The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Removes Michael Jackson Artifacts

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The legacy of Michael Jackson has been tarnished in the views of some after the airing of the Leaving Neverland documentary. Adding to the fallout, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis removed some artifacts of the later entertainer from their facility.

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis removed three Michael Jackson items from exhibits this month, joining a handful of organizations that have reassessed connections to the late singer following HBO’s airing of documentary film “Leaving Neverland.”

The two-part film, which premiered March 3-4, focuses on Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two adult men who allege Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.

“When we put together exhibitions, we look at the objects and their association with high-profile people,” said Chris Carron, the museum’s director of collections. “Obviously, we want to put stories in front of our visitors (showing) people of high character.”

The estate of Michael Jackson has launched a lawsuit against HBO for putting out the documentary.

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Paris Jackson Denies Suicide Attempt Allegations

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The late Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, has been hospitalized after a reported suicide attempt. Police and EMS arrived at her Los Angeles home around 7:30 a.m this morning and found that she had slit her wrists, TMZ reports.  However, now that she has been released she is denying these allegations.

She quickly fired back at TMZ for their report and said it was false.

“F–k you you f—ing liars,” she wrote on Twitter.

Since the airing of HBO’s Leaving Neverland, Michael Jackson’s children have been witnessing the backlash against their late father and have been denying the molestation allegations against him. Dealing with the aftermath has been hard for Jackson and she and her brothers Prince and Prince Michael II are deciding whether they should file a lawsuit against the accusers from the doc, Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The Jackson estate has already filed a lawsuit against HBO for airing the documentary.

Jackson attempted suicide in 2013 when she was only 15-years-old. Similarly to this report, she had slit her wrists and took 20 Motrin pills. After the loss of her father she suffered from depression, was self-harming herself and even battled a drug addiction as a teenage.

“It was just self-hatred, low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn’t do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore,” she told Rolling Stone back in 2017.

 

 

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Gieves & Hawkes Removes Michael Jackson Jackets From Display

BAD MOVE: Child abuse allegations against the late pop star Michael Jackson have been hitting fashion hard, with Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes among the brands to get caught up in the controversy.
The British tailor has removed from its display a replica of the military jacket that Michael Jackson wore on the “Bad” tour in 1988. Bad was the first solo concert tour by Jackson, spanning 16 months from 1987.
Gieves, which famously sits at No. 1 Savile Row and is one of the oldest tailoring companies in the world, said: “In light of the disturbing allegations made in the documentary, the replica garment was removed from the premises several weeks ago.” Child sex abuse allegations against the late pop star resurfaced in the HBO “Leaving Neverland” documentary.
Earlier this week, Louis Vuitton announced it would not produce any item “that directly features Michael Jackson elements.” The brand’s fall 2019 men’s wear collection drew inspiration from the “Thriller” singer’s pop-culture legacy.
Gieves & Hawkes, one of the Fung family’s brands owned through Trinity group, made the original jacket, with its intricate golden military frogging and embroidery, for the tour that included 123 concerts across 15 countries.
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‘The Simpsons’ Boss Al Jean: Michael Jackson Used the Show to ‘Groom Boys’

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With all due respect to series creators Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and Sam Simon, themselves titans of comedy, the fate of The Simpsons forever shifted in 1991, when duo Al Jean and Mike Reiss took the reins.  

The Harvard pals, who’d served in the show’s writers’ room since its inception, assumed the role of showrunner in Season 3, and, with classic episodes like “Flaming Moe’s” and “Homer at the Bat,” it’s since been recognized by Springfield historians as the start of the animated sitcom’s so-called “Golden Age.” Jean and Reiss would remain showrunners through Season 4, and then, following a brief stint helming The Critic, Jean returned to The Simpsons in Season 10, and then resumed running the show in Season 13—and has continued ever since.

