“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” Soars to a Record-Breaking


21 Nov 2010 18:45 Africa/Lagos

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” Soars to a Record-Breaking

Opening Weekend of GBP17.5m* at the UK Box Office (Estimated Please See Notes to Editors*)

LONDON, November 21, 2010/PRNewswire/ — Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” beginning the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, has made cinema history at the UK box office this weekend, breaking records for the biggest three day opening, the biggest single day, the biggest Friday, and the biggest Saturday of all time at UK cinemas.


These phenomenal records were previously held by Quantum of Solace who held the biggest three day opening and the biggest ever Friday with GBP15,384,217 and GBP4,957,917 respectively and the fourth in the Harry Potter film series, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire holding both the previous records for the biggest single day and the biggest Saturday at UK cinemas with GBP5,657,391.

“The opening of this film has become an extraordinary worldwide event,” said Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK. “These remarkable box office numbers are a testament to the talents of the filmmakers, cast and to the vision of J.K. Rowling, the creator of this magical world. We congratulate everyone involved in the film, all of whom share in this success.”

In addition to holding the all-time franchise box office record-with a collective worldwide gross of more than $5.4 billion-all six previous Harry Potter films have the distinction of being among the 20 top-grossing box office hits of all time internationally. The seventh title, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” is a motion picture event in two full-length parts, with Part 2 opening on July 15, 2011.

Heading the cast, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise the roles of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The film’s ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Rhys Ifans, Jason Isaacs, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Toby Jones, David Legeno, Simon McBurney, Helen McCrory, Nick Moran, Peter Mullan, David O’Hara, Clémence Poésy, Natalia Tena, Julie Walters, Mark Williams and Bonnie Wright.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” was directed by David Yates, who also helmed “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, again produced the film, together with David Barron and J.K. Rowling. Steve Kloves adapted the screenplay, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. Lionel Wigram is the executive producer, with John Trehy and Tim Lewis serving as co-producers.

Behind the scenes, the creative team was led by director of photography Eduardo Serra, production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, composer Alexandre Desplat, visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, and costume designer Jany Temime.

Concurrently with its theatrical release, the film is being released in select IMAX(R) theatres. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) through proprietary IMAX DMR(R) technology.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films Production, a David Yates Film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


Notes to Editors

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 – Three day opening weekend is an estimated figure of GBP17.5m until the final Sunday figure is confirmed (Final figures will be available on Monday 22nd November)

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 – Friday figure GBP5,922m

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 – Saturday figure GBP6,645m

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 – Estimated Sunday figure GBP4,933m

Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone – Three day opening weekend – GBP9,600,368

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets – Three day opening weekend – GBP10,259,328

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban – Three day opening weekend – GBP9,508,349

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire – Three day opening weekend – GBP14,903,710

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix – Three day opening weekend – GBP13,007,909

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince – Three day opening weekend – GBP11,920,000

Previous UK record for biggest ever Saturday – Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire – GBP5,657,391

Previous UK record for biggest single day ever – Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire – GBP5,657,391

Previous UK record for biggest ever UK 3 day opening weekend – Quantum of Solace – GBP15,384,217

Previous UK record for biggest ever Friday – Quantum of Solace – GBP4,957,917

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

For further information please contact: Jayne Trotman, jayne.trotman@warnerbros.com, Tel: +44(0)207-984-5222

Can You Recall Your First Love?

Are you still flipped over your first love?
No one forgets his or her first love as Rod Stewart said that the first cut is the deepest. Rob Reiner’s FLIPPED brings back sweet memories of the ecstatic experience of one’s first love as two eighth graders start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites.


Flipped features a fun-loving story adapted from Wendelin Van Draanen’s bestselling novel Flipped, and stars the up and coming young actress Madeline Carroll (Swing Vote) as well as John Mahoney (Frasier). Flipped is a movie that everyone can relate to as it explores the innocence and simplicity of first love.

The movie has been highly rated earning 7 stars on IMDb.

Flipped is hitting shelves from November 23rd and the most recommended family movie to enjoy for the Thanksgiving holidays and the Christmas.

