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Watch: Meet the Men Who Love 'My Little Pony' in Tribeca Trailer for 'A Brony Tale'

17 April 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hodgee Films has released a heartwarming trailer for its upcoming documentary "A Brony Tale," which will be playing at Tribeca this Saturday. Focused on a unique subsection of the fandom for the "My Little Pony" animated series, made up of mostly straight males, who refer to themselves as "bronies," the film follows voice actor Ashleigh Bell, who provides the voice for two of the ponies on the show, as she travels to BronyCon to meet with these fans for the first time. The film is directed by Brent Hodge and executive produced by Morgan Spurlock.  The trailer is quick to address the issue on everyone's mind -- that of the seemingly perverted origins of the "brony" fandom. In a clip at the beginning of the trailer Bell remarks, "The pervert alarm, for sure, went off in my head when I first heard about it." As the trailer proceeds, however, it »

- Shipra Gupta

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Four Quick Questions for Morgan Spurlock

16 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” returned to CNN April 13. The “Super Size Me” filmmaker embedded himself with paparazzi in the opening hour, “Celebrity.”

Did the guys in “Celebrity” change your perspective at all?

You realize it’s not so easy just to put all paparazzi in (one) bag. There are paparazzi who respect people’s privacy. … And then there are guys who try to get reactions out of people, who chase them down the highway.

What’s the best term to describe your documentary filmmaking?

Immersive storytelling. I just want to give people a window into a world they normally wouldn’t get, by putting myself into these situations.

Do you worry at all that this is inevitably going to be wedded with the “Jackass” impulse, and someone  getting hurt?

That’s always a possibility. There were times when we got into sticky situations. The wakeup call for me was having a kid. »

- Brian Lowry

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Ex-Banker Turns to Famous Friends to Make Social-Justice Films

11 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Thomas Morgan’s career path began to change the day he went to his daughter’s school presentation. His transformation solidified the day he met actress Susan Sarandon.

Morgan, an investment banker, became involved after the event as his daughter and a friend were discussing a play date. “I said, well, you can go to her house or she can come to our house.” The two girls became quiet, and his daughter said: “Dad, she lives in the Walmart parking lot with her family. I can’t go to her house.”

Later, in N.Y. on business, Morgan was attending a party at a restaurant part-owned by Sarandon. Talking with a guest who turned out to be “Super Size Me” director Morgan Spurlock, he brought up the idea of a documentary on homelessness. Spurlock announced the notion to Sarandon, who said, “How do I help you?” Says Morgan: “I went home, »

- Nikara Johns

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Morgan Spurlock on 'Inside Man' and the Continuing Impact of 'Super Size Me'

11 April 2014 8:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Morgan Spurlock is not a film snob. Sure, he has held the highest reverence for documentary filmmakers like Michael Moore, Errol Morris and Steve James. But he's also a practical filmmaker, because he's platform agnostic. It doesn't matter if he's producing a documentary film, a weekly TV docuseries, or a web series that's shown in seven minute chunks. Whichever format lets him tell the stories he wants to tell is just fine with him. "I think they’re just different," Spurlock told Indiewire. "I love making films and films are forever. That’s the beauty of movies. Movies are timeless. Movies are cross-cultural. Movies travel much more internationally that television does. "Television has really had a renaissance in the last few years," he continues, "and the bar has been raised quality wise. It’s exciting. I think there’s so much good stuff coming out from television production, really challenging »

- Joel Keller

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Morgan Spurlock on 'Inside Man' and the Continuing Impact of 'Super Size Me'

11 April 2014 8:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Morgan Spurlock is not a film snob. Sure, he has held the highest reverence for documentary filmmakers like Michael Moore, Errol Morris and Steve James. But he's also a practical filmmaker, because he's platform agnostic. It doesn't matter if he's producing a documentary film, a weekly TV docuseries, or a web series that's shown in seven minute chunks. Whichever format lets him tell the stories he wants to tell is just fine with him. "I think they’re just different," Spurlock told Indiewire. "I love making films and films are forever. That’s the beauty of movies. Movies are timeless. Movies are cross-cultural. Movies travel much more internationally that television does. "Television has really had a renaissance in the last few years," he continues, "and the bar has been raised quality wise. It’s exciting. I think there’s so much good stuff coming out from television production, really challenging »

- Joel Keller

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Jesus coming to CNN (plus Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling)

10 April 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

CNN announced a new prime-time lineup Thursday that includes Jesus, reality stars, and maybe even a little news.

