Tuesday, July 07, 2009
As in Jackson's life, Tuesday's public memorial at the downtown Staples Center includes the spectacle surrounding the show — legal drama, screaming fans, star power, live worldwide broadcast, unsavory accusations, even a parade of elephants — all adding up to what could be the biggest celebrity send-off of all time.
On the eve of the memorial, activity was spotted late Monday at the Forest Lawn Cemetery involving the Jackson family. The cemetery is the location where relatives were expected to hold a private funeral.
La Toya Jackson, wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat, was seen being driven away from the cemetery. KCAL-TV showed helicopter footage of a hearse backing up to the Hall of Liberty — a circular building at the cemetery that contains a 1,200-seat auditorium — to deliver a casket.
A few hours later, the casket was reloaded into the hearse and delivered to another nearby building, this time covered in a blue cloth.
It wasn't immediately known if the casket would be at the memorial service. Jackson family spokesman Ken Sunshine said Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show that the family would not comment on it.
More than 1.6 million people registered for free tickets to Jackson's downtown memorial. A total of 8,750 people were chosen to receive two tickets each.
"I got the golden ticket!" one fan screamed out of his car window in a Willy Wonka moment as he drove out of the parking lot.
The family announced that participants will include Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Usher, Lionel Richie, Kobe Bryant, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer and Martin Luther King III. Sunshine told ABC that Queen Latifah also will be performing.
Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said Tuesday on CBS' "The Early Show" the department would have more officers on the streets of downtown for the memorial service than it had for last month's Lakers victory parade.
Bratton said officers "really just do not know how may people will actually show up" and that officers "are prepared for anything."
"Crowds have not materialized so far, and that was the one unknown," Bratton told KTLA-TV early Tuesday morning. "We ramped up very significantly in anticipation of very large crowds, but cost-saving wise we'll try to ramp down very quickly if those crowds don't materialize."
The legal maneuvering that marked Jackson's extraordinary and troubled life also continued Monday, with his mother losing a bid to control his enormous but tangled estate. And in one of the few reminders of Jackson's darkest hours, a New York congressman branded Jackson a "pervert" undeserving of so much attention.
British Airways reported a surge of bookings as soon as the memorial arrangements were announced. Virgin's trans-Atlantic flights to San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles were all packed with fans and VIPs, spokesman Paul Charles said.
About 50 theaters across the country, from Los Angeles to Topeka, Kan., to Washington, D.C., were planning to broadcast the memorial live, for free.
In Los Angeles Superior Court, a judge appointed Jackson's longtime attorney and a family friend as administrators of his estate over the objections of his mother, Katherine. Attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain had been designated in Jackson's 2002 will as the people he wanted to oversee his empire.
Katherine Jackson's attorneys expressed concerns about McClain and Branca's financial leadership. "Frankly, Mrs. Jackson has concerns about handing over the keys to the kingdom," said one of her attorneys, John E. Schreiber.
Branca and McClain will have to post a $1 million bond on the estate, and their authority will expire Aug. 3, when another hearing will be held.
"Mr. Branca and Mr. McClain for the next month are at the helm of the ship," the judge said.
Jackson died at age 50 with hundreds of millions in debts. But a court filing estimates his estate is worth more than $500 million. His assets are destined for a trust, with his three children, his mother and charities as beneficiaries.
Debbie Rowe, Jackson's ex-wife and the mother of Jackson's two oldest children, had planned to attend the memorial but backed out Monday. "The onslaught of media attention has made it clear her attendance would be an unnecessary distraction," her attorney Marta Almli said in a statement.
ABC News on Tuesday aired portions of a 2003 interview with Rowe, in which she called Jackson's children "the ultimate love children."
"If it hadn't been for how much I love him, I would have never had children," she said. "People make remarks, `I can't believe she left her children.' Left them? I left my children? I did not leave my children. My children are with their father, where they're supposed to be."
She said Jackson was upset when his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley broke up because he wanted to be a father, so she told him "let me do this."
Rowe said Jackson was not a pedophile.
"He would not do anything inappropriate with a child, ever," she said. "It's not in him. I believe there are people who should be parents, and he's one of them. Always. From the day I met him. I could do something for him, and this is what I wanted to do."
In New York, Republican Rep. Peter King released a YouTube video calling Jackson, who was acquitted of child molestation charges, a "pervert" and a "low-life."
But the memories of Jackson's problems were far from the minds of fans preparing to say goodbye.
"It's the passing of a great soul," said Matt Tyson, 31, of Ojai, Calif. "He brought people together, helped express something that's in us all."
Downtown hotels were quickly filling. Police, trying to avoid a mob scene, warned those without tickets to stay away because they would not be able to get close to the Staples Center.
