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AEG TrailCourt Denies Bid For New Trial In Michael Jackson Case. 30-01-'15

A California appeals court has upheld a jury's decision that the promoter of Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts is not financially responsible for his death.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal issued its ruling on Friday, a week after attorneys for Katherine Jackson argued for a new trial. The court found the verdict in favor of concert promoter AEG Live LLC was legal.

The court also upheld rulings by a trial court judge that narrowed the case to a single claim that AEG negligently hired, retained and supervised the doctor convicted of causing Jackson's death.

Jackson died in June 2009 while preparing for his "This Is It" shows.

His mother sued AEG, claiming executives exercised undue control over the doctor and failed to properly investigate before he was hired.

Source: AP / Billie Jean

How NFL Convinced Michael Jackson To Perform Super Bowl Halftime Show. 29-01-'15

Michael Jackson gave one of the most memorable Super Bowl halftime show performances when he rocked the stage in 1993.

But it wasn't easy for the NFL to convince a star like the King of Pop to perform in the middle of a sporting event back then. As this Austin Murphy story about how halftime became "The Halftime Show" details, the league was eventually able to make a convincing argument to Jackson:

For a month they got nowhere. (The NFL's Jim) Steeg sat down with the King of Pop’s manager, Sandy Gallin, 11 months before Super Bowl XXVII. “I remember pitching them,” he says, “and them not really having a clue what we were talking about.” At a subsequent meeting, producer Don Mischer pointed out that the Super Bowl would be broadcast in more than 120 countries. Now he had Jackson’s full attention.

Steeg recalls Jackson saying, “So you’re telling me that this show is going live to all those places where I’ll never do a concert?” A pause. “I’m in.”

“Michael worked harder than anybody [who’s done the halftime show], before or since,” says Steeg, who remembers seeing Jackson still rehearsing his act at seven the night before the game, in a tent outside the Rose Bowl.

And it showed. Jackson, rocking a bandolier-draped frock coat on loan, apparently, from Muammar Gaddafi, was sensational. The final moments of that show were the most viewed in the history of television at the time.

Super Bowl XXVII Halftime Show

Source: Sports Illustrated / Billie Jean

3 Michael Jackson Wax Figures Unveiled In Beijing. 29-01-'15

General Manager of Madame Tussauds Beijing Wang Rui said she was honored to have three Jackson figures at the venue. She also shared a lovely story with fans, saying "When Michael visited one of the Madame Tussauds in 1998, he fell in love with the clothes on his wax figure made by our designers. He immediately took off his own clothes, and exchanged them with the ones on the wax figure. The next day, he wore the wax figure's clothes and went out."

There are 19 Michael Jackson wax figures in 20 venues around the world, Wang said, second in number only to Queen Elizabeth II, which indicates how much the people of the world love Michael Jackson.

She noted that the day also marked the 30th anniversary of the charity song 'We Are The World,' written by Jackson and Lionel Richie and recorded along with more than 40 American superstars.

Normally every Madame Tussauds venue exhibits one Jackson figure. The trinity special exhibition tour is rare and will only stay in the Beijing Madame Tussauds for three months.

Madame Tussauds Beijing branch, owned by Merlin Entertainments Group, opened in May 2014 on Qianmen Street, a landmark pedestrian street near Tiananmen Square. The Beijing attraction is the fourth Madame Tussauds in China. The previous three are located in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Wuhan.

MJ Wax Figures

Singer Jason Zhang (right) unveils three Michael Jackson wax figures in the Madame Tussauds Beijing branch with Wang Rui, general manager of the venue in Beijing on Jan. 28, 2015.

Source: China.org / Billie Jean

Tom Mesereau On KingJordanRadio Talking Michael Jackson. 28-01-'15

Tom Mesereau back on KingJordanRadio friday february 13th ('friday the 13th), on this episode we will talk what is the latest on Wade & Jimmy Safechuck Robson plus we will look at the trial with Aaron Hernandez former NFL football player's murder trial not to mention we will talk briefly about the 10 year anniversary of Michael Jackson jackson being found not guilty in his 6 month trial from 2005.

