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Iconic Michael Jackson Movie From Photo Session Needs $500,000 To Get Developed. 31-05-'17

Right now, there are a couple of Michael Jackson movies firing up MJ fans in 2017 such as the Lifetime movie 'Finding Neverland' and 'The Ultimate Icon' from Biography.

Released on May 29, 'The Ultimate Icon' was a huge hit with Michael Jackson fans, and this is especially true since MJ was not partial to interviews throughout his career.

Despite attempts of biopics to remember MJ or show some of his history, there is also one Michael Jackson film locked in a vault that shows the true unguarded Michael Jackson in 1982 — and the film has not even been developed in the past 35 years.

Unlike grainy home movies or extra footage found behind-the-scenes of making videos, this film of Michael Jackson is likely lengthy and has insights into his life that few fans may have been exposed to.

As if that was not enough, there is also a chance that the same person has another film with Michael Jackson in it that also has not been developed that includes the Jackson 5.

The photographer that took both of the films was the legendary Norman Seeff, and he took photos of the Jackson 5 in 1976. Norman Seeff also took photos of Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in 1982.

Norman Seeff Photoshoot (1976)There is also a possibility that Norman Seeff has a movie about the Jackson 5.

In a recent interview on 60 Minutes on CBS, Norman Seeff said this film of Michael Jackson or the Jackson 5 is not an exception since he filmed all of his photography sessions with creative people, and the one of Michael Jackson is just one of hundreds.

While Michael Jackson fans might want to see their favorite entertainer just before his December 1982 'Billie Jean' success, this might not be an immediate possibility. For example, Norman Seeff said in his 60 Minutes interview that aired on April 30, that he would need an estimated $500,000 to successfully recover all of the films he made while photographing some of America’s biggest legends.

Oddly, there are no current online crowdfunding websites that have been created to help Norman Seeff develop his massive film archive.

In addition to having value to fans, there is also archival value to the film. For instance, in 2013, the 1982 photo of Diana Ross and Michael Jackson by Norman Seeff was in a collection called “Photographs by Norman Seeff: The Lost Archive” that was auctioned by Christie’s for an estimated $5,000 to $7,000.

Norman Seeff Photoshoot (1982)Norman Seeff photographed Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in Los Angeles.

There are also several intriguing leaks from Norman Seeff about what might be on the undeveloped Michael Jackson film. For example, in 2013, MTV interviewed Norman Seeff, and he said the following about photographing Diana Ross and Michael Jackson (who worked on 'The Wiz' together in 1977) in Los Angeles in 1982.

“Diana asked for this shoot and what really struck me with this session was the tender relationship between Diana and Michael. I’d worked with Michael before and found him to be very shy and quiet. Shooting with Diana, though, he was clearly more comfortable and open with her there. It was really adorable to see what happened between them.”

This is also not the first time that the Norman Seeff archive has been covered. For example, in 2013, Vanity Fair pointed out Norman Seeff had this film archive, but he was not yet having many developed.

Since that time, Norman Seeff has been putting in hard work required to develop the film and put it into a digital format. On April 30, Norman Seeff did an extensive interview with CBS on 60 Minutes, and he revealed that his vault films about Michael Jackson and others would cost about $500,000 to finish developing.

In addition to Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, Norman Seeff has taken iconic photos of Ray Charles, Steve Jobs, and John Travolta. One other factor that has not been discussed is whether or not Norman Seeff has film footage of the Jackson 5.

According to the fan-produced website MJ World, Norman Seeff photographed the Jackson 5 and also filmed that session with the Jackson 5, but Seeff did not clarify if he still had the footage in his vault.

Despite this, if the film presents the Michael Jackson Norman Seeff has described in interviews, fans will likely enjoy seeing the Jackson 5 photography session film.

Norman Seeff
Norman Seeff

About photographing the Jackson 5 in 1976, Norman Seeff said the following about Michael Jackson.

“Michael was shy, shy, shy, shy. Everyone else was articulate, but Michael hardly said a word. I realized that, in such a gentle way, I needed to engage him. I think that’s just a sweet little moment where he opened up. They ended up actually singing and performing for a crowd of kids walking by the studio."

It should also be noted that the timing for Norman Seeff’s iconic photos of the Jackson 5 happened at a major turning point in their career as a band.

According to Albumism, when the Jackson 5 left Motown Records on June 30, 1975, their next album was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia in June 1976 for Epic and Philadelphia International Records (PIR).

