How Michael Jackson’s Amazing Forgotten 3D Movie Lives Again At Disneyland

Sources: Movie Pilot – By Jack Carr | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson might be the most famous artist of the last century. He might be the most famous person of the last century. He achieved phenomenal fame even before the concept of celebrity was born, and by the time the ’90s rolled around it had eclipsed everything. So it’s pretty hard to find things you didn’t already know about the man universally considered the King of Pop. (Sorry, Bieber.)

But there might be one thing – one small, and yet very big, aspect of MJ’s insane life which somehow passed you, and half the world, by.

It’s called Captain EO.

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Captain EO was what you might call a vanity project. A sci-fi / space epic directed by Francis Ford Coppola, produced by George Lucas and starring Anjelica Huston, the movie cost a mind-blowing $24m to make (and it’s only 17 minutes long). Filmed in 3D, it aired just once on MTV, and was never released on video.

Basically, the only people who saw Captain EO did so by visiting Disney’s theme parks between 1986 and 1998.

The plot is pretty loose, to say the least, and involves the titular Captain (played by MJ himself) being captured by the Supreme Leader of a distant planet (Anjelica Huston), at which point EO attempts to tease out the hidden good in the Supreme Leader by playing her several of his songs.

But the film also reflects the endearing childlike quality that radiated from Michael Jackson throughout his life and career.

After his death in 2009, a vocal group of fans begun a campaign to get Captain EO screening at Disneyland once again, and in 2010 it actually happened – the movie replaced Honey, I Shrunk the Audience at Disneyland in Paris, Tokyo and California, continuing to show for five years until finally closing in 2015.

Which means that a few million people around the world have seen MJ’s mini-movie epic, and yet hardly anybody else knows a thing about it – and, with no DVD release and no way of watching the movie besides bootlegs, it’s likely to stay with that way for a while.

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But perhaps Jackson’s most forgotten film isn’t dead yet. Perhaps the story could live on, be expanded or gain a sequel in comic book or graphic novel form. Fifty years from now, Thriller will still be considered the pinnacle of the music video form. Perhaps by then, a new generation will have consumedCaptain EO in some way we can’t yet imagine. Because if there’s one thing we learned from the man who lived his life in the glare of a camera lens and became the greatest superstar the world had ever seen?

Expect the unexpected…

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3T: “The Jacksons: Next Generation” Premiering October 2 On Lifetime

Source: TV Week | All Things Michael

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Lifetime’s all-new docuseries The Jacksons: Next Generation (#JacksonsNextGen) focuses on the third generation of the famed Jackson family — Taj, Taryll and TJ — Tito Jackson’s sons and nephews of the famed Jackson 5. Premiering Friday, October 2, at 10PM ET/PT, the series features the brothers as they work to balance a career and their lives as traditional family men while living up to the pressures and demands that comes with their last name.

The siblings, known as the music group 3T, have toured and sold more than three million records worldwide just off their debut album. Still impacted by the loss of their mother, Dee Dee, the brothers are raising their children and managing the day-to-day tasks within their families, just like everyone else. Their quest for normalcy, however, often collides head-on with the good and bad of living with one of history’s most renowned last names. The series reveals what it’s like for them living with the last name Jackson including how they deal with constant rumors, stalkers, and frauds who all want a piece of anything and anyone related to the family’s legacy.

3T consists of:

TJ (34) – With four children of his own, including a newborn son, TJ is also the legal co-guardian of his Uncle Michael’s kids, Prince, Paris and Blanket. It is a role he cherishes, but a role that is coming to define his life. Whether it’s negotiating contracts, working on music, or changing diapers, this family man’s plate is always full.

Taryll (39) — Constantly struggling to find a balance between his intense passion for music and taking the needed time to enjoy life around him, Taryll is a father to two boys and has a very complicated relationship with their mother. Approaching “The Big 4-0,” Taryll is on a mission to get control of his life.

