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California police reportedly will not pursue any criminal charges over an alleged scuffle at the family home of the late Michael Jackson in August. Tension in the Jackson family apparently developed when matriarch Katherine was briefly brought by family members to Arizona amid claims of fraud in Michael's will. Michael's daughter Paris Jackson publicly expressed fears about her grandmother's condition while Katherine was away, but her uncle Jermaine Jackson claimed that the grandmother was simply under doctor's orders to rest. This led to an alleged confrontation between Paris and her aunt Janet Jackson at the family's (more) »
- By Justin Harp
Michael Jackson has received a refund on a rug he bought before he died. Staff at exclusive London store The Rug Company were stunned when members of the late 'Thriller' hitmaker's entourage brought back the unused £15,000 carpet and explained the King of Pop - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - had splashed out on the silk and wool floor covering after seeing it on their website three years ago, but passed away before getting chance to use it. Aides had gone into the store to pay for the 12ft by 9ft rug, which the 'Beat It' singer had planned to place in his dressing room at London's The O2, where he was scheduled to play »
No one in Michael Jackson's family will be prosecuted over the fight last July at Katherine's home ... TMZ has learned.As you recall, Paris and Prince got into it with Janet ... the video shows Janet confronting Paris and then apparently trying to get at her cell phone. Paris then charged past Janet, who is then restrained by Randy. There was subsequently a physical confrontation ... we're told between Randy and Jermaine on one side, and Trent on the other. »
- TMZ Staff
Rihanna and Chris Brown have arrived in Africa together. The on-again/off-again couple - who recently reunited following their brief split after the 23-year-old 'Turn Up The Music' singer was spotted dining with his model ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran in Dubai earlier this month - were spotted arriving in the Ivory Coast last night (29.12.12) by private jet along with their entourage. Chris is performing at the Kora Music Awards in Abidjan, which have been dubbed the 'Africa Grammys', tonight (30.12.12) where he is the guest of honour. The annual event - which has previously been attended by Nelson Mandela and the late Michael Jackson - was originally set to take place last night, but was reportedly delayed at the last minute »
If prosecutors have their way ...Conrad Murray will stay locked up, even though an appeals court could reverse his manslaughter conviction in the death of Michael Jackson.According to new court docs obtained by TMZ ... the California Attorney General is scoffing at Murray's bid for release pending appeal, arguing that he's totally unconvincing when he says he's not a flight risk. Murray is claiming if he gets out he'll live with his Gf/baby mama Nicole Alvarez in Santa Monica, »
- TMZ Staff
Mrs. Wissam Al Mana if you're nasty! As revealed by Us Weekly earlier this week, Janet Jackson is set to be a bride in spring 2013 -- marrying billionaire boyfriend Wissam Al Mana in a lavish Qatari wedding. For this holiday season, though, the pop superstar, 46, sent out her greetings as an unmarried lady. A few days before Christmas, the "Love Will Never Do Without You" singer tweeted her annual holiday card to her 2.5 million followers. "Season's Greetings! Love, Janet." In the card, the late Michael Jackson's little [...] »
- Justin Ravitz
Chicago – Hot on the heels of the wondrous 10 Most Overlooked Films of 2012 and the illustrious first look at The 10 Best Films of 2012 comes “The 10 Best Films of 2012, Part Two,” as rendered by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com.
The best films of 2012 are a mixed bag, but there was incredible experiences in all of them, brought forth from a mix of old veterans, new voices and even debut filmmakers. There is less of the end-of-the-world theme of 2011 as if the end is near, let’s have a celebration. It continues to amaze me, now in my fifth year as a professional film critic, that the creative landscape continues to astound the senses and deliver the goods.
Of course there are several films that could have occupied the 10th spot on the list. They include the 2011 stragglers – “We Have a Pope” and “Footnote.” The notable documentaries – “The Central Park Five,” “Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry” and “Samsara. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In honor of the amazing life and career and Dick Clark, this year ABC will air a two-hour countdown of the late “New Years Rockin’ Eve” host’s greatest moments, to be hosted by Fergie in Los Angeles and Jenny McCarthy in Times Square. The special (Dec. 31 from 8-10 p.m. Et) will celebrate clips from American Bandstand as well as many of Clark’s memorable New Year’s Eve countdowns. At 10 Et, Ryan Seacrest will join the hosts for a special appearance in honor of Clark.
