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October 28, 2009

LKL from the London Premier of MJ's 'This is It'

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mary u from ohio   October 28th, 2009 10:13 am ET

Miko. ......
MJ is finished.. He said for us to take care of the World.........


Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont   October 28th, 2009 10:20 am ET

It's painful to watch the clips of MJ dancing and reharsing for the show that sadly didn't happen .


Patty Anderson   October 28th, 2009 10:22 am ET

I felt so sad for Miko you can see and feel his heart break


Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   October 28th, 2009 10:26 am ET

I had a problem with the red carpet while knowing a few miles down the road Michael is laying in a cold tomb. Much gone too soon.

I know some of his best friends went to Forrest Lawn instead yesterday. I think that was a beautiful way to honor him.


Brigida   October 28th, 2009 10:32 am ET

thank you Larry for putting this video. European edition was cut this morning for breaking news right before Miko was coming on.

Eli, good to know this. It honors his friends too!


mariau   October 28th, 2009 10:36 am ET

Patty – yes.. we can see on his eyes.. he is a good friend of MJ


Stu,Hungary   October 28th, 2009 10:36 am ET

Thanks Lary for the end of the show...

I think,Miko is a trough friende...Michael said,he was lonly.I have to say,i am not star,and i am not reach,but i am lonly too,so Michael was lucky to have friende like Miko.And olso Lis Tailor.And Karen Faye...


Marmoura   October 28th, 2009 10:39 am ET

i saw it last night....i am just soo soo sad. i wish i could say the film eased the pain...but it didn't at all.


lindafromnewyork   October 28th, 2009 10:42 am ET

Very emotional day. Oh my goodness. There are no words.
Such a tragic loss. Unbelievable talent gone to soon.

Michael Jackson Simply the Best!!!!!


Patty Anderson   October 28th, 2009 10:42 am ET

Marmoura. I don't believe there is too much of anything that will ease our pain.
Only lots and lots of time and us continuing to support each other will help us through this.


jacqueline\nl   October 28th, 2009 10:45 am ET

thanks larry for this video i didnt see this on the tv


jacqueline\nl   October 28th, 2009 10:47 am ET

linda i didnt see the movie yet but to hear all this ooh i have to wait till sunday evening to see the master in action


Stu,Hungary   October 28th, 2009 10:48 am ET

Yes,its very sad.I jusrt woch that few litle part on tv,and i olmost cryed,how will be the whole movie...If its hurt us like this for us,how hes family and friendes can feel?!


Anne   October 28th, 2009 10:54 am ET

Eli – That is such a good point. I watched the red carpet and thought it didn't feel quite right but did not think about how physically close Forest Lawn is to the Nokia theater. I also could not believe Jermaine said This Is Not It meaning that This Is It the movie was not the end of MJ's career because J4 were going to make a comeback and continue MJ's career?. He sounded like Joe Jackson at the BET awards promoting his own record company. Frank Dilelo told the Today Show from the red carpet that the estate is getting 90% of the profits even though he knows Sony gets the first $135 million.


Marmoura   October 28th, 2009 10:54 am ET

thanks Patty

i'm just a mess today and i feel so sick about it.


Stu,Hungary   October 28th, 2009 10:56 am ET

And the litle ectress ladys modelling on the red carped?


Marmoura   October 28th, 2009 10:56 am ET

i really wish i would have seen it with all of you.


lindafromnewyork   October 28th, 2009 10:57 am ET

It feel like June 25th all over again. Very sad and depressing.


Marmoura   October 28th, 2009 10:59 am ET

Stu

you have people from all over the world on this blog who love you. ๐Ÿ™‚ think of that when you start to feel lonely.


jacqueline\nl   October 28th, 2009 11:00 am ET

stu me too i just see that little from larry it makes me sad


Marmoura   October 28th, 2009 11:01 am ET

Linda,

i agree. i don't know how everyone was able to be so positive on the red carpet. i'm happy that they were able to see the good and celebrate, but man o man, i'm not there yet.


Raychil   October 28th, 2009 11:05 am ET

Thanks Miko for your reporting. I am looking forward to seeing the movie this Staurday. .I was happy to se Michael celebrated last night by various stars as they entered the premiere.

It's important to hear the positive things. I continue to pray for his family as they continue to heal. His legacy will live on!


lindafromnewyork   October 28th, 2009 11:06 am ET

Marmoura

I know-I could not do that in a million years.


lindafromnewyork   October 28th, 2009 11:07 am ET

jacqueline\nl

I looking forward to the movie but at the same time I am not–I don't know if that makes sense.


Diane in Minneapolis   October 28th, 2009 11:09 am ET

I am leaving for the movie in 2.5 hours. Seeing it at 2:30 pm ET/ 1:30 pm my time. I watched the live stream Red Carpet and then the MTV Red Carpet plus Miko on LKL. Heartbreaking. I am thankful that I am my age because I grew up with him and remember all of his triumphs and everything in between but yet it makes me so sad. Linda and Patty can relate to this. He is the best there ever was and he will be with us forever.


cris   October 28th, 2009 11:10 am ET

Everyday that I think about Michael or hear his music or see his videos is June 25th for me. : (


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   October 28th, 2009 11:10 am ET

Larry, thanks for the video.
We didn't get to see Miko because they cut if for Hillaryy's Press conference in Pakistan.


Diane in Minneapolis   October 28th, 2009 11:12 am ET

Stu –

Marmaoura is correct honey. Remember us today. Many of us came here because we were wanting to relate with others who feel the same way. It is a loss that I didn't know would hit me this hard and I am glad I came here.


lindafromnewyork   October 28th, 2009 11:13 am ET

Diane

Thank god I got to experience the talent of Michael Jackson. There will never be another Michael Jackson. It is very easy to see how the little boy that we saw on The Ed Sullivan Show so many years ago became the Greatest Entertainer The World will ever know.


jacqueline\nl   October 28th, 2009 11:14 am ET

linda me too i got mixed emotions see him on a big screen happy dancing
and knowing hes not here anymore


Diane in Minneapolis   October 28th, 2009 11:15 am ET

Linda –

Yes.....from sitting on the living room floor watching Ed Sullivan on black/white TV and now here we are today.


