Lip Sync Battle Will Open Season 3 With An All Star Cast Tribute Of Michael Jackson’s Beat It

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Lip Sync Battle is taking on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” recreating his famous music video for season 3 of the hit show — and EW has your first look at the trailer, above.

The performance finds host LL Cool J and commentator Chrissy Teigen facing off, dressed in costume and backed by dancers. Best of all, it shows the talent taking part in season 3, all of whom offer a peek at their lip-synching skills while sporting a version of Jackson’s famous, red jacket.

That talent includes Don Cheadle, Sir Ben Kingsley, Wanda Sykes, Uzo Aduba, Craig Ferguson, T.J. Miller, DeAndre Jordan, Jay Leno, Jeff Dye, Milla Jovovich, Ruby Rose, Lupita Nyong’o (see the teaser photo she posted to Instagram here), John Cho, Rob Riggle, America Ferrera, Sarah Hyland, Regina Hall, Laverne Cox, and Samira Wiley.

We know who to expect, but how will they perform? That is the question… See what tricks the stars have up their sleeves when LSBreturns to Spike with its season premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET.

 

Sources: EW | All Things Michael

In Honor Of Michael Jackson’s 58th Birthday

On August 29, 1958, a genius prodigy was born in a little town in Indiana called Gary.  

At the time, Nobody could have guessed that the sweet little angel bundled in his mother’s loving arms was destined to be known all around the world.

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As he grew in knowledge and favor among his peers and family, people began to take notice of the precocious, little youngster, who first became a Dancing Machine to the rickety sound of the family’s old washer.

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Words could not describe the Pride and Joy his mother felt the first time she fully realized the gift that he had when she heard his endearing voice singing in front of an audience at the tender age of five.

As he became the lead singer of the Jackson 5, the sweet Melodie of his voice and his natural charms quickly won the hearts of people. They marveled at his talent and ability to convey such depth of emotion in song. He was an old soul beyond his time and had just as much command of the stage as his idols James Brown and Jackie Wilson.

The Jackson’s immediately shot to fame quicker than anyone could have imagined. Some would even say it was Much Too Soon for a child so young to be a veteran of the stage by the time he was 10.

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Then one day, Destiny started to call his name and he felt the pull to answer the call.

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He loved his family dearly, but his heart was leading him in another path. As his faith grew, so did his motivation. He set a written plan in motion and followed it to the letter.

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MJ’s 1979 Manifesto

He began Workin’ Day and Night to create a new image and new music like the world had never seen.

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Though many thought his career was over after the Jackson’s, he proved them wrong. His albums and short films were one Thriller after another. He could do it all and better than those who came before him. He became a producer, songwriter, actor, director, inventor, artist, businessman, humanitarian, philanthropist, innovator and trendsetter. Everything he touched seemed to turn to gold.

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The excitement and the flurry that his dancing, singing and bigger than life presence shot his fame out of orbit to a level of celebrity popularity like we have never seen. He drove all his fans to a frenzy: young and old, male and female.

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Many times, the Price of Fame would prove to be many times painful. Though he could not always find a place to Xscape, he never let his personal pain stop him from using his hard earned success to help others and to raise our consciousness about the social issues that troubled him. His heart was even bigger than his fame and whatever he set out to do, he did it with much passion and conviction. He taught us to look at the Man in the Mirror and be the change that we want to see in the world.

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Though Michael is no longer with us in the present, his spirit lives through his monumental artistic achievements and humanitarian efforts.

Those of us who were blessed to witness his rise and incarnation as the King of Pop, will always Remember the Time when a Michael Jackson song has been associated to a special memory or event in our lives.  The relevance and joy of his musical body of work will never be forgotten, nor can we ever forget the extraordinary man that he was and the principles he stood for.

Michael, we thank you for all that you have done for your fans and for all mankind.

We will always love and miss you.

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WITH LOVE,

 FROM ALL THINGS MICHAEL

 

MJ Statue/Tribute At Charlie Chaplin Museum

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In April 2016, the dream of turning Charlie Chaplin’s estate in Switzerland into a museum was finalized. Located in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Manoir de Ban is where Chaplin and his wife Oona lived with their eight children after he was banned from the US on allegations of Communism.