About Norman Seeff’s contribution to the photography for their 1976 album, The Jacksons, Albumism stated the following.

“[Y]ou can’t help but be swept up in the lighthearted, nostalgic fun of the album’s artwork, in which revered photographer and filmmaker Norman Seeff shot portraits of the group. On the front cover, the five Jackson men stand tall and proud, smiling cheek to cheek, with an aqua-colored background behind them. Their perfectly round afros and casual attire shine with a warm, mid-1970’s glow. In the portraits, you can feel the true ‘brotherly love’ that the Jacksons had for one another."

In other words, if Michael Jackson fans are tired of seeing 'Finding Neverland' or 'The Ultimate Icon' impersonators, the future might have one and possibly two previously unseen films that include a truly unguarded Michael Jackson.

Obviously, Norman Seeff was essential at helping Michael Jackson through turning points in his career, and it would not be hard to believe that Seeff’s photos might end up in a future movie about Michael Jackson’s iconic status.

Nevertheless, the next member of the Jackson family that will appear on film will probably be Michael Jackson’s daughter. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, will also be in a growing number of film roles. However, unlike her father, Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson is not shunning interviews and is very camera-friendly.

Source: Inquisitr / Billie Jean


Lifetime’s ‘Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland’ Found 2M Viewers; Becomes No. 2 TV Movie Of 2017. 31-05-'17

Whether you hated it or really hated it, Lifetime’s much-maligned Michael Jackson biopic drew 2 million total viewers in Live+SD on Monday (May 29), which gives it the distinction of being cable’s second highest rated original movie premiere of 2017 in key demos. No. 1 is the network’s remake of “Beaches” starring Nia Long and Idina Menzel.

Those “key demos” for 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland' include 728,000 in the adult 18-49 category and 484,000 in women 18-49, according to Deadline.

'Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Icon' special, which aired immediately following the movie, retained 85% of its lead-in, drawing 1.7 million total viewers.

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

Lifetime based its King of Pop biopic on the best-selling book, 'Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days'. Told through the eyes of Jackson’s trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield (Chad Coleman) and Javon Beard (Sam Adegoke), the movie reveals firsthand the devotion Michael (Navi) had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.

Suzanne de Passe, Madison Jones and Robert Teitel executive produced the film with Dianne Houston directing from a script by Elizabeth Hunter.

Source: Eurweb / Billie Jean


King of ShopSuperfly Summer With King Of Shop. 30-05-'17

It’s Summer!!!! And King of Shop is full of new goodies for you!

Obviously full of Michael Jackson Music supports, from Box sets to CD singles, you will find everything you need or want to complete your collection! From the Jackson 5 to 'Xscape', you have the choice from over 3,000 items!

But most important, King of Shop is the only online MJ Emporium where you will find thousands of T-shirts! While you are on the beach, show off your MJ colors! The selection here is so big that you can actually wear a different MJ T-shirt every single day of the month!

Not to mention the latest selection from MJ ONE Boutique directly from Las Vegas!

King of Shop just added over 200 new items this week-end which includes Picture Discs and vinyl's from all over the world.

So do not wait any longer and shop now at King of Shop.

Source: MJ Vibe / King of Shop / Billie Jean


What’s On TV Monday: 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland’. 29-05-'17

'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland', 8 p.m. on Lifetime TV. Navi, an impersonator so spot on that Michael Jackson reportedly used him as a stand-in on occasion, stars as the King of Pop in this biopic based on a memoir by his bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard.

It begins in 2006, when a scandal-plagued Jackson returned from Bahrain and decided to settle in Las Vegas, intent on being a good father to his three children, curing his financial woes and sealing his legacy with a comeback. It ends with his death in June 2009.

Michael Jackson Searching For NeverlandFrom left, Navi, Taegen Burns and Aidan Smith in 'Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland'.

Source: The New York Times / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Impersonator Says He Felt King Of Pop's Presence On Lifetime Movie Set. 26-05-'17

Navi GoldProfessional Michael Jackson Doppelganger Navi has spent 28 years traveling the globe impersonating the most iconic pop star of all time at sold-out shows from New York to Beijing. “I have one of the most famous faces in the world, but it isn’t mine,” he says. But when he signed on to portray the King of Pop in Lifetime’s upcoming Dianne Houston-directed drama Searching for Neverland, Navi had one arena left to conquer: his own sense of fulfillment.

