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Director Morgan Spurlock Comes Clean About Past Sexual Misconduct

Director Morgan Spurlock Comes Clean About Past Sexual Misconduct
When it comes to sexual misconduct in Hollywood, director Morgan Spurlock says he's part of the problem. The documentarian is one of the few whose name precedes his work. He is the man behind such acclaimed documentaries as Super Size Me, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, and Rats. He has come forward with a lengthy confessional, where he tells all about the bad behavior he has exhibited in the past. He is clearly trying to step in front of things before an accuser comes forward.

Spurlock tells of his own tales of sexual misconduct both at the workplace and outside of it. Spurlock has recently sold his documentary Holy Chicken to YouTube Red for a reported $3.5 million. It is a sequel to Super Size Me. The 47 year-old filmmaker released his lengthy statement on Twitter. He goes onto say this about sexual misconduct in Hollywood and his place amongst the bad guys.
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Sean Byrne’s The Devil’S Candy Acquired by IFC Midnight for North American Distribution

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Many horror fans have been eager to see what filmmaker Sean Byrne has in store for them following his well-received feature film debut, The Loved Ones (2009). Next March, the wait will finally be over, as IFC Midnight has acquired Byrne's The Devil's Candy for North American distribution, with a release slated for March of 2017.

In case you missed it, check out Kalyn Corrigan's Fantastic Fest 2015 review of The Devil's Candy. Below, we have the official press release with full details on IFC Midnight acquiring the film:

Press Release: New York, NY (October 21, 2016) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to Sean Byrne’s The Devil’S Candy. The film, written and directed by Byrne, stars Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Kiara Glasco. The film was produced by Keith Calder and Jessica Calder for Snoot Entertainment LLC. The film made its world premiere
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‘The Pistol Shrimps’ Trailer: Are You Ready For Shrimps Basketball Time?

‘The Pistol Shrimps’ Trailer: Are You Ready For Shrimps Basketball Time?
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 […]

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Crafted Trailer: Morgan Spurlock’s Documentary Short About Artisanship

Crafted Trailer: Morgan Spurlock’s Documentary Short About Artisanship
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 […]

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Morgan Spurlock directing documentary about New York rat population

Morgan Spurlock directing documentary about New York rat population
Morgan Spurlock is to direct a new documentary about the presence of rats in New York City.

Rats NYC will be a feature-length film looking at the origins of rats, their ability to spread diseases, including historical plague, and their use as test subjects, reports Deadline.

It will feature discussions with exterminators, city officials, sanitation workers, hunters, historians and animal rights activists.

Rats NYC is based on Robert Sullivan's book Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants, which sees Sullivan investigate a rat-infested alley just a few blocks away from Wall Street.

Spurlock said of the film: "As a New Yorker, I've had a two-decade-long love/hate affair with rats. We've all seen them and we all live with them, we just don't want to know we're living with them.

"This movie is going to be a modern day horror film - it will make you squirm,
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Video: Morgan Spurlock & Adam Davidson On 'We The Economy'

Morgan Spurlock, the documentary filmmaker at the helm of Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, is shaking things up again with his new digital series We The Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford To Miss. The series, which is a collaboration between Spurlock’s production company Cinelan and Paul Allen’s Vulcan, aims to educate Americans about the economy in ways that are accessible and entertaining.

Spurlock and advisor Adam Davidson explained to uInterview how We The Economy, which offers collaborations between with actors, leading directors and economists, seeks to break through the clutter. “We have 20 A-list actors, we are working with 10 brilliant economic minds, to tell stories that we should all understand a little bit better and that we should want to embrace,” Spurlock told uInterview.

One short film Davidson worked on, The Unbelievable Sweet Alpacas, a cartoon that confronts income inequality and features the voices of comics Sarah Silverman,
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What’s The Next Great Blockbuster Gonna Be?

“There are more movies nowadays, so the cultural decay of ideas is much, much faster.” Those words stuck with me right after I heard them from a branding expert in Morgan Spurlock’s documentary ‘The greatest movie ever sold’. Sure, it’s nothing new. It’s a given: causing an impact nowadays is much harder than it used to. Back in 1977, works like ‘Star Wars’ were like an oasis in the desert. Under that analogy, today’s movie landscape would be like a desert filled with oases. It’s a good thing, in principle. 2014 alone is already shaping up as quite the geek fest. Spidey, X-Men, Cap, Robocop, Godzilla (my personal favorite for the year)… And I won’t even get into 2015. That’s some insane amount of geekery that’s coming, y’all. But still, the expert’s words haunt me… because of how sad they are. It’s
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Seduced and Abandoned – review

