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7 items from 2009


Travis Payne Interview, Michael Jacksons This Is It

30 October 2009 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | 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’s This is It’ Would Evocatively, Memorably Move Even Rhythmless Zombies

27 October 2009 11:01 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Even a rhythmless zombie will be able to siphon Michael Jackson’s prowess now. And this time, this is it.

If you thought the king of pop wouldn’t deliver on his latest bout of 50 sold-out worldwide concerts, think again. “Michael Jackson’s This is It” takes you on a raw ride behind the scenes, pulls at all the right heartstrings and unleashes what the late master performer would have done had he not passed much too young.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The 112 minutes of this Michael Jackson legacy – comprised of footage leading up to his very last weeks on Earth – fly by as you try to prevent the closing credits from scrolling too soon. No matter your musical taste, there likely isn’t a tune in this concert film that you won’t recognize (perhaps except for one about Mj’s green love for our “sick” planet).

The documentary and its »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Michael Jackson’s This is It’ Would Evocatively, Memorably Move Even Rhythmless Zombies

27 October 2009 11:01 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Even a rhythmless zombie will be able to siphon Michael Jackson’s prowess now. And this time, this is it.

If you thought the king of pop wouldn’t deliver on his latest bout of 50 sold-out worldwide concerts, think again. “Michael Jackson’s This is It” literally takes you behind the scenes, pulls at all the right memorable heartstrings and unleashes what the late master performer would have had he not passed much too young.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The 112 minutes of this new and last Michael Jackson legacy – comprised of footage leading up to his very last weeks on Earth – fly by as you try to prevent the closing credits from scrolling too soon. No matter your musical taste, there likely isn’t a tune in this concert film that you won’t recognize – except for one about Mj’s green love for our “sick” planet.

The documentary and its CD »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Jackson Bros. Reality Show Coming Soon

20 August 2009 7:05 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

The pilot for the planned reality show about a reunion quest by Michael Jackson's brothers is reportedly set to air "within the month" on A&E, which has exclusive rights to a season's worth of footage shot before Jackson died in June. And before you blame the network for shameless exploitation, the brothers have apparently agreed to another round of shooting chronicling their grieving period and potential for a post-Michael comeback. Assuming Darryl Phinnessee jumps aboard in their late brother's stead, you have to like their chances. [THR] »

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Walter Cronkite Memorial Coming to Web Today

23 July 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

You don't need to win a ticket lottery or camp outside the Staples Center to pay a final tribute to the late, great Walter Cronkite, who will be memorialized today at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan. You just need a browser pointed to CBSNews.com, which will Webcast the proceedings live starting at 11 a.m Pdt/2 p.m. Edt. The list of guest speakers is relatively modest (including Andy Rooney and son Chip Cronkite), but I don't expect any Darryl Phinnessee performances, so it kind of evens out in the end. Rip, Mr. Cronkite. [Variety] »

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Sony Pledging $50 Million+ For Michael Jackson Rehearsal Footage?

20 July 2009 7:30 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

· Sony may soon have a new entry to add to its holiday 2009 movie calendar, having emerged as the likely buyer of 80 hours' worth of Michael Jackson rehearsal footage from his concert promoters at Aeg. Bidding reportedly began at $50 million -- roughly $10,000 per minute -- and climbed from there, with director Kenny Ortega already assembling scenes from Jackson's final comeback preparations last month. Among them: Three interstitial videos that would have broken up the London performances, including "an alternative version" of Thriller. Next up for Aeg: Offloading TV and video rights for the Mj tribute/birthday concert on Aug. 29. (Sorry! Darryl Phinnessee sold separately.) [Dhd, BFDealMemo]

Voltron returns, Mischa Barton takes another week off, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump. »

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Our Commenters of the Week Win a Command Performance By Darryl Phinnessee!

10 July 2009 5:00 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

After a painstaking appraisal of a wide and worthy race, we've narrowed down the five best comments of the week. We offer their authors not just the heartiest of congratulations, but also something they'll remember for the rest of their lives -- and possibly well into the hereafter! That's right: A command performance by Michael Jackson Memorial breakout star and Frasier theme song composer Darryl Phinnessee, who'll sing either their choice of any song from the Jackson playbook, or "Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs," with his signature, velvety intensity.

Now let's find out who'll be serenaded: »

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