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Truck Driver in Tracy Morgan Car Crash Pleads Guilty

29 November 2016 5:47 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The Walmart truck driver who crashed into a vehicle carrying Tracy Morgan and several others pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and four counts of aggravated assault, The Associated Press reports.

Kevin Roper previously pleaded not guilty to different charges, but entered a new plea deal in New Jersey Superior Court Tuesday. According to the terms of the deal, Roper could avoid jail time and have his record expunged if he completes 300 hours of community service and participates in a three-year pre-trial intervention program. Roper was eligible for the program because »

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The Eagle Huntress Review

17 November 2016 4:28 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

If you look up the definition of “girl-power” in the dictionary, there will be a picture of this young woman: Aisholpan Nurgaiv- Eagle Huntress.

Sony Pictures Classics latest release, The Eagle Huntress, tells the amazing and powerful story of 13-year old Aisholpan and her family of traditional nomadic Kazakh people of the Altai Mountains, set against the magnificent and awe inspiring beauty of the Mongolian steppe.

For generations, Kazakhs have traditionally used eagles for hunting small game to feed and clothe their families. And part of that tradition is that eagle hunters are always men. But Aisholpan longs to join in this tradition after years of watching her father with his eagle. And lucky for her (and us), her father has no problem breaking tradition to help Aisholpan follow her heart.

Directed by Otto Bell, The Eagle Huntress is Bell’s first feature length documentary. Up until this, he »

- Melissa Thompson

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Newswire: Morgan Spurlock says he’s “opening” his own “fast-food joint”

15 November 2016 3:43 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Morgan Spurlock became famous thanks to the documentary Super Size Me, which chronicled his journey to become the world’s biggest fast-food fan by eating nothing but McDonald’s for an entire month. (That’s what it was about, right?) Now, he’s finally leveraging that success into something more lucrative than a career as a filmmaker, with IndieWire reporting that he’ll be launching his very own fast-food restaurant this weekend. Called Holy Chicken!, the restaurant is billed as a “chicken experience” and it will open at a yet-unannounced secret location somewhere near Columbus, Ohio on November 19.

In a statement, the Holy Chicken! people explained that “everything about the food is made and backed with integrity and openness,” adding that the company is also raising its own chickens in various explicitly humane ways. There’s even a relatively lively Instagram account promoting the restaurant, which features this photo ...

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- Sam Barsanti

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Fullscreen Winter Slate Includes Bret Easton Ellis Series, Andrea Russett Talk Show

15 November 2016 9:18 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Fullscreen announced its 2016-17 slate today. Highlights include Bret Easton Ellis-directed The Deleted with Madeline Brewer, Amanda Cerny and Nash Grier, premiering December 4; Magic Funhouse, an adult show about a kids show, featuring Brandon Rogers premiering December 15, and a new weekly talk show with social media star Andrea Russett, premiering early 2017. Other series include Present Tense, featuring Jillian Rose Reed (Awkward), produced by Morgan Spurlock’s… »

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Morgan Spurlock Opening Fast–Food Restaurant Holy Chicken!

14 November 2016 8:31 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Super Size Me” director Morgan Spurlock is determined to prove that fast food doesn’t have to be unhealthy, opening his own fast-food “chicken experience” called Holy Chicken! in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, November 19.

Read More: Oregon Militia, Subject of Morgan Spurlock Documentary, Acquitted After Standoff

“Everything about the food is made and backed with integrity and openness including closing the loop in sustainability by raising our own chickens,” the company said in a statement. “The food is not only hormone free, its antibiotic free, cage free, free range, farm raised, humanely raised and 100 percent natural!”

Holy Chicken!’s signature dish is The Grilled Crispy Chicken Sandwich. The menu also includes a kid’s item called the Lil’ Cluckers Chicken Tenders, made from 100 percent natural free range chickens and locally sourced and locally produced beverages.

