Michael Jackson Movie Tickets on Sale Starting Today

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    Tickets for "This Is It" -- the documentary that features footage from Michael Jackson's rehearsals for a series of shows in London -- go on sale Sunday -- more than a month out from the movie's debut.

    The film will debut simultaneously in 15 cities around the world including New York, Los Angeles, London and Berlin.

    Crafted from hundred hours of rehearsal footage, the movie is directed by longtime Jackson collaborator Kenny Ortega, who had been working with Jackson on the concerts.

    "'This Is It' may go down as the greatest concert no one got a chance to see," the movie's director Kenny Ortega said. "But with this film we get a rare portrait of Michael as he prepares for his final curtain call."

    In New York, Tickets can be purchased at any major movie ticketing Web site, as well as at the flick's Web site: thisisit-movie.com.

    "You see the music, the studios, the rehearsals, the dancers, the auditions, the costumes," said Tim Leiweke, president of AEG, which bankrolled Jackson's "This is It" tour. "You see all of the behind-the-scenes, and then you finally see the last few days of the dress rehearsals, and you begin to see the genius of Michael: the dancing, the singing, the choreography, and his concept of creating a one-time performance that no one would ever forget."

    Leiweke said the movie also will provide proof that AEG had Jackson's well-being in mind.

    "I think we still are hurt," Leiweke said. "Some of the things that people have said about us, which are so untrue, this movie's going to restore his legacy, and prove that we, in fact, gave Michael a second chance here. And an opportunity to make the kind of comeback he was dreaming of. And that we created an environment for him that was probably the best environment that the guy had the last 10 or 15 years of his life. And I'm very proud of the way we treated Michael, and very proud of the partnership that we had with him. And this movie is an opportunity to celebrate that, and we could get past all of the gossip and all of the innuendo."

    "This is It" is set to open in cinemas worldwide Oct. 28.