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Sneak Peek! A Look At Lifetime’s Michael Jackson Movie. 12-04-'17

After Lifetime greenlit a Michael Jackson biopic, perhaps the most important step was casting a convincing actor to portray the pop icon.

So who better to step into MJ’s shoes than a man who spent years as a Jackson-sanctioned impersonator.

Navi, who worked for Jackson on multiple occasions as a body double and decoy during the King of Pop’s lengthy career, stars in the upcoming 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland' - and People has an exclusive first-look image from the TV movie in the current issue of the magazine, on newsstands Friday (April 14).

Searching for Neverland will chronicle the final years of Jackson’s life, including his time as a father to sons Prince and Blanket and daughter Paris.

Lifetime’s production is not associated with the controversial episode of British network Sky Arts’ upcoming TV anthology series, which was to feature Joseph Finnes as Jackson but was cancelled in January.

'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland' is slated to premiere May 29 on Lifetime.

Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland
The Lifetime biopic 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland' has found its lead in M.J. tribute artist, Navi.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Blanket JacksonWhat's Happened To Blanket? 12-04-'17

Paris Jackson is reportedly concerned for the welfare of her younger brother, 15-year-old Blanket, who sources say is essentially living by himself.

While 19-year-old Paris and her 20-year-old brother Prince have enjoyed greater public profiles since becoming adults - Paris appeared on a recent Rolling Stone cover - their younger sibling is still meant to be in the care of the guardians assigned to the children after pop superstar Michael Jackson's death.

TMZ reports that Paris has complained her younger brother is for the most part living entirely by himself in 86-year-old grandmother Katherine Jackson's home, high in the hills above Los Angeles.

Despite the Jacksons being a large family - Katherine and husband Joe have eight children between them, giving Michael's children a large circle of aunts and uncles - Paris fears her young brother has slipped through the cracks, TMZ reports.

While Blanket lives in Katherine's home, his grandmother has not been there herself since January - since then she's spent a two-month stint in London before staying at daughter Rebbie's LA home.

Katherine and Joe Jackson share guardianship for Blanket with their 38-year-old grandson TJ, one-third of 90s boy band 3T. While TJ and his wife pay regular visits to Blanket, it's understood neither actually lives at the home.

Paris, a burgeoning actress and model, now lives in a converted studio in the former Jackson family compound, around 20 minutes' drive from her younger brother.

Source: NZ Herald / Billie Jean


Rashida Jones Recalls That Time Michael Jackson's Chimpanzee, Bubbles, Bit Her. 11-04-'17

Rashida JonesNot monkeying around! Actress Rashida Jones recalled her horrifying encounter with Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, on Sunday Today with Willie Geist on Sunday, April 9.

A young Jones, who is the daughter of Thriller and Bad producer Quincy Jones, was at Michael Jackson’s Neverland home when she was left alone with Jackson’s pet chimp. Things turned scary after Bubbles stole Jones’ hair tie.

“I opened the cage to get it back and he got out,” the Angie Tribeca star, 41, reminisced to Willie Geist. “He started throwing things at me. And I went up to just be like, ‘No, don't do that,’ and he grabbed my hand like a sandwich.”

With a scar still visible on her hand, Bubbles definitely left a mark on Jones.

The actress, who also told Geist about what it was like to ride the school bus with Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton as a kid in the video above, first revealed that she was bitten by Bubbles to Vice’s Desus & Mero last November.

“He also looked me dead in my eye. While he was biting me. I was trying to punish him because he threw something at me. And I like hit him on the head and say 'no,” Jones told Vice. “Because I had seen Michael [Jackson] trying to punish him before.”

She added that Bubbles didn’t seem apologetic after he left her bloody and wounded. Jones said, “He was like, ‘I’m the man.’”

While Jones has since gone on to star in comedies like Parks and Recreation, music’s most famous chimp is still alive. No longer in the care of Michael Jackson, Bubbles was living with other monkeys at the Centre for Great Apes in Florida as of March 2005.

Source: US Magazine / Billie Jean


Quincy JonesQuincy Jones Can’t DQ Atty Expert In Jackson Royalty Row. 11-04-'07

A California judge on Tuesday rejected Quincy Jones’ request to disqualify an attorney expert designated by Sony and Michael Jackson’s production company in Jones’ $10 million royalty battle, saying there wasn’t a “factual basis” showing the attorney was privy to confidential information when his former firm represented Jones.

Jones’ suit alleges that MJJ Productions Inc., which is controlled by Jackson’s estate, and Sony cheated him out of royalties for the soundtrack to 'This Is It' — the documentary about the King of Pop released just months after Jackson’s 2009 death — and the Cirque du Soleil show featuring music from three Jackson albums Jones produced: 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad'.

