Michael Jackson's eldest son is determined to carve out a career in showbusiness without relying on his family's famous name. Prince Michael stepped into the limelight last year (13) by working as a reporter for U.S. celebrity news show Entertainment Tonight.
He went on to make his acting debut in teen drama 90210 and now reveals he is keen to become an all-rounder in the industry, working as a presenter, actor and director.
However, the 17 year old is adamant he will not use the Jackson name to open doors, insisting he is desperate to make it on his own merit.
He tells Britain's The Sun on Sunday, "I don't expect to walk into roles because of who I am. I want to learn my craft.
"My plan is to work for TV companies, doing what I did for Entertainment Tonight. I had such great fun working for that show and doing interviews. I learned a lot. The feedback I got was really great, too. I want to get more experience.
"We all love movies and I would like to be a director one day. But to be a good director you have to know how an actor works and feels on set.
"I want to learn my craft and experience being in TV shows and possibly movies before I even consider going behind the camera.
"It is not a job to be taken lightly. You need to put your time into learning something properly before overseeing others."
The teenager also spoke about his tragic father ahead of the fifth anniversary of his death on 25 June (14).
He adds, "It's tough. This will be the fifth anniversary of his death... He was the best father anybody could have. He raised us the right way and there is nothing anyone can do to make us forget about him."
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"You've all seen the play?" I can imagine Clint Eastwood saying to his cast and crew on the first day of shooting Jersey Boys."Yeah," they respond."Good," he'd then smile. "Do that." And they'd never see him again.
Aside from dropping by three quarters of the way through production to insist on a visual reference to his golden years, Eastwood doesn't seem to have a ton to say about how his film adaptation of the Frankie Valli story should take form. Scenes throughout the movie seem to have been set and blocked in the fabric of Jackson Pollock, with actors scattered about the stage, backs to the camera, faces overlapping in a horribly distracting fashion.
Such scenes are woven together so tenuously, banking with desperation on the hope that everybody watching cares about anything that might happen to the four boys in question, because there's really no contextual throughline. Plot turns, conflicts, and whole characters are introduced abjectly; each serves less as an emotional beat than it does as a segue into the next musical number. But while these musical numbers might be able to carry a haphazard story on the Broadway stage, the magic is far from our grasp in Eastwood's movie.
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Despite an R rating for a few "f**k"s here and there, the film is as squeaky clean as the tunes of the Four Seasons. Even the mobsters with whom Frankie and Tommy associate — a riotous Christopher Walken plays their own personal godfather — are of the family friendly variety: the only drop of blood spilled in the film is the result of a botched shave, and the only act of larceny an episode of comical ineptitude. The sugar is coated so heavily that when the movie does attempt to get deep and dark, we're obscenely confused. And the music sure as hell doesn't help matters in the drama department.
Still, Jersey Boys manages an inscrutable tolerability, plodding by on the charms of half of its starring team — Vincent Piazza is often jarring but frequently enchanting as undiagnosed psychopath Tommy DeVito, and Erich Bergen is a lot of fun as straight-laced Bob Gaudio (we can accredit his comic timing here to his preadolescent screen debut on The Dana Carvey Show) — and an everpresent Muppety ambiance surrounding these wannabe crooks (of the Frankie and Mugsy variety) turned wannabe stars (of the Frankie and Dean variety).
So, we're left with more of a smile than a frown. The film lacks any definitive structure or interesting style, but it manages an affable energy nonetheless. Not unlike the music of the Four Seasons, actually.
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Executives of the company behind the Michael Jackson hologram performance have filed a lawsuit against the entrepreneur who claims to own the technology. The late King of Pop appeared as a 3D projection at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May (14), five years after his death, to dance and sing to new track Slave To The Rhythm in virtual form.
Entrepreneur Alki David attempted to halt the production by hitting Jackson's estate executors with legal action, claiming the stunt would violate his patent rights.
Members of the technical team which created the performance, Pulse Evolution, have now hit back by filing a $10 million (£6.2 million) lawsuit against David in a Los Angeles court on Thursday (19Jun14), accusing him of taking credit for the event and stealing attention away from the true creators.
In the complaint, they claim David had "no involvement whatsoever" in the Jackson hologram and "falsely claimed credit for creating and developing the visual effects spectacle in a nationally-televised interview on CNN, in press releases and on his various websites operated by his company, FilmOn."