An indulgent documentary about James Toback and Alec Baldwin's attempt to pitch an erotic drama at Cannes festival has little new to say

Having long been agnostic on the subject of James Toback's manly genius, I can't say that this whimsical HBO (mock?)-doc was a disappointment – merely a confirmation. Toback and Alec Baldwin team up to raise financing for a feature film that will transpose the eroticism of Last Tango in Paris to battle-scarred Iraq – or so they claim. So it's off to Cannes for a series of meetings with international money-men, interspersed with cosy conversations with their famous friends (Scorsese, Coppola, Bertolucci) and punctuated by what the makers presumably feel are funny/touching/profound personal vignettes. The revelations about Cannes (the glitz is tacky, the market is real) are all as old as the festival itself; the insights into the movie biz (art doesn't matter, stars
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10 Of The All-Time Greatest Concert Movies

It’s become a pop music rite of passage for all the big acts to try to release a concert film at the height of their popularity. Or at least that’s the way it seems. I can’t help but cynically assume that once a pop star like Justin Bieber or Katy Perry or the Jonas Brothers come out with their concert movies, they’ve lost confidence in their future drawing ability. They figure this is the best chance they’re going to get to draw people out to a theater, perhaps even to shill out enough to cover a 3D ticket in the hopes of getting the True Concert Experience. It’s all downhill after the concert movie. And to be clear, I don’t know if this is an actual, measurable trend, or if it’s merely anecdotal. I also don’t know who “they” are in this scenario exactly,
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Saturday Shorts: ‘You Don’t Know Jack’, directed by Morgan Spurlock

Today’s film is the 2013 short You Don’t Know Jack. The film, which is a documentary focusing on Jack Andraka and his contributions to pancreatic cancer research, is directed by Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock rose to prominence in 2004 with his debut documentary feature Super Size Me, before going on to do the tv series 30 Days and A Day in the Life and features such as The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and Mansome. His newest documentary This Is Us, focusing on the pop group One Direction, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend.

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5 Reasons One Direction: This Is Us Won Me Over

The 5 easiest reasons I could come up with for how in god’s name One Direction: This Is Us turned me from a skeptic into a belieber believer would be: Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam, and Zayn. That would be both far too easy and obvious, and also too simplistic—I do want to be clear that I absolutely could do that because these guys are genuinely adorbs. I didn’t want to like them as much as I did, and I didn’t want to admit that I liked them as much as I did, and yet here I am.

Tempting as it might be to attribute this likeability entirely to the band (a term which everyone calls them, despite boy bands being as much “band” as “Cheez Whiz” is cheese), major credit is due to the efforts of directioner director and honorary sixth One Direction member, Morgan Spurlock. I
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One Direction: This Is Us Review

Director: Morgan Spurlock.

Starring: Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Simon Cowell.

Running Time: 92 minutes.

Certificate: PG.

Synopsis: A look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry’s meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London’s famed O2 Arena.

The biggest boy band in the world right now, One Direction, are selling out world tours like it’s their local dive bar with a capacity of thirty. The latest entry into their world domination story is the release of their first feature film, One Direction: This Is Us. Directed by Morgan Spurlock and produced by Simon Cowell, the film cuts footage of their sell out world tour alongside the boys explaining how grateful and normal, and what all round good eggs they happen to be, despite their catapult rise into the starlight.
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'One Direction Boys Are Vulnerable,' Reveals Documentary Director

'One Direction Boys Are Vulnerable,' Reveals Documentary Director
The director of One Direction's new documentary has revealed that, although the band agreed to give him access to everything he wanted, there were moments when the boys were "vulnerable" and he decided himself to stop filming.

"When you're somebody in the position that they're in, there is a kind of vulnerability all the time," Morgan Spurlock tells HuffPostUK.

Morgan Spurlock (centre) with One Direction, whom he's spent the past year filming

"We filmed in moments when they were sad, when it was hard, when they didn't want to talk, but we got them to... but there are times when you say, 'Ok, now we should stop, now's a time when someone needs their space.'"

Spurlock may seem an unlikely choice to document 'This Is Us', an undiluted celebration of globalised pop. His previous films demonstrate an eyebrow permanently raised to such corporate endeavours, including force-feeding
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3000 words on the One Direction movie

Feature Simon Brew 21 Aug 2013 - 07:12

When Peter Capaldi was cast as the 12th Doctor, we found ourselves with a big article on One Direction to write. And we've done it...

This bit is not part of the word count. Instead, it seems important to set the scene.

