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While we often see headlines about spec script inciting studio bidding wars, the reality is most screenplays don’t sell themselves. Attracting financiers to help turn screenplays into actual movies usually requires one or more agents who are highly skilled in the art of packaging — the process of attaching actors, directors or other essential ingredients to a project.
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During a panel conversation at Ifp Film Week on Monday, two film agents and one sales agent shared examples of how packaging movie ideas or completed screenplays with other elements helped get projects off the ground fast.
One example from Los Angeles-based ICM agent Peter Trinh involved an actor with no writing credits named Scott Cooper who had written a script called “Crazy Heart,” based on the tragic story of an aging country music musician. »
- Graham Winfrey
Not for nothing is Toshiro Mifune one of the most renowned actors of world cinema. Known mostly for his many collaborations with Akira Kurosawa — including such classics as “Rashomon,” “Seven Samurai” and the “Yojimbo” cycle — as well as Hiroshi Inagaki’s “Samurai Trilogy,” the Japanese thespian appeared in nearly 170 films before his death in 1997. Steven Okazaki directed the new documentary “Mifune: The Last Samurai,” which just released its first trailer.
Narrated by Keanu Reeves and featuring interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese (who offers that “Mifune’s performance is layered, complex. He studied the movement of lions. He’s like a caged animal”) and Steven Spielberg, the trailer touches on Kurosawa and Mifune’s joint influence on American cinema as well as the actor’s two main vices: alcohol and cars.
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- Michael Nordine
If you were among the squeamish who could never quite stomach the premise of Pixar’s “Ratatouille” — in which a Parisian sewer rat becomes top chef in a tony French restaurant — then perhaps Morgan Spurlock’s “Rats” is more your style. Here is a film that presents rats exactly as millions of humans imagine them: as disgusting, dangerous, disease-carrying vermin, just waiting for their chance to take over the world. Best known for gorging himself on Big Macs in “Super Size Me” (and, no doubt, a fair amount of rat droppings in the process), Spurlock attempts a different kind of horror movie this time around, daring audiences to see just how far they can go before losing their lunch.
Debuting Oct. 22 on Discovery Channel, followed by a few quick-sting theatrical screenings, “Rats” is that rare breed of nature doc, one designed not to foster greater empathy for a misunderstood species, »
- Peter Debruge
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival was more than just a bunch of screenings. For anyone on the ground at the major Canadian gathering, Tiff is a full-on immersion into the film world filled with memorable encounters. Here are a few from our staff who attended this time.
Read More: The 2016 IndieWire Tiff Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
Dinner With Isabelle
The great thing about a fest like Tiff is that, with so much going on around the city, you never really know what’s going to happen next. Case in point: I found myself stepping out of a screening of “Barry” and into a rain-soaked dinner with Isabelle Huppert (star of three different movies in this year’s lineup). Journalists are herded into these fancy studio dinners on a nightly basis at the major festivals, but the events often feel so forced »
- Indiewire Staff
★★★☆☆ Cinema is littered with films that have pitted man against some terrifying beast from the animal kingdom. Genre flicks have seen us hunted by wolves, sharks, snakes, bears and birds. Morgan Spurlock's new film Rats puts a different spin on this familiar trope, however, because it's not just some science-fiction about rodents preying on humans; it's a documentary about it. "They will literally kill us," explains a lecturer early on in what the filmmakers frame as a fully-fledged horror complete with jump-scares, an ominous score, and all manner of squeamish moments.
Few creatures on this Earth conjure as much of a reaction as rats. Knowing this full well, Morgan Spurlock is here to creep you out with a new documentary all about the rodents. First premiering at Toronto International Film Festival (fittingly in the Midnight Madness sidebar), then having a one-night screening later this week, followed by a Discovery Channel premiere in late October, the first trailer has now arrived.
THR said in their review, “Prepare for some heebie-jeebies, o ye who would watch Morgan Spurlock’s Rats, a skin-crawling hour and a half about the vermin who share our cities and live on our trash: The documentarian who flirted with body-horror in Super Size Megoes full-tilt here, offering shock-cut inserts and skittery sound effects in a film that already has little trouble keeping viewers on edge.”
