Sources: Drafthouse.com | The Actions Pack| Edited By – All Things Michael


MJ may be gone, but his legend is eternal.

This was our very first music video Sing-Along ever, and it’s still one of the best. Because, as we know, Michael didn’t make music videos, he made short films. Say, say, say what you want, but we’ll be getting our Thriller on, asking Annie if she’s okay, and rocking with you all night.

If you’ve never been to one of The Action Pack’s Sing-Alongs before, this is the show to get started with. We’ll have a moonwalking contest before the show, select members of every audience will get flashlights to shine around the room every time Michael lights up a piece of sidewalk during “Billie Jean,” and when they dance under the water from the fire hydrant during T”he Way You Make Me Feel,” we’ll make you feel the spray

But be warned, Sing-Alongs aren’t just sitting in the theater and cozily watching your favorite artists’ videos. In the past, the audience has been known to stand up and leave their seat behind entirely, and always seem to wannabe starting something. And we never stop ‘em (even when they grab their crotch and yell out “A hee hee!”).

We’re also updating this show for 2014, because Love Never Felt So Good is totaly one of our new jams, and there’s no way we can’t get a little bit of that in the show, too!

Age Policy: 18 and up. No children under 6 allowed. Children 6 and up allowed only with parents.

Where: 7:00 pm – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Richardson)100 South Central Expressway, #14Richardson, TX 5080 (972) 534-2120


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Michael Jackson’s Thriller Is The Most Popular Halloween Song In New Zealand

Sources: Scooop | All Things Michael

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Today Spotify reveals the most popular scary songs set to be streamed at parties in New Zealand this Halloween.

Spotify analysed over 60,000 Halloween themed playlists with Thriller coming out as the most featured song, with Monster Mash following closely behind.

Halloween continues to grow in popularity and Spotify predicts that this Halloween is set to be one of the biggest ever with themed playlists growing by 117% globally year on year.

Top Halloween tracks in New Zealand:

• Thriller – Michael Jackson
• Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
• Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
• Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
• (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
• Time Warp – Richard O’Brien
• A Nightmare on My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
• I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
• I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow
• Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne

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Susan Woodward Analyzes Factors Contributing To The Media’s Hostility Against Michael Jackson In New Book

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael


Author Susan Woodward analyzes underlying factors that have contributed to the media hostility toward Michael Jackson, both before and after his death, in her new book, “Otherness and Power: Michael Jackson and His Media Critics” (published by Lulu).

Woodward examines the origins and psychological underpinnings of the media’s hostility by closely analyzing some of the most harshly critical writings about Jackson and taking a paradoxical look at his greatness and cultural impact. She reveals a perception that Jackson was extraordinarily powerful, in ways that went beyond celebrity and wealth, which she says contributed to the media’s criticisms.


Through research and careful analysis, Woodward explores the ways in which Jackson’s power was seen, the largely unconscious response to his power, the functions of the media criticisms and the origins of the perceptions of Jackson’s power.

An excerpt from “Otherness and Power: Michael Jackson and His Media Critics”:

“The more interesting story of Jackson is how he could conceive of the goal of appearing to be ‘magic,’ manage to give the impression of near-divinity, and the wonderful and terrible consequences of doing so. Michael Jackson was not a supernatural being or a monster; he was a fascinating, complicated person who generated an intense, complex public response. One day we may be able to move past the polarized, unrealistic views of Jackson and come to understand more about the human being.”


“Otherness and Power: Michael Jackson and His Media Critics”
By Susan Woodward
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 96 pages | ISBN 9780578138022
E-Book | 96 pages | ISBN 9780578138176
Available in Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author
Susan Woodward is a psychoanalytically trained clinical social worker who lives in New York City.


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Prinnie Stevens Discusses Thriller Live And The Songs Of Michael Jackson (Audio Interview)

Sources: ABC Radio | All Things Michael


The songs of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five are coming alive.

Prinnie Stevens is the star of Thriller Live, a stage show celebrating the best known songs of Michael Jackson. She spoke to Rebecca Levingston about the show and Jackson’s significant influence.

Prinnie also performed her version of The Way You Make Me Feel.


