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Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Video to Live Again as 3-D Film

Director John Landis has settled a dispute with the Jackson estate and is moving forward with a special release, due out next year
 
Michael Jackson’s 14-minute music video for “Thriller” will be getting revived in 3-D next year, now that the clip’s director, John Landis, has settled a legal dispute with the singer’s estate. Although he is still working out specifics, the filmmaker hopes to release the video – which was the most expensive clip of its time and was rated the greatest video of all time by Rolling Stone readers – on Blu-ray and even in theaters, according to the New York Daily News.
 
About six months before Jackson’s death in 2009, Landis filed a lawsuit accusing the singer of “fraudulent, malicious and oppressive conduct” with regard to the “Thriller” video, according to E! Online. Landis was seeking 50 percent of the net profits of the video, which, at the time, was rumored to be in the neighborhood of $1 million.
 
“That lawsuit went on for so many years, but we settled and they paid me finally,” Landis told the paper. “And so, actually there is something happening with ‘Thriller.’ It is going to reappear in a highly polished and three-dimensional way that is very exciting on the big screen.”
 
The Animal House and Blues Brothers director, whose horror flick An American Werewolf in London inspired Jackson to hire him for “Thriller,” refused to offer the paper any other details about the project. “I cannot tell you any more,” he said. “I might have to kill you.”
 
A source told the Daily News that Jackson had hoped to include a 3-D version of “Thriller” as part of his “This Is It” London residency. The source also suggested that the estate had been considering making a “Thriller” video game, either as “a dance experience or a zombie-style, shoot-‘em-up-style movie.” After all, as Vincent Price once said, “No mere mortal can resist the evil of the thriller.”
 
Source: Rolling Stone/MJackson.com


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Michael Jackson, Queen together in long-lost duet

A long-lost duet from Michael Jackson and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury will be released this fall, more than 30 years after the song was written.
 
The band said in a statement Friday that “There Must Be More to Life Than This” would be released in its new “Queen Forever” album due out Nov. 10.
 
The song combines a backing track from Queen and separate recordings from Jackson (who died in 2009), and Mercury (who died in 1991). It was produced and remixed by William Orbit.
“When I first played it in my studio, I opened a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians,” Orbit said in the band’s statement. “Hearing Michael Jackson’s vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie’s vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level.”
 
The song was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 Friday. (It’s played at the 1:44:30 mark of the full broadcast of “The Chris Evans Breakfast Show” on the BBC’s site. Rolling Stone’s website also found a recording of the song below.)
 
 
 
Mercury wrote “There Must Be More to Life Than This” as Queen was recording its 1981 album, “Hot Space.”
 
A backing track was recorded, and Mercury recorded Jackson singing the song at his home studio in Los Angeles, but the song wasn’t completed.
 
Queen revived the track while recording its 1984 album, “The Works,” but the song still didn’t come together. Mercury sang the song on his 1985 debut solo album, “Mr. Bad Guy.”
 
The album also includes two other previously-unreleased tracks featuring Mercury, “Let Me In Your Heart Again,” and a ballad version of “Love Kills,” his first solo hit.
 
Source: CBS News/MJackson.com


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Spike Lee Honors Michael Jackson at Annual Summer Party in Brooklyn Crowd Dances, Sings to the King of Pop’s Songs

Director Spike Lee at his annual summer get-together in Brooklyn. Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal
Spike Lee rarely cracked a smile as he walked around his annual party in Brooklyn signing autographs, fist-bumping fans and throwing T-shirts into the dancing-and-singing crowd.
 
Mr. Lee’s stone-faced hosting style appeared out of sync with the jubilant atmosphere at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, where thousands of revelers gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate what would have been Michael Jackson’s 56th birthday.
 
Paying Tribute to Michael Jackson in Brooklyn
 
 
At the party, titled “Brooklyn Loves MJ,” Jackson’s iconic music boomed for blocks around. In the neighborhood, passersby danced while carrying groceries. Residents of the apartments overlooking the plaza nodded their heads to the beat as they surveyed the scene from their balconies.
 
Mr. Lee strode through the crowd wearing an orange velveteen fedora (provided by Party City, which outfitted hundreds in free fedoras) and Nike Air Force One sneakers emblazoned with images of Jackson from the “Thriller” era. The sneakers said “Thriller” on the back.
 
