Wade Robson Molestation Case Against Michael Jackson: DISMISSED!

Sources: The Hollywood Gossip | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson’s sexual molestation accuser Wade Robson will not be continuing his claims against the star’s estate, as a judge has thrown out the case.

The complaint filed by Robson, alleging long-repressed molestation by Michael Jackson, was dismissed by Judge Mitchell Beckloff earlier this week.

The estate’s attorney confirmed the somewhat surprising decision.

Howard Weitzman said “Our Motion for Summary Judgment was granted and Robson’s Request to File a Late Claim against the Estate was denied.”

“The court’s dismissal of Wade Robson’s claim against the Estate of Michael Jackson confirms that his lawsuit was inappropriately filed.”

Wade was not helped by testifying adamantly at Michael’s 2005 molestation trial that Jackson never touched him or acted scandalously.

“Mr. Robson testified under oath in a courtroom that Michael never did anything improper with him,” Weitzman said of that famous case.

“The Estate believes his testimony was honest when his sole motivation was ‘to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.’”

Wade Robson said Michael Jackson raped him as a child.

His attorneys previously argued that the claim should be allowed to proceed, even though it was filed four years after the pop icon’s death.

Their logic was that it wasn’t until Wade began intensive therapy that the choreographer realized he was allegedly molested by Jackson.

Ultimately, the statute of limitations combined with Wade’s previous testimony proved to be his undoing legally, as the estate prevailed.

This does not set a good precedent for James Safechuck’s lawsuit, which we would have to imagine meets a similar demise shortly.

 

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Who’s Bad Coming To Holly Heart Theatre

Sources: The Telegram – By Tara Bradbury | All Things Michael

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Who’s Bad bringing world-famous Michael Jackson tribute show to town this weekend

If you’re going to make a career as a Michael Jackson tribute artist, you’re setting yourself up for some work.

It’s something the members of Who’s Bad have been working on for years, even before the King of Pop’s untimely death on June 25, 2009. At that time, the tribute band had already been together for about five years, and had a show in Washington booked for the very next day. That show turned into two back-to-back sold-out shows, with media from around the world attending.

Who’s Bad has since gone on to tour around the world, sharing the stage with the likes of Aretha Franklin, the Backstreet Boys and Boys II Men, and were invited to play London’s O2 arena — which Jackson himself was scheduled to end his career with his “This is It” concert series — in 2010. This weekend they’ll bring their tribute to Jackson and celebration of four decades of his music to Holy Heart Theatre in St. John’s.

Along with a full band and backup dancers, Who’s Bad actually includes two Jackson impersonators: New York native Taalib York, a lifelong fan and accomplished singer, dancer and choreographer, and Joseph Bell (a.k.a. JoBel), a native of Connecticut who joined the band in 2007. His career in Who’s Bad was meant to be, he says; so meant to be, “I couldn’t have avoided it if I tried.”

Joseph was Jackson’s middle name and the name of his father — also the name of Bell’s father. Both Jackson’s mother and Bell’s mother are named Catherine. Bell’s got a high register, like Jackson, and throughout his life has had many coincidences that brought him to work with people connected to Jackson: vocal coaches, choreographers, dancers, a hairdresser.

“I wasn’t trying to fashion myself around him, but people were automatically picking me out as an artist to somewhat represent him,” explained Bell, who appeared in the TV movie “The Jacksons: An American Dream.”

“One day I got a call from an agent about Who’s Bad and for a minute it was kind of a surprise. It was really, really great for me, and turned out to be very, very natural for me to do.”

Where York had spent years honing his imitation skills when it comes to Jackson, Bell had not, and admits it takes a lot of work and a lot of practice. He worked with “This Is It” choreographer Travis Payne and dancer/choreographer Frank Gatson (who appeared in the original “Smooth Criminal” video and also works with Beyoncé) to perfect his performance.

It all paid off — on stage, Bell is Jackson, with the precise timing and intricate steps and quick mannerisms of the King of Pop. In leather pants and aviator sunglasses, with long, wet-look hair, Bell and York’s performances are less about being cheesy, more about being authentic.

They both perform at each show, dividing up the songs amongst themselves.

“When we started working together, we chose what our favourite songs were. Michael has covered so much — fast songs, slow songs — and we chose our favourites and the ones we thought we’d be the strongest at. I kind of represent the older Michael.”

Who’s Bad shows cover Jackson’s entire career, from his work with the Jackson 5 to “Love Never Felt So Good,” released posthumously last spring, focusing on the hits everyone will recognize. Bell’s favourites include “Earth Song,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Scream.”

The costumes are just as detailed, and harder to pick a favourite.

“How can you ask me this?” Bell says, laughing. “He had some great ones. That’s what made him an icon.”

Preparing for a show, practice aside, takes some time. Once the guys arrive at a venue, they have close to three hours of make-up and costuming ahead of them. Bell likes to listen to Jackson’s own voice lessons on YouTube while getting ready, and practice along with him.

