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Spice World: The Movie at 20

Simon Brew Apr 6, 2017

It's 20 years since the Spice Girls headed to the big screen for their solo movie. And we've taken a look back...

I don’t think Spice World: The Movie is as good as Inception.

This winter marks the 20th birthday of a film that many had sneered at before its release, and many continue to sneer at now. Boasting a hard-won 3.4/10 score on IMDb, Spice World: The Movie pops up from time to time in lists slamming films involving pop stars, or, if it’s lucky, it appears on the ‘guilty pleasure’ carousel. For added fun, the late Roger Ebert had it as one of the films that he most hated. Yikes.

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, personally, and have written about that before. Nor do I agree with Roger. For I do enjoy Spice World: The Movie for what it is: a daft, breezy,
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Morgan Spurlock Partners With Indiegogo on Documentaries (Exclusive)

Morgan Spurlock Partners With Indiegogo on Documentaries (Exclusive)
Morgan Spurlock’s production company Warrior Poets and crowdfunding platform Indiegogo have formed a strategic partnership to help usher Indiegogo-funded films through the production process, Variety has learned exclusively.

The first film as a result of this partnership is “We Believe In Dinosaurs,” a feature length documentary about creationists who built a $100 million, 510-foot Noah’s Ark in Kentucky in order to debunk evolution — asserting that God created dinosaurs 6,000 years ago. The film, currently in post-production, follows the designers and builders of the ark from blueprints to opening day and aims to illustrate the current conflict between science and religion.

“We Believe in Dinosaurs” launched its Indiegogo campaign Thursday to raise $50,000 to complete post-production and start marketing. Top premium is a “Seismosaurus” perk, which provides an executive producer credit for a $5,000 donation. Producers are Monica Long Brown, Clayton Ross and Amy Ellison, all of Chicago-based 137 Films.

Spurlock told Variety that
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Morgan Spurlock Boards Documentary on Wildlife Refuge Takeover

Morgan Spurlock Boards Documentary on Wildlife Refuge Takeover
Morgan Spurlock has come on board to produce a documentary about the 2016 armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Spurlock is producing the untitled movie through his Warrior Poets production company along with Impact Partners. Jeremy Chilnick and David Holbrooke (“The Diplomat”) are also producing.

First Look Media, a financier on best picture Oscar winner “Spotlight,” is financing.

David Byars shot the film and is directing. Footage was shot during six-week occupation of the refuge, led by Ammon Bundy.

Over 20 of the militants have been charged with federal offenses including conspiracy to obstruct federal officers, firearms violations, theft and depredation of federal property and a dozen have pleaded guilty. Jury selection began Wednesday in Portland for Bundy and six others who are charged with conspiracy.

The organizers of the occupation contend that the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are constitutionally required to turn
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Morgan Spurlock to Direct Sue Mengers Biopic

Morgan Spurlock to Direct Sue Mengers Biopic
Super Size Me” director Morgan Spurlock will produce, direct and write a movie about Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s first female super-agent.

Mengers, who died in 2011 at the age of 79, was a dominant force in the New Hollywood of the ’70s with a powerhouse client list including Sidney Lumet, Peter Bogdanovich, Brian De Palma, Mike Nichols, Michael Caine, Cher, Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen and Barbra Streisand.

Spurlock’s Warrior Poets has acquired rights to Brian Kellow’s biography “Can I Go Now: The Life of Sue Mengers.” Warrior Poets chief operating officer Jeremy Chilnick and Richard Arlook are also producing.

Chilnick will team with Spurlock on the script about Mengers, who had a high-powered personality and worked at Cma, ICM and Wma. Bette Midler portrayed Mengers in John Logan’s one-person Broadway show “I’ll Eat You Last.”

