Morgan Spurlock

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Oscar-nominated director Morgan Spurlock, who rose to fame with the McDonalds-indicting documentary Super Size Me is back at it again. Instead of taking on the fast food industry, terrorism, product placement, Comic-Con, or the image of men, he’s changing the game taking a look at rodents. What’s very interesting about this new documentary Rats is that we will look at their infestation, evolution, and how they affect our society the through the eyes of almost a horror/apocalyptic fashion, as if they were almost an alien species invading.

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ABOVE: This what happens when a gamer couple wants to cuddle.    [Nerd Approved]

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It is not the first documentary that director Morgan Spurlock has ever made (he is well known for his Super Size Me and others), but it does happen to be the first documentary ever allowed of the San Diego Comic Convention.  From its humble origins in 1970, when promoters were hoping to see 500 people show up, to the massive powerhouse of culture and fandom that it has become today, hosting more than 125,000, this event has transformed into a cultural phenomenon of epic proportions.

In Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, Spurlock does his best to tell the tale of SDCC through the eyes of those who attend it.  By following the experiences of a select few who are each there for their own reasons, he manages to capture the essence of the convention and the different meanings it takes on for different people.  This is accompanied by a general look at the convention and snippets of interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the likes of Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith and Stan Lee.

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Whether you’ve attended a sci-fi/comic/nerd-con in recent years or even just followed online coverage, you know what they are. Big glitzy exposes packed with marketing and promotion from wall to wall, booth to booth. We’re not just talking about the big ones either, even the smaller more local ones have become extravagant media events. It wasn’t always this way.

When the geek-convention movement started in back in the late 60’s early 70’s they were small hovels of people passionate about nerd topic they collected together to celebrate. Cheap hotel conference rooms or community centers or church basements where the locals and they had a very distinct charm all their own. Harken back to this bygone era with Back to Space-Con, a documentary that chronicles a Star Trek convention (The Red Hour Festival)   from 1970.

This feature-length documentary film tells the story of the 1970′s Bay Area Sci-Fi conventions called Space-Con. Told by the original organizers and fans. Includes celebrity interviews, costume contests and over 40 minutes of rare convention footage. See the Federation Trading Post in Berkeley and very first Star Trek convention in San Francisco. A real treat for any Star Trek or Star Wars fan. Film stars Bob Wilkins, John Stanley, Ernie Fosselius, and many more.

Think of it as the anti-thesis to big name pop-documentarian  Morgan Spurlock‘s Comic-Con doc that’s on the way. Maybe I am just a sucker for the history of nerd-culture, but it looks awesome with some great vintage footage.

Would you like it if nerd conventions where a little more like this still or do you prefer lining up to line up to maybe see Robert Downy Jr’s stunt double from the back of a crowed room?

You can check the trailer out after the jump, and after you do sound off in the comments with your thoughts.

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This year is turning out to be pretty fan-fuckin-tastic for movies, isn’t it? We’ve got big comic book flicks like The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises, but we’re also looking forward to another Pixar movie (And those are ALWAYS hits. Well, unless you’re Cars 2.) and a new documentary from Morgan Spurlock about San Diego Comic-Con. It’s gonna be a great year.

First up, above you’ll see the new poster for Brave, Pixar’s latest film about an impetuous, Scottish princess, Merida, who defies her kingdom’s customs and goes on adventure proving her bravery as well as her badass archery skills. With this movie and The Hunger Games, archery’s going to be big this year, I can tell.

The new trailer is actually more than trailer, it’s a full two minute clip from the movie! Feast your eyes, and enjoy.

Awesome! She totally is a badass archer. I mean, I know she’s animated bu it is possible to be that amazing of an archer is real life, too.

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

Brave opens June 22nd.

Next we’ve got an incredibly cool looking comic book poster for Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. It’s the new documentary from Morgan Spurlock filmed at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

In addition to the poster the first trailer has also been released and this flick looks great. I was a little concerned this movie would be critical of our nerd mecca but it looks to done with much love and consideration for those  in the geek community.

I love how they’ll be following different types of fans throughout the con. You’ve got the toy collector, the aspiring comic book artist, and the professional cosplayer, all people we’ve met at cons before. I wonder if they’ll follow that dude who never bathes and is always standing in front of me in line. You know the guy!

Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong. “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” – a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

Comic-Con Episode IV was executive produced by Stan Lee and Joss Whedon and what a stamp of nerd-proval that is! The trailer also shows interviews with big nerd names like Kevin Smith, Eli Roth, and Seth Rogen, but I hope we don’t focus too much on these guys. The movie’s call A Fan’s Hope and I want to hear the stories from the fans.

Anyone at SDCC last year see them filming for this?

Also, if you like the sound of Comic-Con Episode IV I highly suggest you check out Comic Book: The Movie.

Sources: Coming Soon (2)

A Super-sized Graphic Novel

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Morgan Spurlock, the mastermind and director behind “Super-Size Me,” is teaming up with Dark Horse Comics to produce an original graphic novel as a companion to Spurlock’s 2004 documentary.

The book according to ICv2, will be written by Spurlock and penciled by various established and up-and-coming artists. The book itself will be titled, “Supersized: Strange Tales from A Fast Food Culture,” will tell strange, bizarre tales about the U.S.’s obsession with fast food. MC Super-Size Me, a character showcased in the promotion for the book, serves as a type of crypt keeper not unlike the character from “Tales from The Crypt,” introducing each individual story and commenting on it.

The graphic novel is stalted for release sometime in spring 2010.

source ICv2 via The Hollywood Reporter