Michael Jackson kids and friends image
Provided by real estate developer Mohamed Hadid (via image.net), the above photo shows Hadid (left) and his children alongside Michael Jackson and his kids – Michael Joseph Jr. (far left), Paris Michael Katherine (center), and Prince Michael II (front center) – on Nov. 27, ’08, at Jackson’s Holmby Hills residence in Los Angeles’ Westside.
Jackson suffered a fatal heart attack a week ago, on June 25, ’09. Born in Gary, Indiana, on Aug. 29, 1958, he was 50 years old.
Michael Jackson mansion in Los Angeles’ Holmby Hills district
Built by Hadid from a design by Richard Landry, the 22,000 square foot, seven-bedroom mansion pictured above is located on Holmby Hills’ Carolwood Drive. At the time of his death, Michael Jackson was renting it for $100,000 a month.
His most famous residence, however, was the Neverland Valley Ranch on Figueroa Mountain Road in Los Olivos, Santa Barbara County – about 90 minutes northwest of Los Angeles.
Update: According to a Nov. 2012 Curbed Los Angeles article, the Carolwood Drive mansion has 17,171 square feet. It was bought for $18.5 million in 2004 and resold for $18.1 million in 2012. As found in Curbed, the owners had initially listed the house in 2008; asking price: $38 million.
Michael Jackson kids and mansion photos: Mohamed Hadid / image.net.
‘This Is It’ final rehearsal
Pictured above is Michael Jackson at his last This Is It movie rehearsal on June 23, ’09, at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
British concert promoter AEG Live has announced that full refunds will be available to fans who purchased tickets through authorized agents for any of Jackson’s 50 “This Is It” concerts that were to take place at The O2 Arena in London.
Ticket holders requiring information about receiving the refund should go to www.MichaeJacksonLive.com beginning Wednesday, July 1.
‘This Is It’ movie box office
Update: Released by Sony Pictures on Oct. 28, ’09, in North America, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo the Kenny Ortega-directed Michael Jackson concert documentary This Is It ultimately grossed $72.09 million in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to $189.09 million internationally, for a grand total of $261.18 million.
Adjusted for inflation, This Is It is the third highest-grossing documentary of any genre at the domestic box office,* trailing only Michael Moore’s anti-George W. Bush/anti-Iraq War political doc Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) and Luc Jacquet’s nature-oriented March of the Penguins (2000).
* Since 1982, as Box Office Mojo data for pre-1982 films is spotty at best.
Michael Jackson images: Kevin Mazur / AEG / WireImage.com
Michael Jackson movies: ‘The Wiz,’ ‘Men in Black II’ cameo
Somewhat surprisingly, Michael Jackson had only one single actual role in a feature film: The Scarecrow in Sidney Lumet’s The Wiz, the critically and commercially disappointing all-black version of The Wizard of Oz.
The Wiz‘s other key cast members were Diana Ross as Dorothy, Nipsey Russell as the Tinman, Ted Ross as the (Cowardly) Lion, Lena Horne as Glinda the Good Witch, and Richard Pryor as the Wiz.
Directed by Victor Fleming (with several scenes shot by King Vidor), the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer The Wizard of Oz remains the most popular movie version of L. Frank Baum’s novel. The cast featured – following the order found in the preceding paragraph – Judy Garland, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, and Frank Morgan as The Wizard.
The Scarecrow was played by Ray Bolger, while Margaret Hamilton brought to life the Wicked Witch of the West.
Pioneering (of sorts) 3D short ‘Captain EO’
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay by Coppola, George Lucas, and Rusty Lemorande, Walt Disney Attractions’ 17-minute short Captain EO (1986) was a relatively early (latter-day) cinematic live-action 3D experiment – decades after Bwana Devil, Kiss Me Kate, and House of Wax, but long before The Final Destination, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Avatar. (And certainly much more widely buzzed than The Man Who Wasn’t There or Jaws 3-D, to name two other 1980s 3D flicks.)