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- 11/21/12--20:17: Survivor Philippines - Episode 10
- 11/21/12--20:34: American Horror Story 2x7 Promo "Dark Cousin"
- 11/21/12--20:35: Jesse James Engaged for 5th Time
- 11/21/12--20:51: 10 Things We Want To See in X-Men: Days of Future Past
- Mutant concentration camps
- Slums with vicious primal humans
- Destroyed monuments and buildings
- Hundreds of gravestones with the names of recognizable heroes
- 11/21/12--20:55: Arin Ray's family accuses Britney Spears of sabotaging him
- 11/21/12--21:25: Watch a 13-year-old slay every X-Factor contestant in 120 seconds
- 11/22/12--14:09: Days of our Lives To Air Flashback Episode For Black Friday
- 11/22/12--14:34: Gabriel Aubry, Olivier Martinez In Hospital After Brawl
- 11/22/12--14:42: The Wanted at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
- 11/22/12--15:04: Girls Aloud release a new song; Slay all of your faves.
- 11/22/12--15:35: Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Pilot Adds Two Agents
- 11/22/12--15:44: Okay this is just plain cute and silly.
Survivor Philippines: Episode 10 - Whiners Are Wieners
Reward was split in to two teams of 4. Malcolm, Pete, Abi, and Carter won reward.
At the individual immunity challenge, Carter finally did something and won individual immunity.
Abi played her hidden immunity idol and her 3 votes were nullified. Pete was voted out with 3 votes. Malcolm received 2 votes.
Pete is definitely someone I'd like to see play the game again. He's very strategic. I think had he been paired with someone other than Abi who was quick to alienate everyone, he would have been better off.
I actually felt kind of bad for Abi tonight not realizing how disliked she is in the game. But not really.
Hollywood’s tatted and untamable bad boy is on the road to settling down…again.
Following his high profile breakups with the likes of Sandra Bullock and Kat Von D, Jesse James has set his sights on a lesser-known vixen: drag racer Alexis DeJoria. And it turns out the couple has wedding bells in their near future.
Hollyscoop has learned exclusively that James and DeJoria are engaged. Insiders from the drag racing circuit confirm the news.
This will be Jesse’s fourth marriage, and fifth engagement, and, no…we are not making up those numbers.
Along with Bullock, women that Jesse has been tied to via wedlock include both Karla James and adult actress Janine Lindemulder. Also, the West Coast Choppers CEO has three children between the latter two women.
If you’re not familiar with the name “Alexis DeJoria,” it’s probably because you’re spending more time watching E! news, rather than Spike TV. But, other than racing very fast cars, Alexis is also the daughter of John Paul DeJoria, aka the co-founder of hair care giant Paul Mitchell.
The reason we even care about a new Jesse James relationship in the first place is because his previous relationships with Bullock and Von D caught headline buzz when they both concluded with cheating scandals on the bad boy’s end—his cheating on Bullock ended in a top-selling memoir American Outlaw, and his cheating on Von D ended in a termination of their engagement.
RadarOnline.com broke the story of a maturing relationship, reporting that “Jesse and Alexis have been dating for a little over a month,” but their engagement has yet to be announced. We’re told not many people know about it yet…
Time will tell if this relationship will have a longer shelf life than the headline bandit’s previous flings...
10. A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE
In order to necessitate sending an X-Man back in time, the situation must be very desperate. We need to see a world that is so devastated that the X-Men cannot fix it. This is the kind of world that Magneto fights so fervently to prevent, a place that reminds him of the Nazi Concentration Camps. There are many images that could be used to show this depraved America.
It is crucial that this dystopian future is established not only to explain why an X-Man is sent back, but also to set the tone of the film. Days of Future Past is a dark tale.
9. FUTURE SELF IN PAST BODY
The Days of Future Past storyline must involve time travel.
In the original comic, the consciousness of an older Katherine Pryde is sent back to inhabit the body of her younger self. Kitty has been introduced in X-Men: The Last Stand, however she is much too young to have been born in the time of X-Men: First Class, so could not be sent back to inhabit her younger self. The concept of having an older, wiser, harder X-Man inhabit the body of their younger self is a very good one.