Anne   October 28th, 2009 11:16 am ET

cris I agree. Today is particularly painful. I think the movie takes us back right back to June 25th. I really believe that MJ died for his art. He gave everything he had to make the most spectacular show he could imagine. It is unbearably cruel that he did not get to live to perform it in front of an audience.


Sandy-Houston   October 28th, 2009 11:16 am ET

Very honest review....what a brillant man we were priveleged to have on this earth.

The Grio
Ronda Penrice

Believe the hype. This Is It dispels any doubts about Michael Jackson's creative genius.

Clearly separating him from other artists of his day, longtime collaborator and the film's director Kenny Ortega emphasizes exactly why Michael Jackson earned his "King of Pop" title. Culled from more than one hundred hours of footage, This Is It goes beyond the best of Michael Jackson's rehearsal reels. Instead, Ortega – better known now for directing the High School High Musical films than his many other achievements which include co-creating and co-directing Jackson's Dangerous and HIStory world tours, elects to highlight Michael Jackson's creative process and erases any doubt that what you saw with Michael came from anybody but him and God.

In a world of manufactured music where contemporary artists, many with big names, are unable to sing and dance simultaneously, This Is It reminds us that Michael Jackson was of a generation of cultivated and honed talent where practice did indeed make perfect. There was no resting on laurels with Michael Jackson. It wasn't just magic. It was tireless work and effort – the two attributes that aren't often applied to the genius of African-American performers so liberally.

Those with less historic eyes will miss that Michael Jackson was very much a product of his generation and culture. In many ways, the Michael most often reflected in the media falls in line with historic dismissals of African-American genius. This Is It works hard not to indulge the childlike, forever "boy" portrayal of Michael that has become a clichรฉ. Instead, what emerges is a man, a consummate professional, fully capable of directing his own vision.

Watch the Today Show report on the much anticipated opening of 'This Is It'

It's almost as if Ortega is lifting the veil of which W.E.B. DuBois wrote. You better believe that Michael Jackson was well aware of his "twoness". Born in 1958, just three years after Emmett Till's murder, and rising to stardom in the early 1970s, just as the desegregation edict was actually being applied in many public schools in the North and the South, Michael Jackson knew his place. He knew the boundaries and he challenged them, accepting nothing less than his full due. When his costume designer Zandy speaks of the engineers and unlikely collaborators needed to achieve Michael Jackson's vision in just his clothing alone, he reminds us exactly of what Michael was all about: pushing boundaries.

But he was also about preserving some history. Watch his dance moves and there will be glimpses of stepping, as well as the church at revival time. During one sequence, the wop – an early and popular hip-hop dance – is clearly at play. It's hard not to watch him grabbing his crotch, which is exposed as an art form through the lessons the other male dancers receive, and not think of the countless rappers of today.

Throughout the film, it's only natural to look for signs of his death. Did Jackson have a premonition? If he did, there's no evidence of it here. He looks extremely gaunt at times and there are definitely sequences where he appears more like an alien than a human being. But there are so many others where he's surprisingly sexy, moving and posing like a rock star. During awesome dance performances, he's lean and graceful. And his voice, even as he holds back, still astonishes.

His face may have grown increasingly unrecognizable from that of the little boy the world initially fell in love with, but the gleam in his eyes was unalterable. To see him work in This Is It and to watch him perform in the flashbacks with his brothers, it's clear: Michael Jackson was at his best entertaining the world.

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Holland   October 28th, 2009 11:17 am ET

I feel so bad, I feel so sad. I wish I could visit Forrest Lawn, just to tell him how much we miss him.


Marmoura   October 28th, 2009 11:19 am ET

cris – i just want to wake up from this bad dream


Patty Anderson   October 28th, 2009 11:19 am ET

Yes It does Linda.

Marmoura you hang in there dear we will get through this together.
Just remember what Michael always said it's all about LOVE. It's all for LOVE
I believe it is Michaels Love that in time will help us heal
He would not want us to suffer and feel all this pain we do.
We are all froze in this moment of June 25th. It is so difficult to move past that day because we all know the very person that took Michael from us is still free and able to be with and hold his children.
He took Michael from his children and us.
He took Michael from his family.
Yet he is still free.


Patty Anderson   October 28th, 2009 11:22 am ET

Diane you took the words right out of my mouth
He his and always will be the best.
There will never ever be another


mary u from ohio   October 28th, 2009 11:22 am ET

Criss Angel

If i knew you were on here i would of said Hi....So.... Hi Criss....How are you?......My Daughter thinks your great.... You & Michael Together.....Have you Mastered Michaels Moves yet? He told me he showed you some moves.....


RFergy   October 28th, 2009 11:23 am ET

Hello Everyone...

I have been seeing some really great reviews... Sandy-Houston thanks for posting... Eberts was great to!!

One more day for me... than I can witness for myself. what a bittersweet moment!!!


Anne   October 28th, 2009 11:23 am ET

Marmoura – I feel like a child. I keep wanting this to be a bad dream and wanting it to be over. I am so sad. It is so unfair. It is so wrong. This wasn't supposed to happen this way. I am devastated by his death.


Patty Anderson   October 28th, 2009 11:25 am ET

Hi Rfergy
I love all these positive reviews going on since last night
In some ways though it breaks my heart.
All this positive on final rehearsal footage.
Why couldn't they do this when he was still here?


RFergy   October 28th, 2009 11:28 am ET

@Patty...

Exactly... It would have been nice if they did!!!

Or better yet I wish he was here to do his concerts to blow EVERYONE away!!!


Victoria J   October 28th, 2009 11:31 am ET

@Sandy-H

I am weeping from the article you posted. It is so lovely, it is so truthful and although I have not seen the movie, Rhonda's review is what I thought we would be given. I am reading all the comments from blog to blog and trying to absorb it all, but this article touched me tenderly. Thanks, Sandy.

