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‘Eating Animals’ Review: Natalie Portman and Christopher Quinn Make a Convincing Case that Meat Is Murder

‘Eating Animals’ Review: Natalie Portman and Christopher Quinn Make a Convincing Case that Meat Is Murder
People often don’t know what’s good for them. Most of the time, the disconnect can be attributed to a lack of perspective — give someone a short-term solution, and they’ll happily create a long-term problem. It’s a phenomenon of human nature that capitalism has been all too happy to exploit, and thanks to recent “advances” in factory farming, the world is now literally eating itself to death.

So goes the premise of Christopher Quinn’s “Eating Animals,” an urgent but uncertain documentary that amplifies and expounds upon the argument Jonathan Safran Foer laid out in his 2009 book of the same name. That idea explains how we went from living off the land and killing only what we needed to where we are today: Breeding so many pigs that farmers in North Carolina are forced to create Pepto-Bismal-colored pools of “fecal marinade” behind their properties, these pink lagoons
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Does America Need Its Own Cannes Competition? — Analysis

When attending American film festivals, I’ve often felt a twinge of envy for the Cannes Film Festival’s competition section: Here, a festival’s competition slot is a rite of passage, where filmmakers establish themselves before moving on; there, it’s a permanent destination. Cannes’ competition houses few rookies and implies only a select few films deserve consideration for the venerable Palme d’Or, reflecting elitist standards specific to Gallic culture. While a little elitism can go a long way, it has the power to drive international debates and create grand discussions about the medium. At a moment of extreme uncertainty about the future of the movies, that comes in handy.

So why are there no major American film festivals celebrating homegrown auteurs? Among the major North American film festivals, only a handful of feature competition sections carry a measure of prestige, but the Sundance Grand Jury Prize stands
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Morgan Spurlock Argues His Tweeted #MeToo Admissions Didn’t Violate Agreement On TNT Series

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock continues to deal with fallout from his tweeted #MeToo admissions last December in which he described himself as “part of the problem,” and detailed a history of sexual misconduct that reached back to his college days. Turner Entertainment Network quickly moved to distance itself from Spurlock and his production company, Warrior Poets, which had been working on a TNT documentary series Who Rules The World?, focused on women’s issues…
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Morgan Spurlock Says #MeToo Confession Didn't Breach Deal for TNT Docuseries on Women's Issues

In recent months, some men have fallen from grace thanks to published accusations of sexual misconduct. Then there's Morgan Spurlock, the documentarian who, apparently inspired by the #MeToo movement, came forward to admit his own culpability, tweeting last December that he was "part of the problem" and detailing some incidents from his past.

As a response, Turner Entertainment Networks decided it couldn't have Spurlock executive produce a TNT docuseries focused on women's issues titled Who Rules the World? and brought a lawsuit intended to recover funds. What's more, Turner moved for a preliminary injunction aimed at...
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Morgan Spurlock Sued For Not Returning Funds on Female-Centric Docuseries Cancelled After Harassment Allegations

Morgan Spurlock Sued For Not Returning Funds on Female-Centric Docuseries Cancelled After Harassment Allegations
In mid-December of last year, lauded documentarian and producer Morgan Spurlock took to Twitter to reveal that a woman he slept with in college “believed she was raped” and that he now realizes he’s “part of the problem.” At the time, he wrote, “As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions. I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?’”

Spurlock subsequently stepped down from his production company, Warrior Poets, and his “Super Size Me” sequel was pulled from the Sundance Film Festival.

His woes have not ended there. Variety reports that Spurlock is now being sued by Turner Entertainment Networks, which “alleges that he has failed to communicate with the network or return production funds since stepping aside” from a planned docuseries “Who Rules the World?” which
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Morgan Spurlock Sued Over Halted Project About Women’s Issues

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Morgan Spurlock Sued Over Halted Project About Women’s Issues
Morgan Spurlock, who late last year admitted to sexual misconduct, is now being sued by a company that says a project about women’s issues was halted after the “Super Size Me” filmmaker made the admission. In the suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in California, Turner Entertainment Networks says that it entered into a production services agreement with Spurlock’s production company Warrior Poets — also named as a defendant in the suit — for a project titled “Who Rules the World?” The project is described in the suit as “a series focused on issues facing women.” However, the suit says, things...
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Morgan Spurlock Sued for Return of Funds on Abandoned Women's Issues Docuseries

Turner Entertainment Networks has filed a lawsuit against documentarian Morgan Spurlock following the filmmaker's decision to step down from his production company, Warrior Poets, in December after tweeting a lengthy post where he admitted to past accusations of sexual harassment and assault.

Turner Entertainment, which had a deal with Spurlock for a TNT docuseries focusing on women's issues titled Who Rules the World?, is claiming that Spurlock failed to respond to the network's requests that funds from the series' production be repaid.

The suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, is asking for return of production funds...
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Morgan Spurlock Sued for Breach of Contract as Result of Sexual Misconduct Admission

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Morgan Spurlock Sued for Breach of Contract as Result of Sexual Misconduct Admission
Morgan Spurlock admitting to past sexual misconduct screwed over the media company he was working with, and there's also a bunch of money missing ... according to a new suit. Turner Entertainment Network claims the "Super Size Me" filmmaker made a deal with them in March 2017 to produce a show called "Who Rules the World?" ... which aimed to "unpack the most divisive and complicated issues facing women today, from the policing of their bodies and judgments to their family planning choices.
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YouTube Red Shifts Feature Strategy, Says It Will Release Susan Sarandon-Starring ‘Vulture Club’ in Theaters

YouTube Red is taking a tentative step toward becoming more like Amazon Studios with the announcement of an in-house production that it says will see a theatrical release.

Directed by Iranian-American writer-director Maryam Keshavarz (“Circumstance”), “Vulture Club” stars Susan Sarandon as an ER nurse whose co-workers have no idea that her journalist son has been taken hostage by terrorists. The film also stars Julian Morris (“Pretty Little Liars”), Edie Falco, and Matt Bomer. Producers are J.C. Chandor, Anna Gerb, and Neal Dodson.

While YouTube Red announced that principal photography is complete, details on how it plans to release it in theaters are slim.

“We don’t have any news to report on a theatrical partner at this stage, a YouTube Red representative said. “Perhaps later once we identify a partner.”

This would represent a significant strategy shift for the streaming service. Last year, YouTube Red booked its own one-week runs
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Politics Impact Documentary Oscar Race, from ‘Icarus’ to ‘Last Men in Aleppo’

Politics Impact Documentary Oscar Race, from ‘Icarus’ to ‘Last Men in Aleppo’
The highest-profile documentary in this year’s Oscar race, “Icarus,” was picked up by Netflix at Sundance for $5 million. Netflix marketers adeptly surfed the news cycle to make sure their subscribers as well as Academy voters know that this movie is at the center of the Russian doping scandal.

With the Olympics front and center at the height of Oscar balloting, this movie could well be watched by the most people and squeak past its two main rivals, Cannes prize-winner Agnes Varda’s “Faces Places,” whose co-director Jr was profiled on “60 Minutes” Sunday, and “Last Men in Aleppo,” which has gotten a fresh wind of attention from the Muslim travel ban.

Icarus” director Bryan Fogel is an unexpected documentarian, to say nothing of an investigative journalist. He started out in Hollywood as a standup comic and actor, but found early success as the creator of a hit Coast Playhouse and Broadway play,
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Politics Impact Documentary Oscar Race, from ‘Icarus’ to ‘Last Men in Aleppo’

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Politics Impact Documentary Oscar Race, from ‘Icarus’ to ‘Last Men in Aleppo’
The highest-profile documentary in this year’s Oscar race, “Icarus,” was picked up by Netflix at Sundance for $5 million. Netflix marketers adeptly surfed the news cycle to make sure their subscribers as well as Academy voters know that this movie is at the center of the Russian doping scandal.

With the Olympics front and center at the height of Oscar balloting, this movie could well be watched by the most people and squeak past its two main rivals, Cannes prize-winner Agnes Varda’s “Faces Places,” whose co-director Jr was profiled on “60 Minutes” Sunday, and “Last Men in Aleppo,” which has gotten a fresh wind of attention from the Muslim travel ban.

Icarus” director Bryan Fogel is an unexpected documentarian, to say nothing of an investigative journalist. He started out in Hollywood as a standup comic and actor, but found early success as the creator of a hit Coast Playhouse and Broadway play,
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As 30West Grabs ‘I, Tonya,’ Neon, and Sundance Programmer Trevor Groth, Hollywood Takes Notice

Strategically opportunistic financing company 30West has been a whirling dervish of activity, from its Sundance acquisition of a controlling stake in distributor Neon to hiring away 24-year Sundance programming veteran Trevor Groth, who will join the company in February and hit the ground running in Berlin. Clearly, 30West partners Dan Friedkin, the Texas entrepreneur behind The Friedkin Group consortium, and ex-CAA agent and Cinetic Media executive Micah Green, are scooping up the talent they think will best take their company into the rapidly evolving future.

The company’s stated goal: to provide full-service support to help filmmakers package and produce their films, find financing and distribution, and reach the largest possible audience. 30West also arranged the financing for Sony’s “All the Money in the World,” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Oscar-nominated Christopher Plummer, which was produced by Friedkin’s Imperative Entertainment. Green is based in the La,
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As 30West Grabs ‘I, Tonya,’ Neon, and Sundance Programmer Trevor Groth, Hollywood Takes Notice

Strategically opportunistic financing company 30West has been a whirling dervish of activity, from its Sundance acquisition of a controlling stake in distributor Neon to hiring away 24-year Sundance programming veteran Trevor Groth, who will join the company in February and hit the ground running in Berlin. Clearly, 30West partners Dan Friedkin, the Texas entrepreneur behind The Friedkin Group consortium, and ex-CAA agent and Cinetic Media executive Micah Green, are scooping up the talent they think will best take their company into the rapidly evolving future.