Most provocatively, the network announced at its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York City, The Jesus Code, a series which promises to take viewers on a “forensic and archaeological journey through the Bible” (cue jokes about CNN looking for a ratings miracle). Religious-themed programming has been considered hot since History stunned the industry with its ratings-shattering The Bible miniseries last year. The Jesus Code “will take viewers on a thrilling high-stakes journey through forensics, biblical archeology and forgery in history, exploring »

- James Hibberd

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CNN's New Lineup Includes ‘CNN Tonight’ at 10 p.m., Cooper, Burnett and New Shows With Ling, Rowe and Walsh

10 April 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CNN is bailing on its 9 p.m. talk show tradition by installing a rotating lineup of shows and specials in place of the departed “Piers Morgan Live.” Starting this summer, specials like Dr. Sanjay Gupta's “Weed” and Anderson Cooper's “The Survivor Diaries” will share the hour with new shows starring Mike Rowe, John Walsh and Lisa Ling. CNN also plans a new 10 p.m. nightly news show “CNN Tonight,” featuring a rotating roster of hosts. CNN also renewed the Peabody and Emmy-award winning “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” for an additional four cycles in 2015 and 2016 and renewed “Morgan Spurlock Inside. »

- Joseph Kapsch

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CNN Announces Primetime Lineup, New Shows With Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling, John Walsh

10 April 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CNN on Thursday announced a new primetime schedule along with new shows featuring Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling and John Walsh. At its upfront presentation in New York, the network also will unveil a new series titled The Jesus Code. The series join previously announced series from Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock, both of which have been renewed, CNN said Thursday. Story: What CNN Sacrificed for Missing-Plane Ratings Meanwhile, the new primetime lineup will begin with Erin Burnett Outfront at 7 p.m. Et, followed by Anderson Cooper 360 at 8 p.m. Et. The 9 p.m. Et hour will be the new

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- Kimberly Nordyke

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CNN Gives Former Fox Star John Walsh New Home To Continue Hunting Most Wanted, Replaces Piers Morgan With Anthony Bourdain And Morgan Spurlock, Delves Into ‘Jesus Code’

10 April 2014 8:31 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Two weeks after Piers Morgan signed off CNN with another blast at the NRA, network chief Jeff Zucker announced he would fill Morgan’s timeslot with Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock, among others, and that he has given former Fox star John Walsh a CNN platform from which to hunt down most-wanted. CNN also unveiled plans to tap into the current fervor for religious programming with The Jesus Code — a forensic and archaeological journey through the Bible. At its upfront presentation to advertisers today in New York, CNN also detailed plans to bring back Dirty JobsMike Rowe to series TV in Somebody’s Gotta Do It, and Lisa Ling (Our America With Lisa Ling) will also join CNN with an original series. The Hunt With John Walsh, like Walsh’s long-running Fox series America’s Most Wanted, is the ultimate in interactive TV. Billed as a documentary-style, non-fiction program »

- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

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Watch: First Trailer for 'Fed Up' Documentary, the Next 'Super Size Me'

9 April 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I can't believe we let them get away with that!" Radius-twc has debuted the first trailer for Stephanie Soechtig's documentary Fed Up, produced by and featuring Katie Couric, who takes an eye-opening look at modern society's abundant use of sugar in connection with obesity. I hate to use a headline that so blatantly compares this to another food doc that had an impact, Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me which premiered at Sundance 2004. But if that will get people to see this doc and actually start eating better, then screw it. I saw the premiere of this at Sundance 2014 and I think it's a very important doc for our country to get caught up in, even if it is a bit "we already know that", it can still make a big difference. Take a look at the doc below. Here's the first trailer for Stephanie Soechtig's doc Fed Up, »