Of course, the premiere episode of Season 3, “Stark Raving Dad,” recently made headlines when the show’s chief creative team—including Jean, who co-wrote and produced the episode with Reiss—decided to pull it after seeing the documentary Leaving Neverland, wherein James Safechuck and Wade Robson recounted, in graphic detail, the child sexual abuse they allegedly suffered at the hands of music legend Michael Jackson. Jackson provided guest vocals in the episode, playing the character of Leon Kompowsky, a burly, institutionalized man claiming he’s the pop star. The episode was penned specifically for Jackson, a fan of the show, with the icon demanding that a scene be included wherein he and Bart Simpson create a song together. In light of the documentary, the lyrics of that song seem troubling, to say the least.

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‘Simpsons’ Producers Pull Iconic Michael Jackson Episode

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The producers of “The Simpsons” are removing a classic episode that featured the voice of Michael Jackson.

Executive producer James L. Brooks told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday “it feels clearly the only choice to make.” He says fellow executive producers Matt Groening and Al Jean are “of one mind on this.”

The action follows HBO’s broadcast of the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” in which two men allege Jackson sexually abused them as children. Jackson’s family has criticized the program, and his estate is suing HBO.

In the 1991 “Stark Raving Dad” episode, Jackson voiced a character who claims to be Jackson and who meets Homer Simpson in a mental institution. The singer is listed in credits as John Jay Smith.

The episode will be removed from streaming services and future DVD sets.

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About 2 million viewers tuned into controversial Michael Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland” in Britain this week as the pop superstar’s fans took to the streets and plastered London buses with messages protesting his innocence, and his nephew sought funding for a series refuting the sex-abuse allegations made in the film. The two-part documentary was broadcast […]

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Everything We Learned from the Michael Jackson Documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’

 

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The premiere of ‘Leaving Neverland’ on HBO was shocking and jaw-dropping with all of the allegations that we made against the King of Pop.  Two alleged victims Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck give a detailed account of their time with Jackson.  Below we give you the abbreviated version of everything we learned from the documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’.

Wade Robson was born in Brisbane Australia and became a fan of Michael Jackson in the days of Triller.  Like any kids across the world, Wade began to dance and sing like Jackson perfecting his moves.  At five-years-old Wade entered a dance contest where the winner would get to meet Jackson at one of his upcoming concerts in Australia.  Wade won the dance contest and met Jackson backstage after the show.  Jackson invited Wade to join him on stage at his next show the following night.  Just as promised Jackson pulled Wade on stage to dance with him.  The next day Wade and his mother go to Jackson’s hotel hoping to give him a thank you letter.  One of Jackon’s staff members saw them and told Jackson who then invited them to his room.  Wade claims they spent two hours with Jackson visiting.

Two years later Wade had joined a dance company and made a visit to the United States.  Wade’s family successfully tries to contact Jackson while in the U.S. and invites them to visit his home Neverland for the weekend.  The Robson family planned on visiting the Grand Canyon but Wade wanted to stay with Jackson and his parents let him.  Wade spent five days with Jackson while his family was gone.  During this time is when Wade claims his sexual relationship with Jackson began including oral sex.  When the Robson’s returned to pick up Wade, he didn’t want to go.  So they extended their time at Neverland, where Wade claims the sexual abuse continued every night.

The Robeson’s returned to Australia but still kept in communication with Jackson.  After some time had passed Jackson invited Wade back to participate in the marketing campaign for his shoe line with LA Gear.  The campaign would take six weeks to complete.  Wade’s mother came with him.  Jackson asked Wade’s mother to let him stay for a year with him but she said no and allowed him to say with Jackson longer before going back to Australia.

After some time passes Wade’s parents split up.  Mrs. Robeson decides that she and Wade are moving to Los Angeles in hopes to be with Jackson.  When they get to LA they immediately notice that the relationship between Wade and Jackson isn’t the same.  Jackson invites Wade to be in his ‘Black or White’ video but when they showed up to set they met MaCaulay Cogan.  Wade felt MaCaulay had taken his place as Jackson’s “best friend.”  Over time, Jackson still visits Wade and the alleged sexual abuse continues.  Wade ask Jackson to go on his upcoming tour with him but Jackson declines, taking another young boy with him named Brett Barnes.

