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Friday, July 18th, 2008
11:04 pm - Finally caught up on this season

Husband and I just caught up on the last three episodes of the season...

Has anyone watched the DVDs of past seasons? Are there good extras? I'd love to see some "behind the scenes" stuff about how they find people to participate, and any stories on episodes they wound up scrapping for failed experiments.

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
9:55 am - soo...

how'd everyone like this season?

favourite ep?
worst ep?


current mood: curious

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Sunday, June 15th, 2008
9:34 pm - episode 2, season 3


can someone tell me if the second episode of season 3 really aired oh june 10?
i'm from portugal, so i have to download the episodes to see them, but i can't find the second of this new season anywhere! it says on the site that it aired last tuesday but i can't find it.
thanks =)

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Saturday, May 31st, 2008
11:02 pm - 30 Days is back!

The new season starts June 3! Until then, FX is rerunning the old seasons.

Starting at 5pm, June 2, catch the Minimum Wage episode that started it all!

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Thursday, March 20th, 2008
7:25 pm - Premiere Day

I don't know if everyone knows, but I just saw a 30 Days advert and it premieres June 3rd :D

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008
6:40 pm - Two new interviews about Morgan's newest movie

‘Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?’: A Sundance Review

On the Line: Ever since it was announced that “Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?” would premiere at Sundance, this documentary from Morgan Spurlock, the muckraking documentary filmmaker, has been at the top of my (and many fellow true believers’) must-see list. Yes, the man who may or may not have pressured McDonald’s to abandon the “Super Size” option (a moment of silence please for French fries portions the size of my head) has decided to set his sights on none other than the most wanted man in the universe, Osama bin Laden.

Did he find him? How does it all end? Well if there was any doubt that this one was garnering huge interest, the insanely long line for the press screening I attended laid any hesitation to rest. The curiosity was there. Would Spurlock deliver? (Check out our interview with Spurlock here.)

In the Theater: If you like your docs Michael Moore-style with maybe a little less attitude and polemical grandstanding (and more facial hair), then Spurlock is your man. From the start, Spurlock couches the larger story of bin Laden, what he means, why he is what he is, and where the hell he might be, within a smaller, human context. Spurlock’s wife (”Super Size Me” fans will see a couple of familiar faces in this film) announces she is pregnant at the outset, and thus our hero must embark on his journey. If he’s going to raise a child in this crazy world, shouldn’t he get to the root of some of the problems that could jeopardize its peace?

And so Spurlock endeavors on a trip throughout the Middle East wherein he dons the garb of locals (full-on beard and all), nearly creates a riot on the streets of Israel (apparently the words “get out!” are the same in any language) and fires a rocket launcher (Spurlock’s subsequent glee may do more for armed-services enrollment than any John Wayne film).

In truth the film is less an actual search for bin Laden than an excuse to place Spurlock in the heart of a land we’re used to seeing only through CNN-reflected glasses. Sure Spurlock queries distant relatives of 9/11 hijackers and Taliban members, but this filmmaker/showman is savvy enough to know calling bin Laden airlines and asking where Osama is won’t produce any great leads. It is funny, though, as is Spurlock’s reliance on video game simulations of his Old West-style showdowns with a bin Laden that seems borne out of “Mortal Kombat” creator’s imagination.

Spurlock is a witty, quick-on-his-feet guide. His questions are basic (”What do you think of America?” and “Is Osama a murderer?”) but his manner and technique are authentic. He’s in the moment and wants answers just as we do. How did it all come to this, anyway? When did America become the enemy? If no especially resonant and definitive answers are given, at least the questions are posed with an open and thoughtful mind. And as for the answer to that central question of the title, well you don’t really want me to tell you, do you?

The Verdict: Spurlock isn’t quite the provocateur Moore is, and I mean that in a good way. A little bit of an agenda goes a long way in my book, and it’s to Spurlock’s credit that he once again emerges from his doc as a level-headed concerned citizen rather than a rabble-rousing polarizer. “Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?” explores some tough issues and it’s not going to get us all to sing “Kum Ba Yah,” but it is a doc that negotiates that ever-so-delicate dance between the illuminating and the entertaining. It might even be both.

See our complete coverage of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival — including breaking news, celebrity interviews, red carpet photos, movie clips and tons more.

Sundance Interview: 'Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?' Director Morgan Spurlock

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Friday, August 31st, 2007
12:50 pm - Local woman to be on 30 Days!

Woman lives for '30 Days' on other side of the fence

FX show immerses people on the other side of hot-button issues; a gun control advocate lives with a Kettering gun shop owner.

By Dave Larsen

Staff Writer

Friday, August 31, 2007

KETTERING — Pia Lalli is living the life of a gun enthusiast for the FX reality television series "30 Days."

Lalli, a pro-gun control advocate from Boston, has spent three weeks working at Peabody Sports, a gun dealer on Wilmington Pike. A Los Angeles film crew is documenting her experiences through Sept. 5 for an episode on gun control.

"We're really interested to see how the editing is going to go," said John R. Thyne, principal owner of Peabody Sports. Producers will edit 200 hours of film down to 44 minutes, he said.

