Showtime’s Viewing Schedule For Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall

186.1Showtime has released the following schedule for the premiere and viewing of Director Spike Lee’s  Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off the Wall for TV, On Demand and streaming services.

The film documentary takes an in-depth look into the evolution of The King of Pop, Michael Jackson and the cultural significance and lasting impact of his seminal first solo album as an adult, ‘Off The Wall.’

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MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL:

Upcoming TV Airings on Showtime (All Times ET/PT):

Fri, Feb 05, 9:00 PM – SHOWTIME
Fri, Feb 05, 11:00 PM – SHOWTIME
Sat, Feb 06, 6:00 PM – SHOWTIME
Sun, Feb 07, 12:00 AM – SHOWTIME
Sun, Feb 07, 5:30 PM – SHOWTIME SHOWCASE
Mon, Feb 08, 8:00 PM – SHO 2
Tue, Feb 09, 9:35 PM – SHOWTIME SHOWCASE
Wed, Feb 10, 8:00 PM – SHOWTIME
Fri, Feb 12, 11:00 PM – SHO 2
Sat, Feb 13, 10:00 PM – SHOWTIME
Tue, Feb 16, 9:00 PM – SHOWTIME
Thu, Feb 18, 10:00 PM – SHO 2
Fri, Feb 19, 8:35 PM – SHOWTIME SHOWCASE
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Review: ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off the Wall’ Makes You Want To Dance And Shout

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Picking up from when and why he was such a magnetic presence in the Jackson 5, “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall” builds itself around details meant to not only make audiences remember, but make them appreciate what a true pop star is capable of. Descriptive adjectives are thrown around rapidly, but it’s the passion in the speakers’ voices that stands out. Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, pops up a number of times with contextual tidbits relevant to Jackson’s motivations, and Lee uses her descriptions (and others’) as launching pads into more topical material.

While no Spike Lee joint would be complete without a reminder of America’s racial prejudice, the topic is tastefully and appropriately incorporated this time ’round. A few knowledgeable guests make note that the press and fans alike were quick to give Jackson credit for his “natural abilities,” while white artists would be worshiped for their talent and effort equally. To hammer home the point, Lee brings in Kobe Bryant — who the director chronicled in another solid doc, “Kobe Doin’ Work” — to parallel Jackson’s relentless pursuit of perfection as a dancer, singer and musician with the basketball star’s chase to match another MJ — Michael Jordan. Bryant’s story hammers home the work that Jackson put into making himself the true King of Pop and serves as a stark reminder of why it’s important to pay attention to cultural keywords in a racial context.

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The film also broaches how the music biz has changed since Jackson helped build it into what it is today, but what’s truly striking about the doc is how well it flows not only from point to point, but from speaker to speaker. Lee astutely places supporting statements next to each other, slowly building his case for the relevance of this era in MJ’s life, and sometimes he even uses historical footage of a speaker to set up what that same person is saying today. Lee also goes to great lengths to give each speaker the credit they deserve by repeatedly citing their — often lengthy — list of accolades and accomplishments next to their name, rather than just flashing it once on their first appearance and leaving it at that.

And the careful selection of subjects is truly remarkable. In addition to surviving members of the Jackson family, Lee spoke with or found interviews featuring Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Kelly, Stevie Wonder and so, so many producers, engineers and songwriters who have an intimate knowledge and unmatched devotion to the music being discussed. It’s not hard to imagine how easy it was for Lee to grab the big names on the above list considering his own stature in the film world (and black community at large), but going the extra mile to dig up some of these unheralded and unknown voices with so much to say truly makes the doc stand out.

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And then, of course, there’s Michael himself. Sure, there’s some gleeful footage of Jackson’s remarkable dance moves and quite a few performances that wow, but you can tell Lee isn’t just interested in recreating concerts. Rather than being the star of the show, Jackson seems to hover around the perimeter of the picture; a voice popping in to lend credence to an argument or remind audiences of what he was trying to do. It works incredibly well. By allowing so many personalities to speak for him and from gathering up not only a large sample size but one with such fascinating knowledge of the man of the hour, Lee makes the “Journey” so much more than a tribute to Jackson. It’s a monument to his significance.

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Sources: Indiewire – By Ben Travers | All Things Michael

Throwback Reviews Of Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall

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Like any an aging child star, Michael Jackson has had to grow up gracefully in public in order to survive.

Until now, he’s understandably clung to the remnants of his original Peter Pan of Motown image while cautiously considering the role of the young prince. Off the Will marks Jackson’s first decisive step toward a mature show-business personality, and except for some so-so material, it’s a complete success.

A slick, sophisticated R&B-pop showcase with a definite disco slant, Off the Wall presents Michael Jackson as the Stevie Wonder of the Eighties. This resemblance is strongest on “I Can’t Help It” (cowritten by Wonder), in which Jackson’s vocal syncopation is reminiscent of the master’s breathless, dreamy stutter.

