Michael Jackson’s Estate Sued For Unpaid Neverland Ranch Fees

Sources: My News LA | All Things Michael

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A lending company is suing the estate of Michael Jackson for $4.58 million for services connected with the refinancing of the late singer’s Neverland Ranch.

Genesis Group International Inc. and its president and CEO, Kevin Kinsey, filed the breach-of-contract suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

An attorney for the Jackson estate could not be immediately reached.

The lawsuit states that the King of Pop refinanced Neverland in August 2007 for $45 million. Jackson agreed to pay 10 percent of the loan amount plus fees, totaling $4.58 million.

Genesis paid $46 million into an escrow in January 2008, but the process terminated because the singer did not sign the necessary documents, the suit states.

Jackson did not comply with a demand to pay the fees and escrow costs owed, the suit states. He died in June 2009 at age 50 of acute propofol intoxication.

Genesis filed a creditor’s claim against the estate, but it was rejected this month by John Branca, who along with John McClain is a special administrator of the estate. Both men are also defendants in the lawsuit.

— City News Service

 

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Graduating Class Sets Out On Quest To Change The World

Sources: Mohave Daily News – By Rodd Cayton| Edited By – All Things Michael

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FORT MOHAVE — They are going to change the world. Maybe not with great discoveries, but with acts of all types that improve the lives of the people around them.

Such was the theme of the Mohave High School Class of 2015, which was sent off into the world by a near-capacity crowd Thursday night at the Mojave Crossing Event Center.

Salutatorian Nathan Barton set up the night by reading lyrics from a John Mayer song and encouraging his classmates not to wait on the world to change.

“We have the power to do it,” he said.

Barton said a better theme song for the way the class should approach changing the world is Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”

“If you want to make the world a better place,” he read. “Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”

The nine valedictorians followed up with variations on the theme. They talked about ideas as the genesis of innovation and progress. They mentioned the willingness of people such as George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malala Yousafzai to stand up for what they believed in. However, they said, such courage is not a characteristic that belongs solely to people of the past.

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The valedictorians told their classmates that as they move into the wider world, they’ll discover that their voices have more power, and that they should stand up for the rights of others to voice their opinions.

They said that each member got to this point not alone, but with teachers, friends and family members who provided love, support and encouragement. The time has come, they said, to remember great and small acts of kindness done toward them and pass them on to others.

 

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Reminder: Rick Baker Special Effects Auction May 29

Sources: Cnet – By Bonnie Burton | All Things Michael

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Now you can own your own Gremlin without having to worry about getting it wet or feeding it after midnight. Movie effects and makeup artist Rick Baker is selling many of the monster masks, creative animatronics and Gremlin puppets from his archives in an auction on Propstore set to take place online May 29.

Baker has gained a loyal following thanks to his impressive creature make-up and prosthetics on “An American Werewolf in London,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video, “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Star Wars,” “Gremlins 2,” “Men in Black,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Hellboy” and “Maleficent,” just to name a few.

See which movie props from Baker’s studio await in the Propstore auction.

 

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“The Funny Thing About Me Is That I Actually Can’t Dance,” Says Michael Jackson Tribute Artist

Sources: Wimbledon Guardian – By Louisa Clarence-Smith | All Things Michael

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Ben Bowman has made a career out of impersonating Michael Jackson on stage. But the 28-year-old from Kent has revealed he “actually can’t dance”.

“The funny thing about me and the thing that makes my choreographer’s job quite difficult is that I actually can’t dance so their top dancers learn in one session and it takes me about five”, says the former cafe manager.

“But luckily the one style of dance I have got down is Michael Jackon’s.”

With a decade-long career and national tour ahead of him, he can’t be that bad.

The impersonator, who says he’s “not one of those tribute acts who think they actually are Michael Jackson,” will moonwalk onto the New Wimbledon Theatre stage on Thursday, June 4.

Featuring hits from Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean, the show will see Bowman transform into a version of Michael Jackson with the help of 10 costume changes.

So what’s a 28-year-old doing dedicating his working life to the late global superstar?

