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 »

Director Morgan Spurlock is best known for his documentary films, and even his television shows are all reality based. Since hitting the scene in 2004 with the Oscar-nominated Super Size Me, Spurlock has made a ton of movies and TV shows but has yet to tackle narrative fiction. Earlier this year, the director revealed he was attached to his first film of that kind, something he described as “very Erin Brockovich-ish.” In a new interview I conducted with Spurlock on the occasion of Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, he offered an update on that project.

Spurlock confirmed the script was currently being tightened, two major actors are attached and he’ll likely shoot it this summer. Read his quote and more after the jump. Then check back soon for the full interview. Read More »

Note: This review was first published on September 11th 2011, and the film was screened during the Toronto International Film Festival. Spurlock’s film is now available on demand, so we’re republishing the review. I’ve since seen the movie a second time and gladly recommend it to any pop culture geek I know.

When I first heard that Morgan Spurlock would be directing a documentary about San Diego Comic-Con International, I was worried that it would be a puff piece — a glorified direct to video infomercial. The fact that Spurlock chose to premiere the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival instead of in San Diego speaks towards its merits as a real film and not a Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice! prime-time tv special.

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As fans patiently wait for new episodes of Arrested Development, maybe watching Michael and Gob Bluth talk about body hair will help fill the void. Jason Bateman and Will Arnett not only star in, but are the executive producers of a new documentary called Mansome, directed by Morgan Spurlock. The humorous documentary delves deep into the crevices of male grooming and plucks at how the practice has changed what it means to be a man. Scheduled for release on May 18, the film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this month and some clips from the film have sprouted online. Hopefully not in a hard to reach area. Read More »

One of the most insightful, emotional, and just plain fun documentaries I saw last year was Morgan Spurlock‘s Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. Granted, part of that excitement was due to my personal connection to the material, having been a long time attendee of San Diego Comic-Con. But if you’re a fan of pop culture in general, there’s so much to love in this film. Spurlock follows several real people on their trips to Comic-Con and, in the process, delves both into the psyche of being a fan and spectacle of the event.

The film will begin its limited run on April 6 and the first official poster and trailer have now been revealed. Check them out below. Read More »

Morgan Spurlock‘s latest documentary Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope was one of Peter’s favorite movies at Toronto and one of my favorite movies of Fantastic Fest. It’s a totally different film for the Super Size Me director as he stays off camera and follows several unique people on their journey to the mecca of pop culture, San Diego Comic-Con. In doing so , Spurlock dissects not only why Comic Con is such an amazing event, but why we geeks love what we love. The film is beautiful, inspiring, funny and, up until today, had only played at festivals.

That’ll change next year because Wrekin Hill Entertainment and the National Entertainment Collectibles Association have acquired the film for theatrical distribution in Spring 2012. In addition, the film will tour larger venue and bring audiences outside of San Diego their own kind of mini-Comic-Con experience complete with Q&A’s, contests, presentations, collectibles and more. The full press release and some thoughts are after the jump. Read More »

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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock‘s already had quite a busy 2011. January saw the premiere of his product placement documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold at Sundance; this summer brought the release of his Hulu series A Day in the Life; and this month marked the debut of Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope at TIFF. In addition, he’s recently signed on to direct his first non-documentary feature, which Spurlock describes as “very Erin Brockovich-ish.” Most people would probably consider taking the rest of the year off at this point, but the tireless Spurlock isn’t most people. He’s now gearing up for his next project, The Failure Club.

The Yahoo! reality series will follow seven New Yorkers with big dreams and bigger worries as they attempt to get over their fear of failure and aim for their loftiest goals. And if you happen to be a NYC resident who counts “starring in a Morgan Spurlock documentary” among his or her list of to-dos, you may be in luck: Spurlock’s team is currently seeking “inspiring and genuine every-day people” to appear in the series. More details on the show and the casting process after the jump.

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