“I didn’t want it to be some glorified movie about allegations of crimes when he was proven innocent. … I wanted something that was made from the right perspective, that, even if it was showing an insight into his private life, people who knew him could look at it and understand he was a human being,” Navi tells EW of playing the part he’s spent most of his adult life preparing for. “I’m the Michael fan that stood outside the trial at the courthouse in Santa Maria with a sign that said, ‘Smooth, but not a criminal.’ When Michael passed away, I was at the Conrad Murray trial … because I’m a Michael fan and I wear it on my sleeve. … You’d think that would be the best swan song, but for me, it was this opportunity. If these 28 years [of impersonation] were building up to have this one moment, I’ll accept that, and I’m happy to walk away from the Jackson thing now. … I’m happy to be done because I had an opportunity to do something back for Michael.”

Indeed, Navi says he’s hanging up his dancing shoes following the release of this project, which premieres Monday and is based on the nonfiction book 'Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days', written by Jackson’s former bodyguards Bill Whitfield (played by The Walking Dead‘s Chad L. Coleman) and Javon Beard (Sam Adegoke), about the days leading to his 2009 death. It’s a portrayal that Navi says isn’t obscene or exploitative, but rather a humanizing portrait of a tortured soul who was never given a fair shake in the eyes of the public.

“I want [everyone] to watch this film without a preconceived idea of who Michael Jackson was,” he muses. “Forget what the media said about him. Just watch the film, and then ask yourself one question: How different are you?”

While he came to know Jackson personally (and even worked for him as a body double) before the legendary singer-songwriter died of acute propofol intoxication in 2009, Navi says the film brought him closer to Jackson’s spirit, which he says manifested itself in unique ways during production.

“There was a connection to Michael Jackson, and I didn’t want to talk about it… but did I feel his spirit? I felt so much like Michael,” he says. “I felt I was Michael Jackson for a moment. I had the same joys, the same fears; I had the same laughter, the same caring, and the same anger.”

Read on for EW’s full interview with Navi, in which he discusses whether or not he’s spoken to the Jackson family about the project, why he originally turned Searching for Neverland down, and the connection he felt with Jackson while shooting the film.

Entertainment Weekly: You’ve essentially been preparing to play this part for most of your adult life, right? Is this a stylized version of Michael Jackson we’re not used to seeing?

Navi:
This film is going to highlight a side the public never knew. He’s got issues that everybody has in their life, the drama of it all. It’s not the Michael Jackson everyone knows about, with big money and jets and concerts and amazing videos. … It puts a spotlight onto his personal life in a tasteful but genuine way.

I’m assuming you’ve had other opportunities to play him on screen in the past, so what spoke to you about this one?

They offered me this five time,s and I turned it down. … If you think about it, it’s the first time they looked for an impersonator to play Michael, not an actor. They’re looking for someone who can bring Michael’s character and being to the film … and I’ve appreciated that. I’ve been offered many things over the years, and I’ve turned them down because I didn’t want to do it for a quick buck or publicity. I’m a Jackson fan, foremost, so it had to be genuine. When I read the script, I asked myself, “Does Michael want this to be known?” but then there were times I thought it was so genuine that it should be known, the bitter and the sweet.

Source: Entertainment Weekly / Billie Jean


Blanket JacksonMichael Jackson's Youngest Son Blanket Has Changed His Name. 26-05-'17

The 15-year-old was just seven when his famous father passed away.

Blanket Jackson is no more! The 15-year-old son of late superstar singer Michael Jackson has changed his name, after reportedly being bullied about his unusual moniker for years. Since 2015, the teen has gone by the name Bigi, which comes from German origin and means idealistic, sensitive and inspirational. A new report this week has revealed how the 'shy' youngster is growing in confidence since deciding to go by a different name. A family friend told People that Bigi is still "shy around people he doesn't know", but is now "confident" at his private LA private school, and is focused on his grades, sports, movies and hanging out with his friends.

Bigi is the youngest of Michael's three children; the star was also a father to Michael Jackson Jr, 20, most commonly known as Prince Jackson, and 19-year-old daughter Paris Jackson. But it was Bigi who apparently struggled the most with his father’s death, back in June 2009.