David continues to pursue his own lawsuit against Jackson's estate executors, the award show producers and Pulse Evolution over claims they used the patented technology he owns without his permission.
"Michael would have straightened him out. Michael would have spoken to him like a father figure, told him, 'Hey, you gotta cool it'." Jermaine Jackson insists his late brother Michael would have served as a mentor to troubled Justin Bieber.
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Rapper Ice Cube's actor son O'shea Jackson Jr. has reportedly been cast to play his famous father in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
The hip-hop star's legendary rap group is getting the big screen treatment in a film named after the rappers' 1988 debut album, and Ice Cube has previously championed his 22-year-old son for the lead role. Now, multiple sources tell TheWrap.com that his campaigning has finally paid off, and Jackson has reportedly been offered the part.
Universal Studios executives have yet to confirm Jackson's casting. Straight Outta Compton tells the story of Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
Hitmaker Timbaland is set to serve up a double treat for fans by releasing a movie to accompany his forthcoming album Opera Noir. The Cry Me a River producer, who worked on the new posthumous Michael Jackson album Xscape, is hoping to unveil the double project by the end of this year (14) and he is convinced it is some of his best work to date.
He tells Vibe.com, "The album that I'm about to put out - if you think my work on the Michael Jackson album is something you have no idea what I'm about to unleash.
"The best way I can describe it is this is my Purple Rain (Prince classic). And I'm going to have a movie to go with it. And wait 'til you hear the director who is doing it. It's going to really bug you out (surprise you)!"
Timbaland has worked with a host of big names over his 15-year career, including Justin Timberlake, Destiny's Child and Jay Z, but he reveals his new album will not feature any superstar guests.
He continues, "Right now I'm putting the finishing touches on it. And the cool thing about it is there are no features, only me and my artists on it (sic).
"This is some of the best music you will hear over the last 15 years. I've been going to different studios and letting different people hear the tracks. You can go around and ask. I'm very excited about this album."
Singer La Toya Jackson is engaged to marry her business manager. Michael Jackson's 58-year-old sister accepted Jeffre Phillips' proposal after he popped the question on vacation in Hawaii last August (13).
Jackson took her time while deciding whether to accept Phillips' proposal because his romantic gesture came as a shock, explaining, "It wasn't a fast yes."
She adds to People.com, "I had no clue. I couldn't understand why he was so nervous. I was in total shock. We're best friends and we've been business partners forever. It was always professional - no one really crossed those boundaries."
The news comes six months after reports suggested the pair had secretly wed in Los Angeles in December (13).
Jackson later denied the rumours, calling them "completely false."
The star was married to her manager Jack Gordon for seven years before they divorced in 1997. She alleged he had been abusive throughout the union.
Madonna returned to her roots on Tuesday (03Jun14) to talk to young school children in Detroit, Michigan. The Queen of Pop, who was born in the state, paid a visit to the Detroit Achievement Academy, which opened last year (13).
The school was founded by entrepreneur Kyle Smitley, who pulled in millions of dollars in donations to provide local kids with a "world-class" free education in a city which has been devastated by widespread unemployment and poverty in recent years.
In a post on Facebook.com, the Vogue legend uploaded two snaps showing her talking to kids on a colourful classroom mat, alongside the caption, "Sharing stories with kids at the Detroit Achievement Academy! Very impressed by Kyle Smitley and her team doing what they can to bring education back to the Motor City!"
Madonna also explained that she bonded with the youngsters over their shared love of Michael Jackson and Pharrell Williams, who she has previously collaborated with, adding, "Discussing Michael Jackson vs. Pharrell Williams! Watch out! Detroit is coming back!!!!"
"We never discussed the case. We would just sit around and write and get drunk. Michael liked wine. There were a few nights when he just went to sleep on the floor." Bee Gees star Barry Gibb reveals Michael Jackson lived with him in Miami, Florida just before his child molestation trial a decade ago.
Michael Jackson's 1983 hit Billie Jean has given the late King of Pop his 50th Billboard Hot 100 hit in the U.S. The track became popular again last week (ends23May14) after a viral video featuring Brett Nichols, a California high school student, dancing to the tune became an Internet hit.
As a result the song has returned to the Hot 100 at 14, where it joins new Jackson tunes Slave to the Rhythm and Love Never Felt So Good, the King of Pop's duet with Justin Timberlake.
Jackson's latest pop chart feat comes a week after he became the first artist to score a top 10 in five successive decades.