This Is It is a concert film documenting what turned out to be the final tour of Michael Jackson's life. It provides an in-depth look into not only the work habits of the famed King of Pop, but the relationships forged between Jackson and the cast and crew. In one sequence, Jackson scolds a piano player for misplaying one of his songs. He states it in a very matter-of-fact manner, but does it so gracefully that viewers can't help being charmed. He does not take it nearly as easy on himself, however. In another part of the film he rehearses with a vigor so relentless that he inspires his backup dancers, men and women not even half his age, to rise to even greater heights previously unthinkable.
Born out of tragic circumstances, this film is a journey into the creative processes that made Jackson such a force in the entertainment world. It serves to give fans and critics alike access to Jackson never thought possible, and to help preserve his legacy for future generations.
Losing a father is hard enough on children. Leave it to Michael Jackson's flesh and blood to heap on the acrimony years after the King of Pop's death. The late Jackson's estate executors have notified Randy, Jermaine, Rebbie and Janet Jackson that they're hereby barred from the home of Katherine Jackson, their and Michael's mother, The Huffington Post reports. In essence, that also bars them from visiting Michael's three children Paris, Blanket and Prince. It's the latest wrinkle in an ugly, ugly saga rooted in a dispute over the authenticity of Michael's will and Katherine's capability to care for the children.
A missing person's report for Katherine Jackson, mother of the late Michael Jackson, has been filed with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide/Missing Persons Unit, RadarOnline.com reports. Michael's children Prince, Blanket and Paris have been unable to reach their grandmother this entire past week. Katherine's nephew Trent Jackson filed the report, Lt. Josh Thai told RadarOnline. "The kids are being taken care of by their nanny. Paris is absolutely beside herself with worry.
A family member claims that Katherine Jackson, Janet Jackson and the late Michael Jackson's mother, isn't "missing" as reported to Los Angeles County authorities, but "resting." Even if she is, Michael's daughter Paris claims, she's not safe. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide/Missing Persons Unit had received a report from Katherine's nephew Trent Jackson that she hadn't been heard from in a week by Michael's three children, of whom she's legal guardian.
British authorities have charged two individuals who reportedly hacked Sony Music's computers and stolen music allegedly including multiple unreleased Michael Jackson tracks, reports Yahoo! OMG! via the Associated Press. The actual breach occured last May, according to Sony Music Entertainment representative Liz Young, after which Sony immediately took steps further securing its servers and bring authorities up to speed. Young added that the breach didn't compromise clients' personal or financial information as did the company's disastrous April 2011 PlayStation network and Sony Online Entertainment breaches.
Remember to tread lightly when telling Michaal Jackson's kin that what they say came from the King of Pop himself isn't all it seems. Paris Jackson, Michael's 13-year-old daughter, fired right back Wednesday via Twitter at media claiming that it's an impersonator singing at least one of the late Michael's songs on the posthumous 2010 set simply called Michael, "Hold My Hand." People should know by now not to believe the media when it comes down to TMZ talking about my family.
Following his sentencing to four years in prison, Dr. Conrad Murray has officially filed his appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson. According to MTV News and TMZ, Murray will apparently forego retaining counsel and represent himself. In the appeal documents, he entered "Men's Central Jail" and his booking number in spaces where an attorney of record would normally enter a firm's name and current contact information. TMZ claims that Murray has communicated with Nareg Gourjian, one of the attorneys who championed his innocence during Murray's criminal trial.
A judge Friday denied the late Michael Jackson's former physician Dr. Conrad Murray a release on bail as Murray prepares his appeal of a 2011 involuntary manslaughter conviction, reports Yahoo! blog OMG!. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor deemed Murray a flight risk and said he believed the doctor posed a health risk should he resume practicing medicine. The 59-year-old Murray, who was not present at the hearing, has been in the Los Angeles Jail's solitary confinement awaiting his appeal since his conviction.
Update: Los Angeles Sheriff spokesman Steve Whitmore told E! after the sentencing hearing of Dr. Conrad Murray that "as far as the Sheriff is concerned, after the state takes away two years and he gets credit for time served, he will do a little less than two years," for the involuntary manslaughter of pop music Michael Jackson. Original Story: On November 7th of this year, a jury ruled that it was the willfully negligent medical care provided by Dr. Conrad Murray in administering a powerful combination of anesthetics, painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs that was the cause of Michael Jackson's death.
In the wake of Judge Michael Pastor handing down Dr. Conrad Murray's four-year manslaughter sentence in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, at least one Jackson family member claims the sentence doesn't resemble justice. Though the four-year sentence is the maximum Murray could've received, Jackson's brother Jermaine Jackson told E! News reporters outside the courthouse today "It wasn't enough time." Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore had just told the network's reporters that Murray will ultimately end up serving "a little less than two years" in part because Pastor credited Murray 46 days already served, counting the 23 served incarcerated between verdict and sentencing and also good-behavior credit.
Crowds gathered around outside the L.A. County court room where Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter yesterday in the death of Michael Jackson, cheering the verdict and declaring that justice had been done. Of course that's not how Murray and his attorneys see things. Murray was immediately sent to jail until his sentencing hearing, and Murray's attorneys are already talking about an appeal. According to MTV News, though, for Conrad's lawyers, it's first things first.