BAD 25 Documentary Coming Soon to iTunes

Source: Michael Jackson.com

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Bad25 tells the story behind the album that launched “Bad”, “Smooth Criminal” and more. It is the first album which produced five consecutive #1 singles, a record that was unmatched for more than two decades. Download the full-length documentary on iTunes November 19!

http://www.michaeljackson.com/us/news/bad-25-documentary-coming-soon-itunes-november-19

Spike Lee’s Bad 25 Is Now Available At Amazon Instant Video

Source: MJJ Community – By Morinen / Amazon

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Twenty-five years after Michael Jackson’s visionary BAD album and tour, BAD25 takes you back inside the recording sessions, film shoots and sold-out stadiums for an intimate look at the King Of Pop’s creative genius. Directed by Spike Lee.
 
  • Starring: Michael Jackson, Martin Scorsese
  • Directed by: Spike Lee
  • Runtime: 2 hours 12 minutes
  • Release year: 2013
  • Studio: Optimum Productions
  • Also available in HD
  • Rent for 48 hrs for $3.99
  • Buy for $14.99

 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FKYJUDY/

http://www.mjjcommunity.com/forum/threads/129500-Spike-Lee-BAD-25-Documentary-Released-July-2013-Full-2-hours-DVD-Blu-Ray/
 

 

BAD 25 BLUE RAY DVD’S AUTOGRAPHED BY SPIKE LEE FOR PURCHASE AT 40 ACRES AND A MULE ONLINE STORE

Source: 40 Acres And A Mule Filmworks

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Attention All Michael Jackson Fans: BAD 25 Blu-rays Signed By Spike Lee. These Are Very Hard To Get. This Documentary Is About The Making of Michael Jackson’s BAD Album. Price: $100.00 USD.

http://store.40acres.com/product/bad-25/

Q & A With Spike Lee At Yale University – Free Screening Of Bad 25, Sunday June 16, 2013

Source: News Time/Whitney Humanities Center – Yale

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Spike Lee will pay a visit to the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University on Sunday, June 16, 2013, for a talk following a free screening of his Michael Jackson documentary “Bad 25.”   The screening of Bad 25 will begin at 12:00 and the Q &A with Spike Lee will begin at 2:30. The Whitney Humanities Center is located at 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT. This event is presented in association with the Yale Summer Film Institute. No ticket is required.

Bad 25 is a portrait of Michael Jackson working on his solo album Bad, released in 1987. The film includes behind the scenes clips of the recording session and features various people that had worked with Jackson during the period.

http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/2013

http://www.yale.edu/whc/main.html

http://artidea.org/event/2013/1329

Good News! BAD 25 DVD/Blue Ray Finally Available To Pre-Order At MJ.com!

Source: Michael Jackson.com

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Twenty-five years after Michael Jackson’s visionary Bad album and tour left an indelible mark on pop culture, BAD25 takes you back inside the recording sessions, film shoots and sold-out stadiums for an intimate look at the King of Pop’s creative genius. Poignant and candid, Spike Lee directed a documentary that goes beyond paying homage to the record-setting album featuring such iconic songs as “Bad” and “Man In the Mirror.” Using never-seen footage and candid interviews with subjects ranging from Martin Scorsese to Kanye West, Lee chronicles what became not only a watershed moment in Michael Jackson’s growth as an artist but in popular music as well. The New York Times called BAD25 “filled with oh-wow moments,” while Time lauded the film as “an intimate view of a performer at his peak in the intense splendor of creativity.”

Chapters:

BAD Beginnings

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You

The Album Recording Process

The Way You Make Me Feel

Speed Demon

Liberian Girl

Just Good Friends

Another Part Of Me

Dirty Diana

Smooth Criminal

Leave Me Alone

BAD World Tour

Man In The Mirror

Man In The Mirror – Live Performance (BAD World Tour- Wembley Stadium, July 16, 1988)

Credits

Pre-Order: http://www.michaeljackson.com/us/store/bad-25th-anniversary/bad-25-documentary

Still No Firm Release Date For BAD 25 Blue Ray/DVD

Source: 40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks

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I sent another email to 40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks on April 28, hoping to get  an actual release date other than vague “summer” statement they have issued.  They finally responded on May 9 as follows:

The BAD 25 Blu-Ray/DVD Release will be this summer. No specific date set yet.

Thank you.
40 Acres Web Admin
www.40acres.com
http://twitter.com/40AcresBrooklyn
www.facebook.com/40AcresAndAMuleFilmworks
www.facebook.com/SpikeLee
www.myspace.com/40acresandamulefilmworks
http://www.vimeo.com/spikes40acres

Guess we will have to continue being patient and wait…..CP ♥

Repeat Broadcast: Michael Jackson’s BAD 25 Easter Sunday (March 31, 2013) On BBC4 At 21:35

Source: BBC.co.uk

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Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee’s forensic documentary assessment and celebration of Michael Jackson’s 1987 blockbuster album, the follow-up to Thriller. With over 40 interviews conducted by Lee himself with those involved in the making of the album, the accompanying videos and the tour, this fastmoving but epic film is a detailed study of Jackson’s second blockbuster album which went on to sell over 45 million units worldwide and included 5 consecutive US Number 1 singles and such classics as The Way You Make Me Feel, Bad, Man in the Mirror, Smooth Criminal etc.

Interviewees include Martin Scorsese, Walter Yetnikoff, Kanye West, Ce-Lo Green and Sheryl Crow who was a backing singer on the BAD tour.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p7n3h

 

Update On Bad 25 Documentary Release

Source: Twitter/Spike Lee

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Spike answered a question on his Twitter account about the Bad 25 release timeframe.  He hints at a summer release.

“Mr. Lee, has the BAD 25 doc hit Blu Ray and DVD yet?? “Summer.”

https://twitter.com/SpikeLee

I guess we can hold on until then, huh? But if you can’t, I have included some yummy pictures of Michael from the film and the Bad era to hold you over! :) CP ♥

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No Release Date Given For BAD 25 Documentary DVD…Stay Tuned

Source: 40 Acres.com Web Administrator

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I am sure many of you have been anxiously awaiting for news about a definite release date, myself included.  I have checked Spike’s Twitter page, 40 Acres website and searched the internet everyday for updates. After tweeting Spike directly and getting no response, I decided to send an inquiry through his website contact page.  I received the following response on yesterday from the web administrator:

“Blu-Ray/DVD Released Has Been Pushed Back. Stay Tuned For More Info.”

Thank you.
40 Acres Web Admin

www.40acres.com

No explanation was given for the delay.  I hope it’s not for too long.  I can’t wait to see the entire documentary.

Cutie Pie ♥

 Update: Still no word on a release date.  The 40 acres website only says “summer.” I wonder what’s really going on…. 

