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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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we remember what it was like to be 11, enjoy the pop hit “True” in a completely unironic way, create good TV, leave this earth behind, and understand our economy before falling asleep.

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Morgan Spurlock Associated Press

Every single day, the good men and women of The Associated Press probably find and write more original stories than Hollywood writes in a year. Leave it to Morgan Spurlock to take advantage of that collection of stories.

Spurlock and his Warrior Poets banner have just signed an exclusive deal granting them “unlimited access to the extensive resources of AP and its broadcast, digital and mobile assets.” It allows the company to make any kind of scripted or unscripted project in film, television or digital based on the “AP’s vast library of award-winning, global content.” Below, read more about the Morgan Spurlock Associated Press deal. Read More »

Morgan Spurlock

What would happen if you mixed Morgan Spurlock‘s documentary style with David Fincher’s Seven? We may find out when Showtime airs his look at the “weird and darkly comic world of sin,” Seven Deadly Sins, later this year. The show is Spurlock’s exploration of the darker recesses of human nature, as it tackles one sin per episode, with Spurlock hosting.

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TriStar Pictures has released the first trailer for the Morgan Spurlock-directed One Direction 3D movie. The trailer makes it seem more of a puff-piece documentary than the cash-grab 3D concert film most were expecting. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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I’ll read anything by Tim Ferriss — The bestselling author of the Four Hour series of books (Workweek, Body, and now, The 4-Hour Chef) is part genius, yet equal part mad man. In his books, Ferriss explains how to hack your life to happiness by accomplishing more with less work. Some of his insane theories have changed the way I live my everyday life, while some of the others are much less practical (but still a fun to read about).

His latest book, The 4-Hour Chef, is probably my least favorite of his trilogy, focusing on cooking (something I’m not great at and have very little interest in). But the book tries to tackle more than cooking, promising to teach how to become world-class in any skill in record time. This is the area that interested me the most, and these chapters alone make the book worth buying (and for those of you who own a tablet, the Kindle download version is less than $5).

To help promote the release of The 4-Hour Chef, Tim offered to let us publish an excerpt from the book featuring his favorite cooking-related movies and television shows. Read that short excerpt after the jump.

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I can’t claim to know anything about the boy band One Direction, though a quick and easy search tells me they’re kids from England and Ireland who have been releasing records for two years after being discovered via the show The X Factor, and whose management has done a pretty good job of selling. At a time when no one moves records any more, these kids sell a lot: three million copies worldwide of their debut record, for example. They’ve got two platinum singles and one triple-platinum singles in an era when the notion of single sales seems so bygone that I bet a lot of people might not even know what “triple-platinum” means.

They’ve even got a concert film that came out late this past spring on DVD. Now they’re going to have another, and it will be a big theatrical 3D thing, and Morgan Spurlock is going to direct, presumably because there is a serious payday waiting at the end of that process. Read More »

Having tackled the fast-food industry, the war on terror, and product placement with his last several works, Morgan Spurlock takes on the less overtly political topic of male grooming in Mansome. Featuring interviews with experts, ordinary joes, oddities, and celebrities (Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd, Judd ApatowJohn Waters, etc.), the lighthearted film tackles the full spectrum of masculine appearance maintenance in contemporary society. It’s a very broad topic and Spurlock only manages to skim the surface, but what Mansome lacks in real insight, it makes up for in sheer entertainment.

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