June 28, 2010

Edwards' Daughter: Our Life Was "Savaged"

Posted: 04:32 PM ET

Watch Elizabeth Edwards on LKL for the hour Wednesday night.  It's a PRIME TIME EXCLUSIVE!

By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

Elizabeth Edwards – and, for the first time, daughter Cate – are opening up about John Edwards's infidelity and the breakup of the marriage.

In PEOPLE's edition next week, Cate, 28, who lives in Washington and clerks for a federal judge, and her mother talk candidly about their relationships with John now, Elizabeth’s cancer and other issues.

"There are the things she taught without words," Cate writes about her mother in a bonus essay for PEOPLE. Like, "how to continue to live your life on your own terms when it somehow becomes savaged by people you never invited into it."

PEOPLE’s extensive interview was Elizabeth’s first in more than a year and her first public comments since several tell-all books and interviews about the former presidential candidate’s affair called Elizabeth’s own character into question earlier this year.

"It’s my story and I’m writing it from here on out – nobody else," Elizabeth says in the interview as the paperback edition of her bestselling book Resilience, is released.

The paperback includes a new chapter reflecting on the worst of the fallout from husband John’s infidelity and on their split at the end of last year.

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Michael Jackson's Glove Nabs Big Auction Bucks

Posted: 12:16 PM ET

by Brandi Fowler

Auctioneers expected Michael Jackson's famous Victory Tour glove to be a top seller at their event.

But, they didn't imagine a fan would dole out nearly $200,000 for it. 

Such was the case, however, at Julien's Auctions Music Icons port sale in Las Vegas last week, when a fan purchased the late legend's Swarovski crystal-coated glove for $190,000, and garnered a standing ovation from attendees. 

Prior to the big bid, it was thought that Jackson's signature white glove would sell for $20,000-$30,000. 

But, the King of Pop's sparkly accessory wasn't the only item to bring big bucks on the auction block.

Other big ticket items included a Michael Jackson "Beat It" jacket that sold for $132,000 and stage loafers worn by the star that sold for $90,000.

In honor of the anniversary of the music icon's death, crowds showed up in record numbers to Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Thursday and Friday, bidding on items from Jackson's 1984 tour as well as other MJ memorabilia.

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Chris Brown Melts Down During BET Awards Michael Jackson Tribute

Posted: 10:11 AM ET

by Rochell Thomas

When Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo and New Edition were performing tributes to Michael Jackson during last year's BET Awards show, Chris Brown was nowhere to be found, even though many felt he was an obvious choice to honor the fallen legend. Brown's assault on Rihanna several months earlier presumably kept him out of the show.

 On Sunday night (June 27), Brown finally got his chance to publicly honor the man he idolized - and while his dancing was flawless, when the time came for him to sing, he simply fell apart.

After being introduced by Jermaine Jackson, Brown beautifully channeled Michael as he danced to "Remember the Time," "Smooth Criminal" and "Billie Jean." Yet when he grabbed a mic to sing "Man in the Mirror," he choked up, visibly weeping.

"I'm gonna make a change for once in my ..." Brown's voice trailed off. He was out of breath and sounded hoarse. Tears stained his cheeks as he paced the stage, holding the microphone by his side. "This ... wind is blowing my ... Who am I to..." He clearly knew the lyrics but they failed to come out.

Brown faded in and out of the song, closing his eyes, grimacing, trying to soldier on. Whether it was the emotion of the moment or the past 16 months, Brown struggled and failed to find his voice, even though the pre-recorded backing vocals played on.


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June 27, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

On the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, Jermaine Jackson joins Larry in is first interview at the pop icon’s final resting place.

A look at the investigation into his death,
his kids and his legacy!

We want to hear from you!

Do you rememember where you were when you heard Michael Jackson died?

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June 26, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 12:00 PM ET

Lady Gaga!

The singer, songwriter, artist,
fashion icon and provocateur
has taken the music world by storm!
Get ready to learn everything there
is to know about the global superstar
in a rare look inside the Haus of Gaga!

We want to hear from YOU!

What’s your favorite Lady Gaga outfit?

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June 25, 2010

Breaking: Jackson Family Files Suit Against Dr. Conrad Murray

Posted: 06:31 PM ET

(CNN) JUST IN: Michael Jackson's father filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against Dr. Conrad Murray on Friday, the anniversary of the pop star's death, Joe Jackson's lawyer said.