Sundance Institute Announces Eight Projects for the 2010 RAWI Screenwriters Lab in Jordan


Sundance Institute Announces Eight Projects for the 2010 RAWI Screenwriters Lab in Jordan

Los Angeles, CA – Artists from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories and Saudi Arabia participated in the sixth annual Rawi Screenwriters Lab run by the Royal Film Commission in consultation with Sundance Institute. An initiative of the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, the Rawi Screenwriters Lab was held from October 28 to November 1, 2010, as part of Sundance Institute Feature Film Program’s International work in support of emerging filmmakers around the world.

Launched in 2005, the Rawi Screenwriters Lab provides an opportunity for filmmakers from the region to develop their work under the guidance of accomplished Creative Advisors in an environment that encourages storytelling at the highest level. The five-day Lab is held in an eco-lodge in Wadi Feynan, Southern Jordan. This year’s Lab brought together eight Fellows from the Middle East, the Gulf and North Africa with Creative Advisors from the United States, Europe, Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East.

The projects and participants selected for the 2010 Middle East Screenwriter’s Lab are:

· Engi Wasef/A BEAUTIFUL GAME (Egypt)

· Mohamed Al Zayyat/BURYING MOM (Egypt)

· Mark Madini/DRUNK (Jordan)

· Michael Malek Najjar/FAREWELL BELOVED (U.S./Lebanon)

· Basil Khalil and Maha Assal/A GAZA WEEKEND (Palestinian Territories)

· Karim Bensalah/RED OLIVE TREE (Algeria)

· Faiza Ambah/A REVERENCE FOR SPIDERS (Saudi Arabia)

· Nadia Eliewat/WHERE TO LONDON (Jordan)

“Sundance Institute is committed to international storytelling, and raising the awareness of the value of independent artists’ voices on a global scale,” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director, Sundance Institute. “Our partnership with the Royal Jordanian Film Commission supports a talented and original group of emerging screenwriters for the 2010 Middle East Screenwriters Lab, and we look forward to hearing more from this new generation of filmmakers.”

“We had a remarkable array of talent this year with bold stories by Arab screenwriters from all over the world. Their writing explores a wide range of genres and subjects from questions of identity, social issues to deeply personal stories. These writers and their projects represent our strong belief in nurturing a new wave of Arab cinematic talent that promises to excite, touch and entertain film audiences the world over.” Said Mohannad Al-Bakri, Capacity Building Manager at the Royal Film Commission-Jordan.

Under the leadership of Reem Bader of the Royal Film Commission-Jordan and Alesia Weston of the Sundance Institute, the eight Fellows will work with nine international Creative Advisors: Tunisian Raja Amari, SATIN ROUGE; Puerto Rican Jose Rivera, MOTORCYCLE DIARIES; American William (BILL) Wheeler, THE HOAX; Lebanese Ziad Doueiri, WEST BEIRUT; Palestinian Suha Arraf, THE SYRIAN BRIDE; German Bernd Lichtenberg, GOOD BYE, LENIN!; American Greg Harrison, GROOVE; American Richard Glatzer, QUINCEANERA and Englishman Wash Westmoreland, QUINCEANERA.

The participants and projects selected for the 2010 Screenwriters Lab are:

The Beautiful Game/Enji Wassef (Writer/ Director), Egyptian

Ismail, also known as Ike, struggles to fit into two very different worlds – one is his Egyptian family’s home and the other is his hometown of South London. Although Ike loves football and shows natural raw talent, his father, a devout Muslim, refuses to support him. Ike is forced to seek out the coaching of an older Egyptian man in the neighborhood who helps him reach out to his father.

Enji Wassef was born in Cairo, Egypt and received a BA Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in government with a minor in modern standard Arabic. She left investment banking to pursue an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she wrote and directed award-winning short Breathtaking Views. She also wrote and directed a documentary Social Work. Her most recent film, Marina of the Zabbaleen, has screened at film festivals around the world, including Dubai International, where it won the Silver Muhr Award for Best Documentary.

Burying Mom/Mohamed El Zayyat (Writer/Director), Egypt

A young Egyptian man in New York is charged with the task of burying his divorced mother without anyone’s help or support back in his home country. What appears to be a simple task turns into a epic journey as he is met with obstacles at every turn – whether it is the Egyptian bureaucracy, the traditional culture, the desert climate, or his own ignorance and lack of social finesse.

Mohamed El Zayyat was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1980. He studied mass communication and advertising at university in Egypt and then attended a jazz performance workshop at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After working in advertising, Mohamed moved to New York to start his MA in filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. He has written and directed the short films Bolbol Wel Zabayen and East West? East West, and co-directed Waiting to Stand Up.

Drunk/Mark Mardini (Writer/Director), Jordan

A young American travels to Jordan to find a father he has not seen in over twenty years. His desire for an apology leads him to a deeper understanding of his father’s actions and ultimately on a journey of self- discovery.

Mark Mardini has been writing since 1997, when he graduated from Chapman University School of Film. In 2001, his script Visionaries was a quarter finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting Competition. His award-winning short film Roadkill has screened at festivals around the country.

Farewell Beloved/Michael Najjar (Writer/ Director), U.S./Lebanon

Farewell Beloved is the story of the relationship between Mary Elizabeth Haskell and famous poet Gibran Kahlil Gibran as told through the eyes of Haskell, his longtime benefactor, editor, and lover. An invitation to Gibran’s funeral starts her on a journey of remembering her extraordinary relationship with him and the lessons that he taught her.

Michael Najjar is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles focusing on Arab American theatre and performance. He holds an MFA in directing from York University in Toronto and a BA in Theater from the University of New Mexico. In Summer 2010, he directed a staged reading of his new play Talib with Silk Road Theatre Project in Chicago. He is currently co-editing the first anthology of Arab American and Arab Canadian Drama.

A Gaza Weekend/Basil Khalil(Writer/ Director), Palestinian Territories/U.S. and Maha Assal (Writer) Palestinian Territories

An outbreak of a mutant virus in Israel forces a quarantine from the international community. The only way out is through Gaza. New York businessman David Rubenstein hires local Waleed to help him escape on a boat out of the port of Gaza, but complications arise when the boat is delayed and Waleed must hide David and his Israeli family in the basement of his own crowded house.

Basil Khalil was born and raised in Nazareth, to a Palestinian father and an English-Irish mother. He has an MA in producing and script development from the Screen Academy Scotland in Edinburgh. Basil produced feature documentary Replay Revenge and a number of shorts, including the award-winning film Shooter. He currently lives in London, where he co-wrote a kids TV series for Al-Jazeera children’s channel and freelances on television production.

Maha Assal graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a double MA in Arabic and English literature. She wrote the screenplay for the post-apocalyptic feature film Existence that is to shoot in Palestine, and has also directed a number of shorts, including the award-winning film Oranges. Maha lives with her two children and husband in Nazareth, where she also lectures in screenwriting and works as a script editor.

Red Olive Tree/Karim Bensalah (Writer/ Director), Algeria

Ahmed Belmaki is a harki, an Algerian who served on the French side during the Algerian Independence War, living in France. When he is killed in a car accident, his restless soul causes him to come back from the dead to find his mother in Algeria. His deadbeat family is forced to confront the painful secrets of his past as they help him navigate the world of the living to find his long lost mother.

Karim Bensalah was born in Algeria in 1976. After spending his childhood in Algeria, Brazil, Haiti and Senegal, he went to study social sciences and philosophy in France. In 1998 Karim entered the London Film School, where he directed his first short Constant Flow. He then made his short film Fatima’s Secret. In 2005 he directed a segment of Paris La Metisse with 15 other young directors. Karim has also directed short films with the group Collectif Tribudom, and created his own installation work..