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Thousands Gather For Lexington’s Annual Recreation Of Michael Jackson’s Thriller Short Film

Sources: Kentucky.com – By Jack Brammer | Edited By – All Things Michael

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On a dark but not stormy Sunday night, 1,000 zombies danced in the streets of downtown Lexington.

An estimated 20,000 observers gasped and groaned as they watched the Thriller Parade, the fright night spectacular that USA Today calls a Top 10 Halloween destination in the United States.

It was the 13th annual re-creation of Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video. The 13-minute video, voted the most influential pop music video of all time, premiered on MTV on Dec. 2, 1983, and has become a cult favorite.

After a Halloween parade that featured 15 entries ranging from Ghostbusters to a Day of the Dead altar float and a host of ghosts, ghouls, superheroes, villains and other costumed characters, seven Michael Jackson imitators led the army of “zombies” down the Main Street.

There were seven people impersonating Michael during the parade

There were seven people portraying Michael Jackson during the parade

The “zombies” included Judy Bongard of Lexington with her 12-year-old nephew, Nick Stecht of Erlanger, and a niece, Olivia Neltner of Newport.

Bongard said she was enjoying her fourthThriller. It was a first-time experience for her relatives.

Judy Bongard said her daughter did their makeup.

“It’s fun,” Bongard said. “Michael Jackson was my age. “I loved his ABC‘s song with The Jackson 5.”

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Before the parade began, “doctor zombie” Eryn Dailey and “cowgirl zombie” Calista Case, 10, both of Lexington lay in pseudo slumber in front of the Metro Government Center.

Although the evening’s zombies were told to grunt, not talk, Dailey said that in real life she is Calista’s nanny. “This is a chance for us to laugh together and have good girl talk,” she said.

Among those in the large crowd were Doug and Kirsten Winkler of Winchester.

They were celebrating their third wedding anniversary in a Beetlejuice sort of way.

“We love Halloween, so we thought we had to go to our first Thriller,” he said.

The event was a ghastly production of Lexington Parks and Recreation, Mecca Live Studio and WRFL, the University of Kentucky’s student-run FM radio station.


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Manchester And Jackson: Two Debtors In Neverland

Sources: San Diego Reader – By Matt Potter | All Things Michael

The late pop superstar Michael Jackson, celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, and U-T San Diego publisher Douglas Manchester don’t appear to have that much in common.

Now, however, they share a famous source of cash — Los Angeles distressed-lending king Thomas Barrack, billionaire proprietor of Colony Capital, who got a law degree in 1972 from the University of San Diego.

On October 24, Manchester’s paper announced that his long-proposed convention hotel in Austin, Texas, believed by many to have been stalled by issues of financing, is finally going to break ground.

“The combined equity contribution of the developer and the financing from Colony Capital will allow construction to get under way Nov. 3,” said the story. “Colony is a private international investment firm that has made investments in some 4,300 hotels in more than 100 countries.”

The piece continued with a quote from Barrack:

“‘Having had the privilege of working with both “Papa” Doug Manchester and the Manchester Group for over a decade, we see this as a continuation of a great and valued relationship,’ Thomas J. Barrack Jr., CEO and founder of Colony Capital, said in a prepared statement. ‘We are looking forward to yet again working with “Papa” Doug, his son Doug and Fairmont [Hotels] in the dynamic, growing city of Austin.’”

In what other ventures Barrack has worked with Manchester was not disclosed, nor were details of the Texas hotel’s financing, but the Colony chief has long made a name for himself by bailing out so-called distressed celebrities. In November 2008, he took over the financially troubled Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

“Barrack built his fortune making deals, and in some ways, Neverland began as just another one—a contrarian bet on a troubled asset, an operating business backed by real estate,” wrote New York Magazine in October 2010 .

“Only in this case, the operating business was a person. Colony would bail Jackson out of his substantial debt; in return, the firm would assume ownership of Neverland, and Jackson, after a thirteen-year hiatus, would go back to work to generate new revenue.”

According to the piece, “The inaugural Colony transactions mined the S&L crisis by buying packages of bad loans from the FDIC at bargain prices….

“As a rule, Barrack is drawn to distressed situations. One of the adages in a list of ‘rules for success’ that he sometimes distributes to employees is ‘befriend the bewildered.’ And when you start applying the thought process of a vulture investor to pop culture, suddenly the world can seem dizzy with opportunity.”

