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.
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.
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 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, 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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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.
The script from writer Isaac Adamson recently took the number 1 slot on the Black List, a list of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood. Bubbles was adopted by Jackson when the King of Pop was at the height of his fame in 1983. Bubbles lived with Jackson along with a menagerie of other animals at Neverland Ranch, until being moved to an ape sanctuary in 2005.
One of the most important and expensive pieces of movie memorabilia that once belonged to Michael Jackson has disappeared without a trace. Lawyers are desperately trying to locate the Best Picture Oscar, awarded to ‘Gone With The Wind’ in 1939, after it mysteriously vanished from the singer’s estate at some point following his death. The King of Pop, who died in 2009, bought the trophy for $1.54 million (£1.1 million) at a Sotheby’s auction in 1999 but the executors of his will have been unable to find it amongst his possessions.
You think there might be someone interesting in the stasis pod, but thanks to the secrecy surrounding Christopher Nolan’s movies, you would never have thought it was a megastar like Matt Damon. Playing a supposedly iconic lone astronaut who has encouraged Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway to come to his distant planet in the hope of relocating the dying Earth’s population, imagine our surprise when Matt turns out to have done the opposite. In the wake of Bowie’s passing, seeing his witty and charismatic cameo in the 2001 fashion farce is a reminder of how great he was on-screen.
Joseph Fiennes has defended his casting as pop legend Michael Jackson, saying that the late singer was ‘closer to my colour’. Twitter exploded yesterday following the news that he is set to play Jackson in a comedy-drama about an alleged road trip taken by Jackson and friends Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following 9/11. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Fiennes said: “[Jackson] definitely had an issue – a pigmentation issue - and that’s something I do believe.
Joseph Fiennes is set to play pop legend Michael Jackson in a bizarre ‘road trip’ drama involving the late star, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. The drama, which is being made as a one-off for Sky Arts, will also star Brian Cox as Brando, and Stockard Channing as Taylor. According to a now mythic report published in Vanity Fair in 2011, Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando, who were all friends, all hired a car together to escape New York for Calinfornia following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, during which all air travel was curtailed.
Jar Jar Binks - the most hated ‘Star Wars’ character - was almost even MORE annoying… because he could have been played by Michael Jackson. The King of Pop, who passed away in June 2009 aged 50, was apparently considered for the role of Jar Jar in 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace’ by George Lucas. Ahmed Best, the unfortunate actor who actually nabbed the role, told Vice: “That’s what George told me. "Me, Natalie Portman, and George’s kids - we were at Wembley Arena at Michael Jackson’s concert.