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Emmys 2017: Where the Ladies At? The Brand New Music Supervision Category

Emmys 2017: Where the Ladies At? The Brand New Music Supervision Category
Among the more diverse Emmy groupings that were revealed on Thursday’s nominations announcement: the brand new Outstanding Music Supervision award, which featured three women among the five episodes in contention. Netflix and HBO rule the category, with each up for two — Netflix’s “Master Of None” and “Stranger Things,” and HBO’s “Girls” and “Big Little Lies” — while AMC’s “Better Call Saul” rounds out the group.

Some 75 shows were submitted for the category, which music professionals and fans alike have long complained was overlooked in the Emmy race. In May, Michael A. Levine, one of the Academy’s two music governors, explained that, “The job of music supervision has evolved, from what was once primarily an administrative task to becoming a creative and artistic one.”

Indeed, beyond the complexities of licensing and clearances for recorded tracks, which can easily push a music budget to over $1 million if songs by top-tier artists are used, the
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George Lopez To Host Celebrity Charity Golf Classic

Host George Lopez will be joined by celebrity golfers for his fourth annual Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting The Lopez Foundation at the Riviera Country Club, 1250 Capri Drive, Pacific Palisades on Monday, May 2.

Celebrity guests teeing off at the event include Aimee Garcia, Andy Garcia, Anthony Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, Billy Bush, Cedric the Entertainer, Cheech Marin, Dave Annable, Don Cheadle, Jack Wagner, Jimmy Jam, Joe Mantegna, Kenny G, Kevin Dobson, Kevin Nealon, Matt Lanter, Michael Bearden, Michael Clarke Duncan, Michael Pena, Michelle Rodriguez, Omarosa, Ray Romano, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tony Dovolani, William Devane, Joe Regalbuto and many others.

The Fourth Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic and 2011 Audi quattro Cup will benefit The Lopez Foundation. The tournament format is “Two Man Modified Best Ball” of fivesomes with full handicap. The Charity’s mission is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children and adults confronting challenges in education and health, as
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Look Who's Talking! 'Extra's' Talk Show Roundup

Look Who's Talking! 'Extra's' Talk Show Roundup
Here's "Extra's" roundup of talk show guests for the week of Jan. 10 - 14, including Paula Abdul on "Ellen" and Queen Latifah stopping by "The View." Vince Vaughn stays up late for "Late Show with David Letterman," and Seth Rogen checks-in at the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Daytime

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

Mon 1/10: Dennis Quaid, Nicki Minaj

Tues 1/11: Paula Abdul, Richard Simmons

Wed 1/12: Jenny McCarthy, Chris Harrison

Thurs 1/13: Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks
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Emmys: Director, Designer, & Band Named

North Hollywood, CA, July 30, 2010 – Four-time Emmy® Award recipient Glenn Weiss and two-time Emmy® Award recipient Steve Bass have been named to the 62nd Primetime Emmy® Awards production team, Executive Producer Don Mischer announced today. Weiss returns as Director and Bass as Production Designer of the telecast, airing live coast-to-coast on Sunday, August 29 (8:00 Pm Et / 5:00 Pm Pt) on NBC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Also returning to the Primetime Emmys for an encore performance, is the 17-piece “dream team” band under the direction of Steve Jordan and David Paich and comprised of renowned rock, jazz and studio greats, including guitarists Dean Parks and Ray Parker, Jr., keyboardist Michael Bearden, saxophonist Tom Scott, bassist Darryl Jones and percussionist Lenny Castro. As Executive Producer of seven Tony Awards and Director of the last ten, Glenn Weiss has received four Primetime Emmy Awards. Aside from collaborating with
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George Lopez's Talk Show To Offer Musical Variety, Guest Stars

What's the best word to describe the latest addition to late night television? "What-cha!"

Stand-up comedian, sitcom star and movie star George Lopez will add the job of talk show host to his resume beginning tonight. "Lopez Tonight" will showcase the comic's talents and will provide a forum for a variety of musical acts.