Taj (41) — The eldest brother’s background is rooted in music. Taj fell in love with filmmaking while studying with his Uncle Michael. As he pursues both his career with 3T and movie directing, Taj is always standing up for his family’s legacy against the barrage of fake tabloid stories and insane comments made on social media.

Produced by Go Go Luckey Entertainment, the series is executive produced by Henry Capanna, Julie Auerbach, Tina Gazzerro, Dennis Principe, Taj Jackson, Taryll Jackson, TJ Jackson, Megan McGuiness and Henri Hebert. Lifetime’s Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Kimberly Chessler also executive produce. The series consists of six episodes.

 

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Iris Ornig Reimagines Michael Jackson At Marlboro’s Falcon

Sources: Live at The Falcon | All Things Michael

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Bassist and composer Iris Ornig is one of the most original female voices on today’s New York jazz scene. Since her arrival in New York City in 2003 from Germany, she has played with an impressive roster of some of the City’s most influential contemporary jazz musicians, including Gretchen Parlato, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joel Frahm, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Michael Rodriguez, Rebecca Martin, Allison Miller, Sachal Vasandani, Helen Sung, Marcus Gilmore and Dan Tepfer, among others.

Iris Ornig is a huge fan of Michael! He was a master of his style, and a supremely creative dance innovator. Iris created arrangements of Michael’s hit songs, honoring his creative spirit through jazz – twisting tunes, shifting rhythms, exploding arrangements and exploring new harmonies,  challenging herself as a musician, composer and arranger. Her goal was to interpret Michael’s music, honoring the “King of Pop,” as a jazz artist.

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Iris’s latest CD, “No Restrictions”, has earned extremely positive reviews from Downbeat (one of the Best Albums 2013), Jazziz, All About Jazz, and The New York City Jazz Record, to name a few.

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Motown The Musical’s Nathaniel Cullors Talks About Being Michael

Sources: Theater Jones – By Cathy O’Neal | All Things Michael

Age: 14

Born: In Okinawa Japan, lives in San Antonio, TX

First Film: Red Cape. Directed and funded by college student, still not finished.

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How did you get the part in Motown the Musical?

My aunt told my mom about the show because she had gone to see it, so my mom looked it up and saw they were having an open audition. She sent them the video of me singing “Who’s Loving You” in my sixth-grade talent show, which is one of the songs in the show. I originally booked one week in New York with the show, then one of the boys in the show left, and they put me in, so I did the Broadway show. Then, I got called to do the tour. We’ve been on the tour for a couple of weeks, but I have been with the show for nine months.

How did you prepare to play someone as well known as Michael Jackson?

I like to call it “YouTube University.” Because we live in this day and age, all you have to do is type “Michael Jackson” into the computer, and you can see everything about him — his family, his performances, his influences. Michael Jackson didn’t so much make up moves, he imitated ones he saw on TV and in concerts, so that’s what I did. I looked up James Brown [one of Jackson’s major influences] and watched his moves and then I watched how Michael Jackson did James Brown’s moves. The crowds expect to see Michael Jackson in the show, not Nathaniel Cullors, but Michael Jackson.

What age is Michael Jackson in the show?

It’s when he auditioned for Motown when he was 11 with his brothers, the entire Jackson Five.

What songs do you sing in the show?

I sing four of the Jackson Five’s major hits: “Who’s Loving You,” “ABC,” “I Want You Back” and “I’ll Be There,” but only portions of the last three. Like a medley.

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Who worked with you to prepare you?

In New York, I had a voice teacher who helped me. How I sing in the show, that’s not at all how I sing in real life. She really helped me push my voice to the next level to be louder and better. The moves are pretty open. They give you a set of moves that you have to do, but then, they tell you to add your own moves. That’s what makes Motown different. They don’t give you all the exact moves, they want you to add your own things to it. I basically do the same moves every night, but I might add an extra spin to it on some nights. I’ve figured out how I want to do it. Some nights I do more than other nights.

Is there anything in the show or about being Michael Jackson that you, Nathaniel, relate to?

