Michael Jackson Estate Wins ‘This Is It’ Lawsuit

Source: Radar Online

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It’s a good day for Michael Jackson, even though he’s still dead. Radar Online has learned that the music legend just scored a massive legal victory from beyond the grave, as a federal court judge has dismissed a $24million lawsuit brought against Jackson by music producer Michael Jonzun.

Jonzun filed the lawsuit in Massachusetts in 2012, claiming he was owed $24million for helping draft “This Is It,” a song Jackson did with Paul Anka in 2009.

At the time, Anka said he’d never heard of Jonzun, and that his claims were “BS.” Apparently, the judge agreed.

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According to court documents obtained by Radar, a judge found “The Estate of Michael Jackson cannot be sued” because it “is not a legal entity capable of being sued, and therefore the complaint must be dismissed.”

The judge also dismissed Jonzun’s claims against Anka and AEG Live because he filed in Massachusetts and has “not demonstrated that the Defendants purposely availed themselves of the privilege of conducting activities in Massachusetts,” according to the judgment, noting that “This Is It” was likely sold in several other states as well.

Finally, the judge called Jonzun to task for a “repeated failure to comply with the service rules,” according to the documents, including filing his motion for extension late, not filing a supporting affidavit with his motion, and failing to serve all the defendants.

As such, the judge dismissed the entire case on March 24.

 

Read more: http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/04/michael-jackson-wins-lawsuit-beyond-the-grave/

Ten Things You May Not Know About Sonic The Hedgehog (Two MJ Related) – Video

Source: Kotako.com – By Patricia Hernandez

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Trivia time! How much do you know about gaming’s speedy little hedgehog?

Perhaps you already know, for example, that his shoes are partially based on Michael Jackson’s boots in the song Bad, and you might even know that Michael Jackson worked on music for Sonic 3. Oh, but these facts by Alltime10s also get a tad esoteric, touching on curious stuff like:

·What inspiration the Sonic took from Bill Clinton

·How he was originally named Mr. Needlemouse and was also the lead singer of a band who had a HUMAN GIRLFRIEND

·How the first time he appeared in a game was as an air freshener in a racing game, In what way Super Mario influenced Sonic

·How there’s a gene named after Sonic the Hedgehog

·Why Knuckles is special

·How there was almost a Sonic RPG that followed his sister

·How Eggman was almost Sega’s mascot

·The reason Sonic drowns easily is because one of the developers didn’t know that hedgehogs can swim

The video, naturally, goes in a bit more detail about these things—so it’s worth a watch, as you might learn a thing or two.

Read more: http://kotaku.com/ten-things-you-might-not-know-about-sonic-the-hedgehog-1564452964

 

Gorillas, Alternate Endings, Michael Jackson – The Untold Story of the Making The Goonies

Source: HeyUGuys.co.uk – By David Sztypuljak

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With a name like HeyUGuys, it’s hard for us to hide our love of The Goonies and after being talked about for years and last week Richard Donner (known by everyone as Dick Donner) confirmed to the world that a Goonies sequel is in the works. We’ll still believe it when we see the cameras start to roll but for now, a fantastic documentary entitled ‘The Making of a Cult Classic, The Unauthorized Story of The Goonies’ has been released on YouTube.

In 2010 the home of the Goonies, Astoria Oregon played host to the 25th anniversary of the movie where many stars from the film gathered to celebrate it’s awesomeness. During that event, the photo you see atop of this post was taken and the documentary was played to a crowd of people who had flown from all over the world to be there.

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The documentary is completely unofficial but has fantastic interviews with cast and filmmakers including Jeff Cohen (Chunk), Corey Feldman (Mouth), Richard Donner (Director), Sean Astin (Mikey), Robert Davi (Jake) , Joe Pantoliano (Francis), Curtis Hanson (Mr. Perkins) and Lupe Ontiveros (Rosalita). If you’re a fan of The Goonies and think you knew all there was to know about the movie, think again! In the documentary you get to hear about Michael Jackson visiting the set, Steven Spielberg shooting gorillas as Second Unit Director and having them break-out of a zoo and stealing Troy’s car. Alas the footage never made it as it got lost…. LOST!?

Back in 2010, Donner said that The Goonies sequel would become part of a Broadway musical. I guess time will tell but for now, check out this brilliant documentary and remember, Goonies Never Say Die!

 (The part about Michael starts at 14:02 – 15:13)

Read more: http://www.heyuguys.co.uk/gorillas-alternate-endings-michael-jackson-untold-story-making-goonies/

Exclusive: Didier Drogba On Style, Jose Mourinho And Michael Jackson

Source: GQ – By Paul Henderson | Photos by Rick Guest | Styling Tanja Martin

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Meeting Didier Drogba at Galatasaray’s training ground in Istanbul, the Ivorian striker is every bit as as cool and calm as the 2012 Champions League final penalty shoot out would have you believe. We’re here to discuss his new underwear collaboration with Marseille brand Hom, with one euro from each pair sold going towards the Didier Drogba Foundation, dedicated to providing healthcare and education in the Ivory Coast. To mark the collaboration one of the world’s best strikers talks about being dressed by Ozwald Boateng, wearing Kanye’s trainers and Jose Mourinho’s best piece of advice.

GQ: No one has filled your boots since leaving Chelsea – who would you choose to sort out their strike force?
Didier Drogba: I really think that the players that are there now are the ones. Why? Because when I was playing there the team was different. The strikers… maybe they don’t score 35 goals, but they score very, very important goals. With Demba Ba came off the bench [against Paris St Germain] and hadn’t played for many games? He scored a goal. And Fernando, when Chelsea came to play here, nobody expected him to play and he delivers, he scores. Big players, big strikers are there for big games and I think they’ve showed that many times. Samuel Eto’o has been scoring important goals for Chelsea too. I think it’s a different system, a different time, a different Chelsea. It’s a successful one as well.
What would you rather happen this year: Galatasaray win the Süper Lig or Chelsea win the Premier League and Champions League?
I’d pick the league here with Galatasaray. I took the league with Chelsea three times and only one time here! [Laughs]

What’s the best piece of advice Jose Mourinho has ever given you?
He once told me a story about the good orange and the bad orange. We had a match and after a few days off I had an injury but I didn’t tell him. When you’re injured you’re not allowed to fly. So I went to the Ivory Coast and came back two days later and in the morning I said: “Coach, I can’t train. I feel pain – I need to rest a little bit.” And then he said to me [puts on Mourinho voice]: “Y’know, Didier? I’m going to tell you something. Y’know, those oranges? When you put one in a basket with the others and one is bad – what happens to the other ones? They become bad as well, yeah? So make sure you don’t become a bad one!” [Laughs] All I could say is: “I’m not a bad one!”

Who is the best defender you have ever played against?
It’s a big question. I like to judge players when I’ve played them many times. If I play against a player one time, it can be good or a bad day, so it’s difficult to judge. The defenders who put up a good fight and gave me a good game were Jamie Carragher, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. They were good defenders, but also played a fair game. I always had to think the week before a match of how to score, I had to put a lot of thought into it.

When were you last starstruck?
The only person I was really, really impressed by was Michael Jackson. I’m a big fan. I was in L.A. around 2007 or 2008 when I met him. I didn’t get to talk to him, otherwise I wouldn’t be here – I’d be doing my moonwalk! [Laughs]

Who was the most clothes-obsessed player you’ve ever met?
I think Claudio Pizarro was very elegant, but with the team they have now it’s probably Ashley Cole.

We hear you collect trainers…
I’m a big fan of Jordans and Yeezys. I was lucky to get the recent Kanye West Red Octobers from Nike.

As a young man you spent a lot of time in Paris. Were you influenced by the Parisian style?
Of course. I think it has a big influence on how I dress now because obviously the French dress well – so I hope I do!

Have you ever made a major style mistake?
Maybe, but not with my watches. They are a good investment because they never lose their value. I got a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph as a gift, and I quite like its shape.

What’s the well dressed man on the Ivory Coast wearing these days?
African people like to dress well and they like to look good. So anything that looks good on you, will look good on them. [Laughs] I wear a lot of Ozwald Boateng suits. I like them because they look good on me and because of how he keeps that African touch in the style.

What was the detail you really wanted the designers to get right with this line of underwear?
The details from the design are very important to me because it’s an African product, so the colour has to be vibrant.