Spurlock’s credits include
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'Popstar': Behind the Lonely Island's Hilarious Music Mockumentary

'Popstar': Behind the Lonely Island's Hilarious Music Mockumentary
He was drumming like Buddy Rich when he was a baby. In his teens, he'd formed a Beasties-meets-Backstreet boy band called the Style Boyz (you remember their hit dance, the "Donkey Roll," right?). By the time he was in his twenties, he was a solo pop juggernaut who sold out stadiums. His name is Conner4Real, even if the bad-boy singer played by Andy Samberg in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, isn't real at all. But with his fawning entourage, featherweight R&B-meets-edm hits and such feats of public idiocy as passing out on a hoverboard,
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Simon Cowell Boards Beatles Manager Brian Epstein Biopic ‘A Life in the Day’

Simon Cowell and Im Global have come on board to produce “A Life in the Day,” based on the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

Cowell will produce through his SyCo production company with Stuart Ford’s Im Global along with David Permut through his Permut Presentations and Dylan Sellers. Permut Presentations VP Chris Mangano will executive produce.

The script for “A Life in the Day” — a play on the Beatles’ iconic song “A Day in the Life” — has been written by Tony Gittelson.

Epstein discovered the Beatles while selling records in his father’s store, and despite not having experience as a manager, became convinced he could make the band bigger then Elvis Presley. Six months later, after being rejected by nearly all major labels in London, he was able to persuade George Martin of Emi Parlophone to sign the group.

Despite his personal demons, he made good on
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One Direction’s Harry Styles Offered Role in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

One Direction’s Harry Styles Offered Role in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’
One Direction singer Harry Styles has been offered a role in Christopher Nolan’s World War II action-drama “Dunkirk.”

Warner Bros. had no comment on the offer for the film, which centers on the British military evacuation of the French city of Dunkirk in 1940. Should Styles accept, he would be joining Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh in his feature film debut.

Variety reported exclusively in December that Nolan had come on to direct and produce the film with his longtime partner Emma Thomas. They have been conducting an extensive casting search.

Dunkirk” will be shot on a combination of Imax 65mm and 65mm large format film. Shooting will begin in May at many of the locations where the true-life events actually took place.

A quickly-assembled British fleet evacuated more than 800 boats during World War II, saving more than 335,00 soldiers who had been cut off by the German Army.
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Usain Bolt's Rio 2016 Journey & Subsequent 2017 Retirement Will Be Subject of New Feature Documentary (Poster)

Usain Bolt’s run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and his planned retirement in 2017, will be the center of a feature-length documentary by British film-house Fulwell 73. The film, now titled "I Am Bolt," will follow the Jamaican superstar's journey to the Rio Olympics in 2016, where he will compete for the gold in both the 100 and 200 metres races, for a third straight Games. The film will be produced by British outfit Fulwell 73 - directed by Gabe and Ben Turner, and produced by Leo Pearlman - who were responsible for "One Direction: This is Us," "Class of 92" and others. Gabe Turner said: "Having explored the...
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Usain Bolt's Rio 2016 Journey & Subsequent 2017 Retirement Will Be Subject of New Feature Documentary

Usain Bolt’s run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and his planned retirement in 2017, will be the center of a feature-length documentary by British film-house Fulwell 73. The film will follow the Jamaican superstar's journey to the Rio Olympics in 2016, where he will compete for the gold in both the 100 and 200 metres races, for a third straight Games. The film will be produced by British outfit Fulwell 73 - directed by Gabe and Ben Turner, and produced by Leo Pearlman - who were responsible for "One Direction: This is Us," "Class of 92" and others. Gabe Turner said: "Having explored the dynamic of brotherhood and team-mates in...
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Usain Bolt Documentary Teams With Independent Film Sales

Usain Bolt Documentary Teams With Independent Film Sales
London — Andrew Orr’s Independent Film Sales has come on board to sell the previously announced feature documentary about Jamaican runner Usain Bolt. Independent will be introducing the film to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival with a promo screening.

The film will be produced by Fulwell 73 — directed by Gabe and Ben Turner, and produced by Leo Pearlman — the team behind documentaries “Class of 92,” which centered on former Manchester United soccer players, and “One Direction: This is Us,” which grossed $70 million.

