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Film Review: ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall’

5 February 2016 1:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nearly seven years after Michael Jackson’s premature passing, the world has probably gleaned as much as it ever will about the personal, physical and sexual curiosities of the posthumously reigning King of Pop; his enduringly influential artistry, however, remains ripe for renewed appreciation and appraisal. Leading the charge on this front is Spike Lee, who brings evidently profound personal affection and diligent research instincts to the inelegantly but self-explanatorily titled “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off to Wall.” Corraling a wealth of talking heads — ranging from family members to essential collaborators to Rosie Perez — to examine Jackson’s transition from preternatural boy-band member to supernatural solo star, this bouncily entertaining doc may boast only a notch more formal ambition than a very well-assembled “Behind the Music” special, but is no less essential than Lee’s first Mj opus, the excellent “Bad 25.”

Like “Bad 25,” Lee’s »

- Guy Lodge

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Spike Lee on His New Michael Jackson Doc and Going After MTV

28 January 2016 8:14 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

There's a moment about one-third of the way through Spike Lee's new documentary Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall in which the Jackson estate's archivist pulls out a yellowed, frayed letter and reads aloud. Written after Michael and his brothers, collectively known as the Jackson 5, had left Motown and were recording under the name the Jacksons, the future King of Pop is jotting down various aspirational goals: He wants to get into the movies, he wants to explore all musical styles and directions, he wants »

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Spike Lee on Charlotte Rampling, Skipping the Oscars, and Why White Hollywood Needs to Step Up

25 January 2016 10:45 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Spike Lee is here at Sundance promoting his new documentary, Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall (airing February 5 on Showtime), his second doc on the musical legend, following 2012's Bad 25. But he's also, at this reporter's request, become a sort of unofficial spokesperson for the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. Lee very easily could have shut down any non-Jackson-related questions, but when we spoke, he was in a terrific mood about the Academy's recently announced plans to diversify its membership, and ready to jab back at what he sees as ignorant commentary on the issue from everyone from Charlotte Rampling to Alejandro Iñarritú.Spike Lee: [upon noticing I'm wearing a knee brace and walking with a cane] What happened to you? Oh, I messed up my knee snowboarding in Vermont.Hanging with Bernie, huh? You tore your Acl or something? Sprained my McL.I tore my meniscus [sympathetic look]. Yeah, I remember »

- Jada Yuan

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Watch The King Of Pop Go Off The Wall In Trailer For Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Documentary

13 January 2016 12:52 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

From the young and wide-eyed frontman for Jackson 5 to the undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson’s career trajectory is almost unparalleled in just how quickly the late, great singer-songwriter shot to the top. Headed up by reputable film director Spike Lee, Showtime’s all-new documentary Off the Wall is poised to explore those formative years of Jackson’s solo career, and today brings forth the first trailer for the feature.

Focusing on the title album that catapulted the artist to super-stardom, Lee’s intimate portrait of Michael Jackson is by no means the first time that the director has tackled the late superstar, after releasing Bad 25 only four years ago. Now, Lee is ready to showcase a different portion of Jackson’s decorated legacy.

Here’s the official logline from Showtime:

The film focuses on a rarely examined chapter of Jackson’s career as he evolves from »

- Michael Briers

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Spike Lee Unveils 'Off the Wall' Michael Jackson Documentary Trailer

13 January 2016 12:11 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Spike Lee's upcoming Showtime documentary Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown To Off The Wall will chart the King of Pop's path from child star with the Jackson 5 to pop icon with the arrival of his breakout solo LP Off the Wall. The film – Lee's second Jackson documentary, following his Bad 25 in 2012 – will air on Showtime on February 5th. But on Wednesday, the movie channel unveiled the first trailer for Michael Jackson’s Journey featuring archival footage alongside new interviews.

"I've always used Michael as, first and foremost, »

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Watch: First Clip From Spike Lee's Documentary 'Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown To Off The Wall'

13 January 2016 8:44 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Spike Lee is no stranger to the world of Michael Jackson. He first tackled the pop star's legacy four years ago with "Bad 25," and now he's back, chronicling the impact of Jackson's hugely influential "Off The Wall" with "Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown To Off The Wall." And the first clip for the documentary has arrived. Read More: Review: "Spike Lee's 'Bad 25' A Comprehensive & Warm Look At The Making Of Michael Jackson's Album The album that launched Jackson into mega-stardom, it can't be overstated how important the album was not just to his career, but the music landscape as a whole. And this trailer promises both a look back with some nice archival footage, and a look forward as artists like Questlove, The Weeknd, and David Byrne share their impressions of first hearing "Off The Wall." Here's the synopsis:  One morning, a television »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Trailer: Spike Lee's Jacko Documentary

13 January 2016 8:28 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following on from his "Bad 25" doco several years ago, Spike Lee returns with a new documentary for Showtime about the former King of Pop with the upcoming "Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall" and today the first footage from it has arrived.

The new project looks at the impact of Jackson's immensely popular album "Off the Wall". It will premiere later this month at the Sundance Film Festival ahead of an airing on February 5th.

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- Garth Franklin

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Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall Reissue Comes With New Spike Lee Doc, Will Air on Showtime

7 January 2016 8:57 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Yet another Michael Jackson album is getting a reissue: 1979's Off the Wall — which features the classics "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You" — will be rereleased on February 26, with a very special bonus. Spike Lee's newest Michael Jackson documentary, Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall, comes as a DVD special with the reissue. This latest entry in Spike's continued tribute to the music genius will first debut at Sundance on January 24, and then air February 5 on Showtime. Lee's previous Mj doc, 2012's Bad 25, coincided with the 25th anniversary and reissue of that iconic album, and featured dozens of interviews with music-industry elites. His latest will include commentary from Jackson's family — Joe, Katherine, Marlon, and Jackie — as well as other pop-culture names, like the Weeknd, Pharrell, Kobe Bryant, Questlove, Lee Daniels, Misty Copeland, Mark Ronson, John »

- Dee Lockett

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Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Docu To Bow On Showtime After Sundance Premiere

7 January 2016 8:07 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Showtime has set a February 5 airdate for Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, the latest documentary film on the pop star from Spike Lee. The TV bow comes after the pic has its world premiere January 24 in the Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival. Sony Music and Jackson’s estate are combining to rerelease Off The Wall with a DVD of the movie on February 26. The docu, Lee’s follow-up to his Jackson pic Bad 25, centers on the singer as he is… »

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Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Docu To Bow On Showtime After Sundance Premiere

7 January 2016 8:07 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Showtime has set a February 5 airdate for Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, the latest documentary film on the pop star from Spike Lee. The TV bow comes after the pic has its world premiere January 24 in the Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival. Sony Music and Jackson’s estate are combining to rerelease Off The Wall with a DVD of the movie on February 26. The docu, Lee’s follow-up to his Jackson pic Bad 25, centers on the singer as he is… »

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