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Michael Moore and Oprah: 'A Love Story'?

When it comes to the most eagerly anticipated movie showing at next week's Toronto Film Festival, the hands-down winner has to be Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story." Arriving 20 years after the debut of "Roger & Me," it is being billed as Moore's magnum opus on the horrific impact of corporate dominance on the lives of everyday Americans, which means that the film should spark a conflagration of debate between Moore's always ferocious advocates and detractors.

Moore But when I called Overture Films, which is releasing the film later this month, eager to set up an interview with Moore, I got bad news. The filmmaker was willing to do interviews after the film premieres in Toronto on Sept. 16, but Overture said that all interviews were embargoed until Sept. 23, the day of the film's release in New York and Los Angeles. Why? Because Moore is doing a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, which won't air until Sept. 22. And if Oprah wants an exclusive, she gets it, since when it comes to books, movies or music, no one offers a better promotional platform than La Winfrey.

Of course, this being the modern-media age, the embargo isn't quite as tightly shrink-wrapped as it first sounded. It turns out that the New York Times has a big Sunday feature interview with Moore scheduled to run on Sept. 20, while Jay Leno has booked a Moore appearance a few days earlier. Since both of those interviews were booked pre-Oprah, they've been allowed to wiggle out from under the embargo.

This puts a reporter-blogger like myself in a tricky spot. Like most journalists, I want to run my stories as competitively as possible. But if I agree to an embargo, my story would definitely lack a lot of sparks, having to come after both Oprah and the New York Times. I've also never held a story from a film festival. The whole idea of covering a festival, especially for a blogger, is to provide timely reaction and analysis to the big events of the day.

I'll be huddling with my editors, figuring out how we plan to cover the movie. But I'd be curious to hear from readers: Is it worth the wait to hear from Michael Moore? Or should I just see the film and offer my own thoughts in a more timely manner? What do you think?

  

 
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If you wait for Moore, it's a story with an interesting angle on capitalism.

If you just write "your own thoughts" it's a review.

This is hilarious. Michael Moore's movie about "the horrific impact of corporate dominance on the lives of everyday Americans," and here is the big boy himself and his corporate cronies, lawyers, and handlers battling with corporate journalists and media personalities and their corporate lawyers, cronies, and handlers to extract the last dime out of every aspect of his corporation made movie. God bless the USA!

See the movie!! Tell me and your other readers what you think!
I live in the sticks, my cable provider doesn't allow me to catch Leno, nor Oprah without paying an extra premium--so holding your breath won't do me nor anyone else who doesn't watch network television--and I can assure you there are lots of people like me other there----and the NY Times is no longer my temple of journalistic worship!!

Just see the film and blog. Moore will just deflect your questions and further promote his Leftist, class-warfare agenda...

I'd rather read the review about the movie ASAP.

See it and write about it!

I vote for seeing it and writing about it-it's silly to make you wait.

...yawn...

Given the dearth of responses, methinks readers are not passionate either way. But let me throw in my cent-and-a-half. Yes, you’re a blogger so of course you would not wait. You work for a daily paper, not Vanity Fair. See the film and give us your take. The behind-the-scenes Michael Moore POV piece is really a different story anyway. Do a follow up when MM finally decides to schlep over to the Times (awkward turtle).

I assume Mr Moore's film will cover corporate dominance of the media machine and how he's benefited richly from capitalism. He makes appearances via corporate jet and limo services. Is the term "shameless hypocrite" in his vocabulary?

 
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