"The kids live like Michael is constantly looking down on them," the insider said, adding that Bigi "has had the most problems adjusting after Michael died. He acted very lost and extremely upset". The teenager – whose mother is an unidentified surrogate – currently lives at his grandmother Katherine Jackson's home in Calabasas, California, under the custody of Michael's 87-year-old mother and co-guardian T J Jackson, Michael's 38-year-old nephew.

Earlier this year, big sister Paris shared a very rare photo of Bigi in celebration of his birthday. "ughhhh my little man is 15 today," she wrote alongside a picture of the pair pulling silly faces for the camera. "…I want you to stay a baby forever." She continued: "This lil dude right here is one of the strongest, intelligent and determined people I know. Watching you grow up and slowly become a man is like super terrifying but I honestly can't tell you how proud I am. I love you so much B."

Source: Hello Magazine / Billie Jean


Back For MoBack For Mo: Motown Musical Gets Philly Encore. 25-05-'17

After a best selling run that broke box-office records in Philadelphia a few years ago, Broadway Philadelphia is bringing back 'Motown: The Musical' May 30-June 11 at the Academy of Music at the Kimmel Center.

The musical is the true story of the legendary record label founded by music mogul Berry Gordy that was the launching pad for pop and R&B music icons like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and many, many more.

Out ensemble cast member Matthew Sims Jr. said that the show strikes a balance between telling the label’s story and raising the roof with live performances of classic and timeless hits.

“It is kind of difficult on those two-show days,” Sims said. “But something about the music kicks in and then it’s like, ‘OK, let’s do it!’ You get a sense of the determination and drive that these people had just to become artists and be known. Someone could come off the street as a regular kid and walk out a star. That’s the mentality that they had. Berry Gordy could make them a star. He would take it personally that if he signed someone he would make them a star. And if he couldn’t, it wasn’t their fault, it was his. So in order for them to work with him, they had to have talent, drive and determination. You can see that in this story.”

“Motown: The Musical” returns to Philly May 30-June 11 at Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-893-1999 or visit www.motownthemusical.com.

Read the whole article here.

Source: EPGN / Billie Jean


Supreme: The Full Range. 24-05-'17

Here we are!! Here the full details of the Supreme new range!

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in 1958 in Gary, Indiana to a large working-class family. Michael made his musical debut at six years old alongside his brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. Exhibiting prodigious talent, Michael began singing lead vocals for the group and in 1972 began his long and successful solo career.

In his career, Jackson released 11 solo albums including 'Thriller', the best selling album of all time; won 13 Grammy's, and earned himself the title as the King of Pop. Michael Jackson passed away on June 25th, 2009 but to this day is considered the greatest entertainer of all time.

This Spring, Supreme will release a collection featuring imagery of Michael Jackson. The collection consists of a Hooded Sweatshirt, T-Shirt, short sleeve Work Shirt and a Skateboard Deck.

Available in-store NY, LA, London, Paris and online May 25th.
Available in Japan on May 27th.

SupremeThis felt fedora was owned, worn and signed by the King of Pop himself - Michael Jackson.

Look here for more images at Supreme.

Source: Supreme / Billie Jean


Hard Rock Cafe Valencia. 24-05-'17

Hard Rock Cafe will open a new restaurant in Valencia with a two-storey building and 1,200 square meters of surface that will open its doors to the public “at a glance” at 6 Marqués de Sotelo Avenue in the center of The city and next to its Town Hall and the North Station.

And guess what? Of course a Michael Jackson memorabilia will be there! It is a Fedora.

For more information click here.

MJ FedoraThis felt fedora was owned, worn and signed by the King of Pop hemself - Michael Jackson.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


MJ Scientific GameMichael Jackson™ Wanna Be Startin' Something In The Bahamas. 23-05-'17

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or “the Company”) today announced new agreements to provide an expansive range of casino systems solutions, table products, games and platforms at Baha Mar Casino in Nassau, The Bahamas for its 100,000 square foot casino, which held its soft opening on April 21, 2017.

Alex W. Pariente, Executive Vice President, Casino Operations and Marketing at Baha Mar, said, “We are pleased that Scientific Games is our technology partner at our new sophisticated casino. Scientific Games provides us with a one-stop-shop, helping us efficiently run our gaming operations while delivering an engaging experience to our international guests.”

