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

4 hours ago | 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 | | 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, »

- Linda Ge

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Producers urged to tell universal stories, and better

16 September 2014 | | See recent 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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Horizon: Should I Eat Meat? The Big Health Dilemma review: an incoherent message with inconclusive results

18 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

By beefing up his daily meat consumption, Michael Mosley put himself on the line for this documentary on the effect of red meat on health. But it seems that effect may be no effect at all

Michael Mosley is the BBC's medical guinea pig. In the interests of science and making entertaining documentaries, he's been up, down and sideways after taking a cocktail of mood-altering drugs, and he's wired himself up to any piece of hospital machinery he can find. It can't be long before he does the world's first live kidney donation on TV. He's also big on food and diet he virtually kick-started the 5:2 phenomenon and in Horizon: Should I Eat Meat? The Big Health Dilemma (BBC2), he was back on familiar territory with a mission to double his daily consumption of burgers and bacon to 130g and measure the effects on his body after a month. »

- John Crace

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Morgan Spurlock Explains Why You "Can't Unsee" His New Show 7 Deadly Sins

13 August 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Morgan Spurlock, who rose to fame directing the 2004 documentary Super Size Me, is back with a brand-new project that also pushes some boundaries. His series 7 Deadly Sins explores themes like gluttony, lust, and greed Thursdays at 11 p.m. on Showtime. Morgan visited our New York studio recently to chat about the project, which contains more than a few shocking sights "you can't unsee." »

- Allie-Merriam

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Morgan Spurlock Explains Why You "Can't Unsee" His New Show 7 Deadly Sins

13 August 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Morgan Spurlock, who rose to fame directing the 2004 documentary Super Size Me, is back with a brand-new project that also pushes some boundaries. His series 7 Deadly Sins explores themes like gluttony, lust, and greed Thursdays at 11 p.m. on Showtime. Morgan visited our New York studio recently to chat about the project, which contains more than a few shocking sights "you can't unsee." »

- Allie-Merriam

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7 Deadly Sins

1 August 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

When talking about sin, you can’t help but get dark, and executive producer Morgan Spurlock’s (Super Size Me) new Showtime documentary series, 7 Deadly Sins, does lean toward the dark side, both in its stylish presentation, and through some black humor. That wryness comes from both the choice of stories that populate the seven episodes (each one devoted to one of the titular sins), and from Spurlock’s role as host, introducing each segment. Spurlock tells us that the inspiration for having him host in such a manner came from him “having a fantastic, twisted childhood, watching lots of Twilight Zone … Continue reading →

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- Jeff Pfeiffer

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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, »


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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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