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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

 

For today, I’ll jump on the cool train and post about Michael Jackson. And I begin with this: Why is it that artists who die always release new music again and again? How can they possibly have that much saved up, unreleased stuff?
Could this creeper still be creeping? Photo from nytimes.com.

Could this creeper still be creeping? Photo from nytimes.com.

Look at Tupac. That guy has been dead for years and he keeps coming out with new albums. Well now, Michael Jackson has hopped on board, too. His newly released song, called “This Is It” debuted last night at midnight for all MJ fans to hear. Now, the word is that there may be tons more of his music to follow.

Apparently, the song he left behind only contained his vocals and piano parts, so the rest of the song has been built up electronically. According to the New York Times, the song will run during the closing credits of MJ’s new movie, also called This Is It. What a coincidence!

A chairman of Columbia records, Rob Stringer, said that the label has over 100 songs that are close to being finished. Where is all this stuff coming from?

I heard a rumor when Michael Jackson died — that he faked his own death and is now living with Elvis in a very remote location in England. He is planning the comeback of the century and will eventually announce a tour after he announces he never died in the first place.  Hmmm….

Just throwing that out there. You decide.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Whether you love him or hate him (there’s usually no in between) Michael Moore has been involved in worldwide entertainment for many years. He is the creator of such controversial documentaries Fahrenheit 911, Bowling for Columbine, and his latest endeavour, Sicko.

Michael Moore's new comedy festival will definitely turn some heads. Photo from mifilmtourage.com.

Michael Moore's new comedy festival will definitely turn some heads. Photo from mifilmtourage.com.

These days, it seems that Moore has retreated a bit from the highly opinionated, passionate films. He now has plans in the works for a comedy festival in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan.

Enter the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival. The weekend long festival will feature comedy stand up, sketches, and movies, along with various other entertainment. Moore will have help in creating the new fest — his buddy Jeff Garlin (of the television show Curb Your Enthusiasm) will be one of the organizers as well.

This will be the second festival Moore has started in Michigan. He is also the creator of the Traverse City Film Festival, which just so happens to end today.

There is little information being released about the new festival, but as the event is planned, I’m sure we will be hearing more news from Moore.

Perhaps this is a good thing for the actor/activist. I mean, he sure did manage to piss off a lot of people with his past films. Sometimes, it may be easier to take a break and enjoy the comedy instead of create it.

(I’m still secretly waiting for his next film.)

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

We all remember last Thursday when celebrities started dropping like flies. First came Farrah Fawcett, then Michael Jackson, but then Harrison Ford and Jeff Goldblum, too? Say it ain’t so!

If you’re starting to freak out right now, don’t. It was just a hoax. Harrison and Jeff are alive and well. But why are people so inclined to make up rumors like this all of a sudden? Is it because death is becoming the ‘cool’ thing to do?

Why is it that when a celebrity dies, they instantly become ten times more famous than they were when they were living? Think about this…really. When Michael Jackson was living, people thought he was a creepy child molester. Now that he’s hit the dirt, everyone is up in arms and telling affectionate “I remember when Michael Jackson did this…” kind of stories.

But still, let’s thank our lucky stars that Jeff Goldblum has a sense of humor about his own ‘death.’ He reportedly fell off a cliff while shooting his latest movie. This, he cleared  up when he recently appeared on the Colbert Report.

And what about that smashing stud Harrison Ford? He was reported dead on board during a cruise. Nope, not our Indiana. It’s just not his time yet.

Maybe in death, these guys will continue the trend of exploding popularity, but I think most people would rather enjoy them while they’re alive.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Okay, I guess I should really say something about Michael Jackson’s death. I was trying to avoid that, but it seems too big of an issue to let slide. After all, most every newspaper, online and print, have devoted at least a small portion of their front pages to the star. Some have even given him the luxury of an entire arts section.

Here are my thoughts—First of all, I should say that it is a real shame MJ passed away. He did possess very real talent and definitely deserves the respect that so many people are now giving him after his death. His music has been a staple of our culture that we cannot deny. So many of us have had wonderful memories dancing the night away to songs like “Thriller” and “Billy Jean.”

However, I should also say that just because you are a rock star, you should not be entitled to break the law. What’s good for the average American citizen should also be good for you. In this aspect of MJ’s life, I have the least respect, if any.  Being a ‘smooth criminal’ allowed him to get away with touching little kids. There’s a real problem there.

And let’s not forget when Michael changed his skin color, wore surgical masks all the time, and started talking like a little girl. Come on, that was just weird.

I will forever remember the young MJ, singing “ABC” and dancing around the stage with his siblings. I will remember the teenage MJ, singing “Beat It” and rockin’ out with his bad self. The later years of his life will remain a mishmosh of strange antics and funky appearances. I will block that out.

Respect, MJ.

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