Quicklinks
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDeskmessage board
Filmographies
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
Biographical
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDeskmessage board
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

Connect with IMDb



2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

1-20 of 137 items from 2014   « Prev | Next »


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

Permalink | Report a problem


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

Permalink | Report a problem


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

Permalink | Report a problem


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

Permalink | Report a problem


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, »

Permalink | Report a problem


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

Permalink | Report a problem


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

Permalink | Report a problem


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

Permalink | Report a problem


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

read more

»

- Borys Kit

Permalink | Report a problem


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

Permalink | Report a problem


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

Permalink | Report a problem


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

Permalink | Report a problem


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

Permalink | Report a problem


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 »

Permalink | Report a problem


'Citizenfour,' 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper,' among Ida Awards nominations

29 October 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Wednesday morning, the International Documentary Association announced its nominees and select winners for the 2014 Ida Awards, an annual tribute to the best-of-the-best of non-fiction film and television. Pertinent to award season are the Best Feature contenders, including Lara Poitras’ recent hit “Citizenfour” “Point and Shoot,” an American filmmaker’s look inside Libyan prisons, “Finding Vivian Maier,” a portrait of the posthumously legendary photographer, Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado's artist profile “The Salt of the Earth,” and Nick Broomfield’s verite serial killer investigation, “Tales of the Grim Sleeper.” Unlike years past, all five films look like viable Best Documentary candidates come Oscar time, making the Ida Awards even more influential. Past winners include “The Square” (2013), “Searching for Sugar Man” (2012), “Nostalgia for Light” (2011), and “Waste Land” (2010). For his work founding the Sundance Institute and producing documentaries through Sundance Productions, the Ida Awards will honor Robert Redford with its career achievement award. »

- Matt Patches

Permalink | Report a problem


‘Citizenfour,’ ‘The Sixties’ Among Ida Documentary Award Nominees

29 October 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The International Documentary Association (Ida) announced nominations for the 2014 Ida Documentary Awards today, with awards being bestowed December 5th at the Paramount Theatre on the studio lot. The top films nominated in the best feature category include the critically-acclaimed Citizenfour from filmmaker Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden and the state of surveillance of civilians post 9/11 which has been enjoying a theatrical run and Nick Broomfield’s Tales Of The Grim Sleeper about the serial killer who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over 25 years. In the limited series category is Playtone’s CNN doc The Sixties, among others. Best episodic include Oprah Winfrey’s Master Class and HBO’s Vice exec produced by Bill Maher (and others). In addition, Robert Redford will receive the Career Achievement award from the Ida.

Winners in the Best Feature and Best Short categories are selected by Ida’s international membership. Screening committees of industry professionals based in New York City, »

- Anita Busch

Permalink | Report a problem


Video: Morgan Spurlock & Adam Davidson On 'We The Economy'

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

Morgan Spurlock, the documentary filmmaker at the helm of Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, is shaking things up again with his new digital series We The Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford To Miss. The series, which is a collaboration between Spurlock’s production company Cinelan and Paul Allen’s Vulcan, aims to educate Americans about the economy in ways that are accessible and entertaining.

Spurlock and advisor Adam Davidson explained to uInterview how We The Economy, which offers collaborations between with actors, leading directors and economists, seeks to break through the clutter. “We have 20 A-list actors, we are working with 10 brilliant economic minds, to tell stories that we should all understand a little bit better and that we should want to embrace,” Spurlock told uInterview.

One short film Davidson worked on, The Unbelievable Sweet Alpacas, a cartoon that confronts income inequality and features the voices of comics Sarah Silverman, »

Permalink | Report a problem


James Schamus on Why Money is not “Money”

25 October 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Producer and screenwriter James Schamus hardly needs another skill set to add to his CV, but let’s go ahead anyway and add “economic commentator” following the premiere of his engaging, witty and nicely analytical two-part, “That Film About Money,” for the 20-episode We the Economy series. Premiering this week online, We the Economy is a collaboration between Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan. (Disclosure: I’m on the Advisory Board of Cinelan.) The series features filmmakers — both documentarians and fiction directors — tackling, in bite-size form, questions surrounding the workings of our global economy and financial markets. For […] »

- Scott Macaulay

Permalink | Report a problem


Chris Henchy and Economic Advisor Adam Davidson Talk We The Economy, Defining Gdp, the Biggest Economic Lie We’ve Been Told, and More

23 October 2014 11:06 PM, 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 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 We The Economy: 20 Films You Can't Afford to Miss, an ambitious short film series that explores complex issues like how human psychology causes recession, the struggle to define Gdp, »

- Haleigh Foutch

Permalink | Report a problem


Watch: James Schamus Reveals What's Really Behind the U.S. Dollar

22 October 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

All the films in CNN's "We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss" are officially live (here, and on YouTube). Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (2005's "Super Size Me") and exec producer Paul G. Allen tapped a rich slate of directors including Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Thirteen"), Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), Akiva Goldsman ("Winter's Tale"), Jessica Yu ("Last Call at the Oasis"), Spurlock himself, and many more to present this major query of the Us economy. Not sure where to begin? Watch three-time Oscar nominee, former Focus Features CEO and Ang Lee screenwriting acolyte James Schamus' two shorts below. In these irreverent videos, Schamus walks us behind the curtain of the Us banking system. What are the banks really doing with our dollars? »

- Ryan Lattanzio

Permalink | Report a problem


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

1-20 of 137 items from 2014   « Prev | Next »


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners