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Jackson film set to show rehearsal.

MICHAEL Jackson's final rehearsals are to be screened in cinemas around the world this autumn.

The documentary is based on unseen footage of the King of Pop preparing for his London concerts.

It includes dramatic scenes recorded at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles just hours before Jacko died.

The film, called Michael Jackson: This Is It, will be released in cinemas globally on October 28.

Sony Pictures said it would only be in cinemas for two weeks - with tickets going on sale on September 27.

The documentary is being directed by Kenny Ortega - the man tasked with creating his ill-fated London shows.

Exclusive Ortega also directed the hit High School Musical movies and spoke at the Jackson tribute concert in July.

He said: "This film is Michael's gift to his fans. It's a very private, exclusive look into a creative genius's world.

"For the first time ever, fans will see Michael as they have never seen him before - this great artist at work."

More than 100 hours of rehearsal footage was recorded before Jackson died on June 25.

It shows him working with singers, dancers, choreographers and special effects experts.

A reported one million people have applied for 85,000 tickets to a Jackson tribute concert.

The star's older brother Jermaine is organising the show in Vienna featuring stars including Whitney Houston, John Mayer and Lionel Richie.
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