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Ever since his death, many fans have been gobbling up Michael Jackson music and everything else associated with him. He’s one of the biggest entertainment icons of the 20th century, and in death he’ll be just as popular as Elvis. The sales figures since his death for his music are incredible, and his family is cleaning up.

But there’s more than just the music. You’ll start seeing all sorts of adaptations of his music. If you’re in London and looking for West End shows, you’ll see you can snap up Thriller tickets for a show which is based on Michael’s epic music video. Check out the video above for a preview.

It will be interesting to see what kinds of Hollywood movies come out of this, and whether the representatives of his estate will be licensing out his music for movie soundtracks. Michael Jackson’s music helped to define a generation, and I’m sure there’s a ton of music producers will be salivating to get his music into their movies. But, there’s always the issue of cost, and demand sets the price, so we may not see much at all as the estate has tons of options and they don’t want to over saturate the market.

In any event, get ready to see lots of Michael Jackson in the coming years.

  

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Mid-holiday week movie news report (updated)

Somewhat to my surprise, given how slow Monday and Tuesday was, we have some movie news to report. Sadly, the first item is a bummer.

* Our very sincere condolences to the friends, family, and avid readers of writer and horror/gore maven Chas Balun, who died of cancer on December 18th. Probably mostly because of my phobia of the kind of movies he championed, Balun’s name wasn’t immediately familiar to me before this, but clearly the author and longtime contributor to Fangoria and Gorezone was a writer whose work meant a great deal to genre fans as well as a very sincere film geek/cinephile, and for that he has my respect. The Fangoria blog has a very good obituary.

* Sony has not been including a screener DVD for Duncan Jones’ highly regarded science fiction film, “Moon,” in its pre-Oscar promotional package. The result: “Twitter storm“!

Moon

* It’s now Sir Peter Jackson to you.  Considering the positive impact his LOTR tour de force must have had on the New Zealand economy, they might have considered making him king. Okay, New Zealand doesn’t have one. Also, I gather it’s more of a British Commonwealthy kind of a thing.

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Sunday Movie Moment: “Thriller”

I suppose that technically rock videos aren’t really movies in the sense of being a theatrical motion picture, but “Thriller” sure feels like a mini-movie, and it’s homages to classic horror — complete with a rap of sorts by Vincent Price — are still scary, even mixed with Michael Peter’s and Michael Jackson funky choreography. Undoubtedly a still strong piece of movie making by John Landis, and one of the late Mr. Jackson’s most important efforts,

Michael Jackson |MTV Music

I’ll be back with the box office numbers later today, and I’ll be wrapping up my coverage of the Los Angeles Film Festival, which ends tonight, over the next couple of days.

  

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