Captain EO has been a Disney park staple since 1986, the height of Michael Jackson’s post-Thriller fame—but the Francis Ford Coppola-directed, George Lucas-produced short will shut down December 6 to make way for new attractions. A new oral history sheds light on all the making-of drama.
BECAUSE OF COURSE HE DID.
Horror director John Landis has spilled the beans on his plans for a Thriller, 3D re-release. Landis told the New York Daily News, "there is something happening with Thriller. It is going to reappear in a highly polished and three-dimensional way that is very exciting on the big screen." Hell yes. And they have plans…
We've seen Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video reenacted by LEGO minifigs before, but Annette Jung takes a different approach, creating a stop-motion animation using LEGO bricks as pixels.
In 1985, Ebony ran this hopeful image of Michael Jackson, projecting what he would look like at the age of 40. Today it's like a wistful imagining of what might have been, if Jackson's career had taken a different turn. These pictures are just one part of a fascinating article on black retro-futurism by Rebecca…
Yes, that Michael Jackson. In the '80s. And yes, it's America's fault, obviously.
Motion-capture has totally altered our movie-going experience in just a few years. From the Na'vi to Gollum to Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, our favorite movie characters are increasingly a blend of computer animation and an actor's real performance.
It's hard to perform a Michael Jackson routine night after night, lipsynching to the king of pop. But it gets a lot more complicated when you're being stalked by a psychotic robot — and it can only get worse when the robot decides that it's a Michael Jackson fan.
At last month's Denver Pridefest, a trio of dancers reenacted Michael Jackson's zombie-stomp number "Thriller." The performance would've been otherwise serviceable if it hadn't been for a flailing werewolf who appeared perpetually on the verge of forgetting his choreography.
Last night the gleeks premiered their mash-up of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll". There were zombies, football players, hyper cuts of the dancing (we wish we could have seen more moves!) and lots of autotune. What did you make of the sweetened zombie spectacle?
What's Glee's next pop victim? Michael Jackson's zombie dancing horde from Thriller. Let's be honest, "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" was a bit of a bust, so Glee, you've really got to bang this one out. Here's a first look.
You know what film was just screaming to be made? An entire feature film based on Michael Jackson's "Thriller!" And y'know what else? It's based on Vincent Price's lyrics! It'll be like Captain EO on salvia!
The unjustly shuttered Captain EO 3D ride reopened in California yesterday, and people absolutely lost their shit. Fans waited overnight to catch a first glimpse of the George Lucas-produced extravaganza.
With Michael Jackson dead, we're at the end of an era. But even though we have to hustle into the future without him, nobody will ever forget Jackson's strangely brilliant contributions to science fiction and fantasy.
Shake off your red leather jacket and crazy contact lenses: a big budget Thriller Musical is in the works. Chicago is ready to fling open its theater doors to a Michael Jackson monster-fest.