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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 5 Apr 2011 7:56 AM

Today in the roundup: Morgan Spurlock talks marketing, why film’s future is in Asia and DIFF announces its closing night film.


MORGAN THE MARKETER: Morgan Spurlock was in town over the weekend to show his newest film, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, at the Dallas International Film Festival. The documentary looks into how advertisers work their way into every part of our lives. Almost as a comment on that fact, Spurlock financed the film completely through product placement. He stuck around Saturday for a Q&A, which you can watch above.

TAKING HOLLYWOOD OVERSEAS: At this point one-time Dallasite Rob Allyn has pretty much done it all – he’s run political campaigns and influenced both local and international politics. And now it’s the movie business that has grabbed his interest. Blood of Eagles, a film he produced and his son, Conor, directed, screens tonight at DIFF. And he tells Unfair Park that making the film has him convinced that the future of moviemaking is in Asia, where he now lives most of the year.

AND THE CLOSER IS: Let’s go ahead and make it an all-DIFF morning roundup, shall we? Up until now, there has been a TBA on the schedule for the festival’s closing night film. But just this morning, that spot has been filled. John Landis’ latest, Burke and Hare, will show Saturday night at the Texas Theatre. The movie stars Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as a couple of 19th Century Edinburgh grave robbers who find that digging up bodies and selling them to medical schools can be quite profitable. It’s based on a true story.