TICKETS TO GO ON SALE SEPTEMBER 27. INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF MICHAEL JACKSON AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE TO HIT THEATERS WORLDWIDE OCTOBER 28 CULVER CITY, Ca., Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment announced today that Michael Jackson THIS IS IT will be released exclusively for a special, limited, two-week engagement worldwide, with the studio pushing up the debut of the film by two days, to Wednesday, October 28th. Due to the anticipated demand for this film, tickets for the two-week presentation will go on sale in most cities beginning on Sunday, September 27th. Separately, the producers of Michael Jackson THIS IS IT announced that Kenny Ortega has been set to direct the motion picture. The film is being produced with the full support of The Estate of Michael Jackson
Vanity Fair will publish two covers for its September issue: one featuring Michael Jackson and another featuring Farrah Fawcett, the two pop culture icons who both died on June 25. "Two covers seemed like the sensible thing to do, given the passing of two major American icons on the same day," editor Graydon Carter said. The Jackson cover features a 1989 Annie Leibovitz photo and the line, "Fallen King." Fawcett's cover reads, "Fallen Angel." Contributing editor Lisa Robinson wrote the Jackson story based on their interviews over the years. Contributing editor Leslie Bennetts interviewed Fawcett's longtime love, Ryan O'Neal, as well as his children Griffin and Tatum and close Fawcett friend Alana Stewart for a story titled, "Beautiful People, Ugly Choices. " Already that article has made news with Ryan confessing that he hit on daughter Tatum at Fawcett's funeral.
The SAVE THE WORLD AWARDS 2009 at the Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant in Lower Austria was filled with many moving moments, emotional highlights and important messages with the motto Heal The World. The first global honors presented to exceptional individuals and organizations working toward a peaceful, sustainable and livable future was hosted by Hollywood star and fashion icon, Andie MacDowell. 2,500 guests at the grand event, and millions of people around the world followed a pioneering TV gala dealing with important issues accompaniedby numerous music and show highlights. Michael Jackson posthumously receiveda 2009 SAVE THE WORD AWARD for his many humanitarian contributions. His brother Jermaine, who performed the songs Smile and Ill be there accepted this special award in Michaels honor. Ray Chew and his band, the Pointer Sisters and other renowned artists were among the performers. People for People Founder Karlheinz Boehm,Olympic Champion Carl Lewis, Alternative Nobel Prize Laureate Vandana Shiva,the pioneer of the environmental movement Freda Meissner-Blau, Greenpeace, SOS Childrens Villages,Green Cross International, and the UN Millennium Campaign End Poverty Now received a SAVE THE WORLD AWARD 2009 for their very different, but important contributions to the preservation of our planet and to a better world.