Blogtalk radio

Source: Blogtalk Radio / Billie Jean

Jeans ‘N Classics - The Music Of Michael Jackson. 28-01-'15

Michael Jackson’s passing in the spring of 2009 was a huge loss to the music world, but luckily for us he left an awesome musical legacy! On this special evening, we will take you back to the earliest days of The Jackson 5, through The Jacksons, and also focus on some of Michael Jackson's best solo work from 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller', and 'Bad' – with the renowned Jeans ‘n Classics Band & Gavin Hope on lead vocals, all backed by members of the incredible Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

Don your best "King of Pop" outfit, or sport your college team colors - it's "COLLEGE NIGHT"! Join us for an evening of exceptional music, prizes... and even a little dancing in the aisles!

Adult tickets range from $22-$60 and may be obtained online at www.springfieldsymphony.org or by calling the box office at (413) 733-2291.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra performances are 7:30 PM at Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street, Springfield MA 01103 • Doors open at 6:00PM • Children under 4 are not allowed in the Hall.

Jeans ‘N Classics - The Music Of Michael Jackson

Source: Springfield Symphoney / Billie Jean

MJ Hologram BIllboard Music AwardsNew Steps In Michael Jackson Hologram Fight. 27-01-'15

The Michael Jackson hologram that appeared in the 2014 Billboard Music Awards violated three patents, hologram technology companies claim in court.

Hologram USA, Musion Das Hologram and Uwe Maass claim to own the technology used to create a 3-D Tupac Shakur hologram that appeared during the 2012 Coachella music festival.

They were unsuccessful in their attempt to stop the use of the Michael Jackson hologram but continued their Federal Court action against Dick Clark Productions, Michael Jackson's estate, MJJ Productions, Pulse Evolution, Pulse Entertainment and others.

U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro on Friday ruled the plaintiffs can amend their complaint to include violation of a third patent, U.S. patent number 8,328,361.

The plaintiffs claim defendants William James Rock and Ian O'Connell "fraudulently concealed" ownership of the patent that was assigned in the same series of patents owned by Hologram USA, Musion Das Hologram and Uwe Maass.

They say the patent is a continuation of two others that defendants used to create the moving image, after which they "made false statements to numerous media outlets and potential customers that they own the technology used to generate the Michael Jackson hologram."

They claim that defendant John C. Textor, a former business associate, used the patented technology to produce the Michael Jackson hologram.
Textor is CEO of lead defendant Pulse Entertainment.

The plaintiffs claim the Michael Jackson hologram infringed upon the patented Musion Eyeliner technology used to create the Tupac Shakur hologram three years ago, and that Textor, working for another company, helped produce that hologram show.

The Michael Jackson hologram sang a new song, 'Slave To The Rhythm,' and performed with several stage dancers to a full audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The performance was broadcast nationally on ABC.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs describe the patented technology as "an amazing new technique of projecting video to create the illusion of life-size, full color, 3D moving images. All of the images used in this system are three-dimensional, but are projected as two dimensional images into a three-dimensional stage set."

Without the technology, they claim, the Michael Jackson hologram could not have been created.
The new patent infringement regards the use of two retention members, one of which has an abrasive coating, to hold the screen onto which the hologram image is projected, Judge Navarro wrote in her Jan. 23 order.

The defendants claimed the device they used did not have an abrasive coating, and therefore did not infringe upon the patent. They claimed the plaintiffs cannot establish that they were aware of the additional patent infringement, and sought dismissal of the motion to amend the complaint.

But Navarro found that the motion to amend "sufficiently alleges that plaintiffs were assigned the rights" to the patent and that Pulse Entertainment "had knowledge of all the patents at issue because they had licensed the hologram technology in 2012" for the Tupac Shakur hologram.

Navarro granted the motion to amend the complaint and denied as moot motions to dismiss and stay. She gave Hologram USA, Musion Das Hologram and Uwe Maass until Feb. 2 to amend the complaint.

Source: Courthouse News Service / Billie Jean

Michael Is One Of The 10 Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Performances. 26-01-'15

Super Bowl XXVII Halftime ShowRecounting the very best – and the very worst – of Super Bowl Halftime Show history.

