Michael Jackson’s family and fans have attended the worldwide premiere of his concert documentary, This Is It.The movie was pieced together from 100 hours of footage shot at rehearsals for the star’s ill-fated comeback shows.

Jackson’s brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Randy, attended a star-studded screening in Los Angeles. Simultaneous premieres were held in 18 other cities.

Introducing the film, director Kenny Ortega described it as the last sacred document of our leader and friend.

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In Pictures: Jackson film premiere

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Fans around the world are attending the first screenings of Michael Jackson's This Is It, which documents the star rehearsing for his ill-fated comeback gigs. In New York, a dance tribute took place outside the Regal E-Walk cinema.

Jackson, who died on June 25 aged 50, had spent the previous four months rehearsing in Los Angeles.

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Jackson's brothers Jermaine (left), Randy, Tito and Marlon are attending a screening in Los Angeles. Their mother, Katherine, declines the invitation, saying it would be too

More than 800,000 tickets had been sold for the concerts, with organisers promising one of the “most expensive and technically advanced” live shows ever.

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Hollywood stars Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith were also among the first to see the movie.

He was just two weeks away from the opening night at the time of his death, which authorities in Los Angeles ruled a homicide.

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Other celebrities at the Los Angeles premiere included (l-r) Motown boss Berry Gordy, High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale, musicians Adam Lambert and Katy Perry and film director Kenny Ortega

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Even those too young to remember the star in his heyday dressed up to see his final farewell

Review: This Is It

Michael Jackson’s family and fans have attended the worldwide premiere of his concert documentary, This Is It.

The movie was pieced together from 100 hours of footage shot at rehearsals for the star’s ill-fated comeback shows.Jackson’s brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Randy, attended a star-studded screening in Los Angeles. Simultaneous premieres were held in 18 other cities.Introducing the film, director Kenny Ortega described it as “the last sacred document of our leader and friend”.

But some fans protested outside the screenings, saying the film covers up Jackson’s declining health.The dedicated fans, who have set up a campaign called This Is Not It, are accusing concert promoter AEG Live of putting too much pressure on the star during the build up to his 50-date run at London’s O2 Arena.

Jackson, who died on June 25 aged 50, had spent the previous four months rehearsing in Los Angeles.More than 800,000 tickets had been sold for the concerts, with organisers promising one of the “most expensive and technically advanced” live shows ever.He was just two weeks away from the opening night at the time of his death, which authorities in Los Angeles ruled a homicide.

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