• Taika Waititi's Michael Jackson movie 'Bubbles' is a LONG way off
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    Tom Butler

    Taika Waititi's Michael Jackson movie 'Bubbles' is a LONG way off

    'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi says his movie about Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee Bubbles will take about 5 years to make.

  • Netflix Landing ‘Bubbles’, Film About Michael Jackson’s Chimpanzee Companion – Cannes
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    Netflix Landing ‘Bubbles’, Film About Michael Jackson’s Chimpanzee Companion – Cannes

    EXCLUSIVE : Netflix is closing a whopper of a deal this morning to acquire Bubbles , a package built around the Isaac Adamson spec screenplay that topped the 2015 Black List that tells the offbeat story of iconic singer Michael Jackson from the perspective of his beloved chimp Bubbles. Oscar nominated director Taika Waititi ( Two Cars, One Night and Thor: Ragnarok ) is set to co-direct the stop-motion animated film with Mark Gustafson ( Fantastic Mr. Fox ). This one landed high…

  • Joseph Fiennes on Controversial Michael Jackson Portrayal: ‘It’s No Less Offensive Than Anything on SNL’
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    Joseph Fiennes on Controversial Michael Jackson Portrayal: ‘It’s No Less Offensive Than Anything on SNL’

    Actor Joseph Fiennes recently opened up to Vulture about playing Michael Jackson in an unaired episode of Sky TV’s Urban Myths series. Fiennes portrayed Michael Jackson in the British TV production, and in the episode, his character embarks on a cross-country road trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following the events of 9/11. The whole thing was based on an urban legend.

  • Michael Jackson wanted to play X-Men's Professor X
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    Ben Arnold

    Michael Jackson wanted to play X-Men's Professor X

    Obviously it’s now hard to imagine anyone other than Sir Patrick Stewart playing Professor Charles Francis Xavier. Writer David Hayter – who penned the first ‘X-Men’ movie in 2000, then ‘X2’ and later Zack Snyder’s adaptation of ‘Watchmen’ – has spilled the beans on those who came close, but failed to snatch Logan’s cigar. “Michael Jackson came in because he wanted to play Professor X. It was amazing.

  • Director Taika Waititi boards Bubbles, animated movie about Michael Jackson's chimp
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    Ben Bussey

    Director Taika Waititi boards Bubbles, animated movie about Michael Jackson's chimp

    Taika Waititi is nothing if not unpredictable. After making his name directing indie comedies ‘Eagle Vs Shark,’ ‘Boy,’ ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ and most recently ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople,’ the New Zealand actor, writer and director is breaking through to the big leagues this year with Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ – and it seems his next feature will be equally unexpected. Screen Daily reports that Waititi has signed on to ‘Bubbles,’ a stop-motion animated movie based on the life of Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee, who lived closely with the late pop legend from 1988 until 2004 – throughout the most troubled, controversial period of Jackson’s life.

  • What happened to the British film stars of the 90s?
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    Ben Falk

    What happened to the British film stars of the 90s?

    As the sequel to 1996's 'Trainspotting' hits cinema, we find out how the Brit big-screen A-list of two decades ago have fared since. Credits: Rex_Shutterstock/PA

  • Sky pulls Michael Jackson comedy after complaints from family
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    Ben Arnold

    Sky pulls Michael Jackson comedy after complaints from family

    Sky Arts will not screen the forthcoming episode of its new series ‘Urban Myths’, featuring Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson, following complaints from the late singer’s family. A statement from the broadcaster read: “We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a half-hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family.

  • Paris Jackson's fury over Joseph Fiennes playing her dad Michael
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    Ben Arnold

    Paris Jackson's fury over Joseph Fiennes playing her dad Michael

    Paris Jackson, the daughter of Michael Jackson, has said that seeing Joseph Fiennes playing her later father in a forthcoming TV comedy-drama series made her ‘want to vomit’. She blasted Sky Arts, the producer of the series ‘Urban Myths’, calling it ‘blatant disrespect’, as well as calling into question the portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor, Jackson’s late godmother, by Stockard Channing. She was asked her opinion about the trailer, which went viral yesterday, by MJ Cast, a US podcast dedicated to Michael Jackson, and the Jackson family. ...

  • First look: Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson
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    Ben Arnold

    First look: Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson

    Here it is… the first look at Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson in new comedy series ‘Urban Myths’. And it’s easily as weird as it sounded on paper. News of the planned show was revealed last year, with not a little controversy surrounding the choice of casting Fiennes, brother of Ralph, as Jackson. However, the weirdness – and potential brilliance – of the concept had to be applauded. As one episode in a series of dramatised ‘urban myths’, it will tell the oft-rumoured story of a road trip that occurred after the 9/11 attacks in New York. ...

  • Rashida Jones reveals that she was attacked by Michael Jackson's monkey Bubbles
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    Rashida Jones reveals that she was attacked by Michael Jackson's monkey Bubbles

    As fans of ‘Jaws’ will attest, some scars can be pretty cool. But to have one from Michael Jackson’s monkey is arguably the coolest of all. So step forward Rashida Jones, who, thanks to her famous dad, the producer Quincy Jones, knew Michael pretty well when she was growing up. But the actress, writer and producer revealed that trips to the Neverland Ranch could be perilous. “I got attacked. By Bubbles. Bubbles. Michael Jackson…,” she told Vice, showing a scar on her hand from the altercation. “He was wearing a little full – like a little – overall jumpsuit and a striped shirt. ...

  • The story behind the documentary that ruined Michael Jackson’s career
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    The story behind the documentary that ruined Michael Jackson’s career

    When the documentary ‘Living with Michael Jackson’ aired in February 2003, it was watched by an astonishing 15 million people in the UK, and a further 38 million on ABC in the US, as well as many millions more around the world. Conducted by Martin Bashir, who has recently rejoined the BBC as its religious affairs correspondent, it was seen as a way of turning the eccentric singer’s reputation around, following the 1993 accusations of child abuse which had already battered his career. Jackson, who was a huge fan of Diana, Princess of Wales, was keen on receiving the kind of public sympathy Diana got after her now infamous ‘Panorama’ interview with Bashir in 1995.