P.S. Can you tell me more about the The Grio and the author. Just piqued my interest. Thanks. Will check back much later. Have a good day.


Marmoura   October 28th, 2009 11:34 am ET

Patty,

thank you so much. your words are helping the tears come out which is so necessary. he is free now with the good Lord. free indeed.

why am i so selfish in wanting him to have stayed here with us.


8/58 FROM USA   October 28th, 2009 11:35 am ET

HELLO FELLOW MJ FANS AS GOOD AS THE MOVIE 'THIS IS IT' IS IT DULL THE PAIN OF MICHAELS TRAGIC LOSS THAT HAPPENED WAY TOO SOON FOR ME EITHER. IN FACT I WATCHED V~HI's COVERAGE OF THE PREMIERE. I GOT THROUGH THE WHOLE SHOW RIGHT DOWN TO THE VERY END. THEN RIGHT AS I TURNED OFF THE VCR I STARTED CRYING LIKE A BABY BECAUSE IT JUST STARTED A WHIRLWIND OF MEMORIES AND EMOTIONS. I WILL AS THE THE WORLD WILL ALWAYS MISS HIM SO MUCH. HE WAS NOT ONLY THE BEST ENTERTAINER BUT HE WAS ALSO THE TYPE OF MAN THIS WORLD NEEDS. WHILE NOT PERFECT AS NOONE IS HE WAS SO GOOD~HEARTED. LONG LIVE MICHAEL. LET'S DON'T FORGET TO HELP FIND JUSTICE FOR HIM. HE DESERVES THAT.


Marmoura   October 28th, 2009 11:36 am ET

oh Anne

i know it.


Diane in Minneapolis   October 28th, 2009 11:39 am ET

Sandy –

Great post. I have been googling for reviews and they have all been positive. People are buying tickets for another viewing as they leave the theaters. Good. I want his legacy to be positive and all the crap to be debunked. I hope those journalists who reported the lies eat crow and that their careers go down in a blaze of nonglory.


Stu,Hungary   October 28th, 2009 11:45 am ET

You missed understand me ๐Ÿ™‚ What ia was gonna say is not,that i am sad,just i think Michael didnt know,how luky he was with that few trough friendes...


Diane in Minneapolis   October 28th, 2009 11:45 am ET

Perhaps we should all write to Diane Dimond, Ian Halperin, Maureen Orth, Diane Sawyer, and ask them why they didn't report from the Red Carpet and further – what is their take on the movie. You might disagree but in my mind – they have been just as destructive as Murray – except they were a pack of jackals pulling apart piece by piece over the years while lining their pockets.


Diane in Minneapolis   October 28th, 2009 11:47 am ET

Postscript : my apologies to all jackals for that analogy ๐Ÿ™‚


Marmoura   October 28th, 2009 12:07 pm ET

okay Stu

i understand what you meant now. good point about friends.


still me just a new name   October 28th, 2009 12:07 pm ET

I am set to watch the film today. I hope everything goes as planned...will be taking two with me that understand my admiration to and of Michael. Six hours to go !! Six hours have never seemed so
LLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGG !!!!!!!


Patty Anderson   October 28th, 2009 12:10 pm ET

LOL Still me. I have 41/2 hours to go yet before I see it.
Lots of butterflies in the belly. I am anxious yet very sad


Lynn   October 28th, 2009 12:15 pm ET

I'm going to see the movie tonight. After reading everyones reviews and hearing how everyone feels, I'm not sure how I feel. A part of me is excited to see the movie but at the same time a part feels quilty. All the stories we have heard over the months are all whirling around in my head. Did he weigh 136 or 108? Was he murdered on purpose or was his death really an unfortunate accident? Are the TINI people right or even partially correct? Would he have wanted a film made or would he be rolling over in his grave knowing what is going on. I want to preserve MJs legacy and help him break new records but by doing that I could be helping make his killers richer than they already are.(There is no way to do one without the other and that just sucks.) So many mixed emotions regarding this movie. I am happy though that the premier had a good turnout and the reviews are poitive.


Marmoura   October 28th, 2009 12:17 pm ET

mary u

sorry it took me so long to respond to your question on the other blog. i did stay until the very end. i waiting until theater people came to kick us out.

what are your thoughts about the end?


Marmoura   October 28th, 2009 12:23 pm ET

i will say this about the film:

it was a beautiful portrait of Michael. BUT, i sensed that this whole production – the creativity – was easy for Michael. It seemed that the demanding schedule is what wore him down. I don't know....i just got the feeling watching it that MJ was over it. Like he had done all of this before, that he could do it in his sleep. He was amazed at the work as a whole, but i think he was ready for something else. JMO.

He was definitely in the A-game, and what LaToya said is true about him just marking everything instead of doing it full-out: it's rehearsal. I don't know if he would have wanted it released. I think we are all mesmerized by him either way, but I don't think he would have been satisfied.

i love him so much so nothing can taint my perspective....but i think he was under a tremendous amount of pressure and to do that same show 50 times...i'm not buying it. i can see why he was upset.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 28th, 2009 12:24 pm ET

Good on the brothers for making a comeback and carry on the legacy. All the best to them and the rest of the family. Keep it together. Prayers are with you all.

Thank you for all the music and sharing.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 28th, 2009 12:40 pm ET

Were there any clues revealed I wonder.


Citing Sources   October 28th, 2009 12:50 pm ET

@Jessie

Clues? ...If you want to call them that. To me they were signals. That added up to one big beautiful message. But yes, you'll get it if you look with an open heart & mind. =)


Lynn   October 28th, 2009 12:51 pm ET

Still me,
Thanks for posting that. Jermaine did have a good point there. MJ did always want to be know more as a person rather that just a star all the time. It seems this movie will give people the opportunity to know the person a little better and that probably would have made Michael happy.


carebear   October 28th, 2009 12:58 pm ET

I've heard through the grapevine that "This Is It" is excellent. An important hint, please stay until all the credits have finished and the screen is totally black with nothing more at all. There is some more footage to come after the credits. Stay until the screen is totally black with nothing more (hint).

