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Posted at 7:14 AM ET, 07/ 1/2009

Michael Jackson Will Surfaces; Farrah Fawcett Laid to Rest

By Liz Kelly

'Charlie's Angels' co-star Kate Jackson attends Farrah Fawcett's funeral yesterday in Los Angeles. (Reuters)
Wednesday

Headlines: Michael Jackson will surfaces; pop star had net worth of $236 million in 2007; public and private funeral plans set... Farrah Fawcett mourned at private funeral... Fawcett made peace with Lee Majors before death... Al Franken named winner of Minnesota Senate race... Jude Law to play Hamlet on Broadway... Sigourney Weaver pulls out of "Ghostbusters" sequel... Tameka Foster says she was surprised by Usher divorce filing... Final "Lost" season extended by one hour.

Pix: Madonna's new Louis Vuitton ad... Madonna nudes go on display in London... Michael Jackson's changing face (video)... "Real Housewife" Danielle Staub's "All My Children" scene (video).

Rumor Mill: Jackson never adopted kids; Dermatologist may be biological father... Jackson fans committing suicide?... Rumors of George Clooney's death greatly exaggerated... Simon Cowell offered $144 million to stay for one more year of "Idol".

Coming Thursday: Watch this week's three episodes of season 1, then prep your questions for Thursday's "Lost" Hour.

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Query: Michael Jackson's public Neverland viewing is set for this Friday, July 3. Will anyone be around to read if I live blog the event or will we all be too busy prepping for July 4th?

By Liz Kelly  | July 1, 2009; 7:14 AM ET
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"Query: Michael Jackson's public Neverland viewing is set for this Friday, July 3. Will anyone be around to read if I live blog the event or will we all be too busy prepping for July 4th?"

Liz,

My office is closed on Friday. I'll be sleeping in and lounging in my pjs until at least noon "The West Wing", "Frasier", "The View". And doing some VERY light housekeeping. After that, I have romantic plans... Since I have less tha zero interest in MJ's pad (eeew), please consider me a no-show for the event. But thanks for the invite. I'll BE THERE if you ever get into Daniel Craig's place.


Posted by: jezebel3 | July 1, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Correction: less than zero interest in MJ's pad (eeew)

Posted by: jezebel3 | July 1, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

So, wait a minute... Liz, you are actually GOING to Neverland? Or just watching it on tv?

Posted by: Osteph | July 1, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I had completely forgotten about Lee Majors. Is that terrible?

Hasn't everyone in the world already seen Madonna nude?

And enough with who are the birth parents (I hate the word "biological" -- adoptive parent pet peeve, sorry) of MJ's kids. Enough. Move on already.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | July 1, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I'd just be watching along with you guys.

Posted by: Liz Kelly | July 1, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

"Jude Law to play Hamlet on Broadway" ... and I hear Michael Jackson is available to play Yorick.

Posted by: byoolin1 | July 1, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Nicely done, Byoo.

Posted by: Liz Kelly | July 1, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey Liz! My office is open on Friday and closed on Monday...because my bosses are, um, really, you know...."smart"? So, since every other business in the world is closed on Friday, I expect it to be the longest, boringest(!) day ever. So, please, please blog MJ's funeral. I will be here. All alone.

btw, the comments on the MJ fan suicide story are hilarious!

Posted by: VaLGaL | July 1, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I'll read the blog on Friday! I want to know what that dog-and-pony show is going to be like! (With plenty of snark of course) :)

Posted by: Carrie1102 | July 1, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

By the way, Happy Canada Day, everyone.


Posted by: byoolin1 | July 1, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I keep reading "Michael Jackson will surfaces" as "Michael Jackson will surface" and automatically thinking, 'well, they should just bury him deeper, then.'

Posted by: byoolin1 | July 1, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Our office is open on Friday, so I'll be reading...not out of interest of course, could really care less about MJ, but because I love really good snark.

Posted by: zn123 | July 1, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Depending on who televises it (I've only got broadcasst TV), I might be around for the Friday spectacle. My office is closed, so by Friday afternoon I hope to be done with errands and flopped out on the couch. Goodness knows there won't be anything else on that'll be half as entertaining.

I just hunted up some articles about the memorial service, and found this info on a service to be held in Jackson's hometown of Gary, Indiana: "The Jackson memorial service is set for July 10th at U.S. Steel Works ballpark in Gary, Burns said. It would be 'a memorial that's fit for the prince of peace and a memorial that's fit for Gary, Indiana's favorite son, the greatest entertainer that ever lived,' Clay said." Doesn't Mayor Clay know that "Prince of Peace" is usually reserved for Jesus Christ? I get that MJ contributed significantly to pop culture, but he ain't quite *that* significant.