Do you ever feel that African players have to bear an extra burden in their home nations – having to be akin to ambassadors and investors as well as performing at the highest level?
I’d not say it’s a pressure, but more a need for the players to not forget where they come from. To think about the other ones who didn’t have a chance to come and make it here, to be successful even though they are trying very hard. Our need is to change the mentalities in our continent. We have to be able to give a chance to everyone and not only to the rich people. The difference is too big between the rich and the poor. When you come from a poor family like me and most of the other African players, you know where you come from. You know how difficult it is.

Did that give you more passion on the pitch?
I think it’s related. I really think that: “OK, I play with passion”, but it’s because I love what I’m doing. This little extra is just the mentality in Africa to never give up, and always try and fight because there’s always a chance. A bit like with the Champions League…

 

Read more: http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/entertainment/articles/2014-04/17/didier-drogba-interview-english-hom-underwear

Interview With Navi

Source: cairoscene.com

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We caught up with Navi to talk being chosen by MJ, seeing Egypt and gives us the exclusive scoop on the real Michael Jackson’s upcoming post-humous album, Xscape.

Where are you from/where did you grow up?
I was born in the Caribbean but grew up in London. I have been in the UK for the past 34 years now.

How did you get into Michael Jackson impersonation?
When I arrived in the UK in 1979 , MJ dominated the 80s and 90s and therefore I wanted to be like him. He was like a real like super-hero and all his music and videos were everywhere. I remember standing outside the hotel in London as a kid looking up at the hotel window with hundreds of other MJ fans on the street. A few years later, I was in the hotel with him looking down at the MJ fans, was surreal to have my life turned around like that.

I grew up learning to dance in my parent’s kitchen and I had my first break opening for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group The Drifters at the age of 15. I went on from opportunity to opportunity evening opening the Virgin Megastores across 9 European cities.

Then working for MJ in promotion of albums and concerts and also as a decoy (being used as a double so he could leave a certain place easier).

Have you ever met Michael Jackson in real life, if so what was the meeting like?
I have met Michael several times, evening being chosen to perform at his birthday parties in London, New York and Los Angeles. I also had the honour of being invited to Neverland which was amazing.

Michael was always humble and supportive, always the kind of person you never expected to be so kind. He loved people and admired everyone by just watching and trying to learn. He said to me once “you’re an amazing dancer, do you practice everyday?”… to hear MJ ask you that was unbelievable.

What was your favourite MJ album?
It’s difficult to choose but I guess Bad. It’s the album around the time I was in my teens and filled with so many classic Pop hits.

There are a lot of MJ impersonators out there. What makes you number one?

I have been branded number one for several years now, so I suppose it’s being ‘Chosen By Michael’ and working for him. Even last week, I was invited to Los Angeles to hear the brand new MJ Album Xscape then meet with the Epic Record executives. The album I have to say is truly amazing and a tribute to the legendary dance beats Michael always likes to have associated with his catchy tunes.

I am also the only impersonator to have been invited to Neverland, and guess having performed in over 300 international shows on 58 different countries covers most of the world. But to be honest, I believe we all are top impersonators – we all fly the flag for MJ in our own way and none is more important than the other.

Have you been to or performed in Egypt before?
Egypt is one of my favourite places in the world. The history and culture is amazing. This year alone I have been to Thailand, Malaysia, Los Angeles twice and now to Egypt. So I see many amazing places, but I’m not sure many people can say they would rather visit another country than Egypt.

I have been here twice before: once for a wedding and once for a small private show. This time I am looking forward to performing at this event at Club 88. I have always heard of the Red Sea region and now I get a chance to finally see it. I wish I could have stayed a few more days, but also hope this is the first of many trips back to this beautiful place.

Michael Jackson is huge in Egypt, what do you have planned for the crowd?
I plan to celebrate the music and legacy of MJ with the Egyptians. I know they love music and dance and I also know I could learn quite a lot from them, so I look forward to dropping some of the classic MJ hits we all know.

For more information on the ‘Moonwalker Party’ click here. Check out Navi on Facebook here.

 

Read more here: http://www.cairoscene.com/ViewArticle.aspx?AId=2895

Locals Bring Back King of Pop From Behind Scenes

Source: This Week News

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A Cirque du Soleil tour is a massive undertaking, and its partnership with the estate of Michael Jackson on Michael Jackson: The Immortal is no exception. It takes a small city of people to put on a show, many of those people doing their work before the show even begins or behind the scenes.

Yet, whenever people find out that Ricky Morant and Brittany Kiefer aren’t performers, their interest begins to wane.

“They usually ask me if I can get them tickets,” Morant said, only half-joking.

Morant, a Whitehall-Yearling High School and Ohio State University graduate, works in the training and medical department for the tour. Kiefer, also an OSU alum, is an acrobatic rigger on the tour. Both said their work gets plenty of appreciation and offers them plenty of professional satisfaction.

“We make a lot happen in a short amount of time,” Kiefer said of her team, whose job begins when a show loads into a facility, continues through the entire set-up, works the riggings during the shows and into tear-down.

“I manage the grid. My team is responsible for flying the performers and the general safety of all the acrobats. On a production level, we move the show, building the rigging, getting everything hung.”

The dedication to safety requires “a very high attention to detail,” she said.

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As a medical trainer (his title is “physio”), Morant also is tasked with performer safety. He runs classes and workout sessions designed to maximize fitness and minimize the risk of injury, treating both the physical and psychological effects on injuries when they do happen.

“You work so many hours every day, then you can take a deep breath and take in the show, knowing you had a small or sometimes not-so-small part in putting it on,” he said.

Morant studies athletic training at OSU, and his work with the football, track and field, swimming, wrestling and, most importantly, men’s gymnastics teams serves him well. Additionally, he minored in dance and worked for a time with BalletMet Columbus as a trainer – also a benefit in this dance-heavy Cirque show.

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Kiefer got her start working with arena shows as a student production coordinator at the Schottenstein Center, where she also worked after graduation. From there, she connected with the Walking With Dinosaurs tour and more recently worked on the set crew for Shakira before joining Cirque.

“It’s great to come back to Columbus and it’s always great to play the Schott. It’s where I came from, and I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do what I do now without those experiences and those people,” Kiefer said.

Morant, whose family still lives in central Ohio, takes pride in bringing his work “home” as well.

“My parents have never seen a show that I’ve worked, so I’m hoping maybe now they’ll understand why I don’t call home every night,” he joked.

 

Read more: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/2014/04/17/Locals-bring-back-King-of-Pop-from-behind-scenes.html

Brandon Victor Dixon Talks Legacy of Motown, J5 And More (Video)

Source: Broadway World

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MOTOWN THE MUSICAL star Brandon Victor Dixon appeared this week on WLNY-TV’s ‘Live From The Couch’ to speak with host John Elliott about working with Berry Gordy on the smash hit musical from the very beginning, the historical significance of Motown’s legacy, and bringing that story to Broadway.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, featuring music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, began performances on Broadway on March 11, 2013 and officially opened April 14, 2013 at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street).

The first national tour of Motown the Musical launches at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre with an engagement from April 22 to July 13, 2014 before continuing across the country, with additional cities to be announced.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown the Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy‘s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gayeye and many more.

Check out the interview below!

 

Read more at Broadway World

Michael Jackson: King Of Pop, Rock And Soul And Hip-Hop?

Source: Forbes – By Zack O’Malley Greenberg

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Though many refer to Michael Jackson simply as “The King of Pop,” his full nickname—dreamed up by longtime pal Elizabeth Taylor—was “The King of Pop, Rock and Soul.” Perhaps another genre should be tacked on: Hip-hop.

The headlines that trumpeted Jackson’s late-life financial issues have obscured some of the brilliant moves he made early on—most notably his purchase of ATV, a publishing catalogue that contained the copyrights to most of the Beatles’ biggest hits. Sony later paid Jackson $115 million to merge the company with its own catalogue; the Sony/ATV joint venture is worth about $2 billion today.

Jackson also fundamentally changed the formula for monetizing fame by becoming the first pop superstar to develop a portfolio of modern brand extensions. His feats included launching his own clothing line, creating a record label, and releasing an eponymous sneaker; each member of the Forbes Five has subsequently done at least one of those things to help create their nine-figure fortunes.

“Michael Jackson was so much bigger than Jay Z or 50 Cent or anybody else who did it, in comparison,”  says 50 Cent, in an interview for my forthcoming book, Michael Jackson, Inc: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of A Billion-Dollar Empire. Jackson, he adds, is “why music is the way it is now . . . you’ve seen a shift in an area [previously] reserved for professional athletes.”