Iโ€™ve been told by those who have viewed the movie that there is no R.I.P. or memory to Michael (birthdate-death date) and that alone indicates that he is more likely to be alive.

Furthermore, I've bought the This Is It CD, and again no RIP or memory to Michael. So, this is just something positive to think about.


Lynn   October 28th, 2009 1:03 pm ET

Citing Sources/ Carebear

I sure hope you guys are right in the end. I keep an open mind and go back and forth.


carebear   October 28th, 2009 1:05 pm ET

Lynn ... Believe in miracles. ๐Ÿ™‚ L.O.V.E.


angelwings   October 28th, 2009 1:10 pm ET

clues???????? no ending?? no credits at the end???????/ hmmmmmmmm


Citing Sources   October 28th, 2009 1:10 pm ET

@carebear ...All of those are totally accurate.

This isn't really a spoiler so I'll share one moment with you guys.

There's some text (in the same typeface as the "I'm alive and I'm here forever" from the memorial... comes up one line at a time.

"Michael Jackson"...
"King of Pop"
(inside my head, "Please don't say 1958-2009... oh please don't say it!" On teary's edge...)
[I'm not sharing the third line for those who haven't seen it, but those who have know what I'm talking about.]

My jaw was on the floor. Lit-er-al-ly.

Then I waited until after the credits, and what happened then considering what happened with what I mentioned above...

VALIDATION.


carebear   October 28th, 2009 1:20 pm ET

@ angelwinks

There are credits, but please stay to watch the footage at the end of the credits. The movie does not end when the credits start. This is what I understand. ๐Ÿ™‚


carebear   October 28th, 2009 1:26 pm ET

@Citing Sources

Thank you. I'm going to be swept away by the message conveyed within (L.O.V.E.) and by our dear Michael – the father, son, brother, friend, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚


carebear   October 28th, 2009 1:34 pm ET

Please pray for Michael, have faith, believe in him, and send out love .... L.O.V.E.

((((Hugs))))

Thank you, ๐Ÿ™‚
carebear ... please keep the faith!

"Its all for love .... L.O.V.E."


Connie ~ IL   October 28th, 2009 1:52 pm ET

I saw a preview last night that had the words "His Dream Comes True". Perhaps this movie is his dream, not the concert tour...he's been there done that. He's one to always move forward to bigger and better things. Brilliant!


mary u from ohio   October 28th, 2009 2:07 pm ET

Citing Sources....I also believe... He Is....... It's all for Love


Katinka from germany   October 28th, 2009 2:08 pm ET

@marmoura(your post at 12:23)
I feel the same way


mary u from ohio   October 28th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

Marmoura.... .

I Believe


mary u from ohio   October 28th, 2009 2:13 pm ET

Marmoura.... ...We Should have listened to Michael.... Most of us did... We his Fans... see him as a Human..... and what could of been....


carebear   October 28th, 2009 2:13 pm ET

I also believe. ๐Ÿ™‚

L..O.V.E.


Tinkerbell   October 28th, 2009 2:22 pm ET

Thanks guys for all the wonderful reviews, I'm over the top excited to see it now (I was a little nervous before).

I beLIEve forever and always.

I love you more than words can express Michael. You are forever in my heart.


Sandy-Houston   October 28th, 2009 2:54 pm ET

VICTORIA J 11:31AM
It is a touching review for sure. The Grio is an African American website which covers all venues...arts, politics, etc. And the word Grio(t) refers to a storyteller in Africa who keeps the oral traditions or histories of villages or families. Ronda Racha Penrice is a contributing writer. I discovered her through her writings...African American History for Dummies. (something in plain language that I could understand ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I am a white Southern Baptist, though definitely not typical. ๐Ÿ™‚ I lived in many parts of the country and world in my childhood. So I guess I developed an interest and fascination in learning about different cultures. Anyway, that's how I came across this article, but then later saw it on another link. I'm so glad for Michael's legacy that all the positive reviews are coming out.


cris   October 28th, 2009 2:56 pm ET

mariau lol. I'm not Criss Angel!


cris   October 28th, 2009 3:01 pm ET

Michael I wish you were Superhuman
That our prayers would be heard by you
That you would break free of your untimely rest
That you rise to be the first human to live on earth forever
That you bring us together forever in your music
That a miracle would happen and you would tell us
This Is It, forever starts now


Alicia   October 28th, 2009 3:26 pm ET

@Sandy-Houston
Thank you for that article....got me teary. I agree with it, but I didn't see anything that looked alien in the movie...I didn't appreciate that part. Don't know what they were talking about, but I DID see the sexy part, and the love....just wish I couldv'e seen the real thing......in London....

love you MIchael, miss you more today...


Sandy-Houston   October 28th, 2009 3:32 pm ET

MOURNING MJ-
I'll be interested in reading your review of the film as you have a unique perspective on this whole ordeal that I appreciate. Have you seen it yet?


padussia   October 28th, 2009 3:36 pm ET

Yes I see the tears in Marlon Brando's eye's but still I really can eccept he fact that MJ is dead, maybe because he isn't. I am trying to tell myself get over it, he's dead, but the feeling that he is alive will not leave me. God will not let it leave my intutition. And also for the simple fact that Larry King posted a blog like the one on the other page. I mean why would Larry post something like that? I my heart I do believe that Larry is either in on it, know something, or think he's alive too, just like me and other TRUE MJ fans around the world. And also because the didnt do any kind of dedication to MJ at the end of the movie. Please forgive me if i affend anyone with this post, but this is just what's in my heart. I LOVE YOU SOO MUCH MICHAEL JACKSON, R.I.P ON THIS EARTH, BECAUSE I KNOW YOU ARE ALIVE AND WELL!


