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article imageSpike Lee's 'Bad 25' premieres in Toronto Special

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By Alexandra Christopoulos     Sep 16, 2012 in Entertainment
Toronto - In "Bad 25" director Spike Lee pays homage to the legacy of Michael Jackson's chart topping, multi-million selling album "Bad," 25 years after it first came out. The documentary premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In it, generations of stars describe what influence the former King of Pop has made on their careers. The film, which is also in timing with the album's anniversary, stars Michael Jordan, Glen Ballard, Justin Beiber, amongst other testimonials.
Director Spike Lee and family, as well as Toronto Raptor Landry Fields, and TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey attended the red carpet screening at the Ryerson theatre.
Waiting in line before the movie, Van Monroe, an Ohio based artist said he has probably been a Michael Jackson fan since birth. Monroe also designed a pair of "Bad 25" sneakers to commemorate the event, which were worn by Spike Lee at the premiere. Standing outside the theatre, Monroe explained he was going into the show as a Michael Jackson and Spike Lee fan.
Director Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee.
Director Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee.
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Toronto Raptor Landry Fields in attendance for Bad 25 s premiere at TIFF.
Toronto Raptor Landry Fields in attendance for Bad 25's premiere at TIFF.
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" My parents are Michael Jackson fans, and I was born in 1982, which is around the time "Thriller" came out. So ever since then, I was naturally a fan since birth, literally," said Monroe.
Landry Fields
Landry Fields
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" As I grew older, I was able to appreciate his actual craft," he explained. " I'm excited to see the movie now because Michael Jackson was an artist who transcended gender and race (among other social and political barriers), and also seeing how director Spike Lee put the film together. So, I'm going as a fan of both Michael and Spike."
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