Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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While Michael Jackson‘s unexpected last concert documentary This Is It was helmed by dance choreographer turned High School Musical 3 director Kenny Ortega, the official music video for the King of Pop’s posthumous single attracted a bigger and more talented filmmaker — Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee. The video features scenes from Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana, edited together with photos and footage taken throughout Michael’s career. Watch the video now, embedded after the jump.
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Disney Parks has confirmed that Honey I Shrunk The Audience will be closing sometime in the next few weeks to make way for the the return of the Francis Ford Coppola-directed/George Lucas-produced Michael Jackson sci-fi action 3D musical short film Captain EO. The original film will return to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland beginning in February 2010.

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This is It

Kenny Ortega leaves NOTHING on the editing room floor in this sequel to his smash hit Michael Jackson rehearsal concert film THIS IS IT! Armed with hours upon hours of more never before scene footage – THIS IS MORE OF IT is the film fans have been waiting for! Footage so bad, real names weren’t used. Watch the trailer for this unprecedented four week cinema event, after the jump.

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The Buzz: Michael Jackson’s This is It!

This is It

Sony released the Michael Jackson concert documentary This Is It tonight in theaters. Even movie critics and press were kept in the dark until nationwide press screenings on Tuesday night. So what is the early verdict? Lets take a look at the early buzz in the Buzz Report.

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This is It

I thought the idea of a Michael Jackson concert film based on rehearsal footage from his planned run of London shows was ghoulish and exploitative when first announced. The trailer for This Is It didn’t change my mind, but a great many people evidently see only the Michael Jackson of old. We already know the film has had remarkable pre-sales, with Fandango reporting it as #1 in ticket sales now, two weeks before opening. Now a report from AEG, the concert promoter and the film’s financier, claims that Sony is already in the black thanks to the pre-sale numbers. Furthermore, the same report pegs the film’s eventual gross as genuinely massive, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Read More »

Michael Jackson’s This Is It Trailer

This is It

Sony has released a trailer for This is It, the Michael Jackson concert rehearsal documentary film which is being rushed out for a late October release. The film is being released for a special, limited, two-week engagement worldwide on Wednesday, October 28th. Watch the trailer now after the jump.

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Disney Denies The Return of Captain EO

Michael Jackson Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas

Disney head Bob Iger denies previously reported rumors that Disney will be bringing the Francis Ford Coppola-directed Michael Jackson sci-fi 3D musical Captain EO back to Disney theme parks. A couple weeks ago the rumor showed up online claiming that the film would return to the Southern California theme park in January 2010, as a tribute to Michael Jackson. Here is a quote from reuters:

“There aren’t plans to bring back ‘Captain EO’ at this time,” Iger said at a news conference. “We are looking at it. It’s the kind of thing that, if we did it, would get a fair amount of attention and we’d want to make sure we do it right.”

That isn’t to say there hasn’t been talk or consideration of the idea. Iger admits that he and four Disney executives recently revisited the 17-minute film and noted that the special effects were dated. Could this mean that Disney might be considering remastering the old footage with brand new computer effects and new footage? Never say never. But for now, consider this rumor debunked.

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