“I grew up with Michael Jackson music and always thought that he was amazing and then I got to see him when I was about seven at Wembley Stadium and that was incredible and started a life-long obsession,” he says.

“I was one of those kids who danced and loved him and when I was 16 I was in a science lesson and my friend asked me about his new song so I sung a bit of it and my friend said I was really good. So it started from there.

“Ten years’ later it’s incredible I am able to make a career out of it.”

But he insists, he is just an ordinary guy off stage. “I have got lots of friends and family. I treat the week as my weekend and go out and party. I’m a normal person.

“The only thing that affects my life is I have got a 1980s mullet hair style which gets a few laughs – but I have a pretty normal life and it’s incredible that I get to do this as a job.”

Jackson Live in Concert; New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 the Broadway; Thursday, June 4, 7.30pm; £22.90 to £23.90; atgtickets.com.

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Paula Abdul On Working With The Jacksons

Sources: All Things Michael | Healthy Living Magazine – By Yana Mandeville

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Discovered by the Jackson in the early 80’s, Paula soon rose to success by becoming choreographer to Janet Jackson and The Jacksons Victory Tour. From being a star on her own as a vocalist and dancer, to being a judge on top television shows such as American Idol, X Factor and currently So You Think You Can Dance, Paula has become one of the few stars to ever have a triumphant career spanning three decades, making her an inspiration to young talents of several generations. Being foremost a dancer with a petite figure, Paula has a lifelong protocol for a fit, healthy and active body and passionately shares her expertise in this interview.

HL: Is it true that the Jacksons discovered you?

Paula Abdul: Yes, I was a Laker girl and their choreographer. I turned them into a dance dream and the Laker girls were getting a lot of notoriety. The brothers were season ticket holders and they needed a choreographer. They approached the front office and asked, “Who does choreography for the Laker girls?”

HL: Were you close to Michael Jackson?

Paula Abdul: I was fortunate enough to have a working experience with him, and there was none quite like him I’ve ever met. And what’s beautiful about Michael is that he’s influenced every single dancer that comes on the show. I mean, some of their earliest conscious memories, they’ll say “watching Michael Jackson.” So it’s beautiful to see how much he meant to the world of dance.

HL: You must miss him then. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him too, right before he passed and he definitely had an influence on me, even thought I’m not a choreographer or a dancer.

Paula Abdul: I got to work with him and experience the intensity of a true professional. He wanted everything to be perfect, and he was a big proponent of practice until it’s perfect. And I grew up that way as well. There’s a certain freedom in performing, and I always tell this to the dancers all the time that yo must know the material inside out perfectly, like that it’s a part of your everyday vocabulary so that you can throw away worrying about steps and just live in the performance. When do the practices and the rehearsing enough that you know what you’re doing inside out, only then do you have the freedom to create greatness, because now it’s so inside of you that you can make every performance different, even though your performance is the same piece of material

Excerpt taken from the May issue of Healthy Living Magazine on sale now.

The Festival Classica In Montreal Will Pay Tribute To Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Sources: Festival Classica | All Things Michael

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The  5th annual Classica Festival will run from Wednesday, May 27 to Sunday, May 31, 2015 in the heart of Saint-Lambert. Satellite-concerts will be presented in the cities of Boucherville and Brossard. The event will feature 45 indoor and outdoor concerts of all versions of classical music.

On the heels of its wildly successful tribute shows to Pink Floyd and Queen, Festival Classica this year honors Michael Jackson. The Festival’s Classica Rock series presents 40 musicians and 60 singers performing a symphonic version of the entire Thriller album, in collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique du Conservatoire de la Montérégie (OSCM) and the Festival Classica choirs, under the direction of Marc Ouellette. Musical and choir arrangements: Peter Brennan and Marc Ouellette. Festival Classica invites you to bring your favourite Thriller dance moves to the party! Come in make-up, costumes or wearing one white glove!

