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Last week, celebs flocked to see Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour during the show's three day stop at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Courteney Cox took her daughter Coco to see the show, Christina Aguilera and her boyfriend Matthew Rutler brought her son Max, Rihanna was there for the Friday's opening night performance, as were Michael Jackson's kids, Prince, Paris, and Blanket.
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Cirque du Soleil gives us some real head-scratchers sometimes—we'll never understand that ginormous snail in Mystere. But its latest concept is one we totally get and are pumped to see: Michael Jackson's music and choreography with Cirque's bendy acrobats.
"Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour" will try to showcase the King of Pop's legacy with eye-catching visuals, dance and tunes. The show will delve into Jackson's inner world, exploring his love for music, dance, fairy tales, magic and nature. And it's coming the US soon.
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Neverland Ranch has been in a state of turmoil long before Michael Jackson’s death, but now it looks like it might be coming back for a finale.
State Assemblyman Mike Davis thinks that the California Department of Parks and Recreation should take over the estate and open it as a state park. It sounds like a great idea, but California probably doesn’t have the cash to buy a 2,500-acre mega mansion right now. Maybe the state’s governor can chip in a few bucks before he leaves office.
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It's hard to believe that it's already almost one year since Michael Jackson's death and the ensuing hoopla of who was responsible. To mark the one-year anniversary of that fateful day, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will spend a weekend honoring the King of Pop.
From June 25 to 27, Jackson will be celebrated with exhibits, live music and dance demonstrations. R&B songstress Angie Stone will close out the weekend by paying tribute to his legacy with a live performance in conjunction with the Rock and Soul Festival.
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A few months ago, Michael Jackson—in movie form only—decided to make one last appearance at Disneyland. Apparently his retro performance must have received rave reviews too, because officials at Disney are pretty pleased with the revival of the Captain EO 3D movie, and they are now bringing it to other parks in the Disney universe.
Despite debuting in 1986, the film is set to reopen at Epcot within Walt Disney World on July 2. Epcot remains Disney's outdated vision of the future, so the somewhat vintage film should fit right in. It’s likely a limited time engagement, so if you’re interested you probably should start looking at flights down to Florida now; you'll be competing with those heading down the June opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter too.
The biggest theme park news lately has been all about Harry Potter, but there’s something else pretty interesting ready to reappear at Disneyland. Captain EO, the snazzy laser-filled 3D movie starring Michael Jackson, is set to return to Tomorrowland sometime this month. We knew it was coming since late last year, but it seems that sneak peeks of the retro attraction might begin any day now.
Apparently testing is already underway as Disneyland employees were invited to check out the attraction last week. An email was sent out to Disney cast members—that’s Mickey Mouse language for employees—describing the testing involved with the movie’s return. Of course they requested that all the secrets of the attraction remain hush-hush, but it looks like someone immediately leaked the email. We’re all for sharing a few secrets among friends, because that’s pretty much why the Internet was invented.
We've all seen it and thought it the weirdest/awesomest thing ever: the prisoners who perform the full dance routine for Michael Jackson's Thriller in the prison yard. Back in July 2007 when this video hit YouTube, it took the world by storm and now has garnered over 38 million views. We're sure we're not the only ones to wonder exactly where this prison with rhythm is, and thanks to a little digging, we've discovered its location.
Although it could probably become a tourist destination if the prison was open to giving performances, we doubt there are any plans for that happenso long as they've still got access to YouTube.
See where the inmates dance to Jackson, after the jump
MJ's Neverland Ranch, which will inspire the park
Some shocking news from the LA Times today, something which we oddly expected but truly hoped would never happen. That's rightsomeone is building a Michael Jackson Theme Park.
Although the obvious location for the King of Pop's playland would be his already theme park-ish Neverland Rand in Santa Barbara County, California. But no...this whole new development is landing in the singer's hometown of Gary, Indiana. They expect to break ground this year, and plan for a full decade-long buildout, to cost approximately $1 billion. Apparently they think that we'll be more ready for an MJ theme park in ten years, but they are wrong.
After the jump, more on a 'Thriller' roller coaster...
He might be gone, but he is definitely not forgotten; tomorrow is Michael Jackson's 51st birthday, and Spike Lee is calling all five boroughs of New York City to come to Brooklyn's Prospect Park to celebrate. Happening between 12pm and 5pm in the Nethermead Meadow, MJ's birthday party will be a fest of DJs spinning his music and more. Expect lots of single gloves, glittery socks with loafers, and much chanting of "ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa."
At least one aspect of Michael Jackson's life will be kept private: The King of Pop will be buried on his birthday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angelesaway from the prying eyes of the souvenir-takers.
Although Forest Lawn's Great Mausoleum has been closed for decades, we've rooted out a few places where you can get personal with the famous corpses of your choice. Below, Three Cemeteries Full Of The Famous:
If any celebrity’s home seems ripe to be turned into a post-mortem tourist attraction, it’s Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. With the roller coasters, chimpanzees, and all the rest of the circus-y stuff, Neverland has drawn gawking onlookers for years, even though the notoriously reclusive MJ never let many past the gates.
The future of the 2,500-acre property has actually been in question since the financially ailing Jackson parted with it last fall. The owners, real estate firm Capital Colony, have stayed mum on what they plan to do with the estate, but have fueled speculation that it will become some kind of tourist trap by hosting 150 prominent residents for dinners at the ranch and handing out caps that say "Neverland 2009."
Ok, we really don't want to discuss the Michael Jackson Memorial that went on today. We admit we got totally suckered into watching nearly the whole thing and there is just not enough time in the day or space on the internet to list all of what we have to say about that event.
BUT if we had to pick one moment, it would be when Brooke Shields addressed Michael's children by their names: Prince. Paris. Blanket. Moving on....
While we were trying our hardest to focus on the day's work at hand, it was plain to see that the rest of America could not escape the memorial. Not even at the airports. Questlove tells us that: "cats in detroit airport giving it up for @johncmayer" after John Mayer did his rendition of "Human Nature" at the memorial. Detroit, the birthplace of Motown, giving John Mayer props? Wow, Michael Jackson really was a uniting force.
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