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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Captain EO To Return To Disneyland?

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Miceage is reporting that the Francis Ford Coppola-directed/George Lucas-produced sci-fi action 3D musical short film Captain EO will be returning to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. Apparently the return of Captain EO will be announced by Jay Rasulo at the D23 Expo, and the film will begin playing again in the Southern California theme park in January 2010, as a tribute to Michael Jackson.

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Ugh. From any perspective other than that of an accountant, This Is It, the movie built from recent Michael Jackson rehearsal footage, sounds like the worst kind of exploitation. And now you’ll be able to see it this fall, thanks to Sony. Speculation has run rampant for weeks that Sony would be the high bidder for the footage owned by the Jackson estate and AEG Live, and Variety reports that it is so: something like $60m is what it cost. Read More »

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Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Bruno had its LA premiere last night, and the show went on with a small part of the film exised, according to the Risky Biz Blog. A Michael Jackson-related scene was cut for the screening, showing Universal’s sensitivity to the news of Jackson’s passing. Read More »

Michael Jackson Dies at Age 50


“God damn it.” That was my first thought when I first caught word that Michael Jackson had suffered a heart attack earlier today. Like many, I kept my eye on Twitter for updates, all the while hoping for the best. Seriously, in what kind of sick sad world could we lose Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson on the same day?  TMZ was the first to report his death, and it was eventually confirmed by the LA Times.

By now it’s probably not worth rehashing the events of today any further. Those of you who care are already thoroughly depressed, and those of you who don’t have probably clicked away. I don’t even consider myself a diehard fan, but I thought a few words are in order for the passing of a man who has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

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