A Reverence for Spiders/Faiza Ambah (Writer/ Director), Saudi Arabia

Omar Metwally, an Egyptian cleric on a three-year assignment to run a mosque in Brooklyn, NY, faces multiple challenges to his beliefs, including a battle over the remains of a homeless young man he was kind enough to bury. His own wife and daughters’ rebel against Islamic prejudice and restrictions placed on women . He must discover if he’s capable of making the journey from religion to faith, and whether he can be both a good imam and a good father.

Faiza Saleh Ambah is a Saudi filmmaker with a background in journalism based in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. She left her job as Gulf Correspondent for The Washington Post in 2009 to focus on filmmaking. She has recently completed a summer filmmaking program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is currently developing a comedy script.

Where to London/Nadia Eliewat (Writer/Director), Jordan

When Saba, a 26 year old Jordanian designer, travels to London to realize the perfect romantic relationship with a handsome young Jordanian surgeon, she discovers that his love is a sham. Feeling abandoned, Saba befriends a young Egyptian woman who challenges her to let go of her fears and embrace her true self.

Nadia Eliewat is a filmmaker and producer. She produced the award-winning short film High Heels. She has an MFA from the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts and a BFA in visual arts from Jordan University. She currently teaches screenwriting and producing at the MBRSC School/American University in Dubai.

Immediately following the Lab, the Fellows and select other alumni were invited to attend a one-day seminar, Carry on as a Filmmaker through the Rawi Alumni Support Program. The seminar provides Rawi Fellows and alumni with strategic guidance on pursuing the next stages of the post-lab process. Speakers include: Sundance Institute and Rawi alumnus filmmaker Cherien Dabis, AMREEKA; and renowned Egyptian screenwriter and producer Mohamed Hefzy (PRIVATE ALEXANDRIA.)

About the Royal Film Commission

The Royal Film Commission was established in July 2003 with a mandate to promote for and contribute to the development of an internationally competitive Jordanian audio-visual industry through the advancement of human, technical, and financial capacities. In addition, it aims to provide comprehensive production support services to local, regional, and international productions.

For more information about the Royal Film Commission, visit: www.film.jo

Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute is a global nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Through its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to inform, inspire, and unite diverse populations around the globe. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Son of Babylon, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. www.sundance.org

Media Contact:
Royal Film Commission-Jordan
Tel: 06-4642266 ext. 17

Amy McGee, 310-360-1981


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Silverbird Group Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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Silverbird GROUP

The 30th anniversary of the Silverbird Group is a great joy to the “Mr. Entertainment of Nigeria” Ben Murray-Bruce, the founder and Chairman of the Silverbird Group in Nigeria and abroad.

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria was the Special Guest of Honour and joined hundreds of other invited guests at the New Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos,  the venue of the 30th Anniversary celebration Saturday evening. Party on the Moon from the United States of America and top Nigerian acts like D’Banj, Kaffy and the Sharp band thrilled the audience.

Silverbird brought the best African American musical acts to perform live in Nigeria from the early 1980s. Ben Murray-Bruce brought Kool & the Gang, Whispers, Shalamar, Dynasty, Lakeside and other popular acts. The Gong Show of Silverbird’s Fantasy Night Club in Yaba was a live talent contest where Majek Fajek and other popular musicians were discovered in the 1980s.

Silverbird is most famous for the celebrated Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) beauty pageant and discovered Darego Agbani who became the first black African Miss World in 2001.

agbaniDarego Agbani became the Miss World in 2001.

Silverbird Group include Rhythm 93.7 FM stations, Silverbird TV network, Silverbird Cinemas in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Silverbird Galleria in Lagos, Showtime Mall in Port Harcourt, Silverbird Entertainment Centre (SEC) in Abuja, and other businesses in the conglomerate.

Congratulations to Ben Murray-Bruce, his family and the management of the Silverbird Group.

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour Cirque Du Soleil

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced the international launch of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour(TM) written and directed by Jamie King. This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production will combine Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture. The tour begins October 2011 in Montreal followed by stops in select North American cities.(PRNewsFoto/Cirque du Soleil)

3 Nov 2010 15:00 Africa/Lagos

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour Cirque Du Soleil


Exclusive Presale Window Starts Today for Cirque Club Members and MichaelJackson.com subscribers
General Onsale Begins Saturday, November 6 in 30 Cities

MONTREAL, Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced today the official international launch of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour ™written and directed by Jamie King, the leading concert director in pop music today. This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production will combine Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleilcreativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture.