Around the world on February 1st, football fans will tune in for Super Bowl XLIX – the 49th iteration of America’s biggest game – when it kicks off in Arizona. Millions of fans will celebrate the annual ritual of stuffing our faces full of artery-clogging goodness as we scream at the television in support of our would-be champions, marvel at the insanely expensive commercials and take in the over-the-top spectacle that is the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

This year, Katy Perry will be the focal point of the Halftime Show, which is often more about spectacle than the performance itself. But she’s got her work cut out for her when it comes to entertaining tens of millions of people either on a beer run, a bathroom break or those less-than-patiently waiting for the game to get back in motion. As history shows, Super Bowl Halftime Show performances can be hit or miss – whether through the poorly-planned spectacle of Janet Jackson’s nipple exposure or the jaw-dropping perfection of Michael Jackson’s 1993 performance.

To get into gear for yet another major halftime adventure on Game Day, Crave is recounting the 10 Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Performances, in order of excellence.

When we’re telling our grandkids about Michael Jackson in the future, we’ll reference a few video moments from his iconic run as the King of Pop: his first-ever moonwalk in 1983, his various legendary music videos, and quite possibly his 1993 Super Bowl Halftime performance.

Appearing onstage at the Rose Bowl, Jackson stood motionless for a full 90 seconds while over 100,000 fans went absolutely crazy with excitement. His high-octane medley of 'Jam' 'Billie Jean' and 'Black Or White' utterly awed an unjaded, pre-internet America. Then MJ rocked a snippet of 'We Are The World' as the crowd turned over cards revealing drawings by the children of Los Angeles, concluding with 'Heal The World,' while surrounded by 3,500 youngsters, as a blow-up globe deployed on the 50 yard line.

Check out here the rest of the 10 most memorable Super Bowl Halftime performances.

Source: Crave Online / Billie Jean

'We Are The World' On Its 30th Anniversary: 5 Things To Know. 25-01-'15

Thirty years ago, 45 of the biggest (and most diverse) names in American pop music came together on Jan. 28 to record a song with one purpose: ending famine in Africa.

The song was called 'We Are The World' and megastars like Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and many more gathered together to record the track in one legendary night.

'We Are The World' sold over 20 million copies and won numerous awards, including three Grammy's – but the most important number is the money it raised: an unprecedented $63 million for humanitarian aid.

We Are The World

In honor of the song's 30th anniversary, here are five amazing facts about the extraordinary circumstances of its recording:

1. The song wasn't fully written until the night before recording.
Jackson and Richie – who co-wrote the song – finished the lyrics and melody on the night before their deadline. "I love working quickly," Jackson later said of the process as quoted in Michael Jackson: The King of Pop by Lisa D. Campbell. "I went ahead without even Lionel knowing, I couldn't wait. I went in and came out the same night with the song completed – drums, piano, strings, and words to the chorus."

2. The recording took place the same night as the American Music Awards.
Many of the stars who joined forces to record 'We Are The World' were competitors just hours earlier. Lauper, Turner, and Richie were among those who came straight to the studio from the 12th annual AMA's. Richie actually hosted the award show, and Lauper and Turner had both given live performances. Jackson skipped the awards to record the guiding vocals to the song – but still managed to win two AMAs despite his absence.

3. 'We Are the World' wasn't the only song the stars sang that night.
'We Are The World' was the brainchild of activist/entertainer Harry Belafonte. It was Belafonte's dream to gather a supergroup of his favorite artists to record a song that's proceeds could be donated entirely to charity. In honor of his efforts, the entire room of stars broke out into an impromptu rendition of Belafonte's classic hit, "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song.)"

4. Lauper's jewelry ruined one of the solo takes.
The motto of the evening was "check your ego at the door" – but in Lauper's case, checking her accessories might have been more helpful. Still, she definitely won outfit of the evening.

5. No one left without swapping autographs.
"Mass hysteria broke out because everybody wanted everybody else's autograph," Richie of one point in the night. "I realized that there was a room of everybody being fans of everyone else."

As Kenny Rogers remembers, "Everyone wanted a memento that we could all keep ourselves. And we had the sheet music so we had all the other artists sign it. I don't think there was one out there who didn't get everyone to sign it."

Source: People / Billie Jean

Rock And Roll History Sold At Caribou Ranch Auction. 24-01-'15

A piano used by Elton John, a Corvette that counts Val Kilmer among its passengers and former President Grover Cleveland’s bed were among the items that were auctioned off in Denver on Saturday.

