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Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Documentary 'Bad 25' Airs On ABC On Thanksgiving

by Cain Rodriguez
August 29, 2012 9:17 AM
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Bad 25

Despite having a creative misstep with 2008’s “Miracle At St. Anna,” Spike Lee remains a vibrant voice and has established himself as a top-tier documentary filmmaker with numerous projects over the past decade. And the Brooklyn auteur's next documentary “Bad 25,” which chronicles the creation and impact of Michael Jackson’s seminal 1987 album, has been acquired by the television network ABC for a Thanksgiving airing.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s Bad and Lee has scored incredible access to Jackson’s estate, archives and behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the album, as well as interviews with the late star’s collaborators and famous fans like Martin Scorsese, ?uestlove, Kanye West and Cee Lo Green. This is a subject that’s obviously near and dear to Lee’s heart so we’re expecting something a cut above the usual music doc.

Before the Thanksgiving airdate, the documentary will hit both the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in the coming weeks, so we’ll be giving your our verdict shortly. In the meantime, “Red Hook Summer” is expanding this weekend and we’re big fans of the film. [LA Times]

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  • loveformusic | September 20, 2012 11:25 PMReply

    brandt...please shut the hell up.

  • van | September 20, 2012 11:22 PMReply

    why cant we have it in the theaters?

  • interview of Johnny Stowers | September 1, 2012 1:09 PMReply

    I am waiting for his album impatiently. Certainly, this is gonna rock you!

  • V | August 30, 2012 11:25 AMReply

    I wonder where I'll be able to see this, since I live in the Netherlands. I hope they release it here, too and it won't be too expensive ;)

  • Brandt Hardin | August 29, 2012 3:47 PMReply

    Our celebrity-worship goes too far in creating our own ideas of icons such as MJ, as to leave a warped dynasty of myth and legend. Who was The King of Pop beneath the different faces? Check out my surreal portrait of his changing looks in commemoration on my artist’s blog at

  • Melanie Zarth | September 5, 2012 7:51 PM

    Oh, go away party pooper. Fans know who he was beneath his "different faces". The music speaks for itself, as to where his legend is. Fans know his soul, and what was in his heart.

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