In the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series, a version of Days of Future Past was adapted. In this case it was Professor X sent back in time to inhabit his younger self, who was in a coma.
It is possible that the film will use a combination of these stories by sending the old Professor X (Patrick Stewart) to inhabit the body of the younger Professor X (James McAvoy). It would be great to see McAvoy channelling Stewart in his performance.
8. A NEW X-MEN TEAM
At the end of X-Men: First Class, Professor X is left in a wheelchair with only three mutants on his team; Beast, Havoc and Banshee. Magneto on the other hand has five others in his Brotherhood; Mystique, Emma Frost, Angel Salvadore, Azazel and Riptide. Professor X will need to recruit some new X-Men into his team to fight the Brotherhood.
He could possibly recruit Cyclops, Jean and Storm, but they may still be too young depending on when the film is set. It would not make sense to use the other original X-Men Iceman and Angel as Iceman would definitely be too young, and Angel was only introduced in the Last Stand.
Polaris, who is Magneto’s daughter and Havok’s love interest could be introduced. Dazzler could make for a more interesting addition to the team. She could potentially have a very good introduction sequence.
7. A NEW X-MEN FIELD LEADER
Along with a new team, Professor X will need to find a new field leader as he is now wheelchair bound.
The original X-Men field leader was Cyclops. As discussed, Cyclops may be too young to be field leader. It would be great to see Cyclops receive the respect and recognition that he deserves as a great leader and master strategist, given the poor treatment he has received in other X-Men films.
The next logical candidate for field leader is Storm, but the same issue with age applies. It would be good to see more of Storm’s background in film, in particular when she was worshiped as an African rain goddess. The reality, power and presence of Storm is yet to be fully shown in film.
The other potential field leader is Havok. In the comics, Havok is the younger brother of Cyclops. They haven’t yet defined the relationship between Havok and Cyclops in the films, but it is unlikely to be the same as in the comics, unless there is some time travel involved. It could be that Havok is the older brother and is the leader until Cyclops is groomed into the role. It could even be that Havok is Cyclops’ father, but that would ruin the sibling rivalry dynamic that is so interesting.
Fox owns the film rights to the X-Men and to the Fantastic Four. There has been talk of combining the two teams into one cinematic universe. Days of Future Past provides the perfect opportunity to do this through Franklin Richards.
Franklin Richards is the child of Reed and Sue Richards, also known as Mr Fantastic and Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four. Franklin is one of the few survivors in the Days of Future Past timeline. He is also an item with Rachael Summers.
Franklin is an extremely powerful mutant, with the ability to manipulate reality on a cosmic scale. In the original story, Franklin does very little, but his role could easily be expanded. He could potentially assist the X-Men in navigating the Baxter Building. There is huge potential for how Franklin could be used in the film.
5. BATTLE-HARDENED STORM
One of the interesting aspects of having an alternate timelines is seeing how characters are different due to their experiences. There are three X-Men that attack the Sentinel’s primary base; Storm, Wolverine and Colossus. The one that is most changed under the rule of Sentinels is Storm.
Storm was a gentle tender soul, not willing to take a life. She was effectively Mother Nature incarnate. The Days of Future Past storyline was the first time we saw a very different Storm. She is still kind, but she has lost her tenderness. Storm herself says she has “become as hard, as ruthless, as merciless as Wolverine” and she has become so numb she can’t even hate herself.
Storm has had a lot of screen time in the original film trilogy, but she hasn’t had very much character development. The Days of Future Past storyline presents the perfect opportunity to explore the character of Storm in a fresh new way.
4. KITTY & COLOSSUS
The Days of Future Past story happened very shortly after a very young Kitty joined the team. There were hints to Kitty having a crush on Colossus prior to Days of Future Past, but nothing more had yet developed. In the Days of Future Past timeline Kitty and Colossus are married. They even had children that were killed by the Sentinels. The relationship between Kitty and Colossus did develop further in the normal X-Men timeline, after Kitty had grown up a bit.
