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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 09/16/2010

Michael Jackson's mother sues concert promoter; winners of 'America's Got Talent,' 'Big Brother' and 'Top Chef' revealed (spoiler alert)

By Jen Chaney

Kid Rock, preparing to testify. (Bob Andres -- AP)


Celebrity Beat: Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, is suing concert promoter AEG Live LLC on the grounds that the company did not provide life-saving equipment nor properly monitor the cardiologist supervising her pop-star son's care... Kid Rock expected to take the stand today in civil trial related to 2007 Waffle House brawl... Kanye West writes personal essay in XXL magazine, explaining his feelings after last year's Taylor Swift/VMAs debacle. Because, you know, we haven't heard enough about that recently... 25th anniversary covers of Elle Magazine cause controversy for allegedly lightening Gabourey Sidibe's skin and not showing a full-body image of the "Precious" star... George Clooney's rep denies rumors that the star and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis are engaged... Lawyer for Ashton Kutcher denies latest story by tabloid Star Magazine, alleging that Kutcher cheated on wife Demi Moore... Jamie Oliver and wife welcome a baby boy... Liam Neeson dating U.K. PR executive and mother of two.

Pop Culture: Spoiler alert! Winners of "America's Got Talent," "Big Brother 12" and "Top Chef" are, respectively, Michael Grimm, Hayden Moss and Kevin Sbraga ... Video game "Halo: Reach" earns $200 million in first day of sales... J.J. Abrams's Alcatraz project gets pilot commitment from Fox... Justin Bieber 3D movie set for a Feb. 11 release date... Jennifer Garner could star opposite Jeremy Renner in "Better Living Through Chemistry."

Celebritology discussion, today at 2 ET: Join me (Jen Chaney) to chat live about the latest celebrity, pop culture and entertainment news.

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By Jen Chaney  | September 16, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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"Katherine Jackson is suing ... AEG Live LLC ... company did not provide life-saving equipment nor properly monitor the cardiologist supervising her pop-star son's care..." -- In response, AEG Live is suing Katherine and Joe Jackson for raising a completely messed up child who might have not had so many health issues had he any semblance of a normal childhood.

"25th anniversary covers of Elle Magazine cause controversy for allegedly lightening Gabourey Sidibe's skin" -- Oh please. Magazines lighten (or darken) EVERYONE's skin. It's called Photoshop and one of its (proper!) uses is to enhance visibility of a photo. Stuff like this (clearly) makes me crazy.

And now, a personal note from me to a current media darling.

Dear Jane Lynch, I love you and have been a fan for years. Your performance in "A Mighty Wind"? Fabulous. Scene-stealing on "Glee"? I love Sue but the Will hair jokes are getting old and you need a new track suit. I even loved your four-second part in "Julie & Julia." Well done.

Oh, and congrats on the Emmy.

But, for Pete's sake, turn down SOMETHING. "Glee," the frozen food commercials with Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Healthy Choice?), showing up on iCarly as Sam's mother. I could go on. And now "Ellen"?

Do you not get enough affirmation from your friends and family? What's next -- kissing Britney on an awards show? Wearing a beef two-piece with Lady Gaga? Cheating on your spouse with Jennifer Aniston? I mean if you're going for media hits, go all out! But seriously....

Please, woman, send your agent on a trip to Hawaii for two months (because he or she is CLEARLY overworked) and take a break. ENOUGH already.

Sincerely yours, td_in_baltimore

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | September 16, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

In for a penny, in for a pound: since Mama Jackson's probably overreaching in her claim that a multinational megalocorp should have babysat her son's personal cardiologist, let's hope her plea for relief includes the demand that Defendant bring MJ back to life.

Psst, Kid: "Waffle House Brawl" would be a GREAT name for an album. You're welcome.

[There are a whole bunch of Elle Magazine/Gabourey Sidibe jokes that even I, purveyor of The Great Lindbergh Baby Diss, dare not commit to print here. Let's just leave it at I Am A Horrible Person.]

Posted by: byoolin1 | September 16, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

That's Kid Rock? I thought it was a picture of Mickey Roarke. Not even a young version, the current one.

Mamma Jackson sues concert promoter for not being a babysitter. Last time I checked MJ was a grown adult. Not the promoter's job to make sure he is not an idiot. If Mamma Jackson was that concerned, why didn't SHE do the babysitting?

Posted by: epjd | September 16, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Mickey Rourke, he turns 58 today.

Posted by: byoolin1 | September 16, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I think the Jackson parents are as addicted to lawsuits as their son was to plastic surgery. Note to Jacksons: suing everybody and their brother *won't* bring your son back to life.

Gabby Sidibe's skin most definitely looks a heck of a lot lighter than in real life.

So Jennifer Hudson has dropped another 20 lbs., while proclaiming how comfortable she has always been in her own skin no matter what size she is. Disingenuous much?

Posted by: Californian11 | September 16, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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