Posted by: northgs | July 1, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Yay Canada!

Lee Major is selling the Lee Majors Bionic Hearing Aid now. I thought it was the Jaimie lady that had bionic hearing, which had its limits. She couldn't actually hear anything bionically unless she moved her hair away from her ear.

Posted by: jelo97 | July 1, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

And now that we have Senator Al Franken, we may have our next celebrity death: my money is on Rush Limbaugh stroking out, but you could also get some bookmaking action on any Fox News personality. Remember, if we count David Carradine and overlook some less well-known entertainers who have recently passed on, we're at 5 - we need one more to meet the Rule of 3.

Posted by: northgs | July 1, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Northgs, maybe Jesus H. you-know-who is also from Gary, Indiana.


Lindsay Wagner had the sexiest ear on TV for quite a while, didn't she?

Posted by: byoolin1 | July 1, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Happy Canada Day, byoolin!

Is that a recent photo of Sigourney Weaver with that "Ghostbusters" article? She looks terrific. I'll be her keymaster anytime. Why hello there, Zuul....

Hey, Simon Cowell. Take the money. Hire a personal trainer. Just saying.

I'll be here Friday.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | July 1, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

"She couldn't actually hear anything bionically unless she moved her hair away from her ear." -- Good one, jelo! That used to crack me up. I also wondered if the sound of her hair moving was like a cannon to her with that ear. Too funny.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | July 1, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Michael didn't need to adopt his two oldest children. Since he was married to Debbie Rowe when she gave birth he is legally their father. Whether he is biologically the father is irrelevant. There have been cases where a wife had an affair and the baby hasn't the husbands but he is still legally the father and on the hook financially.

Posted by: buffysummers | July 1, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Live blogging will be a little much. It's not like ultra interesting things will be constantly happening at the memorial service. Either way, I won't be around much that day. I am taking the day off to enjoy.

Although I hear the fight between the Reverends Sharpton and Jackson over who gets more time at the memorial. Because of course, it is all about THEM.

As for the adoption or not of the kids, I was thinking of that yesterday. I don't think he did. There would have been SOME filing. Even though the records are sealed, something would have to be public. Since the whole cover story at the time of the births of the older two was that they were born the old-fashioned way, that could not come out. So, I wonder what happens now. Does Mama Jackson even have standing to get custody?

Posted by: epjd | July 1, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

buffy - I was thinking the same thing re: Jackson being the legal Father.

Posted by: Vienna8425 | July 1, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Office closed Friday, so I plan to be at the pool sunning myself all day--unless, of course, it rains and being DC I'm sure it will.

Posted by: beaker1 | July 1, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

For those, like me, who were wondering what caused the rift between MJ and Corey Feldmen, here's what E!Online has to say:

"Take '80s child actor Corey Feldman. In 2005, he disclosed that Jackson had shown him pornography while the actor was still a minor. ("If you consider it inappropriate for a man to look at a book of naked pictures with a child that's 13 or 14 years old, then your answer would be yes," Feldman told Martin Bashir when asked whether Jackson had ever shown him inappropriate images.)"

Posted by: StuckatWork | July 1, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Byoolin, if J.C. is from Gary, he's long since forsaken it.

Posted by: northgs | July 1, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Go for it Liz--unless it will ruin your holiday weekend.

If you can, leave a link to the live blog so those of us who can't listen live can read it later.
Thanks!

Posted by: PJinBoston | July 1, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse


"Jude Law to play Hamlet on Broadway" ... and I hear Michael Jackson is available to play Yorick.

Posted by: byoolin1 | July 1, 2009 8:27 AM
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This assumes that after all those surgeries that Jacko still has something resembling a human skull.

Byoolin, what is the proper beverage with which to toast Canada today? Molson, Kokanee or Bleu?

Liz, I am sooo sorry that I can't be online Friday for coverage of Jacko's funeral. I have to complete a 4-wheel brake job on one of the Quatchi household vehicles.

However, Ms Snatchquatch and I did hold a seance late last night. We communicated with the Lindbergh Baby. he says that he's worried, because Jacko invited him to a sleepover.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 1, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

However, Ms Snatchquatch and I did hold a seance late last night. We communicated with the Lindbergh Baby. he says that he's worried, because Jacko invited him to a sleepover.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot


Crap! There goes another keyboard.

Posted by: zn123 | July 1, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

byoolin & Sas, I'm thinking of pancakes with pure maple syrup for dinner in honor of Canada Day.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 1, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Lee Major is selling the Lee Majors Bionic Hearing Aid now. I thought it was the Jaimie lady that had bionic hearing, which had its limits. She couldn't actually hear anything bionically unless she moved her hair away from her ear.

Posted by: jelo97 | July 1, 2009 9:31 AM
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Lindsay Wagner is now selling Select Comfort mattresses.