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Mr. Jackson died deep in debt. Now his estate is worth billions. Will the new film, “Leaving Neverland,” focused on two men’s accounts of sexual abuse, damage his posthumous career?
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Rev. Jesse Jackson and Black Leaders Discuss The Wealth Gap at the Wall Street Project Economic Summit

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund’s 22nd Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit kicked off with a bang on Wednesday, with moving speeches and remarks from a host of dynamic leaders. Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., the founder of the Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project, opened the three-day conference by addressing this year’s conference theme, “400 Years Later: Closing the Wealth Gap, Expanding Opportunity.” Although slavery was abolished 150 years ago, a stark disparity in wealth between black and white households continues to persist.

“African Americans have journeyed through four stages of a 400-year struggle,” said the civil rights leader. “Stage one – ending slavery after 246 years in bondage; Stage two – ending the Jim Crow era with its mass lynchings and terror campaigns; Stage three – securing the right to vote; and currently, Stage four – securing access to capital, industry, technology and deal flow in the U.S. economy.”

Closing The Gap

Day one of the summit commenced with the “400 Year Journey Roundtable” discussion, where Jackson was joined by Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Coles, Ph.D., the president of the National Council of Negro Women, and Dr. Ron Daniels, Ph.D., the president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, for a conversation on the progress of black Americans since Africans were first brought to the country as slaves.

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Eugene Mitchell, Marc Morial, and Rev. Jesse Jackson (Photo credit: Gerald Peart)

After that session, Marc H. Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League, opened the “Wealth Gap Panel” with a brief history lesson on the origins of the wealth gap, which is rooted in U.S. laws and policies that created systemic barriers that prevented people of color from accumulating wealth. Morial went on to address the controversy around the #ADOS movement, a fringe group that stands for American Descendants of Slaves and advocates for reparations and reform policies that solely benefit African Americans. Some critics reportedly believe that Russian trolls have infiltrated the group and are using their philosophy to cause division among black voters.

“The internet is being used as a tool of manipulation,” Morial cautioned. “Our ability to impact the racial wealth gap depends on our ability to exercise and maximize our political power. We need to maximize our political power if we are going to address the racial gap.”

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Morial’s comments were followed by a panel discussion between BLACK ENTERPRISE’s SVP/ Executive Editor-at-Large Alfred A. Edmond Jr. and Eugene Mitchell, the founder of the E. Mitchell Consulting Group and the author of The 7 Untold Rules for Creating Black Wealth: Let’s Come Together and Close the Wealth Gap!, moderated by Janice L. Mathis, the executive director of the National Council of Negro Women. Each panelist discussed tangible solutions to close the gap.

“Spend less than you make—whatever you make—and bank the difference,” said Edmond. “We must get into a situation where we are incrementally and steadily accumulating assets in the form of savings. And right now, when we make more money, we spend more money.”

Edmond, the host of the “Your Money, Your Life” personal finance podcast, also stressed the importance of using debt with the purpose of driving wealth. “We need to create wealth out of any career. Your net worth is what you own minus what you owe. Debt is only good if you are going to take that resource to make more money.”

Mitchell, a former corporate vice president at New York Life Insurance Co., discussed the importance of life insurance and estate planning as vehicles to create generational wealth in the black community. “We’re not doing what it takes to create wealth, to keep wealth, and to sustain wealth in the way of having proper estate planning,” he said.

Mathis also emphasized the intersection between political power and economic strength in the black community. “If we’re going to defeat these wealth gaps, we will do it by using the power of our votes because these systems are entrenched like barnacles onto capitalism that needs to be moderated by democratic principles and ideals.”

Other notable speakers scheduled to appear at the conference include Rep. Maxine Waters, Susan L. Taylor, Rev. Al Sharpton, hip-hop mogul Percy “Master P” Miller, and John W. Rogers Jr., CEO of Ariel Investments.

