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Director Morgan Spurlock discusses his One Direction documentary “This Is Us”

Over the past three years, the pop British-Irish boy band One Direction has taken the world by storm while gaining millions of fans across the globe. In the movie “This Is Us,” coming out Aug. 30, director Morgan Spurlock takes viewers behind the scenes as the five band members – Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – tour internationally and record their upcoming album, “Where We Are.” Spurlock, who has directed and starred in other documentaries such as “Super Size Me” and television shows such as “30 Days,” said collaborating with the band made for “a much more fun and enjoyable process” than his more serious documentaries in the past, even if only having 10 months from the start of filming to the release date made the experience “a real thrill and a big undertaking.”

Research explores mahjong’s significance in American culture

While contemplating the traditional Chinese game of mahjong may initially conjure up scenes of elderly Chinese women shuffling colorful tiles around a square table, the pastime may have played a key role in fostering the development of Jewish-American and Chinese-American culture during the 20th century, according to research by doctoral candidate Annelise Heinz.
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