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 1, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Aren't those MJ public viewing plans still up in the air?

If they settle back down to earth, and I have hi-speed Internet access where I am, I'll contribute.

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 1, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I heard that Louis Vitton had to shut down their e-commerce site to give their art staff enough processing speed to Photoshop Madonna's new ad campaign.

Sas, the proper beverage for toasting Canada Day is Canadian Club. I'm really surprised you had to ask.


Posted by: mdreader01 | July 1, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Pancakes without maple syrup is like Michael Jackson without a glove. using anything other than maple syrup on pancakes is like using LiLo's orange crap to get a tan.

While we're on that subject, given MJ's outlandish wardrobe, should not his title be The King of Fop?

MDReader, you get the Cryptid Two Hairy Thumbs Up award for your paen to LiLo a la "Human Nature". However, as there is no Canadian Club in this cryptid's liquor lazaret, you'll have to face North, hoist one for me, and sing "O Canada."

One of my best vacation memories is riding the "Red Rocket" in Toronto late in the evening of July 1. The subway car is filled with revelers searching for their lost sobriety. A bag piper gets on the train. He's in dress tartan, heading home after piping at a Canada Day evening ceremony.

There are notices posted on the Toronto subway that prohibit busking on the trains. No matter. Shortly after the train pulled away from the platform, a semi-sober young man speaks up, "Yo, Piper Dude! I'll give you $20 if you play on the train."

Piper thinks for a second and says, "I'll do it for free. Wait till we're past the nest station."

Piper assembles the pipes as covertly as he can. As soon as the train pulls away from the next station, he starts a rousing dance round on the pipe.

The whole car, packed with people, claps and stomps in time with the tune, and gives the piper a rousing cheer as we pull into the nest station. The people on the platform give us a WTF look.

THAT is how you celebrate Canada Day.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 1, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Take a look atht link to the Madonna nudes, and look closely at the label on the picture. Who knew that Madge had fragile nipples?

Based on the Louis Vuitton pic, Madge should be the Queen of Fop.

One thing that has puzzled me for some time: what is Lindsay Wagner's Sleep Number?

One thing for sure: if Megan Fox had a sleep number, it would be 69.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 1, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

We've lost another one. god must be really bored lately. Karl Malden passed today. He was 97.

Posted by: epjd | July 1, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

That British press. Only the Telegraph would say that nude Madges could "become serious collectors items." Either their tongues were deeply in their cheeks (so to speak) or they are actually serious.

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 1, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"breaking news" on CNN is that there is NOT a public funeral scheduled for Friday at Neverland - so Liz you can take the day off.

I heard on the radio this morning that it was actually going to be a viewing of the body, which I thought was pretty creepy.

Posted by: suzannepdc | July 1, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I heard on the radio this morning that it was actually going to be a viewing of the body, which I thought was pretty creepy.

Posted by: suzannepdc | July 1, 2009 4:37 PM
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And, for only $39.95, parents can have a commemorative picture taken of their small children snuggling in the casket with Michael.

But that's not all.

If you sign up today for your child's commemorative picture, your child gets a genuine Michael Jackson lace glove, beautifully monogrammed with your child's initials intertwined with MJ.

That's right! You get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have your child's portrait taken with Michael Jackson's body, as well as a monogrammed MJ lace glove! All yours for only $39.95.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 1, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh lord Liz- "live blogging" may be a bit much. Besides, I'll be at the splash park w/the kids and coordinating bbq w/Mr. Plamar and my brothers. I'll read your post of course but don't go through extra measures...

Suzannepdc and Sas- if they do have a viewing of the body, I hope they don't do what they did to the late Pope John Paul, II. For a while, the news was covering the viewing (which seemed to last for days)almost like his body was on tour- each time decomposing before our eyes. Now that was creepy.

Posted by: plamar1031 | July 1, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

However, Ms Snatchquatch and I did hold a seance late last night. We communicated with the Lindbergh Baby. he says that he's worried, because Jacko invited him to a sleepover.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 1, 2009 12:44 PM
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Comment of the MONTH!!!!

-The Poster Formerly Known as Snarky Squirrel

Posted by: 7900rmc | July 1, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

That's right! You get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have your child's portrait taken with Michael Jackson's body, as well as a monogrammed MJ lace glove! All yours for only $39.95.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 1, 2009 5:06 PM
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No thanks. I'm holding out for the Michael Jackson painted-on commemorative "gold" dollar.

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 1, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Michael Jackson will surfaces" as "Michael Jackson will surface" and automatically thinking, 'well, they should just bury him deeper, then
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home run, byoolin.

Posted by: frieda406 | July 2, 2009 2:13 AM | Report abuse

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