All those involved say the heart of Los Angeles will become a circus. In one way, that characterization will be literal.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey starts a run at Staples Center on Wednesday, a booking long planned in advance. In the pre-dawn hours before Jackson's memorial, the elephants started walking from the train station to the arena. They were set to arrive some five hours before the memorial.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
After recent current events I am sure questions about legal wills are on many people's minds. This is a must read because in case the inevitable happens,even who raises your minor children has to be addressed.You don't have to have riches or an estate to make a will. You don't have to be elderly either. You will have to scroll down to read it. Sorry about the ads.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Culture Buzz A website where you can anonymously admit what you do in your shame-ber, a room where you go to escape the eyes of God and society. (via TBTL) For instance, I secretly love Popeyes Chicken, but only consume it secretly in my shame-ber (locked bathroom of my apartment)
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2. Go to a major chain bookstore, and leave notes to future readers in copies of your favorite books
3. Have her dress up as a ghost and you dress uup us Pacman. Walk around downtown holding hands, and whenever anyone sees you two, pretend to be embarrassed, and run off screaming “wocka wocka wocka.”
4. Create photo evidence suggesting that you went on an adventure that didn’t really happen
5. Dress up as superherous and stop at least one petty crime “ie. jaywalking, littering….”
6. Build forts out of furniture and blankets, and wage war with paper airplanes.
7. Try and visit as many people as you can in one night, and turn as many things inside their apartment upside down as you can, without them noticing.
8. Go to the airport, get the cheapest, soonest departing flight to anywhere when you show up, and stay there for a weekend.
9. Write a piece of fiction together. Outside at a cafe. Ask strangers when you get stuck.
10.Dress to the nines, pretend to be married, and test drive very expensive vehicles at an auto dealership.
11.Do the lamest tourist thing in your area that you have both secretly wanted to do forever. Have an unabashed good time!
12.In the middle of the night, drive to the beach, so you arrive just as the sun is rising. Have a breakfast picnic, then fall asleep together. Bring a sun umbrella.
13.Drive somewhere unknown and have dinner in a city you’ve never been to. With fake names.
14.Go to a minor league baseball game under the stars. Tell each other stories about how bad you are at athletics. Randomly cheer for both teams. Eat lots of Cracker Jacks.
15.Go around the city with sidewalk chalk and draw hearts with equations inside on random things
16.Walk around a city and perform short silent plays in front of security cameras
17.With camera and pair of boots, make photolog of a day in the life of the invisible man.
18.Walk around the city all night and find a place to eat breakfast at dawn
19.Go to a restraunt and convince the cook to create something completely new for you.
20.Rent a movie you’ve never seen before. Set on mute and improvise dialogue.
For 170 rubles, or just $5.5, anyone can purchase the sticker at so-called “church shops” in the Novgorod Region, where they are sold among accessories like crosses, prayer books and candles, Komsomolskaya Pravda daily writes Tuesday.
The round stickers are decorated with images of famous Russian churches and monasteries – such as Christ the Savior or the Trinity Laura. They are extremely popular with customers.
According to Svetlana Kokhan, who managers the protective stickers project, the stickers are a patented development of the Russian Academy of Sciences. They are made of a mineral called shungite, known for its healing characteristics.
“We have to print a new batch every month,” Svetlana says.
“The interest in our production is enormous – today you keep hearing how cellular phones and computers are bad for your health.”
To increase the technical healing effect, all stickers are blessed by a priest.
Animal rights group Peta want to create the unusual vegetarian food by extracting George’s salty perspiration from his used gym towel.
The organisation wrote to the handsome actor asking for permission to create the product, saying: 'The technology actually exists to take your perspiration and make it into George Clooney-flavoured tofu (CloFu).
'Of course, your fans would swoon at the idea of eating CloFu but what interests us most is that we would attract many people who don't try tofu because they worry that it would be bland or that they wouldn't know how to cook it.
'The science is pretty straightforward. According to Dr Kevin Keener of Purdue University, all animals - including human beings - have unique odour profiles. Dr Harry Lawless of Cornell University reports that if you use a sample of human perspiration, it is no different than making artificial chicken flavour for instant gravy.'
The group obtained the towel from a fan, who was planning to put it up for auction until PETA came up with the alternative idea.
Explaining the product, Peta president Ingrid Newkirk said: 'I thought, 'What would make tofu more attractive to people?’ Cheese-scented CloFu could be used as pizza topping and in lasagne. CloFu will help people be healthier and more environmentally friendly and will spare animals from being killed for the table.
'I can see people having parties to try CloFu.'
Despite Peta’s excitement about the possible product, George has declined the offer.
The 47-year-old actor released a tongue-in-cheek statement saying: 'As a mammal, I'm offended.'
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Gerrit Blank of Germany is a lucky little lad. The 14 year-old student was walking to class when he saw what he described as a "ball of light." The ball of light was actually a pea-sized meteor which smacked into his hand and left a foot-wide crater in the pavement. Gerrit escaped with a three-inch long scar on his hand and a heck of a story to tell.
Scientists estimate that the odds of getting hit by a meteor are roughly one in 100 million. The only other person in recorded history to be hit by one was an Alabama woman in 1954 who was struck in the leg after a meteor bounced off of her coffee table.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
At about 16 pounds and 30 inches, 16-year-old Brooke Greenberg has not aged significantly, physically or apparently cognitively, since she was a toddler. Doctors hope that her case could shed light on the mysterious genetics behind aging.
The Cryptic Canvas - Can you spot references to 50 movie titles in this painting?
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Story of Kimberley Vlaeminck: “I Asked For 3, He Gave Me 53 More”. Stars that is!
See photos,parodies,videos,and more of this overnight cyber sensation.