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“Let Him Rest” Jermaine Jackson Speaks Out Against Leaving Neverland Documentary

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Earlier this month, we reported that there was a Michael Jackson documentary that would seek to expose the alleged child victims of his sexual assault during Jackson’s infamous slumber parties.

Since then, the documentary was screened at the Sundance Festival. The reviews have trickled in and from what I’ve seen people have been traumatized. So much so that one Twitter user said there were counselors outside of the theater to speak to audience members who were effected by the things they saw in the documentary.

The documentary features testimony from two men Wade Robson and James Safechuck over the course of four hours.

And as you might assume, the Jackson family hasn’t been too pleased about the documentary’s release. In a recent interview, Jermaine Jackson, Michael’s older brother and former bandmate, shared his thoughts on the project, likening it to a public lynching.

“Wade [Robson] changed his story that he maintained before and after Michael’s death. He tried to shop a book deal, no publisher would touch it. He even sued the estate for 1.5 billion, it was tossed out of court. He wanted to go out for the head choreography part for Cirque du Soleil. He was turned down from that. What was left for him to do was to do a documentary and spew out these nonsense statements.

Those were slumber parties. And what they didn’t tell you was there were little girls there, even with their parents, their uncles and they were sitting down watching movies.

We lost Michael. We lost a father. We’re still mourning. We lost a lot. Just leave us alone. Leave him alone. Let him rest please. Let him rest. He deserves to rest.”

Later, Jackson tweeted this.

In response to Jackson, Dan Reed, the director of Leaving Neverland, said he totally understands why the Jackson family would want this project to go away.

“They have a very precious asset to protect. Every time a song plays, a cash register goes ‘ka-ching.’ It doesn’t surprise me that they’ve come out fighting in defense of their asset.”

You can watch Jermaine’s interview defending his brother in the video below.

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Louis Vuitton Designer Virgil Abloh Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson At Paris Fashion Week

PARIS (AP) — Louis Vuitton’s designer Virgil Abloh transported celebrity guests at Paris Fashion Week to the graffitied streets of New York in a dramatic menswear ode to Michael Jackson.

Abloh, the first African-American to head a major European fashion house, used his unique platform Thursday to celebrate one of America’s most globally recognized and celebrated black performers.

Here are some highlights of Thursday’s fall-winter shows.

LOUIS VUITTON GOES OFF THE WALL

Model Naomi Campbell and actors Timothee Chalamet and Joel Edgerton seemed amazed to discover a reconstructed cityscape that evoked the King of Pop’s famed music videos, all inside the Tuileries Gardens.

A young, skinny actor resembling the late Jackson as a boy drew applause as he ran and danced across the impressive set of a poor New York neighborhood.

No detail was spared.

Guests clutched their show invites that comprised a single bejeweled white glove, as their eyes were led past a Chinese business store, New York street signs, sidewalks littered with dead leaves, and a barber shop ending at a saxophonist playing on the street.

Campbell nodded to the beat of the soundtrack — an infectious checklist of Jackson’s greatest hits that had some humming well after the show had ended.

“It’s Michael Jackson. My hero,” she exclaimed.

VUITTON’S ABLOH REVISITS JACKSON

It was the flamboyance of Michael Jackson as seen through the classical prism of Louis Vuitton.

The silhouettes of some of the late star’s most eye-popping looks were taken by Abloh and revisited in a slightly more pared-down style.

A military jacket and large sash — that might have come across overly showy — were designed in a tasteful pearl-gray monochrome cashmere.

Elsewhere, a giant cropped jacket with stiff padded lapels was saved from excess with soft charcoal flannel twill.

The signature layering of the singer, who died in 2009, was ubiquitous in the 64-piece parade that went from the subtle to the not so subtle toward the end.

An overlaid silver parka coat in aluminum foil leather and a silver safety vest were among the most literal of the Jackson odes and recalled some of his most spectacular concert performances, as did the models who wore jeweled gloves.

Later in the show, Abloh made a series of prints based on a cartoon in Jackson’s 1978 film “The Wiz” that became a cult classic among black audiences.

