Michael Jackson World Record To Be Set In Los Angeles For “This Is It” Premiere
LOS ANGELES (October 15, 2009) – To celebrate the grand opening of the new Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theatres and the release of Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT, AEG is partnering with the local chapter of “Thrill The World” and Clear Channel Radio Los Angeles (including KIIS FM, MYFM, KOST and Hot 92.3) to participate in a global attempt to set a WORLD RECORD for the most people dancing simultaneously to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Thrill The World was founded in 2008 by Ines Markelle of Canada to pay tribute to one of music’s most iconic videos of all time. This year there will be more than 300 locations participating all over the world for this record-breaking attempt which will take place on Saturday, October 24th at 5:30 PM Pacific Standard Time. In partnership with “Thrill the World Los Angeles,” L.A. LIVE’s Nokia Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles will be the official west coast ‘headquarters’ site for this global event.
“L.A. LIVE has become a home for Michael Jackson fans worldwide with the final rehearsal for THIS IS IT taking place at STAPLES Center,” said Scott Hanley, VP of Events for AEG/L.A. LIVE. “All 14 screens of the new Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 will be showing advance showings of Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT when the film is released on October 27th, so it makes perfect sense that this be the site for Southern Californians to come and participate in the attempt to break the Thriller Dance world record. We are working closely with our partners at Clear Channel Radio to get the word out and host special instructional sessions to teach this iconic routine to fans and participants. This is going to be a truly amazing event and a great tribute to Michael Jackson.”
Participants must pre-register on line, at www.thrilltheworldlalive.com, and will have the opportunity to view and learn the Thriller Dance steps as demonstrated in the training video posted there. To further assist fans who want to ‘train’ for this special event, AEG, Thrill the World LA and the Clear Channel Radio Stations are hosting several live instructional sessions throughout Southern California in the coming weeks. A complete schedule of those sessions and more detail can be found on the website.
Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London’s O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from March through June, 2009, the film is produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at Jackson as he has never been seen before. In raw and candid detail, Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT captures the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius, and great artist at work as he creates and perfects his final show. Kenny Ortega, who was both Michael Jackson’s creative partner and the director of the stage show, is also directing the film, which is being produced by Randy Phillips, Kenny Ortega and Paul Gongaware. Executive producers are John Branca and John McClain. The film will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Releasing. For more information about the film please visit www.thisisit-movie.com.