Global premiere for Jackson movie Wednesday, Oct 28 2009 

Michael Jackson’s family and fans have attended the worldwide premiere of his concert documentary, This Is It.The movie was pieced together from 100 hours of footage shot at rehearsals for the star’s ill-fated comeback shows.

Jackson’s brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Randy, attended a star-studded screening in Los Angeles. Simultaneous premieres were held in 18 other cities.

Introducing the film, director Kenny Ortega described it as the last sacred document of our leader and friend.

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In Pictures: Jackson film premiere

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Fans around the world are attending the first screenings of Michael Jackson's This Is It, which documents the star rehearsing for his ill-fated comeback gigs. In New York, a dance tribute took place outside the Regal E-Walk cinema.

Jackson, who died on June 25 aged 50, had spent the previous four months rehearsing in Los Angeles.

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Jackson's brothers Jermaine (left), Randy, Tito and Marlon are attending a screening in Los Angeles. Their mother, Katherine, declines the invitation, saying it would be too

More than 800,000 tickets had been sold for the concerts, with organisers promising one of the “most expensive and technically advanced” live shows ever.

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Hollywood stars Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith were also among the first to see the movie.

He was just two weeks away from the opening night at the time of his death, which authorities in Los Angeles ruled a homicide.

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Other celebrities at the Los Angeles premiere included (l-r) Motown boss Berry Gordy, High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale, musicians Adam Lambert and Katy Perry and film director Kenny Ortega

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Even those too young to remember the star in his heyday dressed up to see his final farewell

Review: This Is It

Michael Jackson’s family and fans have attended the worldwide premiere of his concert documentary, This Is It.

The movie was pieced together from 100 hours of footage shot at rehearsals for the star’s ill-fated comeback shows.Jackson’s brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Randy, attended a star-studded screening in Los Angeles. Simultaneous premieres were held in 18 other cities.Introducing the film, director Kenny Ortega described it as “the last sacred document of our leader and friend”.

But some fans protested outside the screenings, saying the film covers up Jackson’s declining health.The dedicated fans, who have set up a campaign called This Is Not It, are accusing concert promoter AEG Live of putting too much pressure on the star during the build up to his 50-date run at London’s O2 Arena.

Jackson, who died on June 25 aged 50, had spent the previous four months rehearsing in Los Angeles.More than 800,000 tickets had been sold for the concerts, with organisers promising one of the “most expensive and technically advanced” live shows ever.He was just two weeks away from the opening night at the time of his death, which authorities in Los Angeles ruled a homicide.


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Mystery Surrounds Michael Jackson’s Burial Wednesday, Jul 8 2009 


Michael Jackson’s body left the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a funeral motorcade Tuesday after a star-studded public memorial service for the singer, but it wasn’t immediately clear where the King of Pop’s body was headed.

Los Angeles police told FOX News that the hearse carrying Jackson’s golden casket would be taken to a cemetery, but it appears unlikely that the cemetery will be Forest Lawn Memorial Park, as was originally expected.

FOX News obtained a copy of Jackson’s death certificate, dated Tuesday, which names Forest Lawn for temporary use. The family held a private service there before the casket was taken to the Staples Center, but Los Angeles Officer April Harding said Jackson’s body will not be returning there.

Source: Jackson’s body to be at Staples Center Tuesday, Jul 7 2009 


LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Michael Jackson’s body will be brought to the memorial service at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, a source involved in the planning said.

They poured in to Los Angeles from places far-flung, an army of Michael Jackson fans hoping to collectively mourn their idol in a massive ceremony at the Staples Center downtown Tuesday.

Police put up concrete barriers around the center, allowing only fans with tickets to the star-studded event to enter — beginning at 6 a.m. (9 a.m. ET).

Parking lots in the area raised their prices, some as high as $30. Airports in Southern California saw a spike in bookings. And several movie theaters in the area announced special screenings of the event, which will also be carried live by some television networks and Web sites.