In March, Jones moved to have the court disqualify one of the experts MJJ Productions planned to use, Eisner Jaffe attorney Owen Sloan, on the ground that his prior law firm, Mason & Sloan, previously represented Jones in connection with one of the producer agreements at issue in the litigation and other related matters.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Stern denied the request, after MJJ’s attorney argued that the other attorney in the two-partner firm handled Jones’ representation exclusively and there was no evidence that Sloan ever worked on the music producer’s matters.

Read the whole article here.

Source: Law 360 / Billie Jean


Joseph JacksonJoseph Jackson Now Solidly Behind MJ Estate. 10-04-'17

Michael Jackson's Estate has an ally who was once it's arch enemy -- none other than Michael's dad, Joseph.

We've learned Joe is now a staunch supporter of the Estate he once claimed was robbing members of his family of their just deserts. Michael's will cut Joseph out completely, as it did MJ's brothers and sisters, and Joseph called the document fraudulent and went after the Estate and the executors.

It's a different story now for several reasons. Jackson family sources tell us 3 factors changed Joseph's tune ...

-- The 88-year-old suffered a stroke in 2015 and the Estate paid his medical bills and other expenses.

-- Joseph was moved by a documentary produced by the MJ Estate for Showtime, called 'Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off The Wall', which acknowledged Joseph for moving the family from humble beginnings in Gary, Indiana to Hollywood. Joseph loved the way he was portrayed.

-- Joseph came to believe the Estate was actually taking good care of Katherine, along with Michael's 3 kids.

Joseph had tried influencing Katherine to challenge the Estate, but that has stopped in a big way. As we've reported, now some of Katherine and Joseph's kids have picked up the mantle trying to carry on that challenge, but the patriarch is no longer in their corner.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Michael Memorabilia For Sale At Dina Collection. 10-04-'17

Michael Jackson fans an online store and high end boutique in Beverly Hills that specializes in vintage accessories and celebrities memorabilia.

The store carries a lot of extremely valuable clothes that once belonged to Michael Jackson, and they are currently being sold.

Michael Jackson's costume short, the shirt is a burgundy silk long-sleeve button front shirt customized with black silk armband on right arm, triple seven metal charms sewn onto epaulets, and eagle over unicorn crest buttons. The price $18,000.00.

Michael Jackson's jacket made by Tompkins & Bush. This one of a kind jacket was made especially for Michael Jackson by his wardrobe duo "Michael Bush & Dennis Tompkins" who made his gloves, jackets and more. The jacket has a big Jackson's signature on the right hand sleeve. The price $75,000.00.

More information about the clothes click here.

MJ Memorabilia
Michael wore the red shirt on June 14th, 1995 at the Prime Time Live with Diane Sawyer, the black jacket was made especially for Michael Jackson by his wardrobe duo "Michael Bush & Dennis Tompkins".

Source: The Dina Collection / Billie Jean


'Thriller Live' - Michael Jackson Stage Show Coming To Leeds. 08-04-'17

A spectacular concert to celebrate the career of the sensational pop artist Michael Jackson will have everyone tapping their feet.

Moonwalking direct from the West End – where it is now in its record-breaking eighth year - 'Thriller Live' hits Leeds Grand Theatre next week.

Created to celebrate the career of possibly the world’s greatest entertainer, 'Thriller Live' has been seen by over four million people in over 30 countries taking audiences on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 45-year musical history.

'Thriller Live' is on from Tuesday (April 11th) to Saturday, April 15th. Audiences can expect over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco and a highly talented cast pay homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves with flair, precision and passion.

Thriller Live
'Thriller Live' celebrating the music of The Jackson 5 and the solo work of Michael Jackson. It had already been performed in the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, and Scandinavia before opening at the Lyric Theatre, London on 2 January 2009. The show was conceived by Jackson family friend and author, Adrian Grant.

Those who still love the world's greatest entertainer, who died in June 2009, will be treated to hits from the album such as the title track 'Thriller', 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 'Billie Jean' and other classic solo hits, plus numbers like 'I Want You Back', 'Can You Feel It' and 'ABC' by The Jacksons. They will be performed by talented American singer, musician and director Britt Quentin, who has more than 2,000 performances as "the King of Pop" under his belt in the West End. A show not to be missed.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £19.50 to £35. You can book online at leedsgrandtheatre.com.

Source: Burnley Express / Billie Jean


That One Evening When Michael Jackson Spent 2 Hours In This Amazing Athlone Shop. 07-04-'17

Bastion GalleryAthlone's Left Bank area is full of gorgeous restaurants and unique shops, but there's nothing quite like The Bastion Gallery.

