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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

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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

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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 »

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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, »

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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.

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- Marc Graser

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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

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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

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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 »

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Fortissimo drinks to Kampai! For The Love of Sake

29 October 2014 2:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fortissimo takes world rights except Japan for Mirai Konishi’s feature documentary Kampai! For The Love Of Sake.

Fortissimo will start pre-sales at Afm for the film, which is currently in production. Early footage will be shown to buyers.

The English and Japanese-language film delves into the fascinating world of the Japanese liquor — as seen through the eyes of three unique outsiders who devote their lives to becoming sake experts. They are a sake brewer, a sake journalist and the young president of a century-old sake brewery.

The film is produced by Konishi’s L.A. based Wagamama Media LLC, along with La based producer, Chiaki Yanagimoto (Samurai Avenger).

The film is executive produced by Nao Komai and Synca Creations CEO, Soojun Bae and will be presented In Association with Fortissimo Films.

The deal was strucky by Fortissimo chairman Michael J Werner and Yanagimoto.

Werner and Fortissimo MD Nelleke Driessen will take executive producer credits on the »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Afm: Fortissimo Raises Glass to ‘Kampai’

29 October 2014 2:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Fortissimo Films will handle international sales of Japanese documentary “Kampai! For the Love of Sake.”

The English- and Japanese-language film is currently in production under the direction of Mirai Konishi and explores the world of Sake, Japan’s national drink.

The film is produced by Konishi’s L.A. based Wagamama Media, along with L.A.-based producer, Chiaki Yanagimoto. It is executive produced by Nao Komai and Synca Creations CEO, Soojun Bae and will be presented in association with Fortissimo.

Fortissimo has handled several iconic, food-related documentaries including “Super Size Me,” “Food Inc.,” “Jiro Dreams Of Sushi,” and “Foodies.”

The company will begin pre-sales at the Afm where early footage will be available. The completed film is expected to get a festival release in mid-2015.

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- Patrick Frater

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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, »

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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

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Film Review: ‘Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story’

20 October 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Who’d have thought that a documentary about scavenging would serve up so much food porn? In their hugely entertaining “Just Eat It,” Canadian filmmaking couple Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer conduct an experiment to eat only discarded food for six months, highlighting an environmental crisis evidently fed by wasteful North American eating habits, but in a cheeky, accessible way. The cornucopia they discover inside dumpsters will leave audiences gobsmacked, and will have them mopping up their dinner plates with renewed vigor. Comparisons with “Super Size Me” are inevitable, and with savvy marketing, the filmmakers may have an small international sleeper on their hands.

When it comes to fostering environmental awareness, the Vancouver-based Baldwin (who directed) and Rustemeyer (who produced) indeed practice what they preach. In their first docu, “The Clean Bin Project” (2010), they pointed out the need for waste reduction by trying to buy nothing and produce almost no trash for one year. »

- Maggie Lee

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See New Movies By Adam McKay, Catherine Hardwicke and More For Free in a Theater This Month

8 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Going to the movies is expensive, and in this economy there’s less incentive than usual to make it to the multiplex just for a couple hours of entertainment, especially when so much of it is just reruns on the big screen (another Dracula, seriously?) — never mind all the other complaints you all have about the theatrical experience. The movies should be seen as a getaway from our troubles, just as they were for much of the Great Depression, but this time around we have so many other options to keep us distracted. Well, what if there was a movie playing in theaters for free? Yeah, you’ll still have to pay for a babysitter, gas, parking and concessions, if those things apply, but the main event costs you nothing on October 20th when you go out to see a bunch of new movies by Adam McKay (Anchorman), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Steve »

- Christopher Campbell

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Morgan Spurlock, Landmark Theatres Team to Offer ‘We the Economy’ for Free (Exclusive)

8 October 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Morgan Spurlock and a group of economically-minded filmmakers are on a mission to prove that the best things on screen are free.

The “Super Size Me” director is teaming up with Landmark Theatres this month to offer the new film series, “We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss” for free at 20 locations ranging from Boston to San Diego for one night only. The film will then be made available digitally and through other platforms the next day, also without charge.