Created by Morgan Spurlock, best known for the hit documentary "Super Size Me," "30 Days" focuses on a hot-button issue and follows a person on one side of the debate as they submerge themselves for 30 days within the culture of the opposing side.

Lalli, a dance instructor who lost a friend to gun violence, is living with gun enthusiast Ken Ekermeyer of Fairfield Twp. in Butler Co.

She did firearms training at the SimTrainer shooting range on Dryden Road; watched a competitive shooting match at the Miamisburg Sportsmen's Club; and went skeet shooting at the Clark County Sportsman's Club in Springfield.

Lalli visited Bill Goodman's Gun & Knife Show on Aug. 11 at Hara Arena. It took one month to get approval from the gun show, Thyne said.

The LA film crew was prohibited from discussing the episode with the media.

"I've personally decided it's not right for me, based on a lot of things," Lalli said on-camera Wednesday to a customer. "But I'm not trying to take away your right."

The "30 Days" gun control episode will be broadcast in late 2007 or early 2008 on FX.

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Thursday, June 28th, 2007
1:04 am - hi all

Anyone know when/if Season 3 is gonna start?

Morgan did say they were renewed for Season 3 on his blog sometime after season 2 ended, but I haven't seen any commercials or heard anything.

Anyone know?

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Monday, May 7th, 2007
7:23 pm - Morgan on Conan tonight!

Head's up!

Morgan Spurlock will be on the Conan O'Brien Show tonight! He'll be discussing his new film Chalk.

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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
10:08 pm

Is it just me, or do some of the 30 Days episodes feel like they're throwing the underdog/minority belief into the fire?

An athiest stays with a Christian family.
A pro-choice activist stays in a pro-life Christian-funded crisis pregnancy center.

I would love to see them turn these situations around the -other- way, and see how it would turn out. I think the conflict would be greater, and much more real. I have to say, though, that I love to see the strength of everyone's convictions - it's awe-inspiring and.. I'm not sure endearing is the right word. But it garners a lot more respect than if they'd waffle on their foundations of beliefs.

Any thoughts?

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
4:21 pm

So, what topics would you like to see made into "30 Days" episodes?

Here are mineCollapse )

current mood: curious

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Thursday, August 10th, 2006
1:41 pm - Morgan makes the rounds ...

Morgan is scheduled to be a guest on "Late Show with David Letterman" tonight (Aug 10) and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" tomorrow night (Aug 11).

Also, FX is running a "30 Days" marathon this Saturday afternoon. From Morgan's blog, here are the scheduled episodes:

12:00 Anti-Aging
1:00 Binge Drinking Mom
2:00 Atheist/Christian
3:00 Muslims and America
4:00 Outsourcing
5:00 Minimum Wage
6:00 Immigration

current mood: calm

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Friday, August 4th, 2006
1:04 pm

This week's episode really got to me. I loved it.

Can you believe how they are about Telemarketing?

Great insight

Just thought I'd say something since no one else did...

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
8:49 pm - Anyone with iTunes...

The "Immigration" episode and a "Behind the Scenes" thing for the prison episode are FREE on iTunes.

downloaded it yesterday.. pretty cool.

current mood: cheerful

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9:49 am

MSN.com article about Morgan and the show

They considered an episode where he'd be deployed to Iraq? Wow. That would have really been ... something.

current mood: working

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Thursday, July 27th, 2006
3:40 pm

Morgan Spurlock's thoughts on last night's show.

So what did everyone think? I thought it was a terrific episode. My heart broke for poor Armida, who just couldn't understand Frank at all and seemed near tears every time she argued with him. I was really glad that Frank went to Mexico for a night to gain some perspective.

I'm looking forward to the next episode!

Edited to add: Help Armida get to college

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Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
1:21 pm

Just a reminder, folks - Season 2 of "30 Days" starts at 10:00pm tonight!

The first topic: immigration.

current mood: excited

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Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
12:24 am - 30 Days Season 2 Premieres JULY 26th!

Set your VCRs, DVRs and block out your calender. It's officially official that the premiere of 30 Days season 2 will be July 26th. We have been working like crazy to get the episodes finished and I can now tell you what this season holds.

On July 26th - the first episode is about and is called "Immigration." In the show, a border patroling minuteman (who just so happens to be a legal Cuban immigrant) moves in with an undocumented Mexican family in East Los Angeles. This is one of the greatest hours of television I have ever seen in my life - you won't want to miss it. And I can't think of a more relevant or timely issue to kick off season 2. We also have episodes that deal with Outsourcing, Christianity and Atheism, New Age Healing, Abortion (Pro-Life/Pro-Choice), and Jail ... where I get locked up in the big house for 30 Days.

ALSO - the 30 Days DVD hits the street on JULY 11th! So, if you want to catch up with shows from last year and get "in the know" before season 2, then you should pick up one of these.

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Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
9:11 am

MSN article about the Season 2 opener:

(Contains spoilers about the first episode)

In other news, the new season starts July 26!

current mood: calm

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006
9:17 am

New post to Morgan's blog!

Nothing about 30 Days, but he got married! ^_^

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