Executive producers on the project are Doyen, who previously collaborated with Fulwell 73 on “Class of 92.” Principal photography on the film started in May in Jamaica, following Bolt through his training and preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he’ll attempt to win gold for the third time.

Orr said: “Having worked with Ben and Gabe Turner since their documentary ‘In the Hands of the Gods,’ we can
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Independent boards Usain Bolt documentary

The UK sales outfit will introduce the title at the Berlinale in February.

Independent Film Sales has boarded Gabe and Ben Turner’s currently untitled documentary about six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt.

The filmmakers have been following Bolt since the end of 2014, and will also use archive footage collected from throughout his life and career.

They filmed in Jamaica in May of this year, and will return to the Caribbean country in January 2016 for further photography, before following the sprinter to the Rio Olympics in August next year, where Bolt is aiming to win a hat-trick of Olympic gold medals.

The team have also secured rights to use official coverage from the event in Rio and plan to follow Bolt through to his planned retirement from the sport in 2017.

Leo Pearlman is producing the project. He and the Turners previously collaborated on Manchester United football doc The Class Of 92 and concert film megahit One Direction: This Is Us, which
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Box Office Update: Inside Out Defeats Jurassic World Over July Fourth Holiday

It was incredibly close, but Disney confirmed that Inside Out earned $29.77 million over the three day weekend instead of the $30.1 million that we (and the rest of the world) first reported. The figures for Jurassic World have also been adjusted down from yesterday’s $30.1 million. Universal puts actual earnings for the film at $29.24 million, which means that the dinos have been dethroned. The actual number one movie in America last weekend was Inside Out. Our box office coverage includes regular disclaimers that this sort of thing could happen, but it very rarely does. While estimates for the entire weekend are released on Sunday morning (before Sunday audiences have had a chance to weigh in), there have been only a handful of occasions when estimated outcomes have had to be corrected. One came just last month, when estimates put the Jurassic World opening at $204.5 million. Although that doubled Universal’s pre-release projection,
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Usain Bolt's Rio 2016 Journey Will Be Subject of New Feature Documentary

Usain Bolt’s run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and his planned retirement in 2017, will be the center of a feature-length documentary by British filmmakers Fulwell 73. The film will follow the Jamaican superstar's journey to the Rio Olympics in 2016, where he will compete for the gold in both the 100 and 200 metres races, for a third straight Games. The film will be produced by British outfit Fulwell 73 - directed by Gabe and Ben Turner, and produced by Leo Pearlman - who were responsible for "One Direction: This is Us," "Class of 92" and others. "I'm excited to start work on this project. When I met Gabe and Ben and...
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'One Direction' doc team plan Usain Bolt film

  • ScreenDaily
Feature documentary will focus on the fastest man on Earth.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is to be the subject of a feature documentary, following his journey to the 2016 Olympics in Rio and planned retirement in 2017.

The film will be made by Fulwell 73, the London-based production company behind Manchester United documentary Class of ‘92 and boyband film One Direction: This is Us. Executive producers on the project are Doyen Group, who previously collaborated with Fulwell 73 on ‘Class of 92’.

It will be directed by Gabe and Ben Turner and produced by Leo Pearlman, the team behind Class of ‘92 and One Direction: This is Us.

Six-time Olympic gold medal-winner Bolt said he was “excited” to start work on this project. “When I met Gabe and Ben and heard about their previous work I felt they would be the right people to tell my story and capture my journey to Rio 2016,” he added.

Principal photography
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Morgan Spurlock -- Harry Styles Is Next to Bolt ... In New Direction

  • TMZ
Harry Styles is about to go the way of Zayn Malik -- bolting from the ranks of One Direction ... at least according to acclaimed director and honorary 1Der Morgan Spurlock.  Spurlock directed the docufilm "One Direction: This Is Us" -- which, outside of Simon Cowell, makes him the foremost expert on the band ... among grown men. Morgan told our photog the band will be fine as a foursome for now, but it's only a matter of time before Harry splits.
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Zayn Malik "Always Struggled" With Life on the Road, Says 1D Filmmaker

Zayn Malik
When Zayn Malik walked away from his $75 million-a-year gig with One Direction last month in search of a simpler life, it wasn't a total shock to those in the know. Fans may still be trying to come to terms with the British hunk's 1D departure, but filmmaker Morgan Spurlock — who directed the band's 2013 One Direction: This Is Us documentary — saw the signs loud and clear. "He always struggled with being on the road," Splurlock, 44, said in a March 31 interview with HuffPost [...]
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Revenge star Josh Bowman begins Level Up shoot

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Exclusive: Shoot underway in London on UK thriller with star of Us drama Revenge.

