13 Pieces Of Film History We Really Want From Rick Baker’s Prop Auction

Sources: 89.3KPCC – By Miked Row| All Things Michael

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Rick Baker is the make-up and creature effects artist behind iconic moments from the 1970s to today. You’ve seen his work in “Star Wars,” “An American Werewolf in London,” ” The Ring,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video and dozens more. Now, he’s auctioning off hundreds of pieces from a career in transformation.

“After he decided to downsize his facility, we had the great privilege of working alongside Baker for several weeks to clear more than thirty years of make-up history from his studio in preparation for auction,” according to a statement from the company behind the auction, Prop Store. “While Rick Baker retained a number of his favorite pieces, he simply no longer had room to keep all of the wonderful items from his career.”

The items go up for auction May 29 at the Hilton Universal City.

“Each of these creations is a part of a story, both from the film that inspired them and from my own life,” Baker writes in the auction catalog. “I have greatly enjoyed reliving it while putting together this collection.”

Check out photos of some of our favorite items, as well as shots from those pieces in action.

MICHAEL JACKSON’S “THRILLER”: ZOMBIE FACE AND HAND APPLIANCES

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MICHAEL JACKSON’S “MOONWALKER”: MICHAEL JACKSON ROBOTIC FACIAL APPLIANCE AND LIFECAST

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MICHAEL JACKSON’S MOONWALKER: MICHAEL JACKSON COMPLETE HEAD LIFECAST 

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MICHAEL JACKSON’S MOONWALKER: PAIR OF MICHAEL JACKSON HANDS

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions

Sources: Cleveland.com | All Things Michael

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Inductees: The Bee Gees; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills and Nash; the Jackson 5; Joni Mitchell; Parliament-Funkadelic; the (Young) Rascals; Mahalia Jackson; Bill Monroe; Sydney Nathan

Argue if you want about disco, but there’s not doubt The Bee Gees were part of class in 1997. The event featured some of the best performers/songwriters of all time. It was also an interesting year for Stephen Stills, who pulled double duty. He was inducted with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

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Inductees: Aerosmith, Solomon Burke, the Flamingos, Michael Jackson, Queen, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Ritchie Valens, James Burton, Johnnie Johnson, Chris Blackwell

If you removed the biggest act from the 2001 class, you’d still have one heck of an inductees list focused on acts like Aerosmith, Queen and Paul Simon. Just consider Michael Jackson, the biggest pop star of all time, the cherry on top.

 

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Billie Jean Spends Seven Weeks At #1 On Billboard’s Hot 100

Sources: Billboard | All Things Michael

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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 on the April 30 Hot 100 with “Beat It” for three weeks.

 

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Top Censored Songs

Source: Rockcellar Magazine – By Frank Mastropolo | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson, whose career was built around songs of love and brotherhood, drew heavy criticism with the 1995 release of They Don’t Care About Us. The track, from the album HIStory, included the lyrics, “Jew me, sue me, everybody do me / Kick me, kike me, don’t you black or white me.”

“The idea that these lyrics could be deemed objectionable is extremely hurtful to me, and misleading. The song in fact is about the pain of prejudice and hate,” Jackson told the New York Times. “I am the Jew, I am the black man, I am the white man. I am not the one who was attacking… I am angry and outraged that I could be so misinterpreted.”

Jackson later apologized and returned to the studio to substitute “Do me” and “Strike me” for “Jew me” and “kike me.” On the two music videos for the song, directed by Spike Lee, sound effects were added to mask the offending words.

They Don’t Really Care About Us by Michael Jackson (original version)

They Don’t Really Care About Us by Michael Jackson (edited video)

 

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The Unforgettable Way Ryan White Was Buried (Excerpt)

Sources: JC Online – By  Will Higgins | Edited By – All Things Michael

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The preparations involved 48 hours of mad scrambling.

A grand piano was rented and tuned for Elton John. A secure waiting room was chosen for first lady Barbara Bush. An entryway without a canopy into the Second Presbyterian Church was identified so that Michael Jackson, who avoided canopies, would enter.

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And Ryan White, the frail Indiana teenager who had become the heroic and heartbreaking face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, was laid out in a coffin of knotty pine.

TV trucks lined up on Meridian Street for a half mile.  Fifteen hundred mourners were seated in the pews.