“I guess the crowd estimate is the $64,000 question that everybody is wondering about, and we are as well,” Jim McDonnell, assistant police chief for Los Angeles, said Monday.

Report: Jackson’s Ex-Wife Debbie Rowe Says ‘I Want My Children’ Thursday, Jul 2 2009 

Michael Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe broke her silence Thursday and declared she wants custody of the two children she had with the late King of Pop.”I want my children,” Rowe said during a 90-minute phone interview with NBC-LA early Thursday.

A judge later that day delayed a guardianship hearing for Michael Jackson’s children at the request of attorneys for Rowe and the singer’s mother.The hearing, originally scheduled for Monday., was rescheduled for July 13.

Katherine Jackson will retain temporary guardianship of the children until then.Rowe, who married Jackson in 1996 and filed for divorce three years later, told the NBC-LA she is willing to submit to DNA testing to prove maternity and psychological testing.She also said she’ll seek a restraining order to keep their grandfather, Joe Jackson, away from the children. Michael Jackson had a strained relationship with his father, who he said struck him as a child.

Michael-Jacksons-final-show Thursday, Jul 2 2009 


THIS is the King of Pop’s sensational last ever rehearsal video.The recording shows Michael Jackson finalising his act for London’s O2. The star looks on sizzling form – leaping across the stage as he performs his hit, They Don’t Care About Us.Watch Video

Photographer Kevin Mazur – who watched the final show said: “I watched in awe. From what I saw, Michael was back – and in real style.”He was amazing, happy and energetic. He performed virtually non-stop for two hours and ran through about a dozen greatest hits. He stopped just a couple of times to tweak arrangements and work on moves with dancers.

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Family: Michael Jackson viewing won’t happen at Neverland Wednesday, Jul 1 2009

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Michael Jackson’s family will not hold a public or private viewing of his body at the Neverland Ranch, a spokesman for the family said Wednesday. “Plans are under way regarding a public memorial for Michael Jackson, and we will announce those plans shortly,” Ken Sunshine said in a written tatement.Jackson’s will, which was filed in court Wednesday and dated July 7, 2002, did not specify where he wished to be buried.

Jackson placed his entire estate, which he estimated to be worth at least $500 million, in the Michael Jackson Family Trust, which was described in another document not filed in court

Insomniac Michael Jackson begged for sedative Wednesday, Jul 1 2009 

LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson was so distraught over persistent insomnia in recent months that he pleaded for a powerful sedative despite warnings it could be harmful, says a nutritionist who was working with the singer as he prepared his comeback bid.

Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse whose specialty includes nutritional counseling, said Tuesday that she repeatedly rejected his demands for the drug, Diprivan, which is given intravenously.

But a frantic phone call she received from Jackson four days before his death made her fear that he somehow obtained Diprivan or another drug to induce sleep, Lee said.

Michael Jackson public viewing set for Friday Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 

Michael Jackson’s body will return to his Neverland Ranch on Thursday morning for a public viewing Friday, CNN has learned. A private memorial service is scheduled for Sunday.Also, a Jackson will, written in 2002, has been found, according to family lawyer Londell McMillan.

It was not immediately clear whether Jackson’s body would be interred at Neverland. He purchased the Neverland Ranch, north of Santa Barbara, in 1987 and filled it with animals and amusement rides. He lived at the property until soon after his 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges.

He later ran into financial problems with Neverland but retained a stake in it at the time of his death June 25.

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That was the eerie backdrop onstage for Michael Jackson’s final performance, a June 23rd rehearsal for his upcoming “This Is It” tour.In photos from the rehearsal just released, the 50-year-old singer appears fit, looking no different than he did in any of the performances that help make the singer the King of Pop.


‘Michael Jackson performed in what would be his final rehearsal on Tuesday June 23, 2009.

“When he hit the stage at rehearsal, I was thrilled that the magical Michael Jackson was back,” the photographer who took Jackson’s final performance photos, Kevin Mazur, told the New York Post. “I felt the same adrenaline rush as when I photographed him the first time moonwalking.”

