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9This Is It Trailer And Webcast Info

Stream videos at UstreamMichael Jackson’s This Is It movie premieres today in L.A. at the Nokia Theater and will be available in theaters nationwide tomorrow.  It’s only available for two weeks so make sure you catch it!

Today’s event will be live streamed starting at 4:30 PDT so you can see everything as it happens.  Read the deets below for information on where you need to be to view the webcast:

CULVER CITY, Calif., October 26, 2009 – When Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT makes its worldwide premiere from Los Angeles tomorrow, Tuesday, October 27, viewers around the world will have a chance to join in during the live webcast of the event, which will take place at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles, beginning at 4:30 p.m. PDT.

The live webcast can be seen on www.ThisIsIt-Movie.com and www.crackle.com.  Viewers can interact by commenting and discussing on these pages during the live coverage. The webcast will be streamed in the U.S. and around the world.  In the U.S., the webcast will be hosted by radio personalities Big Boy and Luscious Liz, and five international hosts will webcast to their regions.

Columbia Pictures’ partner on the live webcast is UStream.tv, the internet’s premiere live video platform.  UStream.tv, which also webcast Michael Jackson’s memorial service to four million people, reaches 40 million viewers per month and is the premier live video site for talent. Premiere Entertainment will produce the webcast for Ustream.tv and Sony Pictures.

Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT, to be released on October 28th, will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this past summer in London’s O2 Arena.  Covering the months from March through June, 2009, the film is produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than 120 hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing numerous songs for the show.  Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at Jackson as he has never been seen before.  In raw and candid detail, Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT is the last documentation of Michael Jackson in action, capturing the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius, and great artist at work as he and his collaborators move toward their goals of London, the O2 arena, and history. Kenny Ortega, who was both Michael Jackson’s creative partner and the director of the stage show, is also directing the film, which is being produced by Randy Phillips, Kenny Ortega and Paul Gongaware. Executive producers are John Branca and John McClain.

October 27, 2009 at 5:16 am by Wendie
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9The People Getting Most of Michael Jackson’s Estate Are Behind Those Masks

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Yesterday, TMZ announced that Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine will not inherit her son’s estate, but instead it will go to the people who probably deserve it the most: his three children. Well, mostly.

The plan that was originally drawn up was this: 40% goes to Katherine, 40% goes to the kids, and 20% goes to charity. However, the trustees of the estate get final ruling on how much of that 40% Katherine’s going to get and after she passes on, the kids get the rest of it. Seems OK.

One thing I don’t understand is this: Why does Katherine get any of it? While Michael was supporting her for the last many years of his life, now that she has taken on three children to raise for him, shouldn’t she get a standard percentage for that (like she already is) and nothing else? Wouldn’t it be best for the kids to have as much of that money as possible, and what exactly does an elderly woman need all that dough for?

October 12, 2009 at 9:30 am by Molls

13New Michael Jackson Single: “This Is It Released”

Hey guys! Guess what just hit the Internet 17 minutes ago? This new MJ song, “This Is It,” and now we have it here on Evil Beet. We’re prompt like that. It’s a good song. But, ya know, this dude could sing the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting schedule and Lindsay Lohan would be hanging on every note. He was just such a phenomenal talent. It’s something I’ve always maintained and still maintain: setting aside the events of his personal life, this is one of the greatest musical talents of our history.

October 11, 2009 at 9:44 pm by Evil Beet

6Michael Jackson Was Generally Healthy When He Died

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And the Jackson saga continues. His autopsy results indicate that, overall, he was in good health for a 50-year-old man.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s report shows Jackson’s weight of 136 pounds was in the acceptable range for a 5-foot-9 man. His heart was strong with no sign of plaque buildup. His kidneys and most other major organs were normal.

The singer did have health issues, however, including arthritis in the lower spine and some fingers, and mild plaque buildup in his leg arteries. Most serious was the condition of his lungs, which the autopsy report said were chronically inflamed and had reduced capacity that might have left him short of breath.

But the lung condition was not serious enough to be a direct or contributing cause of death, according to the document.

“His overall health was fine,” said Dr. Zeev Kain, chairman of the anesthesiology department at the University of California, Irvine, who reviewed a copy of the autopsy report for the AP. “The results are within normal limits.”

Basically all of this means that Michael died strictly of complications from the propofol and the benzodiazepines, which we already knew. This wasn’t a generally unhealthy man, he was just crazy about his insomnia, and he was unlucky enough to find a doctor willing to enable that insanity. The more I read about this case, the more I feel Dr. Murray ought to be convicted of homicide. Shit, dude, I tried to get my doctor to prescribe me a low dose of phentermine last week to help me lose ten pounds, and she was all like, “No way. Your BMI is in the normal range, so you need to focus on exercise and portion control.” I hate the term “portion control” so much. Like, who wants to eat the yummy stuff in reasonable portions? Why eat it at all if you have to control your portions? But the point is this: I knew she’d never prescribe it; it was a long shot. Of course no ethical doctor is going to prescribe phentermine for someone whose weight is in a normal BMI. And yet this asshole had Michael on propofol and three different types of benzos — for insomnia. It’s insane. This dude should go to jail forever.

October 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm by Evil Beet
Filed Under: Michael Jackson

2No Glove, No Love


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The single, white, bedazzled glove that Michael Jackson wore to a screening of the short film Ghosts (above) and during his marriage ceremony to Debbie Rowe in 1996 sold for A$57,600 or ($49,000 USD) at an auction yesterday in Australia– nearly twice what auctioneers expected. (You can see a picture of it here.)

But you’ll be happy to know that the glove was not purchased by some obsessed individual with sickening amounts of money to throw at dead celebrities’ personal effects. It was purchased by a corporation with sickening amounts of money to throw at dead celebrities’ personal effects– The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

If only the rest of us could fetch $49,000 for an unmatched glove covered with bedazzler rhinestones, I would be holding a yard sale every weekend.

September 6, 2009 at 10:07 am by Kelly
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6The Doctor of Death Thinks Michael Jackson Got What He Wanted

Dr. Jack Kevorkian has something to say about Michael Jackson’s death and it’s a bit of a surprising perspective:  He doesn’t think Dr. Conrad Murray is to blame.

In a lengthy interview — you’ll want to fast forward to 9:30 — the good doctor states that Michael cannot have been murdered since he doesn’t believe malice was a component of the chain of events.  ”I don’t think he was malicious. Murder is defined as malice or forethought… Did the doctor have forethought? I doubt it.”

Dr. Kevorkian also thinks that Michael bears responsibility for his death.  ”Maybe Jackson craved these things so much he pestered the doctor until he got it.  The patient got what he wanted. He is the one who said yes or no to take a drug.”  Does this mean I can go to my physician and pester him to overdose me with Xanax?  Because I really need to do that.

I’ve actually been thinking about this since the death of DJ AM.  Maybe drug addicts are on some sort of suicide mission.  Maybe death is what Michael was chasing.  I don’t think we’ll ever know for sure.

September 3, 2009 at 12:08 pm by Wendie
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