In X-Men: The Last Stand, we finally got Kitty and Colossus together in the main X-Men team. Unfortunately there was no hint of a romance between Kitty and Colossus, with Kitty used as a rival to Rogue for Iceman, and Colossus didn’t even get any lines. The Days of Future past film is the perfect opportunity to delve into the romance of Kitty and Colossus.
Ever since the first X-Men film, there have been calls from the fans to show the Sentinels. An early draft of the original film did include Sentinels. Sentinels were set to appear in the sequel, but were deleted due to budget concerns. A Sentinel did finally appear in the Danger Room in X-Men: The Last Stand, but only as a silhouette and severed head.
The Sentinels are the key villain in the Days of Future Past storyline. They control America and many are fought and destroyed by the X-Men. Days of Future Past must show the Sentinels in all of their malevolent metallic mutant-hunting glory.
2. A FULL X-MEN vs. BROTHERHOOD BATTLE
Even though there have been three X-Men films with the X-Men fighting the Brotherhood, we are yet to see a full blown X-Men vs Brotherhood battle.
The first X-Men film did have some fights between individual X-men and members of the Brotherhood. Due to the constraints of the battlefield (and no doubt budget restrictions), we did not see all of the X-Men fighting all of the Brotherhood at the same time. The second X-Men film had the X-Men and the Brotherhood working together for most of the film. X-Men: The Last Stand finally presented an opportunity to show a full X-Men vs Brotherhood battle. When the film got to the climax, there were only 2 members of the core Brotherhood, and they took turns fighting. X-Men: First Class gave us something close to a full-on battle, but with relatively unknown villains.
Days of Future Past presents an opportunity to have a full X-Men vs Brotherhood battle, with all of the X-Men and Brotherhood fighting at the same time. It will be exciting to see a youthful Magneto with Mystique and Emma Frost fighting an all new X-men.
1. EVERYBODY DIES
The entire X-Men team sent to destroy the Sentinel’s primary base is killed, including the near immortal Wolverine.
This was a very powerful moment in the Days of Future Past storyline. It showed that the X-Men don’t always win. It would also serve as a powerful way for the X-Men: First Class timeline to permanently sever connections to the original trilogy timeline.
"britney doesn't know wht she's doing"
Arin Ray's godmother Sedatrius Davis is accusing mentor Britney Spears of sabotaging the 17 year old singer in the Teens category.
Student Arin hails from Cincinnati, and was put through to the live X Factor shows last year by Paula Abdul in the manufacured group "InTENsity". He is now in the live shows again as a solo artist.
You might remember him as the outspoken 15-year-old who called out the songs chosen for InTENsity as “cheesy” and expressed his fear of being in the group, saying, “I just don’t want to be labeled as Disney kids.”
However, it's now his family's turn to defend the singer's rendition of Enrique's "Hero" tonight - which he dedicated to his brother.
Britney's protege~ singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" on tonight's X-Factor
YES. Sing it girl!
Wendy Williams sat down with BET.com's Clay Cane to dish on her biopic, the time Halle Berry tapped her breast, and her love for the gays, along with the source of her signature catchphrase.
"First of all, you have to say it like a drag queen," Williams told Cane. According to Williams, the catchphrase came about from her stint on a Philadelphia radio morning show, when a cohost would affect the voice of a gay character named Shantay. None of the other hosts wanted to engage with Shantay, so Williams stepped up with a sassy, "Hey. Shantay, how you doin'?"
"So now it's become my official catchphrase of the show," said Williams, "because what I found through the years, since the beginning of 'How you doin', is that it makes everybody laugh and smile, and it breaks up the room."
Williams also talks about the now-shelved biopic she and her husband began.
I'm watching Love Actually and I'm all in the holiday spirit now. I figured I would gift you all with a GoT post. :) Meh, fuck it. Just go OT, tbh. lol.
It's not often we get to see the One Direction star with his hair a complete mess or stood around nearly naked. So let's enjoy it, yeah?
We would happily write a list of things we would rather do than experience skydiving without a parachute with a 60mph free fall (it would include a sleepover with Alex Reid, being shot in the neck with a poison arrow-dart and being inside Helen Flanagan's brain for a day).
