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August 30, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
EVEN IF you aren't a love-struck 14-year-old girl, and don't know Harry from Liam from Niall from Louis from Zayn, you soon will - after taking in the documentary/concert film "One Direction: This Is Us" (most likely dragged to the cinema by your kids). More interestingly, you'll probably come to like the vocally talented guys in this globally colossal, billion-dollar boy band enterprise, put together by music Svengali Simon Cowell on the British talent contest "X Factor," but really made important by social-media connected fans.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2011 | By Jake Coyle, Associated Press
NEW YORK - To jump-start its original-content business, Hulu has turned to documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, the industrious redhead whose engaging excitability can turn things like a McDonald's diet or hidden ads in movies into entertaining, feature-length documentaries. On Wednesday, Hulu premiered the first episode of Spurlock's A Day in the Life , a six-episode documentary series that follows a notable person around for 24 hours. The debut 22-minute episode features British billionaire Richard Branson; subsequent subjects will include Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am, Canadian stand-up comedian Russell Peters, indie musician Gregg Gillis (better known as Girl Talk)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2008 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?" finds brand-name documentarian Morgan Spurlock looking for the world's top terrorist, and finding himself. This, we realize to our mounting impatience, was always the goal of this self-serving movie (also a companion book), a documentary just as childish as the title suggests. Spurlock is the likable West Virginian who made a deserved splash with "Super-Size Me," documenting how a steady diet of fast food turned him into a bloated health mess in just a few months.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2011
The good people of Altoona have sold their souls to . . . Morgan Spurlock . Spurlock (left) is hawking his new product-placement documentary "POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold," which closed out Cinefest last night. In a movie full of stunts, he added another one by buying the naming rights to our neighbors to the west for a reported $25,000. For 60 days starting April 27, Altoona will be renamed POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Spurlock's doc opens in Philly on April 22. Spurlock chose Altoona because it's "a shining example of struggling cities all across America.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2004 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Morgan Spurlock begins his bold dietary adventure - and his movie, the recent Philadelphia Film Festival hit Super Size Me - as fit as a fiddle, a strapping New Yorker in what his doctors deem to be "outstanding health. " A documentary director with a surfeit of curiosity and a mischievous glint in his eye, Spurlock has decided to go on a one-month regimen of nothing but McDonald's: It's McMorning, McNoon and McNight. Super Size Me, the chronicle of Spurlock's 30-day descent into artery-clogging heck, is at once hugely entertaining and hugely scary.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2004 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Morgan Spurlock begins his bold dietary adventure - and his movie, Super Size Me - as fit as a fiddle, a strapping New Yorker in what his doctors deem to be "outstanding health. " A documentary filmmaker, Spurlock has decided to go on a one-month regimen of nothing but McDonald's: It's McMorning, McNoon and McNight. Super Size Me, the chronicle of Spurlock's 30-day descent into artery-clogging heck, is at once hugely entertaining - and hugely scary. And huge is the operative word.
NEWS
April 21, 2011 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
In his latest documentary, Morgan Spurlock reveals that Hollywood is compromised by commercial motives. It turns out that when Robert Downey Jr. drives an Audi in the "Iron Man" movies, Audi is paying to place the car in the movie, and this "product placement" is really a form of advertising. Hidden, sinister and designed to prey upon the uninformed, the vulnerable and . . .  Wait, you know of this? You're telling me everyone knows of this? You're telling me fifth-graders know of this and make fun of it on Facebook?
NEWS
April 15, 2011
ALTOONA, Pa. - On April 27 there will still be a city with roughly 31,000 residents in the Allegheny Mountains about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh. What there won't be is a city named Altoona. That's because the city has sold its name for two months to make some money - and to help independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock make a point. The Altoona Mirror reports that the city council on Wednesday approved a deal to change the city's name to "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
AMY BUCKMAN is leaving 6ABC after 25 years at the station. The Lower Merion High School graduate, who grew up in Wynnewood, started at Channel 6 as a producer in 1989. Buckman told me that the station offered her another contract but she had been thinking for a while about changing gears. "My husband, Terry , is very supportive of my decision and I'm already enjoying spending weekends at home and being able to watch my youngest son's sporting events," Buckman said. Buckman added that she is looking forward to taking some time off, but will be ready to go back to work when the right opportunity presents itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2011 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Morgan Spurlock gets to have his cake and eat it, too. And then sell it, shamelessly. In POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold , the documentarian who turned himself into a physical wreck for his debut film, the nothing-but-McDonald's-for-a-month Super Size Me , explores the billion-dollar world of product placement. You know, James Bond downing a Heineken, Tony Stark driving an Audi, and every movie star in the world Googling on iBooks. In a move that's at once meta and masterful, Spurlock goes about exposing the branding industry by getting brand names to fund his movie.