Michael Jackson’s Documentary ‘Bad 25′ Premiers On January 26, 2013 On Indian TV

 

MUMBAI: A documentary on the king of pop Michael Jackson’s iconic album ‘Bad’ will premiere on History TV 18 channel.

The 120 minute film will analyze the genesis of the album, which has sold over 40 million copies since its release in 1987.

This documentary reflects on Jackson’s influence on pop culture, visibly brought out through a series of interviews of artists like Kanye West, Chris Brown, and Mariah Carey.

The documentary will also include never-seen-before- footage of the singer and some of his most intimate studio sessions.

“A delight for any MJ enthusiast, the 120 minute film chronicles some of the biggest milestones in MJ’s life – right from the making of Bad and other such iconic films, to his first solo world tour. MJ Bad is a comprehensive study of Jackson’s life and what goes in the making of blockbuster hits. The film strings together exclusive excerpts from Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson, which was used as a resource for Bad 25,” the channel said.

A hugely anticipated follow up to his hit album ‘Thriller’ (1982), Jackson did not disappoint fans with Bad (Epic Records). It topped the charts worldwide including the US Billboard. Its grand cinema and broadway inspired videos like the title track, ‘Dirty Diana’ and ‘The Way You Make me Feel’ also got heavy rotation on radio and MTV.

Michael Jackson: Bad 25 – the documentary premieres January 26 at 8:30pm. 

http://www.radioandmusic.com/content/editorial/news/michael-jacksons-documentary-bad-25-premiers-26-jan

On This Day: The Way You Make Me Feel Went No.1 On U.S. Single Charts

Source: MTV – The Buzz -By Sanat Mehra

‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ which on this day in music went to No.1 on the US singles charts and was also a No.3 hit in the UK.

Now a website that shows us rare memorabilia, plays audio clippings, displays some rare photographs and videos; visiting Michael Jackson’s website is like journeying through the empty house of a passed legend.

The only excitement left is the release of Bad25, which is a documentary on the life of Michael Jackson and the making of the greatest album in pop history. Entertainment Weekly gave Bad25 an “A,” saying it is “a potent reminder of just how much “Bad’s pulsing pop holds up.” The Houston Chronicle called Bad25 “a layered, loving tribute” while the Seattle Post Intelligencer called Bad25 “a positively electrifying celebration of this often underrated album.”

In this album that changed pop history, there is a song called ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ which on this day in music went to No.1 on the US singles charts and was also a No.3 hit in the UK. 

http://mtv.in.com/thebuzz/music/this-day-in-music/tdim-the-way-you-make-me-feel-went-no1-on-us-single-charts-50172156.html

BAD 25 Listed As One Of The 10 Best Music Documentaries of 2012

Source: Paste Magazine – By Josh Jackson

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When all your favorite bands are on Twitter and Instagram, it can seem like you’ve got the inside scoop on all that goes on off stage. But there’s nothing like a well-crafted documentary to see what went into the music you love so dearly. This year saw directors like Spike Lee, Jonathan Demme and Kevin Macdonald filming some iconic music legends. But it also showed that little-known filmmakers documenting smaller acts can create just as a powerful a story. Here are the 10 Best Music Documentaries of 2012.

10. How to Grow a Band
Director: Mark Meatto
A good film—and a good band, for that matter—can be much like The Wizard of Oz. If everything goes just right, if the curtain doesn’t get pulled back, then the audience can find itself part of a great and powerful experience. But with How To Grow A Band, director Mark Meatto proves that, sometimes, a look behind the curtain can yield just as amazing of an experience. Meatto followed the folk-formal-fusion-but-don’t-you-dare-call-it-bluegrass band Punch Brothers for two years: on tour, in studio, on the street, in the living room, in comfort and in flux. The portrait of the band that emerges is clear and precise. We come to know the band so well that the music is comfortingly familiar by film’s end; we come to the know the band members so well that we can hear each individual personality filter through each song. And that’s what How To Grow A Band is really about. Meatto shows us how five virtuosos come together to take traditional music in a new direction.—Joan Radell

9. Bad25
Director: Spike Lee
Airing on ABC on Thanksgiving Day, Spike Lee delved deep into Michael Jackson’s Bad—both the album and the tour—a quarter century after its release. With no more records to break after Thriller, Jackson poured the pressure on himself, pushing himself and everyone around him to take things even bigger. With current interviews with folks like Quincy Jones and Martin Scorsese (who directed the BAD short film) and historical interviews with Jackson, Bad25 captures the moment in pop history. But it’s the candid moments that are most special. While the TV version was just over an hour, you can see the full 123-minute documentary coming to DVD in February, including a clip of Jackson dancing with Sheryl Crow, a section on his purchase of the Beatles’ catalog and interviews with Stevie Wonder and the Biebs.

8. Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
Director: Dori Berinstein
Carol Channing is such an endearing, sharp, funny personality that director Dori Berinstein could easily have just thrown her camera on a tripod, have the 90-year-old musical theater legend spin anecdotes for an hour and a half, and had a great documentary. Thankfully, what she made is even better. Sure, Channing still tells those stories about her life and stage career in her paradoxically inimitable-yet-oft-imitated style. But there are also heartfelt testimonies from fellow actors and personalities, most legends in their own right, about how talented and genuine she is. Carol Channing: Larger than Life is like a warm cinematic hug from Shubert Alley, not to be missed by anyone with even the remotest passing interest in Channing or Broadway history.—Dan Kaufman

7. Crossfire Hurricane
Director: Brett Morgan
Oscar-nominated documentarian Brett Morgan (On the Ropes) interviewed The Rolling Stones on the eve of the band’s 50th anniversary. “No cameras were allowed in the room,” he lets us know at the beginning of Crossfire Hurricane. But immediately we’re taken back to one of the band’s earliest tours of America, where they reigned as the bad boys to The Beatles’ cleaner image. With tons of concert clips, interview footage and backstage moments—much of which was previously unreleased—it’s an entertaining story about natural entertainers. Courtney Love liked it enough to invite Morgan to helm the upcoming Kurt Cobain documentary.

6. Neil Young: Journeys
Director: Jonathan Demme
Neil Young Journeys is director Jonathan Demme’s documentary of the last two nights of Young’s solo world tour performing at Toronto’s Massey Hall. The uncut performances, almost entirely from his 2010 album Le Noise, are interspersed with footage of Young driving around his hometown of Omemee, Ontario, in a 1956 Crown Victoria. In the car, he tells stories about his childhood, showing Demme the places where he grew up, almost all of which have been completely destroyed. Demme’s third documentary about Young assumes that his audience has a deep biographical knowledge of Young, but it’s enchanting to watch. There’s a reason he has had such a long and successful career as a musician and performer: watching him is enthralling and, at times, chill-inducing. The film offers a rare chance to experience an incredibly intimate performance from a rock-and-roll icon.—Emily Kirkpatrick

5. Big Easy Express
Director: Emmett Malloy
What happens when you have all the members of Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show on an old, historic train traveling 2,800 miles throughout the American Southwest playing shows in the unlikeliest of places? Lots of jamming, a set with a high-school band and a hell of a lot of fun. If you have any interest in the Americana/folk-pop movement, Big Easy Express will give you a glimpse into its motivation, showing even those now-enormous pop stars in Mumford playing around in their roots.

