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Upcoming Documentary: The Untold Story Of Neverland. 31-03-'09

Coastal View News ran a story on March 26, 2009 discussing a fresh documentary produced by Larry Nimmer. The documentary, titled "Michael Jackson: The Untold Story of Neverland" has been a work-in-progress since 2005 when Mr. Nimmer was called to shoot footage at Neverland and to subsequently testify in court as part of the defense's case.

Nimmer is part of a demonstrative evidence company and has put together more than 1,000 multimedia exhibits for a wide array of court cases in California. In the Michael Jackson trial, Mr. Nimmer was called, in part, to record raw footage which directly contradicted key allegations from the Arvizos--mainly involving the interior alarms and security in place at Neverland.

This new documentary, which is currently being shopped to networks including VH1, "goes beyond the gates of Neverland and into the life of the accuser, Gavin Arvizo, and his family...it is revealed that the downtrodden family has anything but a squeaky clean past, and that the decision to turn on Jackson could have been spurred on by ulterior motives to collect money from the man that the family once considered its celebrity savior." In addition to examining the questionable history of the Arvizo family and the premises of Neverland, the documentary also explores the media at large and the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office--spearheaded at the time by Thomas Sneddon. Nimmer is said to narrate the film in a "soft-spoken, matter-of-fact" manner and is also expected to include outtakes from the Martin Bashir documentary which paint an entirely different picture on the 2003 accusers and on Michael Jackson.

Larry Nimmer's forthcoming documentary is a much welcomed counterpart to the other in-production book and film by tabloid gossipmonger, Ian Halperin. Followers of Michael Jackson may remember Ian Halperin as the person who claimed for months that Michael Jackson was half blind, near mute, and gravely ill with a string of life-threatening diseases including Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, lung disease, severe emphysema, gastrointestinal bleeding, and so forth.

After news broke that Michael Jackson would be performing in concert this summer and that he underwent an intensive five-hour, 50-point medical examine to ensure perfect physical fitness, Ian Halperin unleashed a whole new line of unfounded Michael Jackson rumors ranging from plastic surgery, to adoption, and more. Ian was most recently called out by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, whom Ian claimed hired Michael Jackson to perform a June concert--like all of Ian's past claims about Michael Jackson, there was no truth to this rumor, either.

Source: Costal View News / Billie Jean


Message Of Condolence To Goody Family. 30-03-'09

Following numerous speculations by the press if Michael Jackson would attend the funeral of UK reality tv star Jade Goody, the publicist of Goody's family Max Clifford, told Sky News Online that the stories were wide of the mark.

"Michael was never, ever coming, it was never on the agenda. He also feels the focus of the funeral should be about her and her family.

But he has sent a lovely message of condolence to her family, that she was a brave girl and that her message will save a lot of lives, and he will be sending flowers."

Michael Jackson heard about Jade Goody after his brother Jermaine appeared alongside her in the 2007 UK Celebrity Big Brother. He called her while in London to promote his forthcoming gigs at the O2 arena as Jade, a long-time fan of his, was being treated in the Royal Marsden Hospital while she was battling cancer.

Source: MJFC / Sky News / Billie Jean


Lionel Richie: MJ Still Has The Magic. 28-03-'09

Lionel Richie (59) and Michael Jackson worked on the 1985 charity hit 'We Are The World' and have remained good friends. Michael even served as godfather to Richie’s adopted daughter Nicole.

“I speak to him quite a bit now that he has become Papa Jackson. Realising that they [children] don’t come with a manual means that for Michael I am now the wise old philosopher. He’ll call me and say – ‘Li’o’nel how do I do this?’ – so I’m talking to him now more than ever and I’m glad of that because I need to get him back into what he does best.”

That means putting Michael Jackson back on stage and Richie is delighted the King of Pop has sold out his huge 50-date residency at The O2 arena.

“I’m working along with that whole campaign group, I’m with him.

I’ll say to you what I said to him, no-one in our business ever died because of what they did on stage – they have always died because of what they did off stage.

No matter what problems I have had in my life, I can walk on stage and I don’t have those problems for two hours.