MourningMJ   October 28th, 2009 3:51 pm ET

@SANDY-HOUSTON

I have saved the most suiting day of the year to witness This Is It. That will be on Sunday, November 1st, 2009- All SAINTS Day of course. This day was chosen for a reason. Michael's selflessness overshadowed any performance he ever graced the stage with. Now that's the "show" I'm interested in.....
IHMJ xoxo

(Sandy- please keep posting! I love all of your beautiful articles, I always search for your name on this post as well as Victoria as both of your commentary is positive as my heart remains paralyzed with grief. That "joke" blog was such a disgrace yesterday it has left me speechless as you see I have little to say right now, but now it's time for me to listen instead of talking (well, writting). This is how we learn of course...)
BUT, Sandy- did you see it? I saw read the very captivating article you posted- but at the beginning was that your opinion or the writer's (of the movie)? 11:16 a.m. Did you get to see the movie yet? My head is spinning, Sandy, as you can imagine.


Victoria J   October 28th, 2009 5:27 pm ET

@Sandy-H

Thank you for taking the time to give me the information on the The Grio. Fascinating and interesting. I will be visiting the website. I really like the way Ms. Penrice writes and I am sure I will find others there that will enlighten me. I chuckled a bit at your description of yourself. We share a lot in common. I was raised a Southern Baptist and made the switch to Presbyterianism in my early 20's...and I am not typical either! My favorite Psalm (139) alludes to our uniqueness so I am quite happy God made me the way He did. Besides, He is God! I have not traveled the world...I am a very typical small town Southern girl who would love to see and experience the uniqueness of the world's cultures. I guess that is why I read and dream alot! You are fortunate in this way and share something in common with Michael...having had your eyes open to what the world offers and faces. It's good to get to know you a little better. Sharing our grief over such a fine human being as Michael has had a bonding effect.


Victoria J   October 28th, 2009 6:04 pm ET

@MourningMJ

Oh, MMJ, all our hearts are paralyzed. Even Miko said he was numb to describe how he was feeling. The world seems to have fallen in love with Michael and all the positive reviews are so touching, but it is so very sad that many of these writers, critics did not give Michael this kind of deserving attention when he really needed it. That is the hurt place in my heart for him. But I am going to soak it in and be so very happy for Michael and especially for his children. They deserve for their Daddy to be remembered this way. Of course, I know this giddiness I almost have over the critics' reviews will be short lived as I go to the theater tomorrow evening and the reality of the gravity of this man's death will be realized all over again. I will be looking for my friends on the blog on Friday. I will need to start all over sorting out all that I am beginning to put in a tidy place so that I can come to closure over his death. (I always look for your posts, too.)


lola   October 28th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

I thought it was interesting that Orinthia P.'s (blonde female guitarist from This Is It) new album is called : "Believe"


lola   October 28th, 2009 6:50 pm ET

citing sources
I thought it was funny to read how you were holding your breathe not so see 192009..I had the same reaction .but, I think for different reasons...it is just so hard to see that on the screen...like a sdplas of cold water after watching the movie.


WHITESOX FROM USA   October 28th, 2009 8:48 pm ET

I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR BEING HERE AT THIS SITE AND BEING SO WELCOMING TO NEWCOMERS. THAT MEANS ALOT. THIS IS THE SITE I GO TO EVERY TIME I HAVE SOME FREE TIME IN ORDER TO TALK ABOUT MICHAEL. THERE ARE SOME SPATS NOW AND THEN BUT IN THE END WE'RE ALL HERE FOR MICHAEL AND EACH OTHER. THERE IS A PEACE THAT RESIDES OVER THIS SITE THAT MICHAEL WOULD APPRECIATE VERY MUCH BECAUSE PEACE IS SOMETHING HE STRIVED FOR. HE WOULD BE THRILLED THAT WE ARE ALL HERE TAKING CARE TO BE THERE FOR EACH OTHER NO MATTER THE TOPIC~MJ HIMSELF HIS KIDS WHATEVER. JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL AND HIS THREE KIDS NOW.


MourningMJ   October 28th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

@VICTORIA-
HI Victoria.... Thank you once again for bringing some relief to my hardened heart. My grieving is certainly no more significant than anyone else's of course. It is a shame that Michael became more of a "human" in his death than his life. I've always grieved for Michael, even when he as alive. The ridicule he suffered and endured at the dirty mouths of others is dicpicable. But the good news is, the love for Michael will certainly drown any doubt that was once casted on him before. I am very happy for Michael's children as they will for the rest of their lives, be the children of one of the most beautiful humans to touch our lives. I am more relieved, however, that Michael tought every single one of his children to become independent individuals and always remain a teacher, as well as the student. Just like their daddy did. Victoria, of course come to the blog and share your feelings with us after the movie. I highly regard your thoughts and opinions. Closure in Michael's death for me is very similar to chasing the wind. Just when you think you've caught up to it, you realize that it was just a gentle breeze-- you see the bigger storm up ahead and there is nowhere to take cover.
IHMJ xoxo


carol Kiper   October 28th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Good grief. The professionals say that school should be the teachers of morals? Does that mean that parents have no responsibility? I'm tired of all the burdens placed on teachers shoulders and the lack of moral training and support for ethics in the home.


Victoria J   October 28th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

@Marmoura
"i just got the feeling watching it that MJ was over it. Like he had done all of this before, that he could do it in his sleep. He was amazed at the work as a whole, but i think he was ready for something else." To the person who offered to get with me on the floor at the movie and wail and scream at the injustice of this all...This statement is profound, Marmoura. I have thought over and over these past few months, "Wasn't Michael ready to retire?" I mean I have been working for 25 years professionally and I am tired. I am tired of the mundanous of my work, sometimes the people and most of the time myself. I want something more and I think Michael did, too...something more exhilerating, more worthwhile, more satistfying to the soul. The sadness in this to me for Michael is that he had so much more to offer and I think that he had begun to think how he could put his energy into new, fresh and innovative projects; and it seems with all this in mind for his children. I want to know why Michael would enter back into the world he had already proven himself to be superior, the one people tried to emulate, but couldn't and who had achieved and broken every musical record imaginable. I think I know why, but it is really speculation. When I first became aware of Michael Jackson, it was his sadness that I saw and which drew me to him as a person that I could identify with. If he was smiling, Marmoura, then I will be very happy. I just pray Michael left us with a smile.


