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After screening during the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Spike Lee’s acclaimed Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25 finally premiered on North American television on Thursday night. The doc reveals behind-the-scenes footage of the late King of Pop’s recording sessions for his seventh studio album Bad. On Twitter, the reactions were unanimous, as a mixed group of music and film figures reached out to praise the doc.
“Major Kudos Spike Lee,” said Vivica A. Fox on Twitter.
“Looking forward to it,” said Justin Bieber, who was also featured in Bad 25 as an interviewed subject.
"Glee’s" Kevin McHale also added how inspired he was, saying “This Michael Jackson Bad 25 special is changing my life.”
Twitter got a bit emotional this past week, when longtime puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned on Tuesday from "Sesame Street" as the Muppet voice of Elmo. Clash, who once was seen as the late Jim Henson’s prized protege, left amid a sexual scandal that has been surrounding him for the past few weeks.
“Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children...Kevin has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years,” said a statement on the "Sesame Street" blog. “Unfortunately, the controversy surr
ounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us wants, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job...This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”
Actors like Henry Winkler, Harvey Fierstein and Rob Hoffman took to Twitter to express their sentiment toward Clash’s departure.
Things are looking promising for Ron Howard’s upcoming directed project Rush- well at least according to co-star Chris Hemsworth. Howard’s been teasing fans on Twitter over the past few months with updates about the film, which is based on the true events of the 1976 Formula One Championship in Japan, and the intense rivalry between England's James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Austria's Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Howard recently logged on to giddily say that Hemsworth saw a rough cut screening of the movie, and was “proud” of it. He also included a brief screen shot of Hemsworth’s character. The film has a release date of September 2013.
"Saturday Night Live’s" Bill Hader was recently interviewed by Grant Land’s Bill Simmons, where he was asked whether he could imagine doing "SNL" without today’s instant update technology. “I’d be interested to ask [Will] Ferrell and some of those guys what it was like,” says Hader during the interview, in regard how fast show reviews get published online in today’s world. But the comic veteran then revealed the true story about how he came face-to-face with his BIGGEST Internet troll. Definitely worth a watch.
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