4. Under African Skies
Director: Joe Berlinger
Joe Berlinger’s fascinating, immersive documentary Under African Skies celebrates the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s landmark Graceland album and examines the firestorm of controversy that it ignited.The narrative core of the film is Simon’s 2011 return to South Africa to stage a reunion concert and, most poignantly, a conversation between him and Dali Tambo about their opposing stances 25 years ago and where they find themselves today. To his credit, Berlinger presents all arguments impartially and leaves the viewer to come to his or her own terms with Simon’s motives and actions.—Clay Steakley

3. Marley
Director: Kevin Macdonald
It’s not entirely clear why director Kevin Macdonald decided to make a documentary about the musician Bob Marley, a cultural icon whose life has been recounted countless times through a variety of mediums. Macdonald claims it’s because he wants to understand why Marley continues to speak to legions of fans around the world. Whatever his reasons, he’s clearly up to the task. Marley offers an expansive and at times fascinating perspective on the man through interviews with his fellow former Wailers, family, and childhood friends. The film is fairly detailed concerning Marley’s songwriting and musicianship from his early ska days up through the release of Catch a Fire. After this, however, it skips through his catalogue, choosing to focus more on his personal life, conversion to Rastafarianism, the tumultuous state of Jamaican politics, and his prolific womanizing—all of which are important elements of the artist’s character.—Jonah Flicker

2. Searching for Sugar Man
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
“The Story of the Forgotten Genius” is such a well-worn formula for music documentaries that it was already being parodied more than three decades ago in This is Spinal Tap. In Searching for Sugar Man, as Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul begins to tell the story of Rodriguez—the Dylanesque folk rocker who released two apparently brilliant albums in the early 1970s, then disappeared—it appears he’s traveling a familiar road. But that road takes a sharp left turn when we learn that bootleg recordings catapulted Rodriguez to stratospheric heights of fame in apartheid-era South Africa. (When a record-store owner is asked if Rodriguez was as big as the Rolling Stones, he matter-of-factly replies “Oh, much bigger than that.”). In fact, his uncensored depictions of sex and drugs were so thrilling to South African musicians that he became the patron saint of the Afrikaner punk movement, which in turn laid the groundwork for the organized anti-apartheid movement that eventually brought the regime down. It’s just a shame that Rodriguez never lived to see it—he burned himself to death onstage in the middle of a show. Or overdosed in prison. Or shot himself alone in his apartment. Or… could he still be alive? Bendjelloul’s film manages to create an aura of mystery and suspense around a search that actually unfolded 14 years ago—a “detective documentary” set in the very recent past.—Michael Dunaway

1. Shut Up and Play the Hits
Directors: Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern
A year ago, hundreds of friends and thousands of fans converged on Madison Square Garden for LCD Soundsystem’s farewell performance. All the while, the cameras were rolling, resulting in Shut Up And Play the Hits, a documentary that follows James Murphy and the band in the days leading up to, during and after the tumultuous four-hour farewell. Directors Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern use a staggering number of cameras and crosscut liberally to provide an experience that’s arguably even better than seeing the band live (okay, maybe not quite that good but…). And the scenes outside the concert footage are equally compelling. —Michael Dunaway/Bo Moore

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2012/12/the-10-best-music-documentaries-of-2012.html

Afrojack: Bleep Right And Work With Michael Jackson And Chris Brown

Source: Huffington Post – By Jesse Ship

DJ Afrojack shows his heart

When I call Afrojack the 6’10 gentle giant is the studio with David Guetta, Akon and Shermanology working on new tunes during our call. But his physical size, his new work companions, and the magnitude of his smash hits like “Take Over Control” and “No Beef” haven’t made his head grown too big.

The Dutch producer mostly wants to make sure everyone he knows gets treated well.

“Take good care of the people around you, take care of the people around you, take care of your friends, and always take care of your principles,” Afrojack tells Huffington Post Music Canada. “That’s the most important thing, because if you don’t, you’re a d***!”

Raised in Spijkenisse, a suburb of Rotterdam in Holland, he’s been able to take the values he grew up with on the professional road.

“The most important thing is you’re doing what makes you happy and the next day you can look at yourself in the mirror and be proud of yourself and not think, ‘yeah, I fucked that guy over, I’m an a**hole,’” says the man known on his passport as Nick van de Wall. “Because you will never be happy. You will never be happy if you f*** people over, because you will know that you made yourself by f******* people over.”

While good business ethic is refreshing and important in any industry, Afrojack’s musical integrity has come under fire, mostly through a radio ad spoof where cuts of his signature repetitive bleeps are played over and over, each as a separate song.

“That’s my thing,” he argues, taking the jab in full stride. 

He enjoys it even.

“Some people always wear red shoes, I always put a bleep in my songs,” says Afrojack, who covered former special friend Paris Hilton’s music with his bleeps. “But you can’t just make a song and bleep it the fuck out, you need a good buildup, and the bleep has to come from an unexpected corner.”

And hey, it’s true. A signature sound is what will get you recognized at the end of the day. And it’s not like he doesn’t semi-secretly work with megastars on the side. It’s perhaps a lesser known fact that he produced “Look At Me Now” for Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, as well as “Pon De Floor” for Major Lazer. And his latest remix had him approached by the Michael Jackson Foundation to put his touch on “Bad.”

It was both a thrilling and chilling experience.

“I was thinking, ‘Are you sure you’re talking to the right guy?’ I’ve been making music professionally for the last five years and you want me to remix the biggest legend of pop music? Yeah. It was weird and scary, but you can’t say no. If Michael Jackson were still here and he asked you to moon walk, you have to say yes.”

Click the link below to watch this and other Michael related interviews.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12/14/afrojack-michael-jackson-chris-brown_n_2302495.html

 

Is a Spike Lee Comeback in Store? (BAD 25)

Source: The Film Experience – By Amir S.

Amir here looking back into the non-fiction pool. With so many films still left to watch from this year’s crop, I haven’t yet had the chance, or in fact the desire, to sit down and sift through the list of 2013 releases. But there are a few titles that I’m sure will pop up on my eventual list of most anticipated films and chief among them is the remake of Oldboy; not just because the Korean original is one of the most divisive films of the past decade, but also because I’ve been waiting for a long time to see a real comeback by Spike Lee.