The items come from Caribou Ranch, a legendary recording studio near Nederland that saw everyone from Elton John to John Lennon to the Beach Boys to Chicago to Michael Jackson during its run from 1971 to 1986.

The ranch was put up for sale back in 2013 – and reportedly purchased by the Waltons, the owners of Wal-Mart.

Part of the proceeds from Saturday’s auction go to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame,which will induct Caribou Ranch this spring.

A Guest Coat Parka Worn by Michael Jackson
Sold for: $5,000

The coat comes with with a signed Michael Jackson Victory Tour headshot, the People Weekly Extra, 1984 November/December featuring a photo of Michael Jackson in the coat and a Victory Tour album, tag reads: Arctic Snorkel Parkas.

A Michael Jackson Used Red Honda ATC Three Wheeler
Sold for: $1,875

MJ Memorabilia

ATC comes with together with the People Weekly Extra 1984 November/December featuring Michael Jackson driving the three wheeler and a Victory Tour album.

Read more here.

Source: All Things Michael / 9News / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson's Mother Appeals Failed Lawsuit Against Promoter. 22-01-'15

Katherine JacksonLawyers for Michael Jackson's mother argued Thursday for a new trial in her case against concert promoter AEG Live LLC, but faced a skeptical panel of appellate justices who focused on the superstar's relationship with the doctor convicted of killing him.

Attorneys for Katherine Jackson appealed a jury's verdict finding that AEG Live was not financially responsible for the singer's June 2009 death. They contend that the trial court judge incorrectly dismissed negligence and employment claims before the trial, and jurors were given an improper verdict form and instructions.

The trial spanned more than five months in 2013 with testimony that focused on the relationship between Jackson, AEG and Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving the singer a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol.

Much of the questioning from the appellate justices focused on Jackson's relationship with Murray, the details of the cardiologist's contract drafted by AEG, and who was paying the physician's $150,000 a month fee to care for Jackson as he prepared for his ill-fated "This Is It" comeback concerts.

The panel noted that Murray treated Jackson before the concerts were planned and questioned whether the doctor's fee would be reimbursed by Jackson after the shows.

Associate Justices Sandy Kriegler and Richard M. Mosk questioned how AEG could have known that Murray was giving Jackson treatments of propofol.

"What is the fault of AEG in this?" Kriegler asked Jackson attorney Margaret Grignon toward the end of the hour long arguments. "I'm just lost in all of this.

"They just don't seem to have any knowledge of any of this," Kriegler said.

Mosk said it would be one thing if AEG suspected Murray was giving Jackson painkillers or traditional sleep drugs. "Isn't it a stretch to go from that to propofol, which is beyond the pale."

Grignon countered that it was a decision that a jury should answer.

AEG attorney Marvin Putnam said the case hinged on whether the concert promoter could have foreseen that Murray was giving Jackson propofol in the singer's bedroom. The drug is supposed to be administered solely in hospital settings.

"Everyone in the world, not just AEG, learned about propofol because of this tragic death," Putnam told the panel.

Grignon however argued that AEG inserted itself into Jackson's medical care, allowed the doctor to set the singer's rehearsal schedule and controlled Murray's actions, which a jury should be allowed to consider.

"This is not a case where AEG simply agreed to pay Mr. Jackson's personal physician to accompany him on tour," Grignon argued.

Katherine Jackson did not attend Thursday's arguments.

The justices did not state when they would issue a ruling. Two justices must agree on the decision.

Source: AP / Billie Jean

Navi GoldThe Legend Continues At St David’s Hall. 22-01-'15

The world’s number one Michael Jackson tribute show, ‘King of Pop – The Legend Continues...’ is coming to St David’s Hall, Cardiff on Saturday, February 7. The tribute show has even got a standing ovation from Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson may no longer be with us, but the legend continues and now you can experience the unbelievable energy of one of his live shows.

The cast is led by the incredible impersonator Navi, who is undoubtedly the leading and most successful Michael Jackson tribute artist on the planet. This claim is backed up by his endless list of achievements across a glittering career spanning over two decades and shows in 57 countries.