Spurlock jokes that when he first told Landmark CEO and President Ted Mundorff that he wanted to offer the film for free there was a brief moment of silence before the exhibitor quickly said he was on board.

“We want to create an event to launch this and have it really take off,” said Spurlock.

The project is a collection of twenty short films from such »

- Brent Lang

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TheGrill: C4's Vincent Bruzzese Demostrates How to Pitch a Movie Using Big Data (Video)

7 October 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hollywood creative types should brace themselves because at least one “big data” advocate insists the industry would be better served by introducing advanced marketing as early as the first pitch meeting. C4 founder and CEO Vincent Bruzzese appeared at TheWrap's conference TheGrill at the Montage Beverly Hills on Tuesday, and he explained why the industry's current feedback cycle is inefficient. Also read:  TheGrill: Morgan Spurlock on Making ‘Super Size Me’ and Saying No to Yes-Men (Video) “Let's say you have an idea that needs to be made into a movie or a TV show — if you're lucky enough it goes into coverage, »

- Travis Reilly

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TheGrill: AMC Networks Chief Josh Sapan Says You Can't ‘Science Your Way’ to Great Content (Video)

7 October 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

AMC Networks’ official motto might not be “good things come to those who wait,” but it might as well be. Josh Sapan, president & CEO of AMC Networks, appeared at TheWrap's conference TheGrill at the Montage Beverly Hills on Tuesday, repeatedly emphasizing the need to give shows the room to grow, and to let the craft of storytelling dictate content. Also read: TheGrill: Morgan Spurlock on Making ‘Super Size Me’ and Saying No to Yes-Men (Video) Sapan would know. AMC has thrived due to slow-burn series such as “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” — now in its final season — which didn't »

- Tim Kenneally

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TheGrill: Morgan Spurlock on Making ‘Super Size Me’ and Saying No to Yes-Men (Video)

6 October 2014 9:58 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Morgan Spurlock had an unorthodox initiation into filmmaking, which shouldn't come as a surprise to people familiar with the body of work of the “Super Size Me” star and director. Spurlock joined TheWrap's CEO and editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman for a conversation Monday at TheGrill, TheWrap's fifth annual Media Leadership Conference at the Montage in Beverly Hills, where he revealed that the film opened all the doors that's led to his current career path. See photos: The Scene at TheGrill 2014: TheWrap's Media Leadership Conference (Photos) “I remember thinking, ‘We should figure out a way we can do this every week, »

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Producers urged to tell universal stories, and better

16 September 2014 | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

To have any chance of international sales, Australian films need to be original, bold, tell universal stories and be extremely well executed.

That.s according to some international sales agents whom If interviewed as part of our ongoing series of articles on the state of Australian cinema and ways to reach audiences more effectively.

While their views may sound obvious, they say that too often Australian films are failing on most if not all counts.

Michael Favelle of Odin.s Eye Entertainment agrees with the premise that producers should go big or small and avoid middle budget films, as If canvassed last week, but he sees a deeper problem.

.Yes there is a challenge in recouping and financing mid-range films but where we are failing more often is in original films with clear and compelling premises or stories with universal appeal,. says Favelle, the international sales rep for Canopy, Forbidden Ground, »

- Don Groves

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Mma Pastor Doc ‘Fight Church’ Inks Distribution, Morgan Spurlock TV Deal

2 September 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Lionsgate and Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets banner have sealed separate deals for Fight Church, the feature documentary tracking a group of Mixed Martial Arts-fighting pastors whose violent practices have sparked controversy within the Christian community.

Co-directed by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face, Beyond The Brick: A Lego Brickumentary) and Bryan Storkel (Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians), Fight Church follows several Mma-battling ministers who preach from the pulpit and the octagon and even train fighters using the teachings of the Bible. Lionsgate sprang for North American VOD rights and will debut the film on iTunes and additional digital platforms on September 16, while Netflix will premiere it in multiple territories this Fall.

Given the success of faith-themed content and the controversial subject matter the topic is ripe for exploration; after Deadline premiered the trailer this spring, the film made headlines and drew heated debate online. Oscar-nominated »

- Jen Yamato

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