Michael Jackson Visit the Sets of Red Dragon, The Goonies And Home Alone 2

Sources: Movies.com – By Christopher Campbell | All Things Michael

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Did you know that Brett Ratner and Michael Jackson were good buddies? They never worked together, exactly, but they became close following a business matter involving the making ofRush Hour. Ratner needed to get the King of Pop’s approval on a moment in the comedy where Chris Tucker does one of Jackson’s signature moves. “We both had this huge, almost childlike fascination with movies and music and all kinds of entertainment,” Ratner said of their bond after Jackon’s death — their joint-favorite classic: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

In 2002, Ratner was directing Red Dragon, his adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel, and he invited Jackson to the set. Everyone was excited, as you can see in part of the behind-the-scenes documentary A Director’s Journey: The Making of ‘Red Dragon’, which is on the Red Dragon DVD. And best among them was Ralph Fiennes, who acknowledged the music icon’s presence in character as serial killer Francis Dolarhyde, aka “the Tooth Fairy,” while filming a scene with Emily Watson. Watch the excerpt of Jackson’s visit below.

And here’s Jackson and Ratner, dancing in a car while listening to R. Kelly, because why not?

Jackson (and/or his chimp Bubbles) was apparently invited to a number of movie sets over the years just as randomly, without having any involvement with the productions. Here are some more videos and images of or about the singer visiting the sets of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and The Goonies:

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The Jackson 5 – The Ultimate Collection

Sources: Something Else – By Beverly Patterson | All Things Michael

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Rare is the group that appeals to both squealing girls and picky critics, but such was the Jackson 5.

Formed 1964 in Gary, Indiana, the band of siblings, whose ages ranged from 13 to 6, honed their skills and paid their dues playing local gigs before landing their big break early in 1969 when signing a deal with the Motown label. Comprised of Michael Jackson on lead vocals, Tito on vocals and guitar, Jermaine on vocals and bass, Jackie on vocals and tambourine, and Marlon on vocals and tambourine, the Jackson 5 may have been kids, but they were extremely talented and professional. Come 1975, the youngest brother of the brood, Randy, was recruited on drums.

The years 1969-75 belonged to the Jackson 5, and The Ultimate Collection (Motown Records) duly concentrates on this period. The one exception is the group’s remixed version of “It’s Your Thing” from 1995. Originally written and waxed by the Isley Brothers, the Jackson 5 recorded the song in 1969, but never received a proper release until appearing on Soulstation! The 25th Anniversary Collection in 1995. The Jackson 5’s initial take of “It’s Your Thing” is included on The Ultimate Collection as well…..

 

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Neverland

Sources: In The Studio With Michael Jackson – By Brad Sundberg| All Things Michael

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It’s always fun to talk about Neverland.

Since as long as I remember I have loved amusement parks – Disney parks in particular. Michael and I grew up in two very different worlds, but as we got to know each other it was very clear that we had many things in common. Amusement parks were high on that list.

Neverland was more than an amusement park; it was a very real extension of Michael. It had it’s center-stage personality, and it also had areas that were more reserved. The carousel was the centerpiece, the crown-jewel of the ranch.

The carousel was also my first “challenge” at the ranch. Michael wanted a monster music system to flood the ride with sound. We discussed several methods of pushing that much sound from a moving ride, including speakers mounted above each cluster of animals (there were more than just horses). The issues that came up were safety (we really didn’t want a speaker falling on a guest’s noggin) and getting the wiring from the amps to the moving speakers. Eventually that plan got a thumbs down.

We opted to build a huge concert system in the center of the carousel, where the guests could not see it. (Sorry, this might get techie for a minute – scan ahead if you like). The system consisted of four large JBL 2-way cabinets, and a pair of JBL 18″ subwoofers. I think we were pushing about 4000 watts for that first system. As the park grew, so did the size of the music systems.

The funny thing about building a music system in a theme park in the middle of a ranch is that ranches have mice. They were there first, and they see no reason to leave just because Michael Jackson has moved in.

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I would routinely test and repair the carousel music system (as well as all ranch systems) to make sure it sounded great at all times. It was always an adventure crawling into the middle of the carousel and inspecting the rack. Little field mice seemed to really love the warmth of my amplifiers, and they were eager to leave me little thank-you tokens that they had been there. Thanks Mickey!

Seattle, I have completely restructured the VIP Neverland segment of my seminar, including a multi-layered surround sound experience. Neverland was filled with sounds, along with sights, and my job was to make those sounds to Michael’s standards. I will share many of those techniques and original sounds with you. I think you are really going to enjoy it.

Toronto, Cologne, Madrid – we are hard at work for your events also. Thanks for your support – it’s going to be a busy spring and summer!

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Katharine Hepburn And Michael Jackson’s Friendship

Sources: Closer Weekly | All Things Michael

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In their new book, ‘In the Company of Legends’ — due out April 16 — Joan Kramer and David Heeley share stories of interviewing Hollywood greats over their 35-year career as documentarians.

