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Columbia Pictures Releases Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’ Rehearsal Clip

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Columbia Pictures is dangling an additional piece of baitbefore the eyes of viewers contemplating seeing Michael Jackson's "ThisIs It" which opens in theatres Wednesday, October 28.

The latest 52-second clip previews the late Michael and his dancersperforming his hit "Smooth Criminal" from his 1987 album "Bad."

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"Smooth Criminal" is one of Michael's most popular videos.It is noted for its hard to imitate dance move that involves Michael and hisdancers standing upright before slowly leaning forward to a 60 degree angle.

The brief "This Is It" video doesnot feature that memorable move; however, it does find Michael performing otherhigh energy, choreographed routines with his trademark precision.

I have been overloaded by five trailers that have eachsuccessfully increased my interest in the film. I am glad the movie is out thisweek. I am ready for the full-length.

I haven't seen Michael performing on the big screen since his1986 Disneyland 3D-feature "CaptainEO." That "Star Wars" style 18-minute short was co-produced by George Lucasand directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

"This Is It" is 1 hour and 57 minutes and culled from morethan 100 hours of footage taped during the months preceding June 25 Michael'sdeath. It is directed by Kenny Ortegawhose credits include the "High School Musical" series, "Hannah Montana &Miley Cyrus: Best Of Best Worlds Tour," and "Ferris Beuller's Day Off."

"This Is It" will make its worldwide premiere Tuesday at4:30 p.m. PDT. The event taking place at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles can be viewedonline from www.ThisIsIt-Movie and www.Crackle.com.

The "ThisIs It" double-CD is also available Tuesday. Disc 1 has 16 songs, including twoversions of the title track. Disc 2 contains demo versions of four Michael songs,"She's Out Of My Life," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," "Planet Earth," and"Beat It."

The double-CD set also includes an exclusive 36-page bookwith photos from Michael's rehearsal.

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