In the early afternoon, Lionel Powell, a 54-year-old man dressed as a tree, caught the attention of many as he danced through the crowd on 10-foot-tall stilts that looked like tree trunks. He crouched on his stilts to speak and to be photographed, and once, when he stood back up, he stretched his arms out, blocking the sun for a moment.
 
“I’m givin’ you a little shade,” Mr. Powell said with a laugh.
 
Gritty James shows off his Michael Jackson moves at Mr. Lee’s party, which honored the late pop icon. Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal
 
Mr. Powell didn’t charge passersby for taking photos with him, but plenty of others at the event were interested in making money. People sold Michael Jackson T-shirts, holistic health and beauty products, jerk chicken and fruity beverages.
 
A 44-year-old man who referred to himself as “The Strange One” sang along to the music while selling what he called “nutcrackers,” small bottles of liquor mixed with brightly colored fruit-flavored juices. He charged $5 a bottle.
 
“I do Grey Goose, tequila, Ciroc and tropical juice. I combine them and thus I’ve got a nutcracker,” he said, holding a handful of bottles and grinning. “If there’s a really good DJ and he’s playing really good music, it hypnotizes people to where they feel like they have to buy my nutcrackers. It’s great for my business.”
 
In the crowd, Mr. Lee may have been the only person without a smile. Police officers bobbed their heads as they patrolled. Maintenance workers sang as they picked up litter. Two emergency medical technicians attempted to learn Jackson’s moonwalk.
 
“We’re on duty,” said one of the medical technicians, “but when ‘Thriller’ comes on, you can’t just stand there.”
 
 
Source: Wall Street Journal/MJackson.com


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MICHAEL JACKSON’S ‘A PLACE WITH NO NAME’ MUSIC VIDEO TO PREMIERE WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVELY ON TWITTER @MICHAELJACKSON AUGUST 13

Epic Records and The Estate of Michael Jackson, announced today that “A Place With No Name,” the next single from this year’s critically acclaimed, chart-topping Michael Jackson album XSCAPE [MJJ Music/Epic Records], will make history when it premieres on Twitter (twitter.com). At 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 13, 2014 the short film will be tweeted through @MichaelJackson allowing the Twitter universe to be able to view the video within a tweet.
 
 
 
 
Source: MichaelJackson.com/MJackson
 


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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Is About To Be Sold

Though Michael Jackson moved out of Neverland years before his untimely passing, the 2,700-acre property remains indelibly associated with the King of Pop to this day. Soon, however, the connection will be only in thought, not deed: Neverland is set to be sold.
 
According to sources familiar with the matter, billionaire Tom Barrack’s Colony Capital is preparing to put the Los Olivos, Calif. property on the market. The firm became Neverland’s managing partner after Barrack struck a deal with Jackson in late 2007 to take over the $23 million note held by private equity fund Fortress.
 
“We are frustrated, bitterly disappointed and saddened that it has come to this,” said a representative for Jackson’s estate in an electronic message to FORBES. “Sadly, Michael lost control of Neverland during his life as a result of advice from a former manager.”
 
Representatives for Colony Capital could not immediately be reached for comment.
 
 
As I reported in Michael Jackson, Inc: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of a Billion-Dollar Empire , the agreement between Jackson and Colony was a complex one. Barrack himself said he only took on the note as a favor to Jackson (in an interview for the book, he recalled his words to the singer: “Don’t have me do this … unless you’re really interested in building a program going forward to create some revenue for yourself.”)
 
The agreement, which took effect in early 2008, called for Colony to manage Neverland as a sort of joint venture with Jackson. For every dollar the company invested in the property, its equity would increase. This meant that while Jackson—and, later, his estate—retained a stake in the property, it decreased on paper as time went on.
 
Over the past six years, Colony has continued to fund the upkeep of Neverland. That cost, if it’s anything like it was in Jackson’s day, is likely in the neighborhood of $5 million per year. Add in the $23 million note, and back-of-the-envelope math suggests the firm may have invested more than $50 million in the property to date. It also retains the right to sell the property at will.
 
