Michael Jackson was "paralytic" from a booze binge as he announced his doomed 2009 tour, according to his actor friend Mark Lester. In March 2009, the Thriller hitmaker staged a press conference to reveal plans for a comeback at London's O2 Arena, but Oliver! star Lester claims Jackson was hiding a secret from his fans as he took to the stage to speak about his This Is It concerts.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "Michael passed out on the hotel bed. His doctor said he'd drunk two-thirds of a bottle of whisky and was paralytic. He sobered up enough to struggle through the This Is It speech, which he just about got away with."
Jackson died two weeks before the first of his This Is It concert series was scheduled to hit the stage in London. His mother, Katherine, is suing bosses at promoting company AEG over allegations they were negligent in ignoring life-threatening health concerns. She is reportedly seeking more than $40 billion for loss of future earnings and other damages, and wants them held responsible for hiring Conrad Murray, the medic who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for causing the singer's 2009 death.
Michael Jackson's former maid has alleged the pop superstar suffered two near-fatal drug overdoses before his death in 2009. The King of Pop died after suffering an overdose of anaesthetic Propofol at his California mansion just weeks before his comeback concerts were due to kick off in London, and his doctor, Conrad Murray, is currently serving four years in prison on an involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from his death. However, Adrian McManus, who worked as the singer's personal maid in the 1990s, has now come forward to suggest her boss suffered a near-death experience in 1993.
She tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, "I knocked on his door, but got no answer so I went in to clean. He was lying on the bed, motionless, looking very pale. I called several times, but he didn't answer. As I got closer his eyes were open and he appeared not to be breathing. My heart sank as I thought he was dead. I called his name for several minutes. I feared that he was gone for ever, but then he came to suddenly. He didn't say a word, but burst into tears... It is a shock that people didn't realise he had such issues, as it was common knowledge in the 1990s." McManus reveals a similar incident took place just a few weeks later when a security guard found the star collapsed close to his swimming pool.
She explains, "The guard thought he was dead. He feared the worst, trying to wake him by shaking and shouting at him. He couldn't find a pulse and he didn't appear to be breathing... Michael made his guards train in CPR so they knew what to do." The news emerged just a day before Jackson's mother Katherine is due to face executives of concert company AEG in court in Los Angeles on Monday (29Apr13) for the first day of a wrongful death trial. She claims bosses of the firm behind her son's comeback shows should take responsibility for hiring Murray to look after the troubled star.
Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray has spoken out from prison to insist he is a victim of injustice and is determined to win his medical licence back. The medic was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison for causing the superstar's death in 2009, but he is currently appealing against his conviction.
Murray becomes eligible for release in October (13), but he insists he is fighting to clear his name rather than pushing for his freedom.
In a phone call to America's Today show from the jail where he is being held, Murray says, "I hope the court will see that an injustice has occurred on this occasion. If that is the case, I will have my (medical) licence back and I will continue to practice medicine..."
When host Savannah Guthrie asks whether he takes any personal responsibility for what happened to Michael Jackson, Murray replies defiantly, "Not any responsibility that relates to his death. I am sorry that I have lost Michael as a friend and as a patient... It's a tremendous loss... It's going to remain with me for the rest of my life, but I am not going to accept responsibility for anything I did not do. .. (He) caused his own demise."
The incarcerated doctor goes on to suggest his time in prison has been a "horrendous experience".
Jackson died after suffering an overdose of anaesthetic Propofol at his home in California just weeks before he was due to kick off a huge comeback concert series. Murray's bid to clear his name comes as Jackson's mother, Katherine, prepares for the start of her legal battle with AEG Live bosses, the promoters behind the This Is It shows, over her son's death.
She wants them to be held responsible for hiring Murray to look after the singer.
John McNaughton, the man who directed 1998 schlock noir masterpiece Wild Things, hasn't had a feature film come out since 2001, but it looks like he's going to make a return to the cinema (and I use the term loosely) with a spectacle that might even top the Neve Campbell/Denise Richards soaking wet pool makeout moment from the original.
McNaughton tells Hollywood.com that he and screenwriter Stephen Peters, who wrote the original as well as direct-to-DVD sequels Wild Things 2 and Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough, are working on another Wild Things movie.
"It's not one of the sequels, but about their children," he says. OK, that sounds odd, but just wait. It gets real crazy. "Do you know the Amanda Knox case? It's something like that. Something that's like the child of Suzie Toller [Campbell's character], she claimed that Matt Dillon's [character] had raped her a long time ago and maybe there is a child and maybe Bill Murray's character had a child and they're exchange students and things get out of hand. We're calling it Wild Child Things."
OK, this movie needs to get made right away! It sounds so unbelievably outrageous that it has to be awesome. For those of you know don't know, Amanda Knox was an American college student studying in Italy who went to prison for murdering her roommate. She was later acquitted. There was S&M involved.
