Michael Jackson's brothers are determined to challenge the King of Pop's ex-wife Debbie Rowe if she attempts to fight for custody of her two children. Reports suggest the former nurse, the biological mother of Prince and Paris, is concerned for the pair's welfare under the care of their legal guardians, grandmother Katherine Jackson and uncle TJ, and is planning to file court papers to take them in herself.
However, the late superstar's siblings, Tito, Randy, Jermaine and Jackie, insist Rowe has no right to uproot the teens after agreeing to give Michael full custody of Prince and Paris in exchange for a big cash payout following their 1999 divorce.
A statement issued by The Jacksons to TMZ.com reads: "(The children) are well loved and well taken care of. We are quite taken back (sic) that Ms. Rowe has decided now to enter their lives, after she abandoned her children many years ago for money.
"Our only desire is to see our niece and nephews continue to go on with happy, healthy and safe lives. We will do everything and anything with in our power to help make that happen."
Michael was also father to youngest son Blanket, although the identity of the 12 year old's mother has never been revealed.
The King of Pop died in 2009.
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe has decided to marry the late King of Pop's pal, gay porn producer Marc Schaffel, after previously insisting they were not engaged. Reports surfaced last month (Mar14) suggesting Rowe was set to tie the knot with Schaffel, after she was photographed wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring.
Rowe denied the claims, but she has since come clean about the relationship, revealing she initially turned down the proposal because she feared she had terminal cancer, after doctors found irregularities with her lymph nodes.
However, test results have shown that the former nurse, who is mother to Jackson's two eldest children Prince Michael and Paris, is actually suffering from autoimmune disease sarcoidosis, which is not life-threatening, and now she has decided to marry Schaffel.
She tells TMZ.com, "He loves me, knows my kids, loves my kids and we'll see where this goes."
The couple has yet to set a wedding date.
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe is undergoing tests for cancer as part of a terrifying health scare. The former nurse, who is mother to Jackson's two eldest children Prince Michael and Paris, has confirmed to TMZ.com that she is having a battery of procedures after doctors found irregularities with her lymph nodes.
Rowe admits medics have yet to diagnose her condition, but they are investigating the possibility she may be suffering from lymphoma, a cancer of the blood.
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe has laughed off reports suggesting she is engaged to the late King of Pop's pal, gay porn producer Marc Schaffel. Rowe phoned the studios of TMZ.com to clear up reports after sources told the website's editors that she was planning a wedding.
TMZ.com ran the story with a new photo of Rowe wearing what looked like an engagement ring on her wedding finger, while posing with Schaffel, but she insists the rumours of an engagement are "ridiculous and not true".
She says that she and the producer are "just friends" and they are "absolutely, positively not engaged".
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe has threatened to help a fan of the King of Pop kill his disgraced physician. Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of administering the propofol dose that killed Jackson in 2009 and he has spent the past two years behind bars. He was released earlier this month (Nov13).
And after the medic revealed in a recent interview that he and his former boss would joke about Rowe's looks, the former nurse, who is the mother of the late pop star's two eldest children, has hit back.
She tells TMZ.com that Murray should watch what he says and look out, because within 18 months "a Jackson fan will shoot him dead, and I'd buy the bullet. I wouldn't shoot him but I'd buy the bullet."
Commenting on Murray's remarks about her looks, she adds, "If I had a dog as ugly as him, I'd shave its a**, make it walk backwards and put a wig on it... At least I can breed. He can't even write prescriptions anymore."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe broke down in tears during a taped interview for a U.S. TV news show recently as she lashed out at those who let the King of Pop die. The former nurse, who now helps to run a horse ranch in California, agreed to sit down and talk to Entertainment Tonight and she struggled to contain her emotions when she was asked for her thoughts about her former husband's 2009 drug-related death.
Rowe, who is the mother of Jackson's eldest kids Prince Michael and Paris, believes too many people turned their backs on Jackson when he needed their help as his drug dependency spiralled out of control.
Fighting back angry tears, she says, "All the people that claim to be so close to him, not one person tried to stop it... If I know something's wrong, I'm gonna try to stop it."
Rowe admits she would have liked someone to use the media to shine a light on Jackson's problems, adding, "There were more people involved that saw him falling apart. God forbid one of them take out a camera (sic)... and give it (footage) to someone like Entertainment Tonight and stop it. I think they were too selfish."
The former nurse admits she'll always have fond memories of her time with the King of Pop, adding, "He told me my life was gonna change and it did and he's taken such good care of me."