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Indeed, the likes of Michael Jordan are no longer the only entertainers racking up cash on sales of footwear and apparel. 50 Cent’s G-Unit line achieved sales of $55 million in its first year; in 2008, Jay Z and his partners received $204 million for the sale of his Rocawear brand. Diddy’s Sean John line is still going strong, and Birdman recently launched his own.

In many ways, one might say Dr. Dre’s Beats headphone line is the next step in the evolution of a concept that Jackson was instrumental in introducing. That company reportedly generated $1 billion in sales last year and could one day make Dre hip-hop’s first billionaire.

The album, which features Timbaland as a lead producer, should provide a reminder of the symbiotic relationship between hip-hop and the King of Pop that dates back to HIStory. The singer’s 1995 album features an appearance by rap legend Notorious B.I.G., whom Jackson knew about long before the rhymester’s stature in pop culture came to match the physical corollary.

“He knew everything that was going on,” explained Diddy in an interview for the book. “And when I met him and he wanted to do something with Biggie, it wasn’t anything surprising.”

Though some of Jackson’s business ventures didn’t enjoy as much longevity as those launched by the members of the Forbes Five, it’s safe to say his example opened doors and blazed trails—perhaps as much behind the stage as on it. And the story of how he did it is one that every aspiring musician of any genre should know.

For more about the business of the King of Pop, check out my book Michael Jackson, Inc, which will be published in June, and follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2014/04/16/michael-jackson-king-of-pop-rock-and-soul-and-hip-hop/

Michael Jackson And Charlie Chaplin

WHEN DID MICHAEL’S FASCINATION WITH CHARLIE CHAPLIN BEGIN?

Michael Jackson’s Original Painting of Charlie Chaplin

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This painting was created by Michael when he was 9 years-old. Chaplin was influential to Jackson and their lives held many similarities. Chaplin is quoted as saying his childhood ended at age 7 as he began performing. Both became international celebrities and experienced life under the watchful and critical eye of the public. While in London, Jackson toured Chaplin’s Childhood neighborhood and was so excited he and a photographer went and purchased clothing for Jackson to dress as Chaplin and take photos. Jackson called Chaplin his “inspiration.” 

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Michael drawing a pictue of Chaplin as a teenager

Jackson recorded a version of Chaplin’s signature song “Smile” for his History album. The single release cover showed Jackson again dressed as Chaplin.

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About Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin was born April 16, 1889 in London England. He died on December 25, 1977 of natural causes Corsier-sur-Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland. He was 87 years old.Charlie Chaplin worked with a children’s dance troupe before making a huge mark on the big screen. His character “The Tramp” relied on pantomime and quirky movements to become an iconic figure of the silent-film era. Chaplin went on to become a director, making films like City Lights and Modern Times, and co-founded the United Artists Corporation.

Charlie Chaplin’s rise to fame is a true rags-to-riches story. His father, a notorious drinker, abandoned Chaplin, his mother and his older half-brother, Sydney, not long after Chaplin’s birth. That left Chaplin and his brother in the hands of their mother, a vaudevillian and music hall singer who went by the stage name Lily Harley.

Chaplin’s mother, who would later suffer severe mental issues and have to be committed to an asylum, was able to support her family for a few years. But in a performance that would introduce her youngest boy to the world of performance, Hannah inexplicably lost her voice in the middle of a show, prompting the stage manager to push the five-year-old Chaplin, whom he’d heard sing, onto the stage to replace her.

Chaplin lit up the audience, wowing them with his natural presence and comedic angle (at one point he imitated his mother’s cracking voice). But the episode meant the end for Hannah. Her singing voice never returned and she eventually ran out of money. For a time, Charlie and Sydney had to make a new, temporary home for themselves in London’s tough workhouses.

Early Career

Armed with his mother’s love of the stage, Chaplin was determined to make it in show business himself and in 1897 using his mother’s contacts landed with a clog dancing troupe named the Eight Lancashire Lads. It was a short stint, and not a terribly profitable one, forcing the go-getter Chaplin to make ends meet anyway he could.

“I (was) newsvendor, printer, toymaker, doctor’s boy, etc., but during these occupational digressions, I never lost sight of my ultimate aim to become an actor,” Chaplin later recounted. “So, between jobs I would polish my shoes, brush my clothes, put on a clean collar and make periodic calls at a theatrical agency.”

Eventually other stage work did come his way. Chaplin made his acting debut as a pageboy in a production of Sherlock Holmes. From there he toured with a vaudeville outfit named Casey’s Court Circus and in 1908 teamed up with the Fred Karno pantomime troupe, where Chaplin became one of its stars as The Drunk in the comedic sketch, A Night in an English Music Hall.

With the Karno troupe, Chaplin got his first taste of the United States, where he caught the eye of film producer Mack Sennett, who signed Chaplin to a contract for a $150 a week. 

Film Career

In 1914 Chaplin made his film debut in a somewhat forgettable one-reeler called Make a Living. To differentiate himself from the clad of other actors in Sennett films, Chaplin decided to play a single identifiable character. “The Little Tramp” was born, with audiences getting their first taste of him in Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914).

Over the next year, Chaplin appeared in 35 movies, a lineup that included Tillie’s Punctured Romance, film’s first full-length comedy. In 1915 Chaplin left Sennett to join the Essanay Company, which agreed to pay him $1,250 a week. It’s with Essanay that Chaplin, who by this time had hired his brother Sydney to be his business manager, rose to stardom.

During his first year with the company, Chaplin made 14 films, including The Tramp (1915). Generally regarded as the actor’s first classic, the story establishes Chaplin’s character as unexpected hero when he saves farmer’s daughter from a gang of robbers.

By the age of 26, Chaplin, just three years removed from his vaudeville days was a movie superstar. He’d moved over to the Mutual Company, which paid him a whopping $670,000 a year. The money made Chaplin a wealthy man, but it didn’t seem to derail his artistic drive. With Mutual, he made some of his best work, including One A.M. (1916), The Rink (1916), The Vagabond(1916), and Easy Street (1917).

Through his work, Chaplin came to be known as a grueling perfectionist. His love for experimentation often meant countless retakes and it was not uncommon for him to order the rebuilding of an entire set. It also wasn’t rare for him to begin with one leading actor, realize he’d made a mistake in his casting, and start again with someone new.

But the results were hard to refute. During the 1920s Chaplin’s career blossomed even more. During the decade he made some landmark films, including The Kid (1921), The Pilgrim (1923), A Woman in Paris (1923), The Gold Rush (1925), a movie Chaplin would later say he wanted to be remembered by, and The Circus(1928). The latter three were released by United Artists, a company Chaplin co-founded in 1919 with Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and D.W. Griffith.

Off-Screen Drama

Chaplin became equally famous for his life off-screen. His affairs with actresses who had roles in his movies were numerous. Some, however, ended better than others.

In 1918 he quickly married 16-year-old Mildred Harris. The marriage lasted two years, and in 1924 he wed again, to another 16-year-old, actress Lita Grey, whom he’d cast in The Gold Rush. The marriage had been brought on by an unplanned pregnancy, and the resulting union, which produced two sons for Chaplin (Charles Jr., and Sydney) was an unhappy one for both partners. The two split in 1927.

In 1936, Chaplin married again, this time to a chorus girl who went by the film name of Paulette Goddard. They lasted until 1942. That was followed by a nasty paternity suit with another actress, Joan Barry, in which tests proved Chaplin was not the father of her daughter but a jury still ordered him to pay child support.

In 1943, Chaplin married 18-year-old Oona O’Neil, the daughter of playwright, Eugene O’Neil. Unexpectedly the two would go on to have a happy marriage, one that would result in eight children for the couple.

Later Films

Chaplin kept creating interesting and engaging films in the 1930s. In 1931, he released City Lights, a critical and commercial success that incorporated music Chaplin scored himself.

More acclaim came with Modern Times (1936), a biting commentary about the state of world’s economic and political infrastructures. The film, which did incorporate sound and did not include “The Little Tramp” character, was, in part, the result of an 18-month world tour Chaplin had taken between 1931 and 1932, a trip in which he’d witnessed severe economic angst and a sharp rise in nationalism in Europe and elsewhere.

Chaplin spoke even louder in The Great Dictator (1940), which pointedly ridiculed the governments of Hitler and Mussolini. “I want to see the return of decency and kindness,” Chaplin said around the time of the film’s release. “I’m just a human being who wants to see this country a real democracy . . .”

