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One Direction gets 3-D concert movie directed by... Morgan Spurlock?


Wait, what?

Academy Award-nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock — best known for taking aim at McDonald’s with Super Size Me — will direct a 3-D concert film starring One Direction, the British boy band that’s stolen tweenage hearts around the world. According to a press release, the film will be released Labor Day weekend 2013 — the perfect pre-school year pick-me-up.

“This is an incredible opportunity and an amazing moment in time for the band,” Spurlock said in a statement. “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.” READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez is working on a 3D concert film

Jenny from the block is big-screen bound once more. EW has confirmed that the former American Idol judge is currently shooting footage for a forthcoming 3D concert film. The movie, titled Dance Again, will be an account of Lopez’s career over the last few years. No word yet on how Idol will figure in, but it’s got to be more than a footnote in the final product.

Lopez, a co-star of this spring’s underwhelming ensemble comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting, will be taking a gamble by making a concert film. While Justin Bieber‘s 2011 multidimensional flick was a box-office hit, similar efforts by the Jonas Brothers, the cast of Glee, and Katy Perry all underperformed. Perhaps Lopez could try courting success by appealing to Millennial nostalgia in her movie; after all, it’s working for 98 Degrees.

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Why Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' flopped. And why I still want to see more concert films

A few years ago, I wrote a post ardently pleading for the come- back of the concert film. I argued that if squeaky-clean teeny-bop singers-as-products like Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers could top the list of the five highest-grossing concert movies of all time (adjusted for inflation, the top film on that list would still be Woodstock), then surely an artist like, say, Lady Gaga might blast those same box-office records to smithereens. More to the point, a concert movie actually aimed at people over the age of fourteen might now have a chance to make a cultural splash. And so I said: Bring back the concert film! I swear it will work! READ FULL STORY

'Katy Perry: Part of Me' trailer: Baby, she's a 3-D! -- VIDEO

Katy Perry is taking the whole firework metaphor to the extreme as her new concert movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me hits theaters July 4 weekend. In the first trailer for the much-anticipated 3-D concert documentary, we see Perry (and the various shades of her technicolor hair) backstage, on stage, and through all of her hits on the path to superstardom over the past few years, including her divorce from comedian Russell Brand. She tells a crowd in the clip below, “Thank you so much for believing in my weirdness.” Fair enough, Katy. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie' tanked at the box office. What went wrong?

In 2011, only two movies have opened in more than 2,000 theaters, yet finished outside the Top 10. The first was the 1980s throwback Take Me Home Tonight, which started with $3.5 million back in March, and the other was Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, which earned a poor $6 million out of 2,040 theaters over the weekend, landing it way back in 11th place.

The Glee concert picture, made for an estimated $8.5 million, showed a steep drop at the box office for each day of its opening weekend and earned only $6 million. And that’s with 3-D ticket prices!

That’s a far cry from the $31.1 million that Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour — which kicked off the recent wave of 3-D concert flicks — earned in its debut in 2008. It’s also much less than the opening weekend grosses of this year’s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never ($29.5 million), 2009’s Michael Jackson’s This Is It ($23.2 million), and even 2009’s financially disappointing Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience ($12.5 million). And since concert films are notoriously front-loaded in terms of overall box office performance — Hannah Montana barely doubled what it made in its opening weekend, finishing with $65.1 million — it’s unlikely that the Glee movie will pick up business this weekend.

So what went wrong with Glee‘s release? A few theories: READ FULL STORY

Sue Sylvester urges you to 'Stop believing' in new 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie' trailer

Sue Sylvester is continuing her rampage against the upcoming Glee: The 3D Concert Movie. In the first trailer, Jane Lynch’s non-jubilant track suit-wearing villain/occasional (non-singing) voice of reason insisted, “This thing sucks!” Now, in the latest spot for the Glee flick, Sue is urging tempted moviegoers to “Stop believing!” and is going so far as to warn, “Concert movies can kill you… or at least bore you to tears.” Still, we can’t understand why Sue is so upset about this (besides double taxation), because from the looks of it, there’s no Will Schuester to be found. Instead, there’s an adorable dancing tot dressed up like a Warbler! Watch the full clip below. READ FULL STORY

'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' director promises pranks, new performances, and (possibly) additional shirtless scenes in theater-bound fan cut

Jon-M-Chu-BieberImage Credit: Andrew Evans/PR PhotosAs we reported earlier today, Paramount is set to release Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Director’s Fan Cut, with 40 minutes of new footage, in 3-D theaters this Friday for a one-week limited run. It’s an unprecedented move that allows director Jon M. Chu to return some of what he trimmed from his original two-and-a-half hour cut back into the film — he followed Bieber for a month and a half leading up to his sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden last August — as well as add things that Bieber’s vocal Twitter fanbase told him they’d like to see more of after the film’s initial release. (Repeat viewers will notice about 22 minutes of what they saw the first time in theaters is now missing.)

“One of the number one things they wanted was Chaz and Ryan, Justin’s friends, and how they are sort of superstars in this world as well. So they’ll get to see what it’s like to roll with Justin Bieber,” Chu tells EW. Other additions: READ FULL STORY

'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' gets a new 3-D trailer

We’ve already seen him conquer the pop charts and sweep the AMAs. Now, a second trailer for Justin Bieber’s upcoming doc Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (in theaters on Valentine’s Day) promises to show fans a new dimension of the teen pop star — namely, the third one. The new clip replays some of the home-video shots from the first trailer along with some new 3-D friendly material: Justin spraying silly string, throwing popcorn at the screen, or just sticking his hand straight out at the camera. It’s a safe bet that when that part plays in theaters, there’ll be plenty of happy Bieber fans reaching right back. Check it out below and let us know what you think.


Let's bring back the concert film! And who would you like to see in one?

Lady-Gaga-Concert_lI read something in EW this week that genuinely shocked me. Next to my review of Michael Jackson’s This Is It, there’s a box of the five top-grossing concert films — and according to that list, the second most successful concert film of all time is Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009). The reason for my shock is not that I dislike the Jonas brothers (I thought their movie was charming in a prefab, featherweight way), but because, at the time, Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience was rightfully considered a mild commercial disappointment. It marked the beginning of their slow slide from top-of-the-world boy band to big-but-not-quite-as-big teenybop limbo. How could this movie have ranked so high?

To see how, take a look at the full list:

1. Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008) $65.3 million

2. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009) $19.2 million

3. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) $15 million

4. U2 3D (2008) $10.2 million

5. U2: Rattle and Hum (1988) $8.6 million

Hmmm, let’s tally this up: Two movies with currently-in-vogue squeaky-clean teen idols, a Madonna documentary from 20 years ago, a U2 doc from 20 years ago — and U2 again, this time from last year. I don’t begrudge any of these artists their big-screen success, but doesn’t this list strike you as just a little thin in terms of how well it represents…the pop-music universe of the last two decades? READ FULL STORY

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