In the late 80s and early 90s, Lee became one of America’s most influential cinematic voices and directed two masterpieces that remain among his very best work to this day: Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X. But I think it’s fair to say that none of his recent films, at least since the 2006 double punch of When the Levees Broke and The Inside Man, have been able to enter public conversation or the awards race. Fiction projects like Miracle at St. Anna were coolly received and documentaries like If God is Willing… didn’t make a dent either. 

He’s on my mind after watching his Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25 and for the first time in a while I felt like he was on to something special. The film, which originally screened out of competition in Venice, is quite different from the other nonfiction entries in Lee’s oeuvre and it isn’t particularly innovative in its construction. A song by song breakdown of Jackson’s follow-up to his record-breaking Thriller, Bad 25 is effectively a straightforward examination of the production of the 1987 album through exhaustive research and interviews with several key collaborators with the King of Pop. But the collection of these extremely entertaining memories tell a different tale about Michael Jackson, and one that is sadly overshadowed these days by the events of his later life.

Lee, who knew Jackson personally and directed music videos for him, doesn’t attempt to address any of the controversies that surrounded the singer’s life. His celebrity is of course a prominent feature and it’s impossible to overlook given that Bad was produced at the height of his and the genre’s popularity. Jackson himself was obsessed with the idea of repeating Thriller’s success and that was a central aspect of Bad’s formation. But Lee wants to revisit an artist’s work, not his personal life and he does so with diligence, delving into his creative process and referencing tabloid myths and legends only sporadically and when they are discussed by Jackson himself. The creative process, like that of any other great artist, is absolutely fascinating to watch; and it’s interesting to get this amount of exposure to his methods through his peers.

My favourite part of the film is the interview and accompanying archival footage about that famous Bad music video. Partly because as a film fan I lament the fact that I didn’t live through the golden age of music videos and partly because Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker (director and editor of the video, respectively) make a great interviewee duo, I was entirely immersed their collaboration with the singer. Jackson referred to his videos as films and the Bad‘s production was treated as such, with a character-driven story and elaborate set pieces. That Bad also marks the acting debut of an exuberant Wesley Snipes is the icing on the story’s cake.

If I hesitate to call Bad 25 Lee’s return to form because his role as the director is incredibly understated here. His personality, so often at the foreground in his nonfiction work, has taken a backseat. This is a film about Michael Jackson and he’s content not to interfere. Then again, that’s exactly the stuff great directors are made of. They know when and how much their voice needs to be heard. Lee understands the magnitude of Jackson’s star and he’s happy to let it shine.

http://thefilmexperience.net/blog/2012/12/14/is-a-spike-lee-comeback-in-store.html

 

Exclusive Premiere: Musicians From Michael Jackson’s BAD Tour Recall Their Experiences

Source: Artist Direct

ARTISTdirect.com is pleased to premiere this exclusive, 12-minute, in-depth interview clip from the 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson‘s BAD.

The footage features the live musicians who performed and played instruments like guitar, drums and keyboards on the BAD tour, recalling and reflecting on life on the road.

Grab some popcorn, a 12 oz. Dr. Pepper and enjoy this clip, as the artists who experienced it give their perspective on one of the most memorable and important tours of the modern era. They were there; they lived it. So hear it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

Click the link to watch the video interview:

http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/exclusive-premiere-musicians-from-michael-jackson-s-bad-tour-recall-their-experiences/10335716

The 2012 Movie Rankings: Michael Jackson BAD 25 and LCD Soundsystem Docs Impress; More Indies Barge In

Source: http://www.shockya.com/logo.pngBy Joe Belcastro

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Everyone waits until the year is over to compile their “Best of whatever” movie lists. This has become a mundane practice. Time for a bit of a change, kids.

***Being a voting member of one of the accredited film critic associations recognized by the studios for year-end awards, a ton of “For Your Consideration” screeners will be viewed up until Christmas time; all vying for award nods/momentum heading into the 84th Academy Awards***

A bunch of documentaries, most of them very good, found their way into the rankings. Two that standout revolve around music in Bad 25 an Shut Up and Play the Hits. As for the other new entries, it was all about struggling relationships. So yeah, quite an interesting viewing roller-coaster for yours truly the last two days.

The new releases for the respective week will have a capsule review at the end of the column. An updated list comes out every Tuesday and Friday. Here’s how things are shaking up so far in 2012:

. Chronicle
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. The Cabin in the Woods
4. Moonrise Kingdom
5. Side by Side
6. ParaNorman
7. Argo
8. Looper
9. Game Change
10. Skyfall
11. Lincoln
12. The Avengers
13. The Secret World of Arriety
14. The Grey
15. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
16. Friends with Kids
17. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
18. The Raid: Redemption
19. Hitchcock
20. Flight
21. Arbitrage
22. Bad 25
23. The Odd Life of Timothy Green
24. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds
25. 28 Hotel Rooms
26. Red Tails
27. Big Miracle
28. Think Like a Man
29. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
30. Brake
31. This Must Be the Place
32. Robot and Frank
33. Hope Springs
34. Rock of Ages
35. The Sessions
36. A Late Quartet
37. Wreck-It Ralph
38. HeadHunters
39. Hemingway and Gellhorn
40. Mirror Mirror
41. Head Games
42. People Like Us
43. The Invisible War
44. Rise of the Guardians
45. Magic Mike
46. Total Recall (2012)
47. House of Ghosts
48. The Campaign
49. Ted
50. Celeste and Jesse Forever
51. V/H/S
52. Pitch Perfect
53. Snow White and the Huntsman
54. Shut Up and Play the Hits
55. The Words
56. Smashed
57. Safety Not Guaranteed
58. 21 Jump Street
59. The Master
60. The Central Park Five
61. Sinister
62. This Means War
63. Citadel
64. Life of Pi
65. Beasts of the Southern Wild
66. God Bless America
67. The Three Stooges
68. Gone
69. Dino Time
70. Ginger & Rosa
71. Resident Evil: Retribution
72. The Queen of Versailles
73. The Amazing Spider-Man
74. Blue Like Jazz
75. For a Good Time, Call…
76. Frankenweenie
77. Ruby Sparks
78. American Reunion
79. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
80. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
81. Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best
82. Katy Perry: Part of Me
83. Butter
84. Price Check
85. The Expendables 2
86. Ice Age: Continental Drift
87. Juan of the Dead
88. Prometheus
89. Hysteria
90. Cloud Atlas
91. The Dictator
92. Chasing Mavericks
93. Hello I Must Be Going Now
94. The Deep Blue Sea
95. Safe
96. Searching for Sonny
97. Only the Young
98. The Man with the Iron Fists
99. End of Watch
100. Brave
101. Lawless
102. The Hunger Games
103. John Carter
104. Wrath of the Titans
105. Dead Dad
106. Ingenious
107. Underworld: Awakening
108. The Devil Inside
109. The Possession
110. The Collection
111. Wuthering Heights
112. The Other Son
113. Dredd 3D
114. Seven Psychopaths
115. Premium Rush
116. Father’s Day
117. Livid
118. The Five-Year Engagement
119. Downtown Express
120. Dragon
121. Sparkle
122. Savages
123. Sound of My Voice
124. Project X
125. Men in Black 3
126. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
127. Anna Karenina
128. Paranormal Activity 4
129. The Tall Man
130. Hit and Run
131. Hotel Transylvania
132. Piranha 3DD
133. Dark Shadows
134. The Raven
135. The Bourne Legacy
136. [Rec] 3 Genesis
137. Silent House
138. Won’t Back Down
139. That’s My Boy
140. Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie
141. Darling Companion
142. Bully
143. Union Square
144. Here Comes the Boom
145. The Watch
146. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
147. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
148. Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding
149. Trouble with the Curve
150. Lockout
151. Fun Size
152. The Woman in Black
153. Little Red Wagon
154. The Vow
155. Man on a Ledge
156. Step Up Revolution
157. Extraterrestrial
158. The Lucky One
159. Red Dawn (2012)
160. Contraband
161. The Samaritan
162. Act of Valor
163. 4:44 Last Day on Earth
164. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
165. Safe House
166. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
167. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
168. To Rome with Love
169. The Apparition
170. House at the End of the Street
171. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
172. Taken 2
173. Why Stop Now
174. The Pirates! Band of Misfits
175. Kill List
176. Chernobyl Diaries
177. Haywire
178. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection
179. A Thousand Words
180. Tchoupitoulas
181. Alex Cross
182. Joyful Noise
183. Battleship
184. Wanderlust
185. Barricade
Not Screened: One for the Money, Casa De Mi Padre, Chimpanzee, High School, Nitro Circus 3D, Cosmopolis, Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure, The Cold Light of Day, Silver Linings Playbook, Killing Them Softly