The suit alleges that Murray gave paramedics and doctors false information about the "polypharmacy" of drugs Michael Jackson had been given and hindered efforts to revive him in an ambulance and at UCLA Medical Center, according to a copy of the suit obtained by CNN.

The suit said "other parties responsible for Michael Jackson's death" would be added, but that the plaintiff "has not yet gathered sufficient information regarding their potential liability or responsibility."

A complaint filed by Joe Jackson with the California medical board this month also named AEG, the company that was producing his son's comeback concerts.

Murray was hired to serve as Jackson's personal doctor two months before the London debut of the concerts were set.

The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Michael Jackson's death was caused by an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthesia that Murray has acknowledged the pop star used to help him sleep.

Joe Jackson attorney Brian Oxman obtained a court order earlier this year giving him medical records from UCLA Medical Center, where Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009.

The suit also alleges that Murray delayed calling for paramedics for over an hour after he found Jackson not breathing minutes after he injected him with propofol to help him fall asleep. The suit contends Murray used the time to hide evidence of drugs he had been giving Jackson.

When the ambulance carrying Michael Jackson from his home arrived at the emergency room at 1:13 p.m., he was identified as "Soule Shaun," the suit said. He had "no pulse, blood pressure, spontaneous respiration or heartbeat," it said.

Murray, who had taken over control of resuscitation efforts from paramedics, said nothing to emergency room doctors about the propofol or "other drugs" he had given Michael Jackson earlier in the day, it said.


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The Jacksons: Where Are They Now?

Posted: 06:13 PM ET

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - Michael Jackson's death instantly changed the lives of his family and friends. The weeks immediately after the pop icon died were chaotic, and many questions are still unanswered for those closest to Jackson.

Michael's children

The day their father died, Prince Michael, 13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 8, moved in with their grandmother Katherine Jackson at the Encino, California, home where Michael once lived with his family.

The home is filled with memories of their father, including many photos of a young Michael Jackson. The theater room of the large house was converted into a classroom where they've been home-schooled for the past year.

The grassy yard of the Encino estate is often filled with Michael's kids playing ball with four cousins - the sons of Jackson brothers Jermaine and Randy - who have lived there the past year with their mother.

They share a computer with internet access, which resulted in fans getting a rare and candid look at Blanket's dancing, acting and light saber skills when several videos were uploaded to YouTube in April.

While Jackson kept his children shrouded in privacy during his life, they have appeared at a handful of public events to honor their father since his death.


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The Future Of Neverland

Posted: 04:39 PM ET

By Mike Fleeman

The ferris wheel is gone. So are the zoo animals and the furniture and the big-screen TV. Weeds grow between the tracks of the Disneyland-like railroad. Across the dry brown hills from the restaurants and wineries made popular by the movie Sideways sits Neverland, a shadow of its former self. Only the many statues of frolicking children serve as reminders that Michael Jackson once lived here.

That, and the secret room in the closet secured by three deadbolts.

Still, the sprawling grounds, accessible through a remote-controlled gate leading to a winding road with speed bumps, have a fascinating if voyeuristic appeal – a surefire draw to Jackson fans and curiosity seekers the world over – much the same as Graceland does for Elvis devotees.


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Katherine Jackson: "Michael Was Born With Rhythm"

Posted: 02:07 PM ET

Excerpt from Never Can Say Goodbye, The Katherine Jackson Story, by Katherine Jackson.  It can be purchased exclusively from Photos from Never Can Say Goodbye.

I always felt that Michael had talent, but I had no idea that he would achieve the level of success he did. Both myself and my husband Joseph grew up with a great love for music. As a child, I enjoyed singing with my sister, and Joe performed in a band with his brother. Soon after we got married, our home in Gary, Indiana was buzzing to the harmony of country, blues and jazz, all of which our nine children took a liking too.

Michael was born with rhythm.  As a baby, it was obvious that he loved music and dance. We had a broken down washing machine that made a racketing sound when set to a rinse cycle. Michael would sit on top of the machine with a bottle in his mouth, bopping and grooving to the rhythmic racket. Even before he could say his first words, he responded very well to sound.  I knew then that the music was in him.

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Tito: Remember Asking If Michael Was Dead

Posted: 12:01 PM ET

Be sure to watch "Michael Jackson: His Final Days" tonight at 8pm, and stay tuned for Larry's interview with Jermaine Jackson from Forest Lawn immediately after.

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