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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

Javier Bardem talks four-year passion project 'Sons of the Clouds'

Javier Bardem has been through a lot of change since 2008. He won an Academy Award that year and reconnected with Vicky Cristina Barcelona co-star Penélope Cruz, whom he later married and started a family. One constant since 2008 has been Bardem’s untiring work on the documentary Sons of the Clouds, available on iTunes today. Joined by Clouds’ co-producer Lilly Hartley and director Álvaro Longoria, Bardem sat down with EW to discuss the passion project that he considers a matter of “moral and historical responsibility.”  READ FULL STORY

Eight documentary shorts on shortlist for Oscars

Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the finalists for the Oscar category of Documentary Short Subject. There were 31 eligible entries, and of the eight listed below, three to five of the films will be official nominees once nominations are announced on Jan. 10.

The Education of Mohammad Hussein, Loki Films
Inocente, Shine Global, Inc.
Kings Point, Kings Point Documentary, Inc.
Mondays at Racine, Cynthia Wade Productions
Open Heart, Urban Landscapes Inc.
ParaÍso, The Strangebird Company
The Perfect Fit, SDI Productions Ltd.
Redemption, Downtown Docs

As previously announced, the host for this year will be Seth MacFarlane. The 85th annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.

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'The American Scream' trailer: Get ready to fall even more in love with Halloween -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

There is no finer sight for a trick-or-treater (or accompanying parent) than the neighborhood haunted house. Lots of folks these days hang a puffy spider or stick a witch in a tree or spread that cottony web across a front door. But the real heroes of Halloween are those who transform their humble abodes into something epically terrifying. The new documentary The American Scream, which premieres on the Chiller Network on Oct. 28 and is now playing in theaters in select cities, chronicles the herculean efforts of three passionate home haunters living within a stone’s throw of one another in an idyllic New England neighborhood. Directed by Michael Stephenson, whose last effort was 2009’s terrifically amusing Best Worst Movie about the making of Troll 2, it won Best Documentary after premiering at Fantastic Fest last month in Austin, Texas.

Check out the exclusive trailer of The American Scream if you dare…. (If you dare root for guys who remind you of your salt-of-the-Earth fathers. If you dare succumb to all the nostalgia of the season. If you dare consider taking your own 4-year-old to her first haunted house this year and risk her complaining of nightmares and asking to sleep in the big bed just this one more night.) READ FULL STORY

Documentarian hopes to make film about failed movie that inspired fake movie in Affleck's 'Argo.' Got that?

Ben Affleck’s Argo tells the true-life tale of a CIA agent who posed as the producer of a science fiction epic to rescue six Americans trapped in Iran in 1979. Now, another filmmaker wants to tell you a different part the story — but he needs your help to finish it.

For six years, Judd Ehrlich has been working on a documentary called Science Fiction Land, and the Emmy-nominated filmmaker just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 to complete the project. The non-fiction flick takes its title from a proposed theme park that would have been spun out of the success of a would-be sci-fi blockbuster, and profiles the unrealized ambitions of an idealistic Hollywood dreamer named Barry Ira Geller. Says Ehrlich:  “My documentary explores the real life sci-fi story that’s truly stranger than fiction.”


Ken Burns defies subpoena in 'Central Park Five' lawsuit -- UPDATE


Ken Burns and the filmmakers behind The Central Park Five, a documentary about the wrongful conviction of five minority teens for a 1989 Central Park rape, will defy a subpoena from the city of New York, which is engaged in a multimillion federal suit with the exonerated former suspects.

After serving prison sentences, the five men were cleared of wrongdoing with the help of DNA evidence in 2002 and have been in litigation with the City for the last nine years. On Sept. 12, the filmmakers received a subpoena from the City requesting access to the film’s interviews and unreleased footage, but in a statement today, Burns and co-directors Sarah Burns and David McMahon’s attorney said they would not comply, claiming that the City’s request was “neither appropriate nor enforceable under the governing law for subpoenas served on professional journalists exercising their right of independent free speech.”

Click below for the entire statement: READ FULL STORY

'Hoop Dreams' director Steve James on his new documentary about concussions among athletes and whether the NFL can 'save their sport'

In 1994, Steve James followed two inner-city Chicago high school students as they pursued their dreams of becoming the next Michael Jordan in the critically acclaimed, must-see documentary Hoop Dreams. Two decades later, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker is back with another documentary about sports, this one focused on the growing awareness of the risks of long-term brain damage from blows to the head in football, hockey, and other contact sports. Head Games opens this weekend, and James talked to EW about why he decided to shine the spotlight on the epidemic of concussions among athletes, the NFL’s handling of the problem, and how it could reshape the future of sports.

'Innocence of Muslims' mystery: Who is Sam Bacile?


The man behind video excerpts from an anti-Muslim movie that provoked mobs in Egypt and Libya said Wednesday that he has gone into hiding. But doubts rose about the man’s exact identity amid a flurry of false claims about his background and role in the purported film. The filmmaker, who identified himself in a telephone interview with The Associated Press as Sam Bacile, said he is an Israeli-born, Jewish writer and director of Innocence of Muslims. Bacile was the name used to publish excerpts of the movie online as early as July 2.

But some key facts about Bacile’s background and role in the film crumbled Wednesday as a Christian activist involved in the film project said that Bacile was a pseudonym, that he was not Jewish or Israeli, and that a group of Americans of Mideast origin collaborated on the film. Officials in Israel also said there was no record of Bacile as an Israeli citizen.

Doubts mounted as well about the provenance of the film, Innocence of Muslims. Several Hollywood and California film industry groups and permit agencies said they had no records of the project. Only an employee at a faded Hollywood movie theater confirmed that an entire version of the film had staged a brief run several months ago. READ FULL STORY

Director of anti-Islam film goes into hiding; says 'Islam is a cancer, period'

An Israeli filmmaker based in California went into hiding after a YouTube trailer of his movie attacking Islam’s prophet Muhammad sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American members of his staff were killed.

Speaking by phone Tuesday from an undisclosed location, writer and director Sam Bacile remained defiant, saying Islam is a cancer and that the 56-year-old intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion.

Protesters angered over Bacile’s film opened fire on and burned down the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. Libyan officials said Wednesday that Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as the building came under attack by a mob firing machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. READ FULL STORY

Obama's team responds to '2016: Obama's America'


President Obama’s team updated their official website, in a post dated Sept. 5, with a response to the film 2016: Obama’s America.

EW critic Owen Gleiberman said the documentary, by Dinesh D’Souza, “goes beyond making a hash of the facts — it’s an outrageously unsubstantiated act of character assassination.” The movie’s central thesis is that “Obama has spent his entire life trying to please his late Kenyan father and that he has done so by evolving into an anti-colonial socialist revolutionary.”

Naturally, the Obama team takes issue with the film.  They released a long statement that said, in part:


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