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Brett Ratner Tells Kimmel About Playing Pranks With Michael Jackson (VIDEO)

Director Brett Ratner stopped by 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights., 12AM ET on ABC) and reminisced about his friendship with Michael Jackson. They were such good buddies that Ratner even stayed in "The Elizabeth Taylor Suite" at Jackson's house when Taylor wasn't there. They met when Ratner was making the first 'Rush Hour' movie and he says all the King of Pop wanted to do was play practical jokes on people. One night the pair went for a drive around Santa Barbara in Jackson's enormous stretch limo and they got their kicks by throwing water balloons out the window. Unfortunately for a homeless guy who just happened to be walking by, Jackson had a good arm and hit him with a water balloon before driving off. Fortunately for Jackson, he was wearing a Hulk mask so his victim never knew who'd soaked him. Until maybe now, that is ......

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Carrie Fisher spent last Christmas with Michael Jackson

Ever notice how goofy celebrities seem to gravitate towards each other? Ok, me either, but maybe that's because most celebrities are goofy in one way or another. Got a note from CBS tonight with a fun little advance tidbit from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Carrie Fisher tells a story about her brush with Michael Jackson, who was laid to rest today. "They came to me to go on a travel junket for talking about Michael (Jackson), because I was with him on his last Christmas," the actress tells Ferguson. "”It was fantastic. He had a big tree, and I did the Princess Leia monologue for his children. Yeah, I got paid. …No, no, I got paid nothing. But I got a lot of it, and also he got me a cell phone.”"...

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Michael Jackson's Most Memorable TV Moments

Michael Jackson's pop culture reach stretched far beyond music videos and outrageous concert performances. With constant media presence in his life, some of his most memorable moments -- good and bad -- were captured on TV. From the historical debut of his signature dance move, the moonwalk, to a much-maligned introduction of his blanket-covered baby and a controversial documentary-style TV special that looked at the man behind the mask, Jackson's life was punctuated by headline-making behavior. Here's a look at some of his most memorable TV moments -- we know there are countless others, so please share the ones you remember most with us. -- By Maggie Furlong and Katy Kroll ...

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Remember the good times we had with (at) Michael Jackson('s expense)?

A lot of memories have surfaced of the good times that pop icon and musical genius Michael Jackson provided the world in the wake of his untimely and unfortunate death. However, an elephant in the room has wedged its wide butt in between the happy memories that range from "Billy Jean" to "Rockin' Robin," other than the eye-bleedingly bad Moonwalker movie. Jackson's life outside of the recording studio and in the blood-soaked pages of the supermarket tabloids provided a lot of fodder for comedies and comedians that turned the man into a punchline just as fast as the radio waves turned him into a legend....

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Michael Jackson verdict: live blogging!

Update: 6:50: A juror says he is "Jacksoned out," and I have to agree. Time to give the fingers a rest. Time for non Jackson-related shopping and non Jackson-related dinner. More later. Keep those comments coming! ...

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Top TV Stories of 2009: TV coverage of Michael Jackson's death

As a fan of music from the 80's and the early 90's, I didn't believe it at first when one of my friends told me that Michael Jackson died. Since TVs were rare where I was at the time, my first instinct was to check CNN.com. As soon as I got confirmation, I found a TV and was glued to one of the news-only channels to get all the latest updates on the death of one of my music idols. TV coverage of Michael Jackson's death was worldwide and every source of media. The news of his death, the coroner's investigation, the rumors that his death may have been faked (see the video after the jump), the news of where he would be buried, the details of the various tributes, as well as coverage of the special funeral ceremony, etc., made Michael Jackson's death one of the 2009 events that got the most air time around the world. Even as huge an MJ fan I am -- I do have about 30 of his hits on my MP3 -- I can admit that this event got too much air time....

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Lisa Marie Presley Shares Details About Her Relationship With Michael Jackson (VIDEO)

Lisa Marie Presley sat down with Oprah Winfrey and broke her silence about her marriage to Michael Jackson. The daughter of the late Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie was married to Jackson between 1994 and 1996. Before filing for divorce in 1996, Presley said it became clear to hear that Jackson had an issue with drugs. So, what prompted Presley to break her silence about Jackson? "Every time I've ever had an interview in the past, I tend to get very defensive because I was usually promoting something and it would always cross into my personal life," she said. "I wanted to sit and really have a conversation about things that are more on a personal level, before I do have an album coming out," she said. "I didn't understand my relationship with him," Presley admitted of how she felt when she was with the King of Pop from 1994 to 1996....

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The Producers of Michael Jackson's New Album Defend Their Work Against Charges of Imperfection (VIDEO)

Oprah Winfrey sat down with songwriter/producer Eddie Cascio and producer Teddy Riley today on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (Weekdays, Syndicated) to talk about a new Michael Jackson album completed after the King of Pop's death last year. The new album contains tracks Jackson had started, and were finished off by Cascio and Riley, including one that pairs Jackson with rapper 50 Cent. The album hits stores next week. Some have questioned the motives and timing of the release. In the clip, Oprah says that will.i.am, a friend to both her and Jackson, has questioned whether the former icon would have wanted these recordings to be released, "because it wasn't perfect." Cascio and Riley both give somewhat vague reasons for the release, saying that Jackson was dedicated to his fans and that, "Michael did it for his fans, he recorded for his fans, and it deserves to come out, and the fans deserve to hear what the musical genius of Michael really is." Riley acknowledged that some say the recordings aren't perfect,...