But Chaplin was not universally embraced. His romantic liaisons led to his rebuke by some women’s groups, which in turn led to him being barred from entering some U.S. states. As the Cold War age settled into existence, Chaplin didn’t withhold his fire from injustices he saw taking place in the name of fighting Communism in his adopted country of the United States.

Chaplin soon became a target of the right wing conservatives. Representative John E. Ranking of Mississippi pushed for his deportation. Chaplin was openly satirical of American society and as a direct result of his opinions, in 1952, the Attorney General of the United States obliged when he announced that Chaplin, who was sailing to Britain on vacation, was not permitted to return to the United States unless he could prove “moral worth.” The incensed Chaplin said goodbye to United States and took up residence on a small farm in Vevey, Switzerland.

Final Years 

Nearing the end of his life, Chaplin did make one last return to visit to the United States in 1972, when he was awarded a special Academy Award from the Motion Picture Academy. The trip came just six years after Chaplin’s final film, A Countess from Hong Kong(1966), the filmmaker’s first and only color movie. Despite a cast that included Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando, the film did poorly at the box office. In 1975, Chaplin received more recognition when Queen Elizabeth knighted him.

In the early morning hours of December 25, 1977, Charlie Chaplin died at his home in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland. His wife Oona and seven of his children were at his bedside at the time of his passing. In a twist that might very well have come out of one of his films, Chaplin’s body was stolen not long after he was buried from his grave near Lake Geneva in Switzerland by two men who demanded $400,000 for its return. The men were arrested and Chaplin’s body was recovered 11 weeks later.

Charlie Chaplin was not just a screen writer, composer, actor, comedian, his life, his laughter continue to serve even today as our guiding light to love humanity. He left a timeless legacy of bringing us smiles and a guiding light to love others. The movies, the music he gave to us and to the world is timeless. We must not get lost in the fun and frolic, we must remember especially as Americans that an important part of his life was spent in exile because he spoke openly about pre-judgments. His living contribution is his last chapter in his career – his goals for humanity for unity and non-discrimination.

Our US history must be remembered along with our present and past pre-judgments. What this entertainment genius gave to the world is also a great mirror of who we were as Americans at that time in history. We cannot grow unless we remember who we were – else we will slip back into that abyss. Source

Similarities Between Chaplin and Michael

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Chaplin was known the world over for making people smile. His career is denoted by laughter. And as a composer, he stuck with that theme writing one of the greatest songs of all times “Smile”. Smile has been recorded by every great singer from Barbara Streisand to Sammy Davis to Nat King Cole. I was told of Charlie’s talent but never really understood – until now. It gives me great pleasure to share with you the works of this amazing creative genius. Upon closer review, I believe Charlie Chaplin’s greatest legacy was not the laughter that he left with us, not the most famous song entitled “Smile” but with his humanitarian efforts expressed so eloquently in his final films. Charlie Chaplin always personified the change he wished to see in the world. His lasting legacy extends beyond the great comedic silent movies he created, directed, produced and acted in. His lasting legacy is even grander than his stellar career. His lasting legacy is his his humanitarian efforts towards peace. Source

Michael Jackson was also a man of peace who used his status and platform to teach the world about causes that plagued us. He also back up his beliefs by giving more to charity than any other entertainer in the world. 

  • Michael and Charlie started show business at the age of 5.  They both loved the stage.
  • Both men arose from rages to riches. 
  • Chaplin’s father physical abandoned him. Michael felt emotional abandoned by his father
  • Chaplin was raised by his mom.  Michael loved and relied on his mother for support and comfort.
  • After being pushed on stage to replace his mom, Chaplin showed much natural stage presence.  Michael had so much stage presence, he wowed everyone when he first sang, “Climb Every Mountain” at a school talent show. Soon afterwards, he replaced his brother Jermaine as lead singer of the Jackson 5.

“I was so nervous when he walked out on the stage, because he was always shy. He started singing the song, and he sang it with such clarity and didn’t miss — not flat or anything.”

His paternal grandfather, who was in the audience “cried like a baby, looked around, and I was crying, too,” she said. “He got a standing ovation for his performance and he wasn’t nervous. I was shocked. I think he must feel more at home on stage.”

Older brother Jermaine was the Jackson 5′s lead singer from the start, but their mother told her husband it should be Michael. “I told him Jermaine needed help, and I told him Michael could help him,” she said. “He didn’t believe me, so I forced him to listen. And that’s how Michael got the job.”   ~ Katherine Jackson (CNN)

  • Chaplin was a virtual genius who tried his hand at everything from acting, directing film, songwriting, comedy etc..  Michael was as equally dedicated, hardworking and genius.  He was an actor, songwriter, director, choreographer, singer and muscian.  He also could draw and paint.  He was well-read and very intelligent.
  • Chaplin was married several times to young women, which caused a lot of controversy.   Michael’s two marriages were controversal and met with much suspicion.
  • Chaplin was ostrosized for his views and stances on world politics, as well as his lifestyle.  Michael was ridiculed for everything, including his looks, lifestyle, etc.
  • After a European excursion in 1952 Chaplin, was not allowed to disembark his ship to return to America. Michael was emotionally exiled by his own country when he was falsely accused and scorned for child molestation.  
  • Both men were great humanitarians and strived to be different to make chances in the world.
  • Charlie Chaplin wrote the song, “Smile.”  Michael’s favorite song was “Smile.”
  • The intentions and creative genius of both men were greatly misunderstood by the people of their time.  Future generations will look back and see  and appreciate the great and mightly men that they both were. Comparison written by All Things Michael

Chaplin’s Version of a “Moonwalk”
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Michael Jackson and Oona Chaplin Meet

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People have wondered if Michael Jackson and Charlie Chaplin ever met. They did not. Michael was a famous child and teenage singing star with the Jackson 5, as well as some solo work during Chaplin’s later years. Michael was a huge fan of Chaplin’s and the song ‘Smile’ was his favorite song. Jackson did say he always wanted to meet Oona Chaplin, which he did in the 1980s.
According to Jane Scovell book – ‘Oona: Living in the Shadows’ Oona’s old friend Sophia Loren, “something of a Jackson groupie,” had been attending Jackson’s concerts, and when the singer came to Switzerland the Italian actress did arrange for them to meet on June 16, 1988. He (Michael Jackson) went to the Manoir and was given a tour of the estate by Oona. At one point she told him that he and Charlie “had a lot in common: you were born poor and had to strive to achieve all that you have.” - ‘Oona: Living in the Shadows’ by Jane Scovell/ Edna’s Place

Here is a tour of the Manior in Switzerland by Chaplin fan Rainer Mann. LINK

Michael holds two Honorary Awards given to Chaplin in 1929 and 1972 by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Chaplin’s wife, Oona O’Neill holds the Academy Award for Best Original Score, awarded in 1973.

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SWITZERLAND: One of Michael’s dreams came true when he met one of his idol’s family in Switzerland as told by family circus producer Rolf Knie.

Michael Jackson came incognito visit to the Chaplin family, in Corsier (VD). Rolf Knie has served as a guide. The circus man tells this unforgettable encounter with a polite and shy singer, a prisoner of its success.

