Oscars 2015: See The 5 Best Performances From Past Years [Watch]

Sources: Latin Post – By Anny Jules | All Things Michael


Sunday, Feb. 22, marks the 87th annual Academy awards. The best in the movie industry will be honored, but the musical performances will be one of the best parts of the show.

As the countdown begins for Hollywood’s biggest night, let’s take a look back at some of the best musical performances by artists involved in the soundtracks for some of the biggest films. In no particular order, here are the five best performances in Oscar history.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson won the heart of the Academy long before he was recognized as the King of Pop. At the tender age of 14, Jackson performed “Ben” at the 1973 Academy Awards, and the song later went on to top the music charts and became the first hit in Jackson’s solo career, according to Billboard.

Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce

Powerhouse vocalists Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce delivered an electrifying duet at the 2007 Academy Awards, performing songs from their critically acclaimed film, “Dreamgirls.” Beyonce and Hudson performed “Love You I Do,” ‘Listen” and “Patience.” And while none of those songs won an Academy award that night, Hudson did take home the award for Best Supporting actress in “Dreamgirls,” Billboard reports.


Adele had the Oscars audience on the edge of their seats as she performed “Skyfall,” a powerful ballad from the James Bond film. Adele’s performance also included the help of a full choir and band performing with her. She landed the Oscar for best original song.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen delivered a heartfelt performance of his theme song, “Streets of Philadelphia,” for Jonathan Demme’s AIDS drama, “Philadelphia.” Though Springsteen’s performance was simplistic, his vocals touched the the crowd and brought down the house, according to Indiewire.

Three 6 Mafia and Taraji P. Henson

Three 6 Mafia and Taraji P. Henson’s “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” performance was undeniably unconventional for the Academy awards. However, the up-beat hip-hop song certainly added humor and flare to the often serious award show. This duet performance brought a shining light to hip hop at the Academy awards and later went on to win Best Original song.


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World’s Most Famous Animals

Source: Insider Monkey | All Things Michael


Have you ever wondered which are the world’s most famous animals? Some animals are cute, some are scary, some are endangered species and others are just ordinary. But there’s nothing ordinary about the animals on this list. Whether they are famous for their owners, their achievements, some controversy or a special trait, there’s no denying that they all are one-of-a-kind specimens.

However, their fame doesn’t necessarily mean that they are economically valuable. If you want to find out which are the Most Expensive Animals in the World just check out our list.

Are you curious about the world’s most famous animals? Let’s take a look at this animalistic celebrity countdown.

10. Knut


Knut was a polar bear that rose to fame back in 2006 when he was born in captivity at the Berlin Zoological Garden. Knut was rejected by his mother and hence raised by zookeepers, which brought along a lot of international controversy and attention. Finally, in 2011, Knut died at the age of four, but not before becoming a commercial success and a Berlin attraction.

9. Tinkerbell Hilton


Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua is probably one of the most famous dogs in the world. Tinkerbell was supposedly purchased by Hilton after she watched Legally Blonde, a well-known movie in which the protagonist had a similar pup. Paris Hilton takes Tinkerbell almost everywhere she goes, so you’ll see her dog on magazines, events, and even on her reality show.

8. Hamilton the Hipster Cat


Hamilton the Hipster Cat is a rescue kitty that became an Internet sensation because of his unusual moustache-looking white spot.  Hamilton has a Facebook page, an Instagram account, and even his own line of products which includes calendars, tees, and greeting cards.

7. Bo Obama


Bo Obama could be introduced as the First Dog of the United States, since he is owned by the First Family of the United States, the Obamas. Bo is a Portuguese Water Dog who was joined in 2013 by a female pup of the same breed, named Sunny. Bo was chosen partly because Malia Obama’s allergies required a hypoallergenic breed.

6. Bubbles


Bubbles is a chimpanzee best known because he once was Michael Jackson’s pet. Jackson and Bubbles were inseparable; the chimp travelled with the singer, slept right next to him and even learned how to moonwalk. Finally, as Bubbles grew older he became more aggressive and had to be relocated to an animal sanctuary where he still lives today.


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My Black History: Our Writers Talk About Historical Events They Have Experienced

Sources: The Root – By Danielle C. Belton | All Things Michael


Editor’s note: During Black History Month the focus is usually on historical figures who loomed larger than life, paving the way for the progress we experience today. But black history isn’t just about telling stories of our past. History is being made every day and has been made throughout our lives; it’s not just in books. It walks among us. So this month The Root is asking a group of writers to tell us about the personal and pivotal events from their own lifetimes in a series we call My Black History.

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Video: Dec. 2, 1983

I’ve always felt sorry for people who discovered Michael Jackson only after he was older and scandal-prone. Since I was born in the 1970s, I got to enjoy the King of Pop in his prime, falling in love with him just like nearly everyone in the world after his best-selling album Thriller dropped. My sisters and I copied all his dances. I went through not one, but two Michael Jackson dolls. A giant poster of Jackson in a brown leather jacket hung on our bedroom door. But it was the premiere of the “Thriller” video, which we watched over and over, on MTV that stuck with me the longest because I was utterly terrified of it.

