Saturday, May 18, 2024

Spurlock’s Secret Doc; ELO in NYC; Sting Symphonizes


Morgan Spurlock never shies away from an adventure.

The director of “Super Size Me” took on the search for Osama Bin Laden. He also celebrated the 20th anniversary of “The Simpsons.” He contributed to the multi-director documentary “Freakonomics.” Very shortly he takes off for Comic Con, to work on another non fiction film.

But Spurlock has something else cooking that we hadn’t heard about it before: a documentary that is hush hush. According to inside sources, Spurlock is finishing up some kind of film that concerns the advertising business. He’s apparently had great access within ad agencies, too. Considering the fever for “Mad Men,” this would seem like a perfect time to go trace the history of the big agencies.

I am told that the Spurlock film may have a distributor already. And Morgan is hopeful that the film will play at the Toronto Film Festival. So stay tuned…

Jeff Lynne— of Electric Light Orchestra and Traveling Wilburys fame–hosted a dinner on Thursday night at the Waverly Inn with a bunch of pals. Lynne was in town for Ringo Starr’s 70th birthday party and show on Wednesday night…

Sting plays the Metropolitan Opera house on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Tomorrow, his “Symphonicities” album is released and all indications are it’s a hit out of the box. “Symphonicities” reimagines many of Sting’s solo and Police songs with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The songs– including “Englishman in New York,” “We Work the Black Seam,” “Straight to My Heart,” “The Pirate’s Bride,” and “I Hung My Head”–turn out to be incredibly supple and well adapted to this format. It’s an absolutely gorgeous album that once again underlines Sting’s place as a master contemporary songwriter.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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