It was June 17, 1988 and Rolf Knie has forgotten nothing. Over twenty years later, the feelings associated with this special day are always deep. The discovery of a simple and endearing Michael Jackson. The outrage at what has been said about him then …

That day, the clown and now producer of the circus Salto Natale served as a guide to Bambi in the famous mansion Ban inhabited by the Chaplin family, in Corsier-sur-Vevey. “I remember the extreme politeness of Michael, his calmness, his shyness. I remember the way he waited qu’Oona Chaplin sit down to do the same, how he did not dare ask first a Pepsi. It is these details which denotes someone. It was just normal. Since then, I keep to his defense when attacked. The journalists have invented the horrors on him. For fifteen years, they will not stop the killing. “

We must tell. Originally the meeting, there Geraldine Chaplin, the eldest daughter of Oona and Charlie Chaplin. At a concert of Michael which she attends, the singer says he admires how her father. Geraldine called Rolf Knie, an old family friend and regular at the Manor. “Michael would come to Corsier. Can you arrange something? “

In a passage from Michael in Basel, Rolf Knie starts: he phoned his hotel and met his agent, Frank DiLeo. “Some friends told me it was crazy and impossible … Half an hour later, however, reminiscent of Michael himself. “He was very happy. We agreed to an appointment for a Friday to 15 hours. “

On that day, families await Knie Chaplin and the star. The time line, it does not happen. “Around 15 h 30, the doorman came running in saying,” Somebody just called, I did not catch his name. “It was Michael. “I took the phone. It was quite embarrassed, he apologized a thousand times. He had lost and he was calling from a service station in Vevey … The porter is going to look there. The singer arrives without bodyguard, just accompanied by his assistant, a gentleman of a certain age. “The archives have marveled. Then he played in the park with my son Gregory innocently. I think that children who take as it is, he could finally show normal. it left a big one. “

Another aspect of the star has impressed: “He knew perfectly the life of Chaplin, a true lexicon. The dates of the films, the names of the actors, everything. we have a summary type uneducated, was totally false. “The parallel between Jackson and Chaplin seems natural to him:” Even poor children, even lawsuits against them. they emit the same wave and they experienced similar problems with the world when they have common as well. Both did not give interviews. they responded with their films or their music. Had they known, they would have spent whole days together
Two months later, Michael Jackson calls Oona Chaplin and Rolf Knie his concert in Lausanne. “Before the show, we have visited him in his locker. There were long tables covered with caviar and salmon. Michael shrugged: “Oh, it’s not for me, but my team is hungry … “

In the end, Rolf and Oona attending the hasty departure of the star: “The music still sounded when he was quickly engulfed in a car behind the scene. We followed him and we feared: Thousands of fans have been assaulted. I realized that Michael lived every day. he was a prisoner of his success. “The clown keeps bitterness. “Today I am angry against those who did not have mercy on him. And glad he found peace. Source

French: encounter with Eudokia Sofianou and Wendy Rose Jackson. Source

A memory by Keira Chaplin, Charlie’s granddaughter ~ “I went for tea at my grandmother’s house and Michael Jackson was sitting there. I was about seven years old and we lived next door to my grandmother, Oona. I went round one day and there was a helicopter in her garden. I went in to see her and Michael was sitting there. I was terrified because he was my absolute idol and I was actually holding my Michael Jackson doll. I couldn’t speak to him as I was such a fan. He was there because he was a fan of my grandfather Charlie Chaplin. He asked me to sit on his lap but I was too shy.”

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 Michael, Oona Chaplin and Rolf Knie backstage Bad Tour

Michael’s Chaplin Photoshoot Feature in the Michael Jackson Opus

Michael often told me that “Smile” was one of his favorite recordings. I remember we were in the studio, and I came up with the idea at the end of the song to have the piano sound old, like in an old movie theater, with the sound slowly disappearing. Michael told me it would work magically with the short film he had planned for the song. He would walk away from the camera just like Charlie Chaplin did at the end of his movies. He loved Chaplin, said he saw a lot of himself in him. —David Foster – Source: LA Times Magazine – December 2009 – By —Peter Guber /Michael Jackson Opus 

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CHIEFS: Jordan Sommers, left, Jeff Wald and Deborah Wald of Opus. Jackson evoked Charlie Chaplin in 1994. (Christina House / For The Times)

The black-and-white photos of Michael Jackson are remarkable not only as previously unreleased images of one the last half-century’s most photographed men. They also reveal much about the pop superstar’s abiding impulses: his impish sense of humor, his fealty to yesteryear’s master showmen and his concern about his own place in the pop culture firmament.

Sporting a threadbare black suit, pancake makeup and a miniature brush mustache, Jackson is a doppelgänger for Charlie Chaplin’s “Little Tramp” character from 1921′s “The Kid.” The photos, taken in 1994 by Steve Whitsitt, were originally intended as a companion piece to the Chaplin-inspired video the director-photographer was shooting for “Smile” — the cover of the silent comedian’s famous song that appears on Jackson’s “HIStory” album. But when the Chaplin estate issued a cease-and-desist order to stifle “Smile’s” release as a video and single, Whitsitt abandoned the photos to his archives.

Until earlier this year, that is, when the photographer received a surprise phone call from photo editor Deborah Wald, who was working on a new Jackson omnibus. “I asked him if he had something special, something of Michael that hadn’t previously seen the light of day,” Wald said. “And he said, ‘I think I have something.’ Source: LA Times/Michael Jackson Opus December 9, 2009 – By Chris Lee

Michael’s Thoughts and Words About Chaplin

COLACELLO: Why do you want to forget so much? Do you think life is really hard?

JACKSON: No, maybe it’s because I just like jumping in other people’s lives and exploring. Like Charlie Chaplin. I just love him to death. The little tramp, the whole gear and everything, and his heart—everything he portrayed on the screen was a truism. It was his whole life. He was born in London, and his father died an alcoholic when he was six. He roamed the streets of England, begging, poor, hungry. All this reflects on the screen and that’s what I like to do, to bring all of those truths out . . . Source: Interview – By Bob Colacello

He stated “If I could work with anybody, it would be Charlie Chaplin who I love so much”

“You have to have that tragedy, that pain to pull from. That’s what makes a clown great. You can see he’s hurting behind the masquerade. He’s something else externally. Chaplin did that so beautifully, better than anyone.” Source

Michael Dressed As Chaplin Over the Years

1979 – Pictures By Tony Prime

The pictures were taken by British photographer Tony Prime when the Jackson 5 visited the UK in 1979. 

Prime was the only snapper with the Jacksons on a day they were doing interviews at London’s Capital Radio station. It was there that a shy [Jackson] asked Tony if he was a Londoner because he wanted someone who could tell him where to buy the military-style jackets that were to become his trademark stage outfit. Tony told him that there was a shop across the street from the radio station and took him there.

The singer then insisted his new friend come with him on a tour of London and both jumped into the white Rolls-Royce the Jacksons were travelling in. [Jackson] told Tony he was obsessed with Charlie Chaplin and asked him to show him where the comedian was born. The snapper’s pal added: “Jackson was fascinated by the life of Chaplin and wanted to know all he could about where the comic grew up.”Tony told him he would take him for a drive around and point out various places related to Chaplin. Then all of a sudden Jackson said he wanted to get dressed up as Chaplin so they took him out and bought him the clothes and a cane.”

Then, dressed as his comic hero, [Jackson] posed on the streets of Stockwell in south London where the silent screen legend was born in 1889.

He was so thrilled with the pictures he asked Tony if he could have a set. The pal added: “It was just one of those magical one-off moments. “They shared a few fun hours together and the pictures show that, but Tony never heard from him again. He has always been happy though knowing that his pictures were in Jackson’s private album.” 

Michael dressed as Charlie Chaplin~The Little Tramp, photo by Tony Prime, also from South London in 1979 in East Street, South London,the birthplace of Charlie Chaplin. Michael was so charming during the photoshoot that a neighbourhood woman gave him her Chaplin scrapbooks and Michael in turn purchased a bathtub for her. Original source no longer available

Charlie Chaplin Museum

1.1_98_cc-en-pleine-gloire_gPlanning for this project has been going on for quite a while. The museum is expected to officially open in the spring of 2015. I am sure that Michael would have have attended.

http://www.chaplinmuseum.com/en/

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLIE!

Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour Stops in Richmond (Video)

Source: wric.com

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour is described as Cirque du Soleil meets rock concert, and today 8News got a special behind the scenes look at all the work it takes to put on the show.

Today our photographer was there as crew members unloaded equipment from thirty trucks and started building the set. It takes about ten hours to get everything in place. About 130 people travel with the tour from city to city.

This show has all the acrobatics you see with other Cirque shows, but it has the feel of a Michael Jackson concert. “We invite people to get up out of their seats and dance and sing along and really embrace and be a part of the music,” says publicist Laura Silverman. “He changed the entertainment industry, he changed pop culture and so we’re putting all of that on display.”

Four members of the eleven-piece live band actually played with the King of Pop. The costume designer from his This Is It documentary heads the wardrobe department. Silverman points out LED bulbs built in jackets for the Billie Jean number and says each detail has been planned carefully. Backstage she shows us. “Fedora hats, very Michael Jackson. We also have on this side the gangster coats for smooth criminal.”

Hit songs from Jackson’s solo career are a part of the show, along with some favorites from the Jackson Five days. His choreography is also included.

Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour is at the Richmond Coliseum Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Click here for ticket information.

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Xscape With The King of Pop! New Album Review!

