Liz Smith of The New York Post is hearing a hot rumor out of Los Angeles that Justin Timberlake will interpret Elvis Presley in a Miramax stage venture, to be titled ‘All Shook Up.’ The *NSYNC star’s people say “absolutely no way” and Miramax didn’t return Smith’s phone calls. Smith writes, “Timberlake has admitted to admiring the late legend, but it is unlikely he’d want to draw comparisons in an impersonation. And at this point even the most sincere Presley imitation comes off like parody. That said, I think Justin would be an excellent ’50s-era Elvis.”
Justin Timberlake of *NSYNC talked about the influence Elvis Presley had on music during the 50th Anniversary of Rock ‘N’ Roll Reunion celebration on Monday (July 5) at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. The event marked the anniversary of Elvis’ recording of ‘That’s All Right’ which is considered by many to be the “big bang” of rock and roll’s beginings. Check out pictures from GettyImages.
Lisa Marie complains to the new issue of Jane magazine that she’s currently “nowhere” with her love life and reflected on her ill-fated marriages to Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage. Elvis Presley’s only offspring says she hates the fact that Jackson owns the rights to some of her late dad’s songs, telling Jane: “I saw a Velveeta commercial, and it was playing, I think, ‘Burning Love.’ [Jackson] had approved it – that’s something we can’t control. He can do whatever he wants with the songs he owns to make money, and that got under my skin.”
Jacko’s Birthday Party For Dad Goes Wacko
August 5, 2003 – Globe magazine reports Michael Jackson’s big Neverland Ranch bash for his father Joe’s 75th birthday turned into a nightmare, after too many guests but too few A-list celebs attended, and a lack of food and drink led to angry partygoers. After more than 1,200 people piled in to Jacko’s home instead of what Jacko thought would be only 400, he “couldn’t stand the sight of all those people traipsing over his property,” according to an insider. “He refused to come out of his house, then bolted the ranch in a huff less than midway through the party.” One angry partygoer remarked, “There weren’t enough bathrooms, and the wine and champagne seemed like they only lasted 10 minutes. The food also ran out and, after that, all I could get to eat was candy bars.”
Jackson Is Turning Japanese
August 1, 2003 – E! Online reports Michael Jackson has just inked a deal to become the inspiration for a line of clothing in Japan. Japanese clothing manufacturer Wakita says it will create a line of suits and formal wear that will be hawked in department stores all throughout the country. “You know those clothes Michael wears on the stage? They won’t quite be that wild because we do have to sell in bulk to regular people,” spokesman Junichi Ota tells the Associated Press, which, alas, also means “no glove.”
Lisa Marie Presley’s summer tour will feature the 11 songs from her debut ‘To Whom It May Concern’, and select covers — though not from her father Elvis Presley. “No, no intention of doing that right now,” Presley tells Launch.com. “That would kind of… It’s not time for that. I’m not saying it would never happen, but it’s not time right now.” Most of Presley’s tour stops will be opening for Chris Isaak.
Hits Daily Double reports NBC will air a primetime, all-star television special on Elvis Presley, titled ‘Elvis Lives’. The hour-long special, to air in late November or December, will celebrate Presley’s legacy with commentary and performances by today’s top entertainment superstars, including Bono, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, No Doubt, Dave Matthews and Britney Spears. Other celebrities slated to appear include Chuck D, Denis Leary, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steven Tyler and Dennis Hopper, with more to be announced in the near future.
Launch.com reports the A*Teens debut single off their third album ‘Pop ‘Til You Drop’, which drops June 18th, is a cover of the Elvis Presley classic, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love.’ The track will also be featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming Disney animated film ‘Lilo & Stitch’, which hits theaters June 21st.