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New Short Film Series from Morgan Spurlock and Paul Allen Will Query Us Economy

27 May 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (2005's "Super Size Me") and exec producer Paul G. Allen of Vulcan Productions have announced a new partnership to produce and distribute a series of 20 short films that will investigate the current state of the Us economy.  Directors on board thus far include Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Thirteen"), Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), Akiva Goldsman ("Winter's Tale"), Jessica Yu ("Last Call at the Oasis") and Spurlock, currently host of CNN's "Inside Man" and co-founder of production/distribution outfit Cinelan. The films will be produced over the next four months in anticipation of a multi-platform premiere slated for Fall 2014. The release will span day-and-date online distribution, VOD, broadcast and mobile. Educational curriculum will accompany the series in tandem, along with festival and university screenings. Economic advisors are "Empire of Wealth" author John Steele Gordon, and Dean Baker, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Morgan Spurlock's Cinelan and Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions Partner for Series on U.S. Economy

27 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock's Cinelan have partnered to produce and distribute a series of 20 short films aimed at raising awareness of the U.S. economy. Well known directors such as Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen"), Akiva Goldsman ("Winter's Tale"), and Jessica Yu ("Grey's Anatomy"), along with Spurlock ("Super Size Me") himself, will be among the contributing filmmakers attempting to educate the public on the state of today's economy. The full roster will be announced later this summer. "We're thrilled to partner with Vulcan Productions, this incredibly talented group of directors, and several top economic minds to create accessible, impactful short films that not only break down the subject matter in a more digestible format, but also share the unique human stories behind the inner workings of the economy," said Spurlock. "It's an important opportunity to create something that will have a lasting. »

- Melina Gills

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Morgan Spurlock Headed In ‘One Direction 2′

12 May 2014 6:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

He was a surprise choice to direct the first One Direction concert movie, This Is Us. Now documentary maker Morgan Spurlock has revealed he will helm the follow up, which has recently started shooting.

In 2010 One Direction became one of The X Factor‘s major success stories and you won’t go far without seeing either a music video of theirs or a tiny figurine with an abnormally-sized head. Spurlock achieved fame and some notoriety with his 2003 debut Super Size Me, where he ate his way through McDonald’s meals morning, noon and night for 30 days and recorded the effects. He followed that with Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?, a part-comedic journey into Islamic fundamentalism.

Spurlock began his career treading the path of controversy – while his decision to direct This Is Us was anything but, it could be seen as a left field decision in some ways. »

- Steve Palace

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Fed Up Review [Hot Docs 2014]

8 May 2014 7:07 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ten years ago, Morgan Spurlock’s super-sized diet showed audiences just how drastically fast food could affect one’s physical, physiological and psychological well-being. Around the same time, Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation exposed an industry at the helm of a nation’s obesity epidemic. Now, in 2014, news anchor Katie Couric and An Inconvenient Truth producer Laurie David have served audiences another portion of healthy, thoughtful subject matter about the food we eat and what it is doing to us.

Fed Up is a sometimes effective, sometimes questionable doc that wants to figure out why a nation filled with low-calorie options and raised on exercise videos still has trouble losing weight. The results are hardly revelatory, but that does not mean Stephanie Soechtig’s film is worthless viewing, especially for students and families. Even if there are oversights throughout, the doc raises some important concerns.

Over montages of alarming news reports, »

- Jordan Adler

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Exclusive Interview With Fed Up Director Stephanie Soechtig And Producers Laurie David And Heather Reisman

5 May 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Health-related documentaries have grown in popularity since the success of Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me in 2004. However, while non-fiction films have tackled fast food, corporate farming and ways to fight disease, few of them interact with a growing concern in the United States and beyond: how the food we eat is making us sick and fat. Fed Up, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is a call to get children and their parents to eat healthier – a goal that is harder to reach since so many foods perceived to be ‘healthy’ are full of artificial sugars and ingredients that just make you want to eat more.

