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"Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary to run on ABCLOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Michael Jackson is coming to ABC, easy as 1-2-3.
The network said Tuesday that it will air "BAD25," a documentary about the deceased King of Pop directed by Spike Lee.
The documentary, which chronicles the creation of Jackson's 1987 album "Bad," will air on Thanksgiving. Further details will be released at a future date.
Using archival footage from the Michael Jackson estate, the film "focuses on the creative forces that pushed Jackson to make the 'Bad' album and launch the Bad Worldwide Tour," according to ABC.
The documentary also includes interviews conducted by Lee with Jackson confidants, choreographers and collaborators, including Martin Scorsese, who directed the "Bad" video, and Joe Pytka, who helmed the "Heal the World" video.
Lee himself directed the video for "They Don't Care About Us," from Jackson's "HIStory" album.
"This will be a very special Thanksgiving for all families to enjoy the genius of Michael Jackson," said Lee, who filmed the documentary in advance of the album's 25th anniversary. "Big thanks to ABC for allowing people to witness the making of Michael Jackson's 'Bad' album."
Released on August 31, 1987, "Bad" won two Grammy awards and was nominated for six, and spawned hits such as the title track, "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Man in the Mirror" and "Smooth Criminal." The album's anniversary will be marked by the release of deluxe 25th anniversary editions of the album.
The album's 25th anniversary will be celebrated on September 18, 2012 with the Legacy/Epic Records release of deluxe 25th anniversary editions of the album.
Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50, of acute propofol intoxication."
That looks exciting. I was on twitter last night (August 31st) and made a tweet to Spike Lee and he responded back -
What an honor because I was screeching when I saw it. So, I watched a press conference that Spike did in Venice about the documentary. I am going to post the video and state my views afterwards.
Michael Jackson, Inc. will tell the story of the rise, fall and rise of a billion-dollar empire, focusing on how Jackson’s own underrated business savvy helped him build one of the most impressive realms in the history of entertainment. Yes, Jackson died with hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. But he also left behind at least $1 billion in assets, the result of shrewd decision-making by himself and those who guided him in the 1980s.
My research is progressing rapidly and I’ve already started writing. This summer, I’ve done reporting in Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana, his adopted home of Los Angeles and even Neverland Ranch. I’ve interviewed members of his immediate and extended family; friends from childhood, adolescence and adulthood; lawyers, dealmakers, writers, producers and publicists who worked with him over the years; and representatives from his estate.
He states that Michael's empire was on the rise and then it fell. Who made it fall, Mr. Greenburg? Will your book get into that aspect? Hmmm, what else did he state on here.....yes, Michael was a shrewd businessman who got a hold of the precious Beatles catalogue with the help of a certain estate executor name John Branca who also wanted to take the catalogue from him. So, who in the family did he interview? Joe? Katherine? Trent? Jackie? Marlon? Jermaine? LaToya? What would the family tell the reader about Michael's business savvy sense? Friends from his life - are those friends the true blues are the backstabbers??? Of course, the Estate executors, Mr. Greenburg has to interview them because they are the main reason why Mr. Greenburg gets the created "tea" in regards to the invalid will that the executors and their helpers want the world to believe that Michael actually signed. The book will come out in 2014 and by that time, I would not be interested in caring about a Michael Jackson book.
Michael's Birthday L.O.V.E
The facebook/twitter lovefest on Michael's birthday made my week and I want to post a few tweets from family and friends/fans of the late Michael. I love the tweets because it was out of L.O.V.E.
Michael Jackson's children, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, are celebrating their father's 54th birthday in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. According to TMZ, the kids traveled with their grandmother, Katherine, aunt, La Toya, and co-guardian, T.J., to participate in the four-day Goin' Back To Indiana: Can You Feel It festival that began Wednesday, Jackson's birthday.
The events kick off with a Candlelight Tribute Vigil at 8 p.m. at the King Of Pop's old home located at 2300 Jackson Street. Reverend Jesse Jackson will open the program with a "message on love, peace and understanding," according to a statement on the ceremony's Facebook page.
On Thursday, the Jackson children will receive honorary uniforms from the Gary SouthShore RailCats, the city's independent professional baseball team, and will throw the night's first pitch. The game will be preceded by special musical performance by The Gratitude Project and will be followed by a moment of silence.
Katherine will be recognized on Friday during a dinner reception hosted by Gary mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. On Saturday, a musical salute will be held at the West Side Theatre Guild at West Side High School.
Jackson's family left Gary for Los Angeles in 1968 when he was 9-years-old. The Thriller singer said he had a rough childhood. During a 2003 interview for the "Living With Michael Jackson" television special, Jackson recalled being beaten by his father, Joe. Jackson said his dad would sometimes hold a belt in his hand as he watched the Jackson and his brothers rehearse. "If you didn't do it the right way, he would tear you up, really get you," Jackson said.
"Michael Jackson's Kids Celebrate Dad's 54th Birthday in Gary, Indiana" -
The video came from youtube.com