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Fan service. It’s an act of appeasement. A effort to try and satisfy the fan base of a particular franchise while trying to do your own thing with it. The truth is, fan service is an anchor. A cinder block chained to the neck of a property that weights it down and prevents it from becoming something original. Star Trek is a franchise with deep roots that runs back nearly five decades. When they decided to relaunch Star Trek, there were radical departures made to try and separate the old from the new. I was a big fan of the rebooted Star Trek because director J.J. Abrams and his creative team weren’t afraid to reconfigure the formula. The sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness is weighed down by »
- Flickering Myth
It’s always been a great irony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that induction ceremonies might be the least rock ‘n’ roll thing ever. But Public Enemy, Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones, Lou Adler, Albert King, and Randy Newman took their spots in the canon last night — the actual ceremony happened at L.A.’s Nokia Theater in April, but HBO didn’t air it until a month later — it was clear that many of them must be big fans of irony.
Randy Newman kicked things off with his anthem “I Love L.A.,” which got »
- Melissa Maerz
In the midst of his Michael Jackson molestation claims, Wade Robson was spotted in Hawaii with his family after rumors sparked that he planned to move there soon. The 30-year-old famed choreographer was spotted doing some grocery shopping in Hawaii with his wife and son Friday, looking carefree in flip-flops, shorts and a floral-print shirt. News of Robson's possible Hawaii move comes just a week after he filed a suit against the Jackson estate alleging he was abused by the late star. The So You Think You Can Dance regular previously denied he had been molested by Jackson during the singer's 2005 molestation trial, but has since changed his tune, calling Jackson a "pedophile," and »
Los Angeles — A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant Aeg Live LLC, and what is expected at court in the week ahead:
Jackson's mother wants a jury to determine that the promoter of Jackson's planned comeback concerts didn't properly investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, who a criminal jury convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Jackson's June 2009 death. Aeg's attorney says the case is about personal choice, namely Jackson's decision to have Murray serve as his doctor and give him doses of a powerful anesthetic as a sleep aid. Millions, possibly billions, of dollars are at stake.
_ Jurors heard from Aeg Live's first two witnesses, a pair of choreographers who worked on Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" shows. Stacy Walker told the panel she never saw any signs Jackson was impaired or ill during rehearsals. »
New York, May 18: Michael Jackson's former maid has revealed that the late singer pointedly threatened her life if she ever snitched his sordid secrets.
Adrian McManus told Inside Edition that she also believes that her deceased ex-boss committed child molestation, the New York Daily News reported.
McManus claimed that one of Jackson's employees told her that if she would "ever go on a talk show or a TV show, they could hire a hit man and have her neck slit."
"They'll never find your body. We can hire a sniper to take you out," she said.
McManus, who worked for Jackson in the '90s and previously testified against her boss. »
- Machan Kumar
The Neverland housekeeper who graphically described seeing Wade Robson naked in a shower with Michael Jackson ... will play a huge role in whether Robson wins a cent from Mj's Estate in his new civil lawsuit, TMZ has learned. Sources close to the case tell us Wade's lawyers are dissecting Blanca Francia's testimony during Jackson's 2005 molestation trial.During the trial, Francia -- who worked at Neverland in the late '80s -- testified she witnessed Jackson »
- TMZ Staff
Wade Robson surfaced in Hawaii with his wife and son on Friday ... sportin' an Aloha shirt and some flip flops following his "Michael Jackson molested me as a kid" media blitz. We broke the story ... Wade recently sold his Santa Monica condo and skipped town to live with his wife and kid in her hometown on the island. Wade shouldn't get too comfortable though ... he's gonna have to fly back to L.A. at some »
- TMZ Staff
Wade Robson hopes his allegations against Michael Jackson will encourage other 'victims' to come forward. The choreographer filed legal documents on May 1 asking for money from the Michael Jackson Estate in compensation for childhood molestation at the hands of the late pop star - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - and says he wants to inspire others to speak out. He told TMZ: 'I want to inspire other people to speak their truth. 'If my coming forward and speaking the truth can help, honestly, one [person] to gain courage to speak their truth and begin the healing process then that would really be more than I could ask.' Speaking earlier this week, Wade »
Wade Robson says he feels Liberated after opening up about the alleged sex abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson on national TV ... and says he hopes he inspires other people to "speak their truth."Robson had just landed at Lax yesterday after his big tell-all interview with Matt Lauer on the "Today" show -- and said he has no regrets about going public with his Mj accusations. While Wade's story is under fire -- »
- TMZ Staff
The mother of the late singer's children Prince Michael, 16 and Paris, 15, asserted that the latest accuser will not put a stain on the memory of
The King of Pop, TMZ reported.
She told the publication that she was angered that Robson reversed his sworn testimony from court in 2005, and is now claiming to be a victim of sexual abuse.
Rowe said that Robson's publicity-seeking attempt is opportunistic and just oozes falseness.
