Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.
Five of Jackson's solo albums - "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous" and "HIStory," all with Epic Records - are among the top-sellers of all time and “Thriller” holds the distinction as the largest selling album worldwide in the history of the recording industry with more than 70 million units sold. Additionally, singles released from the Thriller album sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, another all time record.
During his extraordinary career, he sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award.
Michael Jackson started in the music business at the age of 11 with his brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. In the early 1980s, he defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking videos as "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and the epic "Thriller." Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.
It must have been hard for George Lucas to say no to Michael Jackson. The two were old friends after working on the iconic Disneyland 3D attraction Captain EO way back in 1986, at the height of the pop star's popularity. But when George set out to return to his galaxy far, far away with 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, he made the mistake of letting Michael read the script early. There was one character the singer gravitated to. But George Lucas simply felt he was wrong for the role.
As it turns out, Michael Jackson really wanted to play Jar Jar Binks. A character that would go onto become possibly the most hated in the series of old and new films alike. Mostly known for his singing, Michael Jackson was also an actor. He took the lead in the short film Captain EO, playing a starship captain who brings peace to the galaxy. He introduced the long form music video, which saw his musical performances bookended by a narrative. And he was the Scarecrow in the big screen version of The Wiz. Why couldn't he play Jar Jar Binks?Read More
The estate of Michael Jackson is trying to get a biopic about the late pop singer off the ground. The news comes just days after Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the King of Pop's death.
John Branca, the executor of Michael Jackson, is said to have approached Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock's Montecito Picture Company to co-finance and produce this untitled biopic. Tom Pollock confirmed that early talks are ongoing, but that both sides are nowhere near a deal at this time.Read More
It isn't clear if the special would have ever aired in America, although it's likely this program will never see the light of day in any country. Discovery Communications declined to comment any further beyond their statement.Read More
Earlier this week, we http://movieweb.com/michael-jacksons-thriller-sparks-bidding-war/reported that a big screen adaptation of Michael Jackson's hit single and music video Thriller was caught in the middle of a bidding war between studios. Michael Jackson's This Is It director Kenny Ortega, who is rumored to be helming the musical horror movie, recently caught up with Entertainment Weekly to update them on Thriller.
Thriller is in development .Read More
Several studios are vying for the rights to make a brand new 3D horror movie based on Michael Jackson's uber-popular song and music video, Thriller, according to Deadline.
GK Films is the front-runner to land the project, with Fox 2000, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment in contention as well. The movie is being set up at Real Effects Entertainment with Kenny Ortega (Michael Jackson's This Is It) directing from a screenplay by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up). The budget is said to be around $50 million.Read More
Author-filmmaker Ian Halperin ("Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson") is bringing his 88-minute documentary Gone Too Soon to the bigscreen, which is culled from 300 hours of footage shot inside Michael Jackson's camp.
According to Variety, the film is set for a theatrical run in Canada and France, via Transit Medias, on June 25 -- the first anniversary of Jackson's death.Read More
Michael Jackson's This Is It! offers Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London's O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from April through June, 2009, the film is produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at Jackson as he has never been seen before. In raw and candid detail, Michael Jackson's This Is It! captures the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius and great artist at work as he creates and perfects his final show. Kenny Ortega, who was both Michael Jackson's creative partner and the director of the stage show is also directing the film, which is being produced by Randy Phillips, Kenny Ortega and Paul Gongaware. Executive producers are John Branca and John McClain. The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray January 26th, 2010.
Michael Jackson's This Is It was released October 28th, 2009.Read More