Then one final kerfuffle. A member of Jackson’s entourage approached a pair of harried, sleep-deprived funeral organizers with news that the King of Pop needed to use the restroom.

The funeral went smoothly. Mostly. The first lady’s limousine ran into a church wall. A Chicago TV reporter had to be threatened with removal if he didn’t stop shouting questions at arriving mourners. During John’s solo, a “People Magazine” photographer unexpectedly popped up from behind John’s piano, startling the Secret Service. “Do you have him in your sights?” an agent was heard to whisper into his radio.

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Before the funeral, Secret Service agents sequestered the first lady in a small room off the sanctuary. But Bush, wanting to talk to Ryan’s grieving mother, slipped out of the room, says Minier, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesman who handled the event’s media relations.

Bush found Jeanne White-Ginder, and the two women sat, talked privately and connected deeply. “Mrs. Bush told me about her little girl,” White-Ginder says (The Bushes had a daughter, Robin, who died of Leukemia at 3). “She had lost a little girl to cancer, and I’d not known that. I really connected with her. She was the first lady, but she was a mother. It felt like I was close to her heart.”

In the end, in spite of numerous logistical hurdles and a tight time frame, “we pulled it off,” says one of the organizers, Scott Minier, “and Ryan got a wonderful send-off.”

Ryan died on a Sunday. His calling was Tuesday. His funeral Wednesday.

The service ended with the church organist launching into Charles-Marie Widor’s “Organ Symphony Number 5,” which was funeral home director Jerry Roberts’ cue to approach Bush and escort her from the sanctuary. Per Secret Service protocol, she was to be first out.

“It was all worked out ahead of time, and everyone knew,” Roberts says.

But in the drama of the moment Jackson, perhaps blanking on the drill, stood and offered his hand to Ryan’s mother. The two created a logjam in the narrow aisle, hemming in the first lady.

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Roberts gave Jackson an eye roll as if to say, “Really?” — a move CNN’s cameras must have picked up because Roberts’ friends watching from home later asked him: “How mad were you at Michael Jackson?”

“I was perturbed,” Roberts says, “but it worked out fine.”

Ryan’s casket was loaded into a hearse, and 187 cars followed it for 25 miles to a Hamilton County cemetery. The motorcade itself was a feat, involving at least six local law-enforcement agencies.

For White-Ginder, the motorcade in a way was the best part. The former General Motors assembly line worker had been fussed over by Michael Jackson, Elton John and Barbara Bush. The governor of Indiana had ordered flags lowered to half-staff in honor of her son. But now came a broader embrace.

“All the way to Cicero,” White-Ginder says, “cars were pulled off the highways, and people stood outside their cars and were saluting Ryan, like a military salute.

“That was the most moving moment. Highway 31. People saluting.

“Just everyday people, saluting Ryan.”

 

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Motown Museum Celebrates 30 Years

Sources: Michagan Radio | All Things Michael

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Many of Motown’s greatest hits were written at a little house on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, the house known as Hitsville USA.

Hitsville USA was Motown’s first headquarters until Berry Gordy moved the label to Los Angeles 30 years ago this week. Later, 2648 West Grand Boulevard became The Motown Museum, drawing visitors from around the world.

Hour Detroit Magazine’s Jim McFarlin, who recently wrote about the museum’s anniversary, says, “It is a monument. To many people it is like Mecca.”

The museum has stayed in the family over the years. Current CEO Robin Terry is the granddaughter of museum founder Esther Gordy Edwards.

Robin says her grandmother was inspired to create the museum after many visitors came to the building simply wanting a peek inside Studio A.

Studio A is still a part of the museum and tours allow visitors to stand in the exact spots of the legends who recorded there.

“There’s nothing traditional about it. We sing, we dance, we clap. It’s an experience,” Terry says of visits to the museum.

McFarlin endorses this, saying, “They really put you in the footsteps of the artist as you go through the tour and you must be prepared to sing.”

The museum has drawn many famous faces and music legends throughout the years, including Michael Jackson. He became one of the museum’s first big contributors and the fedora and glove he gave the museum are still on display.