We’ve got two exclusive clips from the pre-Seacrest two-hour special, below…
- Annie Barrett
Batman must battle old friends and foes on two fronts in the epic animated conclusion to Frank Miller's masterpiece in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives January 29, 2013 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp), On Demand and for Digital Download. The Blu-ray Combo Pack will include UltraViolet.
With Gotham City back under his watchful eye, and accompanied by able sidekick Robin, Batman continues to battle crime - but his resurgence awakens a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum: The Joker. In the meantime, Superman has been dispatched by the President to halt Batman's unsanctioned reign by whatever means necessary. Between the Joker's diabolical scheme to drag Batman to the darkest levels of insanity, »
Congratulations! Janet Jackson — Ms. Jackson, if you’re nasty — is engaged to her billionaire boyfriend of two years!
Wissam Al Mana gifted Janet Jackson with ”a huge, expensive [engagement] ring” earlier this year, according to a new report. The two lovebirds are currently planning a spring 2013 wedding.
“She’s afraid it will get lost, so she keeps it locked up!” a source tells Us Weekly of Janet’s engagement ring.
Janet and 37-year-old Wissam’s nuptials are set for this spring in Qatar and the “All For You” singer’s fiance will spare no expense for their wedding!
The affair “will cost millions,” a second Jackson insider reveals. “He is flying in all of Janet’s friends and family on private jets.” Janet has seven siblings and more than 20 nieces and nephews, so we have a feeling the wedding Will cost a lot of money.
“He wants to get a top »
- Christopher Rogers
Deciding on the "best" films of any particular year is never an easy task, especially depending on how seriously you take that task. On the final page of this list of my top ten films of 2012 I've included links to my previous top ten lists from the years 2003-2011 and while the majority of the films on those lists remain favorites of mine, it's quite evident how much more seriously I take this process from one year to the next, not to mention how many more films I actually see each year. Going through the list of films I saw in 2012, I was pleased to see how much easier I found it to come up with movies I considered candidates for my top ten. Two thousand and eleven offered several good films, but I had a hard time making a list of ten I considered "great". This year, from numbers »
- Brad Brevet
No, it is not a film about that Michael Jackson song. You Are Not Alone is an independent film that was started on Kickstarter back in May of this year. Shot during the month of July with the 4th being the backdrop to a psycho serial killer on the loose. Even better, the film is shot in a Pov perspective. It sounds ambitious but now that we got a look at the film via the trailer, color me interested. After watching the Kickstarter pitch video, the director, Derek Mungor, seems like a guy that loves genre cinema and is trying to do something different than the norm. Check out the trailer and poster below.
“Natalie is a college graduate visiting her hometown over the 4th of July. The night she arrives, she is stalked by a sociopathic killer.” ’You Are Not Alone’ is a motion picture with two very different stories. »
- Andy Triefenbach
TMZ has obtained the last driver's license photo Michael Jackson ever took -- a big change from the singer's cheery license photo from the 1980s.The latest photo was taken in 2005 -- four years before the King of Pop's untimely death -- and you can tell from the harrowing image ... Mj had become a tortured soul.An image of Mj's 1980s driver's license was released by the FBI shortly after Michael died -- as part »
- TMZ Staff
She knows what boys want and she’s now making her return to the set of Glee. Ashley Fink portrays Lauren Zizes on the Fox series, but it has been some time since we saw her last. Prepare for another encounter.
The come back is a brief one. TV Line reported that the actress is scheduled to appear in a one-episode guest spot. The plot of her return episode revolves around a Sadie Hawkins Dance. You know what that means. Girls ask the boys. But who will Lauren set her razor sharp sights on?