When I met Berry Gordy, he said that I reminded him of Michael. Now that I’m 14, I relate to when a news reporter asked Michael Jackson what he would do about his voice changing, and he said, “It happens.” That’s really how I try to approach everything. It just happens. I just live it day by day.

Do you have a favorite Michael Jackson song?

His Motown audition song, “Who’s Loving You.” That’s when I feel closest to Michael. It was his audition song, and it was my audition song.

In addition to playing Michael Jackson, Cullors plays the young Berry Gordy and the young Stevie Wonder. He shares the roles with another young performer, Leon Outlaw Jr. They each perform four times a week. Motown the Musical runs at the Winspear through Aug. 16.

 

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Michael Jackson ONE Birthday Weekend Announcement

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Hi there MJFam!

We are less than a month away from this year’s festivities celebrating Michael’s birthday at Michael Jackson ONE. We hope you have your tickets to this special weekend already. If you don’t however, you can still get yours at: http://cirk.me/1JYBsLT. Over the coming weeks, the Estate will be revealing details of the special activities that will happen throughout the day of Michael’s birthday and the first announcement The Estate has asked us to share with you is that there will once again be a “meet & greet” before the first show during which fans will have a chance to say hi to the Estate team and their special guests for the evening.  In addition, Michael Bush will make a return visit to Las Vegas for the birthday celebration this year! He will be doing a book signing at the Michael Jackson ONE Boutique during the afternoon and will be one of the guests joining the Estate team during the pre-show “meet & greet”.

Stay tuned – we’ve got more news and details about the schedule coming soon!

Cheers,

MJOnline The Official Online Team of The Michael Jackson Estate™

2015 PBS Arts Fall Festival Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Season With Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson

Sources: PBS.org | All Things Michael

BEVERLY HILLS, CA; August 1, 2015 — PBS President Paula Kerger announced today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour the full lineup and airdates of PBS’ annual arts programming showcase. The 2015 PBS Arts Fall Festival returns October 9, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. ET, celebrating its fifth season, with eight new weekly programs. The Festival will launch with the inventive, high-energy UNITYTHE LATIN TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON, hosted by the legendary and world-renowned percussionist Sheila E. and featuring Michael Jackson’s greatest hits interpreted by award-winning Latin artists.

Audiences will be put in the Halloween spirit on October 30 when the previously unannounced LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER presents “Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton” (w.t.) airs featuring scores from blockbuster films such as Batman, Beetlejuice, Alice in Wonderland and more. Fresh off of her recent Tony-nominated Broadway run, GREAT PERFORMANCES brings  “Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do” on November 6. This year’s PBS Arts Fall Festival welcomes many more of Broadway and Hollywood’s biggest names, including Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis, Julian Ovendon from “Downton Abbey” on MASTERPIECE, Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin and Andrea Bocelli, among others.

The PBS Arts Fall Festival is an annual cornerstone of PBS’ Friday primetime lineup, reaching more than 15 million viewers last season and underscoring PBS’ ongoing commitment to give audiences the best of the arts on-air and online. This year, the Festival will be hosted by seven-time Grammy Award-winning international music superstar Gloria Estefan, whose own musical journey with her husband Emilio, is told in the new Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET!, premiering in October at the Marquis Theatre in New York City.

“The fifth annual PBS Arts Fall Festival is a celebration of performing arts and music from the stage and screen, from the pop charts, and more. Gloria Estefan serving as this year’s host and a Latin tribute to the music of Michael Jackson are among the many highlights of this year’s festival programming,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “The festival is an enduring testament to PBS’ longstanding commitment to the arts, which is reinforced with this fall’s lineup of our signature quality programming and exciting performances that will captivate audiences.”

“The Festival spans generations and genres with contemporary hits, Broadway legends and tributes to groundbreaking artists, with an additional spotlight this year on Latin music stars,” said PBS Vice President of Programming and festival curator, Donald Thoms. “This season promises to be spectacular for the arts on PBS, and reinforces our commitment to arts and diversity programming.”