I just think what he needs to do is remind himself of that, and it will take five or six shows for it to click, but this is the most dynamic performer of our time and for him to not be on stage is a crime.”

Asked whether Michael Jackson still has the moonwalk magic he replied:
“Last time I could see him, hell yeah.

He’s not that 25-year-old or 30-year-old anymore so he will have to discover some things about himself that he didn’t quite want to face up to I’m sure, but what he does have is a mound of hit records.

He has to just get it in his head that we (as performers) are on that stage because people want to see us singing those songs.

Whether you moonwalk or skywalk or float in from the back of the stage, that’s all extra added attractions, but the most important thing is to pick up the microphone and sing Thriller, that’s all that matters.

Speaking from an artist’s point of view, there is an insecurity of being away for a while, even with me being off stage for a year and a half there is a little butterfly that goes off and you wonder ‘do I know what I’m doing?’.

He has been off a lot longer than that so the butterfly will be there. But if I have to drag him on stage myself, I will.”

Source: Walesonline / Billie Jean


Leonard RoweMichael Jackson Appoints New Management. 28-03-'09

Michael Jackson named Leonard Rowe, the legendary concert promoter from Atlanta, as his new manager.

Rowe succeeds Dr. Tohme Tohme:

"I am very pleased that Leonard has accepted my offer to manage my business affairs during this important period in my career," stated Jackson. He added, "Leonard Rowe has been a long-time friend and business associate whose judgment I have come to trust."

Rowe has worked closely with Michael and the Jackson Family since promoting the family’s 'Off The Wall Tour' in March 1979. "For the past 30 years, I have had a great feeling of admiration for Michael and his family," said Rowe. "We worked hard together and made history on the 'Off the Wall Tour.' I am grateful to Michael for this opportunity and look forward to once again working with my friend to ensure a successful and historic comeback," stated an enthusiastic Rowe.

Rowe has been a staunch advocate for African-American rights in the concert promotion industry for the past 35 years. His landmark antitrust and civil rights litigation against nearly every concert promoter and agency in the music industry won the promoter a no-nonsense reputation for challenging the status quo. Renowned Civil Rights leader Dr. Joseph Lowery recently said, "Rowe has fought hard to preserve the rights of both African-American promoters and artists in the music industry against rampant industry discriminatory practices."

Rowe has dedicated his career to successfully promoting and touring hundreds of acts, including the Jacksons, Prince, R. Kelly and the late Marvin Gaye.

Source: Billie Jean


Win Concert Tickets From Sunday Mercury. 27-03-'09

UK newspaper Sunday Mercury will give out 2 tickets for one of Michael Jackson's concerts at the O2 Arena in London on January 23, 2010.

On their web site the prize is described as follows:

"If you’re our winner, here’s how our perfect pop prize package shapes up!

You’ll travel by Virgin Rail from Birmingham New Street on January 23, 2010. We’ll book you into a four-star hotel in central London, where you’ll have a twin-bedded room. You’ll make your own way to the O2 Arena, where you have two £75 seat tickets for the show. After the gig relax back in your hotel room then, after free time next day, return home by rail. [...]

It’s the No 1 gig of the century, brought to you by Britain’s regional newspaper of the year.

How to enter? Grab a copy of this Sunday's Sunday Mercury!"

Source: Sunday Mercury / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Memorabilia. 26-03-'09

A Hollywood auction house hired by Jackson to sell off the contents of his shuttered Neverland Ranch said it is pressing ahead with plans to put some 2,000 items on the block in April, despite the pop legend's surprise bid this month to halt the sale.

Some of the glitziest items will be on display to the public at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square this week, including one of Jackson's signature black fedoras, two of his MTV Video Music Awards, costumes he wore on tour in the 1980s and several crystal-encrusted gloves.

Jackson filed a lawsuit in early March, claiming that he had never given permission for the sale of many "priceless and irreplaceable" items.

The auction house, Julien's Auctions, fired back in court papers, saying that Jackson's representatives had been deeply and enthusiastically involved in the sale for many months, until a sudden reversal last month.