By April Lamrock / MJ-Upbeat.com

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I was lucky enough to be chosen along with a select few fan representatives from around the world to experience the new album, “Xscape” in advance of its release. It would be my first time traveling to represent my family web site of 11 years, MJ-Upbeat.com.

On the morning of the event we all met in the lobby of the hotel. Everyone took a few moments to introduce themselves and then we were off. We loaded up into the van and headed off not knowing where we were going. Even the driver wasn’t talking, as he knew it was a surprise. Everyone was excited and chatting it up as we anxiously anticipated our destination. I remember the driver making a comment about us all knowing each other. When in fact it was our love of MJ that I think made it so easy for all of us to mesh so quickly.  Most of us had only just met that very day.

It wasn’t long before we arrived at Hanson Recording Studios. We were brought into a large room and sat down into a semi-circle.  It was a familiar looking place to us all, (as well it should), because it was the very room where “We are the World” was recorded. As if that wasn’t enough of a surprise, we were then told we would be listening to the new Michael Jackson album ‘Xscape’ and L.A. Reid himself would be the one playing it for us!

It wasn’t long before L.A. entered the room and introduced himself. He went on to talk about his experiences with Michael and how much this project meant to him and everyone else involved. L.A. said he would only work on the songs that Michael had completed from top to bottom. He said that was the way to know for sure that Michael really liked a song, and that he was committed to completing it all the way through.

MJ Quote: “I’m really very self-confident when it comes to my work. When I take on a project, I believe in it 100%. I really put my soul into it. I’d die for it. that’s how I am.”

As L.A. played each song through, It took everything in me to not jump out of my seat and dance! You could tell I wasn’t the only one, as everyone was bobbing their heads to the beat. We were all still seated while we looked up into the reflective glass in front of us and saw members of the estate and Sony teams along with L.A. Reid dancing like no one was watching. It was like the tables were turned and ‘they’ were the fans. Love filled the room, just as Michael’s music always does. It wasn’t long before we were all up on our feet dancing together

One song after the other introduced to us for the first time, in the very place Michael had worked before. I scribbled down little notes about specific things I liked about each track. I put a star and wrote “FAVORITE” beside the songs that I loved. After about the fourth song I noticed that I had been marking EVERY one! It wasn’t long before we had gone through all 8 songs and basically all of them were starred!

I was in heaven. I closed my eyes and took it all in. It gave me goosebumps as it made me feel like Michael was back doing his thing. Back doing what he loved, and sharing it with us once again.

MJ Quote: “And my goal in life is to give to the world, what I was lucky to receive…the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance.”

Michael worked tirelessly at his career. He put so much love into his music. He wanted nothing more than to share his art with the world, as this was his goal in life. I am so excited for everyone to hear this new album.

The album was created from raw music by Michael spanning from 1983-2001 (almost a 20 year span), yet it so effortlessly fits together. I know we’ve all heard the leaked versions of some of these tracks but let me tell you, you’ve heard nothing. These leaked versions are only a stage in the productions. What I heard that day in the studio were finished products that I know Michael would stand behind.

The album as a whole is going to bring you back; make you feel, as I did that day, a prescious part of Michael is emerging back to rock us off our seats like only HE knows how to do.

There are so many times where I sit and listen to Michaels music since he passed and think to myself, “we’re never going to see an artist like this again”. His talent and drive for perfection are unmatched. To know now that even five years after his passing he can still live on and spread his legacy for generations to come with new music brings a sense of content to my heart.

This album is highly recomended for the music lovers and Michael fans across the globe! You won’t regret it. Let’s make Xscape #1 across the world!

- April Lamrock / MJ-Upbeat.com

 

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Global Release Dates For ‘Xscape’

Source: MJWN / Amazon

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Many fans have been asking us if ‘Xscape’ will be released on 13th May globally, as outlined in the initial press release. The answer is no and some may even get it earlier!

Below is a list of the release dates that are available so far. We will continue to add to them as we find out more information:

Germany 
May 9, 2014

France, Spain and UK
May 12, 2014

US, Canada and Italy
May 13, 2014

Japan
May 14, 2014

US (Vinyl LP)
May 27, 2014

India
May 29, 2014

 

Read more: http://www.mjworld.net/news/2014/04/15/global-release-dates-for-xscape/

Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

Source: MJWN

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There seems to be a lot of mis-information about track six on the forthcoming ‘Xscape’ album, with many believing the track originates from the early 1990s, when Michael was embroiled in allegations.

This was not the case.

The inner sleeves of the ‘Xscape’ album will contain information about each track, including when they were recorded and the lyrics. At the LA playback, co-executor of the Michael Jackson Estate, John Branca, said that actually this track was written by Michael in the mid 1980s and based on the American public service announcement that was played on television.

The question was asked around 10pm or 11pm (Michael’s song uses 12 o’clock) and asks “Do you know where your children are?”.

The phrase was regularly broadcast from the 1960s – 1980s, however has been sporadically used since, and was brought back into circulation in 2008. Often celebrities made cameos saying the famous line on camera just before the news, predominately in New York City.

The song is a definite dance floor filler with a stomping beat. We can’t wait for you to hear it! Similar to ‘Abortion Papers’, which was released on ‘Bad 25′ in 2012, the song has a serious meaning, though Michael makes it into a song you can’t help but sing along to with a catchy melody.

As well as Michael’s track, there have been many other cultural references to the announcement, including this humorous one from The Simpsons:

 

 

Read more: http://www.mjworld.net/news/2014/04/14/do-you-know-where-your-children-are/

Cirque Du Soleil Captures The Creative Genius of Michael Jackson – Video

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RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) – Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour’ is a stunning show full of dance and music that embraces the heart and soul of Michael Jackson’s musical legacy. Publicist Laura Silverman and Giulia Piolanti, one of the featured performers talked about this show that has received rave reviews all over the world.   You have the chance to see this spectacular show Tuesday April 15th and Wednesday, April 16th at 8pm at the Richmond Coliseum. For more information visit http://richmondcoliseum.net/

 

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L.A. Reid Masters Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” At Bernie Grundman’s

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Pictured (L-R) in session at Bernie Grundman Mastering are executive producer L.A. Reid and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman.  Photo by David Goggin.

Pictured (L-R) in session at Bernie Grundman Mastering are executive producer L.A. Reid and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.

Epic Records Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid was in session recently at Bernie Grundman’s for the mastering of Michael Jackson’s “Xscape.”  The collection of eight previously unreleased Jackson songs was curated by Reid, who also decided on the final tracklist. 

“Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world,” Reid said. 

Grundman mastered most of Michael Jackson’s albums, many times with recording engineer Bruce Swedien, including “Thriller,” the most successful album of all time with more than 100 million in sales.  L.A. Reid recalled that his very first mastering session was with Bernie Grundman in 1983.

Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity.  It’s a process Reid calls “contemporizing.” The album’s lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson’s work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.

For the ultimate fan experience, “Xscape” will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The “Xscape” standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available for pre-order iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.

Learn More about Bernie Grundman Mastering at: http://berniegrundmanmastering.com
 

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Weekly Recap In Billboard Chart History

Source: Billboard – By Gary Trust

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Five years ago this week, the group began its unprecedented 26-week Billboard Hot 100 rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Montell Jordan, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey

April 14, 1990
Tommy Page tops the Billboard Hot 100 with “I’ll Be Your Everything,” a song he co-wrote with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block, with whom he’d been touring. “My whole life I dreamed of having a No. 1 record, ever since I could remember getting into music. I wanted to be on top of the Billboard charts,” Page remembers.

April 15, 1995
Montell Jordan’s explanatory jam “This Is How We Do It” began its seven-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

April 16, 1983
“Billie Jean,” the first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 from Michael Jackson’s monster album “Thriller” spends its seventh and final week atop the chart. After a one-week break while Dexys Midnight Runners reigned with “Come on Eileen,” Jackson returned to the top with “Beat It” for three weeks.

April 17, 1971
Three Dog Night commenced its longest Billboard Hot 100 command, as “Joy to the World” began a six-week reign. The band had led for two weeks in 1970 with “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” and would rule for a week in 1972 with “Black & White.” The group’s Hot 100 history spans 1969-75, with all 21 of its entries reaching the top 40.

April 18, 2009
Five years ago today, the Black Eyed Peas begin their unprecedented six-month stranglehold atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “Boom Boom Pow” reaches No. 1. The song would lead for 12 weeks and be dethroned by the group’s follow-up, “I Gotta Feeling,” which led for 14 frames, giving the Peas a record 26 consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100.