UNITY – THE LATIN TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON   

Friday, October 9, 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET

World-class drummer and percussionist Sheila E. hosts a concert special that showcases award-winning Latin artists and a 37-piece orchestra performing Latin-infused arrangements of the songs on Tony Succar’s album Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson. The album and concert feature 16 songs that inspired musicians from all over Latin America to come together to celebrate and reimagine hits such as “Smooth Criminal,” “I Want You Back” and “Billie Jean.” On its release in April 2015, the album topped the Amazon Latin World Music Charts, the iTunes World Music Charts and the Billboard Tropical Charts at #1. Produced by Unity Entertainment Corporation and Oregon Public Broadcasting in association with Universal Music Classics.

 

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1986 Throwback Interview: Janet Jackson Speaks On Michael, Family Pets And More

Sources: The Guardian | Rock’s Backpages By Tom Hibbert | All Things Michael

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Excerpt from original article published August 27, 1986.

What did Janet do all day, hanging around the Encino, California, homestead when she was a wee girlie?

Ah, the animals. Animals are the one and only topic that Janet will chatter about happily and freely until the cows (haw haw) come home. But we’ll come back to them later. What did Janet do all day, hanging around the Encino, California, homestead when she was a wee girlie?

“I would talk to the animals.”

Oh.

“I would talk to my dogs. I felt that they understood me – everything that I was saying to them. They’re the greatest listeners because they sit there and look at you and listen.”

Anything else?

“Oh, our next door neighbour – we would play together all the time. There’s a brick fence that separates the two houses and we’d get on top of the fence and we’d play and we’d bring cookies and punch and we’d have a little party of our own up there and just play little games.

“And I would write songs. I was eight years old when I wrote my first song and it was called Fantasy. I sang it to my brother and my sister and my mother in the car when we went for a drive and they said they liked it. I hope they were telling me the truth.

“And I would watch TV: The Three Stooges and cartoons. Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Speed Racer – those were my favourites. I always tried to do an impression of Donald Duck but I could never get my voice to sound like that. The first impression I did was of Mae West but I can’t do it any more. And I loved to draw and colour and so my brothers would send back all types of crayons and felts and colouring books from Switzerland and London when they were out of town.”

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The brothers. The famous Jacksons. What were they like as children?

“With my friends, their older sisters and brothers would yell at them and tell them to get out and leave them alone and shut up, but my brothers and sisters never did that to me. They always wanted me around. I was a tomboy, actually, and they always told me I’d grow out of it but I told them that I never wanted to and I wouldn’t.

“We used to go horse-back riding and swim and play baseball and climb the fruit trees and pick the fruit off the trees and just get into trouble. Michael was the naughtiest – he was a real bad little kid and he was sassy and everyone would say ‘Oh, God, here comes Michael!’ What’s the worst thing he ever did? I think he looked up under a lady’s dress once. I think he did. I’d say that’s probably the worst that I know of. Me? I was good. I never got punished. I got hit a few times but that was all. One time I got hit for saying something I shouldn’t have said. A bad word. I shouldn’t have spoke it but I opened up my big mouth and my mother hit me for it.

“Another time I got hit was when I had an argument with my brother Randy. He would tease me and I’d get upset and start crying and I threw pool balls at him but not once did I ever really hit him. I’d always miss and my mother would hit me and hit him for that. There were other times when you couldn’t separate us, Randy and I. He’d hold my hand, when we walked across the street. We were just glued together. These days I’m very close to Randy and I’m close to Marlon and I’m very close to Michael.”

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“Louis, our llama, he likes to chew gum. He loves gum. I think I’m the only one who gives him gum, so every time he sees me coming he tries to put his lips through the fence and I give him a piece of gum and he just sits there and chews.”

