Read the essay Michael Jackson wrote for Beliefnet about his childhood, going door-to-door as a Jehovah's Witness missionary, and how he "wished to be a normal boy."
While Michael Jackson's memorial service could highlight funeral rituals associated with a particular faith, it may ultimately demonstrate the power of celebrity as a new kind of sacred.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach reminisces over the death of his estranged friend, Michael Jackson
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Back in 1993, what was astonishing in "Jurassic Park" was the special effects that seemed to bring dinosaurs back to life. Two decades later, rediscovering Steven Spielberg's mastery of cinematic storytelling is the best reason to go see it again. It is back in theaters with the best 3D conversion I've seen, avoiding the cheesy Viewmaster effect too often the result of adding 3D effects after a ...
This week's release of the prequel, "Oz the Great and Powerful" is a good reason to take another look at what may be the greatest family movie of all time, the classic MGM musical version of "The Wizard of Oz," starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton, and Frank Morgan. The Making of the Wizard of Oz: Movie Magic and Studio Power in the Prime of MGM tells the ...
Calvin's Commentary: How can this be? I know that I heard that Obama was going to make America beloved by the entire world, if we just elected him. After all, he is the neo-messiah. (wink, wink) Must be Bush's fault. ▬ Donna Calvin ▬ Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Kim Jong-un, the Supreme leader of North Korea pictured lef ...
Super Bowl is a bit like Christmas.- the hype outweighs the actual event. Don't get me wrong, it turned out to be a good game even though I was routing for San Francisco. But all the hoopla surrounding the game is exhausting. Like most of you, I watched the game (although in and out of it many times). Here are my highlights, love to hear yours: 1) The best moment was when the lights went out. ...
Soul Makossa by Manu Dibango (funk/break beat) taking a nod to the tribal sounds and realizing the full breadth of Qunicy Jones mastery of the souls sounds and his innate ability to synthesize influences to bring forward something grander something greater and something truly eternal when he produced Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Starting Something and incorporated the work. What song is waiting to ...
Michael Jackson was a recognized genius of his time who died way to soon. In every way his legacy continues to inspire, inform and entertain and for some reason on this day, which happens to be Christmas Day, I can't help singing "Wanna be starting Something. Got to be starting something." Today is the day to start something loving, to ignite the flame of truth and restore the heartbeat to s ...
I am honored to be a vote for the Black Reel Awards and very proud of this year's nominees. Outstanding Motion Picture Beasts of the Southern Wild | Michael Gottwald, John Penn & Dan Javey (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Django Unchained | Reginald Huldin, Pilar Savone & Stacey Sher (Columbia Pictures)/(The Weinstein Company) Flight | Laurie McDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Jack Rapke, ...
This week we return to Middle Earth as Peter Jackson goes back 60 years before "The Lord of the Rings" for the story of Bilbo Baggins and his adventure with a brave band of dwarves who journey to a mountain to reclaim their home from a fierce dragon. Peter Jackson, director of the acclaimed trilogy of earlier films , based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien , has returned and much will seem fam ...
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