Read More: Morgan Spurlock’s Digital Vision: What The ‘Super Size Me’ Creator Has In »

- Graham Winfrey

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Just Eat It Movie Review

7 November 2016 7:21 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Just Eat It Icarus Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Grant Baldwin Written by: Jenny Rustemeyer, Grant Baldwin Cast:  Jenny Rustemeyer, Grant Baldwin, Tristam Stuart, Dana Gunders, Jonathan Bloom, Ken March, Bob Combs, Janet Combs, Cameron Anderson, Harold McClarty, Chris Holland, Dana Hauser, Delany Zayac, Daniel Miller Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 10/29/16 On DVD December 16, 2016 The funniest movie ever made about food is arguably Morgan Spurlock’s documentary “Super Size Me,” in which the filmmaker resolved to eat three meals a day at McDonald’s for one month.  He gained quite a bit of weight, and doctors pronounced him malnourished.  Similarly and also by contrast, Grant  [ Read More ]

The post Just Eat It Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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Cmt Hopes Lynyrd Skynyrd Film Bolsters Documentary Ambitions

3 November 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ordering up a documentary on 1970s Southern-rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd is no small matter to Brian Philips.

When the executive, the president of cable-network Cmt, goes to see the band play, his laminated credentials aren’t the kind handed out to the people who run the lights or the sound. He has known the band since he was in his teens, when he would get into a car with a learner’s permit and drive on weekends from Miami to see them play in Jacksonville, Florida. Philips was a music writer and managed to form close ties with the group. “My pass said ‘family,’ not ‘crew,’” he recalled.

Now he is preparing to see the band, which gave rock-radio acolytes songs like “Gimme Three Steps” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” in a different way. The Viacom-owned Cmt has greenlit and begun production on a new documentary about the group. “If I Leave Here Tomorrow” a film about Lynyrd Skynyrd »

- Brian Steinberg

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What Is the Best Horror Movie Of The 21st Century? — IndieWire Critics Survey

31 October 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best horror film of the 21st century?

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelancer for Rolling Stone, The Verge, Vulture

Everyone knows that the greatest Halloween film of all time is the 1962 nudie-cutie “House on Bare Mountain,” and my slavish devotion to giallo means that personal favorite horror movie of the new century is “Berberian Sound Studio”, but those are both answers to questions nobody asked. The finest horror film of the new millennium is “Cabin in the Woods”, both a dissertation on the history of the American scary movie and a chilling piece of work in its own right. With a fiendishly clever narrative hook, »

- David Ehrlich

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Oscar: 145 Documentaries to Compete

29 October 2016 9:03 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn here. Despite writing about (at least) one documentary a week since March, it feels like we've barely made a dint in covering the mammoth list of 145 titles that will be competing for the five coveted nominations in Best Documentary Feature category at the upcoming Oscars. Collectively, The Film Experience has reviewed 30 of the list, and we hope to cover a bunch more as we get closer to nominations.

There are a lot of noteworthy titles on this list so even making it to the 15-strong shortlist will be tough. And it's worth remembering that big titles are left off and smaller little-known titles get elevated every year. I have never heard of quite a few of these - and many others only have/had qualifying runs with releases planned for 2017 so it's impossible to really gauge some of them. What big titles will be left off? Will the recent scandals help or hinder Weiner, »

- Glenn Dunks

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‘Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf’ TV Special Celebrates Film Series’ 30 Year Anniversary

28 October 2016 9:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Longtime Columbia University film professor and author Annette Insdorf is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her film series “Reel Pieces” with a 10-episode TV special titled “Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf.”

For the past 30 years Insdorf has interviewed the best actors and directors in the business, everyone from Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese, among others, on 92nd Street Y’s stage. With her film series, viewers are treated to not just film talk but an educational experience as she adds historical film facts and anecdotes about actors, directors and cinematographers, all while making connections between the best films of today with the classics and little-known movies of the past.