Julien said he didn't believe the threat, and the two sides have since agreed to let some of Jackson's property continue to travel on a publicity tour in advance of an April 3 court hearing. The auction is scheduled for April 21.

Julien estimated that the sale could bring in $10 million to $20 million — money that Jackson could desperately use.

Jackson will get any profits from the sale, minus the auction house commissions.

"There will never be another artist or celebrity like Michael Jackson," Julien said. "He has the most dedicated fans of anyone we have ever worked with."

See here the images of the items.

Source: starpulse / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Wants To Ride An Elephant On Stage. 26-03-'09

Michael Jackson is to ride an elephant on stage. The singer has baffled organizers of his "This Is It" London residency by requesting the enormous beast in a bid to impress fans.

A source told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "He hopes to make it the most spectacular show ever. For the jungle section, he wants to ride out on an African elephant with panthers led on gold chains. Parrots and other birds will fly behind him. If it goes to plan it will look incredible."

Despite animal welfare laws banning the use of some domestic creatures in shows the 50-year-old singer is determined to make it happen when he takes to the stage at The O2.

The source added: "He's desperate to find a way around it."

As well as dozens of animals, Michael also wants to hire 100 Masai warriors for the 50-date extravaganza.

His managers are said to be concerned about the singer's wild ideas and fear the costs and insurance premiums will spiral out of control.

Around 750,000 tickets for Michael's record-breaking shows have been sold and his residency opens on July 8.

Source: exposay / Billie Jean


Jackson Invites "Harry Potter" Stars To Opening Night Of His Concert. 25-03-'09

Michael Jackson has invited stars of the "Harry Potter" films to the opening night of his "This Is It" shows. The three main stars from the wizard franchise - Daniel Radcliffe, 19, Emma Watson, 18, and Rupert Grint, 20 - have reportedly been offered access all areas passes for the start of Michael's "This Is It" farewell residency at London's O2 arena on July 8.

A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Michael is a huge fan of the 'Harry Potter' books and films."

"He was utterly enchanted by the magic of JK Rowling's novels and owns all the movies and he has bought memorabilia for his collection."

Michael is said to be such a big "Harry Potter" fan he owns a first edition copy of JK Rowling's debut novel "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," which is worth around $20,000.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed Michael will travel to each show on a boat, because he is afraid of helicopters and doesn't like to publicly ride in cars.

A source told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "He loves the idea of turning up by boat - he thinks it's much more glamorous and very James Bond."

Around 750,000 tickets for Michael's record-breaking 50 shows at the O2 arena sold out in a single morning earlier this month.

Source: Billie Jean


Russian Billionaire Denies Halperin Rumours. 25-03-'09

Representatives for Russian businessman and billionaire Oleg Deripaska have denied reports that Michael Jackson is set to perform at a private party for him.

Earlier this month, author Ian Halperin had spread rumours that Michael Jackson had negotiated an appearance at Deripaska's party in April and should get £2 million for the performance.

Halperin further alleged the entertainer had demanded a team of nine doctors be on-hand throughout the performance.

But all claims have been dismissed by Sergey Babichenko, a spokesman for Deripaska's office, who said the reports are "completely untrue and sheer fantasy".

"A number of Russian and international media recently has published rumours about Michael Jackson's alleged forthcoming performance at Oleg Deripaska's party. This expressly false information has nothing to do with reality."
Earlier this year, Halperin had claimed that Michael Jackson is seriously ill and might be close to death...

Source: WENN / Billie Jean


Ticket Sales Break Records. 24-03-'09

Tixdaq, a research and data firm specializing in ticket resale information, has just released figures reviewing the ticket resale market for the Michael Jackson O2 Arena concerts as part of their weekly Tixdaq charts. Their research shows that, for the first time ever, a single artist has topped all three of the weekly ticket resale charts.

The charts, which are published in Music Week (a UK magazine), show how popular concert tickets are for a specific artist. In the past week, Michael Jackson saw the most tickets resold, achieved the highest average price and generated the highest resale grosses.