During the candid interview with the reclusive former Mrs. Jackson, which aired on TV in America on Wednesday (06Nov13), Rowe also opened up about her relationship with her children's guardians, T.J. and family matriarch Katherine, insisting stories about them all not getting along are completely untrue.
She explains, "T.J. is an amazing man. He has an amazing family... I love Mrs. Jackson... We all may not care for her family... but she is my children's grandmother."
Debbie Rowe is set to become Paris Jackson's co-guardian, according to a U.S. report. The 54-year-old mother of Michael Jackson's eldest children, Paris and Prince, will replace the pop superstar's nephew, Tito Jackson Jr., as co-guardian with Katherine Jackson.
Tito was appointed co-guardian of the King of Pop's three children last year (12).
A lawyer formerly associated with the family's legal matters tells the New York Post that an upcoming hearing on 15 October (13) will deal with the removal and appointment of a guardian.
The new arrangement would reportedly pave the way for Paris to leave Katherine's home and move in with her mother in Palmdale, California.
However, the financial agreement would stay the same for all parties. Katherine currently receives $86,000 (£57,330) a month from Michael's estate, with approximately $20,000 (£13,330) going to Paris' expenses.
A source says, "Debbie will get whatever Paris may need in terms of resources, but (Katherine) will continue to be in control of most things, including when and how some of the monies are disbursed."
Paris has been undergoing psychological treatment in California since her alleged suicide attempt in June (13).
The jury in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case has ruled AEG Live executives are not liable for the King of Pop's death. The 12-person panel agreed the promoters hired disgraced medic Dr. Conrad Murray to take care of Jackson's medical needs ahead of his ill-fated This Is It comeback dates, but ruled that he was not "unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired".
As a result of the verdict, which was delivered on Wednesday (02Oct13) after three days of deliberations, AEG Live executives will not have to pay hundreds of millions in compensation to the Jackson family. An expert had estimated that economic damages could be more than $1 billion if AEG Live was found liable for the pop superstar's passing.
The wrongful death trial lasted five months and featured a procession of expert witnesses, Jackson associates and staff and personal testimonies from his children and mother Katherine, who was in court for the verdict, which was read at 3.40pm local time in Los Angeles.
She claimed AEG Live bosses negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray and pushed her son way beyond his physical limits for his This Is It tour. The promoters' legal team maintained throughout the trial that Jackson pressured AEG to hire Murray as his personal physician. Attorneys for the promoter argued that Jackson and Murray deceived their client by concealing that Jackson was receiving the surgical aneesthetic propofol in his home as a sleep aid.
The pop superstar died of an overdose of propofol. Murray is set to be released from jail later this month (Oct13) after serving two years for involuntary manslaughter. He was convicted after a jury found him guilty of administering the fatal does of propofol which claimed Jackson's life in 2009.
Speaking after the verdict was announced, Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe revealed she was "confused" by the ruling.
She said, "If they (AEG Live) hired him (Murray), they should bear some of the responsibility. I don't understand."
Sandra Bullock, who is no stranger to photographers wanting to take pictures of her and her kids, celebrated the possible passage of a law to prevent paparazzi from trying to photograph the children of celebrities. She told the media that "children should not be sold." Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner, both parents themselves, set this in motion to get the law passed. The fines aren't light either, starting at $10,000 and escalating as high as $30,000.
Celebrities and photographers have always had some kind of love/hate relationship, with the celebrities accepting it for the most part. The photographers have been really crossing a lot of lines over the years, though. They've begun taking pictures of their kids, like Michael Jackson's daughter Paris and others. These kids should be allowed to have a childhood, even if their parents spend nearly every waking moment in the public spotlight. They shouldn't have to worry about the flashbulbs going on around them as well.
It's stressful on the kids and it may have played a part in Paris Jackson's suicide attempt. It's not out of the realm of possibility that many of these kids will find themselves in therapy as they get older due to this constant glare of the spotlight. It just can't be healthy to one's psyche. It doesn't make one feel normal. They live a life of excess, yes. They can go wherever they like due to their parents' wealth. But that should not be held against them by photographers who are just looking to get a buck.
A clearer line has been drawn and hopefully it will become etched in stone. We'll see if those photographers, many of them freelancers who need to get some kind of exclusive to get paid, heed it. Overall, it's a good law.Hopefully it will bring peace to Suri Cruise. Goodness knows, we've had our fill of photos of her parents.
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