MourningMJ   October 28th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

@ WHITE SOX–

Beautiful post, thank you for sharing- Bridgeport by any chance?

IHMJ xoxo


Sandy-Houston   October 28th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

MOURNING MJ & VICTORIA J-
I see these blogs fill up fast. I have alot of catching up to do. (choir rehearsal ran over tonight...Christmas songs already!!)
I, too look for both of your postings because I value your thoughts which you both express so well. Isn't it amazing that Michael has brought us to this place...through heartache we can support one another. This is an emotional roller coaster and some days I am just drained. I miss his smile and laugh....I'm glad to have both of your support for the storms ahead as MMJ stated.
MMJ- How appropriate that you will see Michael's last gift to us on All Saints Day. "Michael's selflessness overshadowed any performance he ever graced the stage with". Amen to that statement. I have not seen it yet. I have tickets for Tuesday, but may try to see it over the weekend. Yes, sometimes we do just need to be silent and listen. I think that's how I will be after watching the film. I will see it by myself so that I can take in everything and gather my thoughts. Just prefer it that way. It's just such an emotional time.
VICTORIA J- yes, that's me. Not your Mama's Southern Baptist. No hell fire and brimstone for me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep reading and as Michael would say, never give up your dreams. "Sharing our grief over such a fine human being as Michael has had a bonding effect." Yes it has and only Michael could do this, even through such a heartbreaking time. It is good to get to know you and MMJ a little better also. Psalm 139-yes, we are marvelously made! I would like to live in a small town one day. Houston is way too big!

Catching up will have to wait until tomorrow. 6am comes early!! Thanks to both of you!


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 28th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

I have just been to see "This Is It" and I think I would have to agree with the concerned fans as well, that were protesting.

I wasn't sure what to expect and it took me quite a while to adjust to the way Michael looked........as I last saw him on the History Tour in 1996 in Auckland. That was about 13 years ago and I must admit the change from there to now was quite remarkable.

It was amazing how he ever agreed to do it and I must give it to him for seeing it through. The movie got better as it went along and there were sparks of brilliance coming from Michael.

I particularly liked the Thriller segment which was spectacular and also The Earth Song segment which was absolutely beautiful. They were quite magical really.

Overall I quite enjoyed it and I must say that his support team was fantastic. The dancers, musicians, director, wardrobe, lighting, stage, etc...........everything was spectacular.

That was the rehearsals..........I could imagine what the actual show would have been like. It is a shame, I must admit............because if Michael was in better condition.............he would of killed it I'm sure.

Regardless, it was wonderful to see this last performance of his and you came to accept the way he was................it was hard though.

At the beginning and at the end, I was choking back tears. I just wish something could have been done. It was just not meant to be I suppose.

At least we'll have the DVD to treasure of him โ€“ warts and all.


Sandy-Houston   October 28th, 2009 11:17 pm ET

WHITE SOX FROM USA-
Welcome and please come back. We are here for Michael and finding the truth. I see you must be from the Chicago area. I was born right outside Chicago. Haven't been there since my childhood.
Again, welcome!!


Maggie from Australia   October 28th, 2009 11:59 pm ET

The movie was a fitting tribute to Michael because at last he was doing what he loved and that came across in volumes.Rest in peace Michael.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 29th, 2009 2:47 am ET

The song "This Is It" was played at the end of the movie and it sounded real good. Kind of grows on you the second-time round.

The Smooth Criminal segment also stood out.


Susan62509   October 29th, 2009 4:19 am ET

Citing Sources:

Since you are Rhiannon from the MJHD site, are you here to convince people to believe that MJ hoaxed his death and that he is alive?


naina   October 29th, 2009 4:49 am ET

Thanks Larry for this vedio clip i didn't watch this on tv.


MourningMJ   October 29th, 2009 7:06 am ET

@SANDY-HOUSTON-

Christmas songs already? Hmm.... Makes sense to me! I can't wait till the Christmas songs start playing, however, it just seems like the bloom is of alot of our roses this year. I have to stay focused. I'm sure everyone knows the experience of losing a loved one and their first holidays without them. And it feels no different for me with Michael Jackson. He was just so gentle and innocent. But his Creator knows this already of coure.
So Sandy, hmmmm.... maybe we have something in common? Where are you from outside of Chicago? Just wondering....
I hope you and I both can see the movie more than once. I just picked All Saints Day because it just made sense to me, although I can go anytime up until that and believe me I'm tempted! Good things come to those who wait I guess, right? Of course we shall continue to grieve together. And I hope, one day, heal together as well.
IHMJ xoxo


Victoria J   October 29th, 2009 8:28 am ET

Anxiousness has returned...I have my ticket for this evening and I am going to see This Is It though I have struggled with whether I should. It's never been about whether I wanted to see Michael, but then again, it is just that...Michael will be alive and bigger than life once again on that huge screen. Ultimately in the end, Michael was not bigger than life. He died. Selfishly, I don't want to have to go through losing him again. It would be easier this evening if my psyche could look at his life and death methodically, but my emotions and my sensitivity are the fabric of my being. From the reviews and many, many lovely posts, I am sensing that one leaves the theater with overwhelming joy mixed with sadness at seeing Michael once more doing what he was born and given to do. So, thank you fellow bloggers for helping me sort through these ebbing emotions of mine because tonight I am going to see Michael armed with knowledge gained from you, the big box of kleenex and with someone, who in the end knew I should not go through this alone.


Victoria J   October 29th, 2009 8:50 am ET

@Sandy-H
I saw Rhonda's article from the The Grio featured in the Entertainment Section on MSNBC this morning. Thought I'd let you know that. I do wish that LKL would run more of that type of article/review rather than something from the NY Daily News. Even the movie review by CNN's Tom Charity was very excellent, but I guess they think we manuever all the pages on CNN. I just happened up on that one and wondered why it was not posted here for us bloggers.