REVIEWS/NEW ARRIVALS (click on title for full write-up and/or info)

HELLO I MUST BE GOING NOW

Without a talented cast willing you through this tale about coming-of-age later in life – after being kicked in the ass again – this would have been a bore up until the last few conversations in the final act. So while many people preach, story, story, story; this time around, it’s all about the performances of Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner, John Rubinstein, and Christopher Abbot; that lift this to levels it had no busy flirting with. It’s simple and mechanically fundamental (barely), but its respective point manages to get across and somewhat resonate.

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS

A hybrid of a documentary and concert flick, this follows LCD Soundsystem’s lead singer, James Murphy, as he is about to play the band’s final show at MSG; to which many believe is a premature retirement. The cinematography tells a story just as well, if not better, than the interview with Murphy; which is spliced in with full-song performances at the band’s sold-out swan song. And that (cinematography) is noticed due to the fact that Murphy’s answers are not balanced out with the performance footage; which is why you get a sense that the whole story wasn’t captured.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS

The second half of this forbidden romance, that takes place in a late 19th century rural countryside, is when this starts firing on all cylinders and becomes compelling thanks to some decent performances. But the tedious and uneventful first half of this 129 minute mild tragedy could induce one into a coma. The set-up is necessary (maybe), but it’s just delivered in loose and unintelligent manner when considering the racially sensitive topics its subtly introducing. Kind of a drag but a worthwhile showcase in the final act saves this.

THE DEEP BLUE SEA

It’s based on a play and you can tell keeping that theatre ambiance was a priority through the lens. An issue that arises with that though, in this World War II era love triangle drama, is the screenplay has a jagged delivery and takes away from the sound performances of Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, and Simon Russell Beale. With that being said, when the script takes time, and allows for candid and brutally honest conversations between the three leads, you’ll be emotionally roped in. It’s just a shame the transitioning to get to these engaging convo sequences is misguided and could have one tuning out.

HEAD GAMES

For anyone, at any age, who is an athlete…watch this! Former college football player and WWE wrestler Christopher Nowinski, thoroughly explores the seriousness of concussions in sports. All levels of football, hockey, soccer, and even lacrosse, are explored by former players, medical professionals and astute journalists. Although Nowinski and his colleagues at Boston University think that even more attention needs be given to this deadly issue, they themselves provide the all-important counter-argument; specifically admitting, that the science hasn’t reached the level of the modern-day media coverage.

BAD 25

Director Spike Lee revisits the creation of Michael Jackson’s 1987 Bad album. Testimony from everyone who was involved, including a candid interview with the King of Pop himself, in the creation of this five-year writing process, is woven together in a fluid manner by Lee. Its ability to stay on task, yet also pull back the curtain even further on the polarizing entertainer, is near masterful. Footage of videos and live-concert footage are timely injected as an assortment of people close to Jackson reflect upon the album and the man behind it.

http://www.shockya.com/news/2012/12/04/the-2012-movie-rankings/
Administrator’s Note: Wow! BAD 25 ranks higher than “The Hunger Games” or the second “Twilight!” Impressive!

Siedah Garrett On Working With Michael Jackon: ‘He Was A Creative Ball Of Energy (Video)

Director Spike Lee’s new documentary Bad 25 aired Thursday night in an abbreviated form, tantalizing fans of Michael Jackson with tales of the creation of one of the King of Pop’s most famous albums.

But Celebuzz spoke with Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” co-writer Siedah Garrett for some insights about the process of assembling Bad that even the filmmakers didn’t reveal.

In particular, Garrett explained that her collaboration with the iconic singer was remarkably reciprocal given his post-Thriller status as possibly the world’s biggest pop star.

“When he worked with you, he treated you like he had as much to learn from you as you did from him,” Garrett remembered. “That’s not a common personality trait. I just found it so refreshing. He was just so cool!”

http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-11-27/man-in-the-mirror-co-writer-siedah-garrett-on-working-with-michael-jackson

Spike Lee’s BAD 25 To Air On BBC Two, December 1, 2012 At 21:45

Source: BBC

Image for Michael Jackson: BAD 25

Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes on BBC Two: (except Northern Ireland (Analogue), Wales (Analogue)

Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee’s forensic documentary assessment and celebration of Michael Jackson’s 1987 blockbuster album, the follow-up to Thriller. With over 40 interviews conducted by Lee himself with those involved in the making of the album, the accompanying videos and the tour, this fast moving but epic film is a detailed study of Jackson’s second blockbuster album which went on to sell over 45 million units worldwide and included 5 consecutive US Number 1 singles and such classics as The Way You Make Me Feel, Bad, Man in the Mirror, Smooth Criminal etc.