In the case of celebrity photographer Leibovitz, Barrack came up with a $40 million bailout. “Leibovitz got the rights to her photographs back; in typical Colony fashion, her real estate would serve as the collateral on the new loan,” the story says.

“Whereas her previous lender was set to make money foreclosing on a loan gone bad, Barrack saw profit potential in facilitating a longer-term turnaround.”

According to his online biography, “Mr. Barrack also served in the Reagan administration as Deputy Undersecretary of the Department of the Interior.”

What all this means for Manchester, a San Diego political celebrity of sorts, remains to be seen. The Republican kingpin is reportedly wrestling with the notion, initiated by local financier and real estate mogul Malin Burnham, of donating the U-T to a non-profit foundation, which would run the paper, trying to wring whatever profits can be had from the diminishing operation.

But giving up the paper would evaporate much of the real estate and hotel mogul’s political clout when he is still battling the state California Coastal Commission over plans to develop a massive office and commercial complex on Navy-owned land at the foot of Broadway.

Whether or not the U-T is currently running in the black is unknown, but a distressed asset moneyman such as Barrack could ultimately turn out to be a key Manchester friend in need.

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Here’s Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Sung In 20 Different Styles In 5 Minutes

Sources: Billboard – By Joe Lynch | All Things Michael


What if we told you someone could perform Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” in 20 different styles in less than 5 minutes? Would you scoff and say, “It can’t be done”?

Probably not, because you’ve likely encountered the viral sensation 10 Second Songs aka Anthony Vincent before (his take on viral Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” as Kurt Cobain, Frank Sinatra and others was classic).

Now, just in time for Halloween, Vincent has reimagined the spookiest pop song in history (sorry, “Monster Mash”). While doing dead-on impressions of everyone from Stevie Wonder to Ozzy Osbourne to Busta Rhymes to Jack Skellington fromNightmare Before Christmas, Vincent performs “Thriller” start-to-finish in nearly two dozen styles.

You kinda have to see it to believe it. Because as Casper the Ghost (the movie) once said, “Seeing is believing.”


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Young Dancers’ Recreation Of Video Routine Is A Real Thriller

Sources: Kent Online – By  Lewis Dyson | All Things Michael

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Do you Remember the Time 203 dancers blamed it on the boogie and performed Michael Jackson’s Thriller routine at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey? It wasn’t Bad.

Adults and children from across Swale recreated the iconic ‘80s music video at the school’s site in Minster Road, Minster, last Wednesday.

Sixth-form dance students Fleur White and Demi Planson came up with the idea to showcase the talents of local youngsters and engage the community as part of a Youth Dance Platform Project.

Children from Eastchurch, St Edward’s, St George’s, Richmond Academy and Elliott Park learned the steps in their own schools and joined the final performance dressed as zombies.

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Entertainment was provided by a staff band, Star Academy Stage School from Sittingbourne and year 13 pupil Jordan King who warmed up the audience with a drum solo.

Mayor of Swale, Cllr George Bobbin and mayoress, Brenda Bobbin, verified the number of people taking part and helped to judge the best costumes.

Alongside the dancers, a further 200 members of the public attended the evening.

Head of dance, Chantelle Crofsky, said: “I am so proud of what we created. I have had the pleasure of working with a talented team of staff and students at the academy who together have created a thrilling and inspiring event.

“We were delighted that five primary schools were able to join us and it was a pleasure to have danced with so many talented and enthusiastic children.”

A total of £250 was raised for the Swale Youth Development Fund through donations and fundraising ideas created by candidates from last year’s Academy Apprentice competition.

Students Abbie Jane Barnes, Keely Smith, Kacy Brend, Keely Riches, Ocean Ratcliffe, Ivanna Aitkin-Thompsett, Caitlin Claringbold, Maddison Drake-Barnett and Chelsey Claringbold looked after the guess the weight of the cake, bobbing apples, hide ‘n’ shriek, lucky dip and raffle stalls.

Executive principal David Millar said: “How wonderful to see so many of our community come together to have fun and raise money for charity.

“The standards of costume and dancing were excellent and everyone had such a great time. Thank you to everyone involved – I can’t wait for next year.”

The academy is looking to create a collage and film about the night and anyone who took photographs or videos can email them to: thrilltheisland@oasisisleofsheppey.org.

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