Michael Jackson fans around the world readied for the singer's last bow Tuesday in a film that captures rehearsals for his aborted concert stand last summer.
From early evening in Los Angeles to late night in New York City, from the pre-dawn hours in Europe to business hours in Asia and elsewhere, "Michael Jackson: This Is It" arrives simultaneously in the biggest cinematic blowout ever for a music film.
Opening in 99 countries Tuesday and Wednesday, the film expands to 110 territories by this weekend, with distributor Sony putting 15,000 prints of "This Is It" into circulation.
A fan has the words "Michael J", which stands for Michael Jackson, pasted on her face during the Taiwan premiere of "This Is It" in Taipei October 28, 2009. After months of industry hype, Hollywood on Tuesday rolled out the red carpet for Jackson's movie "This Is It" showing the final performance of the fallen King of Pop. The film has been culled from 80 hours of videotape taken of the pop star's final days of rehearsals for a series of London concerts in July also titled "This Is It".