October 11, 2012


Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Documentary 'BAD25' Hitting Theaters

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Spike Lee's Michael Jackson joint BAD25 played for festival audiences in Venice and Toronto recently, but now the general moonwalking public will get two weeks to see the documentary in select theaters. New York City's AMC Loews Village 7 will have the film from Oct. 19 to 26, and L.A.'s Chinese 6 Theaters will play it from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2.

BAD25 is comprised of rare archival footage (supposedly including footage shot by Jackson himself) and interviews with artists and admirers like Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Martin Scorsese (he directed 1987's 18-minute short film for the title track) and Mariah Carey. Rolling Stone teases that the film reveals the genesis of "shamon!" The Guardian's review says "it's impossible to watch this film without a great big smile on your face" while Joblo submits that MJ has "never seemed more human than he does in Lee's portrait."

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson's estate, said, “Spike was the only choice for us when we decided to open up the archives and make this documentary. He has done a masterful job taking the audience behind the scenes and revealing how this ‘coming of age’ project was created.” 

And if seeing this beast isn't necessary for you in theaters (you clearly didn't catch the excellent This Is It or reminisce with our MJ photo gallery, did you?), ABC will air BAD25 on Nov. 22, the evening of Thanksgiving.