Unquestionably, the biggest highlight came in 2003 when Navi was invited to perform at Michael Jackson’s 45th birthday party in Los Angeles. And the real King of Pop loved every minute of it – giving the performance two thumbs up.

Unbeknown to Navi, an even bigger moment was to follow the next day when he was invited to Neverland where he had a tour of Jackson’s home, theme park, zoo and cinema followed by a barbecue. For such a big fan like Navi, it was a surreal experience.

The friendship continued and Navi was frequently hand-picked by Jackson to work for him. This included even coming out of hotels as a decoy to distract waiting fans and press whilst the real Michael Jackson quietly slipped out the back exit. He was also hired for promotions of forthcoming tours and album launches.

Plus, Navi has even spent thousands of pounds rebuilding his face to become the spitting image of his hero. It’s with very good reason that this is widely considered the most authentic Michael Jackson tribute show.

Since Jackson's death, Navi has continued to work alongside the Michael Jackson Estate and in January 2010 he performed a sell-out show at the O2 in London – the same venue where the 'This Is It' concerts sadly never took place. Navi has been touring ever since and continues to spread Michael Jackson’s legacy to worldwide audiences.

The show also features a superbly choreographed live band and dancers, who assist Navi in perfectly recreating all the classics from the early Jackson 5 tunes to huge hits including 'Thriller', 'Billie Jean' and 'Smooth Criminal'.

Experience the only Michael Jackson tribute show officially endorsed by the King of Pop himself.

Tickets cost from £17.50 to £19.50 (plus a £2.95 ticket service charge per transaction).

To book your seats please visit www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk or call the box office on 02920 878444.

Source: Penarth Times / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Stage Show Thriller Live Captures The Music, Not The Man. 22-01-'15

At a recent performance of 'Thriller Live' in Adelaide, barely 20 minutes had passed before old Lionel in the front row was compelled to get up and dance. The rake-thin man – who must have been in his 70s or 80s – pulled on his glittering gold jacket and made a spectacle of himself before an audience of thousands. The crowd may have been surprised, but the cast are used to this kind of spontaneous interaction. There are fans, and then there are Michael Jackson fans.

"They will hunt anything about Michael Jackson down," says singer Prinnie Stevens. "That's what Michael Jackson did. He attracted fanatical fans."

Stevens is one of a sizeable array of singers who bring Jackson's music to life across the show, and while none are direct impersonations, each seems to embody one aspect of his public image.

"You couldn't have one person capturing the true essence of the man himself," says fellow performer Sean Christopher. "It wouldn't be possible. We'd love to give it a try, each and every one of us, but I don't think we have that kind of power. It takes a collective of us coming together."

Christopher himself plays the "vision" of Jackson – the white-suited 'Smooth Criminal', the "moonwalker that literally floats through the show." Stevens' role (which she shares with American singer Samantha Johnson) is an embodiment of the sensual side of Jackson's music. Others bring to life the soulful MJ, or the funky Off The Wall-era Michael, or his more abrasive rock edge.

"When the producers work with you they see what part of Michael you are," says Stevens. "They really tap into that. Every person that plays a role will tap into a different segment of Michael."

'Thriller Live' has played across the globe, and while the fans may be a constant wherever it plays, the show itself transforms to meet the expectations of its destination. The track 'Earth Song' has been added for the production's debut in Australia, for instance, since it was a hit with fans here, but is absent in other countries where it didn't fare so well. Aural smoothie 'Human Nature' is an omission everywhere but Brazil, where it went down nicely on original release.

Thriller Live

The show is unashamedly celebratory of its subject. There's none of the "Wacko Jacko" elements that marked his early solo career – remember Bubbles the chimp? – and certainly no mention of the controversies that overshadowed his musical output later in life.

For Stevens, it was important that the work was originally created while its subject was still alive. "The guy who wrote the musical was friends with Michael and was actually the head of one of the fan groups. He spoke to Michael and ran everything past him. The thing I loved when I was asked to do it is that it was created innocently on just the pure love of Michael. When he passed away obviously ticket sales went up but I loved that it didn't capitalise on his passing."

