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Morgan Spurlock puts superagent Sue Mengers on screen

29 June 2016 4:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Talent agent who ‘took over the boys’ club of Hollywood’ in the 70s and guided careers of Streisand, Dunaway and more gets biopic from Super Size Me director

Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock is set to direct a biopic of pioneering Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers, it has been announced.

According to Deadline, Spurlock’s production company has acquired rights to Brian Kellow’s Mengers biography Can I Go Now?, and the director is working on a script that may become his first dramatic feature.

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Morgan Spurlock to Direct Sue Mengers Biopic

28 June 2016 4:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Super Size Me” director Morgan Spurlock will produce, direct and write a movie about Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s first female super-agent.

Mengers, who died in 2011 at the age of 79, was a dominant force in the New Hollywood of the ’70s with a powerhouse client list including Sidney Lumet, Peter Bogdanovich, Brian De Palma, Mike Nichols, Michael Caine, Cher, Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen and Barbra Streisand.

Spurlock’s Warrior Poets has acquired rights to Brian Kellow’s biography “Can I Go Now: The Life of Sue Mengers.” Warrior Poets chief operating officer Jeremy Chilnick and Richard Arlook are also producing.

Chilnick will team with Spurlock on the script about Mengers, who had a high-powered personality and worked at Cma, ICM and Wma. Bette Midler portrayed Mengers in John Logan’s one-person Broadway show “I’ll Eat You Last.”

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Morgan Spurlock To Direct Film About Talent Agent Sue Mengers

28 June 2016 2:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Morgan Spurlock is set to direct, write and produce a film about the life of talent agent Sue Mengers.

According to Deadline, Spurlock’s company Warrior Poets acquired the rights to Brian Kellow’s bestselling biography “Can I Go Now: The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s Superagent.” The story will follow Mengers as she crashed the boys club that was Hollywood agenting, her star-studded clientele and the ups and downs she faced in her career. 

“I’m a fan of big personalities, great characters, and she is both. More than that, I love people who buck the trend and do things that haven’t been done before and go into spaces unheard of, whether it be of gender or race,” said Spurlock. “Sue Mengers took over the boys club of Hollywood and did something groundbreaking. She proved not only that she could be part of this world; she »

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Morgan Spurlock to Direct Sue Mengers Biopic

28 June 2016 2:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Superagent Sue Mengers helped to broker the deals for some of Hollywood's most memorable onscreen roles; now, she will be getting the feature film treatment herself.  Documentarian Morgan Spurlock's production company Warrior Poets has acquired the rights to Brian Kellow’s biography Can I Go Now?: The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s First Superagent. Spurlock will direct the film, which he will write with Warrior Poet COO Jeremy Chilnick. Spurlock and Chilnick also will produce, along with Richard Arlook.  Mengers, known in equal parts for her bombastic personality and caftans, worked at Cma, ICM and Wma, with an expansive, rotating client list that included

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Morgan Spurlock To Direct Movie On Hollywood Superagent Sue Mengers

28 June 2016 1:38 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets has acquired rights to Brian Kellow’s bestselling biography Can I Go Now: The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s Superagent. Spurlock will direct a feature on Mengers, writing a script and producing with Warrior Poets COO Jeremy Chilnick, with Richard Arlook also producing. In her heyday, Mengers crashed the boys club that was Hollywood agenting, brandishing an outsized personality to go with her client list. In stints at McA, ICM… »

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YouTube Announces Eight New Web Series at VidCon

23 June 2016 8:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

YouTube CEOSusan Wojcicki’s 2016 VidCon keynote delivered a simple message: If you’ve felt marginalized and seek community, come to us.

“YouTube gives people of any race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or interest a place to come together and a place to belong,” she said, emphasizing the importance of community to YouTube’s success. “When people talk about community, especially when they’re here at VidCon, the first thing they often mention are the screaming fans… But what I hope you take away when you visit VidCon isn’t just the enthusiasm, it’s the sense of belonging that exists here.”