Abloh called his hero, Jackson, “the universal symbol of unity on the planet.” Though touching, the collection could have perhaps done without the scarf shirts fashioned out of global flags that came across as a tad busy and somewhat obvious.

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RICK OWENS BLOWS A KISS

A brooding and saucy mood overtook lauded American designer Rick Owens in a 70s-style collection Thursday.

The show was entitled “Larry,” after U.S. designer Larry LeGaspi, whose silver and black space looks were worn by rock groups such as Kiss.

The fall-winter show was very much an homage to the bombastic styles of LeGaspi, about whom Owens has written a book.

Tan, sienna, deep vermillion and lashings of black in the clothes were highlighted by sensually dappled lighting.

Excess was simply everywhere.

Enveloping retro shades, peaked shoulders, oversized sleeves, flares and David Bowie-style tight waists set the time-dial very much to the era of Glam Rock.

As if that weren’t enough, Owens pushed the envelope further with painted white faces and inset leather appliques that resembled women’s genitals. They contrasted purity with provocation.

LeGaspi “helped set a lot of kids like me free with his mix of art-deco sexual ambiguity,” Owens said.

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ISSEY MIYAKE BRINGS THE WIND

The Franco-Japanese house of Issey Miyake put on a collection in homage to the wind.

In the fall-winter silhouettes, it was not the wind of an angry storm at work, but more a gentle breeze that served to curve and soften the clothes’ shapes.

The result was a low-key affair by designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae.

A welcome sharpness did appear in the collection via its print detailing, but its power was diluted by the rounded shapes.

For instance, some jagged yellow diagonal motifs evoked the strong movement of wind — but the looseness of the suits and coats on which they appeared lessened the effect.

The prints were conceived by an Asian wax resistant dyeing technique called batik that the house frequently uses. Issey Miyake is one house that cannot be faulted for its use of cutting-edge fashion-making methods.

Elsewhere, another Asian technique, ikat — a sort of tie-dye — was employed to produce the collection’s strongest pieces.

A silk-wool series sported beautifully defused white horizontal bands across icy blue-gray pants and shimmering coats.


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Katherine Jackson Said To Be Gravely Ill [Report]

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Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the famed Jackson family, is reportedly gravely ill, with family members already fighting over her share of the late Michael Jackson’s estate (according to Stacy M. Brown – National Newspaper Publishers Association/NNPA) .

Outlets like Radar Online and even the Atlanta Black Star have reported that Jackson, 88, is facing brain surgery.

Previously, the outlets reported that Jackson has had several strokes and other ailments that have left her wheelchair-bound and dependent upon caretakers.

The latest reports also suggest that several of Jackson’s children have engaged in a fierce battle to control their mother’s share of the late King of Pop’s vast estate – valued at more than $ 1 billion.

“Now everybody in the family is jockeying for position!” a source told the National Enquirer. Although a rep denied it, two family insiders claimed the great-grandmother has suffered from excruciating headaches, leading to a hospital visit in late summer, the tabloid reported.

“Katherine is in dire condition,” another source told RadarOnline.com. “Now everybody in the family is jockeying for position.”

“Her doctor thought she had a stroke,” another unnamed source – described as an insider – told Radar. According to another source, Katherine remained hospitalized for about a week.

“More tests were conducted to see if her condition might be something even more serious – like a brain tumor,” the source said.

The family insider said doctors discovered a golf ball-sized growth on Katherine’s brain and declared she must undergo surgery as soon as possible.

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Peter Jackson Wants to ‘Poke Fun’ at Australians in a ‘Mortal Engines’ Sequel

We put some of the most burning questions from Fandom’s Mortal Engines fan communities to producer Peter Jackson, director Christian Rivers and the cast of the film. Questions like what they want to see in a sequel. Which Traction City they would want to live in. And, perhaps most importantly, what’s Thaddeus Valentine’s favourite dad joke? Read some of what they said below; watch the video above for more.

What Would You Like To See in a Sequel?


