Roy Wood Jr. imagines Thriller from the date's perspective

Last night, comedian and Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. whiled away his Wednesday evening the same way so many adults do, which is to say he spent a few hours obsessing over Michael Jackson’s 14-minute music-video classic “Thriller.” The result reimagines the iconic short film from the perspective of Jackson’s…

Great job, dads: Eagles now have the best-selling album ever

We’re not entirely sure how to explain this, but the Associated Press is reporting that the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) has become the best-selling album of all time in the United States, with about 38 million copies sold. That’s a significant lead over the previous record-holder, Michael Jackson’s Thriller…

Disney is complaining about overzealous copyright holders, which is pretty fucking rich

Today, in “the all-consuming black hole calling the kettle black” news, Disney—a company that will sue you if you take a crap that looks a little too much like Donald Duck—is decrying overzealous copyright protection on the part of another entity. Specifically, the company is arguing that the estate of Michael Jackson…

John Landis on meeting all of Michael Jackson’s famous friends, from Elizabeth Taylor to Jackie O

John Landis was already an accomplished director when he was called on to direct Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” heading up The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, and An American Werewolf In London. But even famous directors get starstruck. In the video above, Landis talks about working with Jackson and being awed by his…

John Landis on Michael Jackson and the ravages of fame

John Landis has a number of classic films under his directorial belt, including The Blues Brothers, Coming To America, and An American Werewolf In London. He’s also responsible for two music videos in Michael Jackson’s repertoire, “Thriller” and “Black And White,” and got a look at the role fame played in the pop…

How was Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” remastered for 3D?

After watching An American Werewolf In London, Michael Jackson contacted John Landis to direct the music video for “Thriller.” The resulting video was iconic—it changed the media landscape, breaking down MTV’s color barrier and reinvigorating the home video market. John Landis debuted a remastered and 3D converted…

John Landis on how Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” changed the media landscape

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video was inspired by John Landis’ movie An American Werewolf In London. Jackson, according to Landis, loved the visual effects from the film and wanted to turn into a monster onscreen. The resulting video ended up sparking change across the media landscape, breaking down MTV’s color…

John Landis reflects on the creation of “Thriller” and working with Michael Jackson

It’s fairly common knowledge that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video was inspired by John Landis’ movie An American Werewolf In London. After watching the film, Jackson contacted Landis, who agreed to direct the video. In the video above, Landis talks about the conceptualization of “Thriller,” his experience…

Quincy Jones says Michael Jackson’s estate owes him $30 million

Quincy Jones was one of Michael Jackson’s most prominent and longstanding collaborators—the legendary record producer was behind some of the late pop icon’s greatest albums, including Off The Wall and Thriller. Their partnership is obviously an important chapter in both their careers, but that story just got a little…

Fire up for John Wick: Chapter 2 by watching John Wick, as voiced by Michael Jackson

Cheap-ass CGI blood aside, 2014’s John Wick is a shining example of modern action done right. The story of a retired assassin (Keanu Reeves, showing off his real-life firearms mastery) who goes on a bloody rampage after the death of his dog, the movie continuously topped itself with breathless, over-the-top action…