Interviewees include Martin Scorsese, Walter Yetnikoff, Kanye West, Ce-Lo Green and Sheryl Crow who was a backing singer on the BAD tour.

Administrator’s Note: Looks like the folks in the UK will see the entire documentary, unlike ABC, who chopped it up and left out some good footage! Pffffffff!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/programmes/formats/documentaries/schedules/2012/12/01

BAD 25 To Premiere On New Zealand’s Prime TV, Monday, November 26, 2012 9:30PM GMT

Source: New Zealand Herald/Prime TV

Spike Lee’s highly rated Michael Jackson film only debuted a few months back at the Venice film festival but it already gets an outing (Monday 26th, 9.30pm) on Prime’s best slot, the reliable Monday night treat, Prime Rocks: Michael Jackson.

Who: Spike Lee
What: Bad 25, a look back at Michael Jackson’s 1987 album
When and where: Prime, 9.35pm Monday
Also: Lee features in an episode of Who Do you think You Are at 10.40pm, after the Monday screening of Bad 25 on Prime

http://www.primetv.co.nz/Default.aspx?tabid=119

Watch ‘Bad 25′, Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Documentary In Full | TV Catch-Up (Commercial Free)

Administrator’s Note:  You have to maximize the video screen to get the commercial block off to view.

Source: Soul Coulture

We present to you Bad 25, the Spike Lee-directed documentary film made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s landmark Bad album and tour.

The film, which premiered last night (November 22nd) on ABC , offers an incredible insight into Michael’s work-rate and his phenomenal energy as an artist. Taking us through exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and featuring interviews with all the key personalities who put Bad together, as well as those Michael Jackson inspired, it reveals the creative process behind a truly landmark album and tour.

Watch the full commercial free documentary film, click on below:

http://www.soulculture.co.uk/culture-2/film-tv/watch-bad-25-spike-lees-michael-jackson

More On Bad 25

Spike Lee Remembers The Good Of Michael Jackson’s “Bad”

Source: Salon

How does anyone, even Michael Jackson, follow up “Thriller,” the world’s greatest-selling album of all time? That’s the question that drives Spike Lee’s celebratory doc “Bad25,” airing on ABC Thanksgiving night. After “Thriller,” a lesser artist would have thrown down his mic and declared “game over.” But for all of his public soft-spoken charm and shy demeanor, Michael Jackson had incredible chutzpah. Few around him truly believed that lightning could strike twice. That never deterred the little boy who had sung and danced his way out of working-class Gary, Ind. — he didn’t just set out to create another “Thriller”; he planned to top it.

Creatively, MJ took even greater control with “Bad,” writing all but two of its 11 singles. He was also largely responsible for the creative direction of the album’s visually arresting videos — short films, really. His reward: “Bad” became the first album in history to land five consecutive No. 1 pop singles. “This Is It,” the docu-concert rehearsal film glimpsing into what MJ’s comeback tour may have been, showed MJ as an aging master reminding his audience of his greatness. “Bad25” revels in MJ’s solidification of the throne at a time when his talent was still relatively innocent and raw.

“Michael didn’t have limits. Michael thought bigger than anyone” says Joe Vogel, author of “Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson.” Not being No. 1 was not an option for him. He would actually call former CBS Records president Walter Yetnikoff during “Thriller” and “Bad” complaining, “My record is not No. 1. My record is not No. 1. What are we going to do?” Michael did everything he could to achieve his goals from his end. “It’s so much work,” he said of “Bad.” “A lot of people they’re used to, um, just seeing the outcome of work. They never see the side of the work you go through to produce the outcome.”

“Bad25” highlights MJ’s collaborations with Martin Scorsese, who dishes on the making of the “Bad” video (which features Wesley Snipes in his breakout role as the thug). “We had a meeting with Quincy and with Michael, in Los Angeles, and I found they were wide open to ideas. No one really had ideas about what kind of story we could make up or what kind of issue we could deal with,” said Scorsese while he working on the video. In a more recent interview, Scorsese recalls that when filming got underway in the Harlem neighborhood they selected, Michael took him aside and asked, “Do people live here?”

Choreographer/singer Jeffrey Daniel, who appears throughout the doc, provides a fascinating breakdown of MJ’s mind-blowing dance moves. Daniel, a former member of Shalamar, was a key collaborator of MJ’s, largely responsible for introducing the latest street and club moves to the Moonwalking marvel’s dance repertoire.

“The thing about it is,” Daniel says, “Michael can’t go out to clubs and hang out because he’s Michael Jackson, so, through me, he was picking up what was happening in the hood and I’m taking it over to his gallery over at the Jackson house on Hayvenhurst.”

The archival footage of the choreographers and dancers who created dance routines with Michael — like Daniel and choreographer Jeff Burge, who worked on “Bad” and passed away in 1998 at the age 40 — could easily compose an outstanding documentary of its own.

We never see a present-day Quincy Jones in “Bad25” but his voice and insight are ever-present. “We wanted a tough album,” he says, “Well, a tough image anyway.” The album would be the last the two would work on together. Other musicians on the album also attest to Jones’ contribution even while highlighting MJ’s genius. Steve Stevens, Billy Idol’s highly regarded guitarist, not only shares what Michael Jackson taught him while recording “Dirty Diana” but also speaks of the initial call Jones made to him about working with MJ. We also meet Jones protégé Siedah Garrett, who co-wrote “Man in the Mirror” and sang “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” — she is quite dramatic in her recollections of working with both Jones and Michael Jackson on “Bad.” Here she reminisces about conversations and studio sessions like a skilled actress, occasionally breaking into song.

MJ-influenced artists like Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Cee Lo Green and Questlove also chime in on “Bad25” to share their insights on “Bad.” They all attest to MJ’s impact beyond “Thriller”; Kanye says the fashion elements of the “Bad” video (especially its ubiquitous hoodies) are far more influential than those in “Thriller.” “I’m like almost dressed like that today,” Kanye says.

“Bad25” doesn’t specifically address how “We Are the World” impacted Michael Jackson creatively but it’s clear that “Bad” is a more socially conscious product than “Thriller.” Bullying” is the theme of the “Bad” video. Skid row is the centerpiece of the video for the largely flirtatious “The Way You Make Me Feel.” In “Leave Me Alone,” a visually stunning video that imaginatively uses animation techniques, MJ aggressively takes on the media’s relentless coverage of the quirkier elements of his life, proclaiming that he and other public figures are indeed entitled to personal privacy. Of course, “Man in the Mirror,” perhaps his most enduring single, evokes the urgent need for personal accountability and action in transforming the world in which we all live. With “Bad,” Michael Jackson infused his humanitarian values with his art and helped make caring cool. One might even argue he held open the floodgate for today’s many celebrity do-gooders.

