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If Michael Jackson gets a planned biopic, who should play the King of Pop?

Now that the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray has reached its conclusion (he’ll be sentenced on November 29), the estate of Michael Jackson can get back to the business of flooding the market with product to keep the late King of Pop in the collective consciousness forever. The Cirque du Soleil show based on his music is currently on the road, and there are supposedly many more posthumous releases coming from Michael’s vaults.

According to Variety, the next logical piece of the puzzle has started to fall into place; MJ estate executor John Branca has started having conversations with Hollywood types about the prospect of producing a biopic based on Jackson’s life. The project is only at the “discussions” stage at the moment, so it could be years before there is a finished film (or any movement forward at all, really).

The idea of a Michael Jackson biopic raises two immediate questions. The first is: Who will play Michael? And secondly: What stages of Jackson’s life will get covered? READ FULL STORY

'Michael Jackson and the Doctor': Did you watch?

Last night, MSNBC aired Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship, the documentary about Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

And frankly, it was difficult to watch. Not because of the tragedy it focused on — but because it seemed engineered to exploit, rather than shed any new light, on Jackson’s death. Much of the doc consisted of archival footage of the trial and the surrounding media frenzy, plus information that had already been covered in Murray’s interview on Today last Wednesday, during which he maintained his innocence. There was also a fair amount of footage of Murray’s legal team discussing his case at home in terms that ranged from candid to uncomfortably blunt. The paltry new revelations — especially details about Jackson’s living habits and the house in which he died — felt like unnecessary, tawdry details. A few other lowlights: READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Up All Night,' 'Sons of Anarchy' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

It was a week of dynamic duos for music on TV. There was a couple just getting started (Bored To Death), one reviving a relationship (Up All Night), and another for whom “’til death do us part” looks likely to come sooner than expected (Sons of Anarchy). Enemies forged unlikely bonds (The Vampire Diaries, Community), and lovers played with fire (How To Make It in America). For sheer spectacle, though, the most dazzling duo of all was a pair of Michael Jackson hits that provided a bit of closure and a chance to look back fondly amid a sad week for fans of the King of Pop. Read on to see which show honored Jackson and where our other favorite “show tunes” fit in this week! READ FULL STORY

Conrad Murray on 'Today': 'Something happened when I was not in that room'

Just two days after Dr. Conrad Murray was declared guilty in Michael Jackson’s June 2009 death, the Today show has released a preview of a sitdown between Murray and correspondent Savannah Guthrie. Guthrie’s chat with Murray — filmed before the verdict was handed down — will air in two parts on Thursday and Friday morning in advance of a two-hour special Michael Jackson and the Doctor, which Murray filmed with U.K. Broadcaster Steve Hewlett in November 2009, before he was charged in Jackson’s death. The documentary features behind-the-scenes footage of Murray’s defense team as well as a particularly unsettling set of photos of Jackson’s disordered home. In his Today interview, the doctor steadfastly maintained his innocence, essentially blaming Jackson’s addiction for the singer’s death. See exactly what Murray had to say and watch the full preview after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Michael Jackson's deathbed up for auction

The bed where Michael Jackson took his last breath is up for sale. The queen-size piece is among hundreds of items from the Holmby Hills mansion where Jackson spent his final days that are set to hit the auction block next month. “We want to preserve the history of these items,” said celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien, president of Julien’s Auctions, which will sell the various antique furnishings, paintings and sculptures that surrounded the King of Pop as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts. The Carolwood Drive home where Jackson lived with his three children from December 2008 until his death on June 25, 2009, is separately up for sale.

A note from one of the children remains on a chalkboard inside the home’s sprawling kitchen, where three barstools were lined up against the center island — a perfect breakfast spot for the kids. “I (heart) Daddy. SMILE, it’s for free,” the chalk note reads in childlike scrawl. The chalkboard will be sold as-is, and is expected to fetch more than $400. READ FULL STORY

Now that Dr. Conrad Murray has been found guilty, what does it mean for Michael Jackson's legacy?

By now, you’ve almost certainly heard that Michael Jackson’s former private physician Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Over the course of the last few weeks, the court system has given us access to a number of realizations, many of which confirmed suspicions we already had about the King of Pop’s final days. And if nothing else, we learned that Murray is a physician of questionable ethics and skill. But how does this verdict, which finds Murray culpable for Jackson’s death, change the way we think about Jackson? Does it at all?

The portrait of Jackson painted in court was the one whispered about in the days following his passing back in June 2009. He was in constant physical discomfort, which is why he was seeking out the services of physicians like Murray who would give him drugs to help him sleep (most notably Propofol, the agent that ultimately killed Jackson) and to manage his pain (the jury never got to hear the testimony of Dr. Arnold Klein, who the defense claimed got Jackson addicted to Demerol in the final months of his life). It sounds like it was a life of non-stop physical suffering, without even taking into consideration his psychological and financial woes.

