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Thursday
Apr262012

Michael Jackson Surgical Mask Fetching Big Auction Bids

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the black surgical masks Michael Jackson used to wear in public has gone on the auction block, thanks to one of his former bodyguards who owns it.  And it's attracting some big spenders.

The Nate D. Sanders Auctions website shows the current bid for the mask -- which comes with a smudge of the King of Pop's makeup and apparently one of his stray hairs -- at last check has topped $20,000.  The bit of memorabilia comes with a signed certificate of authenticity from Eric Muhammad, the bodyguard who possesses the mask and who claims Jackson wore it the night before he died.

Bidding ends April 30th.

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Thursday
Jan262012

Michael Jackson Immortalized at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson’s musical legacy was remembered at the first annual “Michael Jackson Immortalized Day.”  Jackson’s children attended the star-studded event at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

Jackson’s son, Prince, who has always been quiet in public, spoke: “This was my dad’s lifetime achievement award....his is what he strived to get and this is what we’re giving him today.”

The King of Pop’s three children pressed his famous moonwalk shoes, sequined glove, and their hands into cement outside the theatre.

Paris, Jackson’s daughter and a budding actress, wrote her dad’s name in the cement.

“It meant a lot because my dad always wanted to have his name here at the Chinese theatre and I just feel like he is a legacy,” she said.

Paris then introduced a performance by Justin Bieber, a star who found fame at an early age like Jackson.

“I don’t usually get nervous but I’m a little nervous right now,” Bieber said. “He was more than an entertainer. He was an inspiration. People are going to remember for his dancing and singing, but people gotta remember him for the man he was....I want to be the best I can be. That’s what Michael did. He was always dancing. He was always practicing.”

Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, got choked up a few times at the ceremony.

“I’d like to say thank you for being here for this very, very solemn occasion for myself, and I know if Michael was here he would agree,” she said.

The show closed with the premiere of Cirque de Soleil’s Immortal World Tour.  The show, filled with sequins and dancing, is one that likely would have made Jackson proud.

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Wednesday
Jan042012

Conrad Murray's Medical License Suspended by California Board

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- More bad news for Michael Jackson's former doctor. Conrad Murray has had his medical license suspended by the Medical Board of California.

The decision was made because of his felony conviction.  Murray was convicted in November of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Michael Jackson's death in 2009.

The board states that Murray cannot practice medicine while his license is suspended.  He's currently serving a four year sentence in a Los Angeles jail, but is appealing his conviction.

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Monday
Dec192011

Brad Pitt, Family Attend Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson Show

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(LAS VEGAS) -- Brad Pitt turned 48 years old on Sunday, and what better way to celebrate than to take Angelina Jolie and their six children to Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, the Cirque Du Soleil touring show, in Las Vegas Saturday evening?

A source told People.com, "They had great seats, sitting right beside the stage.  They really seemed to enjoy the show.  The performers didn't know they were there and a few of them recognized them while they were on stage, so it was pretty exciting."

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Wednesday
Dec142011

Paris Jackson Reveals Michael Jackson’s Most Memorable Words

Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- “If I die tomorrow, always remember what I told you.”

This was the most memorable thing Michael Jackson told her, his daughter Paris says in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres airing Thursday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“I took his advice, and I remembered everything he told me,” Paris adds.

Michael Jackson died at the age of 50 in 2009.

Paris, 13, will star in an upcoming live-action/animated film called Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys, based on the young adult fantasy book series by Dennis H. Christen.

In the interview she says Michael Jackson inspired her interest in acting.

“My dad was in the movie Moonwalker, and I knew he could sing really well, but I didn’t know he could act,” says Paris. “I saw that and I said, Wow, I want to be just like him.”

Michael would do improvisation exercises with Paris, she says.

“He would give us little scenarios. He would say, ‘O.K., in this scene you’re going to cry,’ and I’d cry on the spot.”

When asked about wearing a mask in public, a practice Michael enforced to protect his children from media attention, Paris says, “I’m like, this is stupid. Why am I wearing a mask? But I kind of realized the older I got, like, he only tried to protect us, and he’d explain that to us, too.”