It's wrong to go into 'Thriller Live' expecting an objective biography of Michael Jackson. Rather, it's a biography of his music, and over the course of the show that music develops as much depth as any more conventional stage character. It's a triumph of sound production that works as a powerful reminder of the sophistication and innovation of many of Jackson's hits. It also highlights the way Jackson mastered the non-verbal potential of the voice, his trills and clicks and growls providing their own form of percussion.

"It's all that gritty stuff, but that's what made Michael," says Stevens. "The musical director always sends us the a cappella's without any music, because when the music is playing a lot of the times he's doing a kkk-kkk-ka-ka and he's doing it at the same time as a drum or whatever. That's how he gets those rhythms that set him apart from everybody else."

As the portrait of a musical career develops, however, the figure behind it only becomes more cryptic. "He was such an enigma," says Christopher. "But you could go to the most remote part the world and ask who the president of America is and they've wouldn't have an idea who you're talking about. But if you ask who Michael Jackson is they'll do the moonwalk for you."

Source: Brisbane Times / Billie Jean

Krasky's Paintings Of Michael Jackson Found Their Home In Jermaine Jackson Collection. 21-01-'15

Amazing artist Alex Krasky is recognized and appreciated by the Jackson family.

In the past two years, Alex utilized every moment he had to create many beautiful pieces that you see on his website. It is extremely rewarding to have Alex's works recognized at various TV channels and news articles. Alex is humbled and grateful to have received so many supports.

He learned, life is not a rehearsal, we go forward every day, regardless. Alex learned to savor the moment and take pleasure in small things in life. After all, life is made up of thousands of “small moments”.

See more of these photos and story on this link.

Alex Krasky Paintings

Source: Krask Yart / Billie Jean

Uri Geller Regrets Probing Michael Jackson Over Child Abuse Scandal. 21-01-'15

Uri GellerPsychic Uri Geller regrets asking his pal Michael Jackson about child abuse allegations after hypnotising him, branding his own behaviour unethical.

The spoon-bending star was close friends with the King of Pop in the 1990s and he has previously told how he offered to put the Thriller hitmaker into a trance to help improve his eating habits.

Once Jackson was under, Geller secretly probed him about claims he had molested young boys at his home, which Jackson denied, but Geller now admits it was wrong of him to take advantage of the singer while he was in an altered state.

Geller tells British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "I regret what I did because it wasn't ethical, but while he was under I asked him if he had ever touched a child inappropriately and he immediately said, 'No'. Michael was a genius and a legend and a phenomenon, but in the real world he was so unguarded, a child himself."

Jackson was put on trial for child molestation in 2005 but was cleared of all charges. He died from a drug overdose in 2009.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean

MJ Fans Wanted For BBC Documentary. 20-01-'15

The BBC have contacted the Michael Jackson World Network Fan Club (MJWN) to help them find fans for a new television documentary they are making about the history of music fans.

It focuses on celebrating the fans and artists and the BBC are looking to speak to life-long Michael Jackson fans as part of the film. Ideally they would like to speak to fans who have been around since the early days (at least the 1980s), have loads of memorabilia (photos, albums, collector items etc…) and perhaps saw Michael live in concert.

It’s due to be screened later this year on BBC 4 and you need to be UK based. If that sounds like you then please email Vivienne Perry at vivienne.perry@bbc.co.uk. In your email, please let her know you’ve come via MJWN and the following information:

1. When you first became a fan of Michael Jackson
2. What kind of memorabilia you have

MJ Fans

This documentary aims to give fans their part in the story of artists and where possible, through interview and archive, hear from the artist about how important fans are to them (and we know how much Michael loved his fans!).

The BBC will try their best to get back to people get who contact them, but depending on the demand, cannot guarantee it.

Source: MJWN / BBC 4 / Billie Jean

Mark Lester - Oliver! Star Mark Lester The Focus Of New Documentary. 19-01-'15

Mark LesterBritish child star Mark Lester is to be the subject of a new documentary, in which he'll discuss his long friendship with Michael Jackson.

The Oliver! star, who worked with the likes of Oliver Reed, Charlton Heston, Kirk Douglas, Ernest Borgnine, Rex Harrison, David Hemmings and Raquel Welch, will tackle a string of tabloid stories in the film, which will be directed by Robin Jacob.

The actor will also go into detail about his 2013 claims he could be the father of Jackson's kids after donating sperm to the King of Pop in the mid-1990s.

