Selling The Gentlemen

My latest marketing recap column for The Hollywood Reporter covers the campaign for STX’s The Gentlemen from director Guy Ritchie. STX has been selling the film as a violence-filled comedy that’s very on-brand for Ritchie, one where the veneer of polite society masks the seedy underbelly of the drug-selling underworld. The pic clocks in at … Continue reading Selling The Gentlemen

Movie Marketing Madness: Sing

The new movie Sing is all about chasing your dreams. The story, which takes place in a world of anthropomorphized animals (similar to Zootopia from earlier this year), follows Buster Moon, a koala (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) who owns a theater that’s on the verge of closing. As one last desperate ploy to remain in … Continue reading Movie Marketing Madness: Sing

Movie Marketing Madness: Free State of Jones

Want to get Movie Marketing Madness via email? Sign up here. Then connect with MMM on Twitter and Facebook. I’m not exactly what you’d call a history buff or nut, but I do love reading books or watching documentaries on the subject. It’s amazing how no matter how many stories are told, no matter how … Continue reading Movie Marketing Madness: Free State of Jones

MMM Flashback Friday: Contact

This isn’t tied to an anniversary or extended cut being released on Blu-ray or anything else. Instead today’s column was prompted by a coworker telling me that the website for Contact, the 1997 sci-fi drama, was still around and active. So knowing that I had to jump in the Wayback Machine and take a look … Continue reading MMM Flashback Friday: Contact

Sahara – Marketing Recap

You can read my recap of the marketing campaign for Sahara at Film Threat. “Sahara” tells the story of… look, does it really matter? Present Maguffin. Insert unassuming hero-type into mythical/mystical/historical premise amongst exotic locales. Turn on Apple II-E to handle CGI. Don’t worry about script (indeed some recent movies seem to be actively avoiding … Continue reading Sahara – Marketing Recap