To present YouTube’s programming slate, Wojcicki yielded the stage to Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s Global Head of Original Content, who outlined the four major projects upcoming from YouTube Red, the company’s original content subscription service, and eight new series in development. The centerpiece is a partnership »

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‘The Pistol Shrimps’ Trailer: Are You Ready For Shrimps Basketball Time?

17 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Produced by Morgan Spurlock (Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) and directed by Brent Hodge (I Am Chris Farley), The Pistol Shrimps follows an L.A.-based rec-league team. Actress Maria Blasucci created The Pistol Shrimps, and their point guard is Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation). The team is primarily made up of actors and writers, and Hodge’s doc […]

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Aubrey Plaza and Her ‘Pistol Shrimps’ Team Explain How Ragtag Basketball (And a Doc) Brought Them Together

16 June 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you don’t know who the Pistol Shrimps are, you’re going to want to very soon.

Brent Hodge’s new documentary “The Pistol Shrimps” follows the eponymous all-women recreational basketball team, led by players like Aubrey Plaza, model/actress Melissa Stetten, comedian Molly Hawkey (who you may know as “‘The Bachelor’s oldest-ever contestant”) and many other incredible players just might be one of the funnest and funniest films of the year. During the film’s Los Angeles premiere, the laughs never slowed, but it also became apparent that this documentary isn’t about basketball. It’s about what basketball means and can do for these women as individuals and as a group of friends, empowering them, inspiring them, encouraging them and much more.

After screening Wednesday night at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, the Shrimps, their coaches, their announcers and director Hodge sat down for a Q&A. Like their team name implies — and they would suggest to look up what a pistol shrimp is — each woman’s personality popped like the crack of a pistol shrimp claw. They laughed at many of the high jinks that unfolded the season depicted in the doc, but also got real about how, no matter the small scale, the team is vastly important to them. That’s something that’s also evident in the documentary, as the film makes sure to highlight many of the team members, their personalities and how the team affects their lives.

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The team itself came together in a rather interesting way. According to the film, it was a bit tough to get the league together, as there wasn’t really a league at all before they came along. In the Q&A, Shrimp Amanda Lund explained how the struggles of making a web series sparked the idea in the first place. “I remember the moment when Maria [Blasucci] realized she needed to start a sports team. We had made this web series ‘Ghost Ghirls’ that no one was watching. So we made our own flyers and started flyering in the streets, saying, ‘You got ghosts? Watch this web series.’ So we were handing out these flyers and Maria was like, ‘This is so fun being out and doing an activity.’ And then she was like, ‘I’m going to start a sports team.’”

But why basketball? Recounting a rather momentous and crazy achievement in her early life, Shrimp founder Blasucci said, “I used to play in grade school and one time, I was dribbling the ball in the park league on the Pacific Palisades Sparks and I lost my shoe at halfcourt as I was dribbling the ball. And I went to shoot the basket and I made it, but my shoe was still at halfcourt. It was a real whirlwind.” 

Unfortunately, the ragtag group didn’t start off with success, with only a few members ever having played the sport, let alone in an organized way, and others not entirely knowing how the sport works. Originally, they came together with a shared sense of trash talking and putting down their haters to offset this lack of success. But during the documented season, the Shrimps went on to win the championship.

This did, however, come at a cost to their original skills. One of the Shrimps said, “I think it goes to the root of self confidence and when you don’t have a lot of self confidence, it’s very easy to talk trash. So when we finally got the skills, the trash talking went away. It’s like when you don’t dress for the job you have, you dress for the job you want and so we talked trash when we couldn’t play basketball.”

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After seeing the original trash talking chemistry, filmmaker Hodge knew he had to make a movie about them, telling the crowd, “One of my friends went to the games and he was like, ‘Dude, this whole thing’s a film. There’s a coach with a unicorn costume on, you’ve got to film this.’ And then we just started filming.”

