MJ in 3D, and other news to note
October 2nd, 2014
04:24 PM ET

MJ in 3D, and other news to note

Today's talk you might have missed ...

  • In case his holographic form wasn't enough, now Michael Jackson is going to be in 3-D - at least the "Thriller" version of the singer. Director John Landis told the New York Daily News that he's revamped the 14-minute video from 1983. “It is going to reappear in a highly polished and three-dimensional way that is very exciting on the big screen," he said. It's due for release next year in venues yet to be determined. (New York Daily News)
  • Bet you think of cartoon legends Tom and Jerry as cuddly scamps, huh? Well, they weren't always so nice - or politically correct. Not only were the early, more slapsticky cartoons an inspiration for "The Simpsons' " Itchy and Scratchy, the cat-and-mouse pair occasionally indulged in racist stereotypes. Amazon.com, which is streaming some of the early cartoons, attached a warning: "Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today." (Huffington Post via BBC)
  • Have you missed "Community" creator Dan Harmon? He's missed you. And in the film "Harmontown," which chronicles Harmon's 2013 tour, he gets close to one audience by crowdsurfing. The film is being released on demand and in selected theaters starting Friday. (EW)
  • Finally, sometimes you just need a rousing speech to get your blood pumping. Despite his often laid-back manner, Matthew McConaughey is just the guy. He gave a mid-practice speech to the University of Texas Longhorns last week. All right, all right, all right! (People)

 

Cirque du Soleil brings King of Pop to Vegas
February 22nd, 2013
05:35 PM ET

Cirque du Soleil brings King of Pop to Vegas

Cirque du Soleil has confirmed that a new show inspired by the work of Michael Jackson is coming to Las Vegas this year.

Called "Michael Jackson ONE," the King of Pop-themed event will start preview performances on May 23, and will officially premiere June 29 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

"Michael Jackson ONE", written and directed by Jamie King, is described as "a theatrical evocation of Michael’s creative genius." The story focuses on "four misfits" who embark on a "transformative adventure ... guided and inspired by [Jackson's] music ... By journey's end, they will personify Michael's agility, courage, playfulness and love."

This marks the second MJ-inspired show from Cirque du Soleil, as they're also currently showing "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," which also uses the pop icon's music.

General ticket sales for "Michael Jackson ONE" begin March 7.

Remembering King of Pop on his birthday
August 29th, 2012
04:19 PM ET

Remembering King of Pop on his birthday

In honor of what would've been Michael Jackson's 54th birthday, the hometown of the late pop icon is throwing a four-day long celebration.

Jackson's three kids, Paris, Blanket and Prince, along with his mom Katherine and sister La Toya, have been spotted by TMZ in Gary, Indiana, for the event, which launches today.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Michael Jackson • Michael Jackson Tribute • Music
Pepsi to honor anniversary of 'Bad' with MJ ads
May 4th, 2012
08:15 AM ET

Pepsi to honor anniversary of 'Bad' with MJ ads

Michael Jackson may be gone in life but the music hasn't gone anywhere, as Pepsi shows with its latest campaign.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of MJ's "Bad" album and tour, the company plans to produce one billion Pepsi cans bearing the silhouette of the late King of Pop, in addition to new mixes of MJ's music from the multi-platinum album, which was released in 1987.

Called "Live for Now," the campaign will also hold worldwide contents for fans to win jackets designed with the original "Bad" tour staff jackets in mind, as well as tickets to the Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The IMMORTAL World Tour."

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Filed under: Celebrities • Michael Jackson • Music
Paris Jackson lands movie role
December 12th, 2011
09:31 AM ET

Paris Jackson lands movie role

According to People magazine, Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris isn't shying away from the spotlight.

The teen has landed a role in a live-action/animated movie called “Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys." She'll play a girl who survives being brainwashed by a jellyfish queen, and it's the first of five "Lundon O'Malley" films to which the 13-year-old is committed.

"Lundon's Bridge" producer Stephen Sobisky says that Paris has set her sights on being an actress.

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'Ant' invades Michael Jackson tribute
October 7th, 2011
01:58 PM ET

'Ant' invades Michael Jackson tribute

Ants will rock this weekend's Michael Jackson tribute concert... in a manner of speaking.

Alien Ant Farm, the alt rock band that can claim a surprisingly long history with the late King of Pop, is on the bill. The group famously recorded a cover of Jackson's "Smooth Criminal", which hit No. 1 on the modern rock charts in 2001.

The band will be performing that song along with a version of MJ's "PYT" at the Michael Forever concert in Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday.

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