Where to Invade Next R-rating

Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine) is not happy with the MPAA. The filmmaker’s first film in over six years, Where to Invade Next, has been branded with an R rating from the ratings board. The MPAA has never been the biggest fan of logic, and, like plenty of other filmmakers have in the past, Moore is taking them to task for it.

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where to invade next early buzz

It’s been six years since Michael Moore put out a new documentary, and longer than that since he reached the height of his power with Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine. But he’s back on screen now with Where to Invade Next, which appears to be a surprisingly sunny look at social programs and policies in other countries. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this week, and the first reactions have started rolling in. Get the Where to Invade Next early buzz after the jump. Read More »

Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next

As teased earlier this summer, Michael Moore is back this fall with Where to Go Next, his first documentary since 2009’s Capitalism: A Love Story. Based on that title, you might assume, quite reasonably, that the film is about America’s neverending cycle of war. Instead, Moore travels the globe to consider how the American Dream could be improved by implementing successful policies from abroad. Watch the Where to Invade Next teaser after the jump. Read More »

Michael Moore in Capitalism: A Love Story

Its been a while since Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has made a film. In fact, he hasn’t had a new film in almost 6 years, with the release of Capitalism: A Love Story in 2009. Over the years Moore has hinted about working on a new film, and has even teased that he might leave documentaries for narrative films.

Now we know about Moore’s next project. It is Where to Invade Next , a documentary film which has already been completed in secret and will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Hit the jump for more details.

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The Auteurs of Christmas: Christmas Morning, As Directed By 20 Famous Filmmakers

Last year, we published a fantastic video by Fourgrounds Media Inc. called The Auteurs of Christmas which reimagined the magic of Christmas morning through the eyes of 10 famous filmmakers.  They have returned with a sequel for 2014: The Auteurs of Christmas 2, which features Christmas morning as directed by 10 more filmmakers: Charlie Chaplin, Quentin Tarantino, Terrance Malick, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Morgan Spurlock, David Lynch, M Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.

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Michael Moore plays at being a regular Joe, but he has developed an image and reputation as one of the loudest voices on the American political left. His career began with Roger and Me in 1989, but his Oscar-winning 2002 film Bowling for Columbine cemented his position as a liberal provocateur. The three major documentaries that followed, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, and Capitalism: A Love Story further developed his identity as a filmmaker, but also made him as controversial on the left as he is on more conservative political sectors.

In Capitalism, that last 2009 doc, Moore said that he would not make another film until others took the stage to fight against the issues that he has tackled in documentaries. The Occupy Wall St. protests and subsequent ‘Occupy’ movement across the US and other countries seem to be exactly that force he was hoping for. And so Michael Moore, the director, now says he’s on his way back. Read More »

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Michael Moore to Make a Fictional Film Next?

Briefly: In one of the many pieces that ran last night about the lawsuit Michael Moore is bringing against the Weinsteins over the profits for Fahrenheit 9/11, there was a minor nugget of info. Deadline says that the Weinsteins were just discussing the filmmaker’s next film right up until when the lawsuit was filed. He reportedly “wants to direct a fictional feature film.” If that’s the case, then this would only be the second time since the sad passing of John Candy that anyone felt tempted to reference Mr. Moore’s first fictional film, Canadian Bacon. That was the 1995 comedy where Alan Alda, as the President of the US, tries to start a war with Canada to raise his popularity index.

And, yeah, there is no shortage of jokes to be made about whether or not some of the director’s documentaries were fictionalized, but let’s keep it clean. Do you want to see a non-documentary from the director?

Ask Roger Smith, George W. Bush, Charlton Heston and the heath care industry. If there’s one person you don’t want to screw over, it’s Michael Moore. Whether you agree with his politics or not, Moore is well-known for being extremely vocal and diligent. So when he audited his $200 million, 2004 hit film Fahrenheit 9/11 and found “substantial irregularities in the accounting,” he went to the men responsible: Bob and Harvey Weinstein. After several months discussing the matter, Moore filed a lawsuit against the Weinsteins in Los Angeles County Court Monday for “breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud claims.” He claims the Weinsteins used “Hollywood accounting tricks” and “financial deception” to cheat the him out of almost $3 million. Read more after the break. Read More »

While almost every other person in America talks about WikiLeaks on a daily basis, /Film has mostly remained out of the conversation. However, it seems even the film industry isn’t immune from Julian Assange’s controversial website. David pointed out one such article about how American TV and movies shown in Saudi Arabia are apparently helping to prevent jihad and we saw that Batman isn’t a fan.

A few new pieces of film related news have now been revealed too. First is a document that makes it seem like Cuba banned Michael Moore‘s film Sicko and another reveals that Steven Spielberg and all of his films were the target of an Arab boycott. Hit the jump to read about each WikiLeak. Read More »