Well-known music journalists Nelson George, a former black music editor for Billboard, and Danyel Smith, Vibe’s one-time editor in chief, speak to the “blackness” inherent in Michael Jackson’s music. Sheryl Crow, a background singer on the “Bad” world tour, is quite affecting in her present-day and archival appearances, especially when describing what distinguished him from other artists. “Whenever he stepped out and sang, whenever he made that connection with people, he changed the molecules in the room,” she marvels. “Smooth Criminal” director Colin Chilvers, along with its co-choreographer Vincent Paterson, drop many gems about the video’s influences and execution. Longtime MJ musical collaborator Greg Phillinganes, who even worked with the Jacksons,” is a music lovers’ treasure trove in regards to how certain grooves were created for “Bad.” For his part, “X-Factor” judge L.A. Reid swears that “something took place in those sessions that technically sounds better than any records ever made. To this day.”

Those familiar with the laws of attraction will recognize the King of Pop’s investment in them and the power of visualization largely presented by his longtime bodyguard and confidant Miko Brando, Marlon Brando’s son. With “Bad,” one could argue Michael Jackson literally willed its success into existence. Very few believed that he could create an album half as spectacular as “Thriller,” including those close to him like his attorney John Branca. Ultimately, “Bad” didn’t top “Thriller,” but there’s nothing shabby about selling 30 to 45 million albums to date.

Spike Lee doesn’t dig into Michael Jackson’s innumerable issues, but that’s not the intention of “Bad25.” This is a celebratory joint, one that revels in the quarter-century milestone of a classic album and a brilliant artist, the joy darkened only by the grief in knowing that MJ is no longer with us. Watching “Bad 25” is a great reminder of how thankful we should be that MJ moonwalked among us.

http://www.salon.com/2012/11/21/spike_lee_remembers_the_good_of_michael_jacksons_bad/


Exclusive Excerpt: Inside the Making of Michael Jackson’s Bad Album

Source: Huffington Post – By Joel Vogel

On Thanksgiving night, the world will get a glimpse of Michael Jackson they have never seen before when Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson: Bad 25 makes its television premier (ABC, 9:30pm EST). What follows is an exclusive excerpt from Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson, which was used as a resource for Bad 25 and comprehensively explores the artist’s entire solo career — from 1979′s Off the Wall to 2001′s Invincible. The excerpt below comes from the third chapter, dedicated to Jackson’s highly-anticipated follow-up to Thriller, the Bad album.

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MJ in the studio circa 1987. Picture courtesy of ©Matt Forger. Used by permission.

Michael Jackson began work on what would become the Bad album in 1985. Three years had lapsed since the release of Thriller, and fans were waiting anxiously for the sequel. Following the most successful record in the history of the music industry, however, was not an enviable task.

Jackson added to the pressure, writing a note on his bathroom mirror that said simply: “100 million.” That was his aim for Bad — more than double the sales (at the time) of Thriller. With this ambitious goal in mind, he went to work.

In the early stages, he would simply go into his home studio at Hayvenhurst with musicians and engineers such as Matt Forger, John Barnes, or Bill Bottrell and work on ideas. Jackson called it “the laboratory.” Here, he recorded dozens of 48-track demos in a variety of styles. It was a space that allowed him more freedom and spontaneity to pursue creative ideas.

Eventually a bit of a rift developed between what became known as the B-Team working with Jackson at his home studio and Quincy Jones’s A-Team at Westlake Studios. “Michael was growing and wanted to experiment free of the restrictions of the Westlake scene,” explained producer Bill Bottrell. “That’s why he got me and John Barnes to work at his home studio for a year and a half, on and off. We would program, twiddle, and build the tracks for much of that album, send the results on two-inch down to Westlake and they would, at their discretion, rerecord, and add things like strings and brass. This is how MJ started to express his creative independence, like a teenager leaving the nest.”

Many of the songs the B-Team worked on were practically finished before they reached Westlake. “He was able to take some finished demos into the ‘real’ studio with Quincy and that was his way of getting more say [in how they were produced],” recalls Bill Bottrell.

In late 1986, recording finally began in earnest at brand new Studio D at Westlake, where Jackson continued to work with many of the same key players from Off the Wall and Thriller, including recording engineer Bruce Swedien and keyboardist Greg Phillinganes.

Quincy Jones, meanwhile, continued to act as producer, though he and Jackson didn’t always work together as smoothly as they had in the past. It was clear to everyone around Jackson that he was evolving and gaining more and more creative confidence and control as an artist (he would write nine of the eleven songs included on Bad, plus numerous others that didn’t make it onto the record). This led to some collisions on production and song choices, as well as on the album’s overall aesthetic vision.

“[Quincy and I] disagreed on some things,” Jackson recalled. “There was a lot of tension because we felt we were competing with ourselves. It’s very hard to create something when you feel like you’re in competition with yourself.”

In spite of the pressure and high expectations, most who worked on the album remember the atmosphere in the studio as one of “love” and “camaraderie” — a creative climate attributed to both Jones and Jackson. Bruce Swedien recalls a tradition Jackson started called “Family Night,” in which all the family members and friends of the studio crew were invited on Fridays to dinner in the studio prepared by Jackson’s cooks, Catherine Ballard and Laura Raynor (affectionately nicknamed the “slam-dunk sisters”). Assistant engineer Russ Ragsdale remembers Jackson doodling all the time in the studio; he also remembers him enjoying getting out for a break. “On a few occasions,” recalls Ragsdale, “Michael would want to get out of the studio for a bit. At the time I had a big full-sized Ford pickup truck with tinted windows. Michael loved riding in that truck and got real excited because he was able to sit so much higher off the ground than his Mercedes. We tried our best to just treat Michael like a regular guy. We didn’t go out of our way too much.”

As with Thriller, hundreds of songs were considered for Bad. From these, Jackson and Jones whittled down the list. “Fifty percent of the battle is trying to figure out which songs to record,” Jones remarked. “It’s total instinct. You have to go with the songs that touch you, that get the goosebumps going.”

According to Rolling Stone, “Jackson had 62 songs written and wanted to release 33 of them as a triple album, until [Quincy] Jones talked him down.” This trimming down led to some excellent tracks being left on the cutting room floor, including “Streetwalker” (which Jackson preferred, but was talked out of by Jones in favor of “Another Part of Me”), “Fly Away” (a beautiful, melodic mid-tempo ballad), and “Cheater” (a funky, gritty rhythm track), among others.

