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Mma Pastor Doc ‘Fight Church’ Inks Distribution, Morgan Spurlock TV Deal

12 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Lionsgate and Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets banner have sealed separate deals for Fight Church, the feature documentary tracking a group of Mixed Martial Arts-fighting pastors whose violent practices have sparked controversy within the Christian community.

Co-directed by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face, Beyond The Brick: A Lego Brickumentary) and Bryan Storkel (Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians), Fight Church follows several Mma-battling ministers who preach from the pulpit and the octagon and even train fighters using the teachings of the Bible. Lionsgate sprang for North American VOD rights and will debut the film on iTunes and additional digital platforms on September 16, while Netflix will premiere it in multiple territories this Fall.

Given the success of faith-themed content and the controversial subject matter the topic is ripe for exploration; after Deadline premiered the trailer this spring, the film made headlines and drew heated debate online. Oscar-nominated »

- Jen Yamato

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‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Gets Anniversary Screening at New York Film Festival

26 August 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2014 New York Film Festival will present a special screening of “This Is Spinal Tap” in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, with writer-star Christopher Guest on board to appear at the event.

The screening of influential mockumentary “Spinal Tap” — the latest in a string of Nyff anniversary fetes that has in previous years included “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Princess Bride” and “Dazed and Confused” — comes on the heels of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the org that presents Nyff, giving its annual Chaplin Award to Rob Reiner, the movie’s director (as well as the helmer of “Princess Bride”).

Prior Nyff anniversary screenings have attracted the attendance of multiple cast members and creatives from the projects being screened; only Guest has so far been confirmed for the Nyff event. Date of the screening remains to be announced

Spinal Tap” joins a roster of Nyff special events that »

- Gordon Cox

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Film Review: ‘Remix, Remake, Rip-Off: About Copy Culture and Turkish Pop Cinema’

22 August 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Raucous, rowdy and regrettably scatter-brained, Cem Kaya’s side-splitting essay film “Remake, Remix, Rip-off” marks a noble, albeit disorganized effort to convey the appeal of vintage Turkish pop cinema to the world at large. As with sensory-overload Ozploitation docu “Not Quite Hollywood,” admission is worth it for the clips alone — hailing here from a period when the local industry was unabashedly pillaging Western source material and churning out lackluster riffs on such blockbusters as “Star Wars,” “Superman” and “The Wizard of Oz” — though a keen distrib would do well to sit down with Kaya and try to restructure this unwieldy feast.

Arriving on the centenary of Turkish cinema, mere months after “Winter Sleep” won the Palme d’or at Cannes, Kaya’s sprawling, obsessive undertaking represents seven years of unprecedented research into what is known as “Yesilcam.” (In much the same way Hollywood took its name from a nearby geographical marker, »

- Peter Debruge

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Producers Guild of America Sets First ‘Produced By’ Conference for New York

19 August 2014 11:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America has expanded its “Produced By” conference to New York and set the inaugural event for Oct. 25 at the Time Warner Center.

Speakers will include Bob and Harvey Weinstein, “Wolf of Wall Street” producer Terence Winter, “Girls” producer Jenni Konner, “Ray Donovan” producer Mark Gordon and PGA presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary.

Other speakers include Barbara Hall (“Homeland”), “Silver Linings Playbook” producers Bruce Cohen and Donna Gigliotti, Colin Carrier of Twitch.tv; James SchamusKeith Arem, Lydia Dean PilcherMorgan Spurlock, Peter Saraf, Stephen Totilo and Tom Fontana (“Borgia”).

Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

“The ‘Produced By’ conference has proven to be an industry-defining event which offers unparalleled networking opportunities, as well as a wide array of educational seminars, and professional resources,” Lucchesi and McCreary said. “We are thrilled to expand ‘Produced By’ to New York City after six successful years in Los Angeles. »

- Dave McNary

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Peter Chelsom interview: Hector, Hannah Montana, Funny Bones, Syd Field, Simon Pegg

15 August 2014 1:56 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Director Peter Chelsom on Hector, Pegg, Miley Cyrus, Syd Field, live action PG movies and Being There...