Zizes episode is also Glee‘s very first of the New Year! It happens on Jan. 24 (9/8c on Fox). It is predictably titled, wait for it, “Sadie Hawkins”. Yes, that’s somewhat lame, but Glee more than makes up for it with the episode after. That one airs on Jan. 31 and wait until you see the title. »
- Sasha Nova
Hours after wrapping "30 Rock" Tina Fey tells Zap2it it was a thriller -- or at least its behind-the-scenes soundtrack was.
Fey and the rest of the cast, save Alec Baldwin who had finished earlier in the week, wrapped shooting "30 Rock" Wednesday (Dec. 19) night. And as had happened during all of the 134 episodes, Tracy Morgan cracked her up with his renditions of Michael Jackson songs.
"Last night there was a delay and as happens every time in seven years it ended up with Tracy singing songs from 'Thriller,'" Fey says. "It was the same three Michael Jackson songs so many times. Last night, it turned into an impromptu break dance party."
For the record, Fey did not break dance ,.. or moonwalk.
She did, however, "take my turn on the dance floor," she says. " I was more poppin' and lockin'."
The series finale of "30 Rock" airs on Thursday, Jan. »
After many months of anticipation, Black Dynamite the animated series, based on the cult 2009 feature film by Scott Sanders, starring Michael Jai White, made its debut on Adult Swim on Sunday, July 15th, at 11:30Pm, in an episode that saw Cream Corn saving young Michael Jackson from an assassination attempt, becoming his new best friend. That July series premiere won its time slot in key demos, and tied as the second best new series launch on Adult Swim in 2012, among adults 18-34. The 11-episode first season wrapped up on September 23rd. But it's far from over for the series; Deadline is reporting »
- Tambay A. Obenson
After many months of anticipation, Black Dynamite the animated series, based on the cult 2009 feature film by Scott Sanders, starring Michael Jai White, made its debut on Adult Swim on Sunday, July 15th, at 11:30Pm, in an episode that saw Cream Corn saving young Michael Jackson from an assassination attempt, becoming his new best friend. That July series premiere won its time slot in key demos, and tied as the second best new series launch on Adult Swim in 2012, among adults 18-34. The 11-episode first season wrapped up on September 23rd. But it's far from over for the series; Deadline is reporting that Adult Swim has picked up a 10-episode 2nd season of the animated, with plans to debut season 2 in late 2013 or early 2014. Seems like a long time to wait, but if you know anything about animation, it takes time. In addition to Jai White, Eddie Griffin, Tommy Davidson, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Politicians in the Philippines do not have Bieber fever. In fact, the nation's Congress is proposing a nationwide ban of Justin Bieber if he doesn't apologize for mocking boxer Manny Pacquiao. On Dec. 8, Pacquiano, beloved in his native Philippines, was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez. The Biebs joked about Manny's defeat, posting an Instagram shot of the falling athlete with a Photoshopped Michael Jackson in parallel lean. "Pacquiao doing the lean with Mj .. Classic moment," he quipped. He also shared an image of the Lion King's Simba nudging Manny as he did his dead father, Mufasa, in the Disney flick. Politicians in the Philippines were not amused by Justin's cracks at their »
It takes a lot to bring out Simon Cowell's softer side. But the normally acerbic X Factor judge choked up Wednesday night as he introduced the show's emotional tribute to the Sandy Hook shooting victims - in what he later said was an extremely difficult moment for him. "I would say it was the hardest thing I've ever had to do on TV in my life," Cowell, 53, said after the show, in which Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens and Fifth Harmony made their final performances of the season. "We made the decision and decided that we were going to introduce it like we did, »
- Tim Nudd
Simon Cowell is one shrewd businessman. Last night, when all eyes should have been on X Factor frontrunners Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar, he somehow managed to get us fixated on his manufactured girl group Fifth Harmony.
With only three acts remaining, it seemed like a slam-dunk going into the finals that either Tate or Carly Rose would walk away with the $5 million recording contract tonight. But after 5H's strong showing during the final performances, we can't help but feel like the show's setting us up for an upset. »
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