Morgan-Spurlock

Random thought but I have always been so curious as to just how involved Morgan Spurlock was with This Is Us. Obviously he’s credited as director, but I’m fascinated to know if Ben Winston and his crew actually had more on-the-ground directorial involvement than Spurlock did.

The 1D boys seemed to make such strong bonds with their crew and their team in those days, and the fact that Spurlock supposedly spent close to a year directing their documentary yet never became part of their “tour family” and was pretty much never heard from again in regards to 1D has always made me deeply suspicious :)

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Fat Head (2009)

Movie | 1 hr. 44 min.  

While most people saw the documentary Super Size Me as an expose of the fast food industry, comedian and former health writer Tom Naughton saw it as a dare: He’d show that you could lose weight on a diet of burgers and fries.


I know people on tumblr have a good 2 hours to spend, and this is something to spend it on. From hard scientific facts, to nature’s history, high fat foods may not be as bad as you think. Those 6-11 servings of carbohydrates are far worse. Don’t believe me?

Super Size Me
It often takes extreme measures to outline extreme problems within an expanding society of accessibility to food of all varieties, especially fast food. Morgan Spurlock takes his documentary prowess and takes aim at the fast food industry and outlines the simple premise that everything is now bigger, or super sized if you will, weight, food and meal size, convenience and of course, lawsuits. Spurlock goes at it on a personal level, combining very candid video logs while also taking an honest approach to the effects of his new diet, such as his sex life. His new regime is making a thirty day diet consist entirely of McDonalds food and drink for his three meals per day. He goes through all the routine health tests before embarking on his experiment. While he does it, we also get to know the fast food giant that is Ronald and his french fries, while also asking passers-by how often they eat such greasy goodness, but more difficult questions like, What is a calorie? The results after mere days are quite startling, as Morgan eats his first Super Size meal and in turn vomits most of it back up again, the deterioration of his health in a mere two weeks is astounding, and the facts are equally disturbing, showing just how much more is now available than 20 years ago. Where the challenge seems to take its starter from was a court case that was going on from two young girls who claimed that McDonalds was the cause of their obesity, through large consumptions. Morgan tries tirelessly to get a meeting with the McDonalds bigwigs but is unsuccessful.


The film is a true and often gobsmacking account at just how much damage people are doing to their bodies with that Big Mac or two, it shows the immediate impact of the media and how various celebrities are called upon for soft drink or fast food placements to help the sales, but it simply doesn’t matter, the money is still made. Spurlock worries all those around him with his drastic health change and it really hits home just how quickly things can change, but also just how much is in one of those meals. We see the difficulties in putting across a healthier message but we also see the reluctance of the ones behind the food, but at the end of the day, business is business, but in this instance, business can legally kill.
Tidbits of No Great Consequence

I was trolling through the Sony Wikileaks and Company Check to see if I could make any connections that hadn’t already been made and found a couple of bits and pieces that I found interesting:

For the “This is Us” premiere, each of the key players were issued an “invitation” to the premiere in contract language.  They got first class travel, transportation, and hotel gratis.  Simon Cowell and Morgan Spurlock additionally got a “per diem” (which is a daily amount of money given to an employee to cover food and any related expenses associated with a business trip) with no stated limit - essentially all expenses paid. 

Harry Magee, Richard Griffiths, and Will Bloomfield all got $100 per diem; 

And Harry, Louis, Niall, Liam, and Zayn - the literal stars of the movie - got a $50 per diem.

Ben Winston, the producer, was offered ground transportation to the premiere - no hotel, no airfare, and no per diem.

Triple Strings Limited which was widely reported to be Louis’ record label, still has two directors, Lawrence Engel (same attorney that just took on directorship of One Mode) and Michael Smith. I dug around trying to find out more about Michael Smith.

He is the Senior Vice President of Sony Music UK Legal and Business affairs and is not a director of any other company listed in Company Check. There’s really no reason for him to have signed on for this one that I can see. It’s certainly not standard operating procedure for new imprints.

As it stands now, there is no ownership (shares issued), the company is truly in name only. And none of those names are Louis’ even almost a year after the company was created. Considering that there was a big media push to announce this company as Louis’, but there was NO WAY that anyone would have discovered it organically, there clearly was a reason for it. Especially when 78 Productions was already in place and believed to be Louis’ label.