Read More: Oregon Militia, Subject of Morgan Spurlock Documentary, Acquitted After Standoff

To kick off the 30 year celebration, NYC Media is broadcasting the first of ten “Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf” episodes on NYC Life beginning Friday, October 28 at 8:30 pm. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf’ TV Special Celebrates Film Series’ 30 Year Anniversary

28 October 2016 9:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Longtime Columbia University film professor and author Annette Insdorf is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her film series “Reel Pieces” with a 10-episode TV special titled “Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf.”

For the past 30 years Insdorf has interviewed the best actors and directors in the business, everyone from Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese, among others, on 92nd Street Y’s stage. With her film series, viewers are treated to not just film talk but an educational experience as she adds historical film facts and anecdotes about actors, directors and cinematographers, all while making connections between the best films of today with the classics and little-known movies of the past.

Read More: Oregon Militia, Subject of Morgan Spurlock Documentary, Acquitted After Standoff

To kick off the 30 year celebration, NYC Media is broadcasting the first of ten “Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf” episodes on NYC Life beginning Friday, October 28 at 8:30 pm. »

- Liz Calvario

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Oregon Militia, Subject of Morgan Spurlock Documentary, Acquitted After Standoff

28 October 2016 8:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Morgan Spurlock may have the perfect surprise ending to his upcoming documentary about the group of armed militants who took over an Oregon federal building and wildlife refuge earlier this year. On Thursday, all seven anti-government militia members were acquitted of conspiracy and weapons charges, the New York Post reports. The eighth member of their group, Lavoy Finicum, was killed by police during the standoff.

Read More: Morgan Spurlock Boards Doc About The Right-Wing ‘Patriots’ Who Occupied Oregon’s National Wildlife Refuge

The militia leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy are the sons of Cliven Bundy, who led a similar armed standoff with federal authorities at his Nevada ranch in 2014. After the verdict was announced Thursday, court officers had to tase and subdue Ammon Bundy lawyer Marcus Mumford, who began screaming that his client should be released immediately. Ammon is still being held, however, for charges related to the 2014 standoff.

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- Graham Winfrey

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Vine Is Gone, But Not Forgotten: Why Twitter’s Defunct Platform Was an Incubator for Digital Creatives

27 October 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Andy Warhol famously predicted that in the future, everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. In the case of Vine, however, that formula was often reduced to six seconds. The video-sharing app’s popularity, however, lasted just a little bit longer.

Twitter announced today that it is shutting down the service, which the social-media giant bought in 2012. Vine gave users a platform to share six seconds of video that would play on an automatic loop. It quickly became a destination for comedians, musicians, artists, and filmmakers, many of whom pushed the app’s video capabilities to creative heights. Others used it more like a condensed YouTube channel, posting condensed comedy sketches for a generation reared on short attention spans. More popular users gained millions of followers and launched careers steeped in lucrative marketing deals. But once Twitter and Facebook began offering their own video-sharing capabilities, Vine struggled to find a broader user base. »

- Jude Dry

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Shay Carl Releases ‘Vlogumentary,’ A YouTube Red Doc About Web Video Stardom

26 October 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

A documentary that goes inside the lives and careers of YouTube stars is now available. It’s called Vlogumentary, and it’s available to YouTube Red subscribers through the YouTube channel of vlogger Shay Carl.

Vlogumentary, which has been in production for years, is the latest in an ever-growing series of films that discuss the growth of the online video industry and the ways in which the relationships between creators and their fans have evolved over time. The doc, directed by Matthew Testa and produced by Shay Carl along with Morgan Spurlock (of Super Size Me fame) discusses several well-known events in the 11-year history of YouTube. It talks about Charles Trippy’s daily vlog streak, the launch of fan conventions like VidCon, and much more in between. Along the way, viewers receive insights from some of the most popular creators on the Internet, including Joey Graceffa, Glozell, and Hank Green. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Morgan Spurlock’s Digital Vision: What The ‘Super Size Me’ Creator Has In Common With the YouTube Generation

26 October 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Before the Ice Bucket Challenge, there was “Super Size Me.” When little-known filmmaker Morgan Spurlock challenged himself to eat at McDonald’s for every meal, three times a day, for thirty days straight, he anticipated the era of viral marketing with purpose. The documentary grossed $11.5 million theatrically in 2004 and ignited an international conversation about the fast food industry.