But we’ve always known that Harry Styles has a bit of a wild side.
He treats tattoos like someone doodling on a post-it and gets romantically linked with more women than we’ve met in our entire life.
So we’re not exactly surprised this little video emerged of Harry plunging to the earth with only a giant rubber band stopping him from turning into a limited edition One Direction pâté.
The Kind of Curls visited theme park Six Flags Magic Mountain in LA – famed for its ridiculously fast-paced and adrenalin pumping rollercoasters – with his mate who kindly shared this video with the world.
In the first few moments, Harry looks absolutely terrified but once the momentum of the lads swinging by a bit of rope starts to slow down, the singer starts to enjoy himself a bit more.
The 18-year-old gave a thumbs up, chucked in a cautious Superman pose and pretended to swim through the air.
Make your own jokes about Harry being good at breast-stroke, if you want.
And if his screams and hilarious ‘I need a poo’ faces aren’t enough for you, here's Harry topless with a bit of shin on show, too. We’re still amazed and impressed by his four nipples.
In lieu of a new episode tomorrow, Days will be airing a very special flashback episode from June 24, 1997: Susan Banks' (EJ DiMera's mummy) Elvis-inspired wedding, the one where her false teeth fly out of her mouth and land in a wine glass. She's finally exposed as impersonating Kristen DiMera. This is also the one with the 'secret room.' Kristen DiMera (Eileen Davidson) was recently reintroduced to the soap after departing 14 years ago. Aside from Wilson (Will and Sonny's gay love affair), Eileen Davidson has single-handily saved the show. This past Monday, after a month of trying to convince everyone that she's a new woman (John and Brady now believe her), the 'real' Kristen DiMera returned when she got Marlena alone in a hospital room with no witnesses (below).
NBC'S LONGEST-RUNNING DRAMA 'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' TO BROADCAST A MEMORABLE CLASSIC EPISODE FROM 1997 ON THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING (NOVEMBER 23)
November 16, 2012 5:29 PM
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - November 16, 2012 - NBC will broadcast one of the most scandalous, memorable and joyous episodes from the classic archives of its daytime drama "Days of our Lives," on Friday, November 23. On the heels of Eileen Davidson's return as longtime fan favorite Kristen DiMera, this episode takes viewers back to one of the villainess' most memorable "Days" episodes to date.
The episode -- originally telecast on June 24, 1997 -- involves John's (Drake Hogestyn) wedding to a Kristen impostor. Meanwhile, Marlena (Deidre Hall) and the real Kristen (Eileen Davidson) are still unconscious in a secret room where evil mastermind Stefano (Joe Mascolo) is holding them captive. Elsewhere, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) tries to adjust to the idea that Bo (Peter Reckell) and Billie (Krista Allen) are married while Bo's life is threatened after his cover is blown during an investigation gone wrong.
"This admired series has continued to keep a loyal and dedicated audience since 1965, and to be able to share this memorable episode with devoted fans of the show, as well as new viewers, will definitely be a fun treat," said Bruce Evans, Senior Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment.
"Days of our Lives" (Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m. ET in most markets) first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later. Today, it remains a consistent favorite among viewers of daytime television serials and continues to lead the competition among younger female viewers.
About "Days of our Lives":
"Days of our Lives" is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is executive producer and Greg Meng is co-executive producer along with Lisa De Cazotte as producer. Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell are the head writers.
Its the 22nd of November people, that means it’s ‘deadly day’ for One Direction.
Louis Tomlinson once admitted that he, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik allow themselves a day off from being serious and hard working and very, very professional and on the 22nd of each month they have carte blanche to act crazy, silly and a little bit weird.
“We did originally make it that the 22nd of every month is just one day where it’s kind of more acceptable for us to be stupid and we just kind of run away from everyone really.”
“We climbed onto the roof of a building the other day. There were about 10 people at the bottom telling us to come down. We’re young lads. It’s good to feel alive.”
The lads are in Germany today, having travelled from London yesterday to attend the annual BAMBI Awards.