He even theorized that the crew is why they won, explaining that “this is the only season you guys have won, so we’re like your lucky charm. And I don’t think we would’ve had a film unless they won.” Shrimp Molly Hawkey pleaded, “I was wondering if you could come out to the rest of our seasons because we didn’t do so well this season.” This past season, the Shrimps won only three games and lost seven.

But it wasn’t always easy for Shrimps. There were a lot of antics and even drama between teams during the season, exemplified in the documentary when Aubrey Plaza tore her Acl playing undercover in a second game on her sister’s team. The recovery, which Plaza described as taking “a couple steps forward, a bunch of steps backwards and I’m trying to just get forward again,” and the taste of the other team led her to test the market.

“I’m going to be playing for the Spice Squirrels in the fall. After my injury, I had a lot of time off and I just decided to test free agency,” she said. “I had to make the best choice for my family and my basketball career. And I just felt like the Spice Squirrels have a lot to offer me.”

Toward the end of the Q&A, founder Blasucci touched on an empowering point about the team, an aspect that was the documentary’s most lasting impression.

“I went to an all girls high school and I learned that girls can be the best of friends if they allow themselves to kind of let go of all the claw,” she said. “You know, ‘Ah, I need to get ahead of you!’ If you could just let that go, you can have such deep relationships with girls and I feel that with all of you girls and I, at no point, ever feel jealous or envious or anything. I just feel 100% support and I feel grateful and it’s wonderful. I suggest any girl out there that doesn’t have a tight group of girlfriends to really search for that, because as hard as it may be, you find these people that are so important to you and I feel that with all of these girls and I’m really grateful.”

Read More: Morgan Spurlock on Why Documentaries Matter More Than Ever

“Pistol Shrimps,” which is the first original feature film released by Seeso, an ad-free comedy streaming service, premieres today, June 16, on seeso.com. The film was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and was executive produced by Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker behind “Super Size Me.” Check out the trailer below!

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Aubrey Plaza Hits the Basketball Court in First Trailers For ‘The Pistol Shrimps’

13 June 2016 12:28 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While she’ll be seen in comedies both on the indie and studio side this summer (Joshy and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, respectively), Aubrey Plaza will also be featured in a documentary. The Pistol Shrimps follows her all-female basketball team, also made up of Melissa Stern, Maria Blasucci, and more, as they compete in last year’s recreational season. Coming from producer Morgan Spurlock and director Brent Hodge (I Am Chris Farley, A Brony Tale), the first trailers have landed ahead of a release this week.

We said in our review, “As far as sports documentaries about female friendships, there are too few and Pistol Shrimps, as enjoyable as it is, really is exactly what it is — like the league and the podcast it’s something to do. Surely one’s free time can be better spent elsewhere screening a film that’s more profound, but that is not what this is, the same way this rec league is not the Wnba.”

Check out the trailers and poster below.

The Pistol Shrimps” is the fun new documentary following the 2015 season of the popular all female basketball team called The Pistol Shrimps – made up of actors, comedians and models in La. Comic actress Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), model Melissa Stern and actress/writer Maria Blasucci (Ghost Ghirls) are part of the ragtag team of trash-talking, hard fouling, wisecracking women who bring a much-needed edge to the game. Off the court, these women are also making it happen as writers, musicians, actors, comedians, moms and wives, who always have time on Tuesday nights for their games. The Pistol Shrimps are truly fearless women who are both ballers on and off the court.

The Pistol Shrimps arrives on SeeSo on June 16th.

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How Morgan Neville Kept Chelsea Handler Honest (Emmy Watch)

1 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville is hard to pin down. While he made his name with music docs, from Oscar-winner “20 Feet from Stardom” to Yo-Yo Ma concert film “The Music of Strangers” (HBO/The Orchard), he’s moving away from music subjects. “There are a handful of music docs I’d love to do, including David Bowie,” he said in a phone interview. “But at the moment I’m interested in stretching myself on projects on design, food, and art.”

