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Travis Payne Interview, Michael Jacksons This Is It

30 October 2009 8:00 PM, PDT | | See recent MoviesOnline news »

MoviesOnline caught up with award winning choreographer Travis Payne to talk about his new film, Michael Jackson’s This Is It, which 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 past summer in London’s O2 Arena. Payne served as associate producer for Michael Jackson’s This Is It, and along with the director, Kenny Ortega, has been extensively and intimately involved in the making of the film.

Payne has been dancing since he was nine years old. Since then, he has made a mark on the entertainment industry with his remarkable routines, visionary styling, and impeccable sense of movement. He has choreographed, danced, and contributed to music videos and tours for megastars ranging from Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson to Madonna, Sting, Faith Hill and Britney Spears. »

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Michael Jackson at the movies…

27 June 2009 11:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Yes, he was the punchline of approximately a quarter-million Tonight Show jokes. But Michael Jackson's stop-on-a-dime dance moves and sensual soprano have influenced generations of musicians, dancers and entertainers, and the man was so much more than what the tabloids made him out to be. One of entertainment's greatest icons, he was incredibly gifted, and like most gifted individuals he was an equally troubled genius who kept us captivated at his most dazzling, and at his most appalling moments. The New York Times once described him as one of the six most famous people on the planet. I'd like to up the ante:  he was the most famous person on the planet. He influenced artists ranging from Justin Timberlake to Madonna, and genres from rock to pop to R&B to even rap. No other artist has been as unifying. Jackson also helped elevate the music video, turning it »

- Kyle Reese

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Beat It

27 June 2009 11:18 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Beat It, directed by Bob Giraldi [1] and choreographed by Michael Peters [2], and based on the Broadway musical West Side Story helped further establish Jackson as an international pop icon [3]. Like Thriller [4], the video became famous for it's mass choreography, a Jackson trademark and actually starred 80 genuine gang members-to add authenticity to the production-and 18 professional dancers. It cost $150, 000 to make and Michael's red leather jacket became the next big thing in fashion while his elaborate choreography opened up many new job opportunities for dancers in the U.S. [1] [2] [3] [4] »

- Ricky

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