Robson had. »
- Smith Cox
Which American actress is richer than Oprah? According to a new list, "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is worth a whopping $3 billion, beating Oprah by $300 million and becoming the fourth richest celebrity (singers, rappers, actors, models). Louis-Dreyfus didn't earn all that money from her work on "Seinfeld." In fact, most of it comes from her family. But that's not to say that "Seinfeld" didn't make her richer. Both Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David made the list, each being worth $800 million. What's interesting is that Keanu Reeves is worth $350 million, which is more than Will Smith ($200 million) and Bruce Springsteen ($200 million). But that's nothing comparing to the person who took first place, George Lucas, who's worth $7.3 billion, mostly thanks to the sale of "Star Wars" to Disney. Check out the top 50 list below: 1. George Lucas: $7.3 Billion 2. Dina Merrill: $5 Billion 3. Steven Spielberg: $3 Billion 4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: $3 Billion 5. Oprah Winfrey: »
Los Angeles, May 17: Michael Jackson's nephew Taj Jackson finds dancer-choreographer Wade Robson's accusations that his uncle had molested him when he was a child "sickening". He says he will "defend" his late uncle at any cost.
In 2005, during Michael's trial on child-molestation charges, Robson had testified that the singer didn't act inappropriately towards him and the late pop singer was acquitted of all charges, reports eonline.com.
But Robson later filed a lawsuit against Jackson's estate and said that he and Mj performed "sexual acts" on each other at Jackson's Neverland Ranch.
Taj tweeted: "What people will. »
- Machan Kumar
Washington, May 17: Michael Jackson's nephew Taj has said that the singer helped him cope after an uncle from his mother's side sexually assaulted him when he was young.
Taj, who is the son of Michael's brother Tito, said that he wouldn't have gotten through it if Michael didn't console him at that time.
He tweeted in response to the recent allegations made by Michaels' choreographer friend Wade Robson, "What people will $ay and do for money and to $tay relevant is $ickening. De$perate times call for De$perate mea$ures. #Money."
He posted on his Twitter account that he is not going to sit back and let someone lie about Michael.
Taj also said that he knows Wade is lying, as he spent a great deal of time with. »
- Smith Cox
Robson said on the 'Today' show that he was scared psychologically and emotionally, completely unable and unwilling to realize that he was abused sexually, Contactmusic reported.
The 30-year-old said that the abuse is not a case of repressed memory and he would never forget what the King of Pop did to him.
Robson said that both he and Jackson performed sexual acts on each other.
He said that the abuse by the hands of Jackson was complete manipulation and brainwashing, and Jackson used to role-play and train him for these scenarios.
- Machan Kumar
Debbie Rowe has blasted Wade Robson as ' opportunistic'. The former wife of Michael Jackson - who is the mother of the late singer's children Prince Michael, 16 and Paris, 15, - is horrified by Wade's accusations that Michael sexually assaulted him and has branded him a liar. She told TMZ: ''I was angered that Wade Robson reversed his sworn testimony from court in 2005, and now claims to be a victim of sexual abuse. 'His publicity-seeking attempt is opportunistic and just oozes falseness. 'It will be quickly forgotten, and will do nothing, nothing to tarnish Michael's extraordinary legacy.' Wade was one of the witnesses at Michael's child molestation trial in 2005, and his testimony, along with those of his »
Jermaine Jackson couldn't Believe it when he heard his nephew Taj's claims that a family member had molested him as a child -- telling TMZ, "I've never heard that. I've never ever heard that."As we reported, Taj Jackson -- one of Tito's sons -- made the announcement on Twitter today, claiming an uncle on his mother's side of the family sexually abused him as a child ... and Michael Jackson counseled him through the trauma. »
- TMZ Staff
Taj Jackson suggests that he knows the difference between a survivor and a liar. "What people will $ay and do for money and to $tay relevant is $ickening. De$perate times call for De$perate mea$ures. #Money," Taj, one of Tito Jackson's three sons, tweeted today in response to dancer-choreographer Wade Robson's recent accusations that Michael Jackson molested him when he was a child. On Today Thursday, Robson—who filed a lawsuit against Jackson's estate May 1—called the late pop icon a "pedophile" and said that he and the late pop icon performed "sexual acts" on each other at Jackson's Neverland Ranch. "I will not sit back and let someone flat »
From drug abuse to rehab to hanging out with Michael Jackson at Neverland, Corey Feldman has seen it all. But he's never told the entire story - until now. Feldman, 41, whose memoir, Coreyography, comes out this October, exudes that trouble and darkness on his face in the book's cover photo, seen here first on People. "After a lifetime of rumors and misconceptions," Feldman says, "I can finally set the record straight and tell my story the way it as meant to be told." Emancipated at age 15 from a family Feldman calls dysfunctional, he dated Drew Barrymore and became best friends »
Choreographer and erstwhile Michael Jackson defender Wade Robson stirred up a legal hornet's nest last week when he came forward with allegations that the late King of Pop had sexually abused him over a seven-year period until he was 14. Robson, who just eight years ago testified on behalf of Jackson during his headline-hogging child-molestation trial, has now filed a lawsuit against the late singer's estate. Here are five things to know about the 30-year-old dancer, who has labeled the late music legend "a pedophile and a child sexual abuser." 1. He Put the Moves on Justin Timberlake and 'N Sync: J.T. likely owes Robson big time for helping him hone that fancy footwork: The Aussie »
Michael Jackson's nephew claimed the singer helped him cope after he was sexually abused. Taj Jackson - whose father is Michael's brother Tito - alleged he was assaulted by a member of his mother's family when he was younger and says he wouldn't have gotten through it if his uncle hadn't consoled him. After choreographer Wade Robson claimed Michael - who died in 2009 - sexually abused him for seven years, Taj tweeted: 'What people will $ay and do for money and to $tay relevant is $ickening. De$perate times call for De$perate mea$ures. #Money 'I will not sit back and let someone flat out lie about my uncle. Period. 'I am writing these words knowing that the minute I »
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