It's a treasure trove of hand-woven scarves and throws, photography, original tapestries, hand-blown glass and pottery.

Katie McCay owns the shop and back in 2006 she got a phone call that would give her the ultimate star-struck story to retell for years to come.

A friend reached out to ask Katie if the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, could come and visit her shop.

As phone calls go, you don't get bigger than that.

Michael was recording in Grouse Lodge Studios nearby and had heard about Kaite's shop.

He rocked up with his family one evening, and spent thousands of euro on gifts for his kids.

Katie and her son Mark, who was with her that evening, say Michael was chatty and friendly.

They were both made sign a non-disclosure agreement about what he purchased, and if they broke it they'd have to fork out a whopping $10,000,000.

Source: Today FM / Billie Jean


Paris JacksonBirthday Of Paris. 03-04-'17

"Happy Birthday" to Paris, the daughter of Michael Jackson is celebrate her birthday and may blow out 19 candles.

Michael's" daughter Paris is born on April 3rd 1998 in Los Angeles, California, USA, it's "Michael's" 2nd child.

Paris wowed in a gorgeous multi-colored gown at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday night (April 1). While Jackson showcased many of her tattoos on the red carpet, her latest ink remained hidden under her gown. The teenager revealed on Sunday that she and her older brother, Prince, got matching Yin and Yang tattoos on their ankles.

You are becoming such a beautiful young woman and we know that your Dad would be so very proud of you. We hope your special day brings all the laughter and magic you desire. You are in our hearts today and always. We love you!

Happy Birthday!”

Source: Billie Jean


MJ Sculptures
Michael Jackson MJ sculpture.

Selmo Wander Exhibition Is Back. 02-04-'17

I am sure you remember Selmo Wander, Brazilian artist and his exhibition in 2016 [if not here a little reminder] when Selmo exhibit in a mall around a dozen of Michael Jackson sculptures.

Well Selmo is back but this time in São Gonçalo Shopping centre!

The exhibition called “Tributo ao Rei do Pop” (No need to translate I guess) started yesterday (01/04/2017) and will end on 19/04/2017 with over 50 sculptures this time! Yes Selmo has been busy!

So if you are is Jio de Janero during that period, go to visit the exhibition as it is FREE!

More information about Selmo Wander here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Son Prince Pays Tribute To Dad With New Tattoo. 02-04-'17

Prince Jackson TattooPrince Jackson, Michael Jackson's eldest son (whose full name is Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr.), has honored his late father with an impressive tattoo adorning the lower half of his leg.

"Thanks @dermagraphink for sitting 9hrs with me for such an incredible and beautiful tattoo," he wrote on Instagram, where he posted a video clip showing off his new ink.

The tattoo depicts the King of Pop -- who passed away in 2009, at the age of 50 -- Prince's new body art shows Michael in a black-and-red outfit, with his arms raised above his head in one of his signature dance moves. Angel wings frame the bottom of Michael's arms in the tattoo -- which is wrapped around Prince's calf -- also featuring the singer's famous sparkly gloves and pixie dust at his feet.

It's not the first time one of Jackson's children has paid homage to their dad by getting tattooed: daughter Paris has a large tattoo inspired by Jackson's 'Dangerous' artwork, as well as "Queen of My Heart" inked in her father's handwriting.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


The True Story Behind Fulham's Michael Jackson Statue. 01-04-'17

The statue was commissioned following Jackson's death in June 2009 by then chairman Mohammed Al Fayed.

The singer was a friend of Al Fayed's but his only club link was that he attended one game - against Wigan in 1999.

And now former Fulham defender has revealed why it ended up outside the club's ground.

He told Sky Sports' Fantasy Football Club show: "It's just a strange thing. You couldn't think of two bigger opposites than Fulham Football Club and the Michael Jackson statue.

"My understanding is that statue was meant to go in Harrods.

"Then he sold Harrods and had the statue. That's where it came from."

The statue was removed in 2013 - after which Fulham were relegated, a fact Al Fayed blamed on the statue going.

Hangeland added: "I have to say he was a strange character.

"He had some good people around him to help him run it because whenever he came down and spoke to us it was more a comedy show.

"He didn't have a clue what was going on but he was sensible enough to allow other people to run it - so we were successful.

"I should have had a notebook when he came down because he had so many stories."

Michael Jackson Fulham Statue
Michael Jackson's Fulham statue was commissioned by former chairman Mohammed Al Fayed.

Source: Daily Star / Billie Jean

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