Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Michael Jackson in ‘BAD25′ to air Thanksgiving on ABC

The Spike Lee documentary “BAD25,” a look back at the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s “BAD” album, will air Thanksgiving night on ABC.

“This will be a very special Thanksgiving for all families to enjoy the genius of Michael Jackson,” Lee said in a statement released by ABC. “Big thanks to ABC for allowing people to witness the making of Michael Jackson’s ‘BAD’ album. Shamon.”

Sept. 18 will mark the 25th anniversary of the album’s release, and special anniversary versions will go on the market that day.

ABC went a bit hyperbolic in describing the film and album: “Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee teamed with The Estate of Michael Jackson and Legacy/Epic Records, carefully culling The Estate’s archives for rare and never-before-seen footage for the film which focuses on the creative forces that pushed Jackson to make the ‘BAD’ album and launch the BAD Worldwide Tour. ‘BAD25′ marks the first ever in-depth, behind-the-scenes film project to chronicle a Michael Jackson album and tour, and was filmed in advance of the 25th anniversary celebration of the iconic album, the record-breaking world tour and the groundbreaking short films that changed music history.”

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The film will feature Lee’s interviews with Jackson’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and collaborators, including director Martin Scorsese.

Michael Jackson during the 'BAD' tour in 1987. 
Photo credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

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