Picking Up the Spare – Christopher Robin, The Darkest Minds and More

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Chloe Grace-Moretz goes all [fire emoji] on the idea of gay conversion therapy and talks about the recent moments that have dramatically changed her thinking on the idea. She also unloads on the studio mentality that marginalizes female actors and characters as well as her belief stories should be told by the kind of people portrayed in the story, highlighting the difference in reaction to this movie by a queer woman and the upcoming Boy Erased, which tells a similar story but is directed by a straight man.

The Spy Who Dumped Me

Lots of new interviews from late last week with director Susanna Fogel, who talked about casting the film and telling a story about a strong female friendship, the (slightly) increased willingness by the studios to tell heretofore underrepresented stories, the sometimes choppy waters of her career to date, how filming action sequences helped her embrace her “inner badass” and more.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The popular Battlegrounds Mobile video game is getting a movie-themed level.

Christopher Robin

I did not realize the movie was written by Alex Ross Perry, who’s been primarily known to date for his smaller character dramas, but he talks about just that topic here.

Lots of the movie’s positive reviews are included in this “Now Playing” TV spot.

The Darkest Minds

Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson says she doesn’t mind at all if the movie and its story invite comparisons to current real world political resistance movements.

The cast also talks more in a joint interview about how the story mirrors the recent youth-driven drives for societal change on various topics.

Fox has released a series of “Meet…” character introduction videos like this one, apparently hoping that such explainers will help audiences get interested in characters they may not otherwise be familiar with.

Puzzle

There’s a new TV spot, the first for the movie I believe, that outlines the story and relationships while highlighting some of the positive reviews it’s received.

Eighth Grade

Regal Cinemas has been running this update as a promoted post on Twitter highlighting the movie and its emotional story.

This past Wednesday A24 hosted a series of free screenings around the country that, importantly, were voluntarily free of MPAA ratings enforcement. That’s been a subject of conversation around the movie as the R rating the movie was given for a a few bad words and some age-relevant discussions of sexual matters have put it out of reach of many actual eighth graders.

Sorry To Bother You

Writer/director Boots Riley ignited a thousand hot takes when he spoke up about the lack of international distribution for his well-received movie, citing a belief by the studio and others that “black” movies still don’t work overseas.

There isn’t usually a lot of attention paid to producers, but Nina Yang Bongiovi got a nice profile covering how she has become a force in the indie movie world and helped bring this movie to fruition.

Pineapple Express

Among the interesting tidbits shared by writer/star Seth Rogen marking the movie’s 10th anniversary was one saying a smoking billboard was shut down by the LA fire department for obvious reasons.

Deadpool 2

Another fun teaser for the movie’s home video release.

BlacKkKlansman

John David Washington appeared on “Kimmel” to talk about the movie, working with Spike Lee and more.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Marketing Recap

cameron post posterThe first of two high-profile movies coming out this year about gay conversion camps, The Miseducation of Cameron Post stars Chloe Grace-Moretz as Cameron, a young woman sent to one such camp in 1993 by super-conservative fundamentalists. They’re convinced her attraction to other girls is a deviant sickness to be cured.

While there, Cameron meets the other teens who have been sent away for various reasons and transgressions. They bond and are determined to help each other through this terrible ordeal, each convinced they’re not sick and in no need of a cure. The story is based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth.

The Posters

Moretz is shown in extreme, softly-lit close-up on the poster, the orange-yellow of her face and hair contrasting with her greenish scarf. The movie’s Sundance credentials are on display and overall this looks like a character-driven drama.

The Trailers

Cameron is being pressured to join the God’s Promise group as the trailer opens, one we soon see is a gay conversion camp meant to repress and redirect sinful urges. Neither she nor any of the other kids want to be there and so act out in the way kids that age do, including considering running away from the camp. There are a few shots of Cameron’s past, which lead her parents to send her away, but mostly this is about establishing her circumstances for the audience.

Online and Social

There’s not a whole lot happening on the official site from FilmRise, just some basic information, a few stills and other tidbits along with the ability to buy tickets if the movie happens to be playing near you.

Advertising and Cross-Promotions

Nothing I’ve seen on the paid front. The studio did partner with GLAAD on a campaign exposing the dangers of conversion camps.

Media and Publicity

The movie debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize while also picking up some very good buzz and word of mouth before going on to screen at the Tribeca Film Festival. It took a while after Sundance but eventually FilmRise picked up distribution rights. The delay was seen as being because despite its awards win it was still going to be a difficult movie to sell to audiences.

There doesn’t appear to have been a substantial press push in recent weeks, which is a little surprising, especially since we’re between major releases at the moment. Danforth was interviewed about seeing her book become a film, but that’s all I’ve seen. Moretz did a few media interviews here and there but nothing big.

Overall

Again, I feel like there was a chance for the movie to launch a bigger campaign but it never really got off the ground. It’s not that the campaign was bad, it’s just that the Sundance momentum was largely squandered with the marketing didn’t really kick off until early July, less than a month before scheduled release. That means it’s had to work hard in that time to get any buzz going and I’m afraid it’s going to amount to too little too late.

PICKING UP THE SPARE

Chloe Grace-Moretz goes all [fire emoji] on the idea of gay conversion therapy and talks about the recent moments that have dramatically changed her thinking on the idea. She also unloads on the studio mentality that marginalizes female actors and characters as well as her belief stories should be told by the kind of people portrayed in the story, highlighting the difference in reaction to this movie by a queer woman and the upcoming Boy Erased, which tells a similar story but is directed by a straight man.

A number of media outlets have been rerunning interviews they did from the movie’s festival appearances, while Chloe Grace-Moretz made a few additional media appearances like this stop at “Colbert.”

Director Desiree Akhavan has also gotten a bit of press, including this interview where she talks about her festival experiences and why it is she hasn’t yet had the same mainstream success some of her contemporaries have.

More from Moretz about how the 2016 presidential election made the story even more important to tell. She was also interviewed about what production and filming were like.