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Heart are an unlikely bunch of revolutionaries. But the American soft rockers' decision to cancel a concert at SeaWorld in Florida may mark a turning point in the relationship between humans and one of the most magnificent mammals of the ocean. The band this week joined Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies in cancelling shows at the Orlando theme park because they had watched Blackfish, a film about Tilikum, a five-tonne male orca that has been involved in the deaths of three people. This modest yet riveting documentary has made ever-bigger ripples across the pond since its premiere at Sundance earlier this year, with an audience of 20 million recently watching it on CNN. It is now on the Oscar longlist.
Tilikum's plight – enduring »
- Patrick Barkham
The Academy’s documentary branch has revealed its list of the 15 films eligible for the Oscar this year, reducing from a total of 147 movies.
Among the semi-finalists is Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, about her quest to untangle her family history. The movie was a question mark for the short list since it includes some fictionalized elements and re-creations of events from the past. Ultimately, it made the cut, voted in by the 210 members of the doc branch.
Left off the list: One Direction: This Is Us, the documentary with the biggest box office tally of the year at $29 million. »
- Anthony Breznican
Sweden’s B-Reel produces globetrotting culinary feature documentary.
The feature film explores the growing worldwide phenomena of the titular ‘foodies,’ passionate, food loving, blog-writing, globe-trotting culinary jet-setters. The film follows the dining elite across the world.
The deal was negotiated by Fortissimo’s Chairman Michael J. Werner and Managing Director Nelleke Driessen together with Mattias Nohrborg of B-Reel on behalf of the producers. Sales are set to commence here at the Afm, where Fortissimo will show exclusive footage.
Werner said, “The pursuit of great meals, and new food adventures has become an omnipresent and global phenomena. Witness your dining companions snapping food photos, to your friends »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Heather Winters had already been a producer on several documentary films, including the critically-acclaimed "Super Size Me" and Sundance winner "Anywhere," but hadn't quite thought about directing her first feature yet. When working as co-writer and producer on "Class Act," Winters met Grammy-winning songwriter Desmond Child, who welcomed her into his home and began to tell her the remarkable story of his family. Knowing that Desmond and his husband Curtis had spent significant effort filming the most important moments in their lives—including the birth of their twin sons via surrogate mother Andrea Whittaker—Winters and editor Lennon Nersesian began the process of extracting a story from the hundreds of home movies created by the Child family. What started as the history of one family evolved into a story about universal love and the importance of every family, no matter who your parents might be. "Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro" screened on Thursday, »
- Katharine Relth
30 October 2013 6:00 PM, PDT | International Documentary Association | See recent International Documentary Association news »
Heather Winters had already been a producer on several documentary films, including the critically-acclaimed Super Size Me and Sundance winner Anywhere, but hadn't quite thought about directing her first feature yet. When working as co-writer and producer on Class Act Winters met Grammy-winning songwriter Desmond Child, who welcomed her into his home and began to tell her the remarkable story of his family. Knowing that Desmond and his husband Curtis had spent significant effort filming the most important moments in their lives—including the birth of their twin sons via surrogate »
CNN has renewed “Inside Man” for a second season, the network announced on Monday. The docuseries, which is produced and hosted by “Super Size Me”‘s Morgan Spurlock (who recently directed One Direction’s “This is Us” concert film), will get eight more episodes starting in Spring 2014. Also read: Morgan Spurlock Is Your ‘Inside Man’ on New CNN Series “Coming on the heels of a terrific first season – not to mention a successful documentary covering the world’s biggest boy band – Morgan is ready to tackle even more provocative stories on CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide. “‘Inside Man’ is the. »
- Sara Morrison
The documentary Project Wild Thing hopes to get kids off computers and embracing nature. But do protest films ever change anything – and who actually watches them?
What are you doing about global warming? Or fracking? Arab democracy? Diminishing bee populations? Nuclear energy? Gun control? Repression in Uganda? Russia? Burma? Increasingly, what we're doing about the world's problems seems to be watching documentaries on them – which does feel like doing something, while at the same time being very close to doing nothing. Now, at least, we can do nothing about more issues than ever before. The current cinema landscape is saturated with documentaries and fictionalised movies highlighting important political, humanitarian or environmental issues. That should be a good thing, but somehow, it doesn't always feel like it.