Scientific Games Chief Executive Officer Kevin Sheehan said, “Our agreement with Baha Mar Casino truly showcases our ability to provide a floorwide gaming experience across an entire casino enterprise. Baha Mar is leveraging a variety of Scientific Games’ transformational solutions to drive operating efficiencies and offer the best of entertainment to its players – and we are thrilled to be a major technology partner to this long-awaited and spectacular new destination in The Bahamas.”

From Scientific Games’ premium portfolio, Baha Mar Casino will offer engaging game titles such as Michael Jackson™ Wanna Be Startin' Something in the Bahamas.

Michael Jackson™; Rights of the Publicity and Persona Rights: Triumph International, Inc. © 2017 Triumph International, Inc. Licensing Representative: Authentic Brands Group, LLC.

For more information about Scientific Games, Click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Final Film, ‘This Is It,’ Screens In Oakland. 22-05-'17

The fact that the documentary 'Michael Jackson’s This Is It' came out a mere four months after the singer’s death in 2009 suggested that it was going to be a cheap piece designed to make a quick buck.

Instead, it is one of the great cinematic portraits of a musical artist.

After his death from an accidental prescription drug overdose, Jackson was portrayed as an addict barely able to function. But the movie, shot during rehearsals at Los Angeles’ Staples Center for his upcoming world tour, shows an alert, engaged artist involved in every aspect of the production, from choreography to set design to collaboration with performers and crew. The music’s good, too.

The director, Palo Alto-born Kenny Ortega, was on the 'This Is It' team, and he was the perfect man for the job: The dancer and choreographer has worked with Gene Kelly and Madonna. He understands iconic artists.

'This Is It': 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 26. $10. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland. (510) 658-7900.

This Is It - Rehearsals (23-06-2009)Michael Jackson, just two days before he died, he practiced his moves during a rehearsal at Staples Center in L.A. for the London concerts.

Source: SF Gate / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Estate Issues Statement Not Sanctioning Lifetime And Netflix Projects. 22-05-'17

The Estate Of Michael JacksonThe estate also said it has "numerous projects in development.

Michael Jackson's estate today released a statement saying it did not sanction two upcoming Michael Jackson projects, one by Lifetime TV and another for which a script was recently purchased by Netflix. At the same time the estate indicated it has several unannounced Jackson projects in development.

Last week, Lifetime TV released a trailer for its film 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland' based on 'Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days', a 2014 book written by Jackson’s bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. Michael Jackson impersonator Navi stars as the late pop icon. The film is slated to be released later this month.

News also broke that Netflix was nearing a deal for a script on the life of Michael Jackson as told from the perspective of his pet monkey Bubbles. Isaac Adamson penned the non-traditional biopic, which was the top title on the 2015 Black List. Taika Waititi, who directed the upcoming 'Thor: Ragnarok', was slated to co-helm the stop-animation feature with Mark Gustafson. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the deal neared $20 million and included worldwide rights.

The statement from the estate implied that litigation could follow for what it is claiming is unauthorized use of Jackson's "music, images, video and films" that seek to exploit Jackson's legacy.

The estate also claimed it has "numerous project in development" which, presumably unlike the aforementioned projects, "respect, honor and celebrate Michael’s life and legacy." The executors said they were were not yet ready to announce these projects.

Full statement from the Michael Jackson Estate:

"To clear up any confusion or misperceptions about unsanctioned Michael Jackson projects currently in the news -- including a Lifetime television movie and an animated film script recently purchased by Netflix -- the Estate of Michael Jackson does not license or permit the use of any rights it owns, including to Michael’s music, images, video and films, for use in unauthorized works seeking to exploit Michael's legacy. The Estate itself has numerous projects in development, all of which respect, honor and celebrate Michael’s life and legacy along with his extraordinary artistry that touched fans throughout the world. When the executors are ready to announce them, they will. As Michael said countless times about his own work, the quality goes in before the name goes on."

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


MJ Music DayMJ MusicDay In Lille (France) With Brad Buxer & Michael Prince. 21-05-'17

For its very first event, the Association On The Line gives you on November 18 the opportunity to meet musical director Brad Buxer and sound engineer Michael Prince, who were both close collaborative partners and friends with the King of Pop.

This exceptional and first-of-its-kind visit in France will lead you through Michael Jackson’s music at its most intimate. Thanks to live interactive translation, you will hear plenty of unique anecdotes about his songs, personality and life.

You will also experience the HIStory Tour from behind-the-scenes and discover the secrets of the Jackson sound with the exclusive preview of « King of Sound », a documentary by Gareth Maynard about Bruce Swedien.