They seem to be keeping a fairly low profile on social media though and Niall tweeted yesterday to thank his fans for getting them to the top of the charts in 32 countries saying:
“Thank you all soo much for ur support! Means soo much! We can’t believe this is all happening to us, just normal guys from small places”
Zayn and Niall greeting fans
Red Carpet Interview
Organizers say American R&B star Chris Brown has canceled a stadium concert in Guyana after local protests over his 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown was billed to headline a Dec. 26 show. But he drew the ire of women's rights groups and opposition lawmakers who said Brown would not be welcome in Guyana three years after his assault of Barbadian superstar Rihanna.
Concert promoter Hits & Jams Entertainment said Thursday that Brown backed out, citing discomfort with the protests.
In 2009, Brown hit, choked and bit Rihanna during an argument in Los Angeles. He later pleaded guilty to assault.
Since then, Brown has worked to repair his image, undergoing violence counseling and putting out a new album. He has a duet with Rihanna on her recently released record.
*A widespread report claims Chris Brown has canceled a concert in Guyana because of local protests concerning his 2009 violence against then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown was allegedly slated to headline a December 26 stadium show before he was supposedly forced to withdraw amid complaints from women’s rights groups and lawmakers, according to the Associated Press.
The report cites a Thursday announcement from event organizers.
But Gossip Cop has learned this version of events is NOT true.
Brown was NEVER confirmed to do the concert in question.
A source close to the R&B star tells Gossip Cop the promoter is “being untruthful” about Brown’s commitment, and that his participation in the show had not been finalized.
As tensions continue to build following this month's court decision denying Halle Berry the right to relocate her daughter to France, the situation came to a head Thursday morning at the actress's California home.
A physical altercation occurred between Berry's ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry and fiancé Olivier Martinez as Aubry was dropping 4½-year-old Nahla off at her mother's home to celebrate Thanksgiving, TMZ reports.
According to the site, Martinez, 46, approached Aubry, 36, to speak with him and the two began to brawl. Both men were hurt – Martinez may have a broken hand and neck injuries, while Aubry suffered a broken rib, contusions to the face and a possible head injury – and are being treated at the hospital.
Aubry was reportedly place under citizen's arrest for battery and is required to stay 100 yards away from Berry, Martinez and Nahla as the result of an emergency protective order, TMZ reports.
Gabriel Aubry was arrested Thanksgiving morning after a melee at Halle Berry's house, which sent both Gabriel and Halle's fiance Olivier Martinez to the hospital ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Gabriel showed up at Halle's doorstep with Nahla for a custodial hand-off. We're told Gabriel was inside the house when Olivier walked up to him and said, "We have to move on."
According to witnesses, Gabriel then pushed Olivier and threw a punch at his face, but Olivier blocked it and the punch struck him in the shoulder instead. We're told Gabriel then pushed Olivier to the ground, and Olivier cold-cocked him in the face, and a struggle ensued, ending with Olivier pinning Gabriel to the ground.
In the struggle, Gabriel suffered a broken rib, contusions on his face, and possibly a more serious head injury. Olivier may have broken his hand and suffered neck injuries as well. There are conflicting accounts as to whether Gabriel was rendered unconscious in the fight.
Police were called and Olivier made a citizen's arrest for battery against Gabriel. Gabriel was escorted to the ER and, ironically, Olivier went to the same ER an hour later. The two were just down the hall from each other.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... a judge has issued an emergency protective order, which requires Gabriel to stay 100 yards awayfromHalle, Olivier,and Nahla.
And finally, there's this ... specifics about the argument between Gabrieland Olivier are sketchy because they were trash talking each other in French.
The Wanted had to be up early on Thursday morning. The British band was part of an American tradition when they hit the streets of New York City for the Macy’s Day Parade. Riding the streets of the Big Apple, the band waved and waved for blocks as they greeting fans on the national holiday. While that might be a big enough job, Max George, Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker, Jay McGuiness and Siva Kaneswaran stopped in front of the Macy’s Department store to perform I Found You.