In the past month we've already had films on bees (More Than Honey), the internet and children (InRealLife), and climate change denial (Greedy Lying »
- Steve Rose
Has Morgan Spurlock found his new documentary star? The famed filmmaker, responsible for the wildly successful Super Size Me and One Direction: This Is Us films, was spotted photographing Kim Kardashian at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 3 alongside a swarm of paparazzi. Spurlock, 42, joined dozens of other photographers in attempting to get a shot of Kardashian, 32, leaving Lax. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star kept her head down while making her way through after a long flight back from her trip [...] »
By Søren Hough
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“Never capture what you can’t control.”
So says the tagline for Blackfish, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s muckraking new documentary — currently being distributed in select art-house theaters by Magnolia Pictures — which is a stunning indictment of the manner in which SeaWorld has captured and treated wild orca whales over the years. The film could have an enormous impact on tourism and revenue for the theme park chain — but the ramifications of this exposé will extend beyond the director’s intended target.
Blackfish has been welcomed with open arms by critics. With an 84 on Metacritic and a 98 on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is being hailed as a well-crafted documentary that has brought about a paradigm-shift in terms of the public’s thoughts about show animals. And it is also generating some serious awards buzz — see our own Scott Feinberg‘s latest forecast over at The Hollywood Reporter — with »
- Søren Hough
Morgan Spurlock, the Oscar-nominated director of "Super Size Me," directed the new 3D concert film "One Direction: This Is Us," which was released this weekend and took first place at the domestic box office with $17 million in the first three days, putting it on track to earn one of the best Labor Day openings of all time. The film grossed another $14.5 million from international marketing for a global debut of $31.5 million. "One Direction: This Is Us" is already a huge hit, since it cost only $10 million to make. It has a 68% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "One Direction" was the only new wide release film to be considered a success. Ethan Hawke's "Getaway" landed in ninth place with only $4.5 million. It was meant to be an easy win for Warner Bros, since it cost only $18 million to make, but turned out to be a loser. It's also one of the worst-reviewed films of all time, »
Johannesburg, Sept 02: New concert film, One Direction: This Is Us, from British boy band 'One Direction' has opened up at first place at the Us weekend box office with earnings of17 million dollars, according to studio estimates.
The concert documentary, directed by American documentary film-maker Morgan Spurlock, who is best known for his 2004 fast-food expose 'Super Size Me', deposed Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' from the top spot to conquer the first place, News24 reported.
The Butler took the second spot with 14.7 million dollars earnings.
- Anita Agarwal
Lee Daniels' The Butler was pushed from its two week reign at number one to second place, making $14.74m and raising its total gross to $74m.
Meanwhile, The Mortal Instruments has continued to underperform, dropping from third to seventh place with $5.2m in ticket sales.
The Us weekend box office top ten in full (studio estimates, all figures »
‘One Direction: This Is Us’ movie weekend box office: One of steepest Friday-to-Saturday drops ever (photo: One Direction members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson) The 3D concert movie One Direction: This Is Us failed to get even close to the $20 million mark at the North American box office this Labor Day weekend (Fri-Sun) despite relatively strong opening-day grosses. Featuring One Direction band members Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson, and directed by Morgan Spurlock, whose Super Size Me was shortlisted for the 2004 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, One Direction: This Is Us debuted at 2,735 locations, pulling in a not inconsiderable $8.9 million on Thursday evening / Friday, August 29-30, 2013, which should have meant approximately $20 million by Sunday evening — especially taking into account that Monday is a national holiday. But it was not meant to be. Whereas Justin Bieber: Never Say Never »
- Zac Gille
Box office sees Morgan Spurlock's One Direction: This Is Us band documentary score $17 million. Getaway flops. Sony's One Direction: This Is Us documentary directed by Morgan Spurlock debuted in 2735 theaters, averaging $6,216 per theater as it heads for over $20.5 million over the Labor Day Friday-Monday frame. Worldwide, the film from Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock has made around $33.1 million. In second, and still going strongly, Lee Daniels' The Butler from the Weinstein Company, showed a minor 11% drop in its third weekend at play with $14.7 million grossed. Forest Whitaker leads the cast of the film which has coined over $74 million thus far. We're the Millers is still bringing in fans in the comedy genre, and now passed the $100 million mark with $12.6 million grossed over the weekend. Total domestic cume is at $109.5 million, while overseas »