By appearing in his film as subject and narrator, Spurlock popularized a kind of personality-driven commentary that is now regularly found in another format — video blogging, or “vlogging.” And that’s why he’s a good fit to produce “Vlogumentary,” the first feature film to explore one of the more ubiquitous ways that personalities develop on the site.

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The film not only offers fans an intimate look at their favorite vloggers, but also demystifies the strange career path for would-be skeptics. »

- Jude Dry

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Sean Byrne’s The Devil’S Candy Acquired by IFC Midnight for North American Distribution

25 October 2016 8:04 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Many horror fans have been eager to see what filmmaker Sean Byrne has in store for them following his well-received feature film debut, The Loved Ones (2009). Next March, the wait will finally be over, as IFC Midnight has acquired Byrne's The Devil's Candy for North American distribution, with a release slated for March of 2017.

In case you missed it, check out Kalyn Corrigan's Fantastic Fest 2015 review of The Devil's Candy. Below, we have the official press release with full details on IFC Midnight acquiring the film:

Press Release: New York, NY (October 21, 2016) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to Sean Byrne’s The Devil’S Candy. The film, written and directed by Byrne, stars Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Kiara Glasco. The film was produced by Keith Calder and Jessica Calder for Snoot Entertainment LLC. The film made its world premiere »

- Derek Anderson

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This Clip From Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Rats’ Could Make You Vomit

19 October 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Morgan Spurlock’s documentary, Rats, premieres on Discovery Channel October 22nd. You can also behold the vile and ferocious first trailer for Rats, which is not for the weak stomached. They’re depicted as monsters, while there are quite a few shots of people mutilating them. You’ve been warned.  The following clip is just a taste of what happens in this scene, and it’s […] »

- MrDisgusting

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Nick Offerman, Wayne Gretzky and Morgan Spurlock on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

18 October 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert promises to be a good one tonight — with Nick Offerman, Wayne Gretzky and Morgan Spurlock as guests. Parks and Recreation star Offerman is currently promoting his newest book, Good Clean Fun, which discusses the ups and downs in the world of woodwork at his Offerman Woodshop and includes tutorials. Offerman has been a fan of woodwork ever since learning the basics from his dad, grandfather and uncles — and the craft helped him pay his way through the early days of his acting career. Meanwhile hockey legend turned entrepreneur Gretzky has just released...read more »

- Julian Cheatle

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Morgan Spurlock’s Rats on Discovery will make you squirm

12 October 2016 5:58 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Morgan Spurlock’s upcoming documentary Rats on Discovery is going to be a real crawly affair. The man who forever changed the way people look at fast food — and who opened the eyes of Americans in his excellent series 30 Days showing how impossible it is to live on minimum wage — is taking his analytical documentary style to the pestilence of the ages, the rat. Thanks to a lot of backyard breeders who imported Gambian rats from Africa, our plentiful Norwegian rats are “supersizing” as they mate and breed with these behemoths. Now we have rats everywhere the size of labradors....read more »

- April Neale

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Morgan Spurlock is here to ruin your day with a clip from his documentary about rats

11 October 2016 2:37 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Morgan Spurlock, whose every documentary feels like it should have an exclamation point at the end of its title, has yet another coming out soon: Rats. It's about rats! Actual rats, who are kind of cute in isolation but not so cute when hordes of them are running across a subway platform or rooting through garbage bins. Billed as a "history of rat infestations in major cities throughout the world," this clip from Rats focuses on the rodent-plagued streets of New York. To make his point that the pests are a public, disease-carrying menace bent on our destruction, Spurlock lays it on thick, ladling throbbing horror-movie music over the scene of dozens of the critters rushing and squealing out of a heap of trash bags on a street corner. If your skin isn't crawling by the end of this, I have literally nothing in common with you. Watch the clip above. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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