As the float was full of youngsters, after the ride was over, the band shared a photo with fans of the entire cast on the ride. It appeared all the kids were happy to be part of the journey as everyone was smiling.
“Amazing time at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Cheers to all our little helpers!” tweeted The Wanted from their official Twitter account on Thursday. If the band was happy, consider the fans excitement. Getting up to watch a very popular band before lunch for free is a treat indeed.
Take a look at the video clip of the Wanted performing in the Macy’s Day Parade.
Interview with Al Roker
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The day after winning the Golden Goggles Award for Male Athlete of the Year, Michael Phelps experienced a much less exciting activity -- jury duty. He reported to Baltimore for his civic duty on Thursday.
The 22-time Olympic medalist reportedly did not go unnoticed. Fellow prospective jurors and courtroom staff were impressed by the long time Maryland native. They asked him to pose for pictures. Even police were pulling out their cell phones to catch a moment with him, though phones are supposed to be off in courtrooms. He was taken to a more private room, much as he did on the pool deck before races, Phelps listened to headphones while waiting around. He never did get called.
A court spokeswoman pointed out that celebrities are not exempt from jury duty. While it's a nice idea that everyone should serve the judicial system, it's also not the best idea to keep the wheels of justice turning. If Phelps had been put on a jury, could you imagine the fuss? It's not like he could hide his 6-foot-4 frame in the back of courtroom. If the attorneys and judge and defendants spend more time paying attention to Phelps than the case, somebody's rights will end up trampled. Or swam over.
We have all, hopefully, experienced the satisfaction of a job well done, received positive feedback, and moved on with a sense of wanting to outdo ourselves at the next at-bat.
Now imagine you’re Michael Jackson and your last job well done was “Thriller.”
Thursday night (Nov. 22), on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of “Bad,” ABC is airing “BAD 25,” a dynamite new documentary that chronicles the making of Jackson’s follow-up to the best-selling album of all time.
History may justifiably shine the brighter light on “Thriller,” but “Bad” hardly performed shabbily, spawning five consecutive number one singles -- a record recently tied by Katy Perry -- on its way to selling over 40 million copies.
(Fortunately, Jackson didn’t listen to his lawyer -- and now estate co-executor -- John Branca and make an album of covers.)
Spike Lee directs the film in straightforward oral history fashion, interviewing all of the major players in the studios, on the video sets, and on the subsequent world tour for the album (which included the only solo North American tour Jackson would ever perform), as well as famous fans including Mariah Carey, Questlove, and Kanye West. But within that traditional framework, Lee has crafted something that is not only illuminating, but funny and poignant.
While one confidant claims that Jackson would write the figure of 100,000,000 -- as in copies sold -- on his mirrors, the film focuses less on the album’s commercial aspirations than its creative inspirations and that of its videos, which Jackson insisted on calling “short films.”
It’s a kick to see a younger Martin Scorsese directing Jackson (and pre-fame costar Wesley Snipes) on the video for the title track and to hear novelist-screenwriter Richard Price recall that Jackson had hoped the video would illustrate that he had street cred. “So he goes to the Italian asthmatic, he goes to the Jewish asthmatic, and we’re going to make Michael a homey,” recalls Price, the Jewish asthmatic in that equation, with a chuckle.
Also popping up in both present-day interviews and archival footage (rocking a sky-high perm) is a contemplative and articulate Sheryl Crow, one of Jackson’s backup singers on the “Bad” tour, who marvels that when he performed, “the molecules changed in the room.”
Equally informative are conversations with Jackson’s various choreographic collaborators, who reveal Jackson’s famously fluid moves had roots in everything from “Soul Train” to vintage Fred Astaire films like “The Band Wagon.”
For Jackson music nerds, the meatiest stuff comes in discussions with his arrangers, engineers, songwriters, and musicians who break down Jackson’s songwriting, their own contributions, and the recording process -- from the horns on the title track to the gospel choir on “Man in the Mirror.”
You see the joy radiate off keyboardist Greg Phillinganes as he rhapsodizes about the various components of songs like “Leave Me Alone,” and as he bounces around onstage. And you can feel singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett’s chills as she reminisces about the moment she realized Jackson would be singing her and Glen Ballard’s co-penned “Man in the Mirror,” or that she would be recording a duet with Jackson on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.”
