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Dogwoof acquires Censored Voices

11 December 2014 8:27 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mor Loushy’s documentary will make its world premiere at Sundance.

Dogwoof has acquired worldwide rights for Censored Voices.

Mor Loushy’s documentary reveals the original recordings made by a group of young kibbutzinks with soldiers returning from the battlefield after the ‘Six-Day’ war in 1967. The recordings were originally censored by the Israeli army.

The deal was negotiated by Vesna Cudic from Dogwoof with the film-makers. It marks the second time that Dogwoof has teamed up with kNow Productions and Impact Partners following Web Junkie.

This is the second time Dogwoof has teamed up with kNow Productions and Impact Partners following last year’s deal for Web Junkie, which premiered in Sundance 2014.

Daniel Sivan, Hilla Medalia and Neta Zwebner produced the film which was co-produced by Melanie Andernach, and was executive produced by Dan Cogan, Guy Lavie, Dagmar Mielke, Nick Fraser, Morgan SpurlockJeremy Chilnick, and Ethan Goldman.

Censored Voices will make its world premiere at Sundance »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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McDonald's origin movie in the works

10 December 2014 11:42 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A film about how the McDonald's burger empire came to be, from the director of Saving Mr Banks. Meet The Founder...

Right then: how about McDonald's: Origins? That's not a bad title to start with. For John Lee Hancock, the director of Saving Mr Banks and The Blind Side (and the screenwriter of the underrated Kevin Costner/Clint Eastwood movie A Perfect World) is tackling the rise of McDonald's for his next movie.

Robert Siegel has penned the screenplay for the project, which will go under the name of The Founder. And it'll follow the story of Ray Kroc, an Illinois salesman, and what happened when he met Mac and Dick McDonald in the 1950s. It might skip over the impact of the firm's burgers on the world, and we doubt Morgan Spurlock is consulting. But you never know.

(Well, we probably do in this case).

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, »

- simonbrew

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Natpe Unveils Reality Breakthrough Award Finalists, Confab Details

10 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The upcoming Natpe market and conference is embracing its “Content Without Borders” theme, said Natpe president and CEO Rod Perth during a media conference call Wednesday.

“We are not a niche market, and this year’s conference is a true testament to the unique and diverse opportunities we serve, spanning the entire content value chain, across all platforms and covering every sector of the business,” said Perth. The programming conference runs Jan. 20-22 at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.

Perth said registration among attendees and exhibitors is running “on pace” as expected. He also announced numerous speakers for the event, including Eva Longoria, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Morgan Spurlock and more, as well as YouTube stars Tyler Oakley, Gary Vaynerchuk, Marcus Johns and Connor Franta, to further bolster Natpe’s support of the digital space.

Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) will serve as moderator of Norman Lear’s opening keynote. »

- Shelli Weinstein

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The Farrelly Brothers Reveal Which Classic Dumb & Dumber Line Was Almost Cut from the Original

3 December 2014 5:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Peter and Bobby Farrelly are responsible for more than a few film favorites: There's Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber and Me, Myself & Irene, to name a few. The filmmakers talked to Entertainment Weekly about their work - including the upcoming Dumb & Dumber To - in the latest episode of the magazine's Lightbulb series. The brothers all agree that many classic lines from the original film were overlooked when it first opened, and a fan favorite, "So you're telling me there's a chance," was almost cut by the studio "... because it got no laughs - none," Peter says. "The little lines that people remember, »

- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis, @sheilabot

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What’s Up Doc?: Crocodile Gennadiy Among Top Sundance Hopefuls (November 2014)