Peter Chelsom started life as an actor, before moving behind the camera when he hit 30. His films have included Hear My Song, Funny Bones, The Hannah Montana Movie, Serendipity and The Mighty. His latest? The big screen take on Hector And The Search For Happiness. And over a bowl of soup, he spared us some time for a chat...

Let's start at the beginning! I’m a great fan of your first film, Hear My Song, which was always a bit of a tricky one to track down.

Thank you! There was a DVD re-release, that was really did well. They did a great job on it.

Well, let’s start there. How much control do you have over your films once they’ve left a cinema, and headed to home formats?

It varies. »

- simonbrew

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Morgan Spurlock Explains Why You "Can't Unsee" His New Show 7 Deadly Sins

13 August 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Morgan Spurlock, who rose to fame directing the 2004 documentary Super Size Me, is back with a brand-new project that also pushes some boundaries. His series 7 Deadly Sins explores themes like gluttony, lust, and greed Thursdays at 11 p.m. on Showtime. Morgan visited our New York studio recently to chat about the project, which contains more than a few shocking sights "you can't unsee." »

- Allie-Merriam

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Morgan Spurlock Explains Why You "Can't Unsee" His New Show 7 Deadly Sins

13 August 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Morgan Spurlock, who rose to fame directing the 2004 documentary Super Size Me, is back with a brand-new project that also pushes some boundaries. His series 7 Deadly Sins explores themes like gluttony, lust, and greed Thursdays at 11 p.m. on Showtime. Morgan visited our New York studio recently to chat about the project, which contains more than a few shocking sights "you can't unsee." »

- Allie-Merriam

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TV Review: Morgan Spurlock’s ‘7 Deadly Sins’

5 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cheeky in the extreme — and “extreme” is the operative word — Morgan Spurlock’s “7 Deadly Sins” takes Showtime into TLC territory, albeit operating with a bit more style and latitude. Serving as host from what looks like the old “Night Gallery” set, Spurlock guides viewers through out-there examples of each vice, from gluttony to lust, envy to wrath. With a trio of vignettes in each half-hour, the show is fast-paced, fun and voyeuristic: the pay-cable equivalent of empty calories, while mirroring what’s become a pretty saturated basic-cable subgenre.

Sporting a funereal black suit, Spurlock introduces each story, and frequently cites historical examples of the various sins. The taped pieces then focus on individual cases that demonstrate different forms of unorthodox or fetishistic behavior: A 700-pound woman whose work revolves around her weight, and the man who desires her; men who like dressing up in rubberized suits that approximate a woman’s body, »

- Brian Lowry

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7 Deadly Sins

1 August 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

When talking about sin, you can’t help but get dark, and executive producer Morgan Spurlock’s (Super Size Me) new Showtime documentary series, 7 Deadly Sins, does lean toward the dark side, both in its stylish presentation, and through some black humor. That wryness comes from both the choice of stories that populate the seven episodes (each one devoted to one of the titular sins), and from Spurlock’s role as host, introducing each segment. Spurlock tells us that the inspiration for having him host in such a manner came from him “having a fantastic, twisted childhood, watching lots of Twilight Zone … Continue reading →

The post 7 Deadly Sins appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Jeff Pfeiffer

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One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Was Global Album Top Seller in 2013

1 August 2014 2:49 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

One Direction's album Midnight Memories was the top selling album in the world in 2013 according to global figures cited by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The boyband's third studio album sold 4 million copies worldwide in the space of just five weeks following its release on Nov. 25. Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 came in second.  One Direction had a banner year in 2013 with their sellout world tour Take Me Home grossing over $100 million and their first concert film the Morgan Spurlock directed  One Direction: This Is Us 3D making $67 million at the box office. The

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- Abid Rahman

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Film Review: ‘Meet the Patels’

16 July 2014 2:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Meet the Patels,” a documentary directed by first-generation Indian-American siblings Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel about the latter’s attempt to find a wife through traditional Indian means, is often riotously funny. It’s also, in its own modest way, an often sharp microcosmic treatment of the conflicts and compromises that all culturally nebulous families must navigate, even if it sometimes wrings them for all they’re worth. Shot through with a breezy sort of intimacy and enlivened by sporadic animated sequences (and the filmmakers’ equally animated parents), “Meet the Patels” should be a natural fit for fests — it won an audience award at the Los Angeles Film Festival — and it wouldn’t be out of the question to see indie distribs come courting.