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Monday
Dec052011

Conrad Murray Appeals Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted last month of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, has filed an appeal, according to TMZ.

The document is filed in "pro per," meaning that he's representing himself instead of using a lawyer. In the section of the document in which a lawyer usually states his or her firm's contact information, Murray lists "Men's Central Jail," as well as his booking number.

Although he is representing himself, Murray is still in communication with Nareg Gourjian, one of the lawyers who represented him in the manslaughter trial.

Gourjian has told TMZ, "This case presents a gold mine of issues for any appellate lawyer. Dr. Murray is confident that the Court of Appeal will vindicate him."

Murray was sentenced to four years behind bars for his involvement in the propofol-related death of the King of Pop.

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Conrad Murray to Be Sentenced Tuesday Morning

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Approximately three weeks after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death, Conrad Murray will be sentenced by a Los Angeles judge Tuesday morning.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time.  The doctor has been in jail since his conviction.

Prosecutors are calling for a four-year prison sentence for Murray.  His lawyers have asked the judge to sentence him to probation.

ABC News legal analyst Royal Oakes has speculated that if Murray does get the maximum sentence, it's possible he won't spend much time behind bars due to overcrowding.  Because of overcrowded conditions at California prisons, a new policy keeps non-violent offenders in county jails rather than prison.  If he does receive a prison sentence, Murray may end up doing his time at the L.A. County Jail.

Murray's mother is hoping that his sentence will be a light one.

E! News reports that in a letter Milta Rush wrote for his defense team that will be presented at Tuesday's hearing, she said, "He has never been in trouble with the law before and I am barely standing, scared and worried sick about him being incarcerated."

Murray had been accused of administering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson in 2009.

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Monday
Nov282011

Prosecutors Want Four-Year Prison Sentence for Conrad Murray

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Prosecutors in the Conrad Murray case want a Los Angeles judge to sentence Michael Jackson's doctor to four years in prison, according to court documents filed last week.

Prosecutors also said they want Murray to pay $100 million to Jackson's children for profits lost when the King of Pop died in June of 2009.

Murray's defense team also filed court documents last week, asking the judge to sentence the doctor to probation.  Murray will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death on Nov. 7, and has been in jail since then.

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Wednesday
Nov162011

Report: Michael Jackson's Estate Pitches Biopic

ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's estate is interested in telling the late singer's life story on the big screen.

Variety reports an executor of the estate is in early talks with Stripes and Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman's production company about producing and financing a film based on certain periods of the King of Pop's life.

Even if both sides reach a deal, Variety implies that production on the film would not get underway for a while, since the estate is keeping busy with Cirque du Soleil's recently launched, Michael Jackson-inspired touring show.

Jackson last appeared on the big screen in the 2009 concert film Michael Jackson's This Is It, which documented the rehearsals for his planned London concerts that were eventually cancelled due to his death. The film made over $72 million at the domestic box office.

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Friday
Nov112011

Conrad Murray: I Didn't Know Michael Jackson Was an Addict

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Conrad Murray, who was convicted this week of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death, believes the King of Pop misled him regarding his medical history.

In an interview with NBC's Today show taped before a verdict was reached in his trial, the doctor said he wishes that Jackson "would have been more forthcoming and honest to tell me these things about himself."

When Today's Savannah Guthrie asked Murray whether he thinks Jackson lied to him, he replied, "Definitely," then explained, "Certainly he was deceptive by not showing me his whole medical history, doctors he was seeing, treatments that he might have been receiving."

Murray, who was accused of administering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson, claims he did not know that the singer had an addiction problem.

Murray said it was difficult for him to be blamed for Jackson's death.

"I loved Michael too.  I'm as much of a fan as any of the others.  To be blamed for his death has not been an easy thing," he said.

More of Guthrie's interview with Murray will air on the Today show on Friday.  In addition, MSNBC will air a documentary on the case Friday.  Jackson's estate and various family members have criticized the cable network for scheduling the program.

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