27 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Turkey or no turkey, these next couple of days lucky filmmakers who’ve been selected to screen as part of the Sundance Film Festival will get the invitation notice straight from John Cooper and the Park City programming team, and thus, those that we’re betting have made the cut have also inched up the list a bit. One of those that seem an obvious choice to premiere at the fest is director Steve Hoover and producer Danny Yourd’s Crocodile Gennadiy. Following up their Grand Jury Prize winning Blood Brother with incredible turnaround time, our new most anticipated film tracks the delicate operations of Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a Ukrainian activist, orphanage manager and savior of countless children whose addict parents favor injected cold medicine and alcohol over them. Part heartwrenching domestic drama, part sleuth thriller, the film looks to use the Ukrainian uprising as a backdrop to highlight its protagonist »

- Jordan M. Smith

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‘The Imitation Game’ Will Stuff Theaters This Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office Preview

25 November 2014 5:57 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game is the big kid on the block among this holiday weekend’s batch of newcomers. The title is following in the footsteps of past TWC heavyweights The King’s Speech and The Artist, both of which opened to solid box office numbers and eventually scored Oscars for Best Picture. The distributor is expecting good numbers for Imitation Game over the Thanksgiving frame. IFC Films’ horror pic The Babadook has some good buzz heading into the weekend, though it might show its biggest heft via VOD with its day-and-date rollout. Remote Area Medical is one of those films one hopes everyone will see. Timed perfectly for this time of the year’s focus on thanks and giving, the documentary shows the underbelly of America’s healthcare crisis by way of people who provide free medical services to needy people in pop-up clinics around the country. »

- Brian Brooks

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Why Super Size Me Director Morgan Spurlock Uses Humor in His Documentaries (Video)

20 November 2014 1:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He ate fast food for a month in Super Size Me and followed a boy band around the world for One Direction: This Is Us. So what drives Morgan Spurlock to make documentaries? The desire to be anything but "boring," he tells Lightbulb, a new Entertainment Weekly video series. "It just kind of ignited something in me and a different passion, to basically see that you could make something that could also have an impact," the Oscar-nominated director says of moving away from fiction. "That you could have, you know, different cultural significance and can change people's views and their outlook on the world. »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Why Super Size Me Director Morgan Spurlock Uses Humor in His Documentaries (Video)

20 November 2014 1:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He ate fast food for a month in Super Size Me and followed a boy band around the world for One Direction: This Is Us. So what drives Morgan Spurlock to make documentaries? The desire to be anything but "boring," he tells Lightbulb, a new Entertainment Weekly video series. "It just kind of ignited something in me and a different passion, to basically see that you could make something that could also have an impact," the Oscar-nominated director says of moving away from fiction. "That you could have, you know, different cultural significance and can change people's views and their outlook on the world. »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Introducing EW Lightbulb: Conversations about creativity

18 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Lightbulb is an EW interview series featuring conversations with today's leading creators about how they work and where they find inspiration. Episode 1: Morgan Spurlock has a "tasmanian devil" creative process Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has been surprising, amusing, and informing audiences with his documentaries for more than a decade, from directing Super Size Me in 2004 to producing his latest project, We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss. He joined senior writer Darren Franich on the first episode of Lightbulb to discuss his manic approach to work. More Lightbulb »

- EW staff

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AFI Fest: 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper' and the Politics of Telling Other People's Stories

13 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Margaret reporting from the AFI Fest...

The new documentary Tales of the Grim Sleeper, on the long list of eligible Oscar doc titles, screened for the first time in Los Angeles not ten miles from the scene of the brutal crimes it addresses. The feature investigates a serial murderer and his staggering number of victims over two decades in a close-knit South L.A. community-- and these are not the kind of crimes that "could have happened anywhere." Visited on an already underserved and overlooked neighborhood, the killings targeted upwards of one hundred black women, many prostitutes and drug users, whose lives the police disregarded so entirely that for years the crimes were designated by the Lapd as Nhi-- No Human Involved. 

The entry point for the film is an investigation of Lonnie Franklin, Jr., the suspect in custody who is still awaiting trial, but as the documentary picks apart »

- Margaret de Larios

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Morgan Spurlock directing documentary about New York rat population

10 November 2014 1:24 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Morgan Spurlock is to direct a new documentary about the presence of rats in New York City.

