latest documentary edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 10 admit-two run-of-engagement movie passes up for grabs to the new film “Freakonomics” from a dream team of Oscar- and Sundance Film Festival-winning directors!

Blu-Ray Review: Disappointing ‘The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season’

The Simpsons: Season 20

CHICAGO – I never thought I’d be disappointed by a season release of “The Simpsons”. Even though I knew the show would start to dip in quality by the time it got to the end, I somehow assumed that the DVD (and eventual Blu-ray) releases would continue to be stellar. D’oh!

Interview: Boisterous Morgan Spurlock on Latest Film ‘Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?’

CHICAGO – Morgan Spurlock wants to change the world. The creator and filmmaker who took on fast-food giant McDonald’s in his first film (“Super Size Me”) is now taking on the current global war on terror and the image of the most wanted terrorist in his new film “Where in World is Osama Bin Laden?”

Final Poster Art Released For Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?’

CHICAGO – Following up on our Feb. 25, 2008 report with poster art for The Weinstein Company’s new film “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?” by Morgan Spurlock from “Super Size Me” fame, we have just been sent the final poster art for the new documentary, which opens on April 18, 2008.

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    CHICAGO – If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a director and a producer, let “47 Ronin” explain how the hierarchy of creativity hinders the evolution of even the most straightforward-sounding pitches. “47 Ronin” is the type of samurai movie set in Japan that features native actors speaking only English, while Keanu Reeves stars as an outsider clearly plunked into the picture for stateside star power.

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