Steve Machin, the Executive Vice President of Tixdaq had this to say:

Clearly tickets for the record breaking Michael Jackson residency were priced to sell with as the most expensive tickets cost only £75.00. Even now demand is unprecedented, and that is reflected in the resale charts as we are seeing a lot of the best tickets now being resold at their market value. The average resale price for Michael Jackson tickets last week was over £200.00.

With such a strong showing by a wealth of household name performers, what we found to be most surprising was just how strong the Michael Jackson sales have been. Madonna came close in the average price chart, but the volume of Michael Jackson tickets and the resale grosses for the residency far outstripped the competition last week.”

Source: responsesource.com / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Visits Doctor In Beverly Hills. 23-03-'09

Michael Jackson was once again photographed as he exited a medical clinic in Beverly Hills on, March 19, 23, 2009.

Michael Jackson was wearing a black T-shirt and a grey jacked with a fedora, reading glasses.

Michael Jackson has been photographed at this same facility a number of times in recent months, and it is believed to be the facility of Dr. Klein (Michael Jackson's longtime dermatologist who has helped treat his condition of Vitiligo).

Source: Billie Jean


Thriller Still Breaking Records. 23-03-'09

According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), 'Thriller' has now been certified 28 times Platinum just in the United States alone! While originally released in 1982 'Thriller' has been re-released in various special editions, most recently with 2008's 'Thriller 25.'

However, in spite of the different special editions, the original album continues to fly off the shelves; proving that it truly is the greatest album of all time!

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson 'Plans Child Adoption'? 21-03-'09

Michael Jackson is looking to expand his family - he reportedly plans to adopt a child when he stays in the U.K. for his comeback concerts this year.

The Thriller hit-maker already has three children - Prince, 11, Paris Katherine, 10, and Prince Michael II, five. The eldest two are from a brief marriage to his former dermatology nurse Deborah Rowe and it is not known who gave birth to Prince Michael II.

A source tells British newspaper the Sunday Express the King of Pop hopes to adopt a child while staying in Britain for his 50-date residency at London O2 Arena later this year.

The source says, "Before his concerts he has said he wants to spend at least three weeks in Britain, getting used to the time zone and exploring the country. It is during this period that he wants to have meetings about adoption. He has not said if he wants a boy or girl, just that it would be good for the family to have another brother or sister."

Source: starpulse / Billie Jean


Phillips: Ortega Is Working On Show. 20-03-'09

In an interview to Hitfix, AEG Live president/CEO Randy Phllips, revealed some more details on the upcoming concerts at the O2 Arena.

Talking about the huge demand for tickets for the 50 concerts in London (UK) he said:

"We could have done 200 shows if he was willing to live in London for two years."

Phillips also cleared up what Michael Jackson meant at the press conference when saying: "These will be my final show performances in London."

"What he meant was London.

The truth is our deal is in phases and the only phase he's agreed to is London. It's very possible there are other cities. We call it his Capital Market Residency."

He also confirmed that choreographer Kenny Ortega ("Dirty Dancing", "High School Musical") is working with Michael Jackson on the show.

Since the press is raising questions whether or not Michael Jackson will in the end actually take the stage Phillips joked to British The Daily Telegraph:

"If Mike gets too nervous to go on, I'll throw him over my shoulder and carry him on stage. He's light enough."

Phillips also revealed that the tour's tag line, "This is It," came from Michael Jackson himself.

"I said, 'Mikey, that's perfect. This is the place to be'".

And yes, he admitted, he does call Michael Jackson "Mikey."

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Michael's Number One. 20-03-'09

The album ‘The Essential Michael Jackson’ has re-entered the US Billboard’s Top Pop Catalog Albums chart this week and went straight to #1.

Simultaneously, the album ‘Number Ones’ rises 7 places to #5 on the same charts - making it the greatest gainer of the week.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


Phillips Considers World Tour Possible. 19-03-'09

In an interview to German magazine 'Bunte', AEG Live concert promoter Randy Phillips said that after the London concerts a world tour could be a possibility and is in the talks.

First could be concerts in Europe, including concerts in Germany (eg Berlin, Hamburg), then Asia and finally North America.