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Michael Jackson's memorable Simpsons stint

When I heard that Michael Jackson died, I tried to think of how his career touched the world of TV. What surprised me was that he utilized TV much more than most people realized: from his first appearances on shows like The Ed Sullivan Show, to his groundbreaking MTV videos and moonwalk on Motown 25, to even the coverage of his court battles, Michael has been as much a TV fixture as a musical fixture. But when I think of MJ on TV, my mind will always drift to his memorable appearance on The Simpsons. It was the first episode of the third season (all the way back in -- gulp -- 1991), in an episode called "Stark Raving Dad." Homer is thrown in a mental institution for wearing a pink shirt to work. In there, he meets a huge galumphing patient named Leon Kompowski, who happens to sound like Michael Jackson. Leon leaves with Homer (he's there voluntarily) and helps Bart write a stirring birthday tribute to his sister, "Happy Birthday Lisa."...

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La Toya Jackson Thinks There Was a Conspiracy To Kill Michael, But Won't Give Any Details on 'The View' (VIDEO)

Dr. Conrad Murray is currently awaiting trial on involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from Michael Jackson's fatal propofol overdose. According to Jackson's sister La Toya Thursday on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), that's just the tip of the conspiracy theory iceberg. La Toya believes there was a conspiracy to kill Michael and take his publishing royalties, and added that she knew more, but didn't want to reveal it just yet. La Toya recounted conversations she had with Michael during which he told her people were out to murder him. "He told me over and over and over," said La Toya. "When he first told me, 'La Toya, they're going to kill me,' I said, 'Who Michael?' You're Michael Jackson. No one in their right mind would ever think of doing something like this to you. That's what you think. He says, 'No, but you don't understand.' And then I saw how serious he was." ...

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Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Michael Jackson Tribute at the 2010 Grammy Awards (VIDEO)

Wearing matching sparkly shades and smudged faces, Elton John and Lady Gaga kicked off the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards (Sun., 8 PM ET on CBS) with a duet. Other highlights included a performance by Beyonce and a tribute to Michael Jackson with Celine Dion, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Carrie Underwood. Watch the videos after the jump, and check out all the Grammy coverage on PopEater....

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Discovery's Michael Jackson Autopsy Special Raises Ire, Writer Aron Abrams Dies at 50 and More

Discovery Communication's planned UK special, 'Michael Jackson: L'Autopsie,' has angered the co-executors of Michael Jackson's estate. The European program set to air Jan. 13 will reportedly feature a recreation of Jackson's autopsy. According to the Wall Street Journal, Jackson estate co-executors John Branca and John McClain have called for Discovery to pull the special before broadcast. "Your decision to even schedule this program is in shockingly bad taste, insensitive to Michael's family, and appears motivated solely by your blind desire to exploit Michael's death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have some serious medical value," the two wrote in a letter to Discovery. In other TV news ... • Veteran sitcom writer/producer Aron Abrams has died. Known for his work on shows such as '3rd Rock From the Sun' and 'Grounded For Life,' Abrams died of a heart attack at the age of 50 on Christmas Day. [Deadline Hollywood] • Conan O'Brien is...

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Britain goes wild for Michael Jackson - VIDEO

In the past few days, British viewers have uploaded at least two dozen copies of a recent performance on Britain's Got Talent. It's Suleman Mirza (aka "Signature"), who calls himself the "Michael Jackson Dancing Machine." He's an Indian performer with his own YouTube channel featuring all of his Michael Jackson-style dances. Mirza has a bit of an advantage in the show-- his bio says he's been performing Michael Jackson tribute dances for quite some time and has danced with some famous Bollywood stars. I'm not going to ruin it for you, but let's just say that Suleman has a few tricks that drive the crowd wild. It's far better than anything that ever aired on America's Got Talent. Simon Cowell is a judge for the show and brings up a good point, though. Where can he go from this initial performance that had the audience jumping out of their seats? Video is after the jump:...

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Remembering Michael Jackson on America's Best Dance Crew

A year ago I was enthralled by MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. It was a concept that actually fit MTV: dancing to music which was often influenced by music videos. For episode five of the first season, Mario Lopez announced Michael Jackson week. I cringed because I knew that the crews were going to have to use things like the moonwalk and the zombie "Thriller" moves. The contestants were celebrating the 25th anniversary release of Thriller. Luckily the crews didn't have to use the horrible remixes that were added to the rerelease. When the episode ended, I was happily surprised....

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Farrah Fawcett beats Michael Jackson in the ratings

With all the press coverage given to Michael Jackson, you'd think a special about his life would trample the ratings of all the other networks. Apparently, that isn't the case as an ABC special about the life of Farrah Fawcett won in the ratings against a similar Michael Jackson retrospective on CBS. I think it likely helped that Barbara Walters hosted the ABC special (which was a 20/20 special and therefore had more name value than a generic special), whereas the special on Jacko was simply a CBS documentary. I'm still amazed at the rapid turnaround time that the networks can produce specials like these. They have turned it into an art. It is debatable over who was the bigger name, although both were icons on their time. Jackson seems to be getting more coverage because his death was more of a surprise than Farrah's. Either way, Thursday was a hell of a day....

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