And on that useful zoological tip we…

“Jabar doesn’t chew gum. Jabar, that’s the giraffe – J-A-B-A-R – he’s so big and he’s still a baby. He’s so tall and he eats up my mother’s trees. All the leaves off my mother’s trees – she has a fit. He has big eyes and those beautiful, long eyelashes…”

Muscles, the Jackson’s late, lamented rainbow boa snake…

“There was something about Muscles that I just loved. He was very different from the rest of our snakes – the pythons – because the rainbow boas are known for squeezing, not for biting, and I would let him sleep on my headboard. I used to sleep with him and I’d wake up in the morning and he’d still be sleeping on the headboard or he’d sleep in the bed next to me and he’d rest his head on the pillow and he’d have his tail curled up on the bed and he’d still be there the next morning and I’d carry him around my neck a lot and he never tried to squeeze me. I just trusted him. I find more guys are afraid of snakes than girls and I just trusted him a great deal.

“The only time I got in trouble with the animals was with our parrot Ricky; he used to bite me all the time and I got bit by one of our pet rats and he was hanging from my finger and I was trying to shake him off and he wouldn’t let go and finally he let go and I had to go to the hospital and my whole hand got so fat and they put a cast on my whole arm and it was my first time wearing a cast and I was real proud of it because all my friends in school had all had casts and I’d always wanted to know what it sort of felt like to break your leg or your arm…”

“We used to bottle-feed the deer, Michael and I. We have two deer and we have a fawn because they had a baby…”

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And she feeds Bubbles, the chimpanzee, too.

“He’s the sweetest thing. He’s so cute because he greets you. He goes ‘uuh uuh’. He greets you like that and he’ll walk in the room– ‘uuh uuh’ – and he’ll walk over to you – ‘uuh uuh’ – and he’ll give you a hug and rest his head on your chest and then he’ll start rocking and he’ll look up at you and you say, ‘Bubbles, give me a kiss’ and he puckers his lips and gives you a kiss.

“My mother treats Bubbles like one of the kids. One day Bubbles was crying because he didn’t want to have class that day and my mother was standing there watching Bubbles cry and she started crying too. It made her very sad because Bubbles was sitting there crying and screaming because he didn’t want to have class.”

And why, dare one ask, should a chimpanzee have “class”?

“Oh, it teaches him to hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil. It teaches him to shake his head no and to wave goodbye and to kneel down to beg and look up to the sky…”

Of course … but time is running out. Janet Jackson’s stomach is groaning in spectacularly embarrassing fashion and I decided to pose one last question – a predictable and orthodox “Do you have any burning, unfulfilled ambitions, Janet?” I suppose I should have known the answer …

“Yes. I’d like to own a king cobra.”

Janet, eyes off the ground for once, notices my ruffled brow.

“Ok, that might sound like a crazy ambition to you but I’ve always wanted to own a king cobra because they’re so dangerous and poisonous, and to make him my friend … that would be a serious achievement. And I think I could do it.”

 

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Toddler Meals That Look Just Like Olaf, Minions And Michael Jackson

 Sources: the Stir – By Judy Dutton| All Things Michael

Laleh Mohmedi’s 2-year-old son Jacob was always a good eater, but the mom wondered if she could inject more excitement into his meals. “I decided to cook and arrange Jacob’s pancakes so they looked like a lion,” she says. “He absolutely loved it!” And that’s how Jacob’s Food Diaries — a photo diary where Mohmedi turned toddler meals into an an art form — was born.

“Every night before bed, Jacob requests a character that he would like for me to make the next day,” says Mohmedi, who lives in Australia. “These characters are from books, toys, cartoons, or something that has caught his eye that day. He has even asked for Michael Jackson!”

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The King of Pop was made possible thanks to coconut chicken rice, nori (seaweed), peas and carrots for letters.

Mohmedi started posting photos of her dishes on Instagram, where they were met with rave reviews from friends, foodies, and (of course) moms looking for some mealtime inspiration themselves to convince their toddler to eat.

And while her creations have generally made mealtime easier, that’s not always the case: Sometimes her creations are such nice eye candy, Jacob misses them once they’re gone.

“One time after eating a Minion he started crying because he had felt so bad!” Mohmedi laughs.

Here are some of her most memorable mealtime creations, plus what they’re made of. Read more here

Image via jacobs_food_diaries/Instagram