♫ ♪ “‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night…” ♪ ♫

The Thriller tribute will be held on May 30, 2015 at 9:30 PM at the Place Hydro-Québec, Scène Desjardins, Saint-Lambert (corner Victoria and Elm)

Duration: 90 min. This is a FREE outdoor concert

Visit: http://www.festivalclassica.com/

Evans Ross: Memorial Day Weekend Song Playlist

Sources: B98.5 | All Things Michael

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A few months ago, Evan Ross released a lyric video for his new song, “How to Live Alone.”

The song was inspired by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay actor’s wife, Ashlee Simpson. In short, Ross, 26, sings about how he’d rather live alone than be without his true love. (The two married in August and Simpson, 30, is now pregnant with their first child.)

Ross, whose mom is music legend Diana Ross, has now released a new version of the song that features T.I. Available on iTunes, “How to Live Alone” will be the first single from Ross’ upcoming debut album.

“This song means so much to me, as a songwriter and also for what it stands for,” he tells me. “I feel so lucky to have found someone that I do want to spend my life with and having T.I. come on board to make it that much more, I can’t be prouder.”

With new music on his mind, we thought it was the perfect time for Ross to offer up his perfect Memorial Day Weekend playlist.

Here, we give you Ross’ top eight songs to get your summer started…

1. “Earth Song” by Michael Jackson: “This is one of my favorite songs of Michael’s. I loved the music video and it has stuck with me since I was a little boy.”

2. “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson: “I was lucky to grow up around Michael. I remember seeing him perform this song. It paints a picture in your head and leaves you with a visual of the magic world of love.”

3. “I’m So Tired of Being Alone” by Al Green: “His performance of the song is one of my favorite things to watch. I put it on almost every night when I am relaxing and just can’t hear it enough.”

4. “It’s My House” by Diana Ross: “This reminds me of my childhood. I was too young to understand the lyrics and I did not understand what they meant but this is one of her songs that brings me back to being a little boy.”

5. “Zion” by Lauryn Hill: “I am inspired by this song as a soon-to-be dad. The love she has for her son, I can’t wait to feel when we welcome our daughter.”

6. “Outta My Head” by Ashlee Simpson: “I love this song. It’s by my wife, my best friend and I think she is so talented.”

7. “Dream On” by Steven Tyler: “Steven is my favorite rock vocalist. You can hear the passion in his voice in this song and I can play it on repeat over and over again. He is also a great friend to me.”

8. “Good Life” by T.I.: “This song is from the ATL soundtrack (and my first film), where I first met T.I., who over the years has become a mentor and a friend. It reminds me of how far I have come.”

 

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The Trials of Michael Jackson: The Media Exposed – A Place In Your Heart Radio – June 13

Sources:  A Place In Your Heart Radio – Rev. Catherine Gross | Gregory Son| All Things Michael

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The Trials of Michael Jackson is an extraordinary documentary/movie. Dana Gedrick and Barry Shaw, who produced the movie, came like others to film the trial. However, as they began to see the unspeakable reality, they stopped filming the trial. They began to film the media and the fans. “No one could have been prepared for what was to come. They had not anticipated all the compassion that would come from Michael’s fans, more importantly, they had no idea of how vicious the media was. Money grabbing media had already prepared headline reading guilty, and the verdict hadn’t even come in! Journalists, who for money did all they could possibly do remove fans from the trial, even assaulting them. The trial was a money maker for journalists, but this movie was their nightmare!

“The Trials of Michael Jackson offers a seldom seen before and fascinating look into the workings of how the media reported on the Michael Jackson trial in 2005. I highly recommend it. It reveals eye-opening insights into how the media operates behind the scenes in order to present their version of the “truth”. From reporters rehearsing a guilty speech before the verdict was even announced, to their reactions when the camera was turned on them for a change, to their attempts at manipulating the fans and how those in support of Michael were viewed.

Broadcast date: Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 4pm pacific, 6pm central, 7:00 pm eastern

Special guests: Dana Gedrick and Gregory Son

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Show link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/a-place-in-your-heart/2015/06/13/the-trials-of-michael-jackson-the-media-exposed