- Alex Billington

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10 Must-See Fan Documentaries About The People Who Matter Most

9 April 2014 7:47 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Morgan Spurlock

When it comes to documentaries about movies there are literally hundreds to choose from – in-depth ‘Making Of’ features which take us behind the scenes, retrospective pieces which focus on cinema’s icons with talking heads gushing praise, and interviews with and about the great actors and directors of our time. From silent classics to modern masterpieces, the movies and their creators have featured in countless documentaries, with virtually no stone left unturned.

Some franchises earn billions at the box office and much more besides in terms of home media sales and merchandising. They become cultural phenomenons, etched in the minds of public; modern mythologies which speak to something perhaps as timeless as the epic tales of ancient Greece. And yet, the people who make this happen are under-represented in the world of the documentary – without the fans who flock to the cinema and collect the toys, books and »

- Andrew Dilks

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CNN bringing back Anthony Bourdain's hot series

9 April 2014 5:55 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Anthony Bourdain has traveled to all sorts of exotic places over the past couple of years, with none as important as where he’s taken CNN itself.

Bourdain’s Parts Unknown series, a culinary travelogue, swiftly became the network’s top-rated series since debuting last April, a bright spot at a place that was in a severe dry spell before the missing Malaysian plane kicked up ratings. A new eight-episode season begins Sunday at 9 p.m. Edt.

Bourdain explains his team’s strategy with typical coarseness: “We are constantly asking ourselves, first and foremost, what is the most up thing we can do next week? »

- Associated Press

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Bravo Developing Morgan Spurlock, Thom Beers Projects; Orders Real-Time Dating Series

7 April 2014 9:25 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bravo is beefing up its slate with a slew of series, including two Real Housewives spinoffs and renewals for more than a dozen shows, and has put three new projects in development, including fare from Thom Beers and Morgan Spurlock. The ambitious slate comes on the heels of the NBCUniversal-owned, female-skewing cable network posting its best quarter among key demographics in the first quarter. Year to date, Bravo is averaging 1.1 million viewers and 629,000 among the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo, up slightly from the comparable quarter in 2013. Story: Jill Kargman to Star in

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- Philiana Ng

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Jason Bateman Goes Beyond The Brick In A Lego Brickumentary

4 April 2014 3:13 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Since The Lego Movie re-built popular media interest in the legendary construction toy earlier this year, the notoriously Hollywood-shy Danish toy manufacturer has become a little more open to the approaches of filmmakers. Apart from partnering with The Simpsons for their 550th episode, Variety reports that The Lego Group have officially backed a documentary – Beyond The Brick: A Lego Brickumentary – narrated by Jason Bateman.

The film is co-directed by Academy-Award winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and Academy-Award nominee Kief Davidson (Open Heart). It aims to take an in-depth look at the cultural impact of the Lego brick by exploring themes such as its use in art installations, its use in therapy, and the world of ‘AFOLs’ (Adult Fans Of Lego). There is certainly plenty of material for them to draw upon from around the world, as Lego recently announced that – since their launch in 1949 – over 560 billion Lego parts have been produced. »

- Sarah Myles

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Cmt Orders Documentaries From Ridley Scott, Morgan Spurlock

2 April 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cmt has launched a news and documentary division and is teaming with a few award-winning producers for its first slate of six projects, the Viacom-owned cable network announced Wednesday. The cabler is looking to the likes of Ridley Scott and Morgan Spurlock for a wide range of subjects that will appeal to its core viewership. Scott will exec produce a documentary miniseries focusing on the American farmer. Spurlock (Super Size Me) will look at independence in a 90-minute film, while Cmt shows will also explore country superstars and Johnny Cash, among other subjects. "We’re fulfilling our promise to

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Viacom’s Cmt To Add Documentaries From Ridley Scott, Morgan Spurlock To Slate

2 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Viacom’s Cmt hopes to raise a hoot and a holler with a new slate of documentary programming.