Michael Jackson: 1958 – 2009(Face Of Change) Monday, Jun 29 2009 



Michael Jackson, 13, was the youngest member of the Jackson 5.



‘Michael Jackson of the Jackson 5 during the 1977 American Music Awards



Michael Jackson won three American Music Awards in 1980.



‘Michael Jackson is seen backstage at the 26th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1984.



‘Michael Jackson appears at the American Cinema Award gala on Jan. 9, 1987, in Beverly Hills, Calif



‘Michael Jackson as seen in New York in 1992.



‘Michael Jackson performs during a show at the National Stadium in Singapore during his 1993 Dangerous tour.



‘Michael Jackson smiles for cameras at the announcement of nominations for the 1995 MTV Video Awards in New York City on July 25, 1995.



‘Michael Jackson gives an interview to the Associated Press in Detroit on July 8, 1998.



‘Michael Jackson arrives at the G & P Foundation for Cancer Research's Angel Ball on Nov 30, 2000, in New York.



Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County courthouse in Santa Monica, Calif., on April 27, 2005



‘Michael Jackson poses in Los Angeles on Nov. 8, 2007.



Michael Jackson at a press conference in London on March 5, 2009.

Spokesman: Custody of Jackson Children Likely to Go to Singer’s Mother Monday, Jun 29 2009 

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Jackson children,Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. also known as Prince

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, is taking care of the singer’s three children and the family will go to court Monday in part to protect her rights to custody, the family’s spokesman said Monday.

Londell McMillan, the Jacksons’ attorney, said the family hasn’t heard from Deborah Rowe, the mother of Jackson’s two oldest children, about custody.”I don’t think there will be anybody who thinks that there is someone better” than Katherine Jackson to have custody, McMillan said on NBC’s “Today” show. “She is a very loving host of other grandchildren.”

Jackson left behind three children: Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as Prince Michael, 12; Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11; and Prince Michael II, 7. The youngest son was born to a surrogate mother.

BET Awards celebrate Michael Jackson Monday, Jun 29 2009 

The star-studded BET Awards got under way without “the greatest star in the world,” Joe Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson, said on Sunday night.”I wish the world had recognized him when he were living,” Joe Jackson told CNN’s Don Lemon outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

“Right now he’s bigger than ever. But I wish he was here to see all this, to hear all this,” Joe Jackson said. When asked about circumstances surrounding his son’s death, he said, “I have a lot of concerns but I can’t get into that. … I don’t like what happened.”

BET Awards honor Michael Jackson’s legacy Monday, Jun 29 2009 

LOS ANGELES – The BET Awards became the official Michael Jackson TV celebration on Sunday, with joyous tributes to the King of Pop from a New Edition medley of Jackson 5 songs to host Jamie Foxx’s tender monologue delivered in that classic red leather zipper jacket and white glove.“No need to be sad. We want to celebrate this black man,” said Foxx, who kicked off the show with a re-enactment of the choreography from Jackson’s iconic “Beat It” video in front of the star-studded crowd, on its feet from the start of the show.

As the show ended, Jackson’s sister, Janet, took the stage to speak on behalf of her grieving family and thank fans for their love and support.

Drug use key question in Michael Jackson’s sudden death Friday, Jun 26 2009 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – One day after Michael Jackson’s sudden death, speculation turned to what killed the 50-year-old “King of Pop” on the cusp of a long-awaited comeback concert series.A family attorney said on Friday he had been concerned that Jackson’s use of prescription drugs for dancing-related injuries would eventually prove fatal and that the entertainer’s inner circle had ignored his warnings.

A Jackson family member told celebrity website the singer had been given an injection of the painkiller Demerol before he went into full cardiac arrest at his rental home around midday on Thursday. TMZ soon after broke the news that Jackson had died at a Los Angeles hospital.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said the autopsy would begin Friday morning, but it could take six to eight weeks to determine a cause of death, which will likely have to wait for the return of toxicology tests. Those tests will determine if Jackson had any drugs, alcohol or prescription medications in his system

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