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12No, Actually. This is It.

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FINALLY! TMZ just broke that this Monday the FBI will be releasing 333 pages of what were once sealed documents relating to Michael Jackson. Most of the new information will pertain to the 1993 and 2004 molestation cases that Jackson was involved in. Unfortunately, the details on his death are remaining sealed, but there’s no question that whatever we read on Monday is going to be completely explosive.

The FBI has opened sealed documents from celebrity cases before. Just recently they unsealed documents relating to Anna Nicole Smith’s alleged attempt to have J. Howard Marshall II murdered. While there is something to be said for respecting the privacy of the deceased individual, it’s stories like this that we all follow and become invested in over time. Michael Jackson probably wouldn’t be thrilled about these documents being open to the public, but for anyone out there who has been wondering for almost two decades about the molestation and extortion attempts, this is a chance to gain some insight and base their opinion on fact.

December 19, 2009 at 2:46 pm by Molls
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31Dad of MJ Molestation Accuser Dies

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Evan Chandler, the 65 year old father of the now 29 year old that accused Michael Jackson of molestation in the early 90′s is dead.  Chandler was a wealthy Beverly Hills dentist who reported Jackson to Santa Barbara authorities in 1994, claiming that his son had been molested by the singer during sleepovers.

Michael’s attorneys eventually settled with the Chandler family for $22M.  The son, Jordan, has never spoken about the case due to a non-disclosure agreement, but I wonder if he’s still bound by that contract now that both of the involved parties are dead.  In any case, Jordan became estranged from his father after Evan reportedly attacked him with a dumbbell back in 2006.

After the case was settled, Evan Chandler reportedly had many plastic surgeries to change his appearance in an effort to hide from unhappy Michael Jackson fans.

The former dentist appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and did not leave a suicide note.  He did have prescription medicines in his home that indicated that he was suffering from a serious illness.

November 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm by Wendie
Filed Under: Michael Jackson

17That Michael Jackson Film Didn’t Do As Well As They’d Hoped … So Now It’s Not a Limited Release Anymore

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I think execs over at Sony kind of screwed themselves by spending months acting like it would be impossible to get tickets to This Is It, the Michael Jackson concert flick. They were trying to create buzz, but it seems like fans really believed them, and didn’t even bother trying. The film brought in just $20.7 million over the Halloween weekend, much less than Sony expected. They’ve realized their mistake, and now they’re trying to make it clear to audiences that they can, in fact, get tickets — and that the flick will be airing in theaters for longer than the originally stated two weeks. It’ll be in theaters up through Thanksgiving — and probably longer, if you want my guess. Says the studio in a press release:

In just 5 days, Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT has become the highest grossing concert film of all time and we are elated by the response to this special film by fans, critics and moviegoers from all over the world. With this kind of global response, it’s clear that the motion picture deserves an extended run and we are going to do everything we can to make the film available to everyone who wants to see Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT on the big screen.

It’s interesting to look at this from a marketing perspective. Obviously the goal was to drum up crazy buzz for the film by treating it like a very exclusive engagement. It doesn’t necessarily sound like a bad idea — and it’s a marketing strategy that’s worked many times before — but in this case it just totally backfired. Why? Thoughts?

November 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm by Evil Beet
Filed Under: Michael Jackson

2‘This Is It’ (No it Isn’t)

Lionel Richie at the Tokyo Premier of This Is It

Michael Jackson’s live concert movie ‘This is It’ was originally scheduled to run for two weeks only, but the box office has given its producers $101 million little reasons to run the show longer. (Gee, didn’t see that one coming.) The movie will now run through Thanksgiving and is the first in what is expected to be a long, looooong, looooooooong line of products and productions designed to make money off the MJ estate.

Two thirds of the gross came from world wide audiences, proving that even postmortem, Jackson is still a bigger draw overseas than he is here in the U.S.

Japan, the U.K.  and Germany led the list of countries who paid big bucks to see the flick.

November 1, 2009 at 11:41 am by Kelly
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4This Is It Premiere Red Carpet

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As expected, last night turned out a huge amount of celebs attending the This Is It L.A. premiere.  (Lionel Richie actually attended the premiere in Japan, but who can resist a picture like that?)

I know Michael Jackson’s premature and unexpected death was tragic, but is there anything more tragic than Paris Hilton’s Paula Abdul’s cleavage?  I’ll just answer my own question:  Yes.  The status of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy’s relationship is the most tragic as evidenced by last night’s body language.

Also there:  Adam Lambert, Ashley Tisdale, Macy Gray, Mickey Rooney (can never look at him and his wife without thinking of their Garden State Life Insurance commercials), Anne Heche, Mario Lopez, Nia Long, and Will Smith.

October 28, 2009 at 8:18 am by Wendie

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
Filed Under: Michael Jackson