The beautiful estate, with its manicured lawns is filled with touches of art, entertainment, history, politics, film-making and personal touches.

After viewing a brief documentary on Chaplin the theater, visitors walk behind the lifting movie screen into a replica of the street, through a 360 degree circus-like hall, along a corridor with statues of comedians Laurel and Hardy, pop star Michael Jackson, pictures, posters of his films and videos, then down a steep staircase to a mock Hollywood studio with scenes from different movies.

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A plaque says Jackson idolized Chaplin: “[He] was everything that I wanted to be – songwriter, dancer, director, producer.”

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Jackson dressed as the Tramp for a photo shoot on one of the London streets where Chaplin had lived, visited Oona and later the families of Michael and Eugene Chaplin in Corsier.

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In 1995, Jackson recorded his favorite Chaplin song, “Smile” for the HIStory album.

Many say that Chaplin’s nonsense song at the end of Modern Times was one of the inspirations for Jackson’s moonwalk.

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Click here for more information on Chaplin’s World Museum.

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Questlove’s Remember The Time Michael Jackson Tribute In LA

This Saturday, August 27th, DJ Questlove joins Kiss-n-Grind to celebrate the life and musical legacy of Michael Jackson at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Get your tickets today!

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Reserved Seating is only available with Bottle Service. For bottle service pricing please e-mail us e-mail us at BottleService@kissngrind.com.  You must be 21 and over to attend.

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)
WHERE: Rivera 31 at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills – 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 – View Map

Sources: Eventbrite | Kiss and Grind| All Things Michael

Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Block Party This Saturday

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This weekend, Lee will be honoring a musical legend with his annual Michael Jackson block party.

The free party, slated for Aug. 27, is dubbed “Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson.” It will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street, which is also known as “Do the Right Thing Way,” named after Lee’s iconic film.

This will be Lee’s sixth annual birthday party for the late King of Pop, and with each passing year, the celebration seems to gain more popularity.

This year’s gathering will be co-hosted by Lee and rapper and radio host Sway. DJ Spinna will be providing the tunes all day long, and he will surely play some of Jackson’s classics.

Anticipation for the party is already growing this week; many attendees are using the #BKLovesMJ hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.

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A spokesperson from Lee’s production company 40 Acres and Mule Filmworks could not be reached for comment by press time, but the company’s Facebook page assured its followers in a post that “DIS IZ GONNA BE EPIC.”

Jackson would be turning 58 on Monday, Aug. 29.

For more information on this weekend’s celebration, visit 40acres.com.

 

Read more at Brooklyn Eagle | All Things Michael

Pro Wrestler Shinsuke Nakamura Says His Character Took Inspiration From Michael Jackson

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Japanese professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist Shinsuke Nakamura is known as the “Strong King of Style.”

Nakamura is well known in Japan as one of the top stars of the area for over a decade. His legend grew and helped him become a very popular name around the world.

In 2015, Nakamura was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. He is currently signed to Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

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He appeared on Talk is Jericho for a interview. He said that Michael Jackson is the inspiration for his character:

“If I watch Michael Jackson, I felt, ‘oh, he’s a real master of martial [arts] because of his standing is very straight. Then, no muscles because dancers have muscles, but his moving is quick. His dancing is the best, [better] than other dancers. Michael Jackson gave me a lot of hints, a lot of inspiration…A lot of martial artists – Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan. They are my idols. Also, Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger, so yeah. My idols.”

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Here he talks more about Michael.

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SPIKE LEE’S 6TH ANNUAL BROOKLYN LOVES MICHAEL JACKSON BLOCK PARTY

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 12P-6P

Join Spike Lee as we jam to the magic of Michael’s music throughout the day.

Bring your family, friends and a pair of comfortable dancing shoes cuz DIS IZ GONNA BE EPIC!

Where: Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue & Quincy Street

Hosted by Sway & Spike Lee. Music by @DJSPINNA

 

THIS IS A FREE PUBLIC EVENT.

 

Source: Spike Lee | All Things Michael

UAE Michael Jackson Impersonator Shares His Story About His Journey And Meeting The KOP

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Meet “Mudassar Jackson,” the UAE impersonator who has spent the past two decades skidding across stages in tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. From stadium showcases to impromptu bar and club appearances – such as this 30-minute set at Tribeca Kitchen and Bar, JBR, Dubai, last Saturday.