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A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tourunfolds Michael Jackson’s artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

THE IMMORTAL World Tour takes place in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael’s inspirational Giving Tree—the wellspring of his creativity. The secrets of Michael’s inner world are unlocked—his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.

The underpinnings of THE IMMORTAL World Tour are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tourunderscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity.

In selecting Jamie King as Writer and Director for Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour , which will feature 60 international performers, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil chose a director Variety called one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the music industry, and the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours”. A multiple Emmy Award® and MTV Video Music Award® nominee, and greatly influenced by his early years working for both Prince and Michael Jackson, he has choreographed some of the most popular music videos and directed some of the highest grossing concert tours of all time. For the past 12 years, he has served as Madonna’s creative director, having most recently directed her 2008 Sticky & Sweet world tour, as well as her 2006 record-breaking Confessions world tour and hit music video, Sorry. He most recently directed Rihanna’s Last Girl On Earth world tour, Celine Dion’s Taking Chances world tour, The Return of the Spice Girls reunion tour,Britney Spears’ Circus tour and Avril Lavigne’s Best Damn tour. He previously directed and choreographed world tours for Madonna (Re-Invention and Drowned World); Asian superstar Rain (Rain’s Coming); Ricky Martin (Black & White and La Vida Loca); Pink (Try This); Christina Aguilera (Back to Basics and Stripped); and his first collaboration with Britney Spears (Oops! I Did It Again). He has worked with an array of superstars including Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross,Jennifer Lopez and even Ellen DeGeneres. This is Jamie’s first show with Cirque du Soleil.

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour will call on the diverse talents of the following creative minds: Guy Laliberte , Creative Guide; Jamie King , Writer and Director; Chantal Tremblay , Director of Creation; Mark Fisher , Set Designer; Zaldy Goco , Costume Designer; Kevin Antunes , Musical Designer; Martin Labrecque , Lighting Designer; Olivier Goulet, Projection Designer; Francois Desjardins , Sound Designer; Scott Osgood , Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Germain Guillemot, Acrobatic Performance Designer; Michael Curry , Props Designer.
Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour will begin in Montreal in October 2011 and travel to select North American cities in the first leg, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York,Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver. Additional cities and dates will be announced.
For three days only, Cirque Club members and MichaelJackson.com subscribers will have exclusive access to purchase presale tickets online beginning Wednesday, November 3 at 10am Eastern Daylight Time.

Cirque Club membership is free and benefits include access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to www.cirqueclub.com. Starting Saturday, November 6 at 12pm local time, tickets will go on sale to the public for the cities and dates listed below.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com or www.MichaelJackson.com The tour schedule is subject to change.

October 2-3 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
October 7 Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
October 12 Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
October 15 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
October 18 London, ON – John Labatt Centre
October 21 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
October 26 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
October 29 Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
November 1 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
November 4 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
November 9 Seattle, WA – KeyArena
November 18 Portland, OR – Rose Garden
November 29 Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
December 3-11 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center

2012 Tour Schedule
January 6 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
January 10 Sacramento, CA – ARCO Arena
January 13 San Jose, CA – HP Pavillion at San Jose
January 18 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
January 21 San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
January 24 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
January 27 Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
February 10 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
March 2 Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
March 24 Quebec City, QC – Colisee Pepsi
April 3 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
April 10 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
June 29 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena

In April 2010, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced an unprecedented arrangement for the creation, development, production and promotion of Michael Jackson projects, featuring touring and permanent shows, based on the music and songs of Michael Jackson. The two entities will each own 50 percent of each Michael Jackson project, sharing equally in the cost of creating, developing, building and producing the projects and in the profits from each project. The Estate of Michael Jackson will also receive royalty payments on various aspects of its intellectual property used in the Michael Jackson projects.

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