However, he said this would depend on how well everything in London will take place. There are no contracts yet.

"We don`t want to put Michael under too much pressure".

Thus, they are having a 4-year plan where the world is divied into 4 zones.

Philips also denied rumours about Michael Jackson having health problems. He said that Michael Jackson passed a 5 hour health test by an independent expert:

"He passed all tests with flying colours."

Phillips also confirmed that with his 50 concerts dates in London Michael Jackson will earn about 50-100 million US$.

Source: Bunte / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Appearance On American Idol? 17-03-'09

Speaking to EXTRA, in a segment which will air tomorrow, Simon Cowell of American Idol and X-Factor fame discussed the possibilities of Michael Jackson making a live appearance on American Idol before the end of this season.

Each year, rumours surface of a possible Michael Jackson appearance on either American Idol or X-Factor. This year, both possibilities have already spread throughout the Internet and, with new concerts and music on the horizon, it seems more of a real possibility this year than any prior year.

Last year, Cowell told BBC2 that every year the producers speak with Jackson's people in hopes that one year he actually will show up as a special guest. In a preview of the interview, Cowell tells EXTRA that "it would be stupid not to do it." However, since all 50 of Michael Jackson's upcoming concert dates sold out within hours after becoming available, it can hardly be argued that Michael Jackson needs the publicity as much as American Idol needs the ratings boost that such an appearance would bring if properly promoted (American Idol's ratings are down approximately 10% from last year, although still the dominant show on American television with 20-24 million viewers each episode).

Last week's Michael Jackson special on American Idol was a big success for the show and for Michael Jackson's catalog. American Idol received the most call-in votes for any top-12/top-13 show since the series began, while many of Michael Jackson's albums climbed towards the top of the Pop music sales charts on iTunes, Amazon, and elsewhere.

Stay tuned.

Source: Hollywoodrag / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Planning More Plastic Surgery? 17-03-'09

In a bid to look more fresh and youthful, Michael Jackson is reportedly planning on having more plastic surgery before he kicks off his tour this summer.

Jackson, who is on the top of every 'Bad Plastic Surgery' is eager to go under the knife again, hoping to correct a few procedures and revamp his image.

Biographer Ian Halperin– who has written new book Unmasked: The Michael Jackson Story – tells the UK Sun that the singer is "planning to splash out on revamping his image."

He says, "Michael has consulted some of the world’s best cosmetologists and surgeons in preparation for this comeback.

He is reportedly particularly concerned with fixing his crumbling nose, which the singer claims he has had just two operations on to improve his voice.

Jackson's representatives have denied the 50-year-old singer is planning further cosmetic procedures.

Source: Hollywoodrag / Billie Jean


Randy Phillips Speaks To Sky News. 17-03-'09

Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG was interviewed by Sky News in his hotel suite. During the interview he said that when he saw and heard the response to the announcement of ten concerts, and saw the scramble to snap up the tickets, he rang Michael to tell him that they would have to increase the number of concerts to satisfy the demand. Very quickly the number increased to thirty and when a further twenty were added he again called Michael, who was “blown away”, and cried with emotion at the news of the complete sell out of the tickets.

Mr. Phillips explained that he could spend two years in the U.K. and still not satisfy all the demand. He also promised that Michael would be made extremely comfortable during his stay in England, and his life would be as normal as possible.

He said that he was stunned by the reaction of the fans, which was beyond any of his expectations and that 93% of the ticket buyers live in the UK.

Along with the concerts, he added that Michael is also interested in making a 3D version of ‘Thriller’, which could be shown at Halloween, but could also take up to three years to make.

Source: Sky News / Billie Jean


25,000 Fans Visit Auction Preview. 16-03-'09

As thousands of Michael’s fans still try to get a ticket for even one of his concerts, thousand flew from all over the world to attend the preview of the Neverland Auction, which is taking place in County Kildare, Ireland.

Martin Nolan, co-owner of LA based ‘Julien’s Auctions’, plans to put thousands of items from Michael’s Neverland Ranch under the hammer next month.

Source: AP / Billie Jean

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