‘One Direction: This Is Us’ box office: Hot tickets (photo: One Direction band members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson) Movie tickets for One Direction: This Is Us have been a hot commodity among female adolescents, as the 3D concert documentary is set to top the North American box office this Labor Day Weekend. Directed by Morgan Spurlock, whose stomach-conscious Super Size Me (2004) was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category, One Direction: This Is Us chronicles the behind-the-scenes and onstage happenings during the world tour of One Direction band members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson. (See ‘One Direction Movie Box Office: One of Worst Friday-Saturday Drops Ever.”) Currently playing at 2,735 locations, the reportedly $10 million-budgeted One Direction: This Is Us collected $8.9 million on Thursday evening (an estimated $2.7 million) and all day Friday, August 29-30, 2013, according »
- Zac Gille
Morgan Spurlock's glossy portrait of the boy band at work and play lacks all spontaneity or interest
Morgan Spurlock's name and quizzical face are associated with personal, satirical documentaries, most famously his Super Size Me assault on McDonald's. There is nothing comparable in his bland, colourless movie about One Direction, the boy band put together by Simon Cowell after the five had auditioned separately for The X Factor. Cowell himself is the film's producer, and there isn't a single spontaneous moment to be had, as the lads tour the world, pushing their way through crowds of shouting girls to strut their conventional stuff in identical arenas before hysterical audiences that are not just mainly female but exclusively so. Don't they have any gay fans?
There's no sex, drugs, swearing, smoking, or squabbling, just rock'n'roll of an indifferent kind, a little contrived rebelliousness against their good-natured security staff and »
- Philip French
One Direction fans are known for being, er, passionate — and their passion sent the boy band’s 3-D concert doc straight to the top of the chart on Friday. One Direction: This Is Us earned $8.9 million on its first day in theaters ($2.7 million of which came from late Thursday shows), easily pummeling the competition. This Is Us, which only cost about $10 million to produce, fared better on its first day than Michael Jackson’s This Is It ($7.4 million), though it trailed Justin Bieber: Never Say Never ($12.4 million). Over the four-day weekend, Sony expects the film to pull in about $24 million, »
- Grady Smith
Today’s film is the 2013 short You Don’t Know Jack. The film, which is a documentary focusing on Jack Andraka and his contributions to pancreatic cancer research, is directed by Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock rose to prominence in 2004 with his debut documentary feature Super Size Me, before going on to do the tv series 30 Days and A Day in the Life and features such as The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and Mansome. His newest documentary This Is Us, focusing on the pop group One Direction, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend.
The post Saturday Shorts: ‘You Don’t Know Jack’, directed by Morgan Spurlock appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Sony's One Direction: This Is Us overpowered the competition at the Friday box office in grossing a strong $8.9 million and receiving an A CinemaScore. Restoring luster to the concert documentary genre, One Direction could gross between $22 million and $25 million for the four-day Labor Day weekend, the best showing of all time for the holiday stretch after the $30.6 million earned by Halloween in 2007. Photos: Big Stars, Big Bombs: A-Listers Fall Victim to Summer Box Office Flops Super Size Me doc filmmaker Morgan Spurlock directs Sony/TriStar's 3D concert film about the British pop
- Pamela McClintock
The 5 easiest reasons I could come up with for how in god’s name One Direction: This Is Us turned me from a skeptic into a belieber believer would be: Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam, and Zayn. That would be both far too easy and obvious, and also too simplistic—I do want to be clear that I absolutely could do that because these guys are genuinely adorbs. I didn’t want to like them as much as I did, and I didn’t want to admit that I liked them as much as I did, and yet here I am.
Tempting as it might be to attribute this likeability entirely to the band (a term which everyone calls them, despite boy bands being as much “band” as “Cheez Whiz” is cheese), major credit is due to the efforts of directioner director and honorary sixth One Direction member, Morgan Spurlock. I »
- Darren Ruecker
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