I don’t have answers, but it’s still something to keep an eye on.

ETA:  I was mistaken.  According to Endole, Triple Strings is owned 50% by Louis and 50% by Simco, which is in turn owned by Syco, which is in turn owned 50% by Simon and a partner and 50% by Sony UK.

Imagine if any of that happened!

6 Famous Documentaries That Were Shockingly Full of Crap

#6. Super Size Me – Nobody Can Replicate the Results

Researchers from the Making Sure Movies Aren’t Stupid department of Sweden’s University of Linkoping tried to replicate Spurlock’s experiment by tasking healthy college students with the challenge of eating 6,000 calories of fast food per day, inadvertently also answering the question “What’s the easiest way to get guinea pigs ever?” At the end of the 30 days, the students had none of the liver or cholesterol troubles Spurlock reported. 

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McDiet.

Still, the impact of this lawsuit is being seen far and wide. School districts in New York, Texas, and San Francisco have banned sugary soft drinks in schools. And all-natural healthy options are popping up everywhere. McDonald’s joined right in, sponsoring events that showed how health-conscious they’ve become, and creating a new line of premium salads. At the same time, however, they also masterminded one of their fattest sandwiches to date: the McGriddle. A pancake-wrapped creation that won my heart in Texas, but can pack as much fat as a Big Mac, and have more sugar than a pack of McDonaldland cookies. In fact, their new premium ranch chicken salad with dressing delivers more calories than a Big Mac and 51 grams of fat, 79% of your daily fat intake. Over the course of my McDiet, I consumed 30 pounds of sugar from their food. That’s a pound a day. On top of that, I also took in 12 pounds of fat. Now, I know what you’re saying. You’re saying nobody’s supposed to eat this food three times a day. No wonder all this stuff happened to you. But the scary part is: there are people who eat this food regularly. Some people even eat it every day. So, while my experiment may have been a little extreme, it’s not that crazy. But here is a crazy idea: Why not do away with your Super Size options?

Who needs 42 ounces of Coke? A half pound of fries? And why not give me a choice besides french fries or french fries? That would be a great start. But why should these companies want to change? Their loyalty isn’t to you, it’s to the stockholders. The bottom line: They’re a business, no matter what they say. And by selling you unhealthy food, they make millions. And no company wants to stop doing that. If this ever-growing paradigm is going to shift, it’s up to you. But if you decide to keep living this way, go ahead. Over time, you may find yourself getting as sick as I did. And you may wind up here [emergency room] or here [cemetery]. I guess the big question is, who do you want to see go first? You? Or them?

-Morgan Spurlock, Super Size Me

Morgan Spurlock, 'One Direction: This Is Us' director: Zayn Malik 'struggled the most' with touring demands

Morgan Spurlock got to know the men of One Direction pretty well while he was directing their documentary “This Is Us,” and he told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that he always knew ex-member Zayn Malik struggled with fame.

Malik, who Spurlock called “probably my favorite guy in the band” and “probably the best singer in the group,” announced last week that he was leaving One Direction to return to being “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.”

Spurlock told HuffPost Live’s Ricky Camilleri that he saw that sentiment in Malik from the time they met:

He always struggled with being on the road. He’s a homebody. He wanted nothing more than to sit in his house and spray paint and draw and do art, and I think this explosion that happened to him – which was something none of them ever predicted – but I think he was the one who struggled with it the most. And being away, being on the road, being away from his girlfriend I think finally just got to him, and I think he said, “I’m done.”

Unbeknownst to Spurlock, a Malik solo track called “I Won’t Mind” was uploaded online less than a week after his departure was announced, leading to speculation that Malik actually left the band to pursue his own career.

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Tom Naughton seems to think that Morgan Spurlock (maker of Super Size Me) was trying to get the middle to upper class to think that the lower class is stupid. Did he not note that most of the documentary was a concern for American children?

now, do I think that people are stupid…oh yes, but stupidity has nothing to do with your income level. this is America…our culture has made us stupid. government activist groups such as CSPI do not need to apologize for trying to change this.