While Bell acknowledges Jackson’s talent, he says his legend and icon status goes beyond his singing and dancing abilities.

“I don’t think he was from here. He was from someplace else,” he says. “He was a genius with a big heart that had a magic about him and presented and innocence, though he was a brilliant businessman at the same time. Obviously he had such a great talent, but there was a love inside of him that people feel. He projected that.”

Tickets for Who’s Bad at Holy Heart Saturday range from $69.50 to $79.50 (taxes and fees included) and are available at the Holy Heart box office, by calling 579-4424, and online at www.holyhearttheatre.com. Showtime is 8 p.m.

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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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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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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

“Invincible: A Glorious Tribute To Michael Jackson – Meet The Cast

Sources: Prairie Capital Convention Center |SJR – By Ann Pierceall | All Things Michael

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From the early moments with his brothers in the Jackson 5 to his stratospheric rise as a solo artist to become one of the greatest entertainers of all time, this live show is a tribute to Michael’s most beloved songs.

Two talented performers portray Michael at different stages of his dynamic career in this multi-media spectacular featuring his greatest hits including “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” and much much more!

Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson,” will perform on Friday, May 29 at 7:30 pm at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois.

Jeffrey Perez, who lived in Springfield until the sixth grade, is one of them.

“I don’t ever remember Michael Jackson not being part of my life. He’s my peace. He’s my heaven,” said the 28-year-old performer, who now lives in Phoenix.

Show producer, Darrin Ross, said the tribute isn’t a matter of covering Jackson’s songs, it’s a theatrical production.

Perez, handles the live vocals. Pete Carter will pay tribute to Jackson’s dance moves, something he’s done since he was a child. As an adult, he met with and earned the stamp of approval from Jackson for his efforts.

Darrin Ross, gives high marks to both men.

“It’s amazing to be around these individuals who’ve given their lives to this work,” he said, adding it’s important to pay tribute to Jackson who broke so many barriers. He said Jackson was an innovator on so many different levels, and that’s something he believes “Invincible” demonstrates.

“If you come with an open mind, you’ll be blown away,” Ross said.

Perez said audiences don’t know what to expect when they attend a performance of “Invincible’,” but few leave unaffected.

“I’ve had people cry. I’ve had people scream. Everyone is still grieving,” he said. “We’re all one in those moments.”

The show, Ross said, allows people to “feel and experience the spirit of Michael Jackson.”

“For good or bad, he shook up the world,” he said. “The final message is Michael will always be with us, because he inspired us all.’

Mr. Lavelle M. Smith Jr., longtime Michael Jackson dancer and choreographer, has joined the team as the creative consultant for this years show starting with the June 13th performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. 

*VIP ticket holders with premium seats get a post show meet and greet with the cast. Check for details on the Invincible FB page and on advertisements for each event.*

For more ticket for upcoming shows, see below:

http://www.springfieldpc3.com/events-tickets/invincible.aspx

http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/invincible-a-glorious-tribute-to-michael-jackson

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Invincible-A-Glorious-Tribute-to-Michael-tickets/artist/2087920?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name

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Five Very Important Things We Learned Whilst Being Michael Jackson!

Sources: MTV Music | All Thing Michael

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In a career spanning five decades, Michael Jackson scored countless chart-topping singles, won numerous Grammys and sold over 750 million albums globally. The King of Pop also taught the world how to Moonwalk.

Paying tribute to the legend and to celebrate Amazon Local’s new venture into offering West End tickets, MTV UK were invited to London’s Lyric Theatre, the set of Thriller Live!, to nail the Moonwalk and learn some of MJ’s best moves.

Here are a few things we picked up whilst being Michael Jackson and Moonwalking in general:

1. Stand on your toes, push back with your heel

After a lot of hopeless shuffling and deliberating we finally got the hang of things by thinking twice and taking Michael’s strong advice – stand on your toes, push back with your heel.

2. ‘Billie Jean’ could well be the greatest floorfiller of all time

‘Billie Jean’ is more than just the second single from Michael’s 1982 album Thriller, it’s a universal language capable of transforming dull wedding receptions and birthday parties into the most rocking disco in town.

3. ‘Thriller’ could well be the greatest dance routine of all time

You know the score, the hand clapping, sidestepping, shoulder shimmying and head shaking…

Get it right and you’ll win the crowd over, get it wrong and you’ll most likely be asked to leave the premises!

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4. One glove beats two, always

Whether you’re shooting at gangsters in ‘Smooth Criminal’ or trying to charm an Egyptian queen in ‘Remember The Time’, one sequin covered glove trumps two.

5. We really miss him

Michael Jackson sadly passed away on June 25, 2009, the eve of his 51st birthday, leaving the world in mourning.

The show is a moving homage to the superstar’s legacy and The Lyric’s longest running production ever – currently in it’s seventh year.

Tickets for Thriller Live! and other West End shows are available from the Amazon Local website and app.

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