Still, many options were explored over the years. Toward the end of his life, Jackson himself is said to have been intrigued by the idea of turning Neverland into a school for the performing arts; after his death, many have suggested that the property be turned into an attraction like Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
 
But as anyone who’s been to Neverland (this writer included) can tell you, Los Olivos isn’t exactly Memphis. The area is nowhere near an interstate, and its narrow mountain roads aren’t conducive to accommodating hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.
 
“The Estate explored numerous options, including a purchase,” continued the aforementioned representative’s statement. “But financial, land use and zoning restrictions have made all of the proposed options prohibitive given our duty as Executors to be fiscally responsible in protecting and growing the assets of the Estate for Michael’s children.”
 
Indeed, Jackson’s estate has pulled in more than three quarters of a billion dollars in a little over five years since his death. But that’s before taxes and expenses, not to mention the specter of a $702 million IRS bill that the estate is currently appealing.
 
Buying back Colony’s share of Neverland—not to mention footing a multimillion-dollar annual upkeep bill for a property that does not generate income—would seem to be an imprudent financial choice.
 
And so, Neverland may soon have a new owner on paper. But any buyer will have to understand the property will always be the King of Pop’s realm in the minds of millions.
 
For more about the business of the King of Pop, check out my new book Michael Jackson, Inc. You can follow me on Twitter & Facebook.
 
 
Source: Forbes/MJackson.com


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Michaels Hometown Names School in His Honour

The Gary Community School Board approved a memorandum Tuesday (July 23), which Katherine Jackson put her John Hancock on last month, seeking “to honor Michael Jackson and to inspire children to excel in the arts and education.”
 
District superintendent Cheryl Pruitt and the Jackson family are still working out which school, reports the Huffington Post. The idea, Pruitt said, first came up in April in a conversation with Katherine Jackson, who’s been a long-time supporter of the school system. She donated $10,000 that month, during the Gary Promise scholarship event hosted by Magic Johnson.
 
“She’s always wanted something left here. She’s really dedicated to the Gary Community Schools,” Pruitt said.
 
The district has suffered from high poverty levels and had to shutter five of its 17 schools in June, in part because of declining enrollment.
 
MJ spent the first 11 years of his life in Gary and, before his 2009 death, returned to the city to receive an honorary diploma from Roosevelt High School, near his childhood home. Although he never attended the school, he and his brothers, The Jackson 5, have performed on the stage in the auditorium there.
 
Roosevelt, however, is not a likely candidate for the memorial. The district no longer operates the school, which was taken over by the state in 2011 due to poor test scores. The district may regain control in 2016.
 
“A close relationship with the Jackson family to improve the quality of programs for the Gary Community School Corp. can mean tremendous gains for the school district and the city as a whole,” Pruitt said.
 
Source: BET/MJackson.com


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The flowers and the card was delivered

Thanx to everybody who have donated for the flowers and the card. Both were delivered to the Forest Lawn today. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see other pictures from Forest Lawn go to http://mjackson.com/forums/forum/17-michael-jackson-news-on-the-line/ We are welcoming for fans to post their own pictures as well.

 

 

Team MJackson.com

 



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We have loved, we are loving and we will love him forever!

There is no need to explain how it was 5 years ago or how it is now. We all feel the same about losing a person who over the years became part of our life and part of our family. In this day we, the fans, can understand each other through a hug, there is not needed anything else to express our feelings.

 

Although this is a sad day, let’s be happy that we are so lucky to get this chance to have Michael in our life. Imagine how old the Earth is! Imagine, what are the chances to live in the same period with Michael Jackson! We had a chance to love him, to enjoy his music, to enjoy his presence, to enjoy his gift and to enjoy his love. Let’s be thankful that we had him!

 

We have loved, we are loving and we will love him forever!

 

 

Team MJackson.com

 

 



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Donate for flower bouquet to be placed in Forest Lawn with your name in the card

“I love my fans.. I mean I really love them and if I could meet every one of them I would. I watch television and see shows that follow other celebrities and how they get so mad about fans wanting to say hi or get an autograph.. They made me.. So if I can give them two minutes of my time and a friendly hello it’s well worth it. I’ve lived my life by the fans and I’ll die by the fans.”
-Michael Jackson

 

Michael always said how special we are, never leaving his side. Never leaving him behind.