Rats NYC will be a feature-length film looking at the origins of rats, their ability to spread diseases, including historical plague, and their use as test subjects, reports Deadline.

It will feature discussions with exterminators, city officials, sanitation workers, hunters, historians and animal rights activists.

Rats NYC is based on Robert Sullivan's book Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants, which sees Sullivan investigate a rat-infested alley just a few blocks away from Wall Street.

Spurlock said of the film: "As a New Yorker, I've had a two-decade-long love/hate affair with rats. We've all seen them and we all live with them, we just don't want to know we're living with them.

"This movie is going to be a modern day horror film - it will make you squirm, »

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Afm: Morgan Spurlock Boards ‘Rats NYC’ Documentary

8 November 2014 4:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Morgan Spurlock has come on board to produce the documentary “Rats NYC” for his Warrior Poets banner with Dakota Group and Submarine.

Submarine is handling worldwide sales at Afm. Production will start in January.

The project has been in the works since September, when Submarine and Dakota acquired rights at the Toronto Film Festival to Robert Sullivan’s book “Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Residents.”

David KohStanley Buchthal, Dan Braun and Josh Braun are producing for Dakota and Submarine, while Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick are producers for Warrior Poets.

The film will feature exterminators, sanitation workers, mobsters, activists, Nobel scientists and historians explaining where rats came from and why they survive.

“As a New Yorker, I’ve had a two decade-long love/hate affair with rats,” Spurlock said. “We’ve all seen them, and we all live with them, we »

- Dave McNary

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News Shorts: November 6th 2014

6 November 2014 9:20 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Solution Entertainment Group has released the first image from the Shia Labeouf-led psychological thriller "Man Down" which also Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Jai Courtney. Set in a savage post-apocalyptic America, Labeouf and Courtney play a pair who are in search of the former's family.

"Zhang Yimou's first English-language film, 'The Great Wall' at Legendary East, has seen a budget increase to $135 million with filming to begin in February. The period action spectacular with sci-fi elements is currently casting..." (full details)

"Ivanhoe Pictures has picked up the film rights to Ryan Graudin's young adult action-adventure novel 'The Walled City'. The story follows three teenagers who are fighting to survive and escape a lawless, walled city..." (full details)

"On Entertainment, Wild Bunch and Pathe are teaming for an $80 million animated feature based on the iconic Playmobil toys brand. Much of the team behind 'The Little Prince' will be »

- Garth Franklin

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Disney Developing Real Life Fairy Tale with Morgan Spurlock

6 November 2014 11:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Morgan Spurlock has sold a fairy tale pitch to Walt Disney Studios that revolves around a father’s quest to make his daughter a princess.

The plot is based on a true story that revolves around Jeremiah Heaton’s efforts to claim land in Africa’s Bir Tawil region of North Sudan, and create a new soverign nation, in order to fulfill the wishes of his seven-year-old daughter to become a princess. The land, now known as the “Heaton Kingdom,” borders Sudan and Egypt, and was one of the last unclaimed areas of the world.

Spurlock will produce the film — a rare departure from his documentary fare like “Super Size Me” — through his Warrior Poets banner with the Arlook Group’s Richard Arlook, who manages the filmmaker.

CAA, which reps Spurlock and Heaton, packaged the project.

Deadline first reported the project.


- Marc Graser

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Disney Picks Up Family Adventure Project 'Princess of North Sudan'

6 November 2014 10:57 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Disney is developing The Princess of North Sudan, which is based on the recent events of an American man claiming a territory in Africa and proclaiming himself and his family its kings and queens.  The studio has picked up the life rights of the man, Jeremiah Heaton, as well as that of his family. Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker behind documentaries Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, is on board to produce along with Richard Arlook. The media covered the event in the summer, which focused on American dad Heaton whose daughter asked if she would ever

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- Borys Kit

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10 Truly Chilling Documentary Films

5 November 2014 1:37 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Documentary film is often claimed to be the most “truthful” form of the cinematic medium. People turn to this genre to find facts, make discoveries, and learn something new. It’s a genre that’s been around from the very beginning too – with Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory considered by many as the first real documentary ever made, along with its known reputation as one of the first ever cinematic productions.

