‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ welcomed Jackie, Tito, and Marlon Jackson on the show last night, who were on to promote their new A&E reality show ‘The Jacksons A Family Dynasty’. They explained the show started filming in January this year, well before the death of their brother Michael Jackson. Jermaine didn’t show up, apparently going to New York instead to do an interview with David Letterman – which didn’t stop superfan Jake Byrd from asking questions for and about Jermaine. Watch the interview at YouTube.
Leigh Francis Discusses Michael Jackson ‘Bo’ Selecta!’ Tribute
November 26, 2009 – Leigh Francis hopes Michael would have enjoyed the ‘Bo’ Selecta!’ tribute. “Some people who thought it was in bad taste have seen it and have gone actually it’s quite nice,” Francis tells ITN. “In the end, I take the mask off and I think we tried to approach it sensitively, but also tried to do Bo’ Selecta! I think we do a good job. It’s not a slur at Michael Jackson. I was doing Michael Jackson when he was off the scene. I’ve always done Michael Jackson. I’m a big fan of Michael Jackson.” Watch the report below.
‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ featured celebrity superfan Jake Byrd at the premiere of ‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It’ the other evening, showing MJ fans the documentary he made called ‘This Is It Also’. Byrd even gave a copy to the King of Pop’s brother Jermaine. The trailer at Hulu has since been removed.
‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It’ Misleads The Public?
October 27, 2009 – ‘Showbiz Tonight’ host A.J. Hammer and a panel take a look at an explosive new debate over whether the new ‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It’ documentary misleads the public by omitting possible signs that the King of Pop was in ill health in rehearsals the days before his death. Watch the segment via CNN.com below the cut. (more…)
In an interview obtained by News of the World from the early 1980s, Michael Jackson talked about how his most successful album ‘Thriller’ was almost scrapped. “‘Thriller’ sounded so crap. The mixes sucked,” the late King of Pop said bluntly. “When we listened to the whole album, there were tears… I just cried like a baby.”
To resolve the situation, Jackson said, “What we did was, we took a couple days off, came back fresh, cleared our ears out and we mixed two songs a week.”
The entire story and audio of Jackson’s comments at newsoftheworld.co.uk has since been removed.
Jermaine Jackson Talks About Michael’s Tribute Concert In Vienna
September 10, 2009 – Jermaine Jackson talked with reporters about the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna on September 26th. Jermaine revealed the family haven’t had time to mourn as he unveils plans for the King of Pop tribute. Watch a pair of clips from the news conference below.
Hard Rock Hotel Wins Michael Jackson Glove Auction
September 7, 2009 – A glove worn by Michael on a tour in Australia has been auctioned off in Melbourne, purchased for $48,000 by the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, where it will be on display. A report from ITN at MSN.com has since been removed.
German broadcaster RTL said Tuesday that video circulating online that shows someone identified as possibly Michael Jackson emerging from a coroner’s van and entering a building was a hoax they created near Cologne, Germany.
“We wanted to show how easily users can be manipulated on the Internet with hoax videos,” RTL spokeswoman Heike Schultz told The Associated Press. “Therefore, we created this video of Michael Jackson being alive, even though everybody knows by now that he is dead — and the response was breathtaking.”
The full story at AP.org has since been removed.
Michael Jackson’s brother Marlon is speaking out about the King of Pop’s death and the role his doctor Conrad Murray played in the homicide. “Michael died and someone is to blame – and it’s the doctor who was with him,” the 52-year-old told The Mirror. “Conrad Murray was the last person to be with Michael and he knows exactly what went on and he’s not saying.”
Marlon added, “I don’t think anyone tried to kill Michael on purpose but something went wrong, something happened and, yes, some of my family do think it’s murder. He had too many ‘yes’ men around him. With a bunch of ‘yes’ people around him there was no doubt he was headed for destruction. I’m talking about the doctors who were around him, the people he had working for him. It’s sad to say but these doctors would do anything for the money.”
Michael Jackson Is Still Alive?
August 27, 2009 – Last night’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ featured footage of Michael Jackson rumored to still be alive after emerging from a coroner’s van and walking into a building. Not only that, but the King of Pop wasn’t the only person in the vehicle. Watch the comedy clip below.
Michael Jackson Death Ruled A Homicide
August 25, 2009 – An official says that the L.A. County coroner has ruled Michael’s death a homicide. Meanwhile an affidavit revealed new details about the actions of the singer’s doctor Conrad Murray. Watch a report from CBS News correspondent Sandra Hughes, followed by Katie Couric’s interview with legal corespondent Trent Copeland, below the cut. (more…)
In a never-before-heard recording, Michael Jackson said he had doubts about one of one of his closest advisers, Tohme Tohme. Watch a report from NBC’s Jeff Rossen, aired Monday (August 24) on the ‘Today’ show, below.
