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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Those new episodes of Arrested Development won’t be hitting Netflix til sometime next year, but in the meantime you can content yourself with watching Will Arnett and Jason Bateman enjoy an epic spa day that’d be worthy of Lucille Bluth.

Titled Mansome, the new documentary by Morgan Spurlock sees Arnett, Bateman, and other paragons of masculinity exploring the eternal question of what makes a man a man, through the prism of modern-day male grooming rituals from beard maintenance to back waxing to posh mani-pedis. Several of Arnett and Bateman’s other comedy pals show up, including Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow, and the Old Spice Guy (a.k.a. Isaiah Mustafa). Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Morgan Spurlock‘s latest film, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, is in select theaters now as well as On Demand and iTunes. /Film recently sat down with the Oscar-nominated director to talk about the documentary, which was produced by Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Harry Knowles and Thomas Tull, and in the first part of our interview we talked about the genesis of the project, media perception of the event, subjects who ended up on the cutting room floor, the crazy logistics of shooting at the convention and more. You can watch that here.

Now it’s time for parts two and three.

In part two, we delve deeper into the new film, discussing certain discoveries and challenges made during shooting, the fact this is the first movie he’s doesn’t appear in, why the title is so long, the traveling tour and what might end up on the Blu-ray, just to name a few things.

Then, in part three, we discuss Spurlock past and future including the disappointing box office of the fantastic Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, his upcoming film Mansome, some TV projects and even his first narrative feature. Watch all of this after the jump. Read More »

For months now, both Peter and I have been raving about Morgan Spurlock‘s latest documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. And for good reason. The director of Super Size Me teamed up with producers Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Harry Knowles and Thomas Tull to create a film that does just about the perfect job of showing why fans like us enjoy going to San Diego Comic-Con every single year. The bulk of the story follows seven different people going to Comic-Con for their own, very different, reasons (cosplay, toys, comics, art, love, etc.) which is then intercut with interviews from other directors, actors, fans and geek-gods, together covering almost every single base of why the mecca of pop culture is such a magical place.

Obviously, with a film like this, there’s a lot to talk about and Spurlock obliged. He gave us a generous 30 minutes of his time to discuss the ins and outs of Comic-Con Episode IV A Fan’s Hope, which is in select theaters now and on VOD and iTunes everywhere, and much more.

After the jump, watch part one of the three part interview where we discuss the genesis of the project, media perception of Comic-Con, subjects who ended up on the cutting room floor, the crazy logistics of shooting at the convention and much more. Read More »

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