More than a master-class or a conference, this will be a genuine opportunity to share a friendly moment and talk to those men who were very special to Michael Jackson.
Authors Brice Najar, Isabelle Petitjean and Hector Barjot will also be there along with other Jackson exhibitors.

Depending on the option you choose, the program of the day will go as follow:

Starting at 2 pm :
- meeting and interviews of the authors
- meeting and interview of Gareth Maynard followed by the preview of his documentary (subtitled in French)
- meeting and interviews of Brad Buxer and Michael Prince (including personal and studio anecdotes, never-heard before demos or tracks)

At 7:30 pm (approx) :
- Meet & greet with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince
- Private cocktail with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince
- Music dinner with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince

At the venue, you will find exhibitors stalls, drinks & snacks and MJ MusicDay memorabilia.

You can also book a room (breakfast included) at the Mercure Hotel and get a discounted price.

Info and ticket order on www.mjmusicday.com/

Source: MJ Community / Billie Jean


Prince Michael Jackson Says He's Proud Of Dad's Success At 2017 Billboard Music Awards. 21-05-'17

Prince Jackson"To see everybody here that is either inspired by him or they want to pursue the same goal, it's inspiring to me and to future generations.'

Prince Michael Jackson, second child of late pop legend Michael Jackson, hit the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday solo. As he stepped onto the red carpet, he opened up about continuing his dad's philanthropic endeavors, and said he was proud of his dad's musical legacy.

"I think it's an honor to be here because I'm proud of the success my father created on his own and what he worked and built himself up to be," the 20-year-old told E! News. "To see everybody here that is either inspired by him or they want to pursue the same goal, it's inspiring to me and to future generations."

"Right now I just finished up the school semester," Jackson continued. "During the school semester we have a student organization called Heal Los Angeles and we focus on child hunger, child abuse and homelessness in Los Angeles county and the L.A. city."

Source: Zimbio / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Iconic Items Sold. 20-05-'17

Following the news from last week that Julien’s Auctions will sell some personal items from Michael Jackson, the auction took place today and the 2 iconic pieces have been sold as follow:

Just sold for $112,500! Michael Jackson’s jacket worn in the video for 'Leave Me Alone'!

Just sold for $62,500! A Michael Jackson music video worn ensemble from 'In The Closet' with Naomi Campbell!

Just sold for $19,200! a pair of black Florsheim penny loafers signed on each sole. Inscribed “Love Michael Jackson” on right shoe and “All My Love Michael Jackson” on left.

Music Icons 2017 auction happened at Hard Rock Cafe New York, featuring hundreds of iconic items of music memorabilia for sale.

MJ MemorabiliaA Michael Jackson jacket worn in the video for the song 'Leave Me Alone' and a sleeveless stained V-neck shirt, black suede pants, and black suede boots, worn by Michael Jackson in his music video for 'In The Closet' in 1992. A pair of black Florsheim penny loafers signed on each sole.

Look here for more items that been sold at Julien’s Auction.

Source: MJ Vibe / Julien Actions / Billie Jean


One Rose For Michael J.JacksonOne Rose For Michael 2017. 11-06-'17

Once again this year loving MJ fans from around the world will be able to blanket Michael’s resting place with beautiful red roses for the 8h anniversary of his passing.

Thanks to the commitment of loving, caring MJ fans who have worked diligently to make this a reality for Michael Jackson and all of Michael’s loving fans around the world, Michael will again be honored with love in the form of a sea of red Freedom Roses.

Each year this has proven to be an amazingly beautiful and vibrant statement of love to the world that Michael is still loved beyond measure and will always be in his fans’ hearts, NEVER forgotten.

MJ fans around the globe have been able to continue to show their love to Michael in this most spectacular way on the June 25th anniversary each year since his passing as a result of the incredible and hard work of the people behind ‘One Rose For Michael.’

Every rose represents a fan’s heart from all over the world, but together they are a blanket of LOVE celebrating his creative genius and legacy and represent fans coming together worldwide to show their love and gratitude and to pay that love forward in his name.

The roses are only $3 per long stemmed Freedom Rose. For all those that want to join the LOVE for Michael and want to participate in One Rose for Michael J. Jackson 2017, all the information and details on how to purchase a rose can be found on the ‘One Rose for Michael’ website.