I loved the song and dance immensely but would hide whenever the long-form horror-film version of the video would come on, and it came on a lot, since MTV would just rotate “Thriller” again and again, to my horror and my older sister’s delight. I still kind of don’t like the long-form video (even though it’s more funny than scary to me these days), but this album solidified how black American music would come to dominate the pop scene for years, continuing to influence it greatly today.


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The 10 Best GRAMMY Awards Performances Ever

Sources: Daily Mail – By Katie Amey| All Things Michael


It’s recently been announced that Madonna will, once again, be gracing the GRAMMY Awards stage with what is sure to be an epic performance.

Broadcast from the Staples Centre in LA on February 8, this year’s awards ceremony will, for the 57th year, bring together the biggest names in music for a night of shocking wins, devastating losses and, best of all, incredible live music.

To celebrate, we’re looking back at some of the most awe-inspiring performances in GRAMMY Awards history. From Taylor Swift and Adele to Kanye West and Michael Jackson, there’s been no shortage of mega-watt star power over the years..

Michael Jackson, 1988

There has never been – and there will never be – a performer quite as accomplished as the King of Pop.

Michael Jackson took to the stage for his solo GRAMMYs debut in 1988 – and his one-man show would later be heralded as one of the top moments of his career.

His mesmerising (not to mention, unprecedented) 10 minute-long performance included a medley of massive hits, such as The Way You Make Me Feel and Man In The Mirror.

Rembert Explains the ’80s: Michael Jackson At The 1988 Grammy Awards

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Tomorrowland And Beyond: A Short History of Disney Attractions As Movies

Sources: People – By Drew Mackie | All Things Michael


It’s tough to stand out among the other Super Bowl commercials, but the 30-second trailer for Disney’s Tomorrowland turned a few heads – and probably brought back memories of Space Mountain.

Yes, it’s a movie inspired by Disneyland’s futuristic-themed sector, and it’s not the first time Disney transformed a ride into a feature film. Considering that some of the theme park’s attractions have been beloved to Disney fans for years, it’s surprising it took 60 years for Tomorrowland to spawn a movie. (California’s Disneyland turns 60 this year, with plenty of celebrations foot.)

To mark the World of Tomorrow’s transition to the screen, here are the other movies inspired by Disney attractions.

Who would have thought a ride about randy audio-animatronic pirates could transform into a movie franchise worth $3.7 billion? That’s some major booty. The project stewed for years before the 2003 release of Curse of the Black Pearl, Disney’s first PG-13 family film. A fifth installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is scheduled for 2017.

The Pirates of the Caribbean


Pirates wasn’t the first ride to become a movie, however. In 1997, Disney released a TV movie based on its then 3-year-old ride, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The two-hour ABC film ditched the Twilight Zone license but kept the cursed elevator aspect of the ride. And then it let Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst investigate.

The Country Bears

A year before Pirates, Disney tried a movie starring the titular characters from the Country Bear Jamboree attraction. The original Disneyland location’s Dixieland stylings ceased in 2001 (the Florida Walt Disney World version still exists, in a recently revamped form), but this movie was no solace for fans: It earned less than half its $35 million budget back, Haley Joel Osment’s voice talents notwithstanding.

The Haunted Mansion

Only four months after the world met Johnny Depp‘s Captain Jack Sparrow, Disney offered up Eddie Murphy as Jim Evers … ghost-fighting real estate agent. It didn’t click, even though you’d think the Haunted Mansion would make for a more compelling story than pirates would. Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro has written a script for a reboot that will likely make better use of those awesome Gracey Manor spooks.

Escape from Tomorrow

It’s not a Disney-sanctioned movie, but this 2013 Sundance hit is very much about Disney parks – and their dark side. Shot guerilla-style at Disneyland and Disney World, Escape features some David Lynch-y horror amid all the relentless cheer. Disney ultimately decided not to sue the film’s writer-director, Randy Moore.

Big Thunder Mountain

It nearly happened. It still may. In 2013, Disney announced that it was developing Big Thunder Mountain, a frontier drama inspired by Disneyland’s famous wild west-themed roller coaster, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. But don’t set your DVR yet, as this project has yet to leave the station.


It was initially a joke on Entourage. A Hollywood star, mulling a role in a movie inspired by a bobsled ride that first opened in 1959! But in 2011, Disney announced that it would develop a film inspired by the park’s iconic faux glacier– or, perhaps, the actual one in Switzerland.

Jungle Cruise

Before you wonder why you’d want a movie based on this decidedly retro ride down the Rivers of the World, know that as of last year, Toy Story stars Tim Allen and Tom Hanks were set to make this their first live-action team-up. poller alert: Watch out for that hippo.

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

If made, a film version of this attraction would mark a first: movie, then ride, back to movie, with the final version being inspired less by Kenneth Grahame’sThe Wind in the Willows and more specifically by the chaotic Disneyland buggy ride to Hades. (Yes, this Disneyland original takes its riders to that very place, in case you’ve forgotten.) The project was announced in 2012.

