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See the star-studded trailer for a new film series about the economy

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Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Adrian Grenier, and Werner Herzog are among the more than 80 actors, directors, and academic and civic leaders who are collaborating on the digital series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan will produce the series of informative and entertaining films that tackle serious economic issues.

“At its core, the vision of this project is to fuse artistry and storytelling with economic expertise to engage the public in a truly informed dialogue about the U.S. economy,” says Carole Tomko, general manager and creative director of Vulcan. “This esteemed group of artists and thinkers galvanizes our mission of bringing innovation to the public discourse about the economy, and empowering people to make better economic choices in their own lives.”

Directors such as Adam McKay, Catherine Hardwicke, Joe Berlinger, Ramin Bahrani, Barbara Kopple, Albert Hughes, and Steve James recruited famous friends and sat down with Nobel laureates (Joseph Stiglitz), activists (Robert Kennedy Jr.), and economic insiders (CNBC’s Jim Cramer) for short films about crucial money matters.

On Oct. 21, the free series will launch across multiple platforms, including online, VOD, broadcast, mobile, and theatrical. READ FULL STORY

Morgan Spurlock on One Direction doc: 'More shirtless moments than you can imagine'

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Have you seen the trailer for the One Direction documentary, This is Us? Did you want there to be more shirtlessness? Did you want there to be more robots? Then we’re here to bring you a double-shot of good news. In a Twitter Q&A earlier today, director Morgan Spurlock — who once ate so much McDonald’s he became famous — gave more details about the film, which is being released in 3-D on Aug. 30.

To recap: The fivesome all care deeply about one another, all have great hair, and all treat Spurlock as if he were furniture. Will they be wearing shirts in the movie? They’re wild! Shirts are expensive. Music makes family. Who is Spurlock’s favorite guy? That’s one mystery he’ll never tell.

But really, the Q&A speaks for itself:

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'1D in 3D' trailer: One Direction's concert movie will be a scream -- VIDEO

Why does the teaser trailer for One Direction’s upcoming concert movie helpfully begin with a title card that confirms viewers are, in fact, about to watch the teaser trailer for One Direction’s upcoming concert movie? Maybe it’s simply to give die-hard Directioners extra time to get their squeals out.

In any case, the teaser’s pretty much what you’d expect — voiceovers from the guys about how they never thought they’d get this famous, performance footage, backstage goofing off, and nearly wall-to-wall shrieking, courtesy of the group’s ginormous teen girl fanbase. (Directioners really give Beliebers a run for their money.) The one thing that’s missing: Any sort of personal stamp from Super Size Me‘s Morgan Spurlock, who directed the film. Turn down the volume — lest your eardrums burst — and tune in here:

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

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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

Joss Whedon action figure to accompany Comic-Con documentary DVD -- EXCLUSIVE

The man who brought The Avengers to the big screen, created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and resurrected Firefly from the dead as Serenity has finally gotten what he deserves.

An action figure.

Toy versions of Joss Whedon will be packaged along with collector’s DVDs of Morgan Spurlock’s geek-culture documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, and Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive first look.

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'Mansome' trailer: Does the beard make a man? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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He’s documented fast food and Comic-Con, but Morgan Spurlock’s latest subject is a bit hairier. Mansome, which premieres at the Tribeca Film Fesitval on April 21, looks at mens’ grooming habits — from eyebrow threading to mustache trimming and yes, what happens with the hair down there. Jason Batemen, Will Arnett, Zack Galifianakis and Paul Rudd are among the stars waxing poetic about manscaping techniques. Take a look at the brand new trailer, after the jump.

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Tribeca: Morgan Spurlock, Michelle Williams, and Chris Colfer join festival

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its Spotlight and Cinemania programs today, including Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary, Mansome, period drama Cheerful Weather for the Wedding with Like Crazy‘s Felicity Jones (right), and Struck By Lightning, written by Glee‘s Chris Colfer. “It was important that we head into Tribeca’s second decade highlighting projects that were attuned to the pulse of our cultural climate,” said director of programming Genna Terranova, in a release. “That said, both consciousness and levity play a prominent role in this year’s selection. We are also eager to introduce audiences to a group of films that are reworking genres and testing traditional modes of storytelling.”

Simultaneously, the sixth annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Benji, a documentary about a Chicago high school basketball phenom who was murdered in 1984 before getting an opportunity to fulfill his promise. “This year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival films explore athletes’ diverse challenges on and off the playing fields,” said Terranova. “I’m excited we can share these inspiring stories — from runners training for the Olympics in rural Africa to Tim Wakefield’s ever-elusive and now historic knuckleball — with both our sports and documentary fans alike.”

The 11th edition of Tribeca will take place from April 18 to 29 in New York City. For a complete list of films selected for Spotlight, Cinemania, and Special Screenings, as well as the titles in the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, click here: READ FULL STORY

'Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope' trailer: Morgan Spurlock's Comic-Con documentary

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I admit to being a bit skeptical about the idea of relentless self-promoters Stan Lee and Morgan Spurlock making a documentary about the revelrous self-promotion orgy known as Comic-Con. But the debut trailer for Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope focuses mostly on the regular citizens of the annual unreality invasion. One guy arrives with a bag full of drawings, looking to make a name for himself. One guy’s there for the collecting, and deadpans, “My wife’s not too ecstatic about this whole toy-collecting thing.” And then there’s the lady who wants to show off her clothing designs by cosplaying FemShep’s Mass Effect N7 Armor. Don’t understand a single word I just said? Me neither! Also, Kevin Smith. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

From 'Human Centipede 2' to 'Zombie Ass': Fantastic Fest organizer Tim League talks about this year's line-up

The still ongoing Toronto Film Festival may have boasted appearances from such cinematic luminaries as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Ryan Gosling. But is it screening a film called Zombie Ass? It is not! To see that movie — and world premieres of a host of other horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and/or action movies — you will need to travel to Austin, Tx., which from September 22 once again plays host to America’s largest genre movie film festival, Fantastic Fest.

EW spoke with Fantastic Fest director, and Alamo Drafthouse cinema co-founder, Tim League for the lowdown on the (at times NSFW) mayhem. READ FULL STORY

Toronto: Morgan Spurlock's Comic-Con documentary is a blast of geek love. Nick Broomfield's 'Sarah Palin -- You Betcha!' will only deepen your hate

When I heard that Morgan Spurlock had a documentary at Toronto called Comic-Con: Episode IV — A Fan’s Hope, I knew I wanted to go, and I thought I had a good idea of what I was in for: Spurlock, with his Gen X Michael Moore wisenheimer prankishness, showing up at Comic-Con to interview droolers in shiny white Star Wars stormtrooper armor with an affectionate camera- ready wink of “Can you believe this?” condescension. READ FULL STORY

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