Payment paypal or credit card: onerose4mjj@gmail.com.

Source: One Rose 4 MJJ / Billie Jean


Netflix Near Multi-Million Dollar Deal for ‘Bubbles,’ Film About Michael Jackson’s Chimp. 17-05-'17

Netflix is set to take worldwide distribution rights to “Bubbles,” The Wrap has learned, a top Black List script and super-hot package that kicks off this year’s Cannes Film Market.

The streaming giant will pay just south of $20 million at a highly competitive auction, an individual familiar with the negotiations told The Wrap. It was not immediately clear what other studios or indie houses were involved.

The stop-motion film will be directed by 'Thor: Ragnarok' helmer Taika Waititi and co-director Mark Gustafson ('Fantastic Mr. Fox').

Bubbles was late pop star Michael Jackson’s beloved pet chimpanzee. The film is billed as a coming-of-age tale told through the chimp’s eyes. CAA handled U.S. rights on the project, with Rocket Science taking international.

BubblesBubbles (born 1983) is a common chimpanzee, known for being the one-time pet of Michael Jackson.

Isaac Adamson wrote the script, which topped the 2015 Black List. Andrew Kortschak and Walter Kortschak of End Cue will produce the movie with Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries. Adamson and Lee Stobby will serve as executive producers.

“The main thing for me is to make sure it’s respectful of him and his legacy. I’m not interested in making a biopic,” Waititi said when he came on board in February. “I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world.”

Source: The Wrap / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Liftetime Biopic Gets First Trailer. 16-05-'17

“He doesn't want to be the King of Pop: he just wants to be Mike, a normal American dad."

Michael Jackson is the subject of a new Lifetime biopic, 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland'. The network has now shared the first trailer for the film, which stars Michael Jackson impersonator Navi in the lead role.

Watch it below via Rolling Stone. Searching for Neverland is based on 'Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days', the 2014 book written by Jackson’s bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. It focuses on the final years of Jackson’s life and his struggles to balance parenthood and fame. Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland is set to debut on Memorial Day, May 29.

See where Michael Jackson landed on Pitchfork’s “200 Best Songs of the 1970's.”

 

Source: Pitchfork / Billie Jean


SupremeSupreme Confirms Michael Jackson Capsule Collection. 12-05-'17

Last month, rumors of a possible Supreme x Michael Jackson capsule collection surfaced online. At the time, reports on the collab remained vague, with no information available for consumers. Today, the streetwear brand confirmed the upcoming release of the Michael Jackson collection with a post on Instagram showcasing one of the apparel pieces from the collection.

Posting a photo online of Supreme and Grind Magazine’s Spring/Summer editorial, the New York City retailer introduced one of the garments from the upcoming collection. Showcasing the backside of a white tee, Supreme highlights a monochromatic image of a young Michael Jackson in red a color scheme.

While Supreme’s IG post confirms the drop of this collection, apparel pieces and accessories from the capsule, details have yet to be released by Supreme. Expect the brand to announce more news of this release as well as detailed images of the collection in the coming days.

Source: XXL / Billie Jean


Gottfried Helnwein Photo Of Michael Jackson On Auction. 11-05-'17

A photo of Michael Jackson taken by artist and photographer Gottfried Helnwein is currently on auction for €4,000.00 and the auction will take place on June 9. The picture was taken on July 3rd, 1988.

Gottfried Helnwein (born 8 October 1948) is an Austrian-Irish visual artist. He has worked as a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor, installation and performance artist, using a wide variety of techniques and media.

His work is concerned primarily with psychological and sociological anxiety, historical issues and political topics. His subject matter is the human condition. The metaphor for his art is dominated by the image of the child, particularly the wounded child, scarred physically and emotionally from within. His works often reference taboo and controversial issues from recent history, especially the Nazi rule and the horror of the Holocaust. As a result, his work is often considered provocative and controversial.

Helnwein studied at the University of Visual Art in Vienna (Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien). He lives and works in Ireland and Los Angeles.

Gottfried Helnwein PhotoshootMichael Jackson backstage before his concert in Cologne, Germany, photographed by Gottfried Helnwein.

Gottfried has worked with Michael Jackson in HIStory era as per the 2 little girl illustrations in the 'HIStory' booklet and 'Scream' single. He also took some picture of Michael & Lisa-Marie on the set of the Teaser of the same album.

Auction here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

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