Check out the unnerving first trailer below, along with the Tiff Q&A and a poster. »
- Jordan Raup
BBC Film Productions has released a trailer for Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Documentary which seems to take a more comical approach to the subject of the Church of Scientology. Structured in a first-hand journey format as we’ve seen from Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock, the film tries to confront the church to get some answers. […]
The post Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Documentary Trailer: More Entertaining Than ‘Going Clear’? appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
M.R. Carey’s celebrated genre novel “The Girl With All the Gifts” is one of the few novels-turned-films included in the Midnight Madness program (Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats is the other). This is important to note because Carey is also the film’s screenwriter and many of the book’s deficiencies unfortunately carry over into his script. Veteran […] »
- Joe Lipsett
One of America’s greatest unsolved mysteries is getting reexamined in CBS’ new limited event docuseries, “The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey.” The four-hour, two night special will unite former investigators with new experts to review the 1996 unsolved murder of the six-year-old beauty queen. Before its premiere this Sunday, IndieWire has a new clip where investigators Jim Clemente and Laura Richards and renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee analyze transfer DNA data to determine if it had an impact on the original investigation.
“DNA is reliable evidence if you interpret it properly,” says Clemente, former New York City prosecutor, retired FBI supervisory special agent and profiler.
“We can all look at it, and once we get the result, we should let the evidence speak for itself,” adds Dr. Lee in the clip.
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- Liz Calvario
Great horror movie trailers hope to evoke real fear in their audience. Many horror films, even those that are really good, have lackluster trailers. Who would have thought that the best horror trailer this year would come from a documentary? The trailer for “Rats” arrived this week, and the footage is enough to make your skin crawl and keep you up at night.
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From the fast cutting of rats attacking and jumping around, to the close-ups of the parasites that live inside of their little bodies, there’s enough material in the 2 ½ minute trailer to make your stomach turn.
- Charles Dean
“Inspired by Robert Sullivan’s NY Times bestselling book, Rats goes deep beneath the surface to explore the lives of man’s greatest parasite. Oscar nominated director Morgan Spurlock unveils a new form of documentary horror storytelling, journeying around the world to bring viewers face to face with rats while delving into our complicated relationship with these creepy creatures.”
- Amie Cranswick
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is back with possibly his strangest film ever, Rats. The film just had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now we have the first trailer and poster below. Fans will get to see this film on both the big and small screens very soon.
Deadline reports that Landmark Theaters and Submarine Deluxe are teaming up to screen this film in 10 markets for midnight showings on September 23 and September 24. Fans in Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and St. Louis will be able to see this innovative film on the big screen, before it airs on the Discovery Channel on October 22. Here's what Morgan Spurlock had to say about his new film in a statement.
"I am so proud of this genre-bending movie and am very excited that people will get to experience all its horror »
Morgan Spurlock‘s new documentary Rats takes a look at the history of rat infestations in major cities throughout the world. The film premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now the first trailer is online. Edited almost like a part horror movie, part pre-apocalyptic disaster warning movie, the trailer looks nothing like any of […]
- Peter Sciretta
Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary, “Rats,” doesn’t seem like a huge step away from his Academy Award-nominated “Super Size Me,” and the filmmaker appears to be once again exploring a topic that society has almost become numb to: The effects of vermin.
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The documentary’s shocking new trailer plays out almost as a trailer for a horror movie would, especially when the rats are shown from a distance as mere foragers and up close as gigantic monsters. The trailer also has the vague feel of a disaster movie, with scientists discussing the effects of rat population growth and mutations. Spurlock’s new documentary definitely seem to have a more dour tone then his previous humor-laden ones. Perhaps the most curious aspect of the trailer is that Spurlock, who typically shows up on his films, »
- Casey Coit
The world is filled with two types of people; those who have a natural aversion to rats, and those who haven’t been fully exposed to them. If you fall into that latter category, Morgan Spurlock’s latest project, Rats, may help you adjust your mindset. Based on Robert Sullivan’s Rats: Observations On The History & Habitat Of The City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants, the film is ostensibly a documentary, but this trailer plays more like a horror film. A natural completionist, Spurlock looks at rats from just about every horrifying angle.