Tonight's premiere episode will feature rock legend Carlos Santana as Lopez's first scheduled guest and part of the musical lineup. The "Black Magic Woman" artist will join Lopez's house band, led by Michael Bearden, whose recent work includes the Michael Jackson film "This Is It." Bearden will be leading a tribute to the late King of Pop as part of the show.

Santana is the first of many musical stars who will be visiting the set of "Lopez Tonight." Also scheduled to appear within coming episodes are Marc Anthony, Morissey, Slash, Akon, Lmfao, Jay Sean, Amerie,
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Michael Beardon Interview, This Is it

MoviesOnline recently sat down with Michael Jackson’s musical director, Michael Bearden, to talk about his new film, Michael Jackson’s This Is It, which offers Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this past summer in London’s O2 Arena.

Bearden is an accomplished musical director/keyboardist/arranger/composer for a diverse range of musical superstars. He has performed and/or recorded with some of popular music’s giants including: Sting, Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Chaka Kahn, Patti Austin, James Ingrahm, Patti Labelle, Yoko Ono, George Benson, Natalie Cole, Yossou NDour, Boz Scaggs, Lenny Kravitz, Luther Vandross, Issac Hayes, Aaron Neville, Edie Brickell, Jon Bonjovi and legends Nancy Wilson, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Liza Minelli, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles and served
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Eugene Hernandez: “I want it like I wrote it.”

Eugene Hernandez: “I want it like I wrote it.”
New York, NY, November 2, 2009—This week: Miramax, Madonna, and Michael Jackson. There’s an incredibly telling moment at the heart of “This Is It,” Kenny Ortega’s new documentary about Michael Jackson. It comes as Jackson and his musical director Michael Bearden are working out a stirring rendition of “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Bearden and Jackson aren’t quite seeing eye-to-eye on the song’s tempo. “I want it like I wrote …
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Michael Jackson ‘This Is It’ Delivered A Great, Up Close Look At Mj

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Michael Jackson "This Is It" movie delivered a great,up close look at Mj. Columbia Pictures released the new Michael Jackson documentary/film earlier this week. Along with Michael Jackson, it starred: Kenny Ortega, Travis Payne, Michael Bearden, Dorian Holley, Judith Hill, Orianthi, Tommy Organ, and, Bashiri Johnson. The film showed up close, behind the scenes, footage, that was taken from over 100 hours of rehearsal footage. The rehearsal footage was from between March and June of this year. It showed interviews with the background dancers that were chosen to perform with Michael,and showed footage of their whole audition process. It showed Michael performing some of his greatest hits like: Billy Jean,Thriller,Human Nature, Beat It,Smooth Criminal, and The Way You Make Me feel, to name a few.
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Michael Jacksons This is It Movie Review

There are few things in life that make your heart soar and change your perspective on the world as much as Michael Jackson did. I first met Michael in October 1978 while I was working as a photographer for the Los Angeles Film Exposition and was assigned to cover the gala West Coast premiere of The Wiz.

Michael attended the premiere and opening night party of the movie at the Plitt’s Century Plaza Theater in Century City (Los Angeles) with the Jackson family and Diana Ross among others. He was a sweet, gentle spirit -- friendly, soft-spoken, and a consummate professional. Even then, Michael had an undeniable power and presence that only grew as he matured as a solo artist.

Seeing him first moonwalk, hearing him sing and watching him perform was an exhilarating, life altering experience. It was as if in every performance he gave us a little piece of his soul.
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Exclusive Video: Creators Discuss Michael Jackson's This Is It!