Throughout, Jackson’s feathery-timbred tenor is extraordinarily beautiful. It slides smoothly into a startling falsetto that’s used very daringly. The singer’s ultradramatic phrasing, which rakes huge emotional risks and wins every time, wrings the last drop of pathos from Tom Bahler’s tear-jerker, “She’s Out of My Life.” “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough” (written and coproduced by Jackson) is one of a handful of recent disco releases that works both as a dance track and as an aural extravaganza comparable to Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland.” The rest of the dance music touches several grooves, from jazzy South American to mainstream pop funk.

A triumph for producer Quincy Jones as well as for Michael Jackson, Off the Wall represents discofied post-Motown glamour at its classiest. ~ Rolling Stone – By Stephen Holden

All Music – By Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Michael Jackson had recorded solo prior to the release of Off the Wall in 1979, but this was his breakthrough, the album that established him as an artist of astonishing talent and a bright star in his own right. This was a visionary album, a record that found a way to break disco wide open into a new world where the beat was undeniable, but not the primary focus — it was part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock, and alluring funk. Its roots hearken back to the Jacksons‘ huge mid-’70s hit “Dancing Machine,” but this is an enormously fresh record, one that remains vibrant and giddily exciting years after its release. This is certainly due to Jackson‘s emergence as a blindingly gifted vocalist, equally skilled with overwrought ballads as “She’s Out of My Life” as driving dancefloor shakers as “Working Day and Night” and “Get on the Floor,” where his asides are as gripping as his delivery on the verses. It’s also due to the brilliant songwriting, an intoxicating blend of strong melodies, rhythmic hooks, and indelible construction. Most of all, its success is due to the sound constructed by Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, a dazzling array of disco beats, funk guitars, clean mainstream pop, and unashamed (and therefore affecting) schmaltz that is utterly thrilling in its utter joy. This is highly professional, highly crafted music, and its details are evident, but the overall effect is nothing but pure pleasure. Jackson and Jones expanded this approach on the blockbuster Thriller, often with equally stunning results, but they never bettered it.

 

Exclusive Screening Of Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall Presented By The Estate of Michael Jackson And Spike Lee

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To kick off Black History Month, on February 1st,  The Estate of Michael Jackson and Spike Lee present an exclusive screening of ‘MICHAEL JACKSON’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall” at The BAM Rose Cinemas in New York.

Submission Period Ends: Monday, January 25 at 11:59pm ET

Click here to enter, US only. See sweepstakes rules before entering.

Patrick Cox – Shoe Designer For Scream

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Have you ever wondered who designed Michael and Janet Jackson’s shoes for Scream? Well, wonder no more!

Shoe designer Patrick Cox is known for his hugely successful Wannabe loafers since the early nineties. His work has earned him a strong celebrity following including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and David Beckham, just to name a few. He was twice awarded the British Accessories Designer of the Year Award in 1994 and 1995, and the Fashion Medal of Honor by the Footwear Association of New York in 1996. His shoes can be found in museum collections worldwide.  While presenting his new brand, Lathbridge, at London Collections Men, he was asked about some of his celebrity clients.

“The first were men, Paul Weller and Jazzie B, and Oasis loved them, too. Michael Jackson’s people faxed me an outline of his foot; we did the shoes for the Scream video – in fact it was Janet Jackson that first called me “Party Pat.”She said: “I like your style – wherever you go there’s a party.”

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Just as Scream is known for its visual effects, the siblings futuristic style in the short film is also a head of its time. The Jackson’s wore wear tight, custom-made, black spandex jeans with the look of patent; cone-stitched shirts and clunky patent boots.

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They alternate clothing throughout the film from black to silver and white spandex jeans, jackets and fur-trimmed coats, robes and lots of fun accessories.Scream-michael-jackson-11632976-940-1325Janet Jackson scream3scream_mj_by_mercuryz-d38pr5uMJ-michael-jacksons-scream-13195889-853-1004

Michael’s long time costume/fashion designer, Michael Bush and his partner Dennis Thompkins made Michael’s wardrobe for the film.

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Moonwalker Funhouse And Neverland Rides At Holtsville Carnival

The Holtsville California Chamber of Commerce will host its 69th Carrot Festival on January 29th- 7th. The Carrot Festival Midway Carnival will start on February 4th and will be held on Holt & 6th Street

Butler Amusements will feature several of its large inventory of amusement park rides for all ages, which includes some Michael Jackson related rides featured below:

Moonwalker Funhouse

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The Moonwalker Funhouse takes you on a musical journey of epic proportions. This Michael Jackson themed walk-through attraction is a thrilling trip through a maze of unusual sights and sounds inside and out. The Moonwalker Funhouse is an eye-catching show, complete with Michael Jackson music, lights and picturesque scenery! Day or night, Moonwalker will prove to be a favorite of funhouse enthusiasts.