Over the last year, Neville jumped into the debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley for “Best of Enemies,”  (Participant/Magnolia) and took an unexpected ride with Chelsea Handler on Netflix documentary series “Chelsea Does.”

Netflix approached Neville after working with him on “Keith Richards: Under the Influence.” Said Neville, “I’d worked on music docs for years. It felt like writing a novel. By the time I got to Keith Richards, »

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Worried About Harry Styles Appearing In Dunkirk

29 May 2016 3:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks forward to the former boy band star appearing in Christopher Nolan’s next film…

This week the first set photos of Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming war film Dunkirk emerged, as well as the news that Tom Hardy had signed up to appear in the film. He joins a cast that includes Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and Harry Styles.

There was some dissent when Styles – better known as a member of One Direction than an actor – was announced as part of the cast. It’s an unusual move, but it’s exactly the sort of thing that Christopher Nolan does.

While Nolan obviously has a regular troupe of actors he uses in different films – Murphy, Hardy, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale have all appeared in his films more than once – he also makes some unexpected casting choices.

Nolan has a habit of resurrecting the »

- Neil Calloway

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Submarine begins shoot on Morgan Spurlock doc 'Rats'

14 May 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Submarine has begun production on Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats and is touting international rights on the Croisette.

Spurlock’s Warrior Poets will produce with Submarine along with Discovery Channel, which has Us television rights and will air later this year.

The film is based on based on Robert Sullivan’s book Rats: Observations On The History And Habitat Of The City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants.

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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Marries Girlfriend of 8 Years

5 May 2016 6:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

That's a wrap! Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has married his longtime love Sara Bernstein. The Super Size Me director and his new bride tied the knot in a ceremony at their cabin in the Catskill Mountains in southeast New York. "#Tbt to last Sat when this happened. #shotgunwedding @sarabdocs #ManhattanMeetsDeliverance Photot: @crpweedings," Spurlock, 45, captioned a picture he posted on Twitter on Thursday. The photo features Spurlock and his pregnant bride holding hands in a backyard setting. Bernstein, the Svp of programming for HBO Documentaries, shows off her burgeoning baby bump in a her modern, white wedding dress that hits just below the knee, »

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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Marries Girlfriend of 8 Years

5 May 2016 6:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

That's a wrap! Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has married his longtime love Sara Bernstein. The Super Size Me director and his new bride tied the knot in a ceremony at their cabin in the Catskill Mountains in southeast New York. "#Tbt to last Sat when this happened. #shotgunwedding @sarabdocs #ManhattanMeetsDeliverance Photot: @crpweedings," Spurlock, 45, captioned a picture he posted on Twitter on Thursday. The photo features Spurlock and his pregnant bride holding hands in a backyard setting. Bernstein, the Svp of programming for HBO Documentaries, shows off her burgeoning baby bump in a her modern, white wedding dress that hits just below the knee, »

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Morgan Spurlock Sues Financier for Backing Out of Nascar Documentary

21 April 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Morgan Spurlock says he was deprived of the opportunity to make his dream project after spending five years on research and development. In a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Spurlock's Warrior Poets Inc. claims that Broad Green Pictures agreed to put up $5 million for a Nascar documentary, a written agreement was executed, funds were provided to start initial production and a draft press release was ready to announce the project. But then in January, at the halfway point, Bgp allegedly bowed out. "For Mr. Spurlock, as a lifelong Nascar enthusiast, Bgp's 'greenlighting' of the Documentary was the

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‘Vlogumentary’, Which Aims To Spread YouTube’s Gospel To The Masses, Premieres At Tribeca Film Festival

21 April 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

While Shay Carl Butler is often thought to be the forefather of modern vlogging, it was actually his wife, Colette, who fired up a vlogging camera for the first time -- capturing her husband as he danced around their living room in a black-and-blue unitard. This clip -- and Butler’s snazzy attire -- subsequently inspired the name of their 4 million-subscribers-strong channel, the Shaytards.

