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Sleepers to See: Morgan Spurlock Dives into Comic-Con with 'A Fan's Hope'

 

When it comes to this weekend's selection of movies, there's certainly a lot to choose from. You could watch The Hunger Games and help push it over $400 million mark worldwide. There are the two new wide releases; American Reunion, which reunites the original Pie gang for more of the crude humor that made it so endearing to fans, as well as Titanic 3D, which James Cameron and crew spent $18 million to (beautifully) convert for re-release.

Other limited release options include our previous Sleepers to See, The Raid: Redemption, which expands to bring more butt-kicking action to theaters nationwide and the simple and charming Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

One movie that you might want to seek out, especially if you're of the comic book persuasion, is Morgan Spurlock's Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope. If Spurlock's name sounds familiar, yes, he's the guy who only ate McDonalds for 30 days in Super Size Me, rode came-back searching for Osama Bin Laden (when he was alive) in Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? and most recently plastered himself in ads for The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Spurlock pretty much takes a back seat in Comic-Con. The camera instead focuses on six individuals; two artists looking to break into the comic book business, a toy collector looking for a limited edition figure, a costume designer looking to take her skills to Hollywood, a veteran comic book vendor who has fallen on hard times and one of the most adorable couples you'll ever see on screen.

In between following the stories of these six people are celebrity cameos ranging from Comic-Con favorites like Kevin Smith, Guillermo del Toro, Harry Knowles, Joss Whedon and of course, Stan Lee to folks like Seth Rogen, Kenneth Branaugh, Olivia Wilde and Eli Roth who share their Comic-Con experiences. 

If you've never been to Comic-Con, the annual summer deluge of humanity that descends upon downtown San Diego, this film will pretty much give you an idea of how crazy (and crowded) it can get. Last year saw more than 150,000 people over the five-day event.

A Fan's Hope does a great job of portraying their six subjects and by Day Two and Three, you can't help but root for them. Granted, not all the stories have happy endings, but the adorable couple should be rewarded with a lifetime pass. (Word is they weren't able to snag badges for this year's event).

Find out where the movie is playing this weekend, where it will be expanding to and where you can meet Spurlock.

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