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Hugo Weaving as Thaddeus Valentine in Mortal Engines.

“I’d like to see Dog in the next one,” says Leila George who plays Katherine Valentine, daughter of Hugo Weaving’s villain Thaddeus, in Mortal Engines.

Robert Sheehan, who plays Tom Natsworthy in the film, wants to see his character take on more responsibility.

“In the second book, Tom and Hester have become parents,” he says. Hester is Hester Shaw, the film’s main protagonist, played by Hera Hilmar. “So that would be quite nice wouldn’t it? To play a dad. Do you know what’s interesting? I’ve never played a dad. Hopefully, I wouldn’t drop the poor devil.”

Stephen Lang, who plays cyborg Stalker Shrike, meanwhile says he wants to see “the elopement between Valentine and Shrike.”

We think he’s joking. Valentine actor Hugo Weaving concurs: “The love story between these two. It was sad, the backstory.”

Gaining Traction


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The Traction City of London.

Producer Peter Jackson, who also co-wrote the screenplay which is based on the Phillip Reeve novel, wants to see a Traction City in the next one that doesn’t make an appearance here.

“I do look forward to seeing Sydney,” he says. “The traction city of Sydney, which has got a lot of corks floating around the top of it — big swinging corks. And it’s another chance to poke fun at Australians, so why not?”

Co-producer and screenwriter Philippa Boyens wants to see a Traction City absent from their adaptation of Mortal Engines too: “I want to see Arkangel, which is the giant traction city which inhabits the wastelands in the north.”

Jackson also cites Anchorage from “the second story, which is a Traction City on skids on the ice, that is wind-powered.”

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Director Christian Rivers, meanwhile, is disappointed we didn’t get to see the Traction City of Panzerstadt in the film – but says there’s a Star Wars-related reason it was left out.

“There is a great moment in the book where they test fire [weapon of mass destruction] Medusa and it destroys Panzerstadt,” he explains. “The shock of people seeing that, because it’s so unnatural to [the tenets of] Municipal Darwinism, it would be like seeing a gazelle eating a lion. It has that unnatural quality about it, everyone is terrified by it. So that would have been cool to see but the reason we don’t see that is for the clarity and the efficiency of the storytelling. We’re going to see this thing go off, [so we need to see it fire] at the target. We don’t want to have a little test drive.”

He adds, “And possibly it might have actually been too akin to Star Wars, actually seeing the Death Star blow up Alderaan, as a mechanic.”

Watch the rest of what they had to say in the video above.

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‘The Lord of the Rings’ film-maker was keen to adapt Philip Reeve’s novel with colleague Christian Rivers and help kickstart the Oscar-winning visual effects artist’s debut directing career. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


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Skai Jackson Writing A Book About Life Lessons

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Actress Skai Jackson will be adding author to her resumé by 2019. The Disney channel is penning a new book called “Reach for the Skai: How to Inspire, Empower, and Clapback.” The book will cover the 16-year-old’s, “lessons on life and rise to stardom, as well as the negative experiences that sometimes comes with living in the spotlight.”

She may be young bu she’s achieved success and is living in the spotlight so some may say she’s more than qualified to write on those topics.

The book is scheduled for release by fall 2019.

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What’s Stopping John Harbaugh From Starting Lamar Jackson Over Joe Flacco?

The Ravens lost three in a row before last week’s bye, rumors are swirling about John Harbaugh’s future with the team and Joe Flacco, who’s reportedly dealing with a hip injury, hasn’t posted a passer rating above 100 since Week 4. Is it Lamar Jackson time in Baltimore?

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Michael Jackson Continues To Be The Highest-Paid Dead Celebrity

Nine years have passed since Micheal Jackson’s death, but the iconic pop star remains on top of Forbes’ highest-paid dead celebrities list for another year.

He raked in around $ 400 million over the past 12 months, mostly from the sale of his EMI Music Publishing stake.

Additional cash comes from his Mijac Music catalog, a new Sony record deal, and projects like TV special Michael Jackson’s Hall
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