As this flexible figure twirls, points and pouts – a minute study of MJ’s mannerisms – the otherwise ambivalent audience can’t hide their visceral reaction to this animated anomaly. They turn, wail and whoop – rapt with a mix of admiration, adoration and disbelief. And, perhaps, a healthy slab of irony.

It is a performance you could only give with wholehearted commitment to the cause, and Mudassar Hussain Muhammad has it by the bucketload.

“I just do it for the love of Michael,” says the 35-year-old Pakistani, sitting backstage before the show, part of local performance platform GoPlayTheWorld.

I’ve long held an odd fascination with tribute acts. What is it, after all, that inspires a person to commit so many hours, weeks and years, so much study and sweat, into the craft of assuming another’s identity? And what effect does it all have on the person under the wig?

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Mudassar appears to be under few illusions. Alongside his moonwalk moonlighting, he holds down a day-job in air traffic control at Al Maktoum International Airport, only emerging in the King of Pop’s shoes after dark. His friends and colleagues however, are not as enthusiastic about Mudassar’s obsession.

“Not everyone is supportive, especially people from Pakistan,” he says gravely.

“I face big challenges because of where I’m from – Pakistani people just don’t understand Michael.

“But I challenge life – I look life in the eye and say ‘try me’.”

But at Mudassar’s side is a sympathetic supporter – wife Caroline Todler, a 27-year-old Norwegian, whose allegiance to Jackson has been pledged with a sizeable back tattoo. The couple married last month, after meeting via sharing Jackson-related images on social media.

“I wouldn’t say that Michael was the reason we met,” she laughs, “but I do think I came to the UAE for a reason.”

Todler, who works as a dressage rider at Abu Dhabi’s W’rsan Stables, still finds her husband’s lengthy rehearsal and make-up routines a novelty. “I love it, I’m always asking, ‘Can I help you?’,” she says. “I’m actually a little bit annoying.”

Make-up typically takes an hour, and at Saturday’s show, Mudassar arrived with a suitcase and several suit bags, changing his customized outfit for every song.

He dons a glittery black jacket for the set climax Billie Jean, strolling outlandishly into the crowd while a live saxophonist improvises a gutsy solo.

These stadium theatrics are quaintly overblown in this intimate setting. “It’s hard to moonwalk on carpet,” he says. But to Mudassar, every crowd is worth winning over, from a few dozen curious diners to the 15,000 punters he performed to at a Sharjah Cricket Stadium family show in 2004.

As a corporate entertainer, a booking for “Mudassar Jackson” costs from Dh2,000 for a one-song solo dance, without vocals, up to Dh300,000 for a 60-minute set, complete with a fleet of six dancers, four vocalists and a six-piece band.

Such a sum must have been unimaginable to the nine-year-old who first fell in love with Jackson in the late 1980s, shortly after his family moved from Lahore to Sharjah, where he still lives today.

By his teens, Mudassar had mastered the moonwalk, performing as Jackson for the first time at a school concert at the emirate’s Pakistan Islamia Higher Secondary School. In 1999, he was set on his path after being featured on MTV India, hailed as “the World’s Best Michael Jackson Tribute Artist”.

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Now, 17 years later, his passion remains undiminished and he is regularly spotted performing unbilled at Jazz@PizzaExpress’s weekly open mic night in JLT on Sundays.

“It was always Michael,” he says seriously. “Since I started, I just have not deviated from what I was doing – I believe in it and my faith carries me through.”

If Mudassar’s faith needed a signal or sign, it came in 2003 when he came face-to-face with his idol while working in the control tower of Dubai International Airport. When word came in that Jackson was flying to the UAE, Mudassar rushed home, put on his best MJ outfit and mined the courage to make an introduction.

“I almost fainted, I still get goosebumps thinking about it,” he says. “I started blushing and said, ‘I would die for you – I love you and your music so much’. And he thanked me, he was the humblest person. It was the most grateful and blessed day of my life.”

The encounter took place in the days before camera and smartphones were omnipresent, but Mudassar has his memory.

“I don’t need to show pictures to people,” he says. “I have the memory here in my heart, and I will die with that.”

 

Read more at The National