It’s a Small World

While details are scant, yes, Disney has plans to turn even this salute to the children of the world into a movie … somehow. Any guesses as to its theme song?

So what’s left? Well, there’s already a movie titled Mission to Mars. The major Disney attractions not apparently in the works as movies are Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and that happy little nook in Disney California Adventure where tired parents can drink wine.

A movie based on the Enchanted Tiki Room might be lovely, but isn’t a full-length adaptation of Captain EO, the 1980s 3D featurette starring Michael Jackson, what everyone wants most?

Have a magical day.

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Motown 25 To Re-Air On PBS

Sources: The Detroit News – By Melody Baetens | All Things Michael


The 1983 NBC special “Motown 25″ became legendary almost instantly, when Michael Jackson stopped the show with his moonwalk, as he sang his then-new song “Billie Jean.” The special was the first big reunion of Motown’s great stars of the 1960s and ’70s, and almost everybody was still alive — Jackson is sizzling, as is Marvin Gaye; The Temptations, Supremes, The Miracles and Four Tops are all in the house, Diana Ross is at the peak of her solo fame and Smokey Robinson hosts.

Feb. 28 @PBS will re-air NBC’s Motown 25 (where @michaeljackson unleashed the moonwalk to a gasping world). First broadcast since 1983.

— Robert Lloyd (@LATimesTVLloyd) January 22, 2015

Now T.J. Lubinsky is bringing the show back to broadcast TV, airing it on PBS stations nationally Feb. 28, including Detroit Public Television WTVS. Lubinsky was in town Wednesday filming segments that will air on the national broadcast with Martha Reeves and former Supreme Mary Wilson. “What a reunion it was,” Reeves said, recalling the 1983 show. “Everybody performed to their best.” There will be repeat broadcasts of “Motown 25″ throughout March.

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Sources: Hive Society – By Nina Ruff | All Things Michael



“Remember the Time” was the second single off of Mike’s eighth album, Dangerous, and featured several of the decades pop culture icons (as if the King himself wasn’t enough). The video was directed by John Singleton,the “IT” director of the 90s, whose resume also includes Higher Learning, Rosewood, Boyz n the Hood & Poetic Justice. Appearances included cameos & roles played by: Iman, Eddie Murphy, Magic Johnson, members of the Pharcyde, etc. And we can thank the legendary Fatima Robinson for the groundbreaking video choreography many of us are still trying to perfect via the Michael Jackson Experience for Nintendo Wii.


The video’s story line features MJ as the only wizard to successfully intrigue the Pharoah’s (Eddie Murphy) wife, played by Iman. The Pharoah takes the wizard’s entertainment as an advance made toward the Queen and sends his guards after him. The wizard flees into another room and continues to dance his way through what looks like a city square, only to end up back in the palace, where the epic dance sequence begins.

“Remember the Time” is the definition of Black Excellence, from the ancient Egyptian set-up to the choreography to the actors themselves. I think it’s a great way to kick off Black History Month 2015. The video also really makes me miss what a big part of music videos dance and choreography used to play. In fact, I challenge you to gather your squad and learn the choreo this week. It’ll be great cardio for those of you still holding onto those New Year’s Resolutions and a great way to pay homage to the late King of Pop.

Turn the volume up real loud & enjoy!


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30th Anniversary: “We Are the World” Collaborator Ken Kragen Talks About The Historical Event At METal International

Sources: METal International | Edited By – All Things Michael

Ken In USAFA Shirt

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the recording of “We Are the World,” METal International welcomed producer, agent, entrepreneur, and author Ken Kragen as part of an evening of global entertainment on January 31, 2015. The members-only event took place at the Crest Theater in Westwood, California. A long-time member METal, Kragen brought together Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Rogers, Cyndi Lauper and many other artists for an unprecedented January 1985 recording session to record the single that raised $64 million in aid to Africa. A year later, Kragen would organize six and a half million people to join hands from New York to Los Angeles with Hands Across America, which raised $34 million. He shed light on what it was like to work with the superstars to make these events successful.

“We Are The World,” LiveAid, Hands Across America were amazing, historical, never-been-done events. Before they happened most people would have told you they were impossible! Why is it often easier to accomplish things that seem initially impossible than it is to accomplish the ordinary? What can we learn from these terrific projects that we can use in our everyday work and lives? What went on behind the scenes at each of them? How was it to work with Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Ray Charles and dozens of other superstars to make these things happen successfully? How do you get 6 ½ million Americans to stand hand to hand from Battery Park in New York through 17 states to the Queen Mary in Long Beach?

Kragen shared stories and insights into the process behind creating these landmark events in a talk titled, “Old School Techniques To Win Over The New World.”

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He shared the concept about “The Magic of Threes and Accomplishing the Impossible.” He spoke about how to get attention for anything you want to sell whether it is a product, a service, a company or even yourself. The talk revealed why it is often easier to accomplish things that seem initially impossible than it is to accomplish the ordinary.

This magical technique has been used to create superstar careers for client after client.


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