Superstar Michael Jackson, in a rare public appearance, visited Detroit's Motown Museum and donated $125,000 to the famed museum. Extensive security measures were taken for Michael's visit to the Museum, West Grand Blvd. was completely blocked off and police officers and mounted police awaited the arrival of Michael and Motown founder Berry Gordy, Detroit Mayor Coleman Young welcomed them to city. "It’s great to be here. I'm very happy and proud to be back to the soil from which I came," Michael said during the ceremonies outside of the museum. "Berry Gordy is the man that made it all possible for me. I want to say thank you, Berry and I love you."

Superstar Michael Jackson, in a rare public appearance, visited Detroit’s Motown Museum and donated $125,000 to the famed museum. Extensive security measures were taken for Michael’s visit to the Museum, West Grand Blvd. was completely blocked off and police officers and mounted police awaited the arrival of Michael and Motown founder Berry Gordy, Detroit Mayor Coleman Young welcomed them to city.
“It’s great to be here. I’m very happy and proud to be back to the soil from which I came,” Michael said during the ceremonies outside of the museum. “Berry Gordy is the man that made it all possible for me. I want to say thank you, Berry and I love you.” (Picture collage by EMURRAY01)

But Motown was more than just a place to see famous faces, it was a place to come together as a community.

“Most of the Motown artists came from within a five-mile radius of the Hitsville house,” Terry says.

Now, according to McFarlin, the museum attendance is made up of 75% tourists.

Terry is looking to bring back the community feel, saying “It had a magnetic effect in the community for those who are creative and wanted to make music, and I think it’s important in terms of our programming that we continue to foster creativity in the Detroit community.”

This month the museum is hosting a spoken-word series every Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. The series is in honor of Motown’s Black Forum label, the spoken-word label that included recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes, Stokely Carmichael, and Elaine Brown.

“Creating more programming like that, to give Detroiters a reason to come back to Hitsville and to continue to create and build on that phenomenal legacy that exists there, that’s really what the future of the museum has to be about,” Terry says.

 

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Artists Who Got Their Start With A Band

Sources: The Daily Collegian – By Megan Bailey | Edited By – All Things Michael

The devastating news of Zayn Malik’s disassociation with popular British-Irish boyband One Direction has left fans (or “Directioners”) all around the world feeling purely broken-hearted. The question all fangirls are all asking themselves during this sad time in their lives is: Why would Zayn do this? Well, it might not necessarily be a bad thing. It’s time to look back to times when solo artists made a successful name for themselves after breaking away from their musical group or band.

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There’s no doubt that Michael Jackson is an icon, and will be remembered for decades to come. But he wouldn’t have been who he was without the help of his brothers and their popular musical group ‘The Jackson 5,” started in 1964, and known for songs “ABC” and “I Want You Back.”

Afterwards, Jackson would go on to become one of the first artists to perfect dance moves such as the moonwalk and robot, and release the best-selling album of all time, “Thriller,” in 1982.

 

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12 Popular Boybands of Yesteryears

Sources: Pep | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Fans have been screaming and cheering for popular boybands such as One Direction and The Vamps who have held their concert tours here in the Philippines.

But before they became popular among teens today, there were other famous boybands formed during the ‘80s, ‘90s and until the early 2000s. Some of them have already disbanded, while there are those who are still active and are even having concert tours to relive the legacy they have built.

In fact, the Backstreet Boys will be holding a major concert in Manila on May 5, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Let us look back on 12 of the most popular boybands of yesteryears.

1. The Beatles The English rock band-composed of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star-is considered to be the original boy band. During the early 1960s, young girls would scream at the top of their lungs and pass out upon seeing the “Fab Four.”

The Recording Industry Association of America has dubbed the group as the Best-Selling Music Artists of the United States. In 1988, The Beatles was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 1970, the Beatles broke apart after Paul McCartney filed a suit for the dissolution of their contractual partnership. As of 2015, the group holds the record for having the most No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 chart.

2. Jackson 5

The Jackson 5 is an American popular music family group from Gary, Indiana. Formed in 1964 under the name The Jackson Brothers, the original members were composed of Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine. Marlon and Michael would later join, and the band’s name would be changed to The Jackson 5. In 1967, they entered the professional music scene.

In 1970, they created history as the first recording act whose first four singles reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the songs: “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There”. In 1989, their album 2300 Jackson Street was poorly received by the audience and so they went on a hiatus.

The Jacksons reunited in 2001 in time for Michael’s 30th anniversary television special.

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