In fact, the trial acted as something of a counterpoint to the 2009 film Michael Jackson’s This Is It, which documented the singer’s quest to make a comeback via rehearsals for his planned London residency. READ FULL STORY

Michael Jackson is the richest deceased musician, but also richer than most every musician alive

Michael Jackson has been dead for more than 28 months, but thanks to the ugly ongoing trial of Dr. Conrad Murray and the steady stream of tributes in MJ’s memory, his passing still feels quite fresh. Time certainly hasn’t slowed the stream of posthumous income for Jackson, who according to Forbes is the most successful dead celebrity and is the number two money-maker among all musicians.

Between October 2010 and October 2011, Jackson pulled in $170 million thanks to music sales and licensing. That’s down from the $275 million he made the previous year, but his album sales remain pretty steady, and the income from the just-launched Cirque Du Soleil production Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour could keep him at the top of the list for a while.

It’s not surprising that Jackson earns so much more than other dead celebrities, but it’s a little shocking that he takes in more than almost any other living musician. Over the past year, only U2 made more money than Jackson, and they had to go on a lengthy, health-threatening tour that ended up being the most lucrative of all time.

Obviously, a lot of these Jackson-centric projects and renewed record sales would not be what they are had he not passed away, but even still, these are singularly impressive numbers. When you consider the richest musicians, almost all of their income is derived from touring, which is why there’s always so much turnover from year to year (if Bruce Springsteen doesn’t tour, he makes significantly less based on back catalog sales and licensing alone).

Though Lady Gaga sold a million copies of Born This Way in a week, the money she cleared on that album is chicken feed compared to the dump trucks full of cash her Monster Ball tour brought in.

Legacy acts can rely on album sales up to a point (especially if they are like AC/DC and don’t ever release a greatest-hits album), but the road still represents the big bucks. When Jackson’s posthumous income flirts with a quarter of a billion dollars next year, he’ll have touring (or “touring,” as a hologram) to thank as well.

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‘Michael Forever': Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Cee Lo Green, and Michael Jackson’s children appear at controversial tribute show

'Michael Forever': Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Cee Lo Green, and Michael Jackson's children appear at controversial tribute show

Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Ne-Yo all performed at the controversy-plagued Michael Jackson tribute concert “Michael Forever” earlier today, according to the AP. Jackson’s three children — Paris, 13, Prince, 14, and Michael Joseph Jr., 9 — also appeared onstage to address the audience at the show, which took place in Cardiff, Wales.

Ne-Yo started the concert with a performance of “Billie Jean;” Jackson’s brothers Marlon, Tito, and Jackie tackled the Jackson 5 hit “Blame It On the Boogie” with British boy band JLS; and Christina Aguilera sang “Smile.” Meanwhile, Beyonce performed “I Wanna Be Where You Are” via satellite. The Jackson children returned to the stage for the finale, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”

“Michael Forever” had attracted criticism for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it was set to coincide with the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is accused of contributing to  Jackson’s death. Several of Jackson’s other siblings, including Janet, declined to take part in the concert and last week the Black Eyed Peas withdrew from the show, citing “unavoidable circumstances.”

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Jurors presented tales of Michael Jackson's promise, pain

Jurors in the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson’s personal physician were presented with two portraits of the pop superstar during the first day of testimony — one of an entertainer motivated to succeed at his first concerts in nearly a dozen years and the other of a man too damaged at times to perform.

The panel that will determine Dr. Conrad Murray’s fate also got a sense of Jackson’s international stardom after one of the promoters testified that after the singer’s 50 comeback shows planned for London sold out, there was still demand for 50 more.

Jackson would never return to the stage, dying unexpectedly in June 2009 at age 50. Prosecutors drove the point home early in opening statements Tuesday, showing jurors a picture of a lifeless Jackson laying on a hospital gurney.

Hours later they played four minutes of Jackson’s final rehearsals of two songs. His mother, Katherine, dabbed her eyes with a tissue as video of her son singing “Earth Song” filled the courtroom. READ FULL STORY

Jury selection begins (again) in Michael Jackson doctor trial

Preliminary jury selection begins today in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, charged in Jackson’s 2009 drug-related death. It won’t necessarily be easy. Before the trial was postponed in May, it took three days just to secure a pool of potential jurors who weren’t already familiar with the case. Last week, the defense requested another delay while the court determined whether the jury ultimately could be sequestered so that it wouldn’t be “poisoned” by media coverage, but an appeals court denied that request yesterday, according to CNN. Direct questioning of qualified jury candidates will begin Sept. 23 and opening statements are expected four days later.

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