I understand about the Christmas music and starting way early. I have sung in church choir since I was very young, but for the last two years I have been in some other ministries of the church and outside the church. I miss the choir, though. Martin Luther said music was a fair and glorious gift from God. Do you know that lengthy quote by him about music, singers and the devil? I'll share if you don't know it...just let me know.

Have a great day and keep me close to the heart...


Susan62509   October 29th, 2009 8:54 am ET

Victoria J:

You write so beautifully. Enjoy TII this evening.


Victoria J   October 29th, 2009 9:00 am ET

@MourningMJ

My anxiousness has overtaken any patience I may have had about waiting to see Michael. I don't know if my heart could wait any longer to go through what I am not sure I will even be going through. I admire you for having chosen the day we honor those who have gone on to be with the Lord to see our precious Michael. It is appropriate, too, MMJ, that you will see him on that day as he bears his soul one last time. Although I may feel that Michael needed to have ventured in another avenue to immerse himself in, I know and I understand that his soul was completely bathed in music, a fair and glorious gift.

I am going to try and ready my heart, mind and soul for this evening, but I will need others to lift me up...because I do not want to fall in a pit of sadness...I am ready for joy.


Victoria J   October 29th, 2009 9:12 am ET

@Susan62509

Thank you, Susan, for your kindness and your very excellent posts dedicated to Michael. Thank you for loving Michael and for being here. I have leaned on so many here for your loving sensibility in a very hard and grievous time for all of us. I am feeling that I have to now get through the movie, but the future holds so much more for us to have to go through together. We will need to brace for those days ahead and we will have to embrace each other, too.


Sandy-Houston   October 29th, 2009 9:35 am ET

Victoria J
Absolutely. When you go into the theater today take all of Michael's joy with you. All the good memories he gave us. Take the best in your mind and only that.
And when you get a chance I would love to have the Martin Luther quote.
Joy, Victoria. Don't forget his joy. I'll say a prayer for you of course!


MourningMJ   October 29th, 2009 10:26 am ET

@VICTORIA, SANDY, SUSAN-

I have read all of our posts over the past 24 hours and I think it's more than fair to conclude that we are heavily wearing our emotions on our sleeves right now. Victoria, I support your position entirely; I, too, do not want to lose Michael all over again all though I feel that way almost every day. I've always wondered how Michael would feel if he knew that June 24th was his last concert of a much short lived life. What was the last song he sang and why did he choose that song? So many questions left unanswered. God himself can come down and give me the answers; although I would accept them, I'm not quite sure if they would satisy my cravings for knowledge. Yes, I do miss the positive articles about Michael and of course, positive and joyful reflection would always be my first choice to enjoy Michael. However, I'm absolutely stuck in his death and this investigation and I am actually quite the opposite of how many feel; I actually become flooded sometimes with guilt when I read or watch the pre-transformed Michael Jackson- I feel almost criminal because I'm enjoying a Michael that no longer existed and am ingoring the "This is IT" Michael- the Michael that stood alone and confused the last weeks of his life. That will never change my loyalty to him. I just don't want to set myself up for heartbreak later. But, my heart is broken anyway. I can't let this break my soul..... IHMJ xoxo TII โค


WHITESOX FROM USA   October 29th, 2009 11:27 am ET

I DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME A THE MOMENT. BUT I WANTED TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT THE DANCERS WHO WERE GOING TO TOUR WITH MICHAEL FOR THIS IS IT ARE GOING TO DO A SPECIAL CELEBRATORY DANCE IN HONOR OF MICHAEL TODAY~10~29 ON THE ELLEN D. SHOW THAT IS ON NBC HERE IN INDIANA. LONG LIVE MICHAELS LEGACY AND HIS FANBASE. JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL.


jan   October 29th, 2009 1:53 pm ET

see article by brian reade:

mirror.co.uk/news/columnists/reade/2009/10/29/michael-jackson-movie-is-just-part-of-the-countless-millions-to-be-wrung-out-of-this-tragic-life-115875-21780884/

Nice to see Wacko Jacko Inc. release a film of the tortured starโ€™s final months, and put his personal effects on public display while his corpse is barely cold.

This Is It they call the movie. But It Isnโ€™t It. Not while there are still countless millions to be wrung out of this tragic life.

Part of me wishes Jacksonโ€™s child molestation jury had looked at his habit of luring young boys to bed in the same way they would have if it had been an ordinary Joe in the dock. And sent him to jail.

Career-wise That Would Have Been It. Meaning not only would the industry on which these leeches still feed have been destroyed, but

Jackson may have found peace away from those pushing him towards an early grave.

And at least his memory would have been afforded some honesty.

PLEASE contact him and give him your views:

Also contact UK press complaints commission and link the article:

E-mail: complaints@pcc.org.uk


Victoria J   October 29th, 2009 1:57 pm ET

@MourningMJ
Do not feel guilty for the feelings you are experiencing for Michael at the moment, and certainly do not feel criminal. They are yours and yours alone to feel and own. I do understand what you are saying about Michael's aloneness and confusion in his last days and it is heartbreaking that he was in such a state. You do know, MMJ, that we will not see any of that on the screen. He was quite the master of keeping his true emotions hidden. As much as Michael revealed to us, there is that much more that was not revealed. He was too private to have let us know everything. I am afraid he was too private even with those closest to him. Unfortunately, those who need to be seen, understood are sometimes very hidden. With Michael he hid behind his emotions and physically secluded himself. And then there are those who did not want to see him for who he was or what had become of him; and with Michael some must have just ignored what they were seeing. You understand that, don't you? That is why this is so very difficult to accept. None of us want anyone we love to be alone and confused...it breaks our heart. Our soul yearns for the healing and as with all things healing, it takes time for the balm to soothe. Do not despair, Michael is not alone and he is not confused. Not anymore. I am going to try and remember that this evening.