Balloon Samba from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch

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The Balloon Samba operated at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch and was acquired by Butler Amusements in 2008. Manufactured in Italy, this kids ride features hot air balloon carriages and is truly a marvel to look at. The bright lights make it especially magnificent to look at during the evening. The Balloon Samba seats 32 children in 6 air balloons. Fluffy white cloud cut-outs and bright, smiling suns grace the safety barrier and give kids the illusion of floating up in the sky.

Dragon Wagon from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch

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The Dragon Wagon is a kid size coaster. Riders travel in an undulating circle around a raised track. The coaster cars are themed like a dragon and each section of its body hold two passengers.

See Carnival times and dates below:

February 4 – 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m

February 5 – 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m

February 6 – 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m

February 7 – Begins at 11:00 am, no end time listed.

Sources: All Things Michael | Holtsville Chamber of Commerce

‘Off The Wall’ Shows Promise Of Young Michael Jackson

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I’m sure I’ve told you this a million times before that I’m a big fan of Michael Jackson, but then aren’t we all? His estate and record label are extremely astute at keeping his legacy alive and finding new ways to present his incredible back catalogue.

Next month ‘Off The Wall,’ his 1979 album is having the reissue treatment with all the usual extras you would expect including a glossy booklet and a documentary directed by Spike Lee. When Jackson is discussed there are no end of plaudits for ‘Thriller’ which is understandable as it did rather well sales wise. More than 100m copies at last count and still has the accolade as the world’s biggest-selling album. A record that will probably stand for a while yet.

So it’s no wonder that ‘Off The Wall’ is often overlooked by fans and critics alike. There are tracks on the record that everyone will know including ‘Rock With You’ and ‘Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’ but it’s also crammed with hidden gems which makes it really worth a listen if you are not familiar.

Jackson recorded the album at the age of 20, his first with producer Quincy Jones. Of Course Michael Jackson was a child star with his brothers at Motown. He had released solo records previously but ‘Off The Wall’ was his coming of age. He really found his trademark vocal style with all the yelps and ows and shee hees he is so famous for. It was also the first time we heard his gruff powerful voice on tracks like ‘Workin’ Day And Night.’ He was always known as a soul singer but this album was more than just soul, it was funky. And heartfelt at the same time. The ballad ‘She’s Out Of My Life’ is simply beautiful.

The album was a massive indicator of what was to come. Jackson was a great pioneer of the music video and you will see some his early experiments in the field with this album. They may look a little primitive by today’s standards but at the time they were considered cutting edge and no one else was making them.

Rolling Stone Magazine once described the album as the record that “Invented modern pop music as we know it.” High praise indeed.

Read more at Pendleton Today

 

Gallery’s Mission Supports Artists with Developmental Delays

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Michael Jackson by Myasia Dowdell

LAND—League, Artists Natural Design—Gallery, features artists with disabilities. The 15 adult artists who are currently a part of LAND’s program use the gallery’s studio space to produce drawings, paintings, and sculptures that explore through both abstraction and figuration a myriad of cultural concerns.

LAND operates as a nonprofit funded through the federal Medicaid health program, one with a dual mission to “teach life skills through the modality of art and allow artists a studio program to create their visions,” according to LAND curator Matthew Murphy, who founded the gallery in 2005. “We are completely hands off with the artists. We are here to provide materials and it’s an open studio where the artists work from their own experiences and interpretations,” says LAND Coordinator Sophia Cosmadopoulos. Noting that LAND is less an art therapy program and more like a daily residency, Murphy adds, “the art comes first, no matter what.”

The gallery will have a booth at this year’s Outsider Art Fair and has had shows at MoMA, MAD Museum, and the Museum of Everything. The gallery has also coordinated commercial collaborations between LAND artists and retailers including J.Crew and Opening Ceremony.

The LAND artists generally use popular culture as a point of inspiration for their works. Myasia Dowdell’s paintings, Michael Jackson and LL Cool J, and Kenya Hanley’s Reggae Greatsare portraits that draw on the artists’ fascinations with music. Michael Pellew’s drawing, 4 Decades of Celebrity, features several Pop portraits of the Kardashians, among other celebrities, to explore America’s obsession with fame.

“It’s really important that we become a landmark for the type artists that we serve. LAND is helping to set the stage for a lot of discussions about how people with developmental disabilities can participate in the world,” explains Matthews to The Creators Project. “There are other services that day habilitation programs that Medicaid offer but this is pretty unique because the artists are able to make a living from their work,” says Cosmadopoulos. “These artists are separate from mainstream art and art history and they are very original and doing their vision their way.” She adds, “It’s a pretty pure way of creating artwork.”

LAND Gallery will be showing from January 21 through 24 at Outsider Art Fair. For more information, click here.

 

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Sources: The Creator’s Project | All Things Michael