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November 4, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
AMY BUCKMAN is leaving 6ABC after 25 years at the station. The Lower Merion High School graduate, who grew up in Wynnewood, started at Channel 6 as a producer in 1989. Buckman told me that the station offered her another contract but she had been thinking for a while about changing gears. "My husband, Terry , is very supportive of my decision and I'm already enjoying spending weekends at home and being able to watch my youngest son's sporting events," Buckman said. Buckman added that she is looking forward to taking some time off, but will be ready to go back to work when the right opportunity presents itself.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
EVEN IF you aren't a love-struck 14-year-old girl, and don't know Harry from Liam from Niall from Louis from Zayn, you soon will - after taking in the documentary/concert film "One Direction: This Is Us" (most likely dragged to the cinema by your kids). More interestingly, you'll probably come to like the vocally talented guys in this globally colossal, billion-dollar boy band enterprise, put together by music Svengali Simon Cowell on the British talent contest "X Factor," but really made important by social-media connected fans.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2011 | By Jake Coyle, Associated Press
NEW YORK - To jump-start its original-content business, Hulu has turned to documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, the industrious redhead whose engaging excitability can turn things like a McDonald's diet or hidden ads in movies into entertaining, feature-length documentaries. On Wednesday, Hulu premiered the first episode of Spurlock's A Day in the Life , a six-episode documentary series that follows a notable person around for 24 hours. The debut 22-minute episode features British billionaire Richard Branson; subsequent subjects will include Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am, Canadian stand-up comedian Russell Peters, indie musician Gregg Gillis (better known as Girl Talk)
NEWS
April 24, 2011 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Blame it on Heroes . If it weren't for Claire Bennet, Hayden Panettiere's cheerleader on the now-defunct NBC series, Morgan Spurlock's POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold might not exist. And Spurlock, the mustachioed documentarian of Super Size Me fame, wouldn't be sitting in a Philadelphia Starbucks in a tailored black suit emblazoned with corporate logos - Ban deodorant, Hyatt Hotels, and Mini Cooper, to name a few - plugging his extremely funny, but nonetheless sobering, expose of product placement in the media.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2011 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
Morgan Spurlock may be a supersized presence in the world of documentary, but he sounds like a guy who's ready to leave the genre behind. Certainly he doesn't want to do it forever. "I hope not," he said. "There are actually a couple of narrative films that I'm attached to right now. One is with Leonardo DiCaprio's company. It's kind of an Erin Brockovich-ish type movie. " Spurlock is promoting "POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold," his documentary about product placement in Hollywood movies and new trends in advertising.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2011 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
A version of this review appeared April 14, when "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" played at Philadelphia CineFest Morgan Spurlock gets to have his cake and eat it, too. And then sell it - shamelessly. In POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold , the documentarian who turned himself into a physical wreck in his debut film, the nothing-but-McDonald's-for-a-month Super Size Me , explores the billion-dollar world of product placement.
NEWS
April 21, 2011 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
In his latest documentary, Morgan Spurlock reveals that Hollywood is compromised by commercial motives. It turns out that when Robert Downey Jr. drives an Audi in the "Iron Man" movies, Audi is paying to place the car in the movie, and this "product placement" is really a form of advertising. Hidden, sinister and designed to prey upon the uninformed, the vulnerable and . . .  Wait, you know of this? You're telling me everyone knows of this? You're telling me fifth-graders know of this and make fun of it on Facebook?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2011
The good people of Altoona have sold their souls to . . . Morgan Spurlock . Spurlock (left) is hawking his new product-placement documentary "POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold," which closed out Cinefest last night. In a movie full of stunts, he added another one by buying the naming rights to our neighbors to the west for a reported $25,000. For 60 days starting April 27, Altoona will be renamed POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Spurlock's doc opens in Philly on April 22. Spurlock chose Altoona because it's "a shining example of struggling cities all across America.
NEWS
April 15, 2011
ALTOONA, Pa. - On April 27 there will still be a city with roughly 31,000 residents in the Allegheny Mountains about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh. What there won't be is a city named Altoona. That's because the city has sold its name for two months to make some money - and to help independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock make a point. The Altoona Mirror reports that the city council on Wednesday approved a deal to change the city's name to "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.
NEWS
April 15, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
StarKist never asked, but filmmaker Morgan Spurlock did, so on April 27, Altoona will change its name to Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever sold. That's the title of his latest documentary, about advertisers' publicity stunts. So, when the City Council of the Western Pennsylvania burg approved the deal on Wednesday, they created another real-life example. Only this time, Spurlock was the advertiser, promising a reported $25,000 for the police department and a special screening in exchange for a temporary name change.
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