On Saturday 3rd August 2013, I sent out a Tweet from the Den Of Geek account, which looked something like this:

If Peter Capaldi is cast as the 12th Doctor tomorrow night, we will commit to a good 3000 words on the One Direction movie.

— Den Of Geek (@denofgeek) August 3, 2013

Hence, this article. Which now begins...

The Wordcount Starts Here

If you were reading Den Of Geek back in 2010, you may recall we ran a series of blockbuster movie preview feature articles. Because we were having a light-hearted moment, we ran one for Sex And The City 2. If you clicked on that article
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New trailer For One Direction's This Is Us

They light up our world like nobody else. If, like us, you have a giant poster of One Direction on the ceiling above your bed that your girlfriend finds both strange and disturbing, you are probably fully aware that Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, John, Paul and Ringo have a movie coming out very soon. What you might not know is that at the helm is Morgan Spurlock, the documentary filmmaker behind Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.
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Morgan Spurlock's Documentary 'One Direction: This is Us' Trailer

Earlier this year, a teaser for the concert documentary 1D3D went behind the scenes of the British pop phenomenon One Direction debuted. Normally, we wouldn't really care about this sort of thing, but infamous documentarian Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) is behind the camera for this late summer release. The buzz around the band seems to have died down considerably lately, and now their movie is going by the title One Direction: This is Us, just to make sure people other than fans know what the hell this movie is all about. Looks like fun for fans of the band's music at least. Watch? Here's the full trailer for One Direction: This is Us from the band's Vevo page: One DirectionNiall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – were discovered by Simon Cowell on the U.K.’s “The X Factor
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Watch: Oscar-Nominated Director Takes On One Direction

Watch: Oscar-Nominated Director Takes On One Direction
Morgan Spurlock is one of the most well-known documentary filmmakers working in Hollywood. He was nominated for an Academy Award for "Super Size Me" and drove films like "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" and "Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?" to audiences beyond the art house.

He also made a movie about One Direction.

Titled "1D3D," the One Direction movie follows in the path of "Katy Perry: Part of Me" and "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" in that it's a concert movie plus documentary. The film follows the boys of One Direction -- Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson -- as they embark on a global tour. "You think you know their story," reads a title card, "but this is just the beginning."

"1D3D" is set for release on Aug. 30. Watch the trailer above.
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One Direction 3D Documentary To Be Directed By Morgan Spurlock

One Direction are getting super sized! Morgan Spurlock is set to direct the 3D documentary about the teen sensations.

Following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry the movie will combine concert material with behind the scenes footage, charting the bands journey from their X Factor beginning to world wide domination.

“This is an incredible opportunity and an amazing moment in time for the band,” Spurlock said. “To capture this journey and share it with audiences around the world will be an epic undertaking that I am proud to be a part of.”

Spurlock first made his name in 2004 with Oscar nominated documentary Super Size Me, where he looked at effects of fast food by consuming nothing but McDonalds for thirty days. He has gone on to make other documentary features such as Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and TV documentary series 30 Days.

Morgan Spurlock Finds A Project More Punishing Than A Month Of McDonalds: Directing The 'One Direction' Movie

If you needed any further evidence that Morgan Spurlock has slid from somebody who perhaps had an interesting viewpoint on modern contemporary life to a man who is churning out doc shlock, here it is: he'll be directing the One Direction 3D concert movie. That's right, the latest boy-band sensation is following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry and getting their own movie that will make its way to bargain bins and pop culture irrelevancy soon enough. For Spurlock it's another project in a string of lightweight movies that has seen him turn his ever winking camera to Star Wars nerds ("Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope"), male grooming ("Mansome"), himself/advertising ("The Greatest Movie Ever Sold") and hell, he even made the hunt for Osama Bin Laden seem pretty trivial with "Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden." This will be your standard (carefully vetted) "behind-the-scenes" plus.
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Morgan Spurlock will direct One Direction Movie

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Here’s an interesting one. Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me, Comic Con Episode IV, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) will direct (and produce) a 3D movie based around X-Factor sensations, and lets be honest, global dominators, One Direction. This is quite the rollercoaster for One Direction who are going from strength to strength since been “discovered” in 2010. 13 million odd records have been sold worldwide, not to mention the fact that their debut album entered the U.S. Billboard chart at number one. Which made a bit of history along the way, being the first album from a UK group to debut in the top spot. Simon Cowell said "I'm delighted we're making this film and Morgan is the perfect person to give that access-all-areas, behind-the-scenes look into what it's like to be One Direction today.What the band have achieved is incredible, they and their fans have made history around the
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