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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 11/29/2010

Glenn Beck on a bigger screen

By Melissa Bell
Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck (Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press)

This weekend, settling in with my popcorn to catch the Saturday matinee of "The King's Speech" (it was delightful; go see it), I was distracted by a strange preview nestled between "True Grit" and "Fair Game."

Filled with the sounds of a revving engine and clanking tools, the trailer for "Broke" seemed almost as if it were touting a new TLC show based on Glenn Beck's mechanical prowess: "Overhaulin' Glenn Beck." In fact, it's Beck overhauling the public book promotion.

The author and outspoken talk show host will be giving a speech Thursday in Pittsburgh that will be simulcast in 537 movie theaters. For $20 a ticket, you can watch Beck live on screen "restarting the engine of America." If you happen to be in Pittsburgh, you can see the man live for $90.50.

It's a splashy marketing promotional stunt for a man who is fast becoming known for his splashy marketing promotional stunts. Beck is shaping up to be one of the savviest self-promoters, with his cross-platform approach to getting his word out, be it on the radio, in gold advertisements, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or on his Fox News channel.

Live simulcasts in movie theaters have been gathering audiences lately for a variety of events, from President Barack Obama's inauguration to the New York's Metropolitan Opera, but this will be one of the first made-for-simulcast events by a talking head. As reader Mattintx points out, Beck experimented with the simulcast before with his "Common Sense Live" tour and the "Christmas Sweater" live show in 2009. The New York Times wrote of his Common Sense Live performance, it "is an odd and unwieldy combination of stand-up, revival meeting, motivational seminar and stump speech."

Will you go see Beck's movie show?

By Melissa Bell  | November 29, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
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Comments

Gee ... just, wow and more wow. You all do understand that the man basically makes no sense whatsoever? People will pay to see him?

Well, if you do see him, do me a favor, and ask him, for me, what the heck he meant be "Restoring Honor". Just can't quite figure that one out.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 29, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

how to restore prosperity. Step 1: get a lot of people to shell out $20 to hear you talk about prosperity.

Posted by: leftcoaster | November 29, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't cross the street to wiz on him if he were on fire, let alone shell out cash to see this phony imposter. He's more money hungry than Palin. And that's greedy.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | November 29, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck = Carpetbagger...

Posted by: ohwell1 | November 29, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

glen and sister sarah know how to take advantage and make money off of the fools who buy their crap.

Posted by: davidlhanegraaf | November 29, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why "colebrackett" is so upset.
I personally wouldn't hesitate to cross the street to wiz on Glenn Beck if he was on fire, or even if he wasn't.
Hopefully, I would be walking my beagle at the time so that he, too, could know the joy of wizzing on Glenn Beck.
It is my obligation as a sane, compassionate human being to do this, because there are so many people who would like to wiz on Glenn Beck, but lack the opportunity to do so themselves.
I would do it for them, the real Americans. The ones who care enough about this country and their children's future not to listen to such tripe as Glenn Beck spews forth in the name of wisdom and common sense.
The only thing common about it is his greed, very common indeed.

Posted by: kbtoledo | November 29, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

WTF?

Posted by: ProfessorPeabody | November 29, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Beck's done this before. The June 4, 2009, stop on his so-called Common Sense Tour Live, in Kansas City, was shown in some 440 theaters - and then rerun a week later. And sponsored by . . . wait for it . . . Goldline.

Posted by: mattintx | November 29, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse


America is truly exceptional if we have morons willing to pay to see him.

Posted by: kenk33 | November 29, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

WWW.DOJLEAKS.COM

Who needs Glenn Beck anymore.

Posted by: HRPuffinstuff | November 29, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Beck would have to pay me $20 to listen to that idiot.
I wouldn't p!$$ up Glenn Beck's butt if his guts were on fire let alone pay a dime to listen to that idiot

Posted by: jonblackman57 | November 29, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the warning! Not only would I NOT pay $20 to see a simulcast of that buffoon...now I have the good sense to stay out of theaters until after Thursday!

Posted by: stevebailey1 | November 29, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the warning! Not only would I NOT pay $20 to see a simulcast of that buffoon...now I have the good sense to stay out of theaters until after Thursday!

Posted by: stevebailey1 | November 29, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how two fat men (Beck and Limbaugh) plus one whiney but good looking shrew can heard Republican politicians and Tea Partier's with such ease. Not only herd them but get them to pay to be herded.

Round em up, shake em down, move em out. Raw Hide!

Eat your heart out Gingrich.

Posted by: chucko2 | November 29, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see the movie. He speaks the truth, and you...wait for it...CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH! He's smart, CAN see the forest for the trees, and, unlike most hypocritical liberals I know, doesn't have a hateful bone in his body. It's so refreshing to see/hear someone who isn't politically correct, who doesn't mince his words. "Liberals don't think, they just demonize"...

Posted by: greenbeltguy | November 30, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see the movie. He speaks the truth, and you...wait for it...CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH! He's smart, CAN see the forest for the trees, and, unlike most hypocritical liberals I know, doesn't have a hateful bone in his body. It's so refreshing to see/hear someone who isn't politically correct, who doesn't mince his words. "Liberals don't think, they just demonize"...

Posted by: greenbeltguy | November 30, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed at the virulent disdain all you liberals feel for this man. He is the watchman on the wall. He has gotten rich because people see the ring of truth in his work. His mountain of evidence for his positions is virtually ironclad, which is why all you lefties have to tear him down, try to get rid of him, because the more people find out the truth the more threatened you will be. Is it OK if Bill Gates is rich? How about, is it OK that Barack Obama is rich? Is it OK that George Soros is SO rich that he can personally orchestrate the demolition of four economies for fun and profit, and for practice, before turning on the one nation standing in the way of global governace? Beck rose to prominence because of something Hillary Clinton said, that she was a proud early 20th-century type progressive. Beck went and looked up who the early 20th century progressives were, what they believed, what they did and what the results of their work were, and came away horrified. Then he began devoting his show to it because somenbody had to stand up and say "This is wrong." That's because Progressivism, despite its posture of being the voice of the little guy, is about central command and control by "experts" who are groomed from youth to rule through government through some kind of divine right (as was expressly said by Woodrow Wilson). It is a ruling class, something the Founders abhorred because they knew individual freedom would suffer. Rather than just trash or whiz on Beck you owe it to yourselves to read his work. I mean, if I have to work my way through "Rules for Radicals" by Saul Alinsky, why don't you have to read Beck? Go get "Arguing with Idiots." In spite of the absurd pic of him in Soviet army garb on the cover (which was done to make a point that this is where we are headed) the book refutes each and every liberal position on every issue with clarity and annotated fact and is a real intellectual work. You do not have to be a Harvard grad to have a perceptive mind! Then when you get done with that book go get "Broke" which details the financial history of American government from its founding to the present
and how the Progressive movement found its way into every nook and cranny of that government, resulting in the embedding of the biggest money in the world in both political parties and every aspect of government function. THEN come back and refute what you have read. Be honest. Don't be dolts, which is how you are now behaving.

Posted by: bigroad3 | December 5, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

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