Principal photography is underway in London on UK thriller Level Up, starring Josh Bowman and Neil Maskell (Kill List).

British actor Bowman is best known for his long-running role as Daniel Grayson in Us drama series Revenge, which he left earlier this year after four seasons on the show in a dramatic exit.

In Level Up, Bowman stars as a man who must make his way across London while fighting off a host of sinister characters to save his kidnapped girlfriend.

Adam Randall makes his feature directorial debut, having previously made several shorts including Hooded (2007), from a script by Gary Young (Harry Brown).

The Independent and Fulwell 73 production is produced by Andrew Orr (Independent), Danny Potts (Dp Film) and Heather Greenwood (Fulwell 73). Independent will also handle international sales.

Executive producers are Leo Pearlman (Fulwell 73), Jan Pace and James Atherton (Quickfire
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Fifty Shades smashes social buzz records

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Fifty Shades smashes social buzz records
Erotic drama whips up huge numbers online as El James adaptation crosses $300m at global box office.

Fifty Shades of Grey has racked up the biggest ever figures on Way To Blue’s UK movie buzz chart, beating previous record holder One Direction: This Is Us.

The S&M romance generated more than 170,000 comments from Feb 12-18 across social media, news, foums and blogs.

Nearly 25% expressed intent to view, meaning a quarter of those who commented would look to see the film, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

The film has raced to $311.7m worldwide after just a week on release, $29.9m of which comes from the UK box office.

Fifty Shades dwarfed the more critically acclaimed romance on release, Love Is Strange, which generated just 857 comments.

It also beat the previous buzz record holder, boy band documentary One Direction: This Is Us, which generated close to 160,000 comments.

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The Blob Remake Moving Forward, Simon West to Direct

  • DailyDead
Once you’re absorbed by its terror, you can’t even scream. The slimy mass that is the Blob first thrilled audiences when it took on Steve McQueen on the big screen in 1958. It next oozed into cinemas via the 1972 sequel, Beware! The Blob, before being reborn in a 1988 remake directed by Chuck Russell and co-written by Frank Darabont. Proving that it’s still a relentless alien amoeba, 1958’s The Blob is being remade once again.

Goldcrest Films is moving forward with a remake of The Blob, with Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air) lined up for the director’s chair and shooting slated to begin this summer. Modern-day special effects capabilities are expected to bring the Blob to life like never before, and Chris Haney (Avatar, Avengers Assemble) will oversee the VFX in post-production.

Linking the upcoming remake to the original, Jack Harris, the producer of 1958’s The Blob,
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Sony Hack Reveals 2013 Studio Profits

  • Vulture
Sony Hack Reveals 2013 Studio Profits
News outlets continue to sift through the trove of documents that they received as a result of the Sony hack that brought the studio giant to its knees. One document in particular reveals the studio's "ultimates," which is an industry term for the amount of money a studio ultimately makes once its theatrical run and other secondary streams of profit have been totaled. To that end, The Hollywood Reporter writes that This Is the End earned $50 million in profits, Grown Ups 2 $48 million, Captain Phillips $39 million, American Hustle $27 million, One Direction: This Is Us $18 million, Elysium $18 million, and Monuments Men $10 million.The document was apparently an effort to trumpet cost-cutting measures the studio tried to take. “Currently, approximately $1B in production spending can be expected to deliver $500M-$600M in profits,” the letter says. “Through his continued focus on financial discipline, Doug [Belgrad, the Columbia Pictures President] hopes to improve that
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