April 19, 2008
Mariah Carey spent her second of two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Touch My Body,” her 18th (and most recent) leader. She boasts the most Hot 100 No. 1s among solo artists. She releases her new album, her first studio set since 2009, on May 6.

April 20, 1991
Wilson Phillips lands its milestone third No. 1 from its self-titled album with “You’re in Love.” “Hold On” and “Release Me” had reigned in 1990. The act remains the only group (of at least three members) to notch three No. 1 hits from a debut album in the Hot 100′s history.

 

Read more: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6049864/this-week-in-billboard-chart-history-black-eyed-peas-begin

JUDGE: MICHAEL JACKSON’S MOM SHOULD PAY COSTS

Source: Associated Press – By Anthony McCartney

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge said Monday.

Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued the tentative ruling calling on the Jackson family matriarch to pay AEG Live LLC after it won the case.

The five-month trial ended in October with a jury determining that AEG Live did not negligently hire the doctor convicted of causing Michael Jackson’s death in 2009 as he prepared for a comeback tour.

The ruling is expected to be finalized after AEG Live submits an amended list of its costs for items such as court filing fees, court reporters and travel. Attorneys for the company and Katherine Jackson agreed not to argue Palazuelos’ tentative ruling, but it might be appealed.

Katherine Jackson’s attorney Kevin Boyle said a decision on appealing the order would be made after reviewing its final language. The verdict and rulings in the case are currently being appealed.

AEG Live initially sought more than $1.2 million to cover its costs. Katherine Jackson’s lawyers claimed only about a quarter of that amount was justified.

AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam said the court did the right thing “by ordering Katherine Jackson to pay nearly $1 million spent in having to defend a matter that she should have never brought in the first place.”

A motion filed by her lawyers last week stated that the costs would be borne by her and the singer’s three children, all of whom are supported by his estate.

The estate has earned hundreds of millions of dollars since the singer’s death and paid off his debts. It also covers schooling, housing and other costs for his children and mother.

Jackson died in June 2009 after receiving an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, which former cardiologist Conrad Murray was giving the superstar as a sleep aid during preparations for his planned “This Is It” shows. Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

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The Albums Of Michael Jackson

Source: Forbes

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Since his adult solo career began in earnest in 1979, Michael Jackson has sold hundreds of millions of records. Click through for a look at the cover of each studio album, in chronological order, paired with worldwide sales estimates.

Off The Wall (1979)

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Estimated worldwide sales: 25 million
Source: Man In The Music
(For more on the business of the King of Pop, check out Michael Jackson, Inc).

Thriller (1982)

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Estimated worldwide sales: 110 million
Source: Man In The Music

Bad (1987)

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Estimated worldwide sales: 35 million
Source: Man In The Music

Dangerous (1991)

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Estimated worldwide sales: 40 million
Source: Man In The Music

HIStory: Past, Present And Future, Book I (1995)*

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Estimated worldwide sales: 22 million (*double album)
Source: Man In The Music

Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix (1997)

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Estimated worldwide sales: 6 million
Source: Man In The Music

Invincible (2001)

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Estimated worldwide sales: 11 million
Source: Man In The Music

Michael (2010)+

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Estimated worldwide sales: over 1 million (U.S. only; + = postmortem release)
Source: RIAA

Xscape (2014)+

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Estimated worldwide sales: TBD (+ = postmortem release)
(For more on the business of the King of Pop, check out Michael Jackson, Inc)

 

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When Michael Jackson Loved Matzo Ball Soup

Source: The Jewish Daily -  By Devra Ferst

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Musicians’s food cravings are legendary. Elvis famously flew from Graceland to Denver for his favorite sandwich: An entire loaf of bread stuffed with a jar of peanut butter, another of jelly and a pound of bacon.

Michael Jackson never hopped on a plane for his cravings. He had his personal chef Akasha Richmond to whip up his favorites: Spicy enchiladas, fresh tortillas and matzo ball soup.

In the mid-90’s MJ was living in the penthouse of the Manhattan Trump tower, sharing a floor with Donald Trump. He was in town finishing up his epic HIStory album.

Richmond was living a few blocks south at what was then the glamorous Helmsley Palace (now the New York Palace), often picking up bagels on her short walk up to Jackson’s apartment.

“One day Michael asked for lox and bagel for breakfast,” Richmond told me. She was a bit surprised by the request but went with it. A few days later, he asked her to make matzo ball soup.

“What do you know from matzo ball soup?” Richmond recalls retorting.

“I grew up with a Jewish nanny. I love matzo ball soup,” Jackson replied.

Richmond met Jackson back in the 1980’s when she was cooking at The Golden Temple, one of L.A.’s first vegetarian spots known for playing host to celebrities like Bob Dylan and Demi Moore. “He used to come there everyday. He was really sweet and I used to take care of him,” Richmond recalls.

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Courtesy of Akasha Richmond
MJ with Akasha Richmond and her daughter.

Soon she and another chef from The Golden Temple started cooking at Jackson’s house. “He would have these epic dinner parties. He loved old Hollywood so Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren might be there. You never knew who would come over,” she says.

Over the next 14 years Richmond traveled with Jackson on his private plane to 30 countries, cooking for him on his HIStory and Bad tours. The crew built her a six foot portable pantry stocked with his favorites — ingredients for Mexican food and matzo meal. “I think for him [matzo ball soup] was comfort food,” she explained.

Richmond never had a family matzo ball recipe so “I would make chicken stock and then follow the recipe on the package…and add a good pinch of cayenne pepper or minced jalapeño — he loved spicy food,” she said.

“I used to joke that I was Michael’s Jewish mother. I was supposed to keep him healthy. When your on those tours it’s really grueling. I did whatever it took: matzo ball soup, green juice, chai tea.”

A decade or so later, Richmond left the tour life to spend more time with her daughter, but on the weekends she would trek out to Neverland Ranch to cook for Jackson. “My daughter had her bat mitzvah party on the ranch…It was about the best bat mitzvah you could have.”

Richmond went on to work as a personal chef for Barbra Streisand — cooking meals from the vegetables grown in the Funny Girl’s backyard. And she continued to experiment with Jewish food.

In 2008 Richmond opened Akasha, a new American restaurant in the Culver City neighborhood of Los Angeles shortly before Passover. She closed the restaurant for the night of Seder and invited friends, family and investors for dinner, serving the same matzo ball soup — replacing the cayenne for a dash of nutmeg. In September, she tried out the idea of hosting a Rosh Hashanah dinner for her customers. It was a hit. “We had 200 covers ever night. We were slammed,” she says. Jewish holidays at Akasha have become a tradition. “There are so many levels of being Jewish. For a lot of people it comes down to the food — that’s what they remember,” says Richmond.

Most of Richmond’s kitchen staff isn’t Jewish, so when she makes matzo ball soup “I tell my chefs — this is the food of my grandmother. Don’t f*** with it.”

Personally, she prefers hers matzo ball soup flavored with Thai ingredients like lemongrass, turmeric and ginger. But for her restaurant’s annual Seders she sticks with tradition — and prays. “I say a prayer over the matzo balls. I…ask the god of matzo balls to make them light and fluffy. They make me so nervous.”

Michael Jackson’s Favorite Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

2½ quarts homemade chicken stock
1 leek, white part only, cleaned, and cut into thin matchsticks
1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup matzo meal
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons seltzer water
2 tablespoons olive oil or chicken fat
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh chopped parsley and dill
Optional: A dash of cayenne pepper or minced jalepeno pepper

1) Add leeks and carrots to broth and simmer for 10 minutes (or until tender) and turn off heat.

2) Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, olive oil, nutmeg, salt and black pepper (and spice, if adding). Fold in the matzo meal and seltzer water. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3) Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil. Wet your hands with cold water and form the matzo mixture into 12 balls. Drop the matzo balls into boiling water. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover tightly, and cook for 30 minutes – don’t open the lid. Remove with a slotted spoon and serve with the hot chicken stock and vegetables. Garnish with lots of chopped parsley and dill. Makes 6-8 servings.

 
Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/the-jew-and-the-carrot/196495/when-michael-jackson-loved-matzo-ball-soup/#ixzz2yrhuaRG7

Dancing Robot Helps Engage Autistic Children (Video & Audio)

Source: CBS New York

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RIDGEFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – One school district in Bergen County, N.J. is using a new robot to help teach children with autism.

As WCBS 880′s Sean Adams reported, the 2-foot-tall robot looks like something out of a Star Wars movie and can dance like Michael Jackson.