Ravi, 29 when the film starts, is an actor living in Los Angeles with older sister Geeta (frequently heard from behind the camera, but rarely »

- Andrew Barker

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Review: "Morgan Spurlock Presents: A Brony Tale" In Theaters (July 8) And On Demand (July 15)

6 July 2014 8:44 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Don L. Stradley 

I remember a kid in my old neighborhood who owned a Ken doll. Ken, you may remember, was the sexually ambiguous boyfriend of the infinitely more famous Barbie. If that wasn’t weird enough, this kid kept his Ken doll in a state of near nudity, stripping off his safari gear until poor Ken was down to a pair of bright red swimming trunks. The kid would walk around the neighborhood with his near naked Ken doll tucked under his arm, and occasionally visit my yard, where I and my Neanderthal pals were having fun with our far more manly “action figures,” which included the likes of GI Joe, and Stretch Armstrong.  Ken wasn’t a natural fit – he was too small, his hair too perfect, and he was always smiling. The kid claimed that if you left Ken in the sun for a while, he’d actually get a tan. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Video: Sneak a peek at Morgan Spurlock's '7 Deadly Sins' docuseries

3 July 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

“You gotta have some strange to make life worth living,” Morgan Spurlock says. And his darkly comic Showtime docuseries 7 Deadly Sins, premiering Aug. 7, certainly celebrates that idea. Get an exclusive first look below.

You’ll spot “cougar hunter” Kyle Jones, the 31-year-old who made headlines last month for dating a very satisfied 91-year-old. But the teaser previews how exec producer/host Spurlock will explore each of the seven deadly sins—lust, gluttony, sloth, envy, pride, wrath, and greed—one per episode. »

- Mandi Bierly

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CNN Making Ratings Strides With Original Series, Tops MSNBC for Total Day in Spring

1 July 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Some solid performances from its original series have helped CNN gain on its primary news competition in the ratings.

During the second quarter, according to Nielsen estimates, CNN leap-frogged MSNBC in total-day viewership (344,000 to 337,000) as well as the 25-54 demo (106,000 to 104,000) — the first time it has placed second among the news networks since the second quarter of last year (a particularly heavy news period). Fox News Channel remained the leader in both categories.

In primetime, MSNBC still rated ahead of CNN in total viewers for a third straight quarter (569,ooo to 472,000), but CNN tied with MSNBC in adults 25-54 (162,000). The Turner network also was runner-up to Fnc in dayside (9-4 p.m.) averages in both total viewers (378,000) and the demo (93,000).

CNN’s newest original series, “The Sixties,” averaged about 1.1 million total viewers and 297,000 adults 25-54 with its first five Thursday 9 p.m. premieres, placing second among news networks in the timeslot, »

- Rick Kissell

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Conversation with Steve James, Chaz Ebert, Bob Balaban, James Brolin and Kent Jones about Roger Ebert and Life Itself

24 June 2014 11:27 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Kent Jones with Life Itself director Steve James and Chaz Ebert on Roger Ebert at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New York premiere: "He wanted cinema culture to be shared with everybody." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Not often can you find J.C. Chandor (director of the upcoming A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo and Alessandro Nivola), Jonathan Demme, Paul Haggis, Terence Winter and Denis Leary sitting in the same cinema and overhear Morgan Spurlock in the lobby saying that Prospect Park in Brooklyn is his favorite place, while Amy Irving looks on.