Now, director Stephanie Soechtig (Tapped) is joining forces with a couple of trustworthy sources – journalist Katie Couric, producer Laurie David (An Inconvenient Truth) and executive producer Heather Reisman, the CEO of Canadian bookseller Indigo – to inform and enlighten audiences with Fed Up, »

- Jordan Adler

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Morgan Spurlock Inks One-of-a-Kind Deal with Associated Press, Partners with Virgil and Abramorama Updated

29 April 2014 1:47 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Updated: Morgan Spurlock's production company Warrior Poets has entered into an exciting new development deal with The Associated Press. AP will offer Warrior Poets unlimited access to its extensive resources, and assets across broadcast, digital and mobile platforms. This means that Warrior is now invited to cull from AP's library of award-winning content to develop new scripted and unscripted projects in film and television, and online. Currently, Warrior Poets is in production on the new docu-series "Seven Deadly Sins," slated to premiere on Showtime on June 19th. Earlier: When you've got a brand, use it. Morgan Spurlock has made himself a name in documentaries. He's one of those prolific larger-than-life personalities who knows how to work the system. Going into the new era indie distribution business makes sense.  Warrior Poets, the New York based production company founded by Spurlock ("Super Size Me," CNN's "Inside Man") and his producing »

- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio

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Morgan Spurlock And His Warrior Poets Banner Strike Development Deal With The Associated Press

29 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has struck a landmark development deal with The Associated Press, which will grant the Super Size Me documentarian and his NY-based Warrior Poets production banner unlimited access to adapt the AP’s library of broadcast, digital, and mobile content. The deal makes AP’s extensive archive of global news and media available for development into scripted and unscripted multiplatform projects – a huge wealth of potential source material spanning the global news network’s content from coverage in 110 countries worldwide. Spurlock and Co. are already scouring AP’s library for their first projects, most likely starting with content aimed at U.S. audience before adding potential international partners on stories of local interest. “The goal at the end of the day is to move forward with projects for TV, film, digital, and theatrical,” said Spurlock. “The scope of what we have access to is unheralded.” For now it’ll be Spurlock, »

- JEN YAMATO

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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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Cinedigm Acquires Frank P. DeLarzelere III Documentary ‘Biker Fox’

15 April 2014 4:11 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Cinedigm has acquired writer/director Jeremy Lamberton's documentary “Biker Fox,” which follows unintentional celebrity Frank P. DeLarzelere III. Cinedigm is well known for distributing documentaries such as “Super Size Me,” “The Invisible War” and “GasLand.” Also read: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning Thriller ‘Night Moves’ Picked Up by Cinedigm “Biker Fox” is a unique, provocative documentary that chronicles the adventures of underdog Frank P. DeLarzelere III, aka Biker Fox — Tulsa, Oklahoma's misunderstood motivational bicyclist, nature conservationist and muscle car guru. Part-documentary and part-self-help testimonial, the film navigates the uneasy relationships DeLarzelere has with both the city of Tulsa and himself, »

- Jeff Sneider

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‘Fed Up’ Trailer Preaches a Sad Truth to a Chubby Choir

11 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

One of the bigger documentary sub-genre booms in recent years has been in the area of food docs exploring and/or decrying what we eat, the way we eat and why we probably shouldn’t be eating it. Films like Food, Inc., Diet for a New America, Forks Over Knives, King Corn, and Super Size Me have all taken a stab at educating Americans on what we put in our mouths. More importantly, they’ve tried to educate us on what we’re putting in our children’s mouths. But if there’s been one constant through the years it’s this: America just doesn’t give a shit. The latest film hoping against hope to change the nation’s lethargic stupidity and penchant for slowburn child abuse is Fed Up from director Stephanie Soechtig and producer Katie Couric. The film addresses the already established problem — Americans are getting fatter and sicker — but instead of simply saying »

- Rob Hunter

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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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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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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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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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Super-Sin Me: Showtime Orders Morgan Spurlock Docuseries 'Seven Deadly Sins'

26 March 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Morgan Spurlock's headed to Showtime. Docu-series "Seven Deadly Sins," which received a straight to series order, will explore each of the seven deadly sins, seen through famed producer/filmmaker Spurlock's unique lens. Spurlock will host the series and produce under his Warrior Poets production banner, along with producing partner Jeremy Chilnick. Famous for 2004's "Super Size Me," which got him an Oscar nomination,  Spurlock is based in New York, where he continues to be impressively prolific on both the big and small screens. Spurlock has directed, produced and distributed multiple film and TV projects, including the critically acclaimed FX series "30 Days" and the docs "Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden," "Confessions of a Superhero," "The Future of Food," "What Would Jesus Buy?," "Freakonomics" and "One Direction: This Is Us." Spurlock's currently the host of CNN series "Morgan SpurlockInside Man," which premieres on April 6th. "Seven Deadly. »