The network, focused on country music and entertainment, intends to use the non-fiction series – about 20 hours’ worth in the season ahead – to “bring a voice to that form of storytelling that I believe is underrepresented,” said Jayson Dinsmore, executive vice president of development and programming at Cmt.

The network made its programming announcement at a presentation in New York featuring a performance from Lady Antebellum.

Documentaries on tap include: “Promiseland,” a look at the American farmer, from executive producer Ridley Scott; “They Called Us Outlaws,” an eight-hour documentary “event” from Eric Geadelman and Mark Johnson that looks at the rise of a new strain of country music in the 1960s and 1970s; “Freedom,” from director Morgan Spurlock, a 90-minute film that asks whether or not independence is still a part of American »

- Brian Steinberg

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‘Nurse Jackie’ Renewed for Seventh Season on Showtime

31 March 2014 9:43 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Showtime has picked up “Nurse Jackie” for a seventh season, ahead of the Season 6 premiere. The show's fifth season averaged 3.13 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 14 percent year-over-year. Season 7 of the Showtime and Lionsgate co-production begins filming in New York later this year. Season 6 of “Nurse Jackie” kicks off on April 13. Also read: Showtime Orders Morgan Spurlock Series ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Edie Falco stars on the drama as Jackie Peyton, a strong-willed and brilliant — yet flawed — emergency room nurse. In the coming sixth season, Jackie returns to the struggles of her pain-killer addiction. She's trying to deal with a real. »

- Tony Maglio

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'Sharknado 2' poster and new premiere date; Cindy Crawford to teach 'Oprah's Lifeclass'

29 March 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

- Syfy has announced a new premiere date for "Sharknado 2: The Second One." The sequel to the cult made-for-tv movie will now debut Wednesday, July 30, which is one day prior to the previously-announced premiere. The poster has also been released (above, left).

- Cindy Crawford and Bret Michaels have been announced as "Oprah's Lifeclass" first-ever guest teachers, airing Wednesday, April 2 at 3 p.m. Et (Crawford) and 7 p.m. Et (Michaels) on Oprah.com. Crawford will share the five simple questions women can use to tap into their true passion and potential, plus share her own life lessons and epiphany moment.

- Showtime has ordered a new series from documentarian Morgan Spurlock called "Seven Deadly Sins." The show will feature Spurlock examining the darker, twisted side of human nature -- as Spurlock puts it, a sort of non-fiction "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." It will premiere at 11 p.m. on June 19. [Variety]

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Showtime tempted by Morgan Spurlock's 'Seven Deadly Sins'

28 March 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) Morgan Spurlock is returning to television, this time turning his attention to some of humanity’s indulgences with a Showtime limited series called "Seven Deadly Sins". The documentary will be broken into seven episodes, each hosted by Spurlock as he examines one of the Seven Deadly Sins: greed, sloth, envy, pride, wrath, lust and gluttony. “For years, I’ve wanted to do an "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"-style show comprised completely of nonfiction stories,” Spurlock said in a statement. “A series just as dark and twisted as anything fiction could imagine, and now I’m thrilled to have that dream come true with "Seven Deadly Sins". With Showtime as a partner, we’re going to make this as depraved as any scripted program as we dive head first into Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. You won’t believe it until you see it…and even then, you may not believe it. »

- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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Showtime Orders Morgan Spurlock Series ‘Seven Deadly Sins’

27 March 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

What would happen if you mixed Morgan Spurlock‘s documentary style with David Fincher’s Seven? We may find out when Showtime airs his look at the “weird and darkly comic world of sin,” Seven Deadly Sins, later this year. The show is Spurlock’s exploration of the darker recesses of human nature, as it tackles one sin per […]

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- Russ Fischer

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