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 check in with Jason Mewes, open a fast-food restaurant with Morgan Spurlock, bring a short story to life, and become narcoleptic when we get excited. Read More »
Morgan Spurlock has stepped down from his production company, Warrior Poets, following his confession of a history of sexual harassment and assault accusations.
The Super Size Me filmmaker revealed in a statement that he has been accused of rape and sexual harassment by two respective women. “I am part of the problem,” he wrote in a post published on Twitter on Wednesday. A day later, Warrior Poets announced that Spurlock was stepping down from his position at the New York-based production company.
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The Golden Age of the The Simpsons may be long gone, but far be it from the long-running Fox animated series to remind us of the glory days.
The latest reminder comes in the form of a mockumentary directed from Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock in honor of one of The Simpsons greats: “Homer at the Bat.” Believe it or not, it’s been 25 years since that episode first aired, and The Simpsons is going above and beyond to celebrate its anniversary.
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The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is underway, and there will be plenty of indies and hopeful awards contenders debuting up in Canada as fall kicks into gear. One of those movies is an anticipated documentary from Morgan Spurlock, a sequel to the movie that put him on the map as a filmmaker back in 2004.
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! follows Morgan Spurlock as he explores the world of fast food again, but this time from behind the register as he aims to open his own chicken franchise. Spurlock starts off by raising chickens and runs all the way through the opening of his own restaurant, one that calls attention to all the deception that fast food chains put right in front of our faces without us knowing it.
We don’t know when we’ll be able to see Super Size Me 2 yet, but it sounds like YouTube Red will be the ones distributing it, since they’re in negotiations to pick up the doc after it premiered at TIFF on Friday. Read More »
Morgan Spurlock‘s new documentary Rats takes a look at the history of rat infestations in major cities throughout the world. The film premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now the first trailer is online. Edited almost like a part horror movie, part pre-apocalyptic disaster warning movie, the trailer looks nothing like any of Spurlock’s previous films. We don’t even glimpse the documentary filmmaker on screen, and the trailer is as grave and uninviting as Spurlock’s films are usually extremely accessible. Hit the jump to watch the Rats trailer, if you dare.
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Produced by Morgan Spurlock (POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) and directed by Brent Hodge (I Am Chris Farley), The Pistol Shrimps follows an L.A.-based rec-league team. Actress Maria Blasucci created The Pistol Shrimps, and their point guard is Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation). The team is primarily made up of actors and writers, and Hodge’s doc is about how they all came together and attempted to win the L.A. City Municipal Women’s Basketball League division championship.
Below, watch The Pistol Shrimps trailer.
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Director Morgan Spurlock has tackled a variety of topics in documentary films. He looked at the nutritional value of McDonald’s in Super Size Me, tried to hunt a terrorist in Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, exposed marketing tricks in Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and even followed around One Direction.
Now Spurlock has pointed his camera at artisans for a new documentary short called Crafted, and the first trailer has just arrived online. Watch the Crafted trailer after the jump! Read More »
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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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 »