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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Michael Jackson's This Is It

See also: This Is It (Michael Jackson concerts), This Is It (Michael Jackson album), and This Is It (Michael Jackson song)
Michael Jackson's This Is It
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Kenny OrtegaMichael Jackson (stage moves)
Produced by
Paul GongawareRandy Phillips
Michael JacksonKenny OrtegaOrianthi Panagaris
Kevin Mazur
AEG Live[2]The Michael Jackson Company, LLC
Distributed by
Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
October 28, 2009
Running time
111 minutes
United States
Gross revenue
$252,432,248 [5]
Michael Jackson's This Is It[6] (or just called This Is It) is a 2009 American both documentary and concert film[7] directed by Kenny Ortega that documents Michael Jackson's rehearsals and preparation for the concert series of the same name scheduled to start on July 13, 2009, but canceled due to his death eighteen days prior on June 25. The film is now the highest grossing concert movie and documentary in the history of cinema.[8]
The film consists of Jackson rehearsing musical numbers and directing his team, and additional behind the scenes footage including dancer auditions and costume design. The film's director Kenny Ortega confirmed that none of this footage was originally intended for release, but after Jackson's death it was agreed that the film be made for his fans. Ortega dedicated the film to Jackson's three children. The footage was filmed at both the Staples Center arena and The Forum in Los Angeles, California. Despite originally being set for October 30, the film's release date was rescheduled for October 28, 2009 due to a strong demand by Jackson's fans. The film was given a wide worldwide release and a limited two-week theatrical run from October 28, to November 12, 2009. Tickets went on sale a month early on September 27, 2009, to satisfy a high anticipated demand; to date, the film has broken numerous records via tickets both pre-sale and sales worldwide.
Since the film's confirmation, AEG Live has faced criticism; mostly consisting of claims that they had only made the film to make a profit. Multiple members of Jackson's family had confirmed that they didn't support the film and some family members went as far as to try to stop the film agreement in August. The film has also been surrounded by multiple controversies, including allegations regarding the appearance of body doubles in place of Jackson; which Sony denied, and an outrage from Jackson fans; with some going as far as to start a protest against the film. On August 10, 2009, a judge approved a deal between Jackson's estate, concert promoter AEG Live, and Sony Pictures. The agreement allowed Sony to edit the hundreds of hours of rehearsal footage needed to create the film. Sony subsequently paid $60 million for the film rights.[9]
The trailer premiered during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, 2009, along with the simultaneous launching of the film's official website.[10] The film was released to mainly positive reviews from both critics and Jackson fans; the film's portrayal of Jackson and his performances were generally praised, while criticism mainly consisted of both critics and fans having felt that the film was made just to profit off Jackson's death and that Jackson wouldn't have wanted the film released because he was a "perfectionist". In the film's opening weekend it grossed over $23 million - in the United States alone - making the film number one at the box office[5] and making it the fifth highest-grossing Halloween debut.[8] The film's worldwide revenue gross was in total $252.4 million during its theatrical run making it the highest grossing documentary or concert movie of all time.[11]
1 Content
2 Cast
3 Background
3.1 The concerts
4 Music
4.1 Soundtrack
4.1.1 Permission for distribution
4.2 Songs featured in the film
4.2.1 Notes
5 Production
5.1 Development
5.2 Deal with AEG Live
6 Release
6.1 Marketing
6.2 Obtaining tickets
6.3 Ticket sales
6.3.1 Record sales
6.4 3-D and IMAX
6.5 Release schedule
6.6 Early release
6.7 Home media
6.8 Broadcast rights
7 Controversies
7.1 AEG Live criticism
7.2 Body double allegations
7.3 Protest
8 Reception
8.1 Box office
8.2 Reviews
8.2.1 Critical response
9 References
10 External links

Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls

Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls (also known as Miss Cast Away and as Silly Movie 2 in Australia.) is a 2004 American spoof anarchic comedy B-movie written and directed by Bryan Michael Stoller, produced on a US$2 million budget. It features Pat Morita and Michael Jackson in their final film performances.
1 Plot
2 Cast
2.1 Cameo appearances
3 Film production and release
4 Reception
5 References
6 External links


Men in Black II

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Men in Black II
Film poster for Men in Black II
Directed by
Barry Sonnenfeld
Produced by
Walter F. ParkesLaurie MacDonaldCo-Producer:Graham PlaceExecutive Producer:Steven Spielberg
Written by
Screenplay:Barry FanaroRobert GordonStory:Robert GordonComic Book:Lowell Cunningham
Tommy Lee JonesWill SmithLara Flynn BoyleJohnny KnoxvilleRosario DawsonTony Shalhouband Rip Torn
Music by
Danny Elfman
Greg Gardiner
Editing by
Richard PearsonSteven Weisberg
Amblin EntertainmentMacDonald/Parkes Productions
Distributed by
Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
July 3, 2002
Running time
88 minutes
United States
$140,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue
Preceded by
Men in Black
Men in Black II (also known as MIIB) is a 2002 science fiction action comedy film starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The film also stars Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson and Rip Torn. The film is a sequel to the 1997 film Men in Black, both of which are based on the Malibu comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham.
1 Plot
2 Cast
3 Production
4 Critical reception
5 Box office
6 Sequel
7 References
8 External links
Michael Jackson's Ghosts is a
and directed by film director and
special effects guru Stan Winston which could also be classified as a long-form music video. It was filmed and first screened in 1996 and released along with select prints of the film Stephen King's THINNER. It was released a year later internationally on VHS.
The film tells the story of a scary
Maestro with supernatural powers, who is being forced out of a small town by its mayor. The movie includes a series of dance routines performed by Michael Jackson and his "family" of ghouls. Every song from the film was taken from Michael Jackson's HIStory and Blood on the Dance Floor albums. The film is also notable for an early film appearance of rapper Mos Def.
1 Plot
2 Cast
3 Songs used in the film
4 Reception
5 Distribution
6 References
7 External links


Moonwalker, also known as Michael Jackson: Moonwalker, is an American film released in 1988 by singer Michael Jackson.
Rather than featuring one continuous narrative, the film is a collection of short films about Jackson, several of which are long-form music videos from Jackson's Bad album. The film is named after the dance technique known as the moonwalk, which was one of his trademark moves. The name of the dance move was dubbed by the media, not by Jackson himself; however, he did choose the title of the film himself.
1 Release
2 Plot
2.1 Man in the Mirror
2.2 Retrospective
2.3 Badder
2.4 Speed Demon
2.5 Leave Me Alone
2.6 Smooth Criminal
2.7 Come Together
2.8 Closing credits
3 Cast
4 Reception
5 Current availability
6 Video game
7 Certification
8 References
9 External links