Kanye West may get off the best line in the film, however, when he voices the question about “Smooth Criminal” that no doubt many have asked over the years: “I never quite understood who Annie was. And why did it matter if she was OK or not?”
The Jackson estate has also released a three-disc anniversary set containing the remastered album, a disc of rarities from the period, and a DVD of a live London concert performance from the “Bad” world tour in 1988. Lee borrows several songs from that show for his film, and they serve as a jubilant reminder of Jackson’s kinetic gifts as a performer.
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Michael Jackson's Duet Partner Siedah Garrett Reminisces On 'Bad'
There's a moment in Spike Lee's new Michael Jackson documentary "BAD 25" that Siedah Garrett -- co-writer of "Man in the Mirror" and the late Jackson's duet partner on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" -- particularly favors.
"When Michael said he wanted to record 'Man in the Mirror,' the demo was in a key that was comfortable for me and one step too high for Michael," Garrett tells Billboard. "So he wanted me to re-sing the demo in the new key, and when I went into the studio to do it in the new key Michael followed me with a video camera. I said, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'I want to record you performing the song… because I want to sing it like you.' And I'm like, 'Great, Mike; all my friends are really gonna believe me when I tell them, 'Oh, Michael Jackson wanted to sound like me!' And I'm cracking up and he's cracking up, but he's still recording. And it's in ('BAD 25'). I never thought I would see it because it's Michael's personal footage. It's amazing."
Adding to the amazement: "You can see a little bit of him in a reflection in the mirror in the studio. You can see him videotaping me singing the song in the new key, and it's like HE'S the man in the mirror."
"BAD 25," which airs at 9:30 p.m. (EST) Thanksgiving Day on ABC and is also for sale on DVD and Blu-ray, includes many such behind-the-scenes moments in the making of the 1987 album, which ranks as the fifth best-selling album all-time with estimates of up to 45 million copies sold worldwide. It's also the first album to unleash five consecutive No. 1 singles, including "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" and "Man in the Mirror."
It's notable that "Bad" got a documentary for its silver anniversary while its predecessor, the more impactful "Thriller," did not, but Garrett has her own theory about why "Bad" resonates so significantly right now.
"'BAD 25' is such a stellar marker in time because [Jackson] was still alive when 'Thriller' was 25 years old," Garrett notes. "He was still alive and getting ready to tour, so there was a different kind of vibe going on. I think the fact he's passed now is what makes 'Bad' more special. I did notice that when he passed away, all the news footage and all the specials about his life, it wasn't 'Michael Jackson The Thriller' or 'Michael Jackson Beat It;' it was 'Michael Jackson Man In the Mirror.' That just spoke volumes to me."
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You," meanwhile, had its own behind-the-scenes drama that "BAD 25" captures. Jackson and producer Quincy Jones originally considered big-name partners such as Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and others. Unable to snag one, they chose Garrett, then working as one of Jones' staff songwriters. But they neglected to mention it to her until it was time to record the song.
"Quincy called me back and I thought we were still finishing 'Man in the Mirror,' 'cause we had been working on that a few days earlier and I knew we hadn't finished it," Garrett remembers. "There was another song being played, so I thought maybe they were running behind. I just made myself comfortable sitting behind Quincy and knitting, and then he says over his shoulder, 'Do you think this song?' I'm like, 'Yeah, yeah.' Then he said, 'Can you sing it?' 'Yeah.' He said, 'Go in there and sing it. Michael, go in there,' and as we're walking through the door it hit me I was gonna sing this song with Michael," who, Garrett adds, spent the whole take throwing popcorn at her while she was singing her parts.
Garrett has recently released a tribute song called "Keep on Loving You" that she calls "an answer to our duet. I never got to express to him how much what he did for me -- introducing me to the world as a singer and a songwriter -- meant to me. So I wrote it down in a song, just my sentiments about how I was feeling the day I met him and how surprised I was to find out he was as cool as he was. It's just a love song, a basic love song."