Victoria J   October 29th, 2009 3:33 pm ET

@Sandy-H
Here's the quote. I hope it comes to mean as much to you as it has to me...
โ€œI wish to see all arts, principally music, in the service of Him who gave and created them. Music is a fair and glorious gift of God. I would not for the world forego my humble share of music. Singers are never sorrowful, but are merry, and smile through their troubles in song. Music makes people kinder, gentler, more staid and reasonable. I am strongly persuaded that after theology there is no art than can be placed on a level with music; for besides theology, music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heartโ€ฆthe devil flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God.โ€ -Martin Luther


MourningMJ   October 29th, 2009 4:14 pm ET

@ VICTORIA-

Thank you for your very supportive post. You know what is so quite charming about you Victoria, is that you always seem to have the words that Michael Jackson would have used to mend a broken heart. You know how to suck the salt out of the wonds. Your post was so accurately written, that it is practically a screenplay of his life however, we the audience are screaming at him and his eyes are close and his ears are deaf. I believe Michael suffered from selective love. He loved every single human on this planet unconditionally, without question or motive. But because so many people treated him as if he was almost inhuman, including a particular family member or two, he learned very carefully that perhaps he was just not lovable. Furtherest from the truth is our eyes, of course. Our souls were soaked and dripping with love and loyalty for Michael and always will be. I'm so relieved to know that this movie will be a true reflection of talent and a genius in motion. I want to hear the voice that could move mountains and the witness the feet that could kick them down. My heart is just having a hard time fixing something that doesn't seem to think is broken. Vic, I cannot wait to farther process his last composition of art with you. Let him sit on your shoulders like the innocent child he was and enjoy his last masterpiece in good and loyal company.....
IHMJ xoxo


Victoria J   October 29th, 2009 4:58 pm ET

@MourningMJ
"Let him sit on your shoulders like the innocent child he was and enjoy his last masterpiece in good and loyal company....." I am going to do just that, MMJ.


Napa Shoe Girl   October 29th, 2009 7:20 pm ET

I met Miko at a LA hotel Bar a couple of months ago. It was the night before the memorial. He was very sad about his friend. You could see the pain in his eyes as he talked about him. I feel sorry for him and his loss


Sandy-Houston   October 29th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

VICTORIA J
By now you are at the theater. I hope that through much tears you are also having some laughter and joy. And soaking up all that he was preparing for us. I will be interested in your thoughts when you are ready to write them. And Victoria, I understand the sensitivity part. That is so me. I have many thoughts about Michael and the path he chose, his privacy but right now I just want to concentrate on seeing his gift to us. THANK YOU!!! for the Martin Luther quote. I had not seen that. It is a keeper in my book of quotes.


Sandy-Houston   October 29th, 2009 8:01 pm ET

MOURNING MJ
You got it right girlfriend. My emotions are right on my sleeve, especially now. Sensitivity, compassion...that is me. I believe that is why I was called to nursing or it called to me. Michael's death and the upcoming investigation are in my mind, tucked away. I could explode from the thoughts I am having about the way he died. Alone...that's the part that just tears at my heart. But these discussions can wait a few more days. I want to see this film in the right frame of mind, as much as that is possible. " want to hear the voice that could move mountains" as you so eloquently stated.
Interesting side note...I was in my car switching radio stations and stopped at a country station, something I rarely do. The group Rascal Flatts has a song, didn't catch the title. But a line made me think of Michael..."I never thought you would leave in the middle of a song.." OMG, just rip my heart out. I thought I was going to have to stop my car.

I do hope Victoria is doing okay.

I was born in the Great Lakes area at the Great Lakes Naval Base. I don't know if it's still there, haven't been back since childhood. I was a Navy brat, hence all the travel in my childhood. I am definitely living in the wrong part of the country. Because I hate the heat, love the snow ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of my family lives in Michigan and they call me crazy because I always want to visit in the winter, just to see snow. Would love to live up there someday. I know many people who live up North hate the snow and ice, but come down here in our 104 degree summers and they might change their minds. (and I'm a diehard Astros fan! No, they've not done good in the past few years, but there's always hope! ๐Ÿ™‚ )


Victoria J   October 30th, 2009 8:24 am ET

I had an incredible journey last night with Michael. A euphoria I have not experienced in a long time; an adrenaline high that was bound to crash. I am not fully able to post my thoughts cohesively this morning as my thought process is going in all sorts of directions. The feelings I was afraid that would be re-ignited are back in full force. I was aware of that some last night when I returned home and as the night drew to a close. This morning, it took a question from the person dearest to me and who went with me asking, "Well, what did you think of the movie?" I could not even begin to pull a complete sentence or thought together to express what I saw or felt. I think I just need time to let it "simmer."


MaryRM   October 30th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

Victoria J October 29th, 2009 3:33 pm ET
thanks for the MLK quote – it's going in my Christmas card ๐Ÿ™‚


MaryRM   October 30th, 2009 5:55 pm ET

There was an article on the CBC website that was written by someone who should really work for a tabloid. (last name was Dymond, can you believe it?) Anyway, I posted my comment, below and later in the day their next article on the This is It film was a far more professional one. Complaining directly to the media and slamming them for their lack of professionalism is the best way – IMO

Here is what I wrote:
If the film focuses on his normalcy, it would be because the media treated him as weird, bizarre. It is so sad that you claim to be a journalist but cling to the tired old labels.

And it was not his weirdness that caused him to leave the U.S., it was his virtual lynching. One cannot blame him for being desperate to regain his reputation and career after that.

Time to end the dark ages and return to real journalism – objective reporting of facts. Something this writer makes no effort to do concerning Michael Jackson.


Alicia   October 31st, 2009 4:18 am ET

@MaryRm,
nice letter to the CBC! I hope we all do this when we read something negative about MIchael Jackson.....there is simply no cause for it, he did NOTHING to warrant such abuse.
thank you MaryRM for sharing this. I have done it as well, but I love the way you put it. Very rational and intelligent.


Abbie   October 31st, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Miko, can't wait to see "This Is It". However, Katherine and Michael's children continue to weigh on my mind each and every day. How have they been doing? I continue to worry about Katherine. Please continue to be a source of encouragement to her.


Debi   November 2nd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Hellooooooo


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