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    A VERY ENLIGHTENING 'PASSAGE'

    Post  EMPATHY on Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:24 pm

    I think you should all read this write up. Pay particular notice to what is in BOLD writing. Then sit and think.??

    http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,312364,00.html
    He hasn't lived at Hayvenhurst for 4.5 years, but Michael Jackson's
    presence at his family's Encino, Calif., estate lingers
    palpably. A metal star engraved with his name is embedded in the walkway
    to the 20-room mansion, lest anyone forget that this is a house that
    Michael built and still maintains. In the 32-seat east-wing theater, his
    sister-in-law Margaret Maldonado Jackson, who lives at Hayvenhurst with
    husband Jermaine and his parents, Katherine and Joe, props herself on
    the edge of a seat and wearily fixes her gaze on her Chanel shoes. As
    coproducer, with Jermaine, of the five-hour ABC miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream, Margaret has spent most of the previous night editing the final cut.

    ''This was an impossible project,'' she sighs, recalling the early
    uncertainty that hovered over the film. Most ''impossible'' was
    obtaining the consent of the individual members — patriarch, matriarch,
    and eight of the nine children — of what may be America's most
    dysfunctional musical family (La Toya, seldom in touch with the brood
    since her 1991 blame-flinging autobiography, was not included). In
    the end, the Jacksons came to terms for $1 million, possibly the highest
    fee ever paid by TV for someone's life story, plus a cut of the
    eventual profits from syndication, merchandising, videos, overseas
    sales, and a tie-in album.

    ''This family likes to set records,'' says Margaret, 27. ''Janet got
    her big deal ($40 million with Virgin Records), then Michael had to go
    and top it (with his $65 million Sony deal).'' Only half-jokingly,
    Jermaine, 37, says: ''It's hard to get Michael's attention on any deal
    worth less than $40 million.''

    Actually, people close to the Jacksons say Michael agreed to the
    project chiefly to give his family the chance to cash in big one more
    time
    .
    His ground rules included approval of the writer, the script,
    the director, and all three actors who would play him at various ages.
    And, says Margaret, ''he did ask for someone beautiful to play his
    mother.'' (The role went to Angela Bassett, who costars in the
    film Malcolm X.)

    Few TV projects have been so complex: The cast, which includes
    Holly Robinson as Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams as Motown founder Berry
    Gordy, and Vanessa Williams as former Motown exec Suzanne de
    Passe (who is co-executive producer of the miniseries with Stan
    Margulies), features 29 youngsters doing their own dancing and
    moonwalking as the Jackson kids. ''From the beginning, my feeling was
    that the chances of this happening were about 1,000 to 1,'' says Rob
    Lee, the William Morris agent who handled the deal for the Jacksons.

    Margaret, Jermaine, and mom Katherine approached Lee with the
    miniseries idea at the beginning of 1989. According to Margaret, ''It
    was a weird time. Michael had moved out of the house and gotten his
    ranch. Janet was away doing an album. And after the Playboy thing
    with La Toya (posing nude), Katherine got really emotional.'' The TV project was thus conceived as a unifying, healing venture.

    Nonetheless, the ensuing negotiations generated ''the most paper I've
    ever seen, without a doubt,'' says Lee. ''Michael's
    representatives were extremely protective'' about his portrayal. Then,
    of course, Janet and her attorneys demanded nearly equal input — which
    she got. The nine months of back and forth were complicated by the fact
    that none of the Jacksons can easily reach Michael through his handlers
    and guards, whom some in the family refer to derisively as ''Michael's
    camp.'' Earlier this year, says Margaret, when Michael's okay was
    urgently needed to sign director Karen Arthur, Joe Jackson, who is
    portrayed in the film as a brutally determined stage parent, tracked his
    son to a Washington, D.C., hotel and left him a stern message: I'll fly
    down there, and you don't want that. Michael promptly faxed his
    signature.

    An unexpected hurdle sprang up in November 1991, when Jermaine's
    Michael-dissing single ''Word to the Badd!!'' was released. Soon after,
    Michael showed up at Hayvenhurst unannounced. He, Jermaine, and Mom and
    Dad closeted themselves in the first-floor trophy room
    for a talk, in which Jermaine says he told Michael that he had not
    written the offending lyrics but had been pressured by Arista officials
    to stand behind them (which Arista denies). Shortly afterward, Michael
    departed with The Jacksons still on track.

    For the most part, shooting this summer in and around Pittsburgh and
    L.A. went smoothly, with almost no interference from Michael. On the
    three days of filming at Hayvenhurst, Michael did insist on one
    bit of verisimilitude. ''He really wanted lions at the house,'' recalls
    Margulies. ''I said to his people, 'I don't know if we can get lions.'
    They said he'd take care of that. And at 3:45 that Friday, a truck
    drives up with a full-grown lion in a cage and a young lion on a leash
    (from Michael's ranch). When Michael wants lions, he sends them!''

    Jermaine had hoped to assemble his family in the Hayvenhurst theater for a reconciliatory viewing of The Jacksons,
    but the logistics proved too daunting. Instead, his siblings will be
    scattered at their various homes when the miniseries airs, with perhaps
    one or two joining Jermaine, Margaret, Katherine, and Joe at
    Hayvenhurst.

    As for Michael, he has sent word to the family that he may show up.
    Just in case, his room upstairs, off-limits to servants, is ready and
    waiting.


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    Re: A VERY ENLIGHTENING 'PASSAGE'

    Post  EMPATHY on Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:25 pm

    ...........so was that the last time Michael?


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