Life Itself New York premiere at the Walter Reade Theater Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Before the New York premiere of Life Itself with Martin Scorsese as co-executive producer, I spoke with the director Steve James, Chaz Ebert and Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom narrator Bob Balaban, who will be on Broadway this fall in »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Roger Ebert Widow Says Critic Would Have Given ‘Life Itself’ ‘Two Thumbs Up’

24 June 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roger Ebert was remembered Monday as a critic whose love of movies was second only to his zest for life at the New York premiere of “Life Itself.”

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Ebert became famous for the long-running “At the Movies” program with Gene Siskel, where the two Chicago-based reviewers popularized their “two thumbs up” style of approach to film criticism as they butted heads over the latest releases. He died last year at the age of 70 after a lengthy struggle with cancer.

The film is based on Ebert’s autobiography of the same name and chronicles his impact on major filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Michael Moore, his alcohol addiction, his love affair with his wife, Chaz Ebert, and the illness that cost him much of his jaw and left him unable to speak or eat solid foods in his final years.

The way he dealt with his illness »

- Brent Lang

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Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Docuseries Set for August Premiere

29 May 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s “Seven Deadly Sins” docuseries will premiere on Showtime Thursday, Aug. 7, at 11 p.m. It was originally scheduled to debut on June 19.

Exec produced and hosted by Spurlock, the docuseries will take an in-depth look at each of the seven deadly sins — gluttony, sloth, envy, pride, wrath, greed and lust — highlighting one per episode.

“Seven Deadly Sins” is produced under Spurlock’s Warrior Poets banner and by producing partner Jeremy Chilnick.

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- Nikara Johns

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New Short Film Series from Morgan Spurlock and Paul Allen Will Query Us Economy

27 May 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (2005's "Super Size Me") and exec producer Paul G. Allen of Vulcan Productions have announced a new partnership to produce and distribute a series of 20 short films that will investigate the current state of the Us economy.  Directors on board thus far include Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Thirteen"), Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), Akiva Goldsman ("Winter's Tale"), Jessica Yu ("Last Call at the Oasis") and Spurlock, currently host of CNN's "Inside Man" and co-founder of production/distribution outfit Cinelan. The films will be produced over the next four months in anticipation of a multi-platform premiere slated for Fall 2014. The release will span day-and-date online distribution, VOD, broadcast and mobile. Educational curriculum will accompany the series in tandem, along with festival and university screenings. Economic advisors are "Empire of Wealth" author John Steele Gordon, and Dean Baker, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Morgan Spurlock's Cinelan and Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions Partner for Series on U.S. Economy

27 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock's Cinelan have partnered to produce and distribute a series of 20 short films aimed at raising awareness of the U.S. economy. Well known directors such as Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen"), Akiva Goldsman ("Winter's Tale"), and Jessica Yu ("Grey's Anatomy"), along with Spurlock ("Super Size Me") himself, will be among the contributing filmmakers attempting to educate the public on the state of today's economy. The full roster will be announced later this summer. "We're thrilled to partner with Vulcan Productions, this incredibly talented group of directors, and several top economic minds to create accessible, impactful short films that not only break down the subject matter in a more digestible format, but also share the unique human stories behind the inner workings of the economy," said Spurlock. "It's an important opportunity to create something that will have a lasting. »

- Melina Gills

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Morgan Spurlock and Catherine Hardwicke Will Explain the Economy With New Films

27 May 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Morgan Spurlock's empire continues to grow. The documentarian, who has a CNN show and two film companies, is partnering up with Paul Allen to produce 20 short films that will help “demystify” the economy. Spurlock's Cinelan and Allen's Vulcan Productions have tapped top economists and filmmakers to join in the effort, including “Twilight” helmer Catherine Hardwicke, Akiva Goldsman, and “American Psycho” director Mary Harron. Also read: Maker Studios Offers Advertisers a New Video Site and Shows From Morgan Spurlock, Key & Peele “We're thrilled to partner with Vulcan Productions, this incredibly talented group of directors, and several top economic minds to create accessible, »

- Jordan Zakarin

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