Preparing to sit down with Katharine Hepburn in the early ’80s, they discovered she had an unlikely friendship with none other than Michael Jackson. Read an excerpt from the book below.

“I met Michael when I was up at Squam Lake in New Hampshire making On Golden Pond, and he came to visit Jane Fonda,” Kate said. “They were already friends. She introduced him to me, and he was very soft-spoken and sweet.”

“Then, Jane said to me, ‘I have to go back to LA for the weekend. Could you look after Michael?’ I said, ‘What the hell am I supposed to do with this kid? I hardly know him.’”

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“‘Oh, you’ll find things to do,’ she said. ‘He’s crazy about you.’ She’d found him a room in the attic of an old house. When I went there on Saturday morning, the room looked like a hurricane had hit it.”

“I said, ‘Michael, clean up this place — right now.’ And he said, ‘Yes, Miss Hepburn,’ in a voice I could hardly hear, and he began picking up all those clothes and piling them on a chair. I said to him, ‘Don’t you ever do your laundry?’ And he said, ‘Someone usually does that for me.’”

“I said, ‘Come with me. We’re going to a laundromat just down the street.’” Kate showed Michael how to feed quarters into the washing machines.

To read the full story on Katharine and Michael, pick up the new issue of ‘Closer Weekly,’ on newsstands now.

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WATCHING SOUL TRAIN WITH MICHAEL JACKSON TRACKS IS THE BEST THING EVER

Sources: Stoney Roads | All Things Michael

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Two things we’re missing, Soul Train and early Michael Jackson but thanks to the internet the two can be easily tapped into together!

Soul Train was first aired in 1971 and was presented as a youth orientated dance program that had such success it featured a whole number of special guests, from Daddy Kane to Boney M and even The Beastie Boys.

The show was split up into two segments, one a ‘Scramble Board’ where dancers were given 60 seconds to unscramble letters of a guest or prominent figure in African American culture and the more widely known ‘Soul Train Line’.

The later featured youths of all backgrounds forming two lines with singles and doubles given the chance to dance their 60 seconds of fame.

Michael Jackson remains to this day the undisputed King of Pop and also featured on the show but more commonly his music was the soundtrack to some serious shape cutting.

Together they form some of the best footage you’ll ever see with enough moves to make you get off your bad thing for a boogie!

Don’t stop till you get enough… 

Michael actually appeared in the program in his younger years with his brothers as Jackson 5 and performed “Dancing Machine” as well as busting out the freakin’ robot.

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Staged Fight: Slash’s Eternal Guitar Solo “Upsets” Michael Jackson (Video)

Sources: Guitar World | All Things Michael

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Remember the time Slash overstayed his welcome during a live appearance with Michael Jackson?

We didn’t either—until we stumbled upon this wacky video!

In the clip, which you can check out below, itseems as though Slash reeeeally doesn’t wasn’t to get off the stage—and doesn’t want his guitar solo to end.

Meanwhile, an “outraged” Jackson keeps dancing, hoping Slash will take the hint … but he doesn’t. Jackson even sidles up to the guitarist and tells him (OK, screams at him!) to stop playing … to no avail. Next, Jackson’s crew gets involved, and Slash fights them off!

Obviously, this event was staged—a total fake. We all know Slash is a humble guy and one of the nicest personalities in rock. Either way, the clip is enjoyable in its own deranged way.

 

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Pop Culture’s Most Luxurious Jheri Curls [Photos]

Sources: Hip Hop Wired – By Lee Van | All Things Michael

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Whether you opted for a “texturizer,” an Optimum, or the more traditional S-Curl, Jheri Curl kits are one of those ’80s traditions that nobody can deny. There’s all kinds of photographic proof, which makes the Jheri Curl one of the most iconic black hairstyles of all time.

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The curl reigned supreme, having been adopted by athletes, musicians, and actors as well as the average Joe. Here, we pay homage to pop culture’s most luxurious Jheri Curls.

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Shield Group and Topsgrup Chairman Dr. Richie Nanda Talks About Guarding Michael Jackson In India

Sources: Management Today | Director | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Richie Nanda is the chairman of India’s largest security company Topsgrup, employing 93,000 people. Following the completion of a takeover in 2012, he’s now also boss of The Shield Group, one of the top 10 security companies in the UK.

Michael Jackson was always my hero. He was a very vulnerable, innocent person and very gullible. I was guarding him for four days. I didn’t sleep at all.

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The major breakthrough for Tops came in 1996, when the company won the contract to provide security for Michael Jackson’s visit to Mumbai: “We secured the whole event, and made sure it was done seamlessly,” he says. “But people saw me next to Michael Jackson in the press, and said ‘wow, you can handle his security’ – and then they started believing in us. This is how you get references. In 23 years, my advertising has all been through word of mouth.”

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