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Prince and Diana Ross Could Testify in Michael Jackson Case

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Legal Issues, Rumors,

Michael Jackson and Diana RossPrince, Diana Ross and Spike Lee are among the witnesses who could be called in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial.

The late star's mother Katherine Jackson has accused promoters AEG Live of being negligent in ignoring health concerns over her son and hiring Dr. Conrad Murray - the physician who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of the star following his passing in 2009 - and it has now been revealed who could take to the stand in the case. As well as the two singers and the director, Michael's ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, his three children Prince, 16, Paris, 14, and Blanket, nine, producer Quincy Jones, choreographer Kenny Ortega and several of the "Thriller" hitmaker's siblings could be called to give evidence, ET Online reports.

However, despite his inclusion on the list, insiders predict Prince is unlikely to testify. Music blogger Dr. Funkenberry explained to the New York Post newspaper, "Prince is so far down on the witness list, he will more than likely never get called."

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Spike Lee: Bad 25 Was Good Pressure

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Upcoming Releases, Pop,

Spike LeeSpike Lee couldn't let people down with his Michael Jackson documentary. The filmmaker has been working on Bad 25 - which examines the making of the late King of Pop's classic 1987 album - and was excited by the challenge of living up to the "pressure" of fans' expectations.

"It's good pressure. You can't let people down. If this had been sub-par I'd have been torn limb from limb," he said.

Spike has admired the "Thriller" hitmaker - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - all his life and admits his passing left him "messed up" for some time. "I'm a filmmaker, I love what I do and I grew up admiring and loving Michael Jackson. I saw him in 1969 on TV. He had a big afro and I wanted to be him. Michael's life deeply affected people and they miss him. His death messed me up for a month or two. He touched so many people," he said when asked why he made the film.


Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Documentary in Post-Production

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Concerts / Tours, Industry News, Pop,

Spike LeeSpike Lee is in the final stages of completing a Michael Jackson documentary.

The legendary filmmaker is in the latter part of post-production on the project, which will focus on the story of the late singer's Bad album, world tour and videos to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the record following its release in August 1987. The documentary will feature more than 40 interviews, conducted by Spike - who directed both short films for Michael's "They Don't Care About Us" in 1996 - with the "Thriller" hitmaker's confidants, choreographers, collaborators and musicians who worked on the record.

"I'm more than just a huge fan of Michael Jackson, and having the chance to actually know him and work with him, I deeply care about his legacy. With this Bad project I was able to uncover just what made this such a huge, important coming of age in his career and unearth compelling stories surrounding the making of the album, the long awaited follow-up to Thriller - the best selling album of all time - the short films and the tour that may have never seen the light of day," he said.

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Josh Brolin Wanted Park’s Blessing For Old Boy

Josh BrolinJosh Brolin wanted to get Park Chan-wook's blessing before he agreed to sign up to the remake of Old Boy.

The actor is to star alongside Elizabeth Olsen in a new version of Park's 2003 violent thriller - which is being directed by Spike Lee - but admitted he did have some reservations beforehand.

"Spike Lee's doing Old Boy and it's different and the same. I wrote an email to Park, who I really love, when I tried to get him to direct Jonah Hex. I was like, 'If you're not completely into this, then we'll find something else to do together.' But then I said, 'I want your blessing to do Old Boy.' He wrote back this beautiful letter and it said, 'I love remakes and I think it's great, just don't do it exactly like we did.'"

Josh, 44, recently revealed the remake of Old Boy will be "severely" violent: "I think we're going to go for it, I think we're going to give 1000 per cent to this one."


Elizabeth Olsen to Star in Old Boy

Elizabeth OlsenElizabeth Olsen is expected to take the lead female role in Old Boy.

The 22-year-old actress has been offered the part by director Spike Lee after Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska turned it down. The film is a new version of Park Chan-wook's classic movie and if she signs up, Elizabeth will star alongside Josh Brolin, who will take on the lead male role.

The movie focuses on a man named Joe (Dae-su Oh in the original) who is captured and imprisoned in a hotel room for over two decades (15 years in the original) with no understanding as to why. When he is suddenly released, he's told that he has just four days to determine the reason for his imprisonment with the help of Elizabeth's character Marie.

Although there is not a solid start date, shooting is planned to start "soon."


Josh Brolin Joins Oldboy

Josh BrolinJosh Brolin has signed on to star in Spike Lee's Oldboy remake. The Jonah Hex actor will play a man who is falsely imprisoned for 15 years without knowing why, before one day being released and given the tools to fight those who kidnapped him.

The movie is based on the 2004 movie by Park Chan-Wook, and is being adapted by Mark Protosevich, best known for his work on I Am Legend, who will also co-produce. The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale is also set to appear in the movie the play the leading villain.

Josh recently finished filming on Men in Black 3 with Will Smith, and will next shoot Gangster Squad alongside Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling.

Oldboy will begin filming in March 2012.


Brad Pitt Wants Death Penalty For Oil Spill Executives

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Rants,

Brad Pitt in New OrleansEnvironmentally-conscious has hinted the executives responsible for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill deserve the death penalty.

The star speaks out against those behind the oil rig explosion in April - which caused the worst environmental disaster in US history with millions of gallons of oil flooding into the sea - in a new documentary If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.

“I was never for the death penalty before - I am willing to look at it again,” Brad said of the people responsible for the disaster.

The oil spill, which happened after an explosion on the BP operated Deepwater Horizon rig, resulted in the decimation of wildlife and habitat of marine and coastal animals, as well as loss of livelihood for many fishermen and other people who depend of the area for work. As yet the root cause of the disaster remains unconfirmed.

Brad’s comments are at the end of the documentary, filmed by , about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans, Louisiana - the closest major US city to the Deepwater rig - five years after the hurricane devastated the city, leaving 80 per cent of it waterlogged. Brad spearheaded the Make it Right project after the natural disaster, which built 150 affordable and sustainable homes in one of the areas of New Orleans that was worst hit.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 12, 2010

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

The Hurt Locker DVD

  • 8 1/2: Blu-ray
  • Amreeka: DVD
  • Big Fan: DVD
  • Billy Jack: Blu-ray
  • Brothers at War: DVD
  • The Brothers Bloom: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Burning Plain: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Cliffhanger: Blu-ray
  • Departures: DVD
  • Downloading Nancy: DVD
  • Fame: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Halloween II: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Hurt Locker: DVD, Blu-ray
  • I Can Do Bad All By Myself: DVD, Blu-ray

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First Look: Michael Jackson’s This is It video


One month before the DVD release of Michael Jackson’s This Is It comes this video directed by .

The montage - made for the singer’s posthumous single “This Is It” - is comprised of clips from ‘s career, footage from after his death and images from hometown of Gary, Indiana.

The documentary hits stores on January 26.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 30, 2009

Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Experience DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • 12 Rounds: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Barfly: DVD
  • Do the Right Thing (20th Anniversary Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Education of Charlie Banks: DVD
  • Flawless: Blu-ray
  • Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li: DVD, Blu-ray
  • They Call Me Bruce? (25th Anniversary Edition): DVD
  • Tokyo!: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Two Lovers: DVD, Blu-ray

Click here to see the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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