The world was shocked this summer at the passing of a musical legend when Michael Jackson collapsed and died suddenly at the age of fifty in Los Angeles back in June. What has followed is a media circus almost as strange and bizarre as the one that haunted the performer for most of his life. Jackson was in rehearsals for his latest tour entitled "This Is It" when he passed away and was making a documentary about it, which included filming the rehearsals. Michael Jackson's This Is It, opening in theaters on October 28th, is a fascinating look at the creative process of a musical genius, the legacy he leaves behind and the tour of the century that almost was. We had a chance to speak with the tour and film's Director Kenny Ortega, as well as Keyboardist and Music Supervisor Michael Bearden about the documentary, the tour that could
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Watch: 'I was the last one to see Michael Jackson the night he died'

So what was it really like working with Michael Jackson? What did Jackson say to him the night before he died? Michael Bearden, the musical director for Jackson’s “This is It” tour, tells us in the clip below. As we noted in our review, Bearden is the only crew member who has regular conversations with Jackson instead of merely genuflecting every time he moon walks by. Bearden, who is the musical director for George Lopez’s new talk show, “Lopez Tonight,” which launches Nov. 9, had worked with Jackson for the first time nearly 10 years ago. But Mj is far...
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Exclusive Interview: This Is It Choreographer Travis Payne

This Is It is being sold, yes, as a chronicle of the last moments of Michael Jackson's life. But it's also an interesting story about artistic collaboration, making real characters out of people like director Kenny Ortega, musical director Michael Bearden, and choreographer Travis Payne, all of whom are seen in the film working with Jackson and the rest of the crew, putting their heads together to create a spectacle like none other. Payne, who first worked with Jackson as a dancer in 1992's video for "Remember The Time," talked to me last week about how Jackson is different from any other artist he's ever worked with, how he decided that the rehearsal footage should be seen in public, and the side of Michael he knew, separate from the public persona. You can see Payne, Jackson and all the others in This Is It, in theaters everywhere today. You've
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'Michael Jackson's This Is It' Crew On His Last Days

'I said, 'Don't believe that. I just left Michael. I just saw him. He's fine,'' Michael Bearden says of his reaction to the news of Jackson's death.

By Jocelyn Vena

Michael Jackson in "Michael Jackson's This Is It"

Photo: Sony/ Aeg

The crew that worked with Michael Jackson while he prepared for his 50-show This Is It concert run in London had no idea about the unfortunate events that were to come; in fact, many of the people involved felt that the final rehearsals were incredible and a sign of what was to come from the King of Pop.

"Michael stood out in front of the stage with me and looked at the rehearsal and said, 'This is the dream. This is the dream, good Kenny. You did it,' " director Kenny Ortega told MTV News. "I think there was this feeling in the room, in the air — we
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'Michael Jackson's This Is It' Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know

Know the ins and outs of the rock doc before you head to the theater.

By Eric Ditzian

Orianthi and Michael Jackson in "Michael Jackson's This Is It"

Photo: Sony/ Aeg

"It's an adventure — it's a great adventure," Michael Jackson said of his sold-out series of 50 London concerts. "We want to take them places they've never been before."

That plan never got the chance to become a reality. "This Is It," the documentary of the live shows that almost came to pass, could easily have been called, "What Might Have Been." On Wednesday (October 28), when the film opens for a limited, two-week release, the world will finally catch a glimpse of the greatest comeback that never was — his iconic dance moves, his classic tunes, the stunning stage show and all. MTV News has been assiduously following every development of the film, from its initial rumors to the first footage to the pending red-carpet premiere.
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'Michael Jackson's This Is It' Producer Explains Why Film Doesn't Address Mj's Death

'I'm glad we left some things out,' Michael Bearden says of decision to exclude announcement of King of Pop's passing.

By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Ryan J. Downey

Michael Bearden

Photo: MTV News

"Michael Jackson's This Is It" is a celebration of the concerts that could have been. That's why when music supervisor Michael Bearden, along with director Kenny Ortega and choreographer Travis Payne, were putting the film together, they left out any scenes that address Jackson's untimely passing in June. Bearden revealed that while cameras were rolling when the tragic news was announced, you won't see that in the film.

"I'm glad we left some things out," Bearden, who also served as associate producer on the film, told MTV News after the premiere Tuesday night in Los Angeles. "Especially the announcement of his passing."

The crew involved in cutting together the film had very specific reasons why
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‘Michael Jackson’s This is It’ Would Evocatively, Memorably Move Even Rhythmless Zombies

Chicago – Even a rhythmless zombie will be able to siphon Michael Jackson’s prowess now. And this time, this is it.