The humanoid robot made by a French company helps children with autism at Shaler Academy in Ridgefield, N.J.

Frankie, 5, peeping from behind a drawing as he waited for an answer from Peter the robot at Shaler Academy in Ridgefield.

Frankie, 5, peeping from behind a drawing as he waited for an answer from Peter the robot at Shaler Academy in Ridgefield.

“They come in, they want to see him, they want to interact with him,” the school’s speech and language specialist Maryellen Paradiso told Adams. “Just the actions that he does and his face. While it is a very plain face, it’s welcoming.”

She said Peter the robot helps highly functioning autistic children focus on lessons. The robot also helps children practice verbal communication.

“You notice that he has a very neutral disposition. Seems that it really attracts autistic students,” interim school superintendent Dr. Harry Groveman told Adams. “What we do know is that it captures attention, it gives increased attention span for students that have difficulty focusing.”

“We’re really hoping that it will elicit more language from our students,” Pat Drimones, supervisor of special education, said.

 

Read more (video and audio): http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/04/14/stories-from-main-street-using-a-robot-to-help-engage-autistic-children/

Watch McCarthy Principal and Staff ‘Beat It’

Source: Patch – By Susan Petroni

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One of the highlights of the McCarthy Elementary School 5th Grade Talent Show was a spoof of Michael Jackson’s Beat It, starring Principal Matt Hanlon and the many teachers and staff members at the elementary school.

The McCarthy Elementary School 5th Grade Talent Show took place over the weekend at Fuller Middle.

From singing and dancing, accomplished piano performances, McCarthy’s very own The Voice, karate performances, video for Day in the Life of a 5th Grade boy, commercials by Principal Matt Hanlon and fifth grade teacher Dan Santos, a parent-led flash mob to What Does the Fox Say. as well as several gymnastics performances.

Click here for a slideshow of photos from the talent show.

The highlight of the evening was a video clip to Michael Jackson’s Beat-It, that was created by McCarthy School employees staring Principal Hanlon and Vice Principal Mrs. Nolan.

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The event could not have been accomplished without the countless fifth grade parent volunteers led by Kathy Franklin, Catherine Williams and Yuki Shikichi, who rehearsed with the students, according to the McCarthy PTO.

The McCarthy PTO said it was lucky to recruit sound and lighting experts Mark Wuerthner and Phil Reitz, who kindly donated their time to this fabulous event.

 

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Rewinding The Charts: USA For Africa’s ‘We Are The World’ Tops Hot 100

Source: Billboard – By Gary Trust

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On this date 29 years ago, the all-star ensemble hit No. 1 – and helped launch a legacy of philanthropy

On Dec. 20, 1984, Harry Belafonte placed a call to nonprofit consultant/music manager Ken Kragen in hopes of staging a concert to raise funds to fight hunger in Africa – specifically Ethiopia, where famine killed nearly 1 million in 1983-84. Kragen, who managed Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers at the time, thought that a supergroup charity single would make more of an impact.

Kragen initially planned to recruit a dozen artists for the song, but industry response was so enthusiastic (seemingly inspired by the success of the then-current “Do They Know It’s Christmas?,” a similar charity single by British and Irish stars that would soon hit No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100) that 50 artists ended up in the group, dubbed USA for Africa (with the “USA” officially short for United Support of Artists). Richie and Michael Jackson wrote the song, producer Quincy Jones assembled the artists at Hollywood’s A&M Studios in early 1985, and “We Are the World” was born.

On April 13, 1985, the superstar-spangled single, released on Columbia Records, topped the Hot 100 in just its fourth week, becoming the chart’s fastest-flying No. 1 in nine years (since Elton John’s “Island Girl” also needed just four frames to breeze to the summit). It additionally ruled Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Adult Contemporary and Dance Singles Sales charts and dented Mainstream Rock Songs and Hot Country Songs.

As impressive as its chart performances were, “World” has also helped raise more than $100 million to fight famine. Nearly three decades later, the USA for Africa foundation continues to raise funds and awareness for multiple African causes.

The week that “World” took over the Hot 100, Billboard noted that the song was touching not only consumers, but Capitol Hill, as the Recording Industry Association of America had mailed 12-inch copies of the single to each member of Congress on March 29. “Three working days later,” Billboard reported, “the [RIAA] had received 51 letters and personal notes of congratulations and appreciation from the nation’s legislators, including a number of Senate and House leaders.”

One congressman “even enclosed a personal check to help in the all-star effort.”

 

Read more: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6049853/rewinding-the-charts-usa-for-africas-we-are-the-world-tops-hot

“Man In The Mirror” Talks Clemson Defense End Tavaris Barnes Into Making A Change His Senior Year

Source: Post and Courier – By Aaron Brenner

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CLEMSON – They’ve coaxed Tavaris Barnes to change his ways, trying their darndest to convince the Clemson defensive end he’s capable of being more than just a name on a depth chart.

Only Tavaris Barnes truly held the power and influence for Tavaris Barnes to make a difference.

“So many people have been talking to me through my career, saying ‘it’s time to go’. I had to talk to the man in the mirror, man,” Barnes said after Saturday’s spring game. “The man in the mirror was holding me back. There ain’t no holding me back anymore. The world is mine.”

Clemson’s offensive tackles couldn’t hold back Barnes in its open scrimmage, and he collected five “sacks” – all it took was just touching the quarterback holding the ball, but still – to punctuate an extremely promising spring for the former four-star recruit from Jacksonville.

When Barnes’ “Man in the Mirror” comment was mentioned to Dabo Swinney, the charismatic head coach grinned and busted a dance move, singing a lyric from the same-titled Michael Jackson song – which concludes, by the way, with the words “Make that change,” an appropriate message to Barnes.

“He’s just gotten focused. He got serious about it,” Swinney said. “He knows he’s got the ability; I think he’s just finally figured that out and he’s trying to do everything he can to maximize this year. I’m pulling for him.”

Swinney has decent reason to dance, tantalized by the thought of Barnes bookending Vic Beasley to give Clemson yet another gameplan-wrecking option on a stacked defensive line.

“Vic’s a speed rusher, I’m more of a power rusher,” said the 6-4, 275-pound Barnes. “Vic can flush him to me or I’ll flush him to Vic. (Defensive tackle) Grady (Jarrett) can get movement on guards or whatever. We definitely complement each other’s games.”

“It’s dangerous. There’s no getting away from us.”

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables likes what he’s seen out of Barnes this spring; understandably, he awaits the results that count this fall, on whether it’s Barnes, Shaq Lawson, Ebenezer Ogundeko or someone else to complement the All-American Beasley.

“Vic is proven. He can consistently beat guys one-on-one. Who else has? I don’t know,” Venables said. “We’ve got one. I think guys understand we need to get a couple more. It’s a solid group that can cause disruption and collapse a pocket.”

Recall last spring, when Beasley was the hot topic around practices. Barnes would seem to fit that mold in 2014.

“His commitment level has increased, and therefore his motor has increased also,” Beasley said. “You can just see it today, his effort in being able to get to the quarterback. Usually (last year,) Tavaris would get tired here and there after a couple reps – but he’s been putting in work, and you can see it’s starting to pay off for him.”

Barnes, 22, is in his fifth and final season with the Tigers, and his career numbers are meager: 45 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, and two sacks in 34 games. His new motto is “just get it” and come to practice with a positive outlook.

“Come out with an ‘I don’t care, it don’t matter’ type of attitude, just get it,” Barnes said. “Last year, I’d come out and practice, and I’d just complain. ‘Ah, I don’t want to practice.’ Now, let’s get it. I’m here to work.”

Read more: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140413/PC20/140419706/1032/-man-in-the-mirror-talks-clemson-de-tavaris-barnes-into-making-a-change-his-senior-year

McCarthy Fifth Graders Showcase Their Talents

Source: Framingham Patch – By Susan Petroni – Pictures By Kevin Cummings

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McCarthy staff and teachers created a special video for the talent show, in which the adults performed the Michael Jackson classic Beat It.

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Fifth grade students entertained classmates, parents and Framingham residents with their talent Friday night at Fuller Middle School.

The annual fundraising event showcased fifth grade students singing, dancing, playing of musical instruments, performing skits and more.

McCarthy staff and teachers created a special video for the talent show, in which the adults performed the Michael Jackson classic Beat It.

There was also a flash mob to the song What Does The Fox Say.

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