This is just one of many insights to be found in Vlogumentary, a feature documentary about the rise of YouTube’s vlogging community, which was announced back in 2013 and premiered last night at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Butler began working on the film with fellow creator Corey Vidal, and the two subsequently raised more than $200,000 from 5,400 Indiegogo donors. In 2015, they brought famed documentarian Morgan Spurlock on board, who agreed to produce the film.

While Vlogumentary features interviews with more than 50 bold-faced YouTubers, the film shines a »

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What The Tribeca Film Festival’s First ‘Digital Creators Market’ Says About The Future Of Indie Film

20 April 2016 6:39 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

If social influencers and digital filmmakers needed more proof that they were bound to disrupt the traditional film and television industries, here’s more: for the first time, the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival has announced an exclusive event to tout the burgeoning space.

Kicking off tonight with a screening of the long-anticipated Shay Carl-starring, Morgan Spurlock-produced Vlogumentary, the Tribeca Film Festival’s inaugural Digital Creators Market takes place tomorrow. During the event, online content creators like Jon Cozart, Mikey Murphy, Ingrid Nilsen, and Meghan Tonjes will connect with buyers, producers, and agents to discuss potential content ventures.

The event is also slated to feature a lineup of high-profile screenings, including YouTube Red’s Sing It! and Fullscreen’s Electra Woman & Dyna Girl. The Vlogumentary screening is particularly pertinent given that the film aims to cover the very rise of digital creators that the inaugural Market reflects.

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[Tribeca Review] The Happy Film

18 April 2016 12:27 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

So it turns out the key to happiness is Zoloft and a gorgeous women 20 years your senior. At least that’s the message in Stefan Sagmeister and Ben Nabors‘ The Happy Film, a quest to, among other things, approach happiness as a design problem. This wouldn’t include designing objects that, in everyday practice, make one happy or expand upon one’s happiness. Largely, the design proposed by Sagmeister is the expression of happiness — which occasionally involves bouncing around the word “happiness,” formed in gelatin and capturing this in slow motion.

While an opening inter-title warns that The Happy Film will not make you happy, it should also come with a warning that what’s to come is a self-indulgent bore as Sagmeister challenges himself to discover happiness through meditation, counseling, and (legal) drugs. Based in New York City, Sagmeiser is best known for his innovative album covers for The Rolling Stones, »

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Seeso Grabs Worldwide Rights To Docu ‘The Pistol Shrimps’ – Tribeca

14 April 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Fans of comedy and basketball will get two for the price of one later this year as newly-established ad-free streaming comedy channel Seeso has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary The Pistol Shrimps, directed by Brent Hodge and executive produced by Morgan Spurlock. The film will have its world premiere during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Focusing on the Los Angeles-based all female basketball team of the same name made up of actors, comedians and… »

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Tribeca Carves Out Identity as Next Gen New Media Fest

13 April 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At this year’s 15th Tribeca Film Festival, attendees can lose themselves in a virtual-reality psychedelic dance party, learn about living in a wireless future, or watch the complete 7½-hour miniseries of “O.J.: Made in America” — oh yeah, and watch some movies, too.

Don’t call it simply a film festival — call it a “storytelling” festival, say Tff organizers of the event running April 13-24.

Originally founded in 2002 to reenergize a moribund Lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11, Tribeca has gone through many iterations over the years (i.e., red-carpet magnet, VOD acquisition market, documentary launchpad). But it may have finally carved out an identity of its own as a next-gen new-media haven.

“It’s not just defining what Tribeca is now,” says Paula Weinstein, exec VP of Tribeca Enterprises. “It’s illuminating where storytelling is going.”

Tribeca still shows about 100 feature films, which matches previous years, but »

- Anthony Kaufman

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