Wild Child Things doesn't have a studio or distributor or a cast (but, let's face it, Neve Campbell is super available as is Denise Richards), and is just starting to take shape. "Just about 3 weeks ago, Steven Peters' manager, sent me an email saying he had this idea and he sent me a one page outline and I think it's pretty fun. We're trying to see if there's any interest." Well, John, consider this your first bit of interest.
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Actress Sophia Bush has found love with a top software engineer at Google.com. The eco-friendly TV star has been dating programme manager Dan Fredinburg for a few months and they recently went public with their relationship at the first weekend (12-14Apr13) of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
The couple was snapped cuddling and holding hands.
A source tells Us Weekly magazine, "They're both so passionate about the world. It's for real. (He) is super intelligent and she really likes him. She's mentioned wanting to marry him, and I won't be surprised if she gets engaged!"
Bush previously romanced her One Tree Hill co-stars Austin Nichols and James Lafferty, and she was briefly married to Chad Michael Murray in 2005.
Six men and six women have been selected to serve on the jury in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. The 12 jurors were picked on Monday (22Apr13), almost three weeks after jury selection began in Los Angeles Superior Court.
A further six people will be chosen as alternates for the trial, which is expected to last at least two months, although the judge overseeing the case has yet to set a date for opening statements and testimony to begin.
The King of Pop's mother, Katherine Jackson, is suing AEG Live bosses, the promoters behind the superstar's doomed This Is It comeback concerts, claiming they were negligent in ignoring life-threatening health concerns. She wants them to be held responsible for hiring Conrad Murray, the medic who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for causing the singer's 2009 death, and is reportedly seeking more than $40 billion for loss of future earnings and other damages.
Canadian singer David Walsh has been excused from jury duty in the upcoming Michael Jackson wrongful death trial after revealing he had personal links to the King of Pop's entourage. The Thriller hitmaker's mother, Katherine, is suing AEG Live bosses, the promoters behind the superstar's doomed This Is It comeback concerts, claiming they were negligent in ignoring life-threatening health concerns, and holding them responsible for hiring Conrad Murray, the medic who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for causing the singer's 2009 death.
The jury selection process, which began earlier this month (02Apr13), continues at Los Angeles Superior Court and on Monday (15Apr13), Walsh was released from the prospective pool.
He told the court, "I've had friends in Michael's band and my best friend was a back-up singer on the This Is It concert (sic).
He also admitted that he had formed his own opinions about the case and was unlikely to deliver an unbiased judgement if he had been picked to serve in the trial.
By the end of Monday, the group of potential jurors had been whittled down to 87, with more expected to be excused on Tuesday.
Michael Jackson's daughter Paris wept when she revisited her father's former Neverland home in Santa Barbara, California after his death because the ranch's famous ferris wheel had been removed. The Thriller hitmaker moved out of the estate in 2005 after cops raided it in 2003 following his arrest on child molestation charges.
Paris Jackson decided to revisit her former home two years ago (11), and she admits she was dismayed to see how it had changed.
She tells Event magazine, "I cried and cried. It's beautiful there. It still has good energy."
The 15 year old also revealed to the publication she wants part of her father's financial legacy to be used to restore the estate for the benefit of less privileged children, and plans to start the project when she is an adult.
The musical legend died in 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest brought on by an overdose of anaesthetic Propofol. Medic Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for causing Jackson's death.
Don't tell Harry Potter, but it looks like Hermione Granger is all grown up.
For her role in Sofia Coppola's new movie, Bling Ring — in which she plays one of the teens who infamously burglarized celebrity homes (including Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, and Paris Hilton) — Emma Watson can be seen pole dancing. The clip shows the 22-year-old British actress making use of the infamous "night club" room in Hilton's Beverly Hills home. And because naturally every good night club has to have a stripper pole, watch as the British star (dressed in cut-off denim shorts and red heels) hops up on the table and gives her friends a show.
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Tragic pop icon Michael Jackson had an implant fitted under his skin in a bid to stop feeling pleasure from opiates, according to new reports. The Thriller hitmaker is believed to have had the Narcan implant put in place in 2003 to counteract drug effects as he fought his alleged addictions.
The medical device has come to light after it was referred to by one of the singer's former doctors, anaesthetist David Fournier, in newly released court papers related Katherine Jackson's civil suit against concert promoters AEG Live.
The documents state, "Fournier believed Jackson had deceived him by not telling him about a 'Narcan implant' Jackson had inserted before a surgical procedure Fournier was helping with."
The medic, who treated the star in the 1990s and early 2000s, alleged Jackson "intentionally failed to reveal the implant" to him.
According to Britain's The Sun, his testimony will be used as evidence in Katherine's wrongful death lawsuit.
The family matriarch claims bosses at AEG Live, who organised Jackson's doomed This Is It comeback concerts, were negligent in ignoring life-threatening health concerns. She holds them responsible for hiring Conrad Murray, the medic who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for causing her son's death in 2009.