01:47 PM EDT 12/02/2013
Originally posted 11/26/2013 12:25PM
Not only were the judges in awe of Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff's Michael Jackson-centric freestyle routine on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars – but it sounds like the King of Pop himself would have enjoyed the number if he were still alive.
"He came to the High School Musical concert in Vegas," Bleu told reporters backstage after learning he'd successfully made it through Monday night. "When I went and did my bit in the concert, Kenny [Oretga, the choreographer] leaned over and said, 'Michael leaned over to [me] and said, who is that? And I said, 'That's Corbin Bleu.' And Michael said, 'He's good.' I still get goose bumps thinking about it. It was one of the coolest things for me."
Calling his encounter with the icon "the highlight of my life," Bleu describes Jackson as having "such a presence," explaining, "He's extremely tall [and] he's got big ol' hands when you shake them."
Originally posted 10/29/2013 10:30AM
If you have nothing nice to say … say it in print? It's probably not the best way to air your grievances, but it seems to be the motto among celebrities penning memoirs of late.
On Friday, word leaked of Tori Spelling's dis at Katie Holmes in her forthcoming book Spelling It Like It Is, in which she describes the former Mrs. Cruise as "plastic."
"As I sat waiting outside his music room, I heard his prior appointment working with him in the other room. It was some actress singing horribly off-key," Spelling writes of bumping into Holmes during a visit to her vocal coach. "I heard him say good-bye and then the actress walked out of the room. It was Katie Holmes."
Originally posted 10/28/2013 08:50AM
The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.
Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff's office. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down.
The former cardiologist was convicted in 2011 of causing Jackson's death in June 2009 by providing the superstar with an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Jackson was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts and Murray was serving as his personal physician.
Originally posted 10/26/2013 03:25PM
The Ohio State University marching band.
The college marching band celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's album Bad during halftime at their game against the University of Iowa on Saturday, and while their renditions of songs including "Thriller," "Bad" and "The Way You Make Me Feel" were pretty impressive, when they got to "Billy Jean" they blew onlookers away.
Originally posted 10/02/2013 07:00PM
Concert promoter AEG Live was not negligent in the death of Michael Jackson and the singer's mother and children shouldn't receive any money in damages, a jury found Wednesday.
After four days of deliberations, the Los Angeles Superior Court panel found that Dr. Conrad Murray, who gave the pop star a deadly dose of a powerful anesthetic, was not unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired.
"The jury's decision completely vindicates AEG Live, confirming what we have known from the start – that although Michael Jackson's death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a tragedy of AEG Live's making," says AEG attorney Marvin Putnam.
During the civil trial, which started in April, attorneys argued over whether Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, was his doctor's fault or his own, and whether Murray was Jackson's employee or the concert promoter's. The jury began deliberating on Sept. 26.
Originally posted 08/27/2013 11:45AM
Two months after she was hospitalized following a suicide attempt, Paris Jackson is now "in a good place, getting the help she needs," according to her grandmother, Katherine Jackson.
Speaking from her late son Michael's Encino, Calif., estate, the Jackson matriarch, 83, tells Hello! magazine that Paris, 15, "is doing much better. … The treatment is going good, really good."
Katharine, who with her grandson TJ shares legal guardianship of Paris and her brothers, Prince, 16, and Blanket, 11, also discusses the toll watching after Michael's daughter has taken on her.
Originally posted 08/14/2013 05:15PM
The mother of Michael Jackson's two eldest children reluctantly testified for the defense Wednesday that Jackson inappropriately used Propofol at least 12 years before his death – and was warned that he was playing with fire.
Debbie Rowe, called to the stand for lawyers defending concert promoter AEG against the Jackson family's wrongful death case, said Jackson used the potentially fatal anesthetic to help catch up on sleep in between show days when he brought his 1997 HIStory tour to Germany.
The two were married from 1996 to 1999.
Originally posted 07/19/2013 02:30PM
Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson defended the good heart of her son Friday at the wrongful death lawsuit she and her family brought against the promoters of Michael Jackson's last and ill-fated world tour.
"The most difficult thing is to sit in this court and listen to all the bad things they're saying about my son. A lot of those things are just not the truth,” Jackson, 83, told the court before describing her family's meager start and early musical history.
"I know my son was a very good person," she said. "He loved everybody. He was in the Guinness Book of World Records for the entertainer who gave the most to charity."
Originally posted 07/13/2013 05:30AM
After a month at UCLA Medical Center following her June 5 suicide attempt, Paris Jackson left the hospital on Tuesday and headed to an undisclosed residential treatment center, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
The facility was selected by the 15-year-old's grandmother Katherine and her biological mother Debbie Rowe on the advice of Paris's UCLA doctors.
Originally posted 07/01/2013 05:00PM
Paris Jackson has a message for everyone who's supported her following her suicide attempt and subsequent hospitalization: Thank you.
"My daughter has asked that I extend a huge thank you for all your thoughts and prayers and support," her mother, Debbie Rowe, Tweeted Monday. "She is strong like her father."
Paris, 15, has been in a treatment center since being admitted to the psychiatric facility at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles in June.
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