The company’s stated goal: to provide full-service support to help filmmakers package and produce their films, find financing and distribution, and reach the largest possible audience. 30West also arranged the financing for Sony’s “All the Money in the World,” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Oscar-nominated Christopher Plummer, which was produced by Friedkin’s Imperative Entertainment. Green is based in the La,
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Sundance: How Will Festival Tackle #MeToo, Political Turmoil, and More?

June Pictures CEO Alex Saks was having an amazing 2017. Her first three productions sold to Focus, Netflix and eOne after their Park City premieres; A24 picked up her Oscar contender “The Florida Project” in Cannes; and her latest sales title, “Wildlife,” was selected for the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

But just a month ago, after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against chairman Andrew Duncan, Saks took sole operating control of June and arrived at terms to buy out his stake.

“Unfortunately, when allegations like that exist, the place that we built is no longer a home,” Saks says. “It’s tarnished, so [taking over] felt like the necessary thing to do to protect these amazing pieces of work.” Though Duncan denied the accusations in a Dec. 15 statement, Saks says he “has very graciously chosen to take [his producer credit] off ‘Wildlife’ to give us the best opportunity for success” in Park City.

Following 2016 protests
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Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets Production Company Described as ‘Fratty’ and ‘Inappropriate’ By Former Employees

Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets Production Company Described as ‘Fratty’ and ‘Inappropriate’ By Former Employees
In the wake of Morgan Spurlock stepping down from his production company after taking to social media to confess to various allegations of sexual impropriety and inappropriate behavior, both the filmmaker and producer and his Warrior Poets production banner have come under fire. A new piece over on Jezebel alleges that Spurlock’s production company is one built on a “fratty, boys’ club” culture, and that they were party to various acts of harassment at the hands of both Spurlock and his long-time partner Jeremy Chilnick.

The outlet spoke with seven former Warrior Poets employees, all of whom preferred to remain anonymous because they are still working in the entertainment industry. Among their allegations are claims that “‘garish and gross’ nude paintings hung in the office, alcoholic drinks were pushed on employees whether they wanted them or not, and women’s appearances were frequently and openly commented on by both
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YouTube Red Drops Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me 2

The upcoming documentary Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken has been dropped by its distributor, YouTube Red, following director Morgan Spurlock's self-imposed admission about his own past sexual misconduct. The movie was picked up by YouTube Red for $3.5 million following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and while a theatrical release date has not been set for the documentary, it was being planned for a 2018 debut before the film was dropped. Here's what the studio had to say in a brief statement about cleaning their hands of the documentary.

"We feel for all of the women impacted by the recent statements made by Morgan Spurlock. In light of this situation, we have decided not to distribute Super Size Me 2 on YouTube Red."

Morgan Spurlock took to Twitter last week to admit his past sexual indiscretions, which include accusations of rape when he was in college. There
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Who Rules The World: TNT Suspends Filming on Morgan Spurlock TV Series

Is TNT done with Morgan Spurlock? Deadline reports the network has suspended filming on the documentarian's new TV show, Who Rules the World.The unscripted series "centers on the most divisive and complicated issues facing women today, from the policing of their bodies and judgments of their family planning choices, to the micro-aggressions they face in the media, the workplace and everyday life."Read More…
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‘The Trade’: Warrior Poets Dropped As Producer Of Showtime Docuseries

Warrior Poets is no longer attached to The Trade, Showtime's upcoming five-episode docuseries, which will have its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, a source tells Deadline. Warrior Poets, the New York-based production company founded by Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick, was co-producing the docu with Matthew Heineman’s Our Time Projects for Showtime. Word that the company is no longer involved with the project follows Spurlock being dropped as an execu…
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About Morgan Spurlock’s Online Confession of Sexual Misconduct

It seems that it is utterly impossible to get through a day without hearing, seeing, or reading content that involves the ongoing sexual misconduct scandal that is rocking Hollywood and corporate America. Once the dominoes started falling, they have not stopped or slowed down in the slightest. The who’s who of people named is rather impressive, beginning with Harvey Weinstein and moving on through Russell Simmons and Matt Lauer. Well, You can not add filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock to the growing list. There is something different about the manner in which Spurlock outed himself. Where most of these heavy-hitters were exposed

About Morgan Spurlock’s Online Confession of Sexual Misconduct
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Amy Smart Defends Husband Carter Oosterhouse After He's Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Amy Smart Defends Husband Carter Oosterhouse After He's Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Amy Smart is standing by her husband, Carter Oosterhouse, as he faces allegations of sexual misconduct.

Makeup artist Kailey Kaminsky recently told The Hollywood Reporter that in 2008, Oosterhouse -- who hosts the Hgtv show Carter Can -- coerced her into giving him oral sex after he threatened her employment. "At that point I was a nervous wreck," said Kaminsky. "I was so worn down from his advances, so I did: that day, on that occasion. It was the first time. Then thereafter it was most every time we would shoot -- 10 to 15 times he put me in this position."

Oosterhouse told the trade publication that he found the allegations "upsetting," and admitted that he had an "intimate relationship" with Kaminsky but insisted that it was "was 100 percent mutual."

Over the weekend, Smart shared a selfie of her posing with Oosterhouse and their daughter, Flora, along with a lengthy message in defense of her husband of six years.

"When
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