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U.K. box office: ‘This Is It’ not so huge

Up is down after Michael Jackson’s arrival at multiplexes: 1. Michael Jackson’s This Is It: £4.9 million (NEW) 2. Up: £3.4 million (4th week; drops 10%) 3. Fantastic Mr. Fox: £1.5 million (2nd week; up 2%) 4. Saw VI: £.94 million (2nd week; drops 46%) 5. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant: £.54 million (2nd … more…

best Michael Jackson comment ever

I just can’t stop talking about the hype surrounding the Michael Jackson movie, This Is It. And why should I? It’s too fun. I found the best blog comment yet. It was not, alas, posted here, but at Gawker, in response to a posting entitled “Michael Jackson Is Still a Gigantic Celebrity the World Over—Except … more…

the final word on ‘This Is It’

Never mind what I or any other critics have to say about Michael Jackson’s This Is It. Elizabeth Taylor has tweeted the final words, 140 characters at a time: It is the single most brilliant piece of filmmaking I have ever seen. It cements forever Michael’s genius in every aspect of creativity. And we have … more…

Michael Jackson’s This Is It (review)

In the Year of the Gloved One 50, which was also called in the old calendar 2009, the people of the town of London came unto Michael with much wailing and despair. “Michael!” they beseeched Him. “Bestow upon us Your awesomeness. Bestow upon us the wisdom of Your spirit, and telleth us once again how Billie Jean is not Your lover and the kid is not Your son, for we long to be reassured. Giveth unto us 50 shows, one for each year of Your beneficence.”

my week at the movies: ‘Gentlemen Broncos,’ ‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It,’ ‘Creation,’ ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ ‘The Fourth Kind,’ ‘Pirate Radio’ (aka ‘The Boat That Rocked’), ‘Collapse’

Busy, busy week. And awards season hasn’t quite hit yet (though screeners are starting to come). It’s gonna be a crazy couple months… Most hilarious title ever? Gentlemen Broncos (opens in the U.S. on October 30; no U.K. release date has been announced) looks to be a hoot… and I do really like Jared Hess’s … more…