Source - Billboard.com
Author of 'Man in the Music' & University of Rochester Instructor Joe Vogel Talks 'BAD 25'
If you're a Michael Jackson fan, or a music buff in general, then University of Rochester instructor Joe Vogel's book on the King of Pop -- entitled "Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson" -- is a must-have!
Vogel (a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and PopMatters) began work on his impeccably detailed book in 2005, determined to "recover [Jackson's] artistry" in the face of "endless tabloid coverage on sensationalistic topics." He spent years analyzing the singer's massive catalog, as well as extensively interviewing Jackson's collaborators and studio engineers for the origins of each and every song.
Truly one of the very few books of its kind, "Man in the Music" explores what made Michael Jackson a great artist in the first place.
Director Spike Lee quickly became a fan of Vogel's work and asked the author to appear in his critically acclaimed documentary "BAD 25," which explores the making-of and inspirations behind Jackson's 1987 album "Bad."
Hear Vogel's insights into the creative mind of the King of Pop when "BAD 25" airs tonight (Nov. 22) on ABC at 9:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. CT.
Source - 13Wham News / ABC
When / Where to Watch Spike Lee's MJ Documentary, "BAD 25"
U.S.A. --Tonight, November 22nd, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC
CANADA -- Tonight, November 22nd, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two
AUSTRALIA -- November 29th, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. on GO!
U.K. -- December 1st, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. on BBC2
Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caesteckerhave boarded the Marvel TV adaptation, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The project from ABC Studios is based on Marvel Comics' secret intelligence organization that has appeared in countless titles including Iron Man, Captain America and The Ultimates since being introduced in the 1960s. The military law-enforcement agency's moniker stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which also has evolved over time in the comics.
Henstridge will play science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons, while De Caestecker will play Agent Leo Fitz, a technology guru. The duo spend all their time together -- mostly bickering -- and are masters of their respective fields at a remarkably young age.
Henstridge and De Caestecker join the previously cast Ming-Na, who will play top-notch pilot and weapons expert Agent Melinda May, and Clark Gregg, who reprises his role from The Avengers as Agent Phil Coulson.
Whedon is on board to co-pen the pilot alongside his brother Jed Whedon and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen; the trio previously teamed on the three-part web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind Whedon will direct the pilot if his schedule permits.
Henstridge's credits include Hollyoaks and the J.J. Abrams and Mark Schwahn'sShelter pilot at The CW. She's repped by UTA and Evolution.De Caestecker previously was the lead on a pair of BBC series: BAFTA winner The Fadesand Young James Herriot, which earned him a best actor nomination at this weekend's Scottish BAFTA Awards. He next appears in the feature In Fear, with Alice Englert. He's repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Hamilton Hodell.
The Hollywood Reporter
LOVED Iain on The Fades, so happy he's getting more work!
Bradley Cooper: Ryan Gosling and I have sexy contests
BRADLEY Cooper has joked that he and Ryan Gosling had "Sexiest Man Alive matches" at lunch when they worked together.
Cooper received the title from People magazine in 2011, but at the time many people thought it should have gone to Gosling. Women the world over made their feelings known, with the Hangover star in no doubt he was deemed a suspect choice.
The two hunks appear together in The Place Beyond the Pines, where Bradley has teased they took their constant comparison into their own hands.
“It was treacherous,” he told more! magazine, when asked what working with Ryan was like. “We had Sexiest Man Alive matches every lunchtime. Who walked most sexily, who ate lunch most sexily, who opened doors most sexily. He won every time.”
Bradley initially thought it was a joke when he heard he been dubbed the Sexiest Man Alive. He thought about turning down the honour as he knew people wouldn’t agree with the decision, but eventually went with it.
“Every time somebody mentions it to me, I record them and play the conversation back when I get up in the morning just to remind myself,” he deadpanned.
“No, I don’t really think about it much because it’s nothing to do with me, it’s just a thing that [was] here one minute, gone the next. And it’s not like I walk down the street and people yell at me, ‘Here comes [2011’s] Sexiest Man Alive!’”
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