 

This year 25th June marks the 5 years since we lost our idol, a leader of Soldiers of LOVE, the person we truly love and admire.

 

We are so many all around the world and we, in MJackson, believe we all would want to be there in Forest Lawn to express our love to Michael, to show that we are still not leaving him behind. But unfortunately the world is so big that it is just not possible to everybody.

 

Every year MJackson.com orders a flower bouquet as a symbol of love and support to be sent to Forest Lawn and offers you to be a part of it.

 

This year one of our staff members, Sharon, will be traveling to Forest Lawn and will buy and deliver a flower bouquet to represent each of you. The flowers will be placed at Forest Lawn Glendale in 25th June with a card which will have all the names of you, the donators. That is something that bigger sites don’t offer.

Sharon will take pictures of the flowers as well as a card with your names on it. The pictures will be posted in our forum, site, newsletter, Facebook and Twitter.

The bigger amount we will gather, the bigger bouquet we will have.

 

You can donate through PayPal by clicking the icons below (5Eur, 10Eur and any amount). Don’t forget to write your name when you donate that should be added in the card.

 

 

 

 

The deadline for donations is 19th June at midnight CET.

 

 

Team MJackson.com

 



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Michael Jackson Estate Has Big Plans for King of Pop’s Vaults

Michael Jackson’s estate managed to bring the late star back to life, sort of, with an unnerving onstage pseudo-hologram at May 18th’s Billboard Music Awards – and that’s just the beginning of its ambitious plans for his career, which could include as many as eight more albums culled from outtakes and repackaged material. “We got more surprises coming,” says producer Rodney Jerkins, who worked on the newest posthumous release, Xscape.
 
 
The only problem may be soft demand for “new” Jackson music. Despite decent reviews and a single that guest-starred Justin Timberlake, Xscape stalled at Number Two, with a big second-week drop. “After a while, a certain part of the audience stops listening,” says Dan Beck, a former Epic Records exec who worked closely with Jackson.
 
Despite these hiccups, Jackson is the highest-grossing dead star in the world, as of 2013. The estate has earned $600 million since his death in 2009, thanks to lucrative projects such as Cirque du Soleil’s Immortal tour and a reported $250 million deal with Sony Music for the new albums. “They’ve done a very good job – think of how dysfunctional it could be,” Beck says. “We may not like particular elements of it, but Michael made the music, and they’ve kept that going.”
 
Xscape was a major improvement over the estate’s first posthumous album, 2010’s Michael. The latest project took shape in early 2013, when Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Epic’s chairman, met with John Branca, Jackson’s attorney and the estate’s co-executor, to present a movie concept. Branca instead invited Reid, a veteran producer who worked with Jackson in the late Eighties, to comb the vaults. When Reid found “Love Never Felt So Good,” a Thriller-era demo Jackson had written with crooner Paul Anka, he “realized he had elements of a hit album,” says Scott Seviour, an Epic executive vice president. Reid asked several top producers to freshen up the songs and deputized Timbaland to oversee the project.
 
“Slave to the Rhythm,” which Reid, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and their team wrote and produced circa 1991’s Dangerous, was the foundation for Jackson’s May 18th “performance” – a CGI King of Pop singing and moonwalking, made lifelike through a 19th-century illusion called Pepper’s Ghost. The show divided Jackson’s friends and family – his brother Jackie said it moved him to tears, but his makeup artist Karen Faye tweeted, “It is a criminal violation to enslave another person.”
 
Fans should expect an even deeper excavation of the singer’s vaults in the coming years. Estate reps wouldn’t say how many songs are in usable form, but Jackson was famous for overrecording. “It was frequent that Michael would record songs and put them on the shelf,” says Matt Forger, his longtime engineer. After Jackson’s death, Tommy Mottola, Sony Music’s former CEO, suggested the singer worked up 20 to 30 songs for each album; Epic’s Seviour estimates “tens and twenties” are still in the vault. “I’m sure there are a few more great things out there,” says Jerkins, “and, hopefully, we’ll all have a chance to hear them.”
 
This is from the June 19th, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone.
 
Source: Rolling Stone/MJackson.com