Michael Jackson Coffee Art
August 24, 2009 – Latte artist, Soren Stiller Markussen creates portraits of some of the worlds most talked about faces, from Michael to US President Barack Obama. The coffee creations are to go on special exhibit at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, England. Watch a report from t5m below.
Michael Jackson’s former maid Adrian McManus is speaking out about the pop star’s obsession with finding “ideal looking”, getting Hollywood friends and anonymous donors to give him sperm to create the ideal children with help from ex-wife Debbie Rowe. “He stared for hours at videos of children playing. Some he called ‘ideal looking’, and he would say how he loved ‘ruby red lips’ and ‘blonde hair’,” McManus told News of the World. The British tabloid added that the King of Pop’s interest in genetic engineering was due to hi interest in Nazi history. The entire story at newsoftheworld.co.uk has since been removed.
Video Statement From Michael Jackson’s Doctor Conrad Murray
August 18, 2009 – Michael’s personal doctor Conrad Murray is taking to the internet to thank his family and friends as the investigation on his role in the King of Pop’s death continues. “I want to thank all of my patients and friends who have sent such kind e-mails, letters and messages to let me know of your support and prayers for me and my family,” Murray says in the one minute clip. “Because of all that has been going on, I am afraid to return phone calls or use my e-mail. I have not been able to thank you personally, which, as you know, is not normal for me.” Watch the complete message at Bing.com.
ITN reports that as Michael Jackson fans begin ordering the ultimate souvenir book about the star called The Michael Jackson Special Edition Opus, it’s now thought he could earn more posthumously than Elvis Presley. In addition, Sony signed on to pay Jackson’s estate and AEG Live at least $60 million for the film rights to the King of Pop’s ‘This Is It’ tour rehearsal and behind the scenes footage. Watch the report via YouTube below.
Beginning October 30th, moviegoers will have a front-row seat for the late King of Pop’s final concert, as Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment release Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’.
‘This Is It’ is being produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and will be drawn from hundreds of hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage, captured in high definition with state of the art digital sound as the late singer was preparing for his concert series in London. The film, which will also offer select sequences in 3-D, will provide a unique career retrospective and feature interviews with some of Jackson’s closest friends and creative collaborators.
“The world will see what our team was so fortunate to experience, which was the full commitment, passion and creativity that Michael put into this project,” said Kenny Ortega, director of and Jackson’s creative partner on the This Is It concert. “He was the architect of This Is It, and we were his builders. The footage that was captured from the early stages of the production to our technical rehearsals at the Staples Center in L.A. will show Michael as he truly was, creatively involved with every aspect of the production, from the staging and choreography, to the music, lighting, production design and conception of the original short films and video backdrops. It will also show Michael as one of the greatest entertainers in the world and one of the industry’s most creative minds. This Is It was Michael’s last theatrical work and although it was still a work in progress, I think the footage will show that the process was something that Michael deeply enjoyed and that it was clear that he was on his way to another theatrical triumph.”
Epic Records president and singer songwriter Amanda Ghost spoke with BBC about releasing new music from the late Michael Jackson.
“We don’t want to be seen as jumping on any bandwagon whatsoever associated with his death,” she said in regards to being respectful of the King of Pop. “Obviously there has been a renewed interest in the catalog, which has been phenomenal. It just goes to show what an incredible artist he is to have that kind of impact still some 20, 30 years after he’s making records to still be able to command the sales and I think he’s got four records in the top ten.”
While not immediately coming out with new music from Michael, the material he has recorded will eventually see the light of day. “The appetite is definitely there for Michael Jackson. The new material, I have no idea when it will come out. It will come out on Sony/Epic,” Ghost said. “Again we haven’t made any decisions because we just want to let the dust settle and be really respectful to his memory really and not to be seen in any way trying to cash in. If we do release anything of unreleased material, it has to be fantastic and it can’t damage in any way his legacy or his legend, and I won’t let that happen to Epic, because we have to be respectful to the artist as well as the man.”
Watch it at YouTube.
Jermaine Jackson’s Mission To Spread Michael’s Message
July 7, 2009 – Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine wrote about a mission for his life at the Larry King Live Blog, which will be to spread the King of Pop’s message. Jermaine writes:
I want to make people aware of the humanitarian side of Michael. I want to show them how his true emphasis wasn’t music, or performing; it was improving the world. Understand this, and you begin to understand the essence of who my brother was.
Video of Jermaine’s appearance on Friday’s ‘Larry King Live’ has since been removed..
Authorities Return Michael Jackson’s Brain To His Family
August 10, 2009 – Michael’s relatives are closer to finding a final resting place for the King of Pop after the authorities returned his brain. Pathologists had custody of the singer’s brain since his June 25th death to carry out tests in a bid to discover what killed him. Watch a report from ITN at MSN.com.