- Emerson Gordon

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Super-Sin Me: Showtime Orders Morgan Spurlock Docuseries 'Seven Deadly Sins'

26 March 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Morgan Spurlock's headed to Showtime. Docu-series "Seven Deadly Sins," which received a straight to series order, will explore each of the seven deadly sins, seen through famed producer/filmmaker Spurlock's unique lens. Spurlock will host the series and produce under his Warrior Poets production banner, along with producing partner Jeremy Chilnick. Famous for 2004's "Super Size Me," which got him an Oscar nomination,  Spurlock is based in New York, where he continues to be impressively prolific on both the big and small screens. Spurlock has directed, produced and distributed multiple film and TV projects, including the critically acclaimed FX series "30 Days" and the docs "Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden," "Confessions of a Superhero," "The Future of Food," "What Would Jesus Buy?," "Freakonomics" and "One Direction: This Is Us." Spurlock's currently the host of CNN series "Morgan SpurlockInside Man," which premieres on April 6th. "Seven Deadly. »

- Emerson Gordon

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Showtime Orders Morgan Spurlock Series ‘Seven Deadly Sins’

26 March 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Showtime and Morgan Spurlock are going to get sinful with each other. The network has ordered the series “Seven Deadly Sins,” which will be hosted and produced by Spurlock (“Super Size Me”). Also read: ‘Breaking Bad’ Alum Betsy Brandt Joins Showtime's ‘Masters of Sex’ The series, which has received an order for seven episodes — one for every deadly sin — is billed as a “stylized documentary series” that will “take an in-depth look at the weird and darkly comic world of sin.” “Seven Deadly Sins” will premiere June 19 at 11 p.m. Also read: Showtime Orders Drama Pilot ‘Billions’ From Andrew Ross Sorkin, »

- Tim Kenneally

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'Seven Deadly Sins' docu-series coming from 'Super Size Me' creator

26 March 2014 9:59 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The maker of Super Size Me is going to explore the “seven deadly sins” in a new Showtime documentary series.

Oscar-nominated executive producer Morgan Spurlock will host the “dark and twisted” series, which promises to detail each of the cardinal sins through “Spurlock’s unique and extreme lens.”

“For years, I’ve wanted to do an Alfred Hitchcock Presents-style show comprised completely of non-fiction 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, »

- James Hibberd

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Showtime Picks Up Morgan Spurlock Documentary Series On Seven Deadly Sins

26 March 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Showtime will air Seven Deadly Sins, a new documentary from Super Size Me writer-director Morgan Spurlock. Hosted by Spurlock, the series will explore each of the seven deadly sins — one per episode — taking an in-depth look at the weird and darkly comic world of sin. The project had been in development and production at Showtime, which is now announcing the series, along with a June 19 premiere date. Seven Deadly Sins comes from Warrior Poets, Spurlock’s production banner with partner Jeremy Chilnick. “For years, I’ve wanted to do an Alfred Hitchcock Presents-style show comprised completely of non-fiction stories,” said Spurlock. “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, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Morgan Spurlock to Host and Executive Produce Showtime's Seven Deadly Sins

26 March 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Showtime will take an in-depth look at the weird and darkly comic world of sin in the documentary series "Seven Deadly Sins," from Oscar-nominated executive producer Morgan Spurlock ( Super Size Me ), under his Warrior Poets production banner ( Inside Man , One Direction: This is Us ), along with his producing partner Jeremy Chilnick. Hosted by Spurlock, this stylized documentary series will explore each of the seven deadly sins -- one per episode -- and will be told through Spurlock.s unique and extreme lens. "Seven Deadly Sins" will debut on Thursday, June 19 at 11 p.m. on Showtime. "For years, I've wanted to do an Alfred Hitchcock Presents style show comprised completely of non-fiction stories,. said Spurlock. .A series just as dark and twisted as »

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