If you thought the king of pop wouldn’t deliver on his latest bout of 50 sold-out worldwide concerts, think again. “Michael Jackson’s This is It” takes you on a raw ride behind the scenes, pulls at all the right heartstrings and unleashes what the late master performer would have done had he not passed much too young.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The 112 minutes of this Michael Jackson legacy – comprised of footage leading up to his very last weeks on Earth – fly by as you try to prevent the closing credits from scrolling too soon. No matter your musical taste, there likely isn’t a tune in this concert film that you won’t recognize (perhaps except for one about Mj’s green love for our “sick” planet).

The documentary and its
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‘Michael Jackson’s This is It’ Would Evocatively, Memorably Move Even Rhythmless Zombies

Chicago – Even a rhythmless zombie will be able to siphon Michael Jackson’s prowess now. And this time, this is it.

If you thought the king of pop wouldn’t deliver on his latest bout of 50 sold-out worldwide concerts, think again. “Michael Jackson’s This is It” literally takes you behind the scenes, pulls at all the right memorable heartstrings and unleashes what the late master performer would have had he not passed much too young.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The 112 minutes of this new and last Michael Jackson legacy – comprised of footage leading up to his very last weeks on Earth – fly by as you try to prevent the closing credits from scrolling too soon. No matter your musical taste, there likely isn’t a tune in this concert film that you won’t recognize – except for one about Mj’s green love for our “sick” planet.

The documentary and its CD
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Michael Jackson Collaborators Moved By 'This Is It'

'I'm so excited the world gets to see that Michael we saw,' dancer Kaplow says.

By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Ryan J. Downey

Michael Jackson in "This Is It"

Photo: Sony

Though they participated in the rehearsals that comprise the footage of "Michael Jackson's This Is It," the dancers, musicians and producers working on Jackson's London concerts still find the movie moving.

"To be honest, I didn't know what to expect, or if I even wanted to see it yet, but it was a big weight lifted off my shoulders," dancer Kaplow told MTV News. "It was beautiful. I'm so excited the world gets to see that Michael we saw. The Michael we knew, that we rehearsed with all the time. That's real. That's him."

Music supervisor Michael Bearden, who was also an associate producer on the film, says that it was incredible watching "This Is It" in
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'Michael Jackson's This Is It': Rounding Up The Night's Coverage

We've been crowing about it for weeks now, but the main event has finally arrived. "Michael Jackson's This Is It" had its world premiere and MTV was right there to give you the blow-by-blow straight from the red carpet. Our on the spot live blog coverage was supplemented by a series of in-depth write-ups about the movie, so put on your reading glasses and get ready to start clicking.

The first thing to check out is Jocelyn Vena's report from the carpet, with quotes from "American Idol" stars Adam Lambert and David Cook on the enduring legacy of Michael Jackson. "Michael wasn't afraid of just being himself," Lambert said. "Michael didn't conform to one style of music. He did his own thing. That's the thing that makes me tick."

There are other remembrances of Michael too, and from people with closer ties. 'Nsync member and former stagemate Jc Chasez recalls
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Michael Jackson Remembered By Fans, Colleagues At 'This Is It' Premiere

David Cook, Ashley Tisdale and others walk the red carpet, while the crew for Mj's planned comeback shows offer behind-the-scenes revelations.

By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Sway Calloway and Tim Kash

Michael's brothers, Randy, Tito and Marlon Jackson arrive at the Nokia Theatre in Hollywood

Photo: Robyn Beck/ Getty Images

Fans and colleagues of Michael Jackson turned out Tuesday night (October 27) to remember the King of Pop at the Los Angeles premiere of "Michael Jackson's This Is It." On MTV News' premiere special, Tim Kash and Sway were live from the red carpet, and celebrities, fans and the crew involved with Jackson's planned London comeback shows revealed what it was like behind-the-scenes with a superstar.

David Cook told us about his cover of Jackson's "Billie Jean," which helped him win the seventh season of "American Idol." "You want to do songs people know, and who doesn't know Michael Jackson?
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