Indeed, documentary is a genre that has spawned some of cinema’s greatest achievements. A variety of wonderful films have employed the form, ranging from Michael Apted’s Up! series, to Steve James’ Hoop Dreams.

Other directors such as Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock have used the documentary method to help turn heads to troubling societal issues such as health care and fast food, whereas the likes of Woody Allen have used the form to provide a false sense »

- Gaz Lloyd

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Adam McKay Talks We The Economy, Tackling Income Inequality, His Outspoken Political Views, and More

31 October 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now available online and for free is We The Economy: 20 Films You Can’t Afford to Miss.  Produced by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan, each of the short films is helmed by a filmmaker using their own creative vision to help explain the U.S. economy.  The shorts run 5-8 minutes each and they try to explain the role of government in the economy, what causes inequality, what is money and globalization, and a lot more.  It's a great series that tries to tackle a very serious subject in an entertaining way.  Watch them here. With director Adam McKay helming The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas (which tackles income inequality in a My Little Pony-inspired universe), I recently spoke to him about how he got involved in the project, his outspoken political views and how he uses social media to address them, how We the Economy gives unbiased economic information, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Week in Review: Orson Welles’ last film arriving in 2015

31 October 2014 9:43 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The biggest remaining treasure trove in the world of cinema is the long lost and destroyed ending to Orson WellesThe Magnificent Ambersons, his cynical director’s cut that he felt would’ve made it an even greater film than Citizen Kane. But anything having remotely to do with Welles may be just as great of a find.

In 2015, Royal Road Entertainment will release Welles’s last film The Other Side of the Wind in accordance with Welles’s 100th birthday. The New York Times reported Wednesday how Welles spent the last 15 years of his life shooting and editing the picture, a meta story about an aging, legendary director played by John Huston. The cast includes Lilli Palmer, Dennis Hopper, Susan Strasberg and Peter Bogdanovich playing an up-and-coming film director, who at the time was essentially playing himself.

The film has been blocked in legal rights battles for years, with »

- Brian Welk

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Adam McKay, Miao Wang, and Damon Smith Talk We The Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’T Afford To Miss, the Genesis of the Project, and More

30 October 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We all know the economy crashed in 2008, but how many of us know why or how? Odds are, if you pulled a random stranger off the street they would struggle to properly define a recession, let alone explain the complex series of events that led to the economic crash – I certainly can't. In a world where economic theories and practices have come to rule so much of our personal lives (looking at you, credit scores) and dominate the sphere of political discourse, it's a bit unnerving when you realize just how little you actually know about what the economy is and how it works. Enter Morgan Spurlock and his production company Cinelan, who have partnered with numerous creative talents and economy experts to present the ambitious short film series We The Economy: 20 Films You Can't Afford to Miss, which addresses complex issues like the struggle to define Gdp, how human psychology causes recession, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Morgan Spurlock & Adam Davidson On 'We The Economy' [Exclusive Video]

29 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Morgan Spurlock, the Super Size Me documentary filmmaker, and economics experts like Adam Davidson put their heads together to create the digital series We The Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford To Miss.

Morgan Spurlock On 'We The Economy'

The concept for the digital series was born out of Spulock’s desire to increase economic literacy in America. With the help of Vulcan Productions' Paul Allen, he developed the idea to have A-list actors and a number of economic minds – like Davidson – come together to create something that was both smart and entertaining.

For one of the 20 short films, Spurlock teamed up with economic advisor John Steele Gordon, who developed an idea for a caveman-themed script. “‘I imagine that in the beginning it all started with two cavemen. One was a good hunter and one who made great spears and one guy who said, I would be an »

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