Woody Allen is known for his love affairs and he seems to be developing one with Sony Pictures Classics. The art-house distributor has acquired the North American rights to Allen’s latest film, Midnight In Paris, which stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, Adrien Brody and Alison Pill among others. SPC has distributed four Allen films total, including the last three in a row: Whatever Works, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and now Midnight In Paris. They also distributed Sweet and Lowdown in 1999.

Another film that might find itself with a blue SPC card in front of it is Morgan Spurlock‘s documentary The Greatest Story Ever Sold, which is set to premiere at Sundance later this month. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company is “actively pursing” the rights to the film. Read more about both films after the jump. Read More »

One of the movies which immediately caught my eye when looking at the line-up for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is Morgan Spurlock‘s new documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Spurlock shot to fame at the 2004 festival with his feature doc Super Size Me, and has since produced two seasons of the underrated reality cable series 30 Days. His feature follow-up Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? was met with mixed response. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is his third theatrical feature film (not counting the segment he directed for the Freakanomics movie).

The initial announcement described the movie as “A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement is financed and made possible by branding, advertising and product placement.” Sounds like an interesting, if not gimmicky, concept. Hit the jump to see the first image from the film.

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Oscar® and Emmy® Nominated Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D)  is set to premiere a new one-hour documentary special titled “Committed: The Toronto International Film Festival”  by on AMC this Tuesday October 12th at 11pm eastern.

Narrated by AMC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff and commissioned by AMC, the show highlights the personal journeys of four filmmakers at the world renowned Toronto International Film Festival this past September.  Committed follows four filmmakers who spent 12 days at this prestigious event presenting their works to the most discerning critics, buyers and audiences from across the globe. Each filmmaker hopes that his/her film will be the next big thing. From first time filmmakers to an Oscar® nominated auteur to an indie director trying to make the leap to commercial success, this eye opening documentary brings you front and center in the middle of the excitement, the anxiety and the joys of being committed to getting your film seen, sold and accepted. Committed takes you through their ride of a lifetime from their first day at the festival to their last, through the negotiations that may lead to selling their film, as well as the potential devastations and unpredictable glory that may or may not come their way.

The filmmakers featured in the special include: first time documentary filmmaker Sarah McCarthy (The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical); newbie fiction director Shawn Ku (Beautiful Boy); Academy-nominated directed John Sayles (Amigo); and indie veteran George Hickenlooper (Casino Jack). I’ve always found the concept of film festivals interesting, and have had aa simular idea to this revolving around the Sundance Film Festival, in my mind for years. I’ do find it strange that we haven’t heard anything about this project until days before it airs, and the fact that no trailer or television commercial is available online. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Back in February it was revealed that Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock was working with Joss Whedon on a documentary about Comic-Con. We now have the complete details on the film, which will be titled Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope.

COMIC-CON EPISODE FOUR: A FAN’S HOPE will begin shooting in June and culminate its principal photography at this year’s Comic-Con in July. Morgan Spurlock will direct the film and Thomas Tull will produce alongside Spurlock’s Warrior Poets producing partner, Jeremy Chilnick. Stan Lee, Joss Whedon and Harry Knowles will executive produce. The film will capture not only a moment in time that literally touches hundreds of thousands of people, but a world that inspires us all – but more than anything else, it will show us that whether at home or away, in costume or not, en masse or alone, we should all have the courage and confidence to be ourselves.

Read the full press release after the jump.
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Magnolia Acquires Freakonomics Movie


Magnolia Pictures has acquired the domestic distribution rights to the big screen adaptation of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner‘s bestselling book Freakonomics.

Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years: Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money), Academy Award® nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), Academy Award® nominee Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) and Seth Gordon (The King of Kong).

The film is set to premiere as the closing night film of the Tribeca Film Festival in early May. No release date has been announced. You can read the whole press release after the jump.

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Shutter Island PosterIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the difficulty in crafting a good Comic-Con documentary and the virtues of Brett Ratner. Special guest C. Robert Cargill (AKA Massawyrm) joins us from Aint It Cool News. Also, special thanks to /Filmcast listeners Daniel G., and Tom in Houston for writing in with some great questions that we discussed during this episode.

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Super-Size Me director Morgan Spurlock is supposedly teaming-up with geek writer/director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) for a documentary about San Diego Comic-Con and fanboy culture. Sources tell E! that Spurlock and Whedon are currently searching for three super geeks to follow around at this year’s Comic-Con, and the three months leading up to the mega-geek convention. No more information has been revealed at this time. Spurlock was at Comic-con last year interviewing people for the Simpsons 20th anniversary fan documentary The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice! What might Spurlock and Whedon be up to?

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At Sundance, you never know who you’ll bump into. While this can have unforeseen benefits, it can also have some unintended negative consequences.  After the break, hear a brief audio blog I did with documentarian and Sundance juror Morgan Spurlock, as well as a video interview with the Safdie brothers, the directors of Daddy Longlegs. We’ve also included a story which will show you how it feels when anyone you meet, or even the person sitting next to you on the bus, could be a filmmaker.

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20th Century Fox has announced that Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, 30 Days) will produce and direct a documentary on  the cultural phenomenon of The Simpsons. The documentary will be titled The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice, and will air on Thursday, January 14th 2010 on Fox. In the tv doc, Spurlock will examine the cultural impact of the longest running comedy in television history, and how the fictional family has seen the world for two decades.

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Interview: Morgan Spurlock

Peter Sciretta and Morgan SpurlockAt Sundance 2008 I had a chance to speak with documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) about his new film Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? which hits theaters today. Listen to the full interview below. We’ve included a chapter guide so that you can skip to the best parts. I recommend listening to Morgan’s story of his run-in with the FBI. Enjoy.

00:00 His Experiences at 2004 with Super Size Me
00:40 Morgan’s Return to Sundance
01:00 Promoting a Movie at Sundance
01:25 The Indiana Jones Parody Poster
02:00 Spoiler Alert: Morgan Didn’t Find Osama
02:30 Did You Think you actually had a chance to find Osama?
03:00 What would you have done if you found Osama?
04:00 Interviewing People in Foreign Countries
04:40 Would he have gone to the Government with Osama’s Location?
05:00 Conspiracy Theories
05:25 Origin of the Idea
06:10 “It’s more of a WHY than WHERE IS”
07:30 A separate screenwriter for a documentary?
08:45 The Scripting Process
09:20 The Unused COPS gag
10:00 Morgan’s Wife Alex
10:20 30 Days – Talking about the Third Season
11:25 What Audiences Should Take Away From This Film
12:10 What’s Mogan’s Next Movie?
12:35 Morgan’s Story of his run-in with the FBI
13:45 Deleted Scenes