Jacob, who is also behind the camera for Lester's comeback movie, 1066, tells Wenn, "It will cover his life from his first acting roles and the various stars he has worked with to his friendship with Michael Jackson and beyond."

In 1066, the former child star's first film since 1977, Lester will play King Harold Ii opposite Katia Winter, Olivia Hussey and John Altman.

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean

Healthy Living Magazine CoverBrooke Shields: Michael Jackson “Was A Unique Genius”. 18-01-'15

In the January 2015 issue of Healthy Living Magazine, Brooke Shields discusses her eminent personal relationships, stardom and her struggle with her mother’s alcoholism.

Healthy Living: What about Michael Jackson? It’s extremely rare to have a person in your life of a such consequence such as Michael Jackson, as it was becoming clear with time that Michael Jackson’s art will survive us all. Did you feel at the time how special he was and how his legacy would continue?

Brooke Shields: He was a unique genius. He was sort of a miracle in many ways with regard to his capacity and his talent. So, I think that I was very aware of his uniqueness. But I was also aware of his sensitivity and the way his heart worked. He was a really polite, sweet, sweet person. Just innately, we both realized that we could trust each other. That is something in the entertainment industry very hard to find.

In her brand new book 'There Was a Little Girl', Brooke Shields writes about her friendship with Michael. The book is available in stores since November 18th, 2014.

Source: All Things Michael / Healthy Living / Billie Jean

BWW Flashback: Motown The Musical Ends Broadway Run Today. 18-01-'15

Motown The Musical, the hit musical featuring the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, ends its Broadway run today, January 18 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. MOTOWN is set to return to Broadway at a Nederlander theatre to be announced in July 2016. Last spring, the first National Tour of Motown the Musical opened to critical acclaim, grossing an impressive $20 Million dollars during a packed sixteen-week run, and is now heading to major markets across the US. MOTOWN will also head to London's West End this summer.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown the Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.

Motown The Musical

Motown The Musical's creative team features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award nominee ESosa (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, "Project Runway"), lighting design by Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys) and projection design by Daniel Brodie (Jekyll and Hyde).

Featuring all the classics you love, Motown the Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. You can experience the next electrifying chapter in the Motown story on Broadway through January 18 and across the country in a city near you.

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean

Will 'The Wiz' Ease On Down The Road To NBC As Next Live Broadcast? 16-01-'15

Are you ready to live-tweet your way down the Yellow Brick Road? It looks like 'The Wiz'—not The Music Man—might be NBC's next live musical event, according to Deadline. NBC honcho Robert Greenblatt said at the Television Critics Association Press Tour on January 16 that the network has optioned rights to the Tony-winning musical. Still in the running is The Music Man, which was previously reported as the network's pick for this year.

The project would follow in the footsteps of the 2013’s mega-successful 'The Sound of Music Live!' and last year’s less (but still respectably) successful Peter Pan Live!. Also in the works, reportedly, is a live presentation of Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men. Meanwhile, Fox has announced that they intend to bring a live version of 'Grease' to the small screen later this year.

The Wiz

'The Wiz' features a score by Charles Smalls and a book by William F. Brown. The musical follows the beloved L. Frank Baum story of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz, but with a rock and soul revamp. The show premiered on Broadway in 1975 and went on to win seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The 1978 film adaptation starred Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Lena Horne. Check out Ross and Jackson ease on down the road here. The last major New York production took place in 2009 as part of New York City Center's Encores! program and starred Grammy winner Ashanti, Aladdin Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart, If/Then's LaChanze, Joshua Henry and more.

Source: Broadway / Billie Jean

Thriller Live Concert To Celebrate Michael Jackson In Kl. 16-01-'15

In order to celebrate the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson, a musical celebration "Thriller Live" will be held in Malaysia at the Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, here from March 19th until 25th.

This concert all the way from West End, London is presented by Milestone Production and supported by Malaysia Major Events.

Milestone Production in a statement today said 50 international performers, musicians and crew will be taking part.

The public can obtain their tickets, which are priced from RM128 to RM538, online at www.ticketcharge.com.my. For more information call 03-9222 8811.

Thriller Live

Source: Bernama / Billie Jean

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