Once the songs were chosen for recording, the objective was creating sounds the “ear hadn’t heard.” Jackson didn’t want to duplicate Thriller, or other music on the radio, for that matter. He wanted to innovate sonically. “Michael’s vision [is] to start making a record by creating totally new fresh sounds that have never been heard before,” explained Russ Ragsdale. “For Bad this was achieved with synth stacks filling up the entire large tracking room taking up every available space, as well as the largest Synclavier in the world at the time operated by Chris Currell. … It took over 800 multitrack tapes to create Bad; each song was a few hundred tracks of audio.” For the rhythm tracks in particular, Jackson wanted fresh drum sounds that would really hit. Swedien recorded them on 16-track tape as he did on Thriller, but then transferred them to digital, retaining that “fat, analog rhythm, sound” Jackson loved. Jones called it “big legs and tight skirts.”

In the end, Jackson and Jones were in the studio for more than a year. “A lot of people are so used to just seeing the outcome of work,” Jackson reflected. “They never see the side of the work you go through to produce the outcome.” As deadlines came and passed, however, frustration mounted. Quincy Jones reportedly walked away from the project for a time when he discovered Jackson had snuck into the studio and altered some tracks. Epic executives kept pushing to wrap up the record, but Jackson couldn’t bring himself to release the album until it was “ready.” “A perfectionist has to take his time,” he explained. “He shapes and molds and sculpts that thing until it’s perfect. He can’t let it go before he’s satisfied; he can’t.”

Excerpted from MAN IN THE MUSIC: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson by Joseph Vogel, by Sterling Publishing Co., Copyright © 2011 by Joseph Vogel. All rights reserved.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-vogel/michael-jackson-bad-25_b_2165698.html

Administrator’s Note:  If you have not bought this book yet, you should.  It is a wonderful addition to your MJ library and a great Christmas gift! Cutie Pie ♥

Countdown To Spike Lee’s BAD 25: ARE YOU READY?!! ABC 9:30pm, Eastern Standard Time

BAD 25 FINALLY AIRS TONIGHT!

TIME Magazine calls BAD25: “an intimate view of a performer at his peak in the intense splendor of creativity”

The Hollywood Reporter said: “restore(s) the reputation of Jackson as a multi-hyphenate musician of peerless discipline, professionalism and perfectionism — not to mention a pioneering influence in dance and fashion.”

Unless you are one of the lucky ones whose already seen the full length documentary, this will be a night full of surprises I am sure.  I get so excited to learn new things about Michael. I feel like a child on Christmas Eve, anxiously waiting to open my gifts!  I can’t wait to see new footage of our beautiful Michael: raw, with no make up; his sweet, sexy smile; glorious white teeth; his curly, long and lustrous hair……OMG! Just happy, singing and doing his thing in the studio! *SIGHS*  My dream man!  I am so in love with him! Thank you, Spike Lee for doing this! I hope you do the same thing for the Dangerous anniverary in 2016.

If you haven’t read it yet, please check out Raven’s (All For LOVE blog) new post about BAD25.  She’s posted some gorgeous pictures of Michael on the set of Bad from the film that I am sure you will swoon over! 

http://www.allforloveblog.com/

Except for the turkey and gravy, I am finished with the rest of our dinner for today.  I cooked the rest last night. I will pop that baby in the oven in a few so I will be done and stress free to enjoy this evening! I hope you all have a very happy and joyous Thanksgiving Day with your families! Tweet, Facebook, email, call…….no matter how you do it, tell all your friends and family to watch the documentary tonight.  Let’s make this ABC’s highest rating show!  Much love! Cutie Pie! ♥ Mwuah!

Michael Jackson’s Duet Partner Siedah Garrett Talks ‘Bad25′

Source:  Billboard.com – By Gary Graff

There’s a moment in Spike Lee’s new Michael Jackson documentary “Bad25″ that Siedah Garrett – co-writer of “Man in the Mirror” and the late Jackson’s duet partner on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” – particularly favors.

“When Michael said he wanted to record ‘Man in the Mirror,’ the demo was in a key that was comfortable for me and one step too high for Michael,” Garrett tells Billboard. “So he wanted me to re-sing the demo in the new key, and when I went into the studio to do it in the new key Michael followed me with a video camera. I said, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘I want to record you performing the song… because I want to sing it like you.’ And I’m like, ‘Great, Mike; all my friends are really gonna believe me when I tell them, ‘Oh, Michael Jackson wanted to sound like me.’ And I’m cracking up and he’s cracking up, but he’s still recording. And it’s in (‘Bad25′). I never thought I would see it because it’s Michael’s personal footage. It’s amazing.”

Adding to the amazement; “You can see a little bit of him in a reflection in the mirror in the studio. You can see him videotaping me singing the song in the new key, and it’s like HE’S the man in the mirror.”

“Bad25,” which airs at 9:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day on ABC and is also for sale on DVD and Blu-ray, includes many such behind-the-scenes moments in the making of the 1987 album, which ranks as the fifth best-selling album all-time with estimates of up to 45 million copies sold worldwide. It’s also the first album to unleash five consecutive No. 1 singles, including “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Man in the Mirror.”

It’s notable that “Bad” got a documentary for its silver anniversary while its predecessor, the more impactful “Thriller,” did not, but Garrett has her own theory about why “Bad” resonates so significantly right now.

“‘Bad25′ is such a stellar marker in time because (Jackson) was still alive when ‘Thriller’ was 25 years old,” Garrett notes. “He was still alive and getting ready to tour, so there was a different kind of vibe going on. I think the fact he’s passed now is what makes ‘Bad’ more special. I did notice that when he passed away, all the news footage and all the specials about his life, it wasn’t ‘Michael Jackson The Thriller’ or ‘Michael Jackson Beat It;’ it was ‘Michael Jackson Man In the Mirror.’ That just spoke volumes to me.”

“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” meanwhile, had its own behind-the-scenes drama that “Bad25″ captures. Jackson and producer Quincy Jones originally considered big-name partners such as Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and others. Unable to snag one, they chose Garrett, then working as one of Jones’ staff songwriters. But they neglected to mention it to her until it was time to record the song.

“Quincy called me back and I thought we were still finishing ‘Man in the Mirror,’ ’cause we had been working on that a few days earlier and I knew we hadn’t finished it,” Garrett remembers. “There was another song being played, so I thought maybe they were running behind. I just made myself comfortable sitting behind Quincy and knitting, and then he says over his shoulder, ‘Do you think this song?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ Then he said, ‘Can you sing it?’ ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Go in there and sing it. Michael, go in there,’ and as we’re walking through the door it hit me I was gonna sing this song with Michael – who, Garrett adds, spent the whole take throwing popcorn at her while she was singing her parts.

Garrett has recently released a tribute song called “Keep on Loving You” that she calls “an answer to our duet. I never got to express to him how much what he did for me – introducing me to the world as a singer and a songwriter – meant to me. So I wrote it down in a song, just my sentiments about how I was feeling the day I met him and how surprised I was to find out he was as cool as he was. It’s just a love song, a basic love song.”