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'One Direction:This Is Us' global viewing party announces date, launches website

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A global viewing party for the documentary "One Direction: This Is Us" has been scheduled for Dec. 20, 2013, three days after the movie's U.S./Canadian release on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD.

According to announcement made via press release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:

On Dec. 20, 1D fans all over the world will be able to join together to re-live the live concert performances of their favorite band with the "Global Viewing Party" following the debut of "One Direction: This Is Us" on Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet Dec. 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE). All of the ingredients for the perfect One Direction bash will be easily accessible and free to fans when SPHE launches the 1DMovieParty "microsite," where party hosts and hostesses can download the "do it yourself" This Is Us party kit , which will include invitations to share with their friends, printable Bingo cards for party-goers to play while watching the film, 1D-themed decorations and recipes and much, much more.

SPHE is also partnering with party stylist and graphic design company Anders Ruff to provide tips and how-to's to help throw the ultimate viewing party. Fans can visit www.1DMovieParty.com today for the kit and access all of the handy materials needed for their parties. Directioners are encouraged to Tweet, Vine and Instagram photos and videos of their 1D viewing parties using the tag #1DMovieParty for a chance to win a signed Blu-ray by the entire band, T-shirts and 1D sunglasses.

"One Direction: This Is Us" (Ultimate Fan Edition) comes in Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet Dec. 17 and in 3D format. The special edition release features both the original theatrical and extended fan cuts of the feature film. The Extended cut includes 20 minutes of new footage and four additional songs for fans to treasure.

Synopsis:

"One Direction: This Is Us" is a captivating and intimate all-access look at life on the road for the global music phenomenon. Weaved with stunning live concert footage, this inspiring feature film tells the remarkable story of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis' meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on "The X Factor," to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena. Hear it from the boys themselves and see through their own eyes what it's really like to be One Direction.

"One Direction: This Is Us" was directed by Morgan Spurlock. The film was executive produced by Richard Griffiths, Harry Magee, Will Bloomfield, Douglas C. Merrfield, Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin, with Simon Cowell, Adam Milano, Morgan Spurlock and Ben Winston serving as producers.

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson formed in 2010 and have since amassed a loyal fan base and fame all across the globe. With three albums to date ("Up All Night," Take Me Home" and "Midnight Memories"), they have impressively sold more than 36 million records worldwide and have achieved a total of 61 number ones.

It's been an incredible year for One Direction as they took home a BRIT Award, two American Music Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, six Teen Choice Awards and received a moonman for Best Song of the Summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. This Summer, One Direction made their movie debut with their massive hit 3D concert movie and documentary "One Direction: This Is Us." The film has been a phenomenal success, topping the UK and US box offices and grossing an incredible $67 million worldwide. The band released their history making third studio album "Midnight Memories" on Nov. 25, which includes the worldwide smash hit "Best Song Ever" and the new single "Story of My Life." In early 2014, One Direction will embark on their global "Where We Are" 2014 stadium tour, which includes 11 sold-out dates in the UK and Ireland and hits North America next summer.

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