First, there’s the Manhattan exterminator who should absolutely be played by Kurtwood Smith in the fictionalized adaptation, chasing down rat pellets and discovering a jump scare in the form of a drop-ceiling nest. The trailer reminds us of that in cities, rodents are legion. Then all of their diseases and pathogens are pointed out for our »
- B.G. Henne
"It's becoming harder and harder to kill 'em." Discovery Channel has debuted the first official trailer for Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary titled Rats, and it is indeed about rats, the creepy little (or actually pretty big) vermin that live under our streets, eating our garbage, spreading disease. The doc is premiering in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto Film Festival this week, which is perfect for this kind of film. While it's based on the book about rats in New York City, Spurlock's doc examines the history of rat infestations in major cities throughout the world. I'm a big fan of Spurlock and his documentaries, and this looks like it's going to be freaky and fun. Thankfully as viewers we won't have to get anywhere near any rats, but be prepared there are some seriously disgusting shots in this. But I still want to see it - looks fascinating. »
- Alex Billington
Update 9/14/16 Pm: A trailer was released today, which you can watch above. Original article 9/13/16 at 11:30 Am: Exclusive: Landmark Theatres and Submarine Deluxe are teaming to release Morgan Spurlock’s new feature documentary Rats in 10 markets nationwide in midnight screenings September 23-24 exclusively at Landmark venues. The innovative theatrical play comes ahead of the docu’s TV bow October 22 on Discovery Channel. The pic, described as a modern-day horror film… »
Inspired by Robert Sullivan’s New York Times bestselling book, the Discovery Documentary Film Rats goes deep beneath the surface to explore the lives of man’s greatest parasite. Oscar-nominated director Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) unveils a new form of documentary horror storytelling, journeying around the world to bring viewers face to face with rats while delving into our complicated relationship with these creepy creatures.
Taking us into the Rattus nests in ways never before captured on film, Rats dives deep into New York City’s parks, subway tunnels and sewers; venture to rice paddies in Cambodia and Vietnam where rats are caught and sold as food; cross worldly streets in India paroled by the revered Night Rat Killers; journey to the English »
- Tom Stockman
Colorado’s Telluride Horror Show (running October 14-16) has quickly become one of the year’s most loved film festivals, and it seems like that tradition is set to continue, with the announcement of this year’s first wave of films and guests. Films like Richard Bates, Jr.’s festival darling Trash Fire, the Awesome Another Evil (review) and many more (we’re stoked to hear what you fright fanatics think of Jill Gevargizian’s The Stylist, a short film we’re all absolutely in love with), this year already kicks ass and it’s just the first wave being announced. Read on for more info!
Joe R. Lansdale, a native of East Texas, is the acclaimed author of over forty novels, three hundred short pieces of fiction and non-fiction, plays, poetry, screenplays, and graphic novels. Film adaptations of Lansdale’s work include the cult »
- Jerry Smith
“I took people on a vicarious journey,” documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock reminisced with the audience at Variety’s Creative Conscience Symposium Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival. “It created a lot of trust with the audience. And I think we’ve seen that audiences trust documentaries more now. They know you’re going to give them something valuable out of that truth.”
Social impact filmmaking was the topic of conversation with each filmmaker in attendance, having helped to create films that tackle critical social issues that motivate audiences to take action, be it through documentary or fiction storytelling.
Panelists included “Ivory Game” directors Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani, actor and documentary film festival organizer Gael García Bernal and Spurlock, director of “Rats” and executive producer on “The Eagle Huntress.”
“We made this film because we felt it might be able to